Category: New Zealand

Milford Track Day One – The Beginning Of Serenity

Described by many as one of the best and most beautiful, stunning hiking trails in the world. I had landed in New Zealand and the Milford Track was calling me. 53.5 kilometres (33 miles) of the most splendid glacial carved valleys, forests, alpine passes and waterfalls you can ever imagine to see. This was hiking (or tramping as they call it in these parts) that takes the senses to the next platform. The overwhelming sights, the gorgeous smells of the forest and the sounds of a whole plethora of wildlife and birds singing. Starting at the head of Lake...

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Trekking in Mordor – Tongariro National Park

The Tongariro National Park in New Zealand IS Mordor in the Lord of the Rings films and a dual world heritage site. I am not sure which accolade is cooler. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a 19km trek renowned for its beauty and its unpredictable weather. Indeed, I should feel lucky, as I stand in the car park, bleary eyed in the 5am half-light, that the weather is deemed good enough to make the hike at all. But I don’t feel lucky, I feel sleepy and a little sick. After two months of hostels with a fair bit of...

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