Hiking the Routeburn Track: A Recipe for Complete Idiots

You will need: 3 backpackers, more interested in saving money than being properly equipped for the trip. Must be not very fit and with limited hiking experience 1 tent, from the cheap shop – not particularly waterproof nor very durable 3 sleeping bags, 2 of which [...]

2017-08-11T08:21:13+00:00 April 30th, 2017|New Zealand, Ramblings, Travel Diary|1 Comment

Hills and Hot Springs: Taupo and Wellington

Our whirlwind tour of the North Island has come to an end, and we have spent the past three days hurtling south in order to get to Queenstown in time to start our three-day Routeburn hike. It’s been a surprisingly enjoyable few days. You wouldn’t think [...]

2017-08-11T08:23:10+00:00 April 25th, 2017|New Zealand, Travel Diary|0 Comments

Geysers and Gandalf: Rotorua and Hobbiton

Rotorua. Famed for incredible geothermal activity, geysers, and smelling like eggy farts. Aren’t my descriptions evocative? Though the intense sulphuric odour was more than a little off-putting, it signified more than a bad smell and a tourist attraction. Apparently some local people use the underground steam [...]

2017-08-11T08:25:05+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|New Zealand, Travel Diary|0 Comments