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The Essential Guide to Whangarei Heads

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Whangarei Heads, Northland, North Island, New Zealand There are places in everyone’s life where things seem more real and special. One of such sites for me here in New Zealand is Whangarei Heads. First time I found myself exploring the peninsula was a couple of years ago when I was in search of a summer beach where I could swim and soak up the sun. I discovered Ocean Beach. On Google Maps, it seemed just right from above. Fast forward a few years and I’m still returning to this place. Mostly on summer days. Whangarei Heads and especially the Ocean Beach have become my ideal weekend getaway. Lazy chill out days, white sandy beaches, sunshine, and simplicity. Things are just right here. Today I am sharing the essential guide to Whangarei Heads with you, so join me in discovering this special area of NZ’s North Island! ABOUT WHANGAREI…

Brisbane to Sydney Road Trip in Photos

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Brisbane to Sydney road trip, Australia East Coast of Australia is possibly the first place one wants to explore when initially visiting Australia. This is where my Australia journey started some years ago. As I’ve currently just returned from my Western Australia road trip, exploring the opposite side of the continent, I want to look back and remember those first road kilometres. Although these days I am traveling differently after learning and changing a bit, I don’t want to compare both experiences. This is not my goal here. The Pacific coast road trip is beautifully unique. Brisbane and Sydney are of course amazing cities to visit on their own, but today let’s see in the pictures the coastal landscape that lies in between both of them. So here it is, my Brisbane to Sydney road trip in photos. Fun, fun, fun Visiting one or all Theme Parks and…

East Coast Bays Autumn Mornings in Photos

TRAVEL / PHOTOGRAPHY DESTINATION: East Coast Bays, North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand Lately, I’ve spent quite a few of the autumn mornings creating photos around different beaches of the East Coast Bays. I guess I had to go through a jet lag to appreciate mornings and morning photography. I mean, I’ve loved early mornings since forever. That’s usually the time everyone else still sleeps and the world seems to be all mine. I’ve always felt quite privileged when being up super early. To actually wake up, well, that’s the whole other story. Early mornings hardly go hand in hand with late nights. Mornings have most often been sacrificed, as you can’t really be good at doing it all, right? Torbay Campbells Bay So yeah, about that jet lag. Things turned around since my most recent one. I saw it as an opportunity that I wanted to work on. Something good could…

Giants of The Great Ocean Road (Part 2)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rock formations of the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Finding myself road tripping along the giant formations of the Great Ocean Road was one of my long-time dreams come true. The journey was initially full of anticipation and silly nervousness. What will I find out there? What if the reality doesn’t match my level of hype and blown-out-of-proportion expectations? Deciding to take the scenic road trip down the Southern Ocean route turned out to be the best possible way to move around this part of Australia. Most importantly, I was able to make multiple stops. I could breathe in the beautiful landscape that surrounded me and make mental (and real) images along the way. No, expectations didn’t diminish the stunning reality. If you haven’t already, then please do go and check the first part (HERE) of my Great Ocean Road journey, where I focused on The Grotto, London…

Giants of The Great Ocean Road (Part 1)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rock formations of the Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia I remember my first encounter with the internet. As I am quite a visual person, I was mostly and first of all drawn to the overwhelming amount of images I could suddenly search and browse through the world wide web. I would flick through piles and piles of them, mainly looking for beautiful inspirational landscapes. All along dreaming, imagining and hoping I would one day visit those near and far places. Whenever I would come across exceptionally inspirational landscape images, I would save them to floppy disks, CDs or DVDs, so I wouldn’t forget those places. Of course, with so much time passing by, they were eventually forgotten. When I now look at those files, I am literally shocked and perplexed, because I recognize so many of them from my real life adventures! How could it be that I…

Exploring Auckland’s West Coast Beaches (Part 2)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Auckland’s West Coast Beaches, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day Activity Continuing with exploring Auckland’s West Coast Beaches further north from Piha, I put together all the interesting facts and activity ideas for the remaining beaches. Anawhata Beach Anawhata Beach sits just north of Piha Beach. On Piha Road take a right turn to Anawhata Road and continue for another 10 kilometers on a gravel road through the lush forest, until you reach the car park. A quick workout downhill from the car park (partially gravel road and partially the bush) is needed to reach the seashore. It will take no more than 15-30 minutes. You’ll most often have the beach for yourself, so do head down from the car park if you’re seeking some quiet time and solitude. So worth it! Because of the slight remoteness, this beach doesn’t have a surf patrol, so be extra careful…

Exploring Auckland’s West Coast Beaches (Part 1)

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Auckland’s West Coast Beaches, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day Activity Think black sand. Think rugged landscape, vast ocean, rough winds, endlessness. Imagine the most beautiful sunsets, long walks, sense of freedom and belonging all at once. Beaches can evoke many feelings in people. They can bring back memories or give birth to daydreaming thoughts. Auckland’s West Coast beaches are the synonym for rugged and unspoiled part of the biggest New Zealand city. The first thing I notice when coming to any West Coast Beach is the almost black sand that easily warms up and becomes quite hot during summer months. It’s hard to walk on it barefoot without getting burnt. The other thing is the constant, steady wind and a background noise buzzing in your ears. The ocean is loud here. West Coast Beaches are very much exposed, naked and raw. This is where the Tasman Sea…