Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park

I spent my only full day in the Nelson area at Abel Tasman National Park, kayaking on the pristine turquoise waters and admiring the golden sandy beaches. I would not have traded this day for anything, it was perfect! Since I was staying in Nelson, about an hour away from the park, I was able … Continue reading Kayaking in Abel Tasman National Park


Two Days in Franz Josef

The Maori name of the Franz Josef Glacier is Ka Roimata o Hinehukatere, which means "Tears of Hinehukatere." Hinehukatere was an adventurous girl who loved to climb the mountains, and her sweetheart Wawe followed her even though he wasn't a great climber. Wawe fell to his death and Hinehukatere was devastated and her tears were frozen … Continue reading Two Days in Franz Josef

Milford Sound and the Fiordlands

Well I put Queenstown behind me for a few days and stayed in the lakeside town of Te Anau for a few days (pronounced tee-AH-now, hard to get it right). On my first day there I went on a spontaneous glow worm cave trip (no pictures, as the little creatures are sensitive to light) and spent … Continue reading Milford Sound and the Fiordlands