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Lake Kaniere
Del
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Del Gorton

I’d been told the West Coast Wilderness Trail was something really special by a few people who had biked it. But being a mountain biker, it had sounded a bit too tame. Recently I rode it as part of a ride along many of the cycle trails around New Zealand. Turned out the West Coast Wilderness Trail was my favourite of all the trails. It had it all: stunning scenery, a relaxing fun ride, and importantly, well-spaced distances between cafes. 

Del
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Del Gorton

Rafting the Landsborough River
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey
This is a rare beauty! The Landsborough is possibly one of New Zealand's most scenic and isolated wild rivers. For better or worse I am now signed up for a three-day rafting adventure on the Landsborough River as it flows from Mt Cook National Park to the Haast River in South Westland - on the rugged West Coast of the South Island.
Brent Narbey
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Brent Narbey

Great Walks in New Zealand
Suzie
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Suzie Thorp

If you want to truly experience our vast wilderness down here in New Zealand then there is only one thing you can do… get amongst it! Lucky we have a great network of hiking tracks, each offering a different perspective of our epic landscapes. Great walks in New Zealand are the elite of the elite. In New Zealand’s most iconic, untouched and beautiful places, these nine walks have something to delight around every turn – native wildlife popping up to say “kia ora,”indescribably magic views and landscapes so contrasting it’s like you’re visiting many different countries all at once.

Suzie
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Suzie Thorp

Abel Tasman Beach
Kirst Thorp
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Kirsten Thorp

My home town Nelson is the gateway city to many tourist gems, amongst them the best day hike in the South Island. The 12.4 kilometer (7.5 mile) walk from Marahau to Anchorage is the start of the Abel Tasman National Park, which is one of the more popular Great Walks of New Zealand (completed in 3-4 days). Described as an easy four-hour walk on a gentle coastal trail, our merry band (a school trip of 11 and 12-year-old girls) set a cracking pace and easily took an hour off that estimate. 

Kirst Thorp
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Kirsten Thorp

new zealand pool
Alex
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Alexandra Suter

I am Alexandra, one of First Light Travel’s interns. We decided to explore the beautiful Northland area just North of Auckland. Coming from Switzerland, I know all about majestic mountains and glaciers. therefore I wanted to experience something else New Zealand has to offer. Our weekend trip took us North to Whangarei and Matapouri where we discovered some amazing coastline, beaches and even a hidden mermaid pool.

Alex
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Alexandra Suter