7 of the Best Short Walks in New Zealand

You don’t have to embark on full-day or multi-day hike to experience New Zealand’s beautiful scenery! Here are 7 of the best short hikes around the country to add to your itinerary. … New Zealand is a hiker’s paradise. The whole country is beautiful, and much of it accessible via trails (sometimes ONLY via trails).… Continue reading 7 of the Best Short Walks in New Zealand

Mount Victoria Lookout: Where to Get the Best View of Wellington

Hiking up to the Mount Victoria lookout is one of the most popular things to do in Wellington, and yet I visited the city three times before finally crossing it off my list. It was one of the things I most wanted to do–since I’m always looking for the best views–but finding calm, clear weather… Continue reading Mount Victoria Lookout: Where to Get the Best View of Wellington

3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

When travelers talk about the “West Coast” of New Zealand, they’re usually talking about the more popular tourist destinations of Hokitika, Franz Josef, or Punakaiki. Just north of these towns are two other places that seem to be visited less frequently: Westport and Karamea. Karamea is currently one of my favorite places in all of… Continue reading 3 Short Walks Worth Stopping for on the Road to Karamea

Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage

I woke up in a dark hostel dorm well before sunrise. It was just before 6 am on a winter’s morning in Nelson, New Zealand. I snuck out of the room to change into my hiking clothes, careful not to wake any of my roommates. I grabbed my daypack and my hiking boots, and I… Continue reading Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track: Bark Bay to Anchorage

Hiking in Bear Country: How to Avoid Bear Encounters on the Trail

When hiking in bear country, it is important to take certain precautions before hitting the trail. You want to be prepared, but you also need to learn how to avoid bear encounters on the trail. Hiking is one of my favorite things to do while traveling. It’s a great way to get outside, breathe fresh… Continue reading Hiking in Bear Country: How to Avoid Bear Encounters on the Trail

4 Short Hikes in Grand Teton National Park

These 4 short hikes in Grand Teton National Park are perfect for anyone who has a short time in the park. These easy Grand Teton hikes are all less than 5 miles each! … Grand Teton National Park is one of the most beautiful national parks in the USA (in my humble opinion). Majestic mountains… Continue reading 4 Short Hikes in Grand Teton National Park