New Zealand is a gorgeous country. It’s a country of marching glaciers, soaring white peaks and plunging green valleys. But it’s also a country of quieter scenic pleasures, such as Akaroa.
This small coastal town on the south island is like a little piece of France on the other side of the world. Here you can sit over breakfast baguettes or a bowl of snails in the cafes and walk along rues to distinctly French looking cottages. But you can also explore a distant volcano, a watery inlet home to dozens of dolphins – and one very weird “giant’s” house.
Check out my article in Journey magazine to find out more.
I don’t like camping. But I do like New Zealand, and last Christmas when I had a guidebook to update and numerous features to write, I was offered the chance to take a campervan around the North Island.
I was sceptical, but it turned out to be the best way to get around. I had my house on my back and so always had what I needed to hand, whatever the adventure. And there was plenty of adventure.
Read about my experience with Jucy campervans for TTG.
My recent article on the Routeburn Track in New Zealand was referenced in The Week in the April 12 issue.
This month’s issue of Wanderlust magazine features my six-page article on the Routeburn Track on New Zealand‘s South Island.
This long-distance hiking trail is all-too-often overlooked in favour of its more famous neighbour the Milford Track. But there is much to recommend it, from mountain vistas to alpine meadows, plunging waterfalls to pleasant, bird-filled woodland. And it can be easily combined with visits to adventure capital Queenstown and epically beautiful Milford Sound, too. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
Read more about it in the April 2014 issue of Wanderlust.