Kura-Tawhiti

Driving NZ – Arthur’s Pass to Kaikoura

Driving day #3 we moved from Arthur’s Pass to Kaikoura: Distance = 275 km, bypassing Christchurch Expected driving time = 3.5 hours Actual elapsed time = about 8 hours Main reason it took so long = extended stop at Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area Also known as Castle Hill, the Kura Tawhiti Conservation Area was the…

Glow-Stick-Photography

Photo Blogging Challenge (March 2014) – One

In honour of the first anniversary of this particular photo blogging challenge, the theme for March was one. I found there was plenty of scope for interpretation and had fun making this set of five photographs. 1. One Mug of Ale – All the on location sets for the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit…

Cave-Stream

Excursion to Cave Stream, NZ

I first learned about Cave Stream while putting together a list of geocaches we might try to find to while on vacation in New Zealand. In December, I started trying to convince the rest of the family that walking up a stream in a cave for 600 meters would be a great adventure. By the…

Harihari

Driving NZ – Franz Josef to Arthur’s Pass

Another day, another scenic drive on New Zealand’s South Island. According to multiple sources on teh interwebz (that’s what happens when you hang out with teens 24/7 for more than a week), a non-stop journey along the 235 km of (mostly) one-lane-in-each-direction highway between Franz Josef and Arthur’s Pass should take about three hours. We…

Franz-Josef-Glacier

Hiking New Zealand – Franz Josef Glacier

We drove 8 hours from Queenstown to the very small, adventure tourist-oriented town of Franz Josef in Westland Tai Poutini National Park mainly for the chance to heli-hike on Franz Josef Glacier. When we arrived to check in with Franz Josef Glacier Guides we learned that no helicopters had gone up for the past three…