September 19, 2017

Castlepoint is a small beachside town in the Wairarapa in New Zealand’s North Island, just two and a half hour drive North-East of Wellington. The Māori name for the area is Rangiwhakaoma, which translates to 'where the sky runs' - but it got the name Castlepoint in 17...

September 1, 2017

The West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is known as Te Wāi Pounamu – ‘The greenstone waters’. The 2.6 million hectares is a UNESCO World Heritage site and covers almost 10% of New Zealand’s total land area. The area contains four National Parks: Westland Tai Pouti...

August 23, 2017

The Marlborough region is not just famous for its picturesque Marlborough Sounds, but in fact is probably more well known as being New Zealand’s leading wine producing area. It's estimated to be producing around an astounding 75% of the country’s wine (insert shocked f...

August 20, 2017

The Shotover Jet has been thrilling millions of people since 1965. It operates in an exclusive area of the Shotover River, less than 10 minutes drive from Queenstown. It is  the only company permitted to operate within the area, was one of Queenstown’s first adventure...

August 17, 2017

On the shore of Lake Tekapo, about a three hours drive South-West of Christchurch, sits the charming and iconic Church of the Good Shepherd.

The church was built as a memorial to the pioneers of the Mackenzie Basin region in 1935, with the foundation stone being laid by...

August 5, 2017

It’s supposed to be the most photographed tree in New Zealand, and possibly one of the most photographed trees in the world. This little tree started its life of fame as a fence post over 70 years ago – would you believe it?

One life long Wanaka resident remembers the t...

July 20, 2017

Castle Hill sits just off the highway between Darfield and Arthur's Pass in the South Island of New Zealand. It is located on a private property within the Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area and allows free access at all times. The hill got its name because the collection...

July 12, 2017

Milford Sound sits within Fiordland National Park in the southwest of New Zealand’s South Island.

The length of Milford Sound is around 16 kilometers (9.94 miles) from the head of the fiord to the open sea, and in places is up to 400 meters (1,312 feet) deep. It is the...

July 10, 2017

I’m not going to lie… when I saw the sign saying ‘Blue Pools’ along the Haast Highway I thought “well, most the water ways are blue in New Zealand…. what could be so special about this one?”. Nevertheless, I suffer from severe FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) so stopped to s...

June 28, 2017

Hidden in plain sight in Phang Nga Bay, and what look like toes sticking out in a bathtub, are small pieces of paradise within limestone karst islands called hongs - which in Thai means ‘room’. These karst islands feature spectacular limestone cliffs, caves and undergr...

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