Atene Skyline Track | Whanganui National Park

The long, narrow often bumpy winding road lead deeper and deeper into rural New Zealand and as the fog descended, a strange sense of mystery settled over the landscape. Atene Skyline Track was up next on my To-Hike List. I nervously passed an ominous looking house with a debilitated, “DANGER, KEEP OUT” sign clinging desperately … Read moreAtene Skyline Track | Whanganui National Park

The Ultimate Guide to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Three adults and one eager 12-year-old got up before the sun Saturday morning awaiting the adventure of the day. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing was on the agenda. Bags packed ready, our breath catching in the crisp dawn air we all piled into the car. The 20-minute drive from Turangi was filled with excitement and anticipation. … Read moreThe Ultimate Guide to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Pouakai Tarn Hike in Taranaki: Guest Post by The Travel Natural

Emma from The Travel Natural responded to my plea for help when wanting to organise a collaboration on best North Island New Zealand hikes as a follow up to my Best South Island Hikes collaboration. She was the only one who stepped up to the plate with her post on Pouakai Tarn Hike. I couldn’t … Read morePouakai Tarn Hike in Taranaki: Guest Post by The Travel Natural

Coppermine Creek – Cave weta, creek crossings, spectacular views make an adventurous day out

Coppermine Creek, New Zealand - Cave weta, creek crossings, spectacular views make an adventurous day out

A gentle river cascading over rocks makes for serene background noise when hiking up through native bushland in the Ruahine Range. Coppermine Creek is a unique New Zealand walk that offers a bit of everything. From river crossings to a cave filled with cave weta, spiders and glow worms, to awe-inspiring views across the hilltops … Read moreCoppermine Creek – Cave weta, creek crossings, spectacular views make an adventurous day out