• The Thorsborne Trail is Pretty Good

    For quite a few years now Jan has been on my back to walk the Thorsborne Trail. She remembered it as a truly great experience and when I googled around I discovered various touristy sites purporting that it was one…

  • Bartle Frere, the wet tropics mountain

    After New Zealand we were gripped by mountain fever, the desire to climb the “highest” of something was impossible to resist. As it happens Rob was visiting for our first weekend back so we decided to climb Mt Bartle Frere,…

  • An improbable Christmas on the Hollyford Track

    If you were to make a list of the rainiest places in the world Fiordland would be near the top. Milford Sound famously has an average annual rainfall of 8m a year with over 200 rainy days. The Hollyford Track…

  • Roughing it on the Banks Track

    The Banks track is New Zealand’s first privately owned and run walking track. We had heard good reviews of this somewhat unusual track and were keen to see what it had to offer. Even though he booked the walk Ira…

  • Heaphy Track

    This year we decided to treat ourselves to a long and relatively unplugged holiday in New Zealand. Ira had been there many years ago on a big adventure with Tristram and was keen to see what it was like to…