Articles by: Kim Mackay-Wallace

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10 Best Places to Kayak in New Zealand

March 20225 minute read

Kayaking in New ZealandNew Zealand is a land of plentiful water, with hundreds of beautiful lakes and rivers, and coastlines dotted with pristine beac...

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New Zealand Penguins

February 20226 minute read

New Zealand PenguinsNew Zealand is home to three very unique species of penguins, some of the rarest penguins in the world. Despite being rare and end...

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Riding the Queenstown Trail

February 20229 minute read

The Queenstown TrailQueenstown’s premier biking and walking trail network, The Queenstown Trail, covers 130km of stunning off-road tracks. Part of the...

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13 Best Multi-Day Hikes in the South Island, New Zealand

January 202210 minute read

Tramping (hiking) in New ZealandHere in New Zealand we have all sorts of interesting ‘Kiwi slang’ which can frequently throw the unsuspecting tourist ...

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New Zealand Birds - NZ's Unique Parrots

January 20225 minute read

New Zealand is home to a plethora of very unique bird species. Initially a land with no mammals (aside from one species of bat), New Zealand’s bird sp...

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Arrowtown - A Few Hours To Explore

January 20225 minute read

Arrowtown, New ZealandArrowtown is a quaint historic town, first established during the gold rush period of the 1800s. With its old architecture, mini...

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Conservation in New Zealand – Protecting New Zealand’s Kiwi Bird

December 20217 minute read

The kiwi bird is New Zealand’s beloved national icon. As New Zealander’s, we refer to ourselves as “Kiwis”, and are very fond of our fluffy flightless...

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Climbing Ben Lomond – The best day hike in Queenstown

December 20215 minute read

Ben Lomond is one of Queenstown’s most popular day hikes, and the panoramic views from the summit over Queenstown, Lake Wakatipu, The Remarkables and ...

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Exploring New Zealand’s Siberia Valley

December 20216 minute read

Siberia ValleyWhen the name “Siberia” is mentioned, most people get an image of the vast, cold, barren tundra of Russian Siberia. Many don’t know that...

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Day Walks on New Zealand's Great Walks - South Island

December 202112 minute read

New Zealand Great Walks – Day Walks:New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks are a selection of the best hiking tracks in the country, showcasing a range of diffe...

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Day Walks on New Zealand’s Great Walks – North Island

December 20215 minute read

New Zealand’s 10 Great Walks are a selection of the best hiking tracks in the country, showcasing a range of different landscapes, geological wonders,...

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Visitor's Guide to Mt Cook

November 20216 minute read

Aoraki/Mt CookAoraki or Mt Cook is one of New Zealand’s most well-known National Parks, containing all but one of New Zealand’s 3000m peaks, including...

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Visiting Ulva Island

November 20215 minute read

Ulva Island is a unique open sanctuary, situated a short 5-minute water taxi ride from Stewart Island. It’s remote location and extensive predator con...

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Hiking the Rakiura Track, Stewart Island's Great Walk

October 20217 minute read

The Rakiura Track on Stewart Island is New Zealand's Southernmost Great Walk. The track can be enjoyed either as a day walk or as a multi day tramp, a...

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Best places to visit during spring in New Zealand

October 20217 minute read

Best places to visit during spring in New ZealandSpring in New Zealand is a quintessential time of year to experience the country’s flora and fauna. F...

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