Bethells Beach Auckland - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Te Henga (Bethells Beach) Walkway, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day activityAuckland's West Coast is known for some of the most amazing scenery in this part of New Zealand. Firstly, Waitakere Ranges transports you to a luscious rainforest reality, where you can get lost on numerous walking trails. In addition to that, West Coast beaches won't leave you ambivalent either. Surfers love them and many swimmers find them thrilling and exciting on those hot summer days. The landscape here is more rough compared to the one...

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Hobbiton The Shire - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rotorua and Hobbiton, Bay of Plenty/Waikato, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Overnight stayRotorua 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 time to return, but without any specific plans. Going with the flow was the theme, with the only goal to change a scenery. I imagined it would be easy to fill the time of...

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Mt Te Aroha - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Te Aroha, Waikato region, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day tripDaily 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 minuses. A definite plus is a sense of accomplishment when you realize how full your day was and that in addition you were able to sleep in your own bed at the end of...

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Mt Manaia Whangarei Heads