Tongariro Alpine Crossing – the best day trek in New Zealand?

STOP! CONSIDER TURNING BACK When these words greeted me partway through the trek, I admit I wasn’t inspired with the greatest of confidence.  I stared at the bold blue warning sign and asked myself – was I really prepared? Wearing cheap, questionable trainers, I wasn’t convinced I met the criteria for “right equipment and clothing”. However, as several … More Tongariro Alpine Crossing – the best day trek in New Zealand?

Ten Thousand Buddha monastery – how not to miss the turn

Ten thousand Buddhas – how hard could they be to find? More than you might imagine, it transpires, as I became one of the many travellers who mistakenly take the wrong turn toward the neighbouring cemetery. As I climbed the steps snaking up the hillside, I sensed that something was amiss when an outdoor escalator came into … More Ten Thousand Buddha monastery – how not to miss the turn

Crystal Caves

I was warned, before entering the ice cave, that I would have to crouch. Being on the short side, I smiled at the idea, confident that the advice was aimed at the taller members of our group.  Armed an icepick, I felt appropriately adventurous, and excited to be ticking off another dream from my travel wish-list. … More Crystal Caves