Joli Clan Blitz to the North – Queenstown to Wellington

After planning for months to make it to North Island and looping back to Queenstown three times, we decided it was finally time to head north with the full crew in tow. Joli Clan had made a plan and we blitzed it to the Marlborough region in a day, and spent a few days relaxing,…

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Rakiura Track, Stewart Island (+vlog)

The Rakiura Track located on the southern banks of Stewart Island, is one of the Great Walks of New Zealand with good reason. Commitment is the first step in completing this track, as a foot ferry is the only access to the island and often the seas are treacherous at 47 degrees south. Luckily trekking…

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Close Encounter with Lions & Giraffe’s (gallery & videos)

On our way back to the South of South Island to go on our 3-day Doubtful Sound cruise, we stopped in Christchurch for some wildlife encounters and got up close and personal with a pride of lions, a couple giraffes, and saw some flirtatious sea lions that were too cute not to make a little…

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North of South Island – Wine, Diving, Hiking, & Birds (video)

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Marlborough Sounds – Hiking a Section of the 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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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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Penguin Safari at Pohatu Marine Reserve

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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Milford Sound Photo Gallery & Video

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 took so many…

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Moke Lake, Jacks Point, and the many birds of New Zealand (gallery)

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