Category: New Zealand

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A day on the Routeburn Track

I get a kick every time I tell people how the Routeburn Track got its name. The Routeburn Track- one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks- started out as a trail in the 1860s...

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One Tree Hill

I’ve been counting my footsteps here in New Zealand. It takes me 701 steps in about six and a half minutes to reach Cornwall Park from where I stay in Auckland. Next to Cornwall...

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A short walk in Kaikoura

I love walking. I can walk for miles without realising I’ve been doing so and it’s only when I stop, either when I’m back at my room or during a chocolate break that my...

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One good day in Christchurch

  This was a mission like no other. I hadn’t eaten any spicy food for five days and I needed to have some really quickly. I was in Christchurch, New Zealand. It was winter,...

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Kaikoura

Kaikoura, New Zealand, is a great little place. It’s not very large at all- you can cover the entire town on foot in under 15 minutes. That’s of course, provided you don’t stop in...

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100% Pure

I haven’t been to very many countries but of all the places I’ve been to, my all-round favourite has to be New Zealand. If I were to migrate, it would probably be to NZ,...

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Spin cycle in a zorb

It all started with a push.   “Are you ready?” the guy asked. I gave him the thumbs-up. With that, he pushed me down the hill, a big grin on his face.   As...

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Hit by a fluke

  It was the strangest backpackers’ hostel I’d ever seen. Everyone was in their 60s. None of the usual scruffy, young types I could relate to and have meaningful conversations with.    The music...