New Zealand Travel Guides for Backpackers

Top 4 Cozy Cafes in Brighton, England

Brighton, England is known as a seaside, summer vacation destination. The pier, the seafront promenade, and eating fish and chips on the beach are all fun attractions that have drawn tourists to its shores for decades. But Brighton has as much to offer, in not more, within its city streets, […]
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Golden Bay: Adventure playground for all

Panorama of Golden Bay from Tata Beach A little history of Golden Bay On a frosty winters morning, we set out to drive, via the Lewis Pass, to Golden Bay. Abel Tasman first came across this circularly indented bay area in 1642, and in the 1770s Captain Cook visited this area. […]
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5 Road Trips from Christchurch

The South Island of New Zealand is an incredible place to enjoy a road trip adventure. On pretty much any road on the island you are guaranteed wide open spaces with little or no traffic and a beautiful backdrop of snow-capped mountains. Discover our five favourite road trips from Christchurch, […]
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Budget Friendly Ways to Explore Hokitika, New Zealand

Hokitika is a cool, little town situated on the West Coast of South Island in New Zealand. My partner and I were supposed to be here for a week and ended up staying for two months. Hokitika (affectionately known as Hoki) has this energy that draws you in- it is […]
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New Caledonia: 6 fascinating places to explore.

  Thanks to a friend I was fortunate to arrive at this destination that I had no idea existed, I did not even know how to locate it on the map, I arrived here 1 month ago and you can’t imagine the experiences and adventures I have lived until now. […]
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My Top 3 Beaches, Cornwall, England

Returning to England, for me, was an extremely hard thing for me to do. It was the middle of winter, I was leaving behind sunny Australia, and I did not want to go back to real life, even if it is only to save to travel again. Fortunately, I am […]
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Four Reasons Why You Should Definitely Visit French Polynesia

If someone would ask me how would paradise look like for me I would definitely think of a picture perfect postcard with luxuriant green landscapes and turquoise crystalline water. I would think of that and eventually, leave it there as – come on – who could imagine these places to […]
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Lyttleton: Magical seaport town

Port town of Lyttleton This stunning ‘Lyttle’ town, situated on the northern aspect of the crater rim, shadows the Port of Lyttleton Harbour. Hidden behind the Port Hills, it could easily be bypassed on your journey around New Zealand. Indeed, its splendour cannot be appreciated until you arrive into the […]
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The Best Of Wellington In One Day

Wellington is known as the world’s coolest “little” capital where is no missing the big-city culture – politics, arts, museums, festivals, film industry, dining and more. I love it because is compact and nice, surrounded by green hillsides and beautiful harbour and beaches. So there is a lot to see […]
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Wellington, the Windy City of Artists

Tucked away at the bottom of New Zealand’s North Island, Wellington is easily overlooked. Yet Wellington is a vibrant hub for artists and activists, for dreamers and lovers and poets. When I decided to move to Wellington for university, I had no idea that I was set to fall for […]
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5 Things To Do in Queenstown

New Zealand’s South Island is home to many fabulous places to explore, the most exciting of which is arguably Queenstown. A popular hub for travellers from around the globe, a visit to Queenstown is about adrenaline, the outdoors and meeting new people. No matter what type of traveller you are, […]
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5 Reasons why you should go to Upolu, Samoa

If you go to Samoa, you will fall in love with the people, the paradise environment, the strong culture and traditions. Discovering Samoan way of life is a unique and unforgettable experience. The Perfect Pacific Destination Samoa is located between New Zealand and Hawaii, just in the heart of the […]
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New Zealand's Must-See Spots

So you’ve bought the ticket and have been bottling up your excitement for months. Or maybe you’re still deciding between us and Australia (yuck). You’re ready to step onto the fine shores of little ol’ New Zealand but you have no idea where to start. But whether you’re the sort […]
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What To Do in Nelson City, New Zealand

Nelson city, located on the northern part of the South Island of New Zealand, is the perfect break if you’re travelling through the country. It gets pretty touristic in the summer, but still has a nice atmosphere and quite laid back vibes. Like most of the places of this beautiful country, […]
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Ten Things to do in Auckland CBD

