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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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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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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Driving the Outback: Part 2 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

Driving the Outback: Part 2 - Flinders Ranges to Coober Pedy (by Zofia)

My first target was Wilpena Pound in Flinders Ranges National Park, a 300km detour from the Stuart Highway. On the way I stopped to take in some aboriginal artwork sited in caves, which was simply beautiful. The artwork is completely in synch with its natural surroundings and looks stunning - the hand-prints being my favorite, created as the maker spat ink over their hand to create a silhouette. 

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40 fab countries for a budget conscious traveller

40 fab countries for a budget conscious traveller

Think you can’t afford to go travelling for a six months or a year – think again. Aside from a number of ways of making travel cheap – working, volunteering, house-sitting etc, there are lots of places that are cheaper to travel in for starters – and even better many of them are interconnected so you don’t even have to take a flight to visit a number of countries all on a budget.

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Melbourne's best kept secret - Mornington's Hot Pools

Melbourne's best kept secret - Mornington's Hot Pools

Struck Melbourne in winter? Then this day-trip is a must.
You need one car, your maps app, plenty of time to visit the wineries en route and even more time to while away warming up your body temp at the Mornington Peninsula Hot Springs.

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