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Nature’s imperfections – wild, unruly, unpredictable. Plans have no place somewhere truly untouched; the environment shapes itself. Pristine nature, the result of time and consequence, is beyond replication. Nature’s imperfections are perfect.    Looking for… Read more
Tucked in amongst a magical forest surrounded by snowy mountain tops lies a place for weary adventurers to lay their heads. It is a place where all who enter are met with a smile, where… Read more
“Autumn…the year’s last, loveliest smile.” ~ John Howard Bryant   Winds of change gently kiss the West Coast, soft and calm, bringing stillness. A shortening of days subtly closes the gap between the rising and setting… Read more
Glacier Valley Eco Tours   There’s a fine line between seeing and experiencing. To walk through a rugged, living landscape is exhilarating. To delve below the surface is sublime.    Guidebooks have their place, but… Read more
White Heron Sanctuary Tours Whataroa   There’s a lot to be said for being original. To be the first and the only, to be a guardian of something special, to find passion in something and… Read more
Lush, Jurassic rainforest surrounds a still kettle lake. The deep, tannin colour transforms the water’s surface into a reflective expanse, mirroring a mountainous valley of ice and snow. Dawn is breaking on Lake Mapourika. Soon,… Read more
“Te tiro atu to kanohi ki tairawhiti ana tera whiti te ra kite ataata ka hinga ki muri kia koe. – Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”   The… Read more
Slow Travel Part 4 – The Environment   An empty beach at low tide. The peace of walking next to the ocean, vast and mesmerising. Waves crash against the shore, their spray mixing with the… Read more
Slow Travel Part 3 – The Local Economy   “Live simply so that others may simply live.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi   One night here, two nights there, leaving early to get things done quicker –… Read more
Springtime in Glacier Country   “There is no time like Spring, when life’s alive in everything”  ~ Christina Rossetti, Spring   Spring, or Kōanga, on the West Coast, is an exciting time of year, lasting… Read more