Kapiti Island: magic and myth

Rare birds and native forest make this New Zealand island famous, but even paradise can have a bloody and mythical past…

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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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The best hostel in Queenstown?

Review:  I arrived at the hostel, sleep deprived and semi-delirious, after a nightmare 48 hour journey. I hadn’t slept or showered in 4 days, and was desperate for a shred of kindness to show me the trip was worth it. That’s when I spotted the free popcorn machine in reception. I nearly wept with happiness (told you I […]

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