New Zealand is a country on many people’s travel bucket list. Now, when you think of visiting New Zealand, your mind may wander to rolling hills covered in sheep, scenic mountains, and lakes like mirrors. Less of your attention may be paid to the few cities in New Zealand like […]
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The Mini New Zealand of Malaysia: Desa Cattle Dairy Farm

With Malaysia – both Peninsular Malaysia and East Malaysia – located near the equator, the climate falls under the equatorial climate which is calculated to be hot and humid throughout the year. Take a break from the awful and sweat-inducing weather and pamper yourself and your family with a short […]
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A Guide to Barcelona – heart of Catalonia

People often begin by asking, how many days are adequate for Barcelona? What should be my travel Itinerary? And probably search for a 4 days or 5 days itinerary. However, that doesn’t do justice to the city. Let me take you for a walk and while we are at it, […]
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5 Backpacker Must-Dos in Dunedin

Kia ora! New Zealand may be best known as the land of hobbits and elves, but there’s more to see beyond the mountains. If you’re on the South Island and want to detour off the breakneck pace of the backpacker circuit, Dunedin will satisfy all your city-life needs! Home of […]
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Reasons you should take that solo trip to Bali

Following a break-up and a few too many viewings of Eat Pray Love, I decided to take the plunge and book that solo trip to Bali, Indonesia. Yes, I wanted to find myself as well. Here’s why you should do it too. Bali is cheap Accommodation Coming from New Zealand, […]
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Whangarei – Beaches, Bush Walks and Sightseeing

When I first arrived in New Zealand I started working as an Au Pair on a dairy farm just north of a city called Whangarei. With around 40,000 people Whangarei is one of the smaller cities in the North Island. While the provincial character might not sound very appealing to […]
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Unusual things to do in London for the seasoned Londongoer

So you’ve seen Buckingham Palace a thousand times, you’ve been on The Eye (or turned your nose up at its long queues and claimed it’s only for tourists), and you’ve started complaining about the people who walk too slowly in the street or misunderstand on what side of the escalators […]
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Singapore on a budget: food, things to do, and nightlife

I ended up in Singapore more out of convenience than any particular longing to travel there. Coming from New Zealand, but now living in England, when visiting home I face the joy of at least 24 hours of quality plane time. It struck me as silly to put myself through […]
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Hiking Scotland's Isle of Skye: Dramatic, Spellbinding Scenery

I’d spent a fairly long time carousing about in Spain, soaking up the sun, when I decided what I really needed was a sobering dose of Scottish downpours to bring me back to reality —a more literal kind of soaking, if you will. I kid, I kid. In spite of […]
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Sierra Magina: Limestone mountains, olive groves, ancient history

Enjoying a glass of wine in the sun in Ubeda Getting to Sierra Magina As our flight to Spain descends into Malaga, we marvel at the stunning white villages and steep-sided hills awash with olive trees on the lower slopes of the Montes de Málaga – the mountain range to […]
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Auckland: 5 Free Things To Do

Backpackers are usually known to be “on a budget” while traveling around, especially in New Zealand. On average, your everyday activities in New Zealand, like checking out the latest film at the cinema can run you around $18 nzd. If you’re looking to get the most out of Auckland, while saving […]
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Mairena: Jewel in the crown of the Eastern Alpujarras

Terrace and view at Las Chimeneas, Mairena, Alpujarras, Andalusia, Spain Stepping back in time Mairena, in the La Alpujarras, foothills to Spain’s highest mountain range the 3479m Sierra Nevadas, is one of the hundreds of famed Spanish ‘white villages’ visited by hoards of hikers and tourists across the summer months. […]
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Touring the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island

How do you plan your route around the famous West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand? What are the must-sees? Must-stops? Must-dos? If these are the questions on your mind, you’re in the best place! Nelson to Queenstown – that’s the tour You will do well to start […]
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Amazing free places to visit in Aukland

Finally Got to Aukland!! As the aircraft touched down in New Zealand at dawn, I could not contain my excitement. This was a dream coming true. To top it all up, I was going to meet one of my best friends, who I had not seen in forever. transport from […]
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Cultural Capital of India and Pride of Tamil Nadu – Chennai

