I was flooded with emotion as a New Zealander walking in the Fiordland National Park because of the birds. I have been walking in New Zealand forests my whole life, but I have never seen or heard such incredible birdlife as I did walking through the Clinton Valley in April.
I had my first vermouth Cal Pep, a perfect example of an old-fashioned bodega where a little oak barrel at the end of the bar has a spigot ready to dispense ‘vermut’. Although Pep doesn’t sleep upstairs anymore, it certainly feels like a place that hasn’t changed in years, just added more layers of dust and old posters to the dark wooden walls.
Sintra remains relatively untouched by the large numbers of visitors and sustainable tourism is a watchword for this UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a variety of hiking trails – from the coastal paths to tracks that allow visitors to discover the wide range of botanic species and the mysterious monuments that inspired Lord Byron when he lived here.
Snow sports holidays take place in a very delicate environment and although we love the natural exhilaration of whizzing through the mountains, there is no doubt that mountain resorts can be damaging to the very environment they celebrate.
Tucked away in the heart of Hong Kong’s New Territories, on the northern slopes of Tai Mo Shan mountain, is a little known visitor attraction where native biodiversity, nature conservation and education are watchwords.
The 64-acre nature reserve was established by the Shangri-La Rasia Ria Resort and the Sabah Wildlife Department in 1996. Adjoining the hotel grounds is a protected ecological space dedicated to supporting the endangered wildlife of Borneo.
An eco resort, abundant wildlife and sealife, and a community keen to conserve their habitat make West Bali National Park a great green getaway.
Our Editorial Assistant Natasha von Geldern stayed at The Yangshuo Mountain Retreat while travelling in China recently. She discovered owner Chris Barclay has a vision to create a sustainable business model that helps preserve Yangshuo’s natural beauty and promote its unique culture.
Australia’s Great Ocean Walk is a newbie in the ‘great hikes of the world’ stakes but it has every appearance of bursting through the rankings soon. A seven-day meander along the stunning “Shipwreck” coast of Victoria, it is an opportunity to experience natural Australia.