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New Zealand Geographic's next reader voyage in collaboration with Heritage Expeditions will explore some of the most remote and rewarding parts of New Zealand, taking in the Subantarctic Islands, Stewart Island and Fiordland over 12 days with acclaimed author, scientist and explorer Professor Tim Flannery as the special guest.
This alpine hut on the West Coast was set up to house glaciologists, but as the ice has melted, it has been sought out by intrepid trampers.
After a life in lockdown, Kiwis are yearning to travel this summer as restrictions gradually ease. But we travel with a greater sense of our individual impacts and the tourism industry is more conscious of its environmental footprint. So how can we travel in a more responsible way?
This four-bunk stone hut in the Ruahine Forest Park is unique and full of stories.
The concepts of kaitiakitanga and manaakitanga are embedded in Northland. Three tourism operators from the region reveal how they balance doing business with doing good.
Whether it’s native tree planting, energy efficient buildings or sensors to protect fragile cave ecosystems, Waitomo’s tourism businesses are deeply committed to sustainability.
Pedal power is one of the best ways to appreciate the natural beauty of Whakarewarewa Forest in Rotorua.
Beautiful landscapes, friendly locals and abundant wildlife are all waiting to be discovered on five self-drive road trips in Southland.
Visitors to the Ōamaru Blue Penguin Colony are helping to create a more sustainable tourism industry.
New Zealand Geographic and Heritage Expeditions are pleased to announce their second premium adventure, a journey through Fiordland with New Zealand conservation stalwart, award-winning author, photographer and natural history filmmaker Rod Morris.
This small six-bed hut on the West Coast of the South Island offers intrepid trampers a welcome respite.
From kayaking and rafting to rock climbing, mountain biking, nutrition and leadership, an Otago Polytechnic programme prepares learners for a world of wild adventures.
The capital boasts mountain biking experiences as compelling as its coffee—many of them within pedalling distance from the city centre.
Miriam Lancewood and Peter Raine have lived off the grid, on the road or in the wilderness for much of the last decade. For them, freedom means being untethered, possessing only the minimum they require. This life of solitude and simplicity has given them a unique perspective on themselves and on the world.
From windswept ridgelines to lush native forest remnants and rugged coastlines, Wellington’s Regional Trails have it all.
On February 17, 2020, 16-year-old Caitlin O’Reilly became the youngest person to claim the triple crown of marathon swimming in New Zealand. She had swum Cook Strait at 12 and crossed Lake Taupō at 14. All that remained was Foveaux Strait. O’Reilly set off from Rakiura/Stewart Island at 10.40am and powered north under the watchful eye of open-water swimming legend Phil Rush and skipper Zane Smith (whose father piloted Meda McKenzie across Foveaux in 1979). Despite encountering tidal chop near the finish, O’Reilly reached the mainland at sunset, covering the 27-kilometre distance in just over 10 hours. Only five other people have attained the triple crown; O’Reilly became interested in the feat after her coach mentioned swimming Cook Strait. “I thought, ‘Oh, that’s cool, maybe I’ll do that’,” she says, “and so I did.”
Lightweight, inflatable boats are changing backcountry travel. Easier to paddle than a whitewater kayak, and more forgiving of mistakes, packrafts are opening up river sports to a wider audience.
Connecting the Central Otago towns of Clyde and Cromwell, the Lake Dunstan Trail skirts the water. Its final section, through the Cromwell Gorge, is set to open at the end of this summer, featuring bridge sections cantilevered from the sheer schist faces and suspended over the artificial lake. The track is a feat of engineering, with the result being a relatively easy ride—it will be rated Grade 1-2. It connects to Central Otago’s 536 kilometres of existing cycle trails, including several Great Rides.
“To an outsider it may seem like some kind of climber’s secret society in which everyone knows the real name of the mountain,” says Gavin Lang, “as the name ‘Mount Humdinger’ won’t be found on any map.” Perhaps the name is a play on its neighbour, Mount Haidinger, or a reference to its high-quality rock. Lang, a photographer and mountain guide, spent an easy afternoon scaling it, the day after completing his goal of traversing the rarely climbed Ayres Ridge. Pat Gray leads into the second pitch of ‘Kahu’, a route first established in 2011. “This little outcrop of solid rock is indeed a humdinger of a mountain.”
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