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Claire Oconnell

HOKITIKA

MT BROWN

One of the best little treasures of the West Coast, this sweet little orange hut sits nestled near the summit of Mt Brown. Unlike most NZ backcountry huts, which are managed by the Department of Conservation, this one is run by a community trust, giving it that special something. I…

GO EAST

AVALANCHE PEAK

If you like to hike, no trip through Arthur’s Pass is complete without a trip up Avalanche Peak. There are two tracks to the summit, both coming out right at the village, creating an epic loop option. In classic kiwi fashion, there are no switchbacks, no gentle grading, the track just gets you the…

Snakebite Brewery, Franz Josef, Pad Thai, West Coast, Restaurant
GO SOUTH

SNAKEBITE BREWERY

The emphasis on the food at Snake Bite is on simplicity and freshness, with contrasting flavours and textures. All sourced locally with a South East Asian flavour they excell in mixing it up with different tastes and textures, exquisite sauces, and unusual fresh flavours. WHAT I LIKE: My go-to everytime…

GO NORTH

COAL CREEK FALLS

Fox River Cave Walk is The area’s oldest tourist attraction, this safe cave has a 200 m passage, beautifully decorated with calcite formations which have developed over thousands of years. Caution: Sections of this track require river bed travel and depending on weather conditions, may involve river crossings. Parts of…

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