Tongariro National Park, New Zealand / November 2017.
Four weeks back, we journeyed to Tongariro National Park to hike the Northern Circuit. This track is one of New Zealand’s great walks (I’ve got one more to complete!). The Northern Circuit starts and ends in Whakapapa and encompasses much of the (more popular) Tongariro Crossing. With fine weather forecast, we set off, only to get caught in a major storm with gusts of 160km/hr.
See my full summary and photos here
Dukono and Komodo, Indonesia / August 2017.
EXPEDITION INDONESIA 2017: We’re back from another insane expedition, exploring the remotest stretches of Indonesia. We had many moments of close escapes, including a super heated ash cloud, lahar and huge lava bombs landing close by us. All up, we took 11 flights, explored two fiery volcanoes and tamed a few fire-breathing dragons!
See our full write-up, videos and more here
Tongariro National Park, New Zealand / July 2017.
The forecast was grim. The worst storm of years to bear down on New Zealand bringing heavy snow and gales. Could this just be more sensationalism by news media? Either way, we packed up our storm chasing gear and make the 5 hr drive to Tongariro National Park.
View our pictures, videos and more here
On May 5th, a disturbance near Vanuatu intensified and became Cyclone Donna. Her intensity rapidly increased,developing into a massive Cat 5 – as powerful as it gets. Thankfully, it was well away from any land. Over the next few days, Donna tracked between Vanuatu and New Caledonia, before heading south towards New Zealand. While weakening rapidly, Donna converged with a separate low crossing the Tasman and formed a new system that impacted northern NZ.
While it brought heavy rain and wind, it wasn’t worth the chase.
I’ve recently returned from a major expedition with Google to capture the Marum Volcano Lava Lake for Google Maps. See my full report here.
Bay of Plenty, New Zealand / April 2017.
My forecasting turned out to be spot on, putting me right in the eye and eye wall of Cyclone Cook. In the process, I captured THE best footage and made it onto every major news publication in New Zealand.
See my full report here
Kaikoura, New Zealand / February 2017.
Almost three months to the date, Kaikoura is still feeling the effects of the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake. After my initial visit, I decided to return to see how the recovery was progressing (read more).
Westland, New Zealand / January 20 2017
After a weather “bomb” hit the South Island of New Zealand, another deep low followed, bigger than the first. MetService issued weather warnings with gale force winds and rain heavy enough to cause widespread flooding (120 to 160mm). Metvuw forecast barometer pressure down to 980mb (equivalent to a CAT 1 Hurricane). The chase was on (read more)
Kaikoura, New Zealand / November 2016.
A massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake has hit Kaikoura early this morning. I’m on-ground and reporting from the scene here. The devastation caused is beyond comprehension. SH1 (North) and rail will take many months, perhaps years to be restored.
Khao Sok National Park, Thailand / November 2016
In early November, I visited Thailand to trek the jungles of Khao Sok. Located in the Surat Thani Province, Khao Sok is the largest area of virgin forest in southern Thailand. The park has more biodiversity than the Amazon Basin and is home to wild elephants, tigers, gaurs, leopards and more. See my full report here