Travel Guide

An Active New Zealand Holiday

Where to Stay, What to Do and How to Do It:
Green Collection - - New Zealand Luxury and Eco Collection

DOC - magnificent official recreation, hiking trails and park conservation site
METVUW - best weather forecast

Ground Effect - best mtn bike clothing
Cactus - great NZ packs and daypacks
Kathmandu Outdoor Equipment - Queenstown, Christchurch, Auckland, Wellington stores for outdoor clothing and equipment

TeAra - NZ encyclopedia
The Otago Daily Times - our local paper
New Zealand Herald - our national news

Listening: - Incredibly talented New Zealand Country music singer and composer - a superb podcast - not just about money, more an engagingly youthful mix of economics, humour and social commentary - addictive.

Bookshelf: The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton, The Bone People by Keri Hulme, The Matriarch by Witi Ihimaera, The Trial of Cannibal Dog by Ann Salmond (Captain Cook's voyages), Katherine Mansfield (her short stories and Claire Tomalin's biography), Mary Barker's historic Station Life in New Zealand. A Good Keen Man by Barry Crump, To the Island and An Angel at My Table by Janet Frame.

Items to pack for an active New Zealand holiday:

  • Sturdy walking shoes or boots with good tread. For day-hikes only bring either lightweight boots with ankle support or proper hiking shoes with good tread. For multi-day hikes bring quality hiking boots. This is important for a wide range of activities and hikes.
  • A rain jacket, preferably waterproof rather than just windproof.
  • An item of really warm clothing (polartec/fleece or wool NOT cotton). Plus a few light thermal layers in addition to summer clothing.
  • Shorts or trousers that can convert to shorts or which can be rolled up and which are comfortable for walking in and fast drying - not jeans.
  • Sunhat for summer, gloves for winter.

That’s it. At Riverrun we have hiking poles, spare day packs, water bottles, sunscreen and insect repellant on hand.

Seasons and Temperatures:

  • December-March = Summer (Wanaka generally 22-28 C but can be anywhere between 16 and 34 C )
  • October-November = Spring
  • June-September = Winter (generally between -5 at night to + 5 C during the day but often 0 or above)
  • April-May = Autumn

Lake Wanaka paddle boarding Wanaka biking web6 Humpridge Track Okarito Boat Tours

SUP Lake Wanaka, Biking on the West Wanaka trail, the Humpridge Track (Fiordland), Okarito Lagoon Boat Tours (near Franz Josef Glacier)

I think the environment should be put in the category of our national security. Defense of our resources is just as important as defense abroad. Otherwise what is there to defend? Robert Redford.