Gateway of South India From roadside tea shops to great cafes and luxury hotels, from Kaapi (Famous South Indian filter coffee) to Cappuccino, from street shopping to huge malls, from western to tradition, friendship to harmony, liberty to safety, from Culture to Heritage, Chennai, ladies and gentlemen, has it all. […]
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Wellington, New Zealand. Things to do that are free

It’s been almost three months that one day, I decide to give a spin to my life and travel from Buenos Aires, Argentina (Place where I was born) To Wellington, New Zealand. “The World Coolest Little Capital”, as everyone like to call this city, and that phrase fits really well […]
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Northern Spain: Thermal Baths and the Best Octopus in the World

People often spend months planning travel. They’ll research cities, read through brochures, formulate a fool-proof itinerary, book everything. However, if there’s anything I learned from my trip to the north of Spain with my friend Mareike, it’s the beauty of flexibility. The only real planning we did in advance was […]
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From Wanaka to Aspiring

We started our trip in our comfortable room at Lake View Motel enjoying the beautiful sunrise over Lake Wanaka.  New Zealand is such a beautiful place to enjoy the sounds of nature.  The peaceful birdsong, as we sipped away at our coffee and toast whilst the sun rose slowly above […]
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Castle Hill: Intriguing ancient rock formation

How to get there As you drive west out of Christchurch, on State Highway 73 (SH73) towards the wild West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, the Canterbury plains give way to the foothills of the Southern Alps. Dry summer farmland transforms into the green paddocks of sheep […]
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Favourite Spots in New Plymouth

When I first arrived in New Plymouth I didn´t like it. It was too much of the same and on the first look just like any other bigger city I had visited in New Zealand. But after staying here for four weeks I found some spots I really loved and […]
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Reykjavik, Iceland: How to get the best experience

One of my favourite countries I visited abroad was Iceland. We went to the largest city that I still, do not know how to pronounce – Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. I arrived in complete awe! This city was such a treat to explore. Lately, Iceland has become such a popular country, […]
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One Year in Queenstown New Zealand

After taking the plunge and moving overseas for a year, here’s a short guide on how I set myself up in my new second home – Queenstown, New Zealand. Wye Creek Hike, Queenstown, NZ 1. Applying for the Working Holiday Visa My love for travel started in 2014 when I […]
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Zealandia Park: Wellington’s jewel of life.

 How did we get there in the first place? Coming from Vanuatu and the Pacific. I am a professional ship’s engineer, and when I am not elbows deep in a cargo’s engine, I have months of free time in between contracts. I used to travel by myself every once in […]
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Beijing: A guided tour of the capital of China

Beijing: Let the two kiwi adolescent travel bugs take you on a journey to China My partner Falko and I have done a wee bit of travelling recently and we decided this time China was on the cards, a more of a spontaneous trip, booking and departing NZ within 3 months […]
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Exploring the hidden gems of the Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.

Welcome to the Bay of Plenty! Plenty of outdoors adventures that is for sure; from the iconic Mount Maunganui to the golden sands of Papamoa Beach or the isolated beauty and grandeur of McLarens Falls, this area of New Zealand is a must do for travellers, photographers and families alike.  Join me […]
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Queenstown via the McKenzie: The road much travelled

The road wends its way up the valley to the pass The Destination Queenstown offers a host of recreational sports opportunities year round. Lake Wakatipu offers many wonderful sporting features; in summer, boating, sailing, water skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, jet boating, white water rafting, gold panning, […]
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4 Really Cool Free Things To Do In Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is a very cool city to both visit or live in – both of which I’ve done countless times. It's hands down the coolest city in Australia. It's even been voted ‘The Most Liveable City In The World’ for several years running. You can see why, coming here it […]
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North Island New Zealand: Three Natural Free Hot Springs

There are so many magical things about New Zealand – lush greenery, gorgeous blue waters and picturesque mountain ranges. All of which I adore. However, my most favorite natural wonder from my homeland is the surprising amount of naturally occurring Hot Springs. On all my adventures around New Zealand, I make […]
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New Zealand – Aotearoa – Country of Maoris

