Category archives: Oceania

Welcome to Queenstown

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What a ride it's been, those last 10 days in New Zealand. I'm writing this from my flight back to San Francisco, still buzzing from the crazy load of impressions and experiences I've been able to collect over the past few days. The pain in my upper right arm puts a smile on my face as it transports me right back to the feeling of sitting front row rafting do[...]

Dinners and dolphins - Cruising around the Bay of Islands

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"Seriously, I'd rather not drive. No really, I'm scared, please no." - that was me a week ago. In the past 12 years of owning a licence I have driven a total of 3 days, always clinging to the steering wheel with dear life, saying prayers at every stop light. When I was asked to drive from Hokianga to Bay of Islands, both in Northland, New Zealand, I was pret[...]

Kokohuia Lodge - a special place for love

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It's not very often that one gets to test-drive their own honeymoon, but in my line of work blogging I sometimes do get lucky that way. The most recent addition to my list of most romantic places around the world is an eco Bed & Breakfast on the West Coast of Northland, New Zealand's Northern province, a place so special it only caters to 2 people at a t[...]

Hello New Zealand!

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Kia Ora, cherished readers of this little blog! Me and my jetlag woke up this morning at 5am and thought to send you a little update on our current location, as it just so happens to be a particularly spectecular one. 48 little hours ago I arrived on an  Air New Zealand flight from San Francisco which turned out to be an amazing start into my trip, thanks to[...]

6 Sydney beaches off the beaten track

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Bondi, Manly, Bronte… The gorgeous beaches that made Sydney famous the world over share the same characteristics: long strips of golden sand, voluptuous waves, turquoise to indigo shades of water… and also, sadly, a tendency to get atrociously crowded on beautiful summer days. And yet, with over 100 beaches sprinkled around the city, Sydney is definitely [...]

A bit of razzle dazzle at The Crown Casino, Melbourne

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I’ve never been to Las Vegas: the legendary city of sin. Where the city never sleeps and is run on neon lights, casinos, glitter, razzle dazzle and Black Jack… so when given the chance to experience Australia’s answer to Vegas, I of course jumped at it with gusto: gambling, lights, luxury… The Crown Casino sounded like something I could be down with! [...]

Airlie Beach is where I learned to relax

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There appears to be nothing special about Airlie Beach, that little town at Australia’s East Coast usually referred to as the gateway to the famous and beautiful Whitsunday Islands. It mainly consists of Shute Harbour Road where all the hostels, bars and shops are, and the marina from where several boats leave for a typical Whitsundays adventure every day. B[...]

The truth about WWOOFing in New Zealand

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I don’t know what I was thinking when I signed up for the WWOOF program on my trip to New Zealand. Just the name is a bit off-putting: Willing Workers On Organic Farms sounds a whole lot like rural slavery involving whip-cracking task masters and a diet of tofu and herbs. However the deal is this – you work four to six hours a day in exchange for accommod[...]

10 Things to do in Sydney for Free

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So, I heard the other day that the Aussie dollar crashed a little bit, which will mean that the big land down under's prices may start to seem less steep to us foreigners who so love to visit one of the world's greatest countries. However, it's still not cheap over there by any stretch of the imagination, particularly in the big cities. At the beginni[...]

Arrival in Queensland - Cairns and Green Island

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Being a photographer, a massive part of my fun while traveling is taking pictures of absolutely everything - people, interesting buildings, special moments - there really are not many moments during a trip I would not love to capture and put in a jar (or at least on a hard disk) so that they can stay with me forever. Those who've traveled with me or who foll[...]