Te Paki Sandboarding - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Far Northland, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day Trip / Weekend GetawayDuring these winter months, we're probably all thinking and dreaming about warmer north places. At least here in New Zealand. Unfortunatelly, it's not always possible to take a long break and travel to those countries and places that are currently under the hot summer weather. Far north part of Northland, New Zealand, is sometimes as crazy as we can go to come closer to those exotic islands, Asia or even Europe. I love returning to...

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Gannet Colony Muriwai Beach - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Auckland's West Coast Beaches, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day ActivityContinuing with the 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 gravel road through the lush forest, until you reach the car park. A quick workout downhill from the car park (partially gravel road and...

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Piha Beach Auckland - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Auckland's West Coast Beaches, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day ActivityThink 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...

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Coromandel Walkway Lookout Point - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Coromandel Coastal Walkway, Coromandel Peninsula, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend GetawayCoromandel Peninsula offers some amazing activities. There's a reason it's packed during summer days when many Aucklanders take a long break and switch to vacation mode. Coromandel Peninsula is located just far and remote enough to make you feel special when you want to change the scenery. The landscape is versatile and time slows down for a notch there. The area sort of holds a special place in my life as well. Hot Water Beach was the...

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Hanauma Bay Hawaii - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

Hawai'i might be the destination you've been dreaming about for a while, especially if you've been contemplating an escape from long winter blues in the Southern Hemisphere. Direct flights from Auckland to O'ahu make this tropical paradise easily accessible. While exploring O'ahu and Maui Islands, I gathered some definite must do's and few don'ts that I now want to share with you. DO: Koko head Crater Trail (O'ahu Island) Best sweat with a view you can get on O'ahu in my opinion. You can never be too fit not...

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Storm Travel Tips - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure
24 May 2016| Adventure, Blog, Travel, Travel Tips

We all know that feeling when our travel or vacation plans seem to go downhill. Pouring rain. Cold. Thunderstorm. Snow. Hail. Blizzard. It's finally our turn to take that time off work and responsibilities, and now it gets all ruined because of bad weather. It can happen whether you're planning your trip half a year upfront, or traveling on a whim. Sure, there are parts of the world, where the weather forecast is on point every single day due to the stable and predictable conditions. But there are...

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White Island Volcano - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: White Island (Whakaari), Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: One day trip2:30 AM. The alarm on my phone goes off. Getting to bed by 8 didn't happen, as it almost never does in spite of my good intentions. With practically no sleep and a mug of decaf, I find myself on an empty highway driving towards my new adventure for the day. An isolated nasty car crash I pass bye reminds me that I need to concentrate and keep my eyes wide open. I start...

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