A not-so-old heritage trail and preparing for the big hike – The Catlins

Continuing our drive along the Southern Scenic Route, we made our way through the Catlins which make up a large part of the south coast and are often heralded as one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand. The scenery is certainly very pretty with large swathes of undulating farmland and stretches of rugged … Continue reading A not-so-old heritage trail and preparing for the big hike – The Catlins

The astonishing natural beauty of Milford Sound

We left you last time with the tantalising prospect of our free camp in Lumsden, which centres around a renovated train station in the middle of the small town. The pitches are on either side of the platform and the whole effect is completed by a couple of restored trains and carriages. Unfortunately, at the … Continue reading The astonishing natural beauty of Milford Sound

Visiting Australia: Some hints, tips and general observations

After 11 weeks travelling around Australia we do not claim to be experts but we have gleaned some knowledge that will be useful to those planning a trip, particularly if you are planning on camping / campervanning. The below are our observations, hints and tips as they came to us, so there is no particular … Continue reading Visiting Australia: Some hints, tips and general observations

A delightful respite from the rain and more beautiful views up to Glenorchy and the Routeburn Track

After two days of very little exercise and poor weather we were both feeling a bit cabin feverish and decided that the best thing to do would be to go for a run. So we found ourselves back in Wanaka, far sooner that we had ever intended, limbering up for a jog around the lake. … Continue reading A delightful respite from the rain and more beautiful views up to Glenorchy and the Routeburn Track

And it rained and it rained and it rained, then it stopped for a bit, then it rained again – West Coast, New Zealand South Island

We woke up to the all too familiar sound of rain and with no visible prospect of it letting up anytime soon. We bundled our wet tent in the car and set off south of Hokitika, hoping the rain would clear to allow us to explore. We had a brief respite to visit Lake Mahinapua, … Continue reading And it rained and it rained and it rained, then it stopped for a bit, then it rained again – West Coast, New Zealand South Island

A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

On first appearance, Greymouth isn’t anything particularly special and was simply going to serve as a place to buy some new flip flops; James’s 2 dollar ones were giving up the ghost. However, we soon found that it was a lovely town for a leg stretch with some quirky shops and cafes and a dose … Continue reading A spectacular day at Arthur’s Pass and an interesting night in a nursing home – Greymouth,Moana, Arthur’s Pass & Hokitika

A whole array of wildlife from Reefton to the Pancake Rocks; birds, seals and the dreaded sandfly

After a wonderfully relaxing evening in the dry, we woke up to beautiful sunshine and were definitely in need of a walk to stretch our legs. We headed out to Victoria Forest Park to tackle the Murray Creek Track, a 10.7km loop through forest dotted with redundant mines. The area had been heavily mined for … Continue reading A whole array of wildlife from Reefton to the Pancake Rocks; birds, seals and the dreaded sandfly

Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

After packing up our site at the River Inn we made our way to the northernmost point of the South Island, Farewell Spit. The spit is 27km sandbank that is constantly extended and reshaped by the sea. You can’t actually access the far end without some sort of special permission so we just went for … Continue reading Henna and dreadlocks, from camping to damping and some necessary home comforts

Our first days on the South Island, a minor hissy fit and beautiful Abel Tasman National Park

A quick preface to our South Island adventure; we had 4 weeks available to us and below is a picture of the map that we had annotated with what we wanted to see. Yes, Caro was in charge of the map and no, James was not allowed to touch it.The point is that, despite being … Continue reading Our first days on the South Island, a minor hissy fit and beautiful Abel Tasman National Park