Best Lakes in Glacier Country

Glaciers.

That’s the word that draws most travelers to the western coast of the South Island. While it’s true that Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers are the main reason for visiting, there is much more to the Westland’s beauty than the slow-moving rivers of ice. Of all the things in glacier country that don’t have to do with glaciers, it’s probably the number of shimmering lakes that surprise visitors the most.

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January 28, 2015 by
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Where To See Kiwis Near Christchurch

Kiwi birds are as iconic to New Zealand as sheep and the Southern Alps. New Zealanders even call themselves Kiwis, and seeing a kiwi bird rustling in the bush is a classic “Kiwi” experience. When visiting urban Christchurch, however, the chances of seeing a kiwi in the wild are understandably low. Thankfully for visitors who are based in the city, there are still places to find these birds relatively close to the city, without having to bushwhack your way through a muddy West Coast forest. If you feel that a New Zealand trip isn’t complete until you’ve spent some time with a kiwi, here is where to see kiwis near Christchurch to complete your New Zealand experience.

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January 21, 2015 by
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2015 ICC Cricket World Cup In New Zealand

2015 is a great year to be a cricket fan in Oceania, as New Zealand and Australia will soon be awash in wickets, innings, and overs. From February 14-March 29, 14 of the world’s best cricket teams will descend on New Zealand and Australia’s ovals fort the ICC Cricket World Cup. While cricket isn’t quite as international as football (“soccer”), it’s wildly popular in the handful of nations that still compete in the sport. In countries such as India, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, the entire nation follows along whenever their team’s on the pitch, and in places such as England, Australia, and New Zealand, there’s a pride in continuing the long tradition of England’s summer sport.

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January 19, 2015 by
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Camping Near Milford Sound

There is a certain magic to the early mornings here in Milford Sound. Fog hovers just inches from water thats calm as liquid glass, and shadows dance on sheer cliffs as they greet the rising sun. It’s also a time for reflection and solitude, since many of the Milford Sound day trips from Queenstown arrive after 10am, and the kayaking tours in Milford Sound are surreal in the morning calm. While it’s definitely possible to wake up early and drive yourself into Milford, the best option for experiencing this calm is to actually spend the night.

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January 14, 2015 by
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Twizel Day Trip From Mount Cook

The town of Mount Cook is in the middle of nowhere.

Actually, that’s not true—the town is only 40 minutes from the nearest town of Twizel, but after the winding drive along Lake Pukaki, and in an alpine setting surrounded by mountains without any neighbors in sight, it can feel like the town of Mount Cook is on its own, glacier-lined planet. It’s that solitude, however, and rich isolation, that give Mount Cook an aura of calm and sense of wilderness seclusion. While many travelers visit Mount Cook only fleetingly as a day trip from Queenstown—or perhaps stop in on the drive from Christchurch to the western side of the island—the best way to experience Mount Cook is to stay at the Hermitage hotel, and base yourself in this alpine pocket that is seemingly hidden from time.

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January 8, 2015 by
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Most Extreme Adventures From Queenstown

Skiing in Queenstown

Though no official statistics are kept, it would be safe to bet that people in Queenstown have the highest heart rates in New Zealand. After all, this is a town where the chief export could arguably be adrenaline, and it often ranks as one of the best adventure cities in the world. While there are other reasons to visit Queenstown—such as using it as a base for Milford Sound or exploring historic Arrowtown—the majority of travelers who end up in Queenstown are looking for outdoor excitement. So, if you’re anything like the thousands of visitors who annually visit the resort town, here are some of the most extreme adventures in Queenstown for filling that need for a thrill.

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January 7, 2015 by
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