Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

Scenic, versatile and beautifully understated – if New Zealand is on your travel radar, consider putting the Bay of Plenty on your wish list. It was named by James Cook when he anchored in the country in 1769, and it’s a name that still rings true today: anyone who visits will find the great outdoors right upon their doorstep, in the forms of wild swimming holes, surf beaches and hiking trails. The Bay of Plenty offers a lifestyle so well-rounded, you may struggle to say goodbye. Continue reading “Coasting on the North Island: Exploring the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand”

The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand

Originally published on Lonely Planet.

The pleasure of swimming in wild settings could be one of the most human exercises we can undertake. New Zealand then, is a country offering ultimate outdoor therapy. As well as boasting glorious beaches, New Zealand is a patchwork of rivers, waterholes and lakes that are perfect to take a dip or dive in. Continue reading “The Best Wild Swimming Spots in New Zealand”