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

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

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