Matt and I spent three nights in Queenstown, New Zealand during our honeymoon. We loved every second of this restaurant-packed, lakefront little city.

Queenstown is adventure capital of the world. You can famously bungy jump at the first commercial bungy site (Matt did!), mountain bike down steep trails, go white water rafting and find countless other thrills.

But mostly, we wanted to hike.

We spent hours googling trails but in retrospect, the good stuff was obvious.  I’m sure you could find other day hikes in the area, but in my humble opinion (and the opinion of all the Queenstown locals we polled) these three experiences are must-dos for those spending just a few days near Lake Wakatipu.

Queenstown Hill

Queenstown Hill

Matt at the “basket of dreams” on Queenstown Hill

This hike takes about two hours (roundtrip). It starts right outside of the center of Queenstown, and you can absolutely walk there. (I don’t think there is parking closer to the trail head anyway). The hike is steep, but short and the trail is packed dirt and well marked. You’re rewarded with incredible views of Lake Wakatipu below.

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Happy 2018, friends.

Unlike everyone else, I have not started out the new year with a fitness frenzy. I have run a grand total of ZERO miles in 2018. In fact, my last Strava entry is from Christmas Day; I did a 3-mile jaunt in Kyoto and haven’t hit the pavement since. But sinful as it may be to say:  I love running. (Which means sometimes I hate running and that’s normal.) So I’ve signed up for a few races to make sure I get back on track.

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

River crossing mid-run in Kyoto

Here’s what I have signed up for so far. Are you registered for any of these? Any must-race events I should get on my calendar?

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Hello! Sorry for the extended absence. Matt and I were on our honeymoon! We spent the last three weeks traveling and we went to South Korea (for a night!), Japan (for 9 days), New Zealand (for 9 days) and then had an extended layover in Beijing, China (where we hiked part of the Great Wall!).

I hope to write about all the biking, hiking and adventuring we did soon. Hope everyone had a happy holiday and New Year. Is anyone starting off 2018 with a new fitness regimen or nutrition plan? I’d love to hear about it!