Category Archives: Around The World

Hiking the Milford Track

Touted as ‘the finest walk in the world‘ by poet Blanche Baughan in the London Spectator in 1908, the Milford Track is also the most famous of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The Maori frequently traveled this route during journeys to Milford Sound to collect pounamu (greenstone, or nephrite jade). In 1888 a track was cut up the Arthur Valley to Sutherland Falls (New Zealand’s highest waterfall). While obviously not as wide as Niagara Falls, it is over 10 times taller at 580 meters (versus 53 meters). Today approximately 14,000 people walk the Milford track each year making it one of the […]

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Doubtful Sound (actually a fiord)

Doubtful Sound is a very large and naturally imposing fiord (despite its name) in Fiordland National Park, in the far south-west of New Zealand. Though it is 3-1/2 times larger than Milford Sound, Milford is more famous as it is more accessible. It is also much more crowded with boats. According to Wiki, Doubtful Sound takes second place after Milford Sound as New Zealand’s most famous tourism destination. After a bus ride to Te Anau (such a pretty little town!), a van ride to Manapouri, a ferry across Lake Manapouri, and another van up and over Wilmot Pass, we boarded […]

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Queenstown Area – An Adult Adventureland

Given our choice of Whistler for our next home, it’s no wonder we like the southwest area of the South Island so much: mountains, valleys, forests, lakes, rivers, and the Tasman Sea. From the outdoor enthusiast meccas of Wanaka to Queenstown to Te Anau; the spectacular scenery of mountains plunging into the sea in the Milford Sound, Doubtful Sound and countless rivers and lakes; the famous Great Walks hiking trails: Milford Track, Routeburn Track and dozens more; ski resorts, biking trails… the list goes on and on. We wanted to do it all. Of course we couldn’t, but we filled […]

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East to West over the Southern Alps of NZ

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Albatross and Dolphins and Whales – Oh My!

Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination, mainly for whale watching (the sperm whale watching is perhaps the best and most developed in the world) and swimming with or near dolphins – wild dolphins, not those kept in a lagoon. Mark even learned to speak ‘dolphin’ (video). Kaikoura is one of the few places in the world where sperm whales can be seen year-round and close to shore. Once young male sperms whales are old enough to sustain themselves, they are kicked out of the pod. These males, until they are teenagers (our guide said until about 15 years of age […]

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Mark & Shauna Trieb

We’re Mark and Shauna Trieb and we live in Dallas, Texas. We are actuaries-turned-adventurers and one of the truisms that guides us is: “Life is not a dress rehearsal.” So, we’re doing our best to see, meet, try, and inspire as many places, people, experiences and adventures, as we can during our one shot at life. Read More

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