Superb South Island walking adventures

Most of New Zealand's Great Walks are located in the South Island ... and there are plenty more hidden gems. We've put together a superb selection of multi day, day...Read more

12 August 2017

Four South Island kayaking adventures

Sea kayaking is one of the best ways to experience our nature and marine wonderland. We’ve picked four fabulous paddling locations in the South Island.    Abel Tasman National Park The Abel...Read more

01 August 2017

Three South Island cycling adventures

Cycling is a great way for active adventurers to see more of the South Island. Three easier and more accessible cycle tours are shown here. You don’t need to be super fit...Read more

Mary Somervell

26 July 2017

A Southern wonderland beckons

Nelson, where we are based, is the gateway to spectacular scenery and plenty of outdoor adventures nearby and further south.  Three of New Zealand's national parks are right on our doorstep...Read more

Mary Somervell

13 June 2017

Making the most of major life changes

Major life changes create wonderful opportunities for new beginnings and doing things differently. Some transitions come unexpectedly – redundancy, a major health setback, the loss of a loved one or a...Read more

Mary Somervell

08 June 2017

Preppin over at Pepin Island

An amazing turnout on a chilly winter’s day for the Pepin Island fundraiser. The Hira Volunteer Rural Fire Service hosted the open day. They were delighted with the turnout - over...Read more

Mary Somervell

05 June 2017

Sounding out the Queen Charlotte Track

This wilderness walk is full of surprises. Dancing clouds creating an ever changing seascape, native forests with lush foliage, friendly native birds, playful seals and panoramic coastal views. The 70 km...Read more

Mary Somervell

12 April 2016

Relocation - a different kind of adventure

A change of scene is like a breath of fresh air. We relocated to sunny Nelson and are delighted to be here.  Golden weather, beautiful scenery, sandy beaches, fresh produce, local vineyards, walking...Read more

Mary Somervell

16 March 2016

Thrilling Abel Tasman kayaking adventure

Take three double kayaks lined up side by side, each of us holding onto kayak(s) either side. Add one tent fly fixed to two paddles at one end and held firmly on the corners...Read more

Mary Somervell

11 January 2016

North Island photo essay

Heading south of the Bombay Hills, Auckland's gateway, there are plenty of delights in store. Coromandel Peninsula The Coromandel Peninsula is a very popular summer holiday getaway for Kiwi families with golden...Read more

Mary Somervell

02 January 2016