Tag = ‘walk’

Te Whanganui-A-Hei

The Te Whanganui-A-Hei Marine Reserve is a few miles North of Hot Water Beach, so it was our next port of call. Jess was particularly excited, because Gemstone Bay is supposed to be one of the best pl..

McLaren Falls (2)

There are various walking tracks in McLaren Falls Park, so we headed off for a viewing point, before walking down into the valley to see another waterfall. The viewing point was beautiful – the f..

McLaren Falls (4)

Jess and I nearly didn’t go on the glow worm walk at McLaren Falls – it was twilight, not properly dark, so we didn’t think we’d see anything. But, it’s one of the major attractions of McLaren Fa..

Huka Falls

On our way to Lake Taupo and Turangi, we stopped off at Huka Falls, which is a short walk from the car park.  It was a stiflingly hot walk, which we actually cut short because it was really quite..

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Our day began at 6am with an actual alarm, to make sure we woke up on time.  We’d packed our bags the night before, so didn’t need to do much before heading off to the shuttle collection point. I..

Detour to... Taupo Hospital

Just before we finished the Alpine Crossing, on one of the steps down, Jess went over on her ankle.

Glacier Heli Hike

Hiding from the sandflies... Our day began early – as we opened the van it was filled with sandflies. They are a serious nuisance here on the West Coast. Here’s Jess dressed up so avoid them..! We arr..

Te Anau-Milford highway

We are still alive...! Ironically the post I tried to upload to say we’ve had no wi-fi or cell service for days, in a brief glimpse of 3G signal, failed to upload... Anyway, we are now a long way behi..

Mount Cook

On the way to Lake Tekapo from the South, you pass by Lake Pukaki, which points directly at Mount Cook (the largest mountain in NZ, at 3764m high). The rule of thumb is, if you can see it, drive to it..

Mount John

Our campground for our stay at Lake Tekapo is at the foot of Mount John, where the University of Canterbury has an observatory – to take advantage of the dark skies. Crazy water colour! Somewhere..