Mount Cook, or Aoraki to give it its proper Maori name, is the highest peak in New Zealand. Located in the Southern Alps on the South Island, the mountain is nestled between flat plains, sheer slopes and glaciers, and has been used as a practice climb for those training for Mount Everest. It is often thought
I’ve been a huge Lord of the Rings fan since I was a kid. So I’m not ashamed to admit that it was one of the main reasons I decided to spend a year in New Zealand, the real-life Middle Earth. I managed to find some of the filming locations, though not as many as I
This time last year I was in a car accident. You could say it was a bad crash, in the sense that the car was a write-off, but yet I managed to walk away with nothing more than a small graze on my shoulder from the seatbelt. At the time I was shaken – who
Coming home from your travels can be tiring, wonderful, strange, comforting, emotional, confining, and a whole range of feelings difficult to describe. After more than a year away, in which I visited New Zealand, Tonga and Australia, coming home to Ireland felt like a bit of a breather. Because it’s only a short stay (if
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