Stewart Island

I’ve just finished hiking the Northwest Circuit on New Zealand’s third largest island. I really enjoyed it. The beaches were beautiful and the weather was really nice. I even saw a kiwi. I am sad that my time here is almost over.

Milford Sound

Yesterday I went to Milford sound and took a cruise. It was really pretty with steep cliffs and lots of waterfalls. Eventually I will get some pictures of it uploaded. The drive to Milford Sound was also very pretty.


I arrived in Wanaka today. It is beautiful weather and the hostel has nice views of the lake. This is one of the bigger towns I have been in in awhile and my plan is to go see “The Hobbit” at the movie theatre next door.


Today I arrived in Twizel. If you are ever in this part of New Zealand, I recommend that you take Braemar road to drive from Lake Tekapo to Lake Pukaki, it is longer than the paved road, but the views of Mount Cook are spectacular.

Arthur’s Pass

Today I arrived in Arthur’s Pass after hiking the Harper Pass track. I am slightly less tired than I was when I biked here 9 years ago. It is very small and the store has about one bookshelf of food, but it has what I need to get to the next town.


I just finished hiking from St. Arnaud to Boyle Village and am taking a few days off from hiking to spend some time by the ocean.

Merry Christmas from New Zealand

Hi everybody, I realize that for most of you it is only December 24th, but here it is already Christmas. This is my first Christmas in the southern hemisphere and I think I could get used to it. The weather is sunny and it is supposed to be 80 degrees today.and 15+ hours of daylight […]

St. Arnaud

This morning I arrived in St. Arnaud. It is a pretty little town on the edge of Nelson Lakes National Park. I will be spending Christmas Day here and then head further south on December 26th. The past two weeks I have hiked the Pelorus River Track (17.3 miles) and the Richmond Alpine Track (48 […]


Today I completed hiking the 44 mile long Queen Charlotte Track and am spending the night in a hostel in Havelock. It is a pretty small town and known as the Green Mussel Capitol of the World. I don’t really like seafood so I will probably pass on the mussels. The internet is slow here, […]


The bus ride a couple of days was beautiful, but really long. Wellington is a nice town. The ferry ride across the harbor yesterday was very beautiful. Today I will be hanging out in Picton to recover from all of the traveling. Tomorrow will be a water taxi to Ship’s Cove (about an hour ride) […]