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

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

Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

After leaving Rotorua we had our first, and to this day, only, bad experience whilst camping. We had pitched up at a free campsite at Lake Aniwhenua and, as it was December 23rd, the site was extremely popular with Christmas campers. The spot was beautiful and we had enjoyed a stroll along the lake, and … Continue reading Soaking up the scenery in Te Urewera and Christmas in Taupo

Climbing yet another hill, rocking neoprene with the glowworms and an impromptu swim – Mt Maungatautari to New Chums Beach

Mt Maungatautari is a volcano which has been enclosed by a 47km pest proof fence, creating Maungatautari Ecological Island. The aim is to eradicate invasive predators and promote native species. The tramp to the summit sounded like exactly the type of thing we should do. The peak was covered in cloud as we started our … Continue reading Climbing yet another hill, rocking neoprene with the glowworms and an impromptu swim – Mt Maungatautari to New Chums Beach