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Cape Reinga revisited

Thursday, 26 Feb 2009 | Views [1368]

It was an outrageously adventurous day in the Northland today. We nearly got stranded but we made it out. First let me get to the good part. Oh I'm a self-professed traveloholic, by the way! OK OK I'll get to my day. This morning I washed up and then ... Read more >


I meet Maria

Wednesday, 25 Feb 2009 | Views [270]

This morning I was awoken when I heard someone yelling "Chris, Chris" It was Gabe and Lance because they were freezing cold. They had asked me to paddle to shore but a fisherman offered to give them a lift over. Lance's sleeping bag was soaked ... Read more >


Sailing from the Barrier to Paihia

Sunday, 22 Feb 2009 | Views [1967]

It was a big day of sailing as we set out toward the Bay of Islands today! This morning when I woke up I knew it was going to be so hard leaving because Nikki is a very nice lady! I took a shower and then made my morning cuppa earl grey with a teaspoon ... Read more >


Photos: Great Barrier Island

Tuesday, 17 Feb 2009 | Photo Gallery

Two mates and I embarked on an amazing sailing journey on a seven-metre yacht to Great Barrier Island: an island with no main electricity supply, street lights, banks, or supermarkets. It's like New Zealand 60 years ago!
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A Dutchman and the Ahura

Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Views [882]

For three days I've been searching, and today it paid off! This morning I woke up extra early at the crack of dawn so I could scout around for someone going across the strait. Yesterday I learned my lesson because I missed a catamaran by only ... Read more >

Tags: sailing


Photos: Cook Strait

Sunday, 25 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

In my plan to hitchhike the length of New Zealand, I hung around Picton for three days trying to find a yacht to hitch on, and I succeeded! I've successfully hitchhiked the full length of Aotearoa
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Photos: Kepler Track

Thursday, 15 Jan 2009 | Photo Gallery

One of my favourite tracks on the South Island. Here I got gorgeous views of Lake Te Anau as I walked above the treeline
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Christmas in paradise and seclusion

Thursday, 25 Dec 2008 | Views [1496]

It's Christmas! But for me it's not your average Christmas. Most people wake up to presents around the tree, a cup of hot cocoa, and lots of good cheer, usually surrounded by family. This year, I'm in seclusion, deep in a glacier-carved valley. I woke ... Read more >


Photos: Copland Track

Wednesday, 24 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

On Christmas Eve I walked more than 12 miles deep into the Copland Valley on the West Coast. A good soak in the hot pools, combined with a sublime view of the Southern Alps felt so invigorating! On Christmas Day I spent the day out there, continuing to ... Read more >
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Whitebait, anyone?

Wednesday, 17 Dec 2008 | Views [1705]

Two weeks ago whilst working with Ingrid at the store, a customer walked in and asked about whitebait. My response was "ah, that's used for fishing." Ingrid looked at me rather harshly and said "No, that's not fishing bait!" Feeling ... Read more >

Tags: food


Photos: Central Otago

Tuesday, 9 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery

Rocky, brown Otago is very different to flat, green Southland
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A case of Clyde-itis

Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Views [665]

Welcome to Clyde. Population: 918 This town may be a little dot on a map of the South Island, but it sure holds a special place in my heart. A wee while back I was thumbin' it near Milton (home of the "odd kink in the road") and I was picked ... Read more >


Photos: Clyde

Monday, 8 Dec 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Gold and Greenstone

Wednesday, 3 Dec 2008 | Views [1539] | Comments [1]

It was a day of trying to strike it rich in the Land of Greenstone (and in some places, gold). I got up at 10:00 and packed my tent, sleeping bag and a few other things so I could go camping tonight. I wasn't sure where I would end up, but I was thinking ... Read more >


Sutherland Falls

Saturday, 15 Nov 2008 | Views [1520]

Today was day three on the Milford Track. I was still in “dreamland” as everyone else was getting ready to tackle MacKinnon Pass. At 8:30 I washed up hurriedly and packed up everything and ran out the door. Since I walked up to MacKinnon Pass yesterday, ... Read more >


Mintaro Hut

Friday, 14 Nov 2008 | Views [825]

Day two of the Milford Track trek! I woke up at 7:00 AM when I heard all the ruckus of everyone else getting ready to set out. I got dressed and then washed up. Laurel and I took a photo together with our bags to make it official that we’re Milford ... Read more >


Photos: Milford Track

Thursday, 13 Nov 2008 | Photo Gallery

New Zealand's most well-known of the Great Walks, it's a bit commercialized but nonetheless incredibly beautiful!
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Kiwi spotting

Wednesday, 5 Nov 2008 | Views [1718]

Ian told me that if I want to get to Mason Bay before dark, that it isn’t worth it to go around the mud on the track. We went through the Paterson Inlet and then up the Freshwater River. Ian has to time the ride to go at high tide. At 6:00, I ... Read more >

Tags: adventures, beaches, kiwi, nature, wilderness


Photos: Southland

Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Invercargill, the Catlins, Tuatapere, and the surrounding areas. There isn't much to do in Invercargill but I ended up here several times on my great journey.
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Photos: Dunedin

Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Dunedin and the Otago Peninsula
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Photos: Oamaru

Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Oamaru, blue penguins, and the Moeraki Boulders
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Photos: Taranaki

Tuesday, 14 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

The region of Taranaki includes Mt. Taranaki and any other interesting places, including New Plymouth, Stratford, Hawera, the Forgotten World Highway, and the Republic of Whangamomona
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Aotearoa tōnui ma

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 | Views [514]

Today was another adventurous and exciting day in God’s Own Country. I awoke at 6:30 after having another strange dream last night. I’ve been having so many strange dreams lately, including one where I was in a prison and I climbed ... Read more >


Photos: Coromandel Peninsula

Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Like everywhere else in NZ, this area is quite simply, breathtakingly beautiful!
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The farm in Whitianga

Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Views [1014]

Mill Creek Rd., which is where I was headed, was very rocky and bumpy, and he seemed to enjoy driving through the rocks. He dropped me off right in front of the property. After eight rides and several hours, I was at my destination. It was raining, ... Read more >


My 24th! A Big Leap

Saturday, 20 Sep 2008 | Views [1128]

Happy Birthday to me! It was my free day today at the Dorje Chang Institute! I woke up at 9:30, had some Weet-Bix and a cuppa before packing for the day becuase I wanted to get into Auckland early. With my camera, credit card, and some money I hit ... Read more >


A taste of Buddhism in Aotearoa

Tuesday, 16 Sep 2008 | Views [512]

Welcome to the Dorje Chang Institute! A Tibetan Buddhist centre where big love and wisdom is practiced and absolutely no living thing is killed. It's a 2.5 hectare "Garden of Eden" with the high-rises of Auckland off in the distance. There ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, culture, people


Stony Batter

Wednesday, 10 Sep 2008 | Views [1531]

"Yoo-hoo, today is a great day if you want to go to Stony Batter" Roberta calls into my room at 8:30 AM. I'm glad I did because I've been waking up a little too late the past few days. She was right, so I thought I'd seize the opportunity ... Read more >


Photos: Waiheke Island

Friday, 5 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery


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Mt. Cook

Monday, 23 Jan 2006 | Views [816]

            Today was my 17 th , and sadly, my final day in New Zealand. I woke up at 7:30 and finished packing my bags, and then went down to breakfast. I sat with Lisa, Paul, and Rose, and had cereal and peaches. I’m going to miss everyone and ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Photos: Mackenzie Country

Sunday, 22 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery

Photos from 2006, 2009, and 2017. Lakes Ohau, Pukaki, Timaru, and Tekapo, and a dramatic scenic flight over the Southern Alps
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Lake Ohau

Sunday, 22 Jan 2006 | Views [938]

            Today was my 16 th day in the Land of the Maoris. I leave tomorrow and it’s going to be so hard going home. I woke up at about 7:00 when our boat, the Milford Wanderer , started moving. The water was very rough, but it was cool. Breakfast ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation


Bungee jumping and fjord dipping

Saturday, 21 Jan 2006 | Views [2465]

It was my 15th day in Aotearoa, and my trip is winding down. I’m going to miss New Zealand so much when I go, but I still have three days left and plenty more to see! I woke up at 7:00 this morning and took my bags to the coach straight ... Read more >

Tags: adrenaline


Gallery: Milford Sound

Saturday, 21 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery


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Queenstown and river boarding

Friday, 20 Jan 2006 | Views [930]

            It was my 14 th day in Aotearoa/New Zealand today, and it was yet another adventurous one. It was my day to go river boarding on the Kawarau River. Last night I fell asleep at 3 AM, so Mike had to wake me at 7 AM. I got ready quickly ... Read more >

Tags: Adventures


Skydiving!

Thursday, 19 Jan 2006 | Views [805]

            I had another exciting and fantastic day on my holiday. It was perhaps the most adventurous day of my life! It was the day of my big leap! So, I woke up very nervous at 7 AM. I was worried about skydiving, but I knew I had to do it.... Read more >

Tags: Adrenaline


Fox Glacier

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2006 | Views [891]

            I’ll tell you now about my 12 th day in Aotearoa. My trip is winding down and I wish I could stay! I was supposed to go on my heli-hike today, but the weather conditions were too bad. I got dressed and used my thermal underwear for ... Read more >

Tags: adventures


Photos: Queenstown

Wednesday, 18 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery

Adrenaline central! I unleashed my adrenaline in 2006, and came back to become a street poet in 2009. I've spent several winters here since. Gallery includes Glenorchy and the road between
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Glaciers and the Southern Alps

Tuesday, 17 Jan 2006 | Views [819]

            I had another adventurous and exciting day in the other land Down Under. It was my 11 th day in this land of paradise. We were leaving Christchurch today. I woke up early and had breakfast as usual. I had roasted tomato, hash browns, ... Read more >

Tags: Mountains


Photos: Westland

Tuesday, 17 Jan 2006 | Photo Gallery

Fox Glacier is one of my favourite places in Aotearoa. I was there back in 2006 and then worked at the convenience store for two months last year. During my stay I visited Franz Josef, Hokitika, Ross, and just about every place I could think of on the ... Read more >
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