The Tongariro Crossing

On a Wednesday morning in March I began my eight-hour trek across lava and ash in the land of Mordor New Zealand’s oldest national park—Tongariro. This area is part of the Taupo Volcanic Field, and in the park there are three main volcanoes: Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe (pronounced nar-uh-ho-ee), and Mt Tongariro. The geology of…

Queenstown: Day 5

BUNGY JUMPING!!!!! So this one is now checked off of my bucket list and list of things I don’t necessarily need to do ever again in my life. At around 11 in the morning boarded a bus that shuttled us off to the Nevis site. This location and bungy jump are named for the beautiful…

Queenstown: Day 4

Today ended up being a wicked adventure. My plan was to go for a short walk/do some easy sightseeing and then spend the rest of the afternoon lounging down by the waterfront. (Tryin’ to get my tan on!) Well, that didn’t happen. I took a wrong turn on the trail and ended up on the…

Queenstown: Day 3

Most of the trip I’ve been seeing lots of bikers and thinking to myself, Damn, my dad would love this place. Well Dad, I finally got to try my hand at some of this Queenstown mountain biking, renting a cross-country (XC) bike from Vertigo Bikes—just around the corner from my hostel. They gave me a…

From South Pole back to Christchurch

I can’t believe it’s over and I’m on to the next thing. Here’s just a bunch of photos from my last two days on the ice. It all blew by so fast. Unfortunately no penguins in McMurdo, but I did manage to see some orcas through some binoculars! (No pics though.) Thank you to everyone…