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New Zealand’s West Coast, the untamed and pristine side of the South Island. This beautiful region boasts unparalleled panoramic views and countless adventures for those daring enough to challenge its rough terrain and often wild weather. A place definitely worth visiting when in New Zealand, adventure seekers have a few options when looking to explore this part of the country. Below is condensed itinerary based on our actual trip last October 2017. Before packing your bags, please make sure that you do ample research on all the needed safety gear to

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

Tramping is one of the many activities that we love doing especially during summer. New Zealand is dotted with lush parks and reserves that makes it one of the best places on Earth to explore by foot. And during our travels, we always make sure to bring the following essentials to make our tramping trip more comfortable and enjoyable. 1. SUN PROTECTION; The works; including sunscreen, UV protection clothing, head-wear , and sunglasses. Wherever you are in the world, sun protection should be a priority. And its importance is particularly magnified when you are exposing

This post has been long overdue. So, five months ago, we decided to go on a holiday in the South Island. Amongst the places we visited was Queenstown. And it was simply Breathtaking! After the sunset @ Queenstown. It is a small, busy town which is known as one of the top tourist destinations in New Zealand. It being our final stop before flying back to Auckland, we decided to try and explore the different nooks and crannies of the locale. And since we only had less than 24 hours

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