• New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 21) : Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ Mangatepopo Car Park to Soda Springs, South Crater & Red Crater

    Last month (September), several friends and I took on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks; the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and had an epic journey worth bragging about. 😉 We left Tauranga and went to Tongariro National Park in two separate cars. At Ketetahi car park (end point), we left a car there, bundled up in the […]

  • New Zealand
  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing: 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most epic New Zealand Great Walks I have ever taken in New Zealand. The 19.4 km extensive track traverse through astonishingly beautiful volcanic-alpine terrain that left me breathless – literally and figuratively speaking. I actually underestimated the difficulty and hazards of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but thankfully I had […]

  • Coromandel
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 20) : Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) & Overnight at the Pinnacles Hut, Coromandel (Part 2)

    Spending a night surrounded by nothing but the serene sub-alpine forest at Pinnacles Hut was one of the highlights of my trip to The Coromandel. The Pinnacles Hut is the Department of Conservation (DOC) most popular backcountry hut in New Zealand for very good reasons. 🙂 This serviced 80-bunk hut must be booked online in […]

  • Coromandel
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 20) : Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) & Overnight at the Pinnacles Hut, Coromandel (Part 1)

    One of New Zealand’s most popular overnight walk is the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) that takes visitors through beautiful mountain ranges with views overlooking the stunning Kaueranga Valley in the Coromandel Peninsula. This 2-day easy to intermediate level walking track leads to Pinnacles Hut located on one of the highest peaks in the Coromandel […]

  • Coromandel
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 18) : Day Trip to Cathedral Cove at Te Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve, The Coromandel

    The Te Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve is a popular destination in New Zealand for a very good reason. Its picturesque fringed coastline consisting of Pohutukawa-lined coves, white sandy beaches and lush rainforest-covered hills provided the breathtaking scene from the movie ‘Chronicles of Narnia’ in which the Pevensie children discovered the ruins of […]