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Mountains to sea and back again

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After the canoe and hiking trip my friend went home and my girlfriend came up to join me for a long weekend. We spent much of it driving around the Cairngorms and parts of the Moray coast. We took in … Continue reading

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Canoe and hike, Loch Ericht

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For the first part of this year’s trip to Scotland a friend of mine joined me for a 3 day trip around Loch Ericht on the southern edge of the Cairngorm mountains. The plan was to take my new (to … Continue reading

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Farewell to New Zealand

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With the Routeburn track completed I spent a day in Queenstown, wandering around and enjoying a delicious lunch at Devil Burger. I’d had numerous recommendations to eat at a place called Fergburger, but the massive queue and some local knowledge … Continue reading

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Routeburn Track, path of waterfalls

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After my Milford Sound cruise I was dropped off at the Divide, start of the Routeburn track. This is another of New Zealand’s 9 “Great Walks”, my second with they other being the Kepler Track. I found this trail much … Continue reading

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Milford Sound

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One of the main things that made me want to come to New Zealand was seeing pictures of the Milford Sound. I had initially planned to walk the Milford Track, but its popularity made this impossible without planning much farther … Continue reading

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Te Anau and the Kepler Track

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Another day of travel down from Franz Josef bought me to Queenstown where I spent the night before heading on to Te Anau early the next morning. The brief experience of Queenstown was not terribly positive, as it mostly seems … Continue reading

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Franz Josef glacier

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After a rest day in Karamea I spent another day travelling down south to Franz Josef glacier, with a brief stop en route in Punakaiki to look at the Pancake Rocks. The mountains around the glacier are beautiful and offer … Continue reading

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Wangapeka track, Kahurangi national park

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That’s more like it! Fantastic route with stunning scenery, exactly what I wanted after the slight disappointment of the Abel Tasman inland track. I was told that the track had been fairly recently downgraded from a major route to something … Continue reading

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Abel Tasman National Park

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For my first proper hike in NZ, I chose the inland track of New Zealand’s smallest but most visited national park – Abel Tasman. While most people walk the easier coastal route, I wanted to avoid the crowds and have … Continue reading

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Come on the All Blacks!

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After a few pleasant days catching up with friends in London it was time to set of on my next adventure – a month in New Zealand. The flight was surprisingly painless in spite of the length, and in no … Continue reading

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