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Stewart Island

In Polynesian mythology, Maui is a powerful, intelligent demigod. He's featured in some of the most important Maori myths… More

Emma L. University of Otago, New Zealand


Emma L.


University of Otago, New Zealand


Kia ora! My name is Emma Lodes and I'm a junior at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. I study Environmental Science with a concentration in geology, with a minor in Studio Art. I'm an editor at my school's newspaper, and some day would love to be an environmental journalist. I'm passionate about the environment and the outdoors; if I could spend every day backpacking, skiing, rock climbing and camping I would! Luckily New Zealand is the perfect place for embarking on Lord of the Rings level adventures and sharing my stories. Can't wait to share them with you all!

Stewart Island

Emma L. June 4, 2015

In Polynesian mythology, Maui is a powerful, intelligent demigod. He's featured in some of the most important Maori myths, and his resume includes snaring the sun out of the sky and taming fire. Perhaps the most well known story is of Maui hauling the… More

Easter Break Pt 3: West Coast Roadtrip

Emma L. May 18, 2015

On day four of the Heaphy, the track plopped us off at a beach about 20 minutes outside of Karamea, a tiny town with one hostel and no cellphone service where we'd meet up with Bri. Riz and I sat in the beach shelter, exhausted, eaten alive by sand flies… More

Easter Break Pt 2: The Heaphy

Emma L. May 10, 2015

As I mentioned in my last post (Easter Break Pt. 1: Collingwood), leaving Collingwood for the Heaphy wasn’t easy after getting to know the Barhams. Although it was only for three nights, the luxury and ease of living with a real family – one that graciously… More

Easter Break - Part 1: Collingwood

Emma L. April 27, 2015

At the northwest tip of New Zealand’s south island, a long, skinny peninsula of golden sand sweeps up and curls over in a delicate C, sheltering waters between the north and south island called Golden Bay. It’s an oasis of stiller water and better weather… More

The Routeburn

Emma L. April 20, 2015

On the Arcadia-hosted Queenstown weekend, we got a quick, rainy taste of the Routeburn Great Walk. It was glorious, but definitely a tease: a few short-lived mountain vistas when curtains of clouds parted for hasty intermittent flurries of snapping camera… More

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