Dunedin Railway Station - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Long WeekendDunedin is beautiful. I was struck by the city, magnificent landscape and the feel of this part of New Zealand. It's been more than a month now since I took the trip and spent the long weekend in this area, but the memories are still quite fresh. I was able to fill the time with many activities and adventures and almost ran out of days to do and see it 'all'. Being in Dunedin reminded me how beautiful New...

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Sea Lions Otago - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South Island, New ZealandThe Otago Peninsula is an amazing part of New Zealand where you can encounter many unique animals living in their natural habitat. Native animals are protected, as many species became endangered after the past periods of their near extinction. There are still many threats to these animals today, one of them being human activities and incidental entanglement. Knowing how to share the environment and their mainland habitat with them is important to keeping these species alive. I felt very much privileged...

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Tokatu Point Tawharanui - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Tāwharanui Regional Park, Auckland, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Half day hikeTāwharanui Regional Park is a place that I keep visiting during the summer months. Mostly for the swim. It's just been recently that I realized there's more to this area on the tip of the Tāwharanui Peninsula. It takes a good hour to reach it from Auckland. The main road leads through Matakana, while the final part of the peninsula drive, around 5 km, is on a gravel road. One of the great surprises of the Anchor Bay...

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Travel Bali - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

So, I want to travel. It's something I am drawn to, something I feel I need and want to do. Traveling makes my life fuller, it gives me the freedom, it brings an enormous amount and sense of joy into my life and puts me in motion. All that and more. Why is it that so many times we get stopped (mostly by ourselves and our way of thinking) by the seemingly unimportant word: BUT? Seemingly, because we're mostly unaware that it can (if said often enough) sabotage...

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Papua Falls Rarotonga - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: The Needle (Te Rua Manga), Rarotonga, Cook Islands TRAVEL DURATION: Half day hikeWherever I go and travel to, I always try to scout out some hills or mountains to climb. There sure is something about that 360 degree top view. I love to see the place I am visiting from a bird's-eye perspective. Maybe for some the airplane view would do, but for me the hiking and climbing is much more rewarding. There is a challenge involved as well as the experience and, without the exception, the numerous surprises...

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Rarotonga Beaches - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rarotonga, Cook IslandsRarotonga is the biggest and most visited island out of the 15 islands that make up the Cook Islands. It's become my favourite go to getaway place whenever family comes to visit New Zealand. With a warm climate all year round, it's just the perfect and also the obvious travel choice for making some happy memories. For me, it's quite easy to unwind here. Time slows down quite a bit in Raro, but days spent on the island are far from being boring or uneventful....

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French Polynesia - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Islands of French PolynesiaOnce in a while, it's just the right time to slow down and smell the roses. Literally. When I traveled to French Polynesia a month ago I was forced to take it a notch down because of my unplanned running injury. None of those are planned, I guess, and especially not the ones that happen while traveling. After overdoing the whole thing on a treadmill for two consequent days in the resort's gym, my toe was hurting so bad I almost wasn't able...

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