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Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula - The Warmest Wakeup Call

8 April 2015

If you had told me during my childhood that there was a beach where, if you dug a hole deep enough at a certain time of day, hot water would come up from the depths of the sand, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

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Bay of Islands - Swimming with the Dolphins (aka Binge-Grinning with the Bottlenose!)

8 April 2015

When you reside in the cloudiest city in the country that has an average temperature of 9.9˚C and 1112mm of rainfall per annum (I’m looking at you, Invercargill), you tend to spend the year looking forward to summer.

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The 4 day Tongariro Northern Circuit - A Kiwi Moon Landing

8 April 2015

‘I think we should head north,’ Sarah said, as we sipped cocktails in Wellington. ‘I’d like to do the Tongariro Crossing.’ Having spent the last two days gorging myself on Wellington’s superb selection of vegan edibles, I was surprised to hear myself suggesting that instead of doing the day hike,...

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On the final day of summer holidays, I almost died... Matapouri, Northland, NZ

7 April 2015

On the final day of summer holidays, I almost died.  My name is Zara Jillings, I am 16 years old.

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Tahunanui Beach in Nelson on a hot afternoon

7 April 2015

Nelson fills with visitors in the summer. I live here so I plan to stay home, gardening, swimming, reading in my favourite chair under the plum tree, till my work resumes in mid-January. Hard to beat, surely?

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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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