New Zealand is such a beautiful country with so many things to do and to see. I spend five months in Auckland working for a Dentist agency, it is worth  to spend a couple of days in Auckland and here is why: Auckland I arrived in the night at the […]
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Pure Adrenalin – Extreme Sports Highlights Ecuador

Take the risk or lose the chance Every friday, before starting a new adventure around the incredible country of Ecuador, I enthuastically tell my mom about my great weekend plans. Every friday, she asks me why I put myself in so much danger, if I am addicted to fear and […]
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Isle of the Pines in New Caledonia – French paradise

Getting there Getting to the New Caledonia itself is a little adventure, as it’s pretty much the furthest you can go away from my home in Europe. In my case, I had a layover in New Zealand to visit some friends, otherwise, it would have been at least 25h on […]
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8 Not To Miss Wineries of New Zealand

Know your chards from your pinots? Like to pair and match wine with food? This guide to the best wineries and vineyards of New Zealand is for you. The first wine tour I took was on Waiheke Island. It was 2009 and I had no idea the door I was about to […]
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PATONG: A QUICK STOPOVER IN THE PEARL OF THAILAND

So, when I was booking my flights from Europe to New Zealand, with the idea to treat myself and to make my travels a lot more bearable, I decided to have a stopover somewhere mid way, where it would be hot and where I could chillax at some beautiful beaches. […]
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How to make the most of your stopover in Perth and Sydney

I had been travelling India and Southeast Asia for the last year and a bit, and decided to go to New Zealand with a Working Holiday Visa after spending Christmas in Kolkata, India. The thing is, as many as you already know, the cheapest way to travel isn’t usually the […]
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New Zealand's North Island: 5 Amazing Experiences

Most people say that New Zealand's South Island is more beautiful than its North Island. I disagree. I wouldn't even want to compare them. To me, they are both equally amazing and have a beauty to them I haven't found in any other country. And they are very different. The […]
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New Zealand South Island: Exploring the Abel Tasman

ABOUT ABEL TASMAN NATIONAL PARK Let me introduce you to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, one of the Great Walks in New Zealand. The National Park was established in 1942 and is located on the top of the South Island. It's popular for the Abel Tasman Coast Track which […]
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6 things to do in Queenstown – without breaking your budget

One of the coolest little towns I have ever come across is found in the South Island of New Zealand. Although this whole country is amazing, there is something special about Queenstown. The town is built around Lake Wakatipu and with its beautiful scenery, endless amount of activities and adventures and […]
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Tajikistan: the Heart of Central Asia

Tajikistan. What is this country? There aren't many people who know anything about Tajikistan and Central Asia in general. But that is a mistake, I'm sure. There is a lot to be interested of in this part of our Planet. First of all, this is a rare landscape which not […]
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Nine things to know to make the most out of Costa Rica

Unlike Phileas Fogg in the infamous ‘Around the world in 80 days, my travel over this summer took me to two beautiful tropical Islands, involved 11 flights, and a killer total of 75 hours. However, just like the film, I can safely say I have traveled a full loop around […]
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Pasifika and International Cultural Festivals 2016 in Auckland

SUMMERTIME IN AUCKLAND: IN HONOUR OF PACIFIC ISLANDS AND WORLDWIDE CULTURES         During my stay in Auckland, I could notice that the number of foreign people moving in there has been increasing and I observed how the city accepts that the population is becoming international. I mainly remember of two Festivals to […]
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Train Travel in India

After three and a half years in the UK and Europe my husband and I were returning home to New Zealand.  We timed our return so we could attend my niece's wedding to a Punjabi man, in India.  We flew into New Delhi in mid-October, travelled north by train to […]
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How to survive a Sky Dive in Queenstown, NZ

After all – that is the whole point of sky diving, right? To live to tell the tale and all? When I signed up (and paid rather a lot of dollar) for my Sky Dive – I knew it was going to be one of those 'once in a lifetime' […]
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New Zealand's North Island

A journey to the green island It's December 2016. For the first time after 14 months I'm leaving Australia. On this side of the world it's mid-summer, hot temperature, tourist season, school holidays, family time. Also for me – I meet my beloved sister and parents in New Zealand! Exciting […]
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Thrifting in style the London edition

