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Fun and friendship in Northland, a backpacker's story

1 April 2015

The story starts in Auckland where most of the backpacker story begins, it is about fun and friendship that you make along the way. It was right in the middle of the summer and we all had a calm down in our activities, perfect timing for a city break.

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Auckland - Summer 2014 - Our Journey Journal

1 April 2015

Day 1 (Christmas Eve): Drove out of the office carpark at 4pm – Woohoo!!! Let the Auckland staycation commence!  Licked a gelato at Mission Bay and hung out at the beach watching yachts racing in the molten silver waters near Motutapu.  Later, cruised up Franklin Road through an archway of...

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Nature Lover’s Paradise - The Oparara Arches

27 March 2015

Taking the road less travelled led me to love; the love of unspoilt virgin podocarp and beech forest, limestone arches and lush ferns and mosses of varying shades of green.  No longer do I think of green as one colour.

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The Tongariro Alpine Crossing

24 March 2015

New Zealand gets a lot of rain, so we knew that attempting the central North Island’s Tongariro Alpine Crossing in January was taking a risk with the weather. Friends who had travelled out of their way to the World Heritage site—hundreds of kilometres from any major towns—had come home disappointed,...

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Motu Trails - Novice Bikers Hit the Trails

19 March 2015

Leaving our luggage at Motu Trails Limited’s base to be transported to our evening’s accommodation we set off.  The first leg of the Motu Trails, the Dunes Trail, gently rises and falls across dunes for 11 kilometres giving views of the Pacific Ocean crashing onto the long sandy beach.  Dotted...

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A Detailed Review of the Earnslaw Cruise in Queenstown

17 March 2015

The weather was stunning; we knew it would be hot so thought a day on the water would be a good idea. We wandered down to the waterfront after a late breakfast in Queenstown’s CBD and stumbled upon the Real Journeys booking office.  We booked a family cruise on board...

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Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Auckland

15 March 2015

The Volvo Ocean Race Stopover in Auckland has added another level of vibrancy to an already buzzing Auckland City.  With the Eagles concert and the ICC Cricket World Cup helping to fill the city, all kinds of pop up stalls and attractions are filling the Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park and...

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Haast to Wanaka - A Drive Worth Taking!

12 March 2015

Our automatic Toyota Corolla from Omega proved to be the perfect vehicle for our recent 17 day self-drive tour of New Zealand. It made navigating the steep and winding roads and parking at stop off points easy and stress free.

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Exploring Walter Peak Station, a working South Island Farm

6 March 2015

A relaxing cruise on the Earnslaw to Walter Peak Station, a tour of the farm and a gourmet barbeque was too much to pass up. It ended up being one of our favourite experiences on our South Island trip and is highly recommended for anyone visiting Queenstown! 

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The Sight of the Sound

3 March 2015

It rained during the night.  Hard slashes pounded the window, hammering through my attempts at sleep.  Please let it stop before morning. 

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