Travel Blog


Isthmus Peak, TC Closing Day, and Aspiring Hut

Isthmus Peak Isthmus Peak is a challenging day hike that starts in Lake Hawea ends with expansive views of both Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka. The climb is relentless, so be prepared to spend some time on your yoga mat later stretching your quads, hamstrings, and calves. Some of my favorite post-hike yoga poses include:… Continue reading Isthmus Peak, TC Closing Day, and Aspiring Hut


Doubtful Sound and Brewster Hut

The last six weeks have been a whirlwind! I just returned to New Zealand after traveling in Australia and the Cook Islands. I am back in Wanaka for a few days preparing for my South Island road trip! It's been six months since I left the U.S. for my year-long adventure, and I never anticipated… Continue reading Doubtful Sound and Brewster Hut



It was a tough call when making the choice to live in Queenstown or Wanaka for my second winter. I instantly fell in love with the community and gorgeous scenery that Wanaka offers, but I was also drawn to the dramatic vistas and lively energy that flows throughout Queenstown. While I chose the stunning town of Wanaka as my home… Continue reading Queenstown