Roy Peak, Wanaka 

Roy Peak is short half-day hike just outside the small town of Wanaka on New Zealand’s South Island. Best enjoyed at sun up or sun down, this exposed trail of switchbacks offers killer views in all directions. We opted for the sunrise version, beginning our hike in the early morning darkness. I believe the photos speak…

Tongariro Northern Circuit

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest and most popular park. Encompassing a cluster of active volcanoes on the North Island, this area is sacred to the Maori people in New Zealand. But, per usual, European conquistadors and early settlers gave little regard to native people’s customs and beliefs. In 1887, in an attempt to protect their…

Mount Taranaki Summit

New Zealand’s North Island is divided by a chain of volcanoes running north to south, with the exception of one: Mount Taranaki. According to Maori legend, Taranaki used to reside in the center of the country with the rest of the volcanoes, but after a feud with his brother, the great Mount Ruapehu, over the…

Mount Saint Helens – Summit

Can I have two tickets for the top of Saint Helen’s, please? … $22 each? … Do you take American Express? That is about what it takes to commit yourself to summiting Mount Saint Helens, an active volcano located in the Pacific Northwest’s aptly named “Ring of Fire”. As described in an earlier post, K and I…