Hiking & walking

Mighty micro adventures around Nelson

As the days get shorter and cooler micro adventures are a great way to make the most of Nelson's outdoors during winter. At this time of year we are blessed...Read more

Mary Somervell

18 May 2018

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

The 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 of...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