Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

Trekking New Zealand -3 Epic Walks Anyone Can Do

“There’s only one word for New Zealand – EPIC!” Bear Grylls Once we decided we were going to spend our summer break trekking New Zealand the obvious question was “Where?”  New Zealand has an array of spectacular multi-day walks – think Routeburn, the rugged Rees-Dart track, the picturesque Abel-Tasman coastal track, and the Milford Track, probably the most […]

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Christchurch: Post-Apocalypse

Christchurch has an image problem. On the 22nd February 2011 this most English of New Zealand cities was devastated by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake. The statistics are sobering: 181 people died as a result of the quake, a large proportion of whom were international students 116 of those who perished were in killed in the […]

Merrica River Trek: Training to #trekNZ

Merrica River Trek: Training to #trekNZ

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau Our trip to trek in New Zealand is now […]

A Backcountry Snowshoeing Adventure

A Backcountry Snowshoeing Adventure

I’m just going to say what you’re not supposed to say – I hate skiing. I hate everything about it. I hate the crowds in the ski resorts. I hate the clunky boots. I hate having a wet bum because I have spent more time on it than skiing. And I hate the feeling of trying […]

#trekNZ: Training to Trek New Zealand

#trekNZ: Training to Trek New Zealand

We have been making plans. Big plans. The email came out of the blue while I was at work. “Do you want to go to trekking in New Zealand over the Christmas break?” I must have been distracted or delirious because I responded immediately: “YES!!” In capitals even. I was that keen. Fast forward two days, airline […]