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South Island: Lake Tekapo

Lake Tekapo is the second-largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others are Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau). Lake Tekapo is a glacial lake so it features vibrant turquoise water. I feel like I describe everything in New Zealand as incredibly beautiful, but this is yet another incredibly…… Continue reading South Island: Lake Tekapo

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South Island: Aoraki/Mount Cook

Aoraki/Mount Cook is the highest mountain in New Zealand. It’s located in the southern alps of the south island about halfway between Queenstown and Christchurch. There are several glaciers close to the slopes of the mountain, one of which is the Hooker Glacier. I didn’t climb the mountain, but I walked the Hooker Valley Track…… Continue reading South Island: Aoraki/Mount Cook

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South Island: Lake Pukaki

New Zealand was the first place where I saw glacial lakes, which have a very distinctive bright turquoise colour. Lake Pukaki is one such lake and I stopped here on the way to Mount Cook. It’s largest of three roughly parallel lakes running north–south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin in the South Island of New Zealand (the others…… Continue reading South Island: Lake Pukaki

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South Island: Gunns Camp to Invercargill

After a beautiful boat trip in Milford Sound, I headed to Gunn’s Camp, which is a historic camp in Fiordland National Park. It’s a very secluded and peaceful place with no phone signal or wifi, only a few cabins to hang out in. I stayed here for one night and then headed to Waipapa Point,…… Continue reading South Island: Gunns Camp to Invercargill

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Wellington to Queenstown, New Zealand

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, located at the southern tip of the north island. Although it’s smaller than Auckland, it’s known as the cultural centre of New Zealand with attractions such as the Te Papa museum, famous for its interactive experiences. Wellington is also the heart of New Zealand’s film industry with several…… Continue reading Wellington to Queenstown, New Zealand

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North Island: Rotorua to Whakahoro

My trip from Rotorua to Whakahoro was a bit of a whirlwind. First I headed to Lake Aniwhenua, where I stayed in a beautiful lakeside lodge. I experienced a ‘hangi’ which is a traditional Maori feast where food is cooked underground (delicious!). I also tried weaving and spent a lot of time relaxing and enjoying…… Continue reading North Island: Rotorua to Whakahoro