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!
He has also been featured on Good Morning America, NPR, and the Associated Press, as well as in documentaries for Columbia Sportswear and the OTIS College of Art and Design.
Casey was one of eight people chosen by the National Parks Foundation to participate in the 2015 Find Your Park Expedition. His first book "Day Hiking Los Angeles," will be published by Mountaineers Books in 2016.
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This post was written by Casey Schreiner on September 27, 2012