Hiking & walking

Superb South Island walks

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

10 September 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

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

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

Tongariro Alpine Crossing - a top attraction

What is it that draws so many people to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing year after year? They keep coming despite occasional eruptions and reports of climbing accidents - a reminder of...Read more

Mary Somervell

14 November 2015

Coromandel Coastal Walkway - a hidden gem

Rounding the bend on a narrow shingle road near the start of the Coromandel Coastal Walkway, a vehicle hangs perilously over the edge. Our mini coach driver comes to the rescue...Read more

Mary Somervell

15 October 2015

Queenstown - Remarkables alpine adventure

Peeling off layers in quick succession - we discover this snow shoeing lark is hot work, even with sleek modern gear.  We are layered up with thermals, waterproof jackets, fleeces, gloves...Read more

Mary Somervell

16 September 2015

Cracker day for Okura Bush Walkway

Spending time outdoors always lifts our spirits. We picked a sunny day for our return visit to the Okura Bush Walkway. A popular walk year round with joggers and walkers. We...Read more

Mary Somervell

15 September 2015

Wildboy's inspirational Kiwi adventure

What a ripper of a tale this is! Brando Yelavich turned his life around by walking the entire New Zealand coastline. Raging dogs, charging bulls, steep cliffs, rugged bush, mudflats, pounding...Read more

Book Review - Wildboy by Brando Yelavich

08 August 2015