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Te Anau to Christchurch (RT part IV)

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Views [1795]

They told me New Zealand was beautiful, but I never really understood just how incredibly beautiful it is. If I have to draw a parallel, driving from Te Anau up to Queenstown resembles driving around Lake Geneva in Switzerland. The scenery is dramatic ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, lake tekapo, new zealand, queenstown, stunning, te anau, tekapo springs, touring


Milford Sound - A Must See (RT part III)

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [1210]

Milford Sound is truly a place of majestic beauty and tranquillity. Technically, as it was formed by glacier action, it should be Milford Fiord. Opting for the first tour of the day, a short trip down to the departure point and we are ready to depart ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, discovery centre, dolphins, milford sound, new zealand, seals, stunning, tasmanian sea, vertical rainforest


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part II)

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Views [806]

Day 2 arrives and I head off with the intention of getting to Bluff, the Land’s End of New Zealand. I head towards the coast and find myself entering the Otago Peninsular. The road northwards winds along only marginally higher than the water’... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, beaches, bluff, car hire, new zealand, otago peninsular, rugby, stirling point, stunning views, te anau


New Zealand - The Road Trip (part I)

NEW ZEALAND | Tuesday, 21 May 2013 | Views [567]

It’s all about the view! I discover that I‘m a scenic type traveller. I look back and realise that whenever I arrive somewhere, invariably the first thing I do is look at the view. I love landscapes, natural or even man-made and if I were ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, car hire, curry, dunedin, jucy rentals, moeraki, new zealand, oamaru, shag point


Salute to Christchurch

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Views [655]

It is alleged that I brought the rain with me when I arrived in Christchurch. In fact it is only drizzle and, genuinely, I do not need it to feel at home! The striking thing about landing in Christchurch is noticing how completely flat the land is ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, christchurch, community spirit, containers, earthquakes, new zealand, ruins, the old countryhouse


Photos: New Zealand General

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Auckland Arrival

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 18 May 2013 | Views [1159]

The aircraft breaks cloud cover as we begin our descent into Auckland. I am struck firstly by the number of islands and secondly by how densely populated the area is. I think I presumed that the cities here would be small and compact. Auckland shatters ... Read more >

Tags: auckland, city, dilemas, itineraries, new zealand, one tree hill, ponsonby backpackers


The Travel Bug

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [1114] | Comments [1]

I gaze down at the opal ring I felt so drawn to buy in Adelaide. As the sunlight catches upon each of the 8 small stones, the light refracts colours which change from greens, to blues, milky whites and fiery reds. I realise this closely reflects this ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, australia, backpacking, inspiration, itinerary, opals, philosophy, travel, travel buds


Sydney - the grand finale

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [764]

I suspect that there could be a no more fitting finale for a fabulous stay in Sydney than taking a helicopter tour of the city. Helitours were incredibly helpful arranging a last minute addition to their afternoon flight. From the moment of pickup ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, helitours, sydney


Photos: Sydney Part II

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 13 May 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Sydney Escapades

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [686]

Note to self: single trip tickets offer greater flexibility! I slept most of the night time journey from Adelaide but arrived in Melbourne at 6am with 7 hours to kill until the Sydney flight – not easy when you have a cumbersome backpack, too large ... Read more >

Tags: blue mountains, bondi beach, sydney


Adelaide

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 8 May 2013 | Views [624]

Drawn towards the approaching city lights at last we arrive in Adelaide. After 12 hours on the Firefly coach, it was with relief all round that we were finally at our destination. I had chosen to do the daytime journey and even though we travelled mostly ... Read more >

Tags: adelaide, australia, city of churches, firefly coach, glenelg, glenelg backpackers, hanhdorf, opals, tram, vinyards


Photos: Adelaide

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Photo Gallery

Adelaide & surrounds
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Dolphin Temptation

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 7 May 2013 | Views [882]

Some things stand out large enough to warrant their own individual entry and today did just that for me. By 7.20am I was on the marina ready to board Temptation. About 20 of us filed through the boarding procedure – swimmers or spectators. Swimmers ... Read more >

Tags: adelaide, brighton jetty, dolphins, eco-friendly, glenelg, sea, sharks, sonar, swim, temptation


Sydney heading to Melbourne

AUSTRALIA | Tuesday, 30 Apr 2013 | Views [1112]

There is something about Sydney that makes me want to draw a parallel to a show home. Picture perfect, squeaky clean, enviably functional and clearly successful. With any number of books and leaflets detailing the ‘must see’ guide to Sydney, ... Read more >

Tags: backpacking, base hostel, coffee shop wifi, melbourne, sydney, tiger air, travellers


The First 48 Hours in Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 | Views [1082]

No wonder there were no price tags on anything! Did I just stumble across the most expensive convenience store in Australia or am I going to need to take out a mortgage for the next 3 weeks? Grateful my room has a microwave, kettle and fridge. Arriving ... Read more >

Tags: anzac day, darling harbour, icons, opera house, potts point, qantas, rocks, sydney


Photos: Sydney

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Destination South Africa

SOUTH AFRICA | Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [806]

All too soon 3 months have passed and I am preparing to leave South Africa later today. Without doubt, this has been the trip of a lifetime and whilst I still have another 9 months of travelling ahead of me, the South Africa part is going to be very ... Read more >

Tags: adventure, backpacking, beaches, fantastic, game viewing, holiday, safari, south africa, volunteer, wildlife


Photos: A Cape Town Garden

SOUTH AFRICA | Tuesday, 23 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Robben Island Day Trip

SOUTH AFRICA | Monday, 22 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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