When I made the leap and moved from Auckland to London City, everyone seemed to feel that I needed their 2 cents on how expensive living in London was. I agree that with the combination of rent, travel expenses and, of course, leisure, my wallet each month consists of more reciepts and […]
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What to do three Days in Auckland

Me and my boyfriend arrived at the 24th of December in Auckland, early in the morning. We did not expect anything, just called our car rental agency and waited for them outside the airport. Due to the winter season in Germany, we were happy to have summer in New Zealand […]
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762 Turns to Pai, Thailand

When beginning my journey to and around Southeast Asia, one word was repeated over and over again: “Pai.”  I heard it from the 20 something year old sitting next to me on my flight from Auckland, New Zealand.  I heard it during my layover in Australia.  I heard it in […]
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Swimming with Dolphins in Russell, New Zealand

Have you ever thought about swimming with a Dolphin? If so, you are like me. I travelled quiet a few times, so I had many Chances to swim with these amazing creatures. For example on Oahu, Hawaii. There was something like a Zoo for Mammals, but I did not like […]
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Coromandel Peninsula – The Ultimate Escape

It has to be said that nothing quite beats a beach holiday.  There's something about the sun, sand, surf and soul of a beach that resonates with most people around the world.  Why else do people continue to flock to the likes of Thailand, Indonesia, Hawaii, the Mediterranean and so on, to […]
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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand; A Humble Paradise

So you're planning your ultimate vacation to little ol' New Zealand. You've heard about the skiing in Queenstown, the glaciers in Milford Sound, the cultural capital that is Wellington, and undoubtedly, the “Lord of The Rings” Hobbiton tour in Matamata. But the one place that you definitely need to have on […]
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Lemnos, from Northern Aegean to Van Gogh’s fields

Lemnos, from Northern Aegean to Van Gogh’s fields #lemnos#aegean#greekislands#alternativesummer     The Dutch painter, famous for the warmth of the colors in his works would have been astonished by the scenery of Lemnos, an island that radiates a sandy golden light. The heat, the sun of the Greek summer, the […]
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From New Zealand to Chuchunco City

From New Zealand to Chuchunco City Santiago! Hi guys! Let me introduce myself, you can call me Ina. I’m a Chilean girl of 26 years old and this is my first article and because of that I want to start explaining why the name chuchuncocity.com Chilean people are known for […]
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Iceland – A Frozen Adventure Playground

Iceland is very quickly becoming one of the trendiest places to visit in Europe, and with very good reason. This up-and-coming tourist destination was described to me by a native Icelander during my visit as “just like New Zealand without steroids.” Now firstly, if you want a mental picture of […]
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New Zealand: A Getaway from the City to Bay of Islands

Welcome to Bay of Islands, away from the hustle and bustle of Auckland City! This is just one out of my many road trips in the North Island and I've got to say, this is one of my best experiences here. Bay of Islands is located in the Far North […]
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Wai-O-Tapu: the best volcanic park in New Zealand

“Visiting New Zealand without touching the volcanoes? Nonsense!” – my friend and I thought while planning our trip to the North Island. We had only fifteen days for the whole adventure, half of the time to be spent in Wellington, but still we just couldn’t miss the chance to visit […]
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Milford Sound: Living amongst Giants

A Reflection on Living in Milford Sound   It is fitting that I sit here and type out a reflection of sorts on the one-year anniversary of my arrival to New Zealand. Full of nostalgia I reflect on how memorable a year spent in the shadows of giant mountains fully […]
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New Zealand: From coast to coast via Arthur

It's been only a month that I'm in New Zealand of which I've spent a good amount in Christchurch but I've already managed to drive to the West Coast twice. So I figured I'd share my experience with you and give you some advice on which places are worth stopping […]
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Natural wonders in the Catlins region

March 3, 2015 Public hot shower I do not remember how many days we haven't had a hot shower … not even cold! Finally in TE ANAU in public toilets we can negotiate an 8 minute shower to do in two at the price of 5 $: I'm so happy, hot shower […]
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New Zealand – Climbing Mt Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park

Looking at Mount Ngauruhoe in Tongariro National Park, New Zealand   Whether or not you are a Lord of the Rings (LOTR) fan– in New Zealand you will sooner or later come across sites which have been part of the movie. One of it is Mount […]
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New Zealand: 5 tips to be adventures

Three planes, one day flight, nine different time zones and here I am in front of the big statue of Gimli from «Lord of the Rings». Auckland airport is welcoming me. “Do you have any food or tourist’s stuff like hiking boots?” I shake my head. I have got only […]
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Waiheke Island: Slow down, you are here! This is paradise!

