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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Marlborough Sounds – Diving & Fishing

Marlborough Sounds are so full of marine life, and even writing this a couple months later has been some of the best diving (scuba and free diving) we have encountered in New Zealand. On a bike ride one day we happened upon the Waikawa Dive Centre just outside Picton. They had a sale going on,…

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Milford Sound – Photo Journal

Back in June we did a fly cruise with Milford Sound Scenic Flights and it was absolutely epic. Known as the 8th wonder of the world for good reason, the great green giants of the fjords rise steeply out of the sound, and the lush flora grows all the way to the waters edge. I…

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Marlborough Sounds – Queen Charlotte Track

Among the great walks of New Zealand is the Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds. With the Abel Tasman track coming up, we decided that prepping with a couple day hikes would be wise. Though typically this 70km track is hiked over the course of 3-5 days, water taxis allow for section hiking of…

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The Marlborough Sounds – Motuara Bird Life Sanctuary

Picton and more specifically the Marlborough Sounds have so much going on. Whether you are an avid birder, seeking dolphins and marine life, or just want to get outside, there is so much to do. Our first day in town we spent mountain biking some of the local trails. We took a wrong turn somewhere…

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New Zealand Wine Country – Marlborough

A New Zealand road trip is not complete without a stop in New Zealand’s wine country, Marlborough. Wine tours are done a little differently in this region hopping from winery to winery on the back of a bike, which is much more my style. Who needs a bus or a driver when you have your…

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The Road to Kaikoura – Exploring, Fishing, and Whale Watching in the Town Named “Crayfish”

Driving to Kaikoura was part of the fun as this region is full of sweeping ocean look outs, empty stretches of beach, and a highway that follows the coast. We began our journey hiding out from the weather again in a beautiful farm Airbnb tucked away from everything, 6km down a dirt road in the…

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Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa, New Zealand

Some experiences I struggle to put words to so I make a video instead. I love to relive trips this way, moments, and bucket list experiences. Swimming with wild dolphins in Akaroa was one of those experiences. We booked our trip with Black Cat Cruises, as they came highly recommended by every travel blogger that…

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Pohatu Marine Reserve Penguin Safari

After finally scratching our wine tasting itch, the winds died down and we booked a wildlife kayak tour. Pohatu Penguins had a personal connection with the family that keeps after the Pohatu Marine Reserve and we had the unique opportunity to observe a penguin up-close incubating an egg, witness rafting penguins in the open sea,…

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