Is the Tongariro Crossing really New Zealand’s Best Day Hike?

Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand, 4-5 March 2015 The Tongariro Crossing is reputedly New Zealands Best Day Hike. But is it really? New Zealand is an extremely diverse scenic country, with beautiful snow topped mountains, volcanos, lakes, native forest, Fjords, Beaches, Mountain Passes, Glaciers, Rivers, and Islands, is it even possible to determine the countries best…

Tramping the Golden Sands of Abel Tasman

Abel Tasman, New Zealand, 9-13 February 2015 Abel Tasman National Park is a haven of golden beaches, turquoise sea, and beautiful sunny weather. It’s no surprise then, especially given it’s location close to Motueka and Nelson,  that it’s a popular place to visit for some rest and relaxation, the beautiful beaches at the small villages…

Tramping to Angelus Hut in the Rainy Nelson Lakes

Nelson Lakes, New Zealand, visited 29th December 2014-2 January 2015 The Nelson Lakes is perhaps one of New Zealand’s National Parks which has fewer foreigners visiting, perhaps because it’s northern, central location on the New Zealand’s South Island is somewhat overshadowed by the Aoraki/ Mount Cook National Park to the South, the reputedly sunny Abel…

Epic Hike in Puketi Forest

Puketi Forest, Bay of Islands, New Zealand, visited 14 September 2014 When Oscar and I decided to do a day hike in the Puketi forest, we didn’t realise quite how much we’d bargained for. the 6hr15min hike turned into a 10hour hike, with a total of 7 river crossings, lots of stripping off boots and…

My oh Maya Part 2: El Mirador

El Mirador, Guatemala visited 8-12 April 2014 I have wanted to hike to the Mayan ruins of El Mirador since I started looking into visiting Guatemala, and a quick google search of ‘hiking’ and ‘Guatemala’ returned the 5-6 day hike. However, I had difficulty booking ahead for the dates I wanted. In Belize, I met…