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Funny Fridays #8: Yaki Yaki

Funny Fridays #8: Yaki Yaki

It’s Friday. The weekend is here. Your are probably busy trying to score that awesome Black Friday deal, so let’s just have some fun! This restaurant name gave me a chuckle every time I walked past it on the way to my hostel in Rotorua. Not surprisingly, it was never busy from what I could tell. Coincidently, that also describes how the entire town smelled most of the time due to it being in the middle of a very active geothermal zone with mud and sulfur pools, geysers, etc. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Photo Story #2: Lake Wakatipu and Couchsurfing

Photo Story #2: Lake Wakatipu and Couchsurfing

In my Photo Story series, I focus on a particular picture and tell you the story behind it rather than writing about a destination. In this particular case, this photo of Lake Wakatipu is one of my favorites from three weeks I spent in New Zealand: But beyond the gorgeous scenery, it always reminds me of a particular couchsurfing encounter. First, let me go back ten days before this photo was taken – I just arrived to Christchurch from Australia with plans to rent a car and drive around the South Island for a couple of weeks. I posted a […]

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Case of the Mondays #11: Lake Tekapo

Case of the Mondays #11: Lake Tekapo

Sifting through my Case of the Mondays series of posts, I noticed that so far only one of them showed off a location in New Zealand – the beautiful and memorable lake Wanaka. That seemed a bit odd – after all, most people have the image of New Zealand being one of the most picturesque places in the world. quick and easy cash And it is! So, on this Monday, I give you another beautiful panoramic view of New Zealand – lake Tekapo in the central part of the South Island, not far from Mt. Cook: I spent the night […]

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Case of the Mondays #5: Lake Wanaka

Case of the Mondays #5: Lake Wanaka

Another week, another Monday, another Case of the Mondays post is here! Wondering what the heck is it all about? Apparently, a few people have not heard this expression (lucky ones!) and have missed the memo in my first post of the series (how could you!?). The expression comes from the Office Space movie – a must watch for any office worker (and everyone else who is trying to understand these poor species). 

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Auckland to Sydney on Air New Zealand

Auckland to Sydney on Air New Zealand

Three weeks in New Zealand flew by very quick and it was time to continue with my adventures. Next on the list was a (relatively) short hop back to Sydney for a couple of days to (hopefully) pick up my Brazilian visa before heading over to the fifth continent – South America. Airport Express Bus Auckland airport is a bit far from the city itself and the only public transportation option is to take the Airport Express bus for quite steep $16 one way trip. During the day it runs every 10 minutes, but in the early morning hours the […]

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Auckland

Auckland

Auckland is the largest city in Polynesia. For some Polynesian island nations there are more expatriates living in Auckland than in their homeland. Auckland’s rich Pacific cultural mix is celebrated at festivals and sporting matches. Auckland often rates well in international quality-of-life polls; consistently rating in the top five. — TravelWiki My last full day in New Zealand started like the most of them – I woke up, looked out of the window and saw the rain pouring down. I was couchsurfing with Michael and we were planning to go for a run in the morning since he is also an […]

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Roaring Rotorua

Roaring Rotorua

Whether seeking to experience Maori culture, geothermal earth forces, spa rejuvenation, thrills and adventure, or any of the other natural assets such as 16 lakes, some of the world’s best mountain biking trails, fantastic trout fishing and myriad forest walking tracks – Rotorua delivers it all! — Destination Rotorua Rotorua and Tekapo area on the north island are similar to Queenstown on the south island, being the place to go for many activities, including, arguably, the most scenic skydiving in New Zealand and another local invention – zorbing. Besides that, there is also a lot of agricultural ‘attractions’ and even more […]

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Wellington (aka Coolest Little Capital)

Wellington (aka Coolest Little Capital)

Surrounded by hills and a rugged coastline, the city boasts a stunning harbour. Wellington’s charm is that it serves up a vibrant inner city experience with a slice of New Zealand scenery. And because of its compact nature, you can sample it all: boutiques, art galleries, trendy cafes and restaurants. Right on its doorstep is a network of walking and biking trails with beautiful wineries and vineyards just a few hours away. — TravelWiki My plan for the one day I had to spend in the self-proclaimed ‘coolest little capital’ was to start with a visit to a local Regus […]

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Picton to Wellington on Interislander

Picton to Wellington on Interislander

After the awesome time in Abel Tasman and spending another night at the Hat Trick lodge in Maoreka with Gido, it was time to cross the Cook Strait to Wellington on the north island. First though, I had to drop Gido off at Nelson for his bus ride back to Christchurch and haul my butt over to the coastal town of Picton where I dropped off my rental car and boarded the ferry. Interislander vs Blueridge Ferry When I booked the ferry a few weeks ago (tickets do go up in price closer to the sailing date), I had a […]

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Hiking In Abel Tasman National Park

Hiking In Abel Tasman National Park

When I offered Timon a ride from Greymouth to Motueka, little did I know what I was getting myself into. Motueka is situated at the top of the south island, half an hour away from Abel Tasman national park. Originally, I planned to spent the night there, then do a day hike through the park and head out to Nelson. Timon offered me to join him and his friend Gido for a multi-day excursion into the park and even though I did not have any camping equipment (the few huts available inside the park fill up well in advance), I […]

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