Oceania

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Oceania is really just a fancy name for those poor island nations stranded in the Pacific Ocean without a continent to call home, primarily Australia and New Zealand.

Hiking the Routeburn Track

Hiking the Routeburn Track

Our final few days in New Zealand were spent hiking another of the Great Walks: the Routeburn Track. This was a shorter overall hike than the Milford, but the main day of hiking was a “PROPER ...
Hiking the Milford Track

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 ...
Doubtful Sound (actually a fiord)

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, ...
Queenstown Area – An Adult Adventureland

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 ...
Albatross and Dolphins and Whales – Oh My!

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 ...
Kayaking the Abel Tasman

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 ...
Hiking & Sailing in the Marlborough Sounds

Hiking & Sailing in the Marlborough Sounds

On to the South Island of New Zealand, where we will spend the next month. We flew from Kerikeri airport where we went through NO SECURITY whatsoever, including our stopover in Auckland! What a ...
NZ Bay of Islands and Northlands

NZ Bay of Islands and Northlands

We left the Coromandel Peninsula to drive north to the Bay of Islands and the Northlands… an area we hadn’t yet visited on our previous trip to New Zealand. This area is rich in ...
NZ North Island Adventures

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 ...