Narrow, winding roads, up and down the hill, going through jungles and fields covered with hundreds of white dots. If you look closer though, you realise that those are not just some white cotton clumps, left by someone as a joke, but the famous New Zealand sheep. Yes, this is […]
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Ljubljana: Top attractions to try for free (Part I)

Do you like the feeling, when the city breathes with seaside atmosphere although the closest sea is hundreds of kilometres away? Roads, where you don`t have to avoid trumpeting cars and motorcycles at every step? And on top of that a place, where the best attractions don`t cause too much […]
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What you should not miss in New Zealand

Reflections on Lake Matheson After coming back from a 3 weeks trip in New Zealand, the first and only thing that you want to do is to tell the whole world how amazing this place is. Whether you are after hiking, sunbathing or extreme sports, New […]
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Live a year in New Zealand

Are you ready to live overseas? The best part of travelling is that you can quit whenever you want. I arrived in New Zealand some weeks ago, and I can already say how beautiful it is. Everything seems to be very relaxed and chilled, also the well-known cities from the […]
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Tasmania:4 places you must visit (Australia)

Tasmania The beautiful island state of Australia is known for its nature and peacefulness. Almost half of it was declared national park or reserve, which might give you a rough picture of the untouched and pure beauty of Tasmania. The best way to do your journey around Tasmania is probably by car. You […]
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New Zealand: Southern Alps

  New Zealand: Southern Alps. Never thought that there was another Alps in the other part – upside down – on the Earth. First time, I knew New Zealand was my sixteenths and from that age, I totally fall in love with its landscapes, very fast changing weather and ridiculously […]
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A Complete Guide to Rarotonga

RAROTONGA, COOK ISLANDS Almost 5,000km east of Sydney lies a group of fifteen beautiful islands nestled in the heart of the South Pacific. Rarotonga, the largest of the Cook Islands, is a paradise like no other, with stunning lagoons, white sandy beaches, and the friendliest locals you’ll ever meet. Only […]
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Chile – The mystery of Easter Island

The feeling we got that afternoon when we first spotted an island in the horizon, was extraordinary. For nearly three weeks, the Pacific Ocean had been our only view. Everybody on deck was cheering, and dancing around. Tomorrow we would be back on dry land, and ready to explore one […]
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New Zealand, Glenorchy: At the end of the world

About About New Zealand have been said a lot. It is the country, where thousants of backpackers from all the world are coming in every year. Why is the country so special? Becouse you have feeling that everything is easy there. You can easilly find a job, make ne friends, […]
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Christchurch, NZ: A Five Step Guide to Enjoying Your Working Holiday (or Visit)

If you're looking at taking a working holiday in New Zealand, chances are you're considering working in Christchurch, because of the employment oppertunities here due to the rebuild after the earthquakes. Although the earthquakes are a tragedy, the sliver lining is that the rebuild has given Christchurch a breath of fresh […]
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Raglan, New Zealand Must Do

Manu Bay, Raglan beach waves. NEW ZEALAND'S GEM: RAGLAN Many people I meet abroad say “oh yes I've been to New Zealand… I've been to Auckland.” My response is always along the lines of “well you're going to have to go back, and add Raglan to […]
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A Guide to Napier, New Zealand

  A view over Napier from Sugarloaf Hill Napier is well known for being the world's Art Deco capital and for its winery tours but as a teenager found this sort of thing boring and instead got into skate parks, surf breaks, mountain bike trails and […]
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Kashmir : Heaven of India

