• Kepler Track
    New Zealand

    Hiking the Kepler Track in New Zealand

    Welcome to this post about the Kepler Track which I hiked three times over the past decade. The original post dates back to 2014 but after my recent visit to New Zealand, when I spent six months traveling and hiking around the country, I experienced the Kepler Track twice. In this article I will tell you all about this amazing hike as well as explain to you how to do it in lesser time than Department of Conservation tells you and why this is an amazing alternative to the Routeburn Track. Note this article was first published in 2014 and updated and reposted in 2024. Located in Fiordland National Park,…

  • Greenstone Caples Track
    New Zealand,  We12hike

    Greenstone Caples Track: a great alternative for The Routeburn Track

    Welcome to this article about the Greenstone & Caples Track. If you have come to this article to read more about this amazing hike, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve written a complete hiking guide of the Greenstone Caples Track for you below and hope you’ll find it useful. I’ve hiked this trail in 2018 and a few weeks later I hiked The Routeburn Track for the second time in my life. In 2023, I went back to this amazing place and combined the Routeburn with the Caples Track. The Greenstone Caples Track proved to be a worthy alternative for the Routeburn Track. It’s almost as scenic, much cheaper,…

  • 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…