• 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…

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    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Abel Tasman Coast Track – all you want to know!

    WOW! That’s just one word to describe New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park. Entirely different than the rest of the country, it’s a true hiker’s paradise, either for the experienced trekker or the beginner hiker. During my five trips through New Zealand over the past decade I walked the Abel Tasman Track no fewer than three times and you know what… I would happily do it once again! It’s one of my favorite Great Walks in New Zealand for various reasons and it will always have a special place in my heart. In this article about the Abel Tasman Track I will tell you everything you need to know about…

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    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Doing the Rangitoto Island walk in New Zealand

    Are you in Auckland and want to go to Rangitoto Island? Then in this article I will tell you everything about this special island. I did the Rangitoto Island walk in 2018, but I visited New Zealand again in 2022-2023 and the information in this blog has been updated following this recent trip. Enjoy reading! This post was first published in 2018 and updated in 2023. The small Rangitoto Island volcano is located just north of central Auckland is a relatively young volcano. The last Rangitoto Island eruption was 600 years ago. It’s a great place for hiking and an easy way to climb a volcano. After a journey of…

  • Lake Daniell Lewis Pass
    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Lake Daniell hike : an easy overnight tramp near Lewis Pass

    One of the nicest easy walks in New Zealand that is suitable for everyone is the Lake Daniell hike near Lewis Pass on the South Island. Here you can easily familiarize yourself with hiking in New Zealand and sleeping in a backcountry hut without too much preparations and efforts. I did this easy tramp for the first time in 2011 and returned in January of 2023. I was pleasantly surprised to find a brand new hut but still an equally beautiful landscape. I went out on this tramp with with fellow Dutchie Mariëlle and we had a wonderful outdoor girl’s night out, in one of New Zealand’s newest backcountry huts. This…