Let me begin with a disclaimer: this list is by no means all-encompassing. Obviously, I encourage you to see more than five national parks before you die. In fact, I think you should see as many as humanly possible in your lifetime, because, in my experience, they’re declared national parks for good reason
“What’s your favorite place?” A common and seemingly benign question for frequent travelers. I can’t speak for other travelers, obviously. Maybe they have that one place that makes their heart swoon; their happy place, where the stars align and they could give up everything and retire there yesterday.
Some time ago, I was forwarded James Kay’s Lonely Planet article, “The Traveller’s Classic Rites of Passage” and asked which of these rites I, personally, have encountered in my explorations. The answer is all of them. “Reader’s Requests” came to life shortly after and, well, telling those tales on this forum seemed
Pancake Rocks and Mangarakau Wetland Swamp We spent the morning driving along some pretty spectacular coastal cliffs. Saw steam lifting off the Tasman Sea oceanfront, which I haven’t seen before. Tried to get it on video, but failed miserably. Stopped off at the Pancake Rocks and Blowhole in Paparoa National Park.
Attack of the Mountain Parrots in Fiordland National Park Woke up before dawn to beat the crowds through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound. Am starting to learn that no one in New Zealand wakes up until 9, even 10—nothing is open—and I’m an American anomaly… with a little bit of jet lag maybe. The […]