Having our previous two hiking attempts foiled – the first in Nepal and the second in Yogyakarta after the trail we were supposed to take up a volcano was closed because a local fell in (yes, fell into the volcano) – we were determined to get back into the wilderness.
In KL we had done some reading on that country’s crown jewel of National Parks – Taman Negara – and decided that’s where we’d end the
At 12,217ft, Mt. Cook is the highest point in all of New Zealand. Not in the same league, altitude-wise, as many of the world’s more famous peaks but a legend to climbers all the same.
It’s an extremely difficult climb and many a climber have succumbed to avalanches or the steep ridges you’re forced to maneuver on the way to the peak.
So with this in mind, Jenna and I didn’t climb it 🙂
As we’ve said, New Zealand has a lot of good hiking (I think I was previously quoted as saying they had 8 billion hiking trails but again I’m rounding) but there are a few that are not simply classified as good, but rather great.
There are 9 hikes throughout the North and South islands that are so stunningly beautiful they have been deemed the country’s Great Walks. These hikes range from 2-5 days and pretty much
New Zealand has about 8 billion beautiful small hikes (I’m rounding) and the Diamond Lake track near Wanaka is one of the best we were lucky enough to try.
Check it out!
Before we take off on this newest adventure, we thought it would be important to write a couple of posts detailing our first excursion as a couple – Mt. Kilimanjaro, which we summited in February of last year.
So…from the top.
It was September 2013 when we decided to buy a Living Social bargain to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (you heard correctly, a Living Social deal!). At the time, we knew little of the mountain or the