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Climbing the sloped walkway  Matamataharakeke track offers great shots to the valley
New Zealand

Waikawau Bay, Coromandel

After a few days in Whitianga we stayed in Waikawau Bay Conservation campground for a couple of nights. Its location was ideal, being close to good walks and having the camp just a stone’s throw from the sea. Again we were not very lucky with the weather and couldn’t enjoy the beach too […]

Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland
New Zealand

Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland

A fine three-hour walk is to take the track from the Chelsea Sugar Factory on Colonial Road, Auckland through the forest to Kendall Bay (which has quite a nice beach), then return and take the loop through the Chelsea Sugar Heritage Estate which takes in brilliant views across to Auckland […]

Opoutere beach - white sand and unspoilt nature.
New Zealand

Prana and Opoutere beach

For New Year’s Eve we decided to go to the Prana Festival on the Opoutere coast. Darren had already been there five times and still wanted more so I trusted that was a quite special place. The entrance was at 9am, but a long queue was formed since nearly two hours earlier, […]

Driving holidays in New South Wales: the rules
Australia

Driving holidays in New South Wales: the rules

If you’re planning a road trip in New South Wales there are a huge number of awesome sights to see driving from the beautiful beaches north of Sydney to the lush Blue Mountains and onto the arid interior. You can rent a car or campervan super easy in New South […]

Jökulsárlón, Iceland – a lake of ice islands
Iceland

Jökulsárlón, Iceland – a lake of ice islands

We had been advised by our guidebook that nothing can prepare you for driving around the corner and first seeing Jökulsárlón’s milky blue lake filled with the calved offspring of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Right on the Ring Road, it’s easy to get to and thus was comparatively busy with tourists despite us getting […]

Marine Parade in Napier for Christmas
New Zealand

Marine Parade in Napier for Christmas

Napier is the art deco capital of the world, mainly because it was (re)built in the 1930s after a huge earthquake, and Marine Parade is the road along the waterfront. It’s a funny area because not only is it the main promenade, but it’s also the main thoroughfare for trucks […]

Reykjavik, Iceland – the cultural centre
Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland – the cultural centre

If you’ve ever wanted to spend $9 on a small cucumber, Reykjavik is the place to go. Of course, growing cucumbers in a place that barely gets about 15 degrees Celsius is never going to be easy, and you pay for it. You can have dried cod, puffin steaks and […]