Into the Mountainous Region of Rotokas

Video | Several months ago I’d never heard of the area of Rotokas in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. Yet here I was about to disappear into the mountainous terrain for 3 days of trekking. I still knew very little about the area. A couple of conversations with volunteers on the island whom had visited. And a brief information pack providing an overview and advising to take warm clothes. However, these glimpses were nothing but positive and it sounded like the Rotokas region would be nothing short of spectacular. Mountains, volcanoes, river, streams, waterfalls and caves, surrounded by the dense rainforest that only the island of Bougainville can offer – what more could you ask for!?

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Surf, bike, paddle and hike Hanalei

Hanalei, Hawaii

Hanalei, meaning ‘lei making’ and ‘crescent bay’ in Hawaiian is the perfect base for an adventure. The small town on the North Shore of Kauai is surrounded by Mount Na Molokama, Mamalahoa and Hihimanu and as a result, it’s a place of natural beauty and has a charm that draws you … Read more

The hidden live bridges of Bougainville

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“Visit the flower garden and see the live bridge” I read inquisitively from a text message. A live bridge? The thought of it had me intrigued. Was it simply a typo in the text message? Or was there really a live bridge? And what would a live bridge look like? “Ok, … Read more

Wellington Walks: Otari-Wilton’s Bush and Skyline Walkway

Otari-Wilton's Bush

Otari-Wilton’s Bush is the only public botanic garden in New Zealand dedicated solely to native plants, home to an 800 year old rimu tree and bursting at the seams with birdlife – the perfect place for an outdoor adventure with the family. It was a crisp and cold Sunday afternoon … Read more

Wellington Walks: Te Kopahou Reserve Tip Track

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Wellington Walks: Te Kopahou Reserve Tip Track. I recently discovered the Tip Track within Te Kopahou Reserve after a friend recommend it, and what a walk! Te Kopahou, meaning “bent or folded feather” in Te Reo Maori covers an area of over 650 hectares and offers views of the highest calibre … Read more

Discovering Hawaii: Hanakapi’ai Falls of Kauai

Kauai, Hawaii

There’s nothing quite like the reward of a waterfall – the 300ft Hanakapi’ai Falls on the Kalalau Trail on the island of Kauai in Hawaii are definitely a reward of the highest calibre. It’s an 8 mile walk, 4 miles to the Hanakapi’ai Falls, returning via the same route.

Wellington Walks: Paekakariki to Pukerua Bay Trail, Kapiti Coast

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The Paekakariki Escarpment section of the Te Araroa trail runs between Paekakariki and Pukerua Bay. It has recently opened and my partner and I took the opportunity of a sunny, albeit blustery, Wellington day, to explore the 10 km trail, which climbs to over 200 metres above the Tasman Sea. We have passed through the scenic Kapiti Coast numerous times on the way to another destination, but frequently think to … Read more

The search for New Zealand’s native birds

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As a concerted effort to explore things on my doorstep, I recently went to Zealandia; a sanctuary for birds, reptiles and insects. It’s a short distance from central Wellington or in my case, a 30 minute bicycle ride. The dominating fence catches my eye and I instantly have flashbacks of … Read more

Running the trails of Mount Aspiring National Park

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An hour after landing in Queenstown we find ourselves in Glenorchy, eager to explore the area. We’ve been to Glenorchy a number of times and it keeps us coming back for more. On this occasion we’re keen to head out to the Rees Track in Mount Aspiring National Park for a … Read more