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Exploring Rotorua and Hobbiton

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rotorua and Hobbiton, Bay of Plenty/Waikato, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Overnight stay Rotorua has gone through a serious transformation and changes. At least I remember it differently from some years back. Recently I rediscovered this place that many call 'Rotovegas of New Zealand'. This past weekend was again just the right

Mt Te Aroha Climb

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Te Aroha, Waikato region, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day trip Daily challenges that I create for myself are sometimes the only thing that gets me outdoors and moving. It becomes even easier when there is another mountain or peak in question. One day trips to such places have pluses and

Whangarei Heads – Walks and Swim

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Whangarei Heads, Northland region, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day trip / Overnight stay There are few special places in everyone's life where things seem more real and closer to that peace we're all searching in our everyday. One of such places for me here in New Zealand is Whangarei Heads. First time

Melbourne Weekend Getaway

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend getaway My birthday weekend is here and lately, I prefer celebrating it with new experiences to anything else. I've been needing a short escape from the late winter vibes for a few months now. Melbourne it is. When there isn't a reason to pinpoint, I usually say to myself: “Why

Cruising the South Pacific

TRAVEL DESTINATION: South Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia) TRAVEL DURATION: 2 weeks During the Uni time, my thoughts often escaped towards the life and work on a cruise ship. Growing up in the continental part of Slovenia I desperately yearned for freedom that the ocean gives a person. I somehow attuned to this unexplained deeper connection

Climbing Mt Taranaki

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont), Egmont National Park, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day activity The perfect cone of Mt Taranaki has always reminded me of Japan's Mt Fuji. They are both volcanoes, graciously overtaking the surrounding landscapes. Visually they almost match. To the people of Japan, Fujisan represents a national symbol and