Roaming Down Under

New Zealand

List of pages on this website about places in New Zealand

New Zealand: Nelson-Marlborough

Lake Rotoiti
A large glacial lake among the forest and mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park
Staying at the beach in Golden Bay
Beachside cabins and caravan sites in the Pohara Beach holiday park, NZ
Pupu Springs
A nature reserve with gentle walks and possibly the purest spring water in the world
Skiing at Rainbow Valley
An uncrowded and friendly small ski area in the mountains of New Zealand's Nelson Lakes
St Arnaud
A lakeside village in the beech forest and mountains of the Nelson Lakes National Park

New Zealand: Westland-Canterbury

Comfort on a budget in Christchurch
A small and homely hostel near the Avon River and within walking distance of the city centre
Jet boating in New Zealand
Some of the many worthy options for riding jet boats in New Zealand
Whale watching at Kaikoura
A boat trip to see whales at one of New Zealand's most scenic coastal towns
Lake Ohau
A stunning New Zealand glacial lake with little development and few visitors
Mt John Observatory at Lake Tekapo
An observatory offering night and daytime tours, plus a cafe and great lake views
New Zealand budget accommodation in comfort
Options for solo travellers wanting a private room without the expense of hotels or motels
Rare snow on the NZ west coast
The uncommon sight of snow near sea level on the south island's west coast
Skiing the Tasman Glacier
An unforgettable skiing adventure on the longest glacier in New Zealand

New Zealand: Southland-Otago

Aerobatics over Queenstown
A bi-plane flight with aerobatic manoeuvres over the snowy landscapes of Queenstown in winter
Battle of the Cardrona bra fence
Hundreds of bras on a fence near Cardrona - quirky kiwi humour battling council rules
The coldest town in New Zealand
A trip to Ophir in Central Otago to see why it has experienced New Zealand's lowest temperatures
Elephant Rocks, NZ
Limestone outcrops resembling elephants near Duntroon on the south island of New Zealand
The Queenstown to Glenorchy road
A drive along the edge of Lake Wakatipu which many think is the best in New Zealand
Maniototo: a different New Zealand
Part of Central Otago with unique character, bypassed by most foreign visitors
Matai Falls
A charming waterfall in the Catlins Coast area of New Zealand
Matukituki Valley, New Zealand
A drive up a spectacular valley near Wanaka with unblemished scenery and sense of wilderness
Milford Sound scenic flights
Scenic flights in a class of their own, across snowcapped wilderness to a spectacular fiord
Snow at Naseby
Snow in the streets of a town, an uncommon sight down under
A great kiwi country pub in Omakau
Comfortable accomodation, good food and rural hospitality in the Maniototo region of NZ
Driving the Pig Route
A scenic but sometimes treacherous mountain road between Palmerston and Ranfurly
Poolburn Gorge rail trail walk
A short walk on the Otago Central Rail Trail with a gorge, a viaduct and two tunnels
Easy kiwi walking on the Rakiura Track
A not-too-hard three day hike through deserted beaches and forests on Stewart Island
St Bathans: ghost town with a non-human tour guide
A remote NZ gold mining town whose population has dwindled to 7 people and a dog
Relaxed and natural Stewart Island
An unspoiled island, mostly national park, off the south end of New Zealand
Taieri Gorge Railway
A historic train journey up a gorge near Dunedin
Te Anau Wildlife Centre
A cost-free way to see rare or endangered native New Zealand birds
Toilet paper art in a tree
A tree decorated by toilet paper, seen at Cromwell, New Zealand
Skiing at Treble Cone
A popular ski area near Wanaka with challenging slopes and gorgeous views
Ulva Island sanctuary
A tranquil bird and wildlife sanctuary visited from Stewart Island, off the south end of New Zealand
A drive down the Waitaki Valley
A lesser used route between New Zealand's Mackenzie Country and the coast
Wanaka River Jetboat Journeys
A great jetboat ride and wilderness experience up New Zealand's Matukituki valley