Category New Zealand

Diary of an Alpine Crossing

Our main plan for the North Island was to complete the famously incredible, famously difficult, and famously weather-dependent Tongariro Alpine Crossing, one of the world’s most well-known day hikes, and also familiar as Mordor from the Lord of the Rings. With clouds, wind, rain and even snow all possibilities, we were checking the weather forecasts […]

New Zealand in Photos

Dunedin, the largest city we’d seen in NZ to that point, is famous as a university town full of “scarfies”, a term referring to the scarves they wear to alternately support their school teams and snap each other’s asses in the shower. It is even the title of an incredibly famous movie starring Taika Waititi, […]

Gold Rushing Through Otago on Two Wheels

So, after one night of decompression in Te Anau following our Milford hike, we head back inland, this time passing by Queenstown to spend a couple nights in Wanaka. Yet another picturesque little city set on a lake and surrounded by hills and hikes and viewpoints, we absolutely loved this place. A big part of […]

Playing the Waiting Game on the Milford Track

Welcome to New Zealand! Finally. Seriously, we’ve been talking about coming here for at least 15 years. Our very first big trip, back in 2000, originally started as a round-the-world trip during which the stunning landscapes and tremendous hiking of New Zealand were set to feature prominently. However, due to time, money and logistical considerations […]