Backpacking in New Zealand: Salmon Farm, Haast Falls and Bus Tripping West Coast

Places like this you never appreciate or savour, but you should because YOU WILL NEVER BE HERE AGAIN. And so it was a stop over on route to Wanaka, that we had our lunch time visit to a Salmon Farm, which quite frankly was in the wilderness of absolutely nowhere. We pulled over and there Read more about Backpacking in New Zealand: Salmon Farm, Haast Falls and Bus Tripping West Coast[…]

Windy Wellington: Blown Away By New Zealand’s Capital City!

I was warned before coming to Wellington that it was windy. I thought nothing more of it, even onboard my Interislander boat, but once I had arrived in this, one of the southermost capital cities in the world, I knew they were right. Welcome to windy Wellington!   Exposed to the Antarctic drift and unsheltered Read more about Windy Wellington: Blown Away By New Zealand’s Capital City![…]

Backpacking in Queenstown: New Zealand’s One

So what to make of this one?No really, the “party capital” of New Zealand, the “adventure capital” of the world, that is exactly what Queenstown is. There is no reason for this town to even exist. It is a humanly created paradise. Arriving on a sunny afternoon I got off my bus in the city Read more about Backpacking in Queenstown: New Zealand’s One[…]

DUN – EDIN / EDIN – BURGH: Same City, Different Hemisphere *

The question “Which Scottish settlement is Dunedin named after?” would have an obvious answer…and from the Scottish capital city of EDIN- Burgh, we find ourselves in Dun – EDIN. The “Burgh” obviously translating itself somehow as the word “Dun” in either Maori or Kiwi speak. Either way it wasn’t an obvious place for me to Read more about DUN – EDIN / EDIN – BURGH: Same City, Different Hemisphere *[…]

Franz Josef Township - New Zealand

Backpacking in New Zealand: Franz Josef Township

The word “Township” has always confused me in life, and it wasn’t until 2010 that I thought I knew what it meant. I heard reports from people going to South Africa to watch the World Cup and they said they were visiting “townships”, which I seen as slums or working class black or white areas. Read more about Backpacking in New Zealand: Franz Josef Township[…]

Blue Ice: Franz Josef Glacier Day Hike, South Island, New Zealand

There are a lot of glaciers in New Zealand, and they are all in the South Island. For whatever reason it was always my plan to do the day hike up the Franz Josef Glacier. It seems to be the most obvious one to do, there’s the slightly bigger glaciers nearby of Fox and Tasman, Read more about Blue Ice: Franz Josef Glacier Day Hike, South Island, New Zealand[…]

Relaxing at West Makarora in South Island New Zealand

(West) Makarora

A mini airport and an isolated yellow private jet were the welcoming sign to the village of Makorora. Or rather West Makarora. That and the immense landscape of never ending trees, hills, rivers, valleys and mountains. A feast for your wandering eyes. When everything human has failed you, only nature can set you free again. Read more about (West) Makarora[…]

inspired on a lifestyle of travel by the glow worms in franz josef

Glow Worm Trek, Franz Josef, New Zealand

First night in the cold misty township of Franz Josef and I’m staying in Glow Worm Cottages. Quite mystical and spooky, and in total isolation seemingly from the parties of New York, the business meetings of London and the flair of Milan. Franz Josef Township is an extraordinary little place.   Over dinner I met Read more about Glow Worm Trek, Franz Josef, New Zealand[…]

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