Author Archives: Dave

Exploring Hong Kong – A Concrete Jungle

Awaking at some rediculous hour in the morning in Hong Kong seemed great – the jetlag was non-existent and we were ready to explore Aberdeen, where we were staying before checking out the rest of Hong Kong Island. Unfortunately none … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Heading Home And Hong Kong

All good things must come to an end. A quick sail over the Cook Straight followed by a catch up with my sister and favourite surrogate mum in Wellington signified that we were on our way home. The end of … Continue reading

Posted in Hong Kong | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Gillesbie Pass Slog and Charleston Cracks

After spending far longer in Wanaka than we had planned it was time to head up through the unpredictable West Coast, and start on the homeward leg of our journey. We’d picked up a few stragglers in Wanaka, so our … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Cragging in Wanaka

Retracing our steps through the beautiful roads of Fiordland took us back to the free campground at Queens Reach. After a night here we continued up to Queenstown, with the intentions of tackling ‘Ravages of Time’ at Chinamans Bluff. Em … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Otago, Rock Climbing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Attacking the Labyrinth and Gertrude Saddle

Having had a bit of rest and recuperation in the hut, we’d been convinced to set our sights on Labyrinth – a 6 pitch 23 on the North face of Barrier Knob. We were well briefed on the walk so … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Darrans, Fiordland, Rock Climbing, Tramping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Troublesome times and Chasm climbing

While climbing in the Darrans, base camp is generally at the Homer Hut. Life at the hut is great. As a NZAC member it is either $15 a night to stay in the hut, or $10 a night to camp … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Darrans, Fiordland | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Milford Sound and Moirs Mate – The Darrans Begins

The Milford Sound area is a truly unique part of the country. From Te Anau we stocked up on supplies and headed off for 10 days to check out Milford Sound and climb in the Darrans. We spent our first … Continue reading

Posted in Darrans, Fiordland, Rock Climbing, Tramping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Relaxing in the Catlins

Apologies for the lack of progress – we have been adventuring through the technological void that is Milford Sound.  We survived the Darrans, but for now let me explain how we got there… From Dunedin, it was down around the … Continue reading

Posted in Beach, Camping, Otago, Tramping | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Long Beach and Lovers Leap

After a miserable week the sun finally decided to think about coming out, so it was time to get climbing again. We ventured out for a few days at Dunedin’s most popular crag Long Beach before checking out Lovers Leap … Continue reading

Posted in Beach, Camping, Otago, Rock Climbing | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Moeraki Boulders and Drenched Dunedin

After such an epic adventure at Twin Stream and a much needed feed of fish and chips at Twizel it was time to head down to student central – Dunedin. We headed down via the breath-taking Moeraki Boulders, which are … Continue reading

Posted in Camping, Otago | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments