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Week 3/4: The Routeburn + Caples Tracks (some of them)

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Week 3/4: The Routeburn + Caples Tracks (some of them)

My third week was spent primarily hiking the Routeburn + Caples Tracks, during which I did A LOT OF THINKING. Like the most thinking I have probably ever done in my life and that is saying something, because I am one of the deepest and widest thinkers that you’ll ever meet…so for week 3, come on into my crazy mind…

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FINDING BIG IMPACT IN THE LITTLE THINGS

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FINDING BIG IMPACT IN THE LITTLE THINGS

It’s so easy to get wound up in this big, busy world. The to-do list is ever-growing and it seems we’re on an endless quest to expand and upgrade. I’m guilty of it too. My chase revolves around a compulsion to explore new places. I catch myself thinking of adventures and destinations like they are collectible badges, and sometimes, the impulse is so great that everything else takes second place. It’s important, in these instances, to rebalance…

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72 Hours in Christchurch with Jetstar NZ

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72 Hours in Christchurch with Jetstar NZ

It took me a day or two to 'get' Christchurch...but the town definitely eventually won me over. This is a place of great diversity - there's the growing urban centre, the mixing of old English heritage and new up-and-coming culture and the ocean and the hills as an adventure playground. Here's what I got to over 3 days.

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Summertime in Thredbo with Pure Chalet

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Summertime in Thredbo with Pure Chalet

We arrived at Thredbo and checked into Pure Chalet, where, from the balcony, we could see the alpine village dozing under the Australian sun, without a cloud in the sky. The runs which were snow-covered and swarming with skiiers and boarders just months ago now shone green. The chairlifts - all but one - hung still in the summer air...

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Road tripping the Nelson Tasman region with CamperCo

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Road tripping the Nelson Tasman region with CamperCo

Just as it is a worthy bucket list item to tour Europe via train, road tripping through the land of the long white cloud is an #NZmustdo. Distances can be vast from one grand landmark to the other - but the magic lies in these in-betweens and I have found that campervan travel is one of the best ways to totally immerse myself in the country...

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Top of the South at Nelson, New Zealand with Jetstar NZ

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Top of the South at Nelson, New Zealand with Jetstar NZ

For my second trip with Jetstar NZ, I chose to fly into Nelson, on the north coast of the South Island, to explore the Nelson Tasman region. 

Up until then, I’d been to New Zealand 3 times, but always to Queenstown and out of all the people I spoke to at home in the lead up to this fourth hop across the pond, only one person had heard and been to Nelson. 

I hope that this will change, that after you read about my adventures and see the region through my lens, you’ll want to discover the Nelson Tasman region for yourself. It may fly under the radar but wow, the gamut of landscapes and adventure here is incredible (and did you know that Nelson is the Craft Brewing Capital of New Zealand?) 

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A weekend in • Bouddi National Park •

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A weekend in • Bouddi National Park •

I'm laying straight on the cool sand. Sand on my skin, in my hair, indelibly ingrained in my fleece. The sky is blue like cardstock, not a cloud in sight. I feel a light sea breeze on my left cheek and I hear birdsong somewhere to my right. A whip bird, actually. And in front of me, is the ocean, its waves crashing sometimes dramatically, other times peacefully. Slowly, I feel the sun's warmth on me. Inhale, exhale, eyes closed, heart wide open, head full of dreams.

I know I'm beyond lucky because I've spent countless mornings like this. 

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Road tripping the Great Lakes + Mid-North Coast region of NSW, Australia

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Road tripping the Great Lakes + Mid-North Coast region of NSW, Australia

Getting on the road with no concrete plan is electric. Though I had a gist of where I wanted to go, I let wanderlust be my overruling guide. I wanted to go where my curiosity led and stay where my breath caught in my throat.

I'd never spent much time up north but the mid-north coast and the Great Lakes region seemed rife with idyllic beaches and bays to explore. I knew that I'd be spoilt for choice and that no matter which way whim led me, I'd be happy. 

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Unconditionally Remarkable

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Unconditionally Remarkable

This is how I saw the Remarkables on my latest adventure to Queenstown in June 2017 with Jetstar NZ. In the space of a handful of days, I saw these mountains under all kinds of conditions - and under every single one of these conditions, they were true to their name - remarkable...

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