South Island

Travel ideas for the South Island of New Zealand

Cruising the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand web
Adventure Travel Ideas, Family Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, South Island

A boating adventure in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand

The Marlborough Sounds is a beautiful part of New Zealand that I had never properly explored before so when friends invited us to spend a few days on their boat in the Marlborough Sounds during our trip to New Zealand we jumped at the chance! Looking at a Marlborough Sounds […]

Nga-Tapuwai-o-Toi hike Whakatane New Zealand
Adventure Travel Ideas, Family Travel Ideas, Film & Literary Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island, South Island, Wine Tasting Travel Ideas

The ultimate one-month New Zealand trip itinerary

Here is my ultimate one-month New Zealand trip itinerary. I have included a mix of the main attractions and places that will not appear on a travel agent’s New Zealand itinerary! A few tips for planning your New Zealand trip itinerary Overall, when planning your New Zealand vacation, aim to […]

Family Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island, South Island

New Zealand with kids: A one-month itinerary for families

I am frequently asked to recommend New Zealand travel itineraries for family and friends so I thought I would share some of these with the rest of you! This itinerary is focused around ‘New Zealand with kids’ – for families travelling to New Zealand for one month. This is what I […]

Bowen Falls Milford Sound New Zealand Photo by Natasha von GeldernBowen Falls Milford Sound New Zealand Photo by Natasha von Geldern
Adventure Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, South Island, Unesco World Heritage Sites

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 […]

Milford Track New Zealand Photo by Natasha von Geldern
Adventure Travel Ideas, New Zealand, South Island, Unesco World Heritage Sites

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 […]

Milford Track New Zealand Photo by Natasha von Geldern
Adventure Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, South Island, Unesco World Heritage Sites

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 […]

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