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Justifiably popular, Milford Sound is one of the most beautiful stretches of water in the world. Accessed via the stunning Te Anau-Milford Road which provides a taste of the scenery to come, Milford Sound is hemmed in by towering vertical rock faces rising up to 1500 metres in height, waterfalls cascading from mountain ridges and hanging valleys into the inky dark waters.Cruises depart regularly ....Continue Reading >>
Perched in a grassy park lapping the shores of Lake Te Anau is a fine statue of intrepid Scottish explorer and guide, Quintin MacKinnon who co-founded the world-famous Milford Trackand opened up a pathway across the South Island of New Zealand. MacKinnon owned the rights to the mail run between Te Anau and Milford for some years before he sadly drowned in the lake his statue sits on only a few ....Continue Reading >>
While it is only the third best way of arriving at Milford Sound (hiking the Milford Track or arriving by boat win hands down for the two most rewarding), the 120 km drive from the touristy township of Te Anau to Milford is a world class highly scenic drive highlighting the dramatic scale and natural beauty of this World Heritage-listed area.With a strong recommendation to hit the road early, the ....Continue Reading >>
The energetic (or mad?) walk to the top of Bob's Peak in Queenstown though most choose the relaxing Skyline Gondola. Whatever the method, rewards are spectacular 180+ degree views over Queenstown, sparkling Lake Wakatipu and surrounding snow-capped mountain ranges. In early autumn leaves turn a burnished gold making for a superb contrast with the sapphire blue waters of Lake Wakatipu.On the peak, ....Continue Reading >>
It is like walking into a Hollywood set. Nestled into the arms of the Southern Alps between Wanaka, Cardrona and Queenstown, Arrowtown rushed into existence in the early 1860s when gold was discovered in the meandering Arrow River. The nascent town was swamped with folks, including many Chinese miners(estimated at 40%), hoping to make their fortune. Original rustic miners’ cottages, saloon bars, ....Continue Reading >>
Sweeping down from Haast Pass, Wanaka offers a change of mood from the Kiwi West Coast. Sandwiched between the glorious twin Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka with a backdrop of mountain vistas it is little surprise that Wanaka acts as a central location for a huge range of outdoor activities, whether it be hiking, skiing, fishing, rafting, kayaking or the more adrenalin-fuelled sky diving, jetboating ....Continue Reading >>
Cardrona is the midpoint of the superb scenic drive over the Crown Ranges between Wanaka and Queenstown. A ski village in winter, only a couple of buildings remain from the manic gold rush days of the 1860s including the iconic and historic Cardrona Hotel.Visitors can almost hear the dark coloured walls tell the tortured past tales of people seeking their riches. The backyard is a beautiful grassy ....Continue Reading >>
From spectacular Fox Glacier, the west coast ribbon of highway called SH6 continues it relentless but scenic route south. Sticking to a coastline that boasts superb vistas (such as Knights Point Lookout), the road curls its way to the strange town of Haast which despite a population of only a few hundred is broken into three distinct settlements several kilometres apart.Through stunning (and World ....Continue Reading >>
by Samuel WintersNew Zealand’s largest city is vibrant, cool and can often be reminiscent of the bustling American metropolis Los Angeles. However, unlike LA, Aucklandis set to the backdrop of the natural world and New Zealand’s beauty; the trees, plants and vegetation almost as numerous as the buildings.John Logan Campbell may not be a familiar name but he is one of the foremost ....Continue Reading >>
Some photographic reflections on my recent journey around the South Island of New Zealand. ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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