Top NZ experiences

Ten tips for travelling in New Zealand

Lake McKerrow, Fiordland -  Image: Steve Vaughan After a magnificent 15 day road trip touring the South Island of New Zealand the one thing we’d change would be to visit fewer...Read more

Mary Somervell

07 April 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

Kayaking in the South Island

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

05 August 2017

Cycling adventures down south

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

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

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

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

White Island - a volcanic adventure

White Island is a thrilling walk on the wild side. Gas masks and hard hats reinforce how alien this place is for visitors. New Zealand's only active marine volcano is a...Read more

Mary Somervell

30 October 2015