This 140-year-old stone Gothic church has been converted into a luxury holiday home, nestled next to Lake Dunstan - offering a truly unique Cromwell experience! 😍🌟🙌 Explore The Stone Temple via the link in our bio (ID: 4158) #bachcareluxury#happyplace
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Often called the finest walk in the world and one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand. Mackinnon Pass, day 3
Watching the rain roll in across Poverty Bay in Gisborne. They say New Zealand is the country of four seasons in one day and the hike that started out in 30 degree sun soon became a race back to the van before the rain reached us.
One of the best experiences I had in New Zealand was visiting the Metro Caves (Te Ananui) near Charleston. ⠀
I took a bus to Westport in the middle of winter with no plans. The town was empty that time of year, and when I tried to book a cave tour, I couldn't because I was a solo traveler. Luckily there was 1 other person in my hostel, and we both wanted to do the same tour. So we called the tour operator and with TWO people, they decided they'd run the tour for us.⠀
The tour guide picked us up from our hostel since he lived in town. We drove out to the cave, and he gave us a private tour. He showed everything, told us everything he knew, and it was obvious that he really loved his job. He said normally tours are about 45 minutes, but since we were the only ones booked in, he let us stick around for about an hour and half. We saw glowworms too!⠀
It was such an incredible experience, and afterwards, the tour guide took us down to the beach and we even met his family. That's definitely not part of the usual tour, but it just goes to show how friendly and hospitable Kiwis are. It also speaks to the benefits of traveling in the off season!⠀
I wrote all about this cave tour on the blog quite a while ago. But you can go check it out if you've never read it! Just search "Charleston Caves" on traveldaze.co
Last friday I got up at 6 and joined some work colleagues for a sunrise 1hr boat ride to #PonuiIsland, where we did a beach clean up. Being an uninhabited island we thought ‘there won’t be too much to collect’... wrong! On three beaches, in one morning, we collected more than 10 big bin bags full of rope, tarpooling, straws and so so SO much plastic.
Now walking the streets I now see rubbish everywhere. It all leads to the sea. Say no to single use people #plasticfreejuly
There’s always an adventure to be had ↟ ✧
Checking out all the paths and bridges along the Milford Road whilst waiting for the gates to open. There are so many hidden gems along the roadside just waiting to be found. I’m planning a trip back and keen to do lots more walks. :
What’s your favourite walk in New Zealand? Let me know!
• Fiordland, South Island, New Zealand
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