Rosie goes walking… in summer snow

When I returned from my UK Christmas break in early January, I had no idea Queenstown was in the middle of one of the worst summers on record. Instead, I headed straight outside for my first summer’s walk in over 18 months. I was in for a surprise.

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How not to do a half-marathon: a guide

As I battled pride over pain for 13 torturous miles, I put together a little guide for anyone wanting to do an endurance race. Take it from me, here’s what you really don’t want to do…

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New Zealand by night

Ok, we know New Zealand is pretty darn gorgeous, that’s old news. But when the sun goes down, the universe explodes into a peacock show of preening glory. Think I’m exaggerating? Think again…

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Friends in high places

I’m sitting in the pilot seat of a $2billion NASA plane, staring at the hundreds of flashing buttons in horror, Dr Chris’s words still hanging in the air. “Just don’t knock anything.” He’d said. Shit. Does he not know how clumsy I am?

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A beautiful dead end

We might not have made it to Milford Sound (an avalanche hit a building full of gas bottles and suddenly the park rangers had a civil emergency on their hands), but wow, was that the most scenic U-turn I’ve ever done.

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Heli rafting in New Zealand

If you’d told me this time last week I’d be jumping in a helicopter to go white water rafting in the snow, I’d have thought you mad…

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The Emperor’s New Clothes

When I was a kid, I remember reading a book where an emperor paraded through his city entirely naked. Well…
I had a similar experience today.

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