Kashmir predominantly known as “jannat“, or heaven. The valley – as Kashmir is commonly known – accommodate paradisaical images. Any glimpse you go by once, your eyes will dream to cherish them in heart till you perish. The views will fetch all the graves from your soul and will make you feel like […]
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Wellington: Touring The World's Coolest Little Capital On A Budget

I first made my acquaintance with Wellington at 15 years old, when the plane I was travelling on abruptly nosedived out of the sky. Beyond terrified, I gripped the arms of my seat, suppressing the urge to puke. The plane hurtled downwards. People gasped.   Dark clouds were flashing past […]
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New Zealand : Motueka

“Finally, it’s Sunday!! Let's go outing, dude!” Felt so tired on my kiwi pack house job. Monday to Saturday, at least 8 hours per day, sometimes will go to 12 hours per day. It had been 2 weeks since we were in Motueka for kiwi job. Motueka is the only city with kiwi pack […]
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New Zealand: The Wild Side of Auckland

Sky City – Auckland CBD Auckland is world-renowned as the City of Sails, and so it should be with around a third of locals owning and parking their vessels in one of its two harbours. But apart from the multitude of masts, the casual observer may […]
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Tim Tam Chillers: A Brit in Sydney

Spot the tourist taking photos of double decker trains! In March and April of this year, I went on an epic trip to Australia and New Zealand. This was my first solo trip and so I decided to go as far away as possible. The first […]
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New Zealand: Budget Hacks

Our tips to Backpacking New Zealand on a Budget After thinking long and hard about what place to write about for our first blog post, we decided to write about New Zealand- a luscious, geographically diverse backpacker's paradise. Everyone wants to travel, but money and responsibilities always seem to stop […]
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New Zealand: Kai Iwi Lakes

Panoramic view of Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain. After spending 2 weeks travelling the length of New Zealand in an old, beat up, Toyota Hiace van, my partner and I stumbled across the natural wonder that is the Kai Iwi Lakes. Located 30 minutes out of […]
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Talofa, Samoa!

  Settling in to Island Life Lalomanu Beach Late October 2015, right at the end of the Samoa’s peak tourist season, my partner and I jumped on a plane in Auckland to experience our first taste of the Pacific. We settled on Samoa (I say we, […]
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Hawkins Hill: The Hidden Gem of Wellington, New Zealand

The hike in New Zealand you'll never forget. “You can’t beat Wellington on a good day.” This famous phrase is often heard by the locals of Wellington, New Zealand, but the city’s eclectic range of weather patterns can make it difficult to understand why. Windless days may be sparring, but […]
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Wanaka Oh Wanaka

Top of the List: New Zealand's Wanaka Wanaka and Queenstown should definitely be at the top of your list when you visit New Zealand's South Island I fell in love with them as soon as I arrived. Situated in the Otago region of the South Island, at the start of the Clutha […]
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Land of the Long White Cloud

“The Road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can…” – J. R. R. Tolkien. The Adventure Begins Visiting New Zealand has been a dream of mine since I watched the first […]
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New Caledonia: Lost French Paradise

New Caledonia, Noumea the capital We have recently visited French territory in South Pacific, New Caledonia, and their lagoon island Ouvea. As you might know, New Caledonia is middle of South Pacific. That means in the middle of nowhere. It is about three hours’ flight north of New Zealand. The […]
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Wellington: the little capital with the big attitude

Location, location, location Sprawling under and around the hills and rubbing up against the harbour is Wellington, the little capital with the big attitude. And rightly so, for this is one seriously cool city. Host to the premiers of all three Lord of the Rings films, this capital knows how […]
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Arrowtown Autumn Festival

  Arrowtown Autumn Festival  Having lived in New Zealand for over 18 months and hearing about the beautiful colours in Arrowtown during autumn, I had to see it. Hearing about the Autumn Festival taking place meant only one thing, I had to see what the fuss was all about. The […]
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Wanaka. A piece of paradise

Somewhat an icon of the town now, the Wanaka tree sits solitary in the lake.   Wanaka. A small town in the heart of New Zealand's south island. Located in the Otago Region, 1 hours drive from Queenstown. It is a piece of paradise in an […]
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New Zealand : the land of wonders

