Tag: New Zealand

‘Rimu’ Ultimate South Island Adventure

Experience this award-winning, signature trip from Active Adventures. On this 14-day itinerary there are options to hike, bike and sea kayak. It explores the most beautiful, famous and…

Riding the Slots: Canyoning in Abel Tasman National Park

An apprehensive chuckle escapes my lips as I look down into the swirl of white water. The sound of my heartbeat drowns out the final instructions from our guide as I prep for the six-metre…

Bluff Oyster and Food Festival

The Bluff Oyster and Food Festival is indisputably the highlight of the South Island’s culinary calendar. For one day, this tiny New Zealand town with the impressive global reputation…

A Very Kiwi South Island Road Trip 

Driving along the magnificent stretches of New Zealand’s South Island highway between Christchurch and Central Otago without a care in the world, the sun streaming down from the bleached…

Queenstown International Marathon

With circling mountain ranges, clear lakes, fast-flowing rivers and vine-covered hills, Queenstown has the type of terrain and scenery that marathon runners love to compete in. Which makes…


To Splore is to dance, sing, swim, leave no trace and embark in as much merry-making festivities that a three-day festival weekend can provide. As New Zealand’s longest running music, art…

‘Uncamping’: Giving Glamping a Chance at Castaways

Full disclosure: I deeply dislike the term 'glamping'. As far as I am concerned, it is an abomination within the English language, along with all its compatriot portmanteaus.

Cruising New Zealand

Even after 20 years in the Royal Navy, my father would get seasick if someone swirled the ice in a cocktail glass. If the acorn does not fall far from the tree, my career choice as a cruise…

South Island, New Zealand: A Night in the Sound

There are few places in the world that remain unscathed by man. Doubtful Sound, Fiordland, is one of them. Still, serene and inaccessible by road, it is no wonder the majestic fiords are…

Jagged Edge: A Glass Rocket Ship Nestled in Queenstown

The visual impact of the Jagged Edge is literally breathtaking. There is a collective gasp when it first comes into view over the crest of the hill, framed by tall conifers. From this…

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