Category Archives: Kayaking

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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Kayaking the Abel Tasman

Our next stop was a 3-day kayak trip along the coast of Abel Tasman National Park. Abel Tasman National Park, located at the northwest end of the South Island, is named after Abel Tasman, a Dutchman who in 1642 became the first European explorer to sight New Zealand. His men were the first Europeans to have a confirmed encounter with Māori. They anchored at Wharewharangi Bay just north of what is now Abel Tasman National Park. The initial meeting between European and Māori was tense but peaceful. The following day, though, the Dutch had a violent encounter with local Ngāti Tūmatakōkiri, a […]

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NZ North Island Adventures

Often on our travels, either when we’re just starting out somewhere, trying something unique or new, or when things are not going quite as planned, Shauna will say… ‘We’re on a’venture!” … an adaptation from the prequel to the Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins: I’m already late. Hobbit: Late for what? Bilbo Baggins: I’m going on an adventure! She’s also been known to overschedule us at times, given that her mottos are ‘No wasted days’ and ‘We can sleep when we’re dead’. All of the above are especially relevant to our time so far on the North Island […]

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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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