8 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s South Island

Wondering where to go on New Zealand’s South Island? Here are 8 must-visit places on the South Island. … New Zealand’s South Island is so full of wonder. I won’t pick favorites between the North and South Islands (they’re both beautiful), but the South Island does have something special. Every single place on the island… Continue reading 8 Must-Visit Places on New Zealand’s South Island

Driving The Road to Milford Sound: Where to Stop & What to See

The road to Milford Sound (referred to as the Milford Road) is said to be one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. And considering EVERY drive in New Zealand is pretty scenic, that’s saying a lot. The Milford Road is the 119 km (74 mile) stretch of State Highway 94 between Te Anau… Continue reading Driving The Road to Milford Sound: Where to Stop & What to See

Everything You Need to Know About Cruising Milford Sound

There are a lot of “Must Dos” on most peoples’ New Zealand itinerary. Those usually include places like Queenstown, the Tongariro Crossing, Mount Cook National Park, and Rotorua. But most of all, a good New Zealand itinerary will almost always include cruising Milford Sound. Visiting Milford Sound is something I knew I wanted to do… Continue reading Everything You Need to Know About Cruising Milford Sound

Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

If you’re traveling in New Zealand, EVERYONE is going to tell you to go to Queenstown. They’ll tell you that it’s the coolest place in the country, that it’s so much fun, it’s a great place for backpackers and tourists…after you hear someone spout off about Queenstown, you’ll start to believe it’s truly the best… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Queenstown, New Zealand

Christchurch: A City in Progress

In September 2010, a 7.1 earthquake hit the Canterbury region of New Zealand. Just a few months later, in February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, destroying most of the city’s buildings and infrastructure. It did not, however, destroy the city’s spirit. It’s been over six years since the fatal earthquakes, but just by looking… Continue reading Christchurch: A City in Progress

A Quick Guide to Oamaru, New Zealand

Oamaru is mostly known for a few things: the blue penguins, the Victorian architecture, and the Steampunk culture. This seaside town is located on the Eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, between Christchurch and Dunedin. Most people visit mainly to see the blue penguins return to shore in the evenings, but Oamaru draws a… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Oamaru, New Zealand

Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand

The town of Oamaru isn’t on the main backpacker trail around New Zealand. It’s not a big city, there’s no nightlife scene, and it’s generally a pretty quiet place. I heard about this seaside, South Island town in passing, but it was only mentioned for the penguins. However, the name stuck in my head. Back… Continue reading Virtual Travel: Victorian Heritage in Oamaru, New Zealand

New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

Tucked away on the very northern edge of New Zealand’s South Island is one of the best natural features of the entire country. Here you’ll find New Zealand’s Oparara Basin, a wildly beautiful complex of limestone features. The sleepy town of Karamea is the literal end of the road—you can’t go any further north on… Continue reading New Zealand’s Hidden Gem: Karamea & the Oparara Basin

A Quick Guide to Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

Hanmer Springs is a small resort-style town in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. Nestled into the hills, its proximity to the outdoors and its relaxed vibe draw in plenty of tourists. The whole town is like a well-groomed park, with tree-lined walkways, open outdoor spaces, and easy access to trails. While Hanmer… Continue reading A Quick Guide to Hanmer Springs, New Zealand

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