Tasman Glacier in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is the largest glacier in New Zealand. In 1890 the glacier measured 29 km, which covers the entire length of Tasman Lake today. The glacier face would have been at what is now the lake outlet. Since the 1990’s the glacier has undergone rapid melting. By 2011 … More Where’s the Glacier?
“Basket of Dreams” by Caroline Robinson (Sculpture created for the Queenstown Millennium Project in 2000) Queenstown sits on the northern shores of Lake Wakatipu, the third largest lake in New Zealand. This is a bustling year round alpine resort that offers adventure sports in the summer and skiing in winter. Above Queenstown is Ben Lomond … More Views from Queenstown Hill, New Zealand
“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal” Alfred Wainwright (1909-1991) After all the planning, packing, travelling, exploring, eating, sleeping, hikes completed, and money spent, what is left from any journey, but the photographs that you took. When mud on the boots are hard and turned … More Why The Need To Document?
I was recently lucky to have spent ten weeks in New Zealand. Research for this trip began months before, with bookings for flights, car rental and a percentage of accommodation confirmed well ahead of time. This part of travelling can be quite stressful, but I always find it fascinating as well. There’s so much fun in … More Travel Tips for New Zealand
In all my travels, I have never landed in a place so dramatic, so beautiful and so perfect. Wanaka is situated in the centre of the Southern Alps in New Zealand’s South Island. A year round alpine resort by the shores of Lake Wanaka. There is a buzz here that is exciting and energising. I … More The Wonders of Wanaka, New Zealand
Mount Iron: 548 m (250 m ascent) Distance: 4.5 km (1.5 hrs return) Trailhead: Carpark 2 km east of Wanaka on Highway 84 opposite Puzzling World Mount Iron is a prominent feature on the Wanaka skyline. An impressive, glacier carved, rocky knoll that rises above its surroundings. This walk is popular with tourists and locals. … More A Local Favourite: Mount Iron in New Zealand
Rocky Mountain: 775 m (450 m ascent) Distance: 7 km (3 hrs return) Trailhead: Diamond Lake Conservation Area carpark 18.5 km west of Wanaka We set off to the summit of Rocky Mountain a few days after completing the hike to Roys Peak. Legs a little stiff, we were looking forward to a less demanding … More The Delightful Rocky Mountain, New Zealand
Roys Peak: 1578 m (1228 m ascent) Distance: 16 km (5-7 hrs return) Trailhead: Roys Peak carpark 6 km west of Wanaka Roys Peak is on everyone’s lips when you are in Wanaka, New Zealand. The summit is part of a mountain range running along the shores of Lake Wanaka, and can be easily seen … More Was The Climb to Roys Peak in New Zealand Worth It?
I found myself at Tekapo whilst travelling in New Zealand’s South Island. Located half way between Arthur’s Pass and Queenstown, this was a perfect place to stop for a while along Highway 8. I had already read about the picturesque Church of the Good Shepherd, and the unmissable Mt John Observatory, but I was not … More Lake Tekapo & Mt John, New Zealand
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing (19.4 km / 12 miles) Located in central North Island, New Zealand Widely regarded as the world’s best one-day hike On a summers day that promised bright and clear conditions, I awoke to the alarm at 4.45am. A bus will depart from outside the Plateau Lodge, National Park at 6am, and I … More New Zealand’s Tongariro Alpine Crossing