Franz Josef Glacier (Kā Roimata o Hine Hukatere) is found in New Zealand’s South Island. It is arguably one of the main attractions in the West Coast. However, the glacier has been retreating since 2008 (another reason to visit this gem sooner rather than later) due to a sharp rise in global temperatures. If you want to see the Franz Josef Glacier up close, you have three options. One, you can walk/ hike to the closest view point as marked by the Department of Conservation. Two, you can fly around

A few weeks ago, we decided to visit the South Island’s West Coast, particularly the Fox and Franz Josef Glacier. We booked a 3-night stay at one of the chalets at Jag Escape Franz Alpine Retreat, which is located at 2 Donovan Drive, State Highway 6, and is approximately a five minute drive to the Franz Josef township. We were welcomed by Keith at the reception, and he provided all the necessary information for our stay. He also gave us a detailed map containing information about Franz Josef and Fox. We were

On a rainy Saturday morning in the middle of spring, we decided to escape the city’s gloomy weather and head north. Our destination; Ascension Wine Estate. This winery, restaurant, and event venue is located along Matakana Road, roughly an hour’s drive north of Auckland Central. The drive to the place was quite pleasant and relaxing, and much to our delight, the grey clouds started to give way to a bright blue sky and heaps of  sunshine as we made our way north. This being our very first time to visit

We have been travelling in and around the US since July 16, 2017 and are about to wrap up our holiday in a week. The trip has so far been more than what we expected. We’ve reconnected with several family members whom we haven’t spoken to or physically seen in years, we’ve had more than enough Filipino foods including ube and  buko salad ice cream, and we’ve had our fair share of memorable experiences that will serve as conversation starters once we return to New Zealand. Indulging more on the

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