New Zealand

10 epic things to do in New Zealand that aren’t hiking

It’s no secret that New Zealand is a world-renowned hiking mecca. Open any magazine feature or Instagram page and you’re likely to see an impossibly small human perched precariously in front of towering mountains. Who wouldn’t want to go walking in that scenery? But for many people, hiking just isn’t for them. So what’s a person to do when traveling to ...

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Nothing beats Central Otago in autumn

It’s that time of year again, autumn, my favorite season in New Zealand! Growing up in the States, I confess it did take me a while to grow accustomed to reversed seasons and fall leaves in April, but now I’m hooked and love it. And there is nowhere I love to experience more than stunning Central Otago. An east coast ...

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8 reasons to love Christchurch, New Zealand

Lieselot De Brauwer is a freelance writer and travel blogger. She sees herself as a world citizen, but lost her heart to New Zealand and was an expat in Christchurch. She specializes in New Zealand and Canada travel, outdoor adventures and inspiring others to explore new places on her blog The World is a Circus So you’re finally planning to ...

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An autumn escape to Lombardy Cottage

As a writer and pure introvert at heart, I am constantly on the lookout for cute and cozy hideaways where I can disappear off the grid, relax, and feel inspired. I wish there was a word for that feeling, but it’s something I yearn for when I travel, and probably my most ultimate state of comfort. The closest thing I’ve ...

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10 big life lessons I’ve learned from the backcountry

I didn’t start out as an expert in the outdoors. I didn’t grow up doing orienteering races or learning navigation or given any backcountry tips. Aside from binge eating Thin Mints, I had nothing to do with Girl Scouts and couldn’t have cared less about hiking or camping. As I got older and more appreciative of my natural surroundings, I ...

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Exploring lush green Northland

I can’t believe it took me years to finally visit Northland – the most northern region of New Zealand. Quite possibly as far as I could physically get from where I live in Wanaka and still be in New Zealand, Northland is a wild place that still has managed to stay off the radar. While many tourists go up there ...

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Cape Kidnappers – New Zealand’s most beautiful bird colony

Just when I think I’ve seen it all, New Zealand continues to delight and surprise me. While I’ve explored so many far reaching locations in this beautifully country I’m privileged enough to call home, there are some regions that I’ve yet to get to, like the Hawke’s Bay. On the east coast of the North Island, I just haven’t found ...

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10 inspiring moments from adventuring through New Zealand

A new idea, Liz and one of her amazing contributors Madeleine Jones created this post together after our collective experience exploring New Zealand. Words by Liz, all images by Mads. Enjoy! New Zealand is one of those incredible places that almost always has a universally deep impact on those who visit her. In fact, New Zealand has a habit of ...

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10 Bucket List Adventures To Take In 2018

With the new near underway, we’ve rounded up a few recommendations from our favorite trips over the last couple of years. From Alpine wonderland towns to tropical islands, here are 10 amazing bucket-list adventures to take in 2018!   10 Bucket List Adventures To Take In 2018   1. Lake Como & Cinque Terre (Italy) Resting in the spectacular shadow ...

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