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New Zealand is a country of rare seismic beauty: glacial mountains, fast-flowing rivers, deep, clear lakes, hissing geysers and boiling mud. There are also abundant native forests, long, deserted beaches and a variety of fauna, such as the kiwi, endemic to its shores. Any number of vigorous outdoor activities - tramping (hiking), skiing, rafting and, of course, that perennial favourite, bungy jumping - await the adventurous. You can swim with dolphins, gambol with newborn lambs, whale-watch or fish for fattened trout in pristine streams and rivers.

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Tue, 6 Jun 2023 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [53]

For my birthday we went to Rarotonga. It happened because Jetstar sent me an email saying I had a credit that had to be used within a couple of months! I panicked a bit and thought of a place and booked our tickets. I have always wanted to go there as ... Read more >

A new year and about *** time

Thu, 9 Feb 2023 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [89]

The thought of a new year, new adventures, new travels, new rides, was soul lifting but as we float (literally) on into the second month of 2023 I realise that someone forgot to tell the weatherman/person that it is now summer. Now of course I'm speaking ... Read more >

Matukituki Valley

Wed, 18 Jan 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [35]

Mount Aspiring! As the "Matterhorn of the South," the name alone draws me. I'm always aspiring to do things and to accomplish huge goals. I've never regarded myself as a technical climber, but I've climbed a number of "walk-up" mountains including Mt.... Read more >

Photos: Monowai

Mon, 19 Dec 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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No Kidnapping at Kidnappers

Sat, 10 Dec 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [82]

What an ominous name for a place. It sounds like somewhere Superman wouldn't want to be near. Cape Kidnappers, known as Te Kauwae-a-Maui (the fish hook of Maui), is named due to the local Maori attempting to kidnap a member of Captain Cook's crew in ... Read more >

Wet Walk

Fri, 11 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [27]

Tramping in New Zealand is always hit and miss with weather and other things, such as huts being full. Some walks I've completed with dry feet whereas others my feet have been inundated, either due to heavy rain, deep mud, or crossing of streams. Yesterday ... Read more >

Sea of Rippling Waters

Wed, 9 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [92]

Four of the NZ Great Walks I've completed, so I've set out to complete my goal of walking at least five (eventually, I want to walk all of them). Meaning "sea of rippling waters" in Maori, Lake Waikaremoana is a spectacular lake. Stocked up on stuff ... Read more >

Photos: Lake Waikaremoana Track

Tue, 8 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

my fifth New Zealand Great Walk
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Socked In

Wed, 2 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [63]

A long time ago I learned, when travelling to remote locales like the Chatham Islands or the Falkland Islands, to not plan too much on the other end. This was especially true on Christmas Island when flights were delayed and cancelled left, right, and ... Read more >

Giant's Playground

Sun, 30 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [93]

The Roaring Forties pounded their windy fury this morning as I woke up, and I sure wouldn't want to be flying Juliett (my drone) today. A lot I had planned today yet all sorts of things would throw a spanner in my plans, and I know to absolutely never ... Read more >

Misty Skies

Sat, 29 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [65]

"Misty Skies" is what Rekohu means in Moriori, and it was misty and foul this morning. The wind dictates the shapes of trees here, as I've noticed a few oddly shaped trees. I know I mentioned the trees in my most recent story, but I can't stop ... Read more >


Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [92]

Windswept, remote, desolate. Those are just three words that describe the Chatham Islands. Called "Rekohu" meaning "misty skies" by the Moriori, the Chatham Islands are the first inhabited place on Earth to see a new day. My friend Pete Fowler, who passed ... Read more >

Photos: Chatham Islands

Wed, 26 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

The first place in the world to see the dawn of a new day
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Earland Falls

Wed, 12 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [90]

The Routeburn Track is one of the shorter Great Walks but it still feels that days are long. With a broken boot, I walked for more than seven hours yesterday. At 32 kilometres in length, some people rush it and walk the track in only two days but what's ... Read more >

Routeburn in One Boot

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [100]

When I came to New Zealand back in 2008, I saw in a Department of Conservation (DOC) brochure that there were nine Great Walks, and I made a goal of doing at least five. Now there are 10 Great Walks, and I've done three so far: Milford, Kepler, and Rakiura.... Read more >

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