29 Posts

  • Milford Sound Lodge

    The Magical Milford Sound Lodge

    emilysintransit May 16, 2022

    Mist rolls through the valley, and you hear the faint sound of the river in the distance. The crips mountain air lands on your cheeks as you look up and see that it’s just you and the mountains in one of the most remote and beautiful parts of New Zealand. So you breathe, take it all in and get ready to enjoy your stay at the stunning Milford Sound Lodge.…

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  • Packing list for the Routeburn

    Packing list for the Routeburn | Solo Hiking New Zealand

    emilysintransit March 18, 2022

    There is a downloadable packing list for the Routeburn or any other 3-day hike at the end of this post. It is intended to be a guide and you should always double-check the requirements of the specific hike you are going on. Recently I completed the Routeburn track, one of New Zealand’s Great Walks. The track is 33km and split up over three days and two nights. The Routeburn was…

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  • Queenstown to Wānaka: 5 Places to visit along the way

    emilysintransit January 19, 2022

    Queenstown is beautiful, Wānaka is gorgeous, but the journey between the two is just as pretty. The trip should only take about an hour and 15 minutes but with plenty of beautiful spots along the way, make sure you give yourself lots of time to enjoy the ride. Here are 5 must-do activities on your drive from Queenstown to Wanaka. Lake Hayes Your first stop is only 10 minutes from…

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  • Cross Hill Domes: Luxury Glamping at its Finest

    emilysintransit January 19, 2022

    From the moment you arrive at Cross Hill, you know you are somewhere special. The warm greeting you receive from the staff is intensified by the cosy feeling you get the second you enter the dome. Surrounded by nature and right on the shores of Lake Hāwea, this place has everything you need for a romantic couples getaway, trip with friends or is the perfect way to add a bit…

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  • Fire pit and Cabin

    Riverside Retreat: Relaxation in Northern Manawatu

    emilysintransit January 8, 2022

    You hear the river running nearby, and a morepork hoots in the distance. Your body is submerged in a warm bath as the cool night air brushes your face. Candlelight illuminates your surroundings, and the flames dance as they reflect in the water. You look up, and all you can see is the silhouette of trees and a blanket of stars. You’re alone with the universe, the world is yours,…

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  • Rainforest Retreat: Locked Down on the West Coast

    emilysintransit November 16, 2021

    On August 17th 2021, we were in a motel in Hokitika. We’d spent the day driving from Fox River, stopping at waterfalls and admiring the West Coast landscape. We planned to spend one night in Hokitika before making our way down the coast to stay at the Rainforest Retreat. My husband was taking a nap, and I was editing photos and scrolling through Instagram. I started to see posts of…

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  • Indo Kiwi: Bali Glamping on the West Coast

    emilysintransit November 9, 2021

    The West Coast is known for its wild weather and rugged landscape. It’s one of the most isolated parts of New Zealand and home to some pretty special sites. One such site is the Indo Kiwi near Fox River, a Balinese inspired peaceful glamping paradise. Everything from the beautiful garden to the intricately carved doors transports you to a whole new world while allowing you to be perfectly placed to…

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  • Dreamscape Glamping: A Dream Waikanae Getaway

    emilysintransit November 2, 2021

    Hidden on the hills of Waikanae is a canvas tent. But it’s not like any tent you’ve ever seen before. Peaking through the trees as you drive up the hill, this magical structure is filled with comfortable bedding, seating for days and the most spectacular outdoor area you’ve ever seen. This is Dreamscape Glamping, and if you’re looking for an idyllic weekend away, then it’s the perfect spot for you.…

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  • Mount Cook Reflected in Hooker Lake

    Mount Cook/Aoraki – 5 Day Pure Photo Adventure

    emilysintransit October 19, 2021

    My two goals for 2021 was to travel more and get better at photography. I love to do both, but neither were things I made a conscious effort to prioritise. One day I was scrolling through Instagram when I came across a picture of Mount Cook/Aoraki from one of my favourite New Zealand Photographers. “Winter Wonderland Photography Tour” – the post read. It involved five days of travelling around the…

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  • Things to do in Queenstown: Adventure capital of NZ

    emilysintransit May 27, 2021

    Queenstown is the adventure capital of New Zealand. There’s so much to do it can be hard to figure out where to start. Last time I visited I spent 4 days there and managed to fit a lot in. Here’s a breakdown 10 things to do in Queenstown so you can get the most out for your holiday. This post contains affiliate links which means if you book something through…

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