Matt Burns

Award Winning Blogger, Writer & Travel Marketer

New Zealand

5 Short Day Walks That’ll Make You Want To Visit New Zealand

taking a dip in lake Tarawera - that perfect spot where natural hot springs meet the cool waters of the lake

Only in New Zealand could you bathe in a natural hot spring one day, and marvel at towering glaciers the next. For a relatively small country (268,000km squared), New Zealand’s diversity in terrain and contrasting landscapes are unparalleled. Seriously. It’s like someone squashed down the US to 1/37th it’s size. And then stuck a bunch […]

11 Things To Do In Wanaka That Aren’t Puzzling World

bike along the clutha river in autumn

Puzzling World. How that place has managed to make it onto every single Wanaka ‘to-do’ list and guide ever published, I have no idea. But I’d love to hire their marketing guys for a while! It’s not that it’s bad or even that I wouldn’t recommend it, because that’s not true. It’s a fun morning […]

9 Things To Know When Planning A Trip To New Zealand

Bobs Cove, Glenorchy

First of all…good call! You’ve picked well. New Zealand is an insanely beautiful corner of the world. When I say ‘insanely beautiful’, I mean, like, this kind of beautiful… I’ve spent the bets part of the last three years based on the countries lower South Island, in a little town called Wanaka. With its diverse […]

All The Ways That New Zealands Department Of Conservation Are Just Awesome

Start Of The Heaphy Great Walk Track

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… New Zealands Department Of Conservation (DOC) are awesome. The department recently turned the big 30, and when I watched this newshub report about the severity of their under-funding and their completely overstretched resources, the Kiwi in me felt embarrassed. They are responsible for almost a third of […]

The 5 Best Hikes On The South Island Of New Zealand That You Didn’t Know About

best multi day hikes on nz south island

Mueller Track Location: Mt Cook. Distance/Time: 5.2km / 4 hours Epic sunsets. The most stars you’ve ever seen in your life. And booming avalanches. The view from the Mueller Hut at the end of the Mueller Track, has it all. The hut is located close to Mt Cook Village and right next to the Aoraki […]

The Ultimate Guide To Freedom Camping in New Zealand

freedom camping new zealand nz

Freedom camping is one of the best ways to see New Zealand on a budget. This is the Ultimate Guide To Freedom Camping In New Zealand, where I’ll be covering what freedom camping is, showing you the best tools and websites for finding awesome free camping spots and giving essential packing advice for your next trip […]