Kayaking adventures

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

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

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

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

Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf - a photo essay

Auckland is blessed with a sheltered coastline for water pursuits, easy access to island sanctuaries for native birds and endangered species, a diverse marine environment, and a wide variety of...Read more

Mary Somervell

03 August 2015

Super summer holiday at Hahei

A familar friend - Hahei on the Coromandel - draws us back each summer for diving and adventures by the sea. It doesn't take long to wind down and relax in...Read more

Mary Somervell

28 February 2015

Kayaking Adventures around Auckland

Auckland might be known as the City of Sails but the reality is rather different. Sails have been surpassed by every imaginable type of watercraft. Auckland's extensive coastline, with many sheltered...Read more

Mary Somervell

12 June 2014

Hidden Gems on Coromandel Peninsula

An early afternoon escape from Auckland sees us arriving at Hahei just before sunset on a glorious spring evening.  We hastily drop our bags at the bach and head down...Read more

Mary Somervell

15 November 2013