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There’s no excuse for being bored in New Zealand. For a relatively small country, there’s an awful lot to do there – whether it’s whitewater rafting in Queenstownbungy swings in Rotorua or learning about Sir Edmund Hillary at Mount Cook.

All the New Zealand stories currently on this site can be found in the links below. Particular favourites of mine include pieces on the Rere Rockslidehand-feeding stingrays and the International Antarctic Centre in Christchurch.

 



10 great cities for outdoorsy people

10 great cities for outdoorsy people

David Whitley May 28, 2015 Comments Off on 10 great cities for outdoorsy people

For many, exploring a big city is all about the culture and food scene – after all, why go to a city if you’re wanting rural pursuits? But there are some cities that offer

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Ten museums for people who hate museums

Ten museums for people who hate museums

David Whitley April 28, 2015 Comments Off on Ten museums for people who hate museums

Museums can be incredibly boring. Especially if you’re not very interested in old ceramic pots or trudging through room after room of religious art. But not all museums are full of dusty coins in

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Kart racing in Rotorua, New Zealand

Kart racing in Rotorua, New Zealand

David Whitley April 14, 2015 Comments Off on Kart racing in Rotorua, New Zealand

On the Southern Hemisphere’s longest kart racing track, David Whitley realises he’s neither the skill nor the will to win. It doesn’t take long for me to realise that I’m not Lewis Hamilton. Delighted

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Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

David Whitley April 9, 2015 Comments Off on Working holidays: Why do them, and how to go about it?

Every year, tens of thousands of young Brits go on working holidays abroad. But what are the benefits? Observing an Australian hostel in the morning is a curious window into a different world. A

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How hostels have changed

How hostels have changed

David Whitley March 9, 2015 Comments Off on How hostels have changed

Competition and the web have driven standards in hostels up – it’s time we changed our outdated mental images.   At 9pm, a united nations of travellers sits round the lounge, temporarily ignoring the

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Free city guide: Dunedin, New Zealand

Free city guide: Dunedin, New Zealand

David Whitley March 1, 2015 Comments Off on Free city guide: Dunedin, New Zealand

The gateway to the wildlife-packed Otago Peninsula also has a strong sense of (bizarrely Scottish) heritage.   Why Dunedin? One of the most southerly cities on earth, Dunedin’s original inspiration came from much further

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When kayak trips go wrong

When kayak trips go wrong

David Whitley September 2, 2014 Comments Off on When kayak trips go wrong

On Lake Taupo in New Zealand, a change in the weather spells potential disaster. We pull over in the more placid bay. I slump forward and drop the paddle across the front of the

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Five great New Zealand day walks

Five great New Zealand day walks

David Whitley May 26, 2014 Comments Off on Five great New Zealand day walks

A couple of weeks ago, I suggested the Pouakai Crossing might be New Zealand’s best day walk. Well, here are some other contenders… The classic one Tongariro Alpine Crossing: Due to volcanic activity in

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New Zealand’s new best day walk? The Pouakai Crossing, Mt Taranaki

New Zealand’s new best day walk? The Pouakai Crossing, Mt Taranaki

David Whitley May 12, 2014 Comments Off on New Zealand’s new best day walk? The Pouakai Crossing, Mt Taranaki

Boy, it’s hard work – but the Pouakai Crossing across the face of Mt Taranaki in New Zealand is worth it. You’d be hard pushed to find a more beautiful car park than the

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Free city guide to Wellington, New Zealand

Free city guide to Wellington, New Zealand

David Whitley April 21, 2014 Comments Off on Free city guide to Wellington, New Zealand

From food tours and kiwi-spotting to movie magic and Maori culture in New Zealand’s capital. In Wellington, the illumination comes from talking to those that have come back. The once young New Zealanders who

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