Meeting Franz for the first time

Ever since I saw the glacier at the end of the Hooker Valley track in Mt Cook, I’ve been meaning to go to Franz Joseph. I wanted to walk on a glacier and see the thing up close. It took me a while, but in my last trip through New Zealand, I finally managed to…

The water to paradise

I’ve been away for a while. On a two week holiday really. It was great not to have to do anything. It was great not to have much internet or even Phone reception. Just enough to keep up to speed on what’s happening. But now I’ve got some catching up to do. I’ve seen so…

Dining with the sandflies

Then the bright orange arrow points straight to the river. I’m slightly confused. I am standing in a big open space, walking on the rocks of the riverbed. The river looks inviting, but I know it will be cold. At the end the river splits, leaving no room for me to walk. Am I supposed…

Crossing the harbour bridge

If you’re poor like me and don’t have the money to spend on climbing the Harbour bridge, you might have to make do with crossing it. Working in Sydney, I crossed this bridge daily on my commute to work and yet it never bored me and thus I set off to walk across the bridge…

The land of many heads

Uluru is not the only attraction in Australia’s red center. Close by, and part of the same national park, is Kata Tjuta. Getting up early pays off as you have a beautiful opportunity to watch the sunrise in the desert here. Even though I was staying at a campsite close to the national park, the temperature…

Admitting defeat

Roy’s peak is a walk in Wanaka that’s all about the destination. Unless you would like to experience some true kiwi life by walking through piles of shit. The path is scattered with cow and sheep dung. Being a farm track, the path is also wide and easy to walk on. The rewarding bit is…

Hot pools and hot chocolate

Time is ticking away. I spent some awesome days in Pareora and did things I never thought I’d do. Queenstown is waiting though, and thus it’s time to hit the road! Since I don’t want to start working without having seen anything, I planned some stops along the way. First up: a night in Lake…