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

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

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

TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Westport, New Zealand is a small town. A really small town. Stepping off the bus, I felt like I was being dropped off in the middle of nowhere, left to fend for myself. Perhaps that’s a bit dramatic, seeing as Westport does have a main street with shops, a supermarket, and even a bank. It… Continue reading TripInn Hostel: An Historic Home Turned Hostel in Westport, New Zealand

Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand

After leaving Nelson, I headed over to New Zealand’s West Coast. I was tired of cities and towns and people and seeing the same things everywhere I went. After spending a day in Abel Tasman National Park, I just wanted to continue my time outdoors. I wanted to see more of the landscapes I had… Continue reading Te Ananui Cave: A Glowworm Cave Tour in New Zealand