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    Hiking the Tongariro Northern Circuit in New Zealand

    This blogpost originally dates back to 2014, just after we hiked the Tongariro Northern Circuit. It’s a story of how we experienced it and includes the old routing, which was changed a couple of years ago. At the bottom of this post, you will find recent updates and current additional information, which I added after my most recent visit to New Zealand in 2023. When planning our stay in Tongariro National Park, we were extremely thrilled to find out there’s a four day tramping track which is called the Tongariro Northern Circuit. While on this track, you will of course do the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing but luckily, the Tongariro Northern…

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    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…

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    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…

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    New Zealand

    Things to do in Hanmer Springs in the summer

    Welcome to my guide with the best things to do in Hanmer Springs in the summer. I visited this pleasant and low-key spot a couple of times during my five New Zealand trips and just love it there. In this blog I’m sharing my experiences with you. This post was originally published in 2018 and updated in 2023 after my most recent visit to New Zealand. Enjoy reading! The Hanmer Springs pools Hanmer Springs New Zealand is known for the Hanmer Springs hot pools. They are definitely some of the nicest hot pools in New Zealand if you ask me. Maori legend has it that the Hanmer Springs pools are…