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New Zealand: Day Four of the Milford Track

The ranger’s warnings from the night before proved prescient and at 6am she was knocking on the bunkroom doors telling us to pack up and get moving. Day Four of the Milford Track takes you from Dumpling Hut to Sandfly Point. At 18 kilometres it is the longest day by distance but it is almost entirely flat […]

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New Zealand: Day Three of the Milford Track

Welcome back to my day-by-day account of hiking the Milford Track in New Zealand‘s amazing Fiordland National Park. Day Three of the Milford Track takes you from Mintaro Hut to Dumpling Hut, covering 14 kilometres and taking between six and seven hours. In the morning a few Kea parrots turned up to harass any gear […]

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New Zealand: Day Two of the Milford Track

Continuing my day-by-day account of tramping the Milford Track in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park… Day two  covers 16.5 kilometres from Clinton Hut to Mintaro Hut and takes about six hours. In the morning it was a misty start, with a slight drizzle hanging around since the early hours. We boiled up our porridge, packed […]

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New Zealand: Day One of the Milford Track

As promised, here begins my day-by-day account of tramping (the New Zealand world for hiking) the world’s finest hike: the Milford Track in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. Day one involves only five kilometres of walking between Glade Wharf and Clinton Hut, which takes approximately one hour. Day One starts with the 1pm boat service from Te Anau […]

Dutch apple pie

Netherlands: Top 10 foods to eat in Amsterdam

The Netherlands is perhaps not so well known internationally for its food, or certainly not in the way that countries like Italy are famous for amazing eating experiences. But over my years of visiting Holland I have slowly discovered more and more culinary delights and come to the conclusion that the Dutch really care about […]

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Santorini, Greek Islands

Santorini: Walking from Fira to Oia

The unique Greek island of Santorini is all about colour and contrast. Everything seems painted white: buildings, pavements, stones, even the tree trunks. Around midday the sky loses its dazzling blue and joins the whiteness above the hazy islands. Then there’s blue sea, blue paint, black sand and red rock. Not least when you take […]

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

Spain: Wandering through the Alhambra

The Judas Trees will soon be in bloom again around the Alhambra. Purple blossom glowing in the warm air of springtime in southern Spain, with the cool snows of the Sierra Nevada as a backdrop. I think this collection of broken towers, palaces, dungeons and gardens is one of the most romantic places to visit in […]

Indian Pacific rail journey, Australia

Australia: Riding the Indian Pacific

A frisson of excitement ran through the Adelaide Parklands Terminal at the announcement of the imminent arrival of the Indian Pacific train. People gathered on the platform to see the big loco pull into the station. As the sun set over the city I stowed my bag in my cabin and headed to the lounge […]

Kensal Green Cemetery, London

Wandering in London’s Kensal Green Cemetery

On a sultry London afternoon, descending into an underground space that is cold, dank, dirty, and full of dead bodies, is normally the last thing I would recommend. But the Kensal Green Cemetery in west London is worth a visit, both as a slice of 19th century history and as an operating London cemetery. It’s […]

The Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy

The Vatican City in photos

I have this running debate with Mr Wandering Kiwi about how many countries I’ve been to – it’s 47 ok?! He has not been to 47 countries and even though it’s not a competition … One of the points of contention is Vatican City. By any dictionary (or wikipedia) definition a sovereign city state. So […]