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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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Hidden Island 35!

Fri, 20 Sep 2019 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [43]

Another milestone birthday it is for me today. I'm 35, believe it or not. My tradition of going to a special place continued today as Craig Smith and a couple of his mates, Karen and Mike, and I would jump aboard his fishing boat and cruise across Lake ... Read more >

Photos: Auckland 2019

Sat, 31 Aug 2019 | By shaz | Photo Gallery


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On countdown

Sun, 7 Jul 2019 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [62]

In 2 weeks time I head off to the USA again for a month, two trips in one year wow! This trip has been in the planning for a couple of years. I am riding over there with my friend and her partner (he's on the back) we are riding LA to South Dakota return.... Read more >

Photos: Queen Charlotte Drive

Wed, 8 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We've enjoyed this drive since our first visit to NZL in 2005. However, we have noticed that the trees, bushes, and other vegetation have grown up to the point where almost all of view to the Marlborough Sound is obscured (except for a few widely scattered ... Read more >
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Photos: Moeraki Boulders

Mon, 6 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

The Moeraki Boulders (https://www.moerakiboulders.com/) are a group of large spherical “stones” on New Zealand’s Otago coast (about halfway between Timaru and Dunedin).
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Photos: Taieri Gorge Train

Sun, 5 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

This is one of our FAVORITE NZL activities! We rode the train during our previous visit and were eager to repeat the experience. There were plenty of folks on the train despite the cool autumn weather ... probably because our execursion was on the weekend.... Read more >
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Photos: Larnach Castle

Sat, 4 May 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

As we made our way north from Alexandra to Auckland, we stopped in Dunedin for a couple of nights. The Taieri Gorge train was one highlight for us -- Larnach Castle (https://www.larnachcastle.co.nz/) was the other.
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Photos: Doubtful Sound Cruise

Tue, 30 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Since we had cruised Milford Sound on our previous trip to NZL, we wanted to see what Doubtful Sound had to offer. Scenery was wonderful as ever and the trip to the Sound included both boat and bus excursions. We also appreciated the fact that the sand ... Read more >
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Photos: Alexandra Sunrise

Sat, 27 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We enjoyed many spectacular sunrises throughout our stay in New Zealand. The dawn here in Alexandra was more sudden that the gradual sunrises in Taupo and Nelson. But the clouds were just as colorful ... as you can see by the accompanying photos.
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Photos: Otago Rail Trail

Sat, 27 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Kent rode a bicycle on a portion of the Otago Rail Trail, a cycle track laid on the abandoned railway bed in the Otago region. There are several tour operators for the Otago Rail Trail, but there are none better than Bike It Now. Whether a novice or enthusiast, ... Read more >
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Photos: Alexandra Morning

Tue, 23 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We wanted to get the full perspective on Alexandra, so we ventured out the morning after we took our PM photos (not too early -- it was the middle of autumn after all!) to see what Alexandra had to offer from the opposite ridge.
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Photos: Alexandra Autumn Afternoon

Mon, 22 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

Alexandra had stunning autumn colors. In fact, it's one of the few places in New Zealand with deciduous trees that provide such a colorful landscape.
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Photos: Cable Bay Skywire

Wed, 17 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

We visited the Skywire at Cable Bay Adventure Park (https://www.cablebayadventurepark.com). It was very different from zipline since we were strapped into a 4-person carriage with individual 5-point harness connections. We zipped down 800 meters in free ... Read more >
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Photos: Walking Around Kaikoura

Mon, 15 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

The day after our whale watch, we walked around the Kaikoura peninsula before driving back to Nelson. It was a great opportunity to stretch our legs and explore new territory before the 4-hour trip to Nelson.
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Photos: Kaikoura Whale Watching

Sun, 14 Apr 2019 | By taylortreks | Photo Gallery

This was our 3rd trip to New Zealand and we've gone to Kaikoura each time to watch whales. This trip didn't disappoint although the seas were a bit rough at time.
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