• New Zealand,  We12hike

    Bushline Hut: an easy alpine backcountry in Nelson Lakes National Park

    All of us travelers are looking for special places, those that the big masses of tourists skip because they are in a hurry to see as much as they can. Or that they don’t bother going to because it may not be on the list of top-things to see … When I travel in New Zealand I obviously try to see the highlights. However, during my more recent travels I also enjoyed places that are not on everyone’s list. One of them is Nelson Lakes National Park with the perfectly located Bushline Hut. This article first appeared online in 2018 and was updated in 2024 after my most recent visit…

  • Tuatapere McCracken's Rest
    New Zealand

    Things to do in Tuatapere, New Zealand

    Tuatapere in New Zealand is known as “the town that has the last light of every day.” If you drive one hour further south from Manapouri (which already feels like you’ve reached the end of the world) you will arrive in Tuatapere. This town is located place where agricultural land and Fiordland National Park meet. Right on the Southern Scenic Route, you can make various trips from Tuatapere and you will encounter only a fraction of all the tourists you will find in towns like Te Anau and Manapouri. I’ve been to Tuatapere twice over the past few years and my first impression was that it was quite sleepy and…

  • New Zealand

    Omarama Clay Cliffs: a must see on the South Island

    One of the lesser known tourist sights on the South Island of New Zealand are the Clay Cliffs near Omarama. I first visited in 2011 and went back in 2024. To my surprise, not a lot had changed, other than the number of tourists there which was significantly more than in 2011. However, the Omarama Clay Cliffs are still well worth a visit because they remain quite spectacular and are just a quick stop away from the highway. Note this post was first published in 2016 and updated in 2024 after my most recent visit to New Zealand The Clay Cliffs are located about 4 km north of a town…

  • Wainui Falls Walk
    New Zealand

    Wainui Falls Walk – the best short walk in Golden Bay

    One of the nicest walks you can do in the Golden Bay area is the Wainui Falls walk. This short 4 km return walk will take you to a beautiful waterfall tucked away in a lush green valley of Abel Tasman National Park. It’s definitely one of the best short walks in New Zealand that I’ve made over the past few years so check it out if you can. This post first appeared in 2019 and was recently updated after my visit to New Zealand in 2023 About the Wainui Falls Walk Wainui is located all the way at the northwestern end of beautiful Abel Tasman National Park. It takes…