OK, guys. Let’s get one thing straight – New Zealand is pretty dang awesome. Everything looks like this:

I spent two weeks hiking and camping around the South Island a few years back and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. No matter how many gorgeous photos you see of that place, seeing it in person is absolutely breathtaking. The second I stepped onto the plane to fly back home, I was trying to figure out how I could get back there.

Now, Air New Zealand is holding a contest to send four (very) lucky people to spend 9 weeks experiencing 340 miles of New Zealand’s Great Walks – nine meticulously cared-for long-distance trekking routes through some of the most amazing scenery you’ll ever lay your eyes on.

Air New Zealand will fly you out to the Southern Hemisphere and foot the bill for almost everything you’ll be doing – you just need to cover travel visas and insurance. To enter, all you have to do is submit a short video (1 minute or less) to YouTube or have an inspiring Pinterest board and fill out this short submission form by 5PM, Monday October 22 (New Zealand Time). And remember, New Zealand’s a day ahead of us, so if you’re a down-to-the-wire type, submit it by the 20th just to make sure.

They’re looking for people with “personality, creativity, a knack for blogging and storytelling as well as a passion for outdoor adventure,” because you’ll be writing about your amazing experience all along the way.

Still looking for inspiration? Check out this travel video that airs on Air New Zealand flights:

Good luck! Also, get out of my way! I want to win, too!

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Casey Schreiner

Founder and Editor-in-Chief at Modern Hiker
Since founding Modern Hiker in 2006, Casey's work on the site has appeared in regional and national publications, including the Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, the Associated Press, CNN, New York Magazine, High Country News, and others. He has broken several national news stories about outdoor vandalism and policies and his first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles" is available for pre-order.
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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on September 27, 2012


  • Paul says:

    As ADKinLA put it this is an awesome contest. It is a fantastic country to visit and go walking with so much natural beauty. There is all different types of landscapes so close together. It is a pity the country is so far away, but I guess it helps to keep it from getting spoiled.

  • ADKinLA says:

    Awesome contest, really amazing prizes but whew, 9 weeks, if I won I would get fired from my job! :)

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