NEW ZEALAND: the land of wonders I don't know how I came to the decision to go to New Zealand. It came out of nowhere. I had to pick a place where I would study English during the holidays. UK and US weren't appealing to me as I wanted something […]
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Vietnam : A Night In Hanoi

You May Of  Heard About A Little Country Called Vietnam… Its most famous for the part it played in the Vietnam war, a tragic war that saw hundreds of thousand of Vietnamese exposed to the deadliest chemical formula ever construed… Agent Orange. Its also famous for its beautiful landscape, Brilliant […]
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Auckland's hidden gem: Fo Guang Shan

I’ve been postponing writing this for a while; on account of it was exams week last week and I was a bit of a mess. But no fear, it is now officially my two week mid-semester break. So here I am, at your disposal as the self-appointed expert I claim […]
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Love Affair with the Milford Sound

Rise and Shine Waking up at six in the morning, there was no light coming through the white hardwood shutter of my hostel. The room felt like I was stuffed in a freezer as the windows were left open throughout the night. The creaking of the flat cold railing hurt […]
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Hawke's Bay: New Zealand's hidden gemstone

Every traveller making their way through New Zealand knows better than to miss Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown. But not everyone knows of the wonder that is Hawke’s Bay, and so all too frequently this little gemstone is missed. Renowned for its warm, dry climate, and even better wine, Hawke’s Bay […]
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A Visit to Wellington, New Zealand

“You can’t beat Wellington on a good day”, say those proud locals of New Zealand’s capital. Fortunately, they are absolutely right as the city is situated on the harbor at the very edge of the North Island, with hills surrounding the city that offer stunning views and hiking trails; unfortunately, […]
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New Zealand must-do: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

So, I have just come back from one of the biggest adventures in my life – a two-week backpacking around New Zealand. This blog post will talk about one of the must-dos while visiting North Island of New Zealand – Tongariro Alpine Crossing. What is Tongariro?

Auckland, New Zealand: How To Avoid Boredom In The Big Smoke

The Gateway to New Zealand As the most populous city in the country, and the only one with a half-decent airport, it's hard to avoid Auckland if you're planning on visiting New Zealand. From the rugged West Coast, the glistening waters of the northern North Island, and countless other exhaustively […]
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Waiheke Island

From the moment you arrive at Waiheke, the sense that you have left Auckland and entered in to another world is very apparent. Located 40 minutes by ferry from Downtown Auckland, the island is an absolute treat to visitors and locals alike. It is a wonderful day trip (the whole […]
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New Zealand: Wairere falls

A day at Wairere falls: When I first stepped off the plane in Auckland, NZ after 30ish hours of traveling I had absolutely no idea what to expect or how beautiful places I would visit. I also had no idea that I in only a month would have stories to […]
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A Kiwi Experience on the South Island

[caption id="attachment_17135" align="alignnone" width="300"] Cathedral Square, Christchurch

fulfilling my lifelong dream to ride a penny-farthing looking fairly sweaty on the hike Kaikoura Beach start of the track Abel Tasman Coastal […]
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Wellington, New Zealand: A Travellers Guide To The Coolest Little Capital

 Wellington, NZ   Said to be a small version of Melbourne, New Zealand's capital is one which boasts an amazing city culture. Whether you are interested in food, artwork, shopping, adventure or nature, Wellington offers something for everyone all you need is a comfortable pair of shoes to traverse this harbour […]
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Oakland…not Auckland

    Welcome to OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA! Yes. That's right…Oakland…located in the Golden State of the United States of America, where the mainland's western most plains and mountains hug the nutrient-rich Pacific Ocean that stretches all the way west to Auckland, New Zealand, and beyond. We have kiwis (the fruit) but […]
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Auckland – beneath the busy city life

When I moved to Auckland a year and half ago I had no idea that there would be so much more to this city then just the busy city life. Just a day in Auckland and I realised that the perception I had couldn’t be more wrong. To start with […]
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5 Reasons You Should Visit Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland City. New Zealand’s largest city. A place where the tourists flock both at the beginning of their trips around Aotearoa, and at the end, as they wave goodbye. A city which has more beaches than most New Zealand coastal towns, and definitely more people. The City of Sails. Coming […]
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