The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Two

This is Day Two of my adventure on the Routeburn and Caples tracks. If you’re just tuning in, the full story starts here. I rise in the dark and pack up my little bed as a bright sunrise slowly makes it’s way over the snow capped peaks outside. The world glows dim and red when I hit … Continue reading The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day Two

Advertisements

The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day One

The Routeburn has cemented itself as my favourite track in the world. I can’t recall any other hike where the landscape is so consistently breathtaking. As much as I love hiking, there are usually at least few moments on longer trails where I start to get a bit bored because the (admittedly beautiful) forest has … Continue reading The Routeburn and Caples Tracks: Day One

Stewart Island – It really does exist!

With all the attractions in the North and South Islands, it’s easy to forget that there’s a third one hanging out somewhere down the bottom of the country. Growing up I ran into so few people that had actually been there that a small doubt formed in my mind as to whether or not Stewart … Continue reading Stewart Island – It really does exist!

The Heaphy Track – Day Four

This is Day Four of my adventure on the Heaphy Track. If you’re just tuning in, the full story starts here. I wake up to a violent red sunrise flooding over the mountains and rose tinting the dim bunk-room. Kahurangi’s teeth-like mountain tops look even more magnificent in the bloody light of dawn. I’m in no hurry … Continue reading The Heaphy Track – Day Four

The Heaphy Track – Day Three

This is Day Three of my adventure on the Heaphy Track. If you’re just tuning in, the full story starts here. It’s a nice feeling waking up at the James Mackay Hut. After two days trekking into the hills, I’m deep in the wilderness before I’ve even put my boots on. It’s wonderful to start the … Continue reading The Heaphy Track – Day Three

The Heaphy Track – Day One

It’s always a funny relationship that you have with your own backyard. After going around the world and walking various exotic trails, I came home for the summer quite embarrassed to admit that, no, even though I grew up right next door, I still hadn’t done the Heaphy Track. The plus side of this of … Continue reading The Heaphy Track – Day One

Hiking Billie’s Knob (you can stop sniggering now)

I’ve been having a ball coming back to the Nelson region for a while after being overseas. There’s something really cool about returning to the place that you grew up in and really seeing everything that you took for granted when you were young. One thing that I’ve decided is that, despite having grown up … Continue reading Hiking Billie’s Knob (you can stop sniggering now)

Fall Magic on the Rogue River

I loved every bit of Oregon. The whole state has this wonderful backcountry feel to it. Even some of the places near downtown Portland are a bit like being out in the wilderness. I found the area around the Rogue River particularly special though. I’m probably slightly biased because I got to visit some wonderful … Continue reading Fall Magic on the Rogue River

Walking with giants in Sequoia National Park

Me and Dad parted ways in Idyllwild as it was time for him to make his way back to New Zealand, but my adventure was far from over. Instead of jumping on a plane, I was making my way up to Oregon...but of course there's not harm in exploring some of California along the way. … Continue reading Walking with giants in Sequoia National Park