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New Zealand

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Matukituki Valley

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2023 | 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

Monday, 19 Dec 2022 | Photo Gallery

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No Kidnapping at Kidnappers

Saturday, 10 Dec 2022 | Views [84]

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

Friday, 11 Nov 2022 | 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

Wednesday, 9 Nov 2022 | 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

Tuesday, 8 Nov 2022 | Photo Gallery

my fifth New Zealand Great Walk
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Socked In

Wednesday, 2 Nov 2022 | 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

Sunday, 30 Oct 2022 | 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

Saturday, 29 Oct 2022 | 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 >


Thursday, 27 Oct 2022 | 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

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2022 | Photo Gallery

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

Wednesday, 12 Oct 2022 | 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

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2022 | 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 >

Photos: Routeburn Track

Monday, 10 Oct 2022 | Photo Gallery

My 4th completed Great Walk
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Lady of the Lake

Monday, 26 Sep 2022 | Views [103]

The Lady of the Lake? You may wonder who she is. Is she a gorgeous lady who hangs out at the lake? Is she a mythical creature akin to Loch Ness or some sort of mysterious legend? Those would all be great guesses, but the TSS Earnslaw is known has the ... Read more >

Hidden Island 35!

Friday, 20 Sep 2019 | Views [260]

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 >

Rakiura Track

Friday, 19 Oct 2018 | Views [444]

Nearly 10 years ago to the day I was first here, I've returned to Stewart Island. 42 countries and seven continents later, it remains one of my favourite places on Earth. It's more difficult to see a kiwi in the wild than it is to see a koala, but it ... Read more >

Photos: Rakiura Track

Wednesday, 17 Oct 2018 | Photo Gallery

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NZ Wilderness Misadventure

Wednesday, 10 Oct 2018 | Views [762] | Comments [1]

New Zealand is such a gorgeous place, and that's part of why it's my favourite country. I love tramping (hiking, to you folk from the rest of the world) and I've done many fabulous walks both in NZ and elsewhere. My favourite walk in all of NZ is the ... Read more >

Photos: Dynamo Hut Track

Monday, 9 Oct 2017 | Photo Gallery

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Dynamo Hut

Monday, 9 Oct 2017 | Views [831]

In just a few days I'm leaving for LA and in less than two weeks I'll be in Chile! My annual winter Queenstown sojourn is winding down, and I wanted to do one more spectacular thing before leaving for my next big adventure. Earlier in the season I was ... Read more >

A Drone named Juliette

Wednesday, 30 Aug 2017 | Views [814]

New Zealand is the perfect country for drone photography! Most of Queenstown is regarded as restricted airspace and it's difficult to pinpoint whether drones are allowed or not, or if there's a grey area. As a result I've had to fly with caution. ... Read more >

My Latest Photographic Medium

Sunday, 20 Aug 2017 | Views [566] | Comments [2]

This past week has been extremely difficult for me. In addition to dealing with a bad cold, my mother has been in hospital with liver failure. The other day I barely left my flat at all: probably the first time I've spent an entire day in Queenstown ... Read more >

Aotearoa, Sweet Home

Monday, 17 Jul 2017 | Views [595]

For the past few weeks I've been in Queenstown again...a place I absolutely love with the Remarkables, abundant snow, and gorgeous lakefront. After visiting my family and feeling rejuvinated in Pennsylvania by staying at the home of good ol' mum, I was ... Read more >

Photos: Wairarapa

Sunday, 11 Dec 2016 | Photo Gallery

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Role of Tour Guide

Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Views [570]

Today I was a tour guide to, believe or not, my sister's best friend from kindergarten. Dannielle and Danielle (notice the spelling difference) were inseparable as little girls and we always knew the latter as "Danielle R." A few weeks ago I successfully ... Read more >

Photos: Ben Lomond Track

Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Like Fishing

Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | Views [712]

"Hitchhiking is like fishing: sometimes you get a big catch, sometimes you get a small catch, yet sometimes you get no catch." Those were the words of a Maori fella who picked me up outside of Napier last year. There couldn't be a better analogy because ... Read more >

Carrot Capital

Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Views [1724]

Greetings in orange! That's because I'm in Ohakune: NZ's "carrot capital." A giant carrot greets people as you enter the town, and large bags of carrots are for sale at dairies and petrol station. These past few visits to New Zealand I've mostly been ... Read more >

Photos: Central Plateau

Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Lake Hayes

Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | Views [742]

Queenstown can get really hectic after awhile, both on the streets and in your mind. Thankfully there's a plethora of easy escapes from New Zealand's most popular tourist town. Clyde, as well as the various tramping tracks near Glenorchy are my favourites ... Read more >

ChCh to QT

Wednesday, 10 Jun 2015 | Views [637]

Christchurch to Queenstown that is! I've done the journey a million times yet I never get tired of it as the drive is considered one of the world's most beautiful. Yesterday I caught up with a good friend, Doug Jacques. Six years ago I met him in Queenstown ... Read more >

Jordan & Anna

Monday, 8 Jun 2015 | Views [615]

It seems that no matter where I go in this world, I always end up back in New Zealand. I'm back now for what could be an annual winter sojourn to Queenstown. This time I flew from Melbourne to Christchurch. In all the time I've been in Australia and ... Read more >

Photos: Katikati

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Photo Gallery

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Geocaching and Katikati

Thursday, 14 Aug 2014 | Views [855]

It would take me only two lifts to get to Tauranga and another couple of short lifts to get to Katikati, the only Ulster settlement outside of Ireland. A group of Ulster Scots came from County Tyrone, and settled in Katikati in 1875. I'm Irish yet I ... Read more >

Patagonia Chocolates

Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | Views [2113]

Fergburger gets all the attention here in Queenstown; travellers are constantly told "you have to try a Fergburger." However, there's another place that's ten times better. Patagonia is where I call in nearly every day for a hot chocolate! They are the ... Read more >

Queenstown Hill Panorama

Sunday, 27 Jul 2014 | Views [953]

Since I left Norfolk Island two months ago I've been busy not doing much! I can't believe I haven't written anything in over two months! I'm on the cusp of a major journey that shall take me to a special place, a childhood dream, the top of a mountain, ... Read more >

Ski Town this is NOT!

Saturday, 10 May 2014 | Views [1252]

Arriving back in West Auckland before my "visa holiday" I'm back in a sense of "normality". I'm not sure if I've ever told you about my friend Erica. We met in Australia back in '07 and I've met up with her a few times on this journey. She lives ... Read more >

Freezing Thumb

Wednesday, 7 May 2014 | Views [732]

"If I were you I would have left earlier, rather than later, you don't want to get stuck in Twizel at 4 AM" advised Craig. It was pissing down rain all morning and I misinterpreted his text when he said "it's not due to clear up today." He offered me ... Read more >

Photos: Mount Aspiring National Park

Wednesday, 30 Apr 2014 | Photo Gallery

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