Queenstown – unassumingly hip, unusually sophisticated but down to earth, and home to some of the best ski fields in the Southern Hemisphere. Unfortunately, my partner and I were suffering from some sort of mutant common cold bug, so snowboarding went out the window. Worst luck. But bad luck turned into good luck when we … More Zippity Do Dah!
Who knew that New Zealand had their very own royals? As in the mighty Northern Royal Albatross or “toroa.” Had you fooled for a minute, didn’t I? Although I’m writing about birds, there is no doubt that the albatross is a royally, spectacular creature. An Otago wonder, if you will. Located on the cliffs of … More The New Zealand Royals
Seals, much like Chicken Man, are everywhere!!! With around 100, 000 fur seals inhabiting New Zealand, there is an excellent possibility to sight a seal in unexpected places. I’ve enjoyed hot chips in the company of wild seals on the Otago Peninsula (no fish, that would be tempting fate), almost tripped over a seal sunning … More New Sealand
In the heart of the South Island, laying beside the township of Wanaka, is a crystal clear, icy cold lake complete with alpine views that might just rival paradise. Although the township of Wanaka is a lively one with numerous cafes, bars and endless activities, when I sat by Lake Wanaka everything felt a million … More That Wanaka Tree
It is extremely rare to come across a castle in the Southern Hemisphere, unless a highfalutin individual has built one for their family home. But in Dunedin, William Larnach did just that. This example of medieval beauty, built in 1871, stands tall on the Otago Peninsula. Unsurprisingly, William Larnach called his castle “Larnach Castle”. Architecture … More FIT FOR A KING…. OR MERCHANT BARON
If New Zealand is known as the “Adventure Capital of the World”, Queenstown would be the heart of that Capital (or the Capital’s capital, if you will). This is mainly due to the extensive number of potential heart-attack inducing activities you can experience in Queenstown. Much like a real heart-attack, you get to pay others … More SWING AND SCREAM!