Auckland's Wild West

Auckland's Wild West

Auckland has plenty of pretty beaches with scenic islands conveniently scattered through the Hauraki Gulf it lies within on its eastern coast, but drive  40 minutes in the other direction toward the setting sun, and its a completely different story. Here you enter the wild west coast! 

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Amsterdam - a great travel destination with kids!

Amsterdam - a great travel destination with kids!

I’m not big on cities when travelling or holidaying – especially not with the kids. Kids (my kids at least) want play or action and for us that usually meant water or snow. So, cities – well – I usually give them a miss. However when living in England we often went on long weekend or mini breaks and one of our favorite little side-jaunts was to the city of Amsterdam.

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Driving the outback Part 5: Alice to Darwin

Driving the outback Part 5: Alice to Darwin

Continuing north from Alice to Darwin, there are many many kilometers interspersed with plenty of good stopping points.  First, are the Devil's Marbles – a series of huge rounded boulders, balanced in seemingly gravity­-defying formations – provide great climbing fun for kids and adults alike (alternatively just interesting scenery).

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Hunting New Zealands Top 10 - where to see amazing New Zealand animals in the wild!

Hunting New Zealands Top 10 - where to see amazing New Zealand animals in the wild!

NZ is not abundant in native mammalian wildlife, with the only native land mammal being the bat!  However, there are still many unique and wonderful creatures to see including a number of incredible flightless birds - the most famous being the kiwi of course, and dinosaur age relics - the tuatara, Archey's frog, and giant weta. Some of these are truly difficult to see in the wild, others are not. This list gives any animal lover a few options:

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First time travelling? 12 top things to organize before you leave

First time travelling? 12 top things to organize before you leave

If it’s your first trip you might be wondering what you need to sort out before you go, or, what you might have forgotten. Use this article as a checklist and get yourself on the road with a clear mind!

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Going travelling and renting the house? 10 important tips for a worry-free journey

Going travelling and renting the house?  10  important tips for a worry-free journey

Renting the house is a great way to either cover the mortgage while you are away, or, to fund your trip if you are lucky enough to be mortgage free (read more here). Whichever it is you want to make sure all goes well in your absence. Read on for some key things to do in preparation:

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Driving the Outback: Part 4 - Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru or Ayers Rock

Driving the Outback: Part 4 - Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Uluru or Ayers Rock

The drive from Coober Pedy to Alice Springs is over eight hours and really emphasizes how huge and sparsely populated Australia really is. Nothing for 800km but the odd turn off leading to a homestead and the occasional roadkill, just to keep things exciting. 

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50+, on a budget, on the road? 15 top ways to eke out the cash and last longer!

50+, on a budget, on the road? 15 top ways to eke out the cash and last longer!

If you're over 50 and on a budget – that means no working holiday visas like the 20-somethings, but it doesn’t mean you can’t travel cheaply or make money on the road. Here I’m looking at a few tricks – quite a few – to stretch that budget and keep you on the road longer (and arguably better)!

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Driving the Outback: Part 3 - Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

Driving the Outback: Part 3 - Coober Pedy  (by Zofia)

We arrived in Coober Pedy (CP) just after dark after a stunning sunset. (Don’t start me on the night sky. I can't even describe in words how amazing the star­ strewn night sky is over the outback so I'm not going to try.) Sky cannot be appreciated until you are in a landscape as flat as the outback... you can see it forever, and during the day you can see where the horizon meets the earth so it seems as if you are driving into the clouds. An excellent exercise in one point perspective!

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50+, on a budget, need to travel? 7 tips to get a travel fund together

50+, on a budget, need to travel? 7 tips to get a travel fund together

Little money but with the urge to travel is a common scenario and a lack of riches is no reason to stop you. People in their 50’s and 60’s often ask me if they can afford to travel – and of course I say yes! 

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Teen travelers - Should I let my 15 year old go backpacking alone?

Teen travelers - Should I let my 15 year old go backpacking alone?

You may dub me the world’s worst parent, but I say yes! Mine did (are doing) at 15 and 16. No - not on an organised group trip or tour, and Yes – they survived!! Better still, they did have a heck of a good time and they thrived from it.
If your teen wants to go, I can only encourage you to say yes!

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13 top tips for surviving a long haul flight with toddlers

13 top tips for surviving a long haul flight with toddlers

Surviving a long haul flight – and here I am talking something like NZ to Europe, or, 24-30 hours depending on your stopover times – can be arduous on your own, let alone with younger kids, unless of course you can afford first class! These tips should help you get through in good old cattle class.....

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