Nelson Lakes National Park

After spending some time recovering from our Abel Tasman hike and hiding out in the rain in Nelson, we decided more time in nature was calling and we heading for Nelson Lakes National Park. As we pulled in and biked to the waterfront the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the sand flies descended.…

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Why the Abel Tasman Track Belongs on Your Bucketlist

I have had wanderlust for as long as I can remember, and for just as long I have had a picture of the Abel Tasman Track beaches fueling that wanderlust. This last week I was able to check that beauty off the bucketlist and now I get to spread the gospel of why everyone should…

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Stewart Island

Stewart Island was a week full of first times. It was the closest I have been to Antarctica, my first time seeing a wild kiwi, my first time seeing a carpet shark or an octopus in the wild, and my first time using my new GoPro, which ended up with some very tripping free diving…

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What I Mean When I Say I Live in NZ – vlog

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The Catlins – Waterfalls, Hikes, & Cathedral Caves

The Catlins is a once forgotten area along the Southern Scenic Highway, that offers a tucked away experience off the beaten track. There is so much to do in this area, you have to intentionally take your time. We however packed it all into a single day, we did 5-hikes, saw two waterfalls, were up…

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Doubtful Sound VLOG and Photo Journal- A magical 3-day cruise in the pouring rain

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Royal Albatross Colony of Dunedin

Outside the city limits of Dunedin, New Zealand on the tip of the Otago Peninsula lies the only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross in the world! Ever since I saw David Attenborough sitting only feet away from these majestic creatures, I have wanted to witness the adorable courtship of the Royal Albatross for myself,…

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Te Anau & Mildford Sound Drive Day Trip

Back in mid-winter, before we really knew our road trip path, we decided to book a 3-day Doubtful Sound cruise and that we would find a way to be in the area by mid December. Though not a typical route, we did enjoy zipping our way back to Fjordland from Christchurch. On our way out…

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Arthurs Pass & Cave Stream Hike

Encounter with a wild kea Arthur’s Pass is one of those stretches of roads we will have to visit a few times to get the whole experience, but from our short time on this highway we had some incredible moments. Being greeted by our first wild Kea, set this section of our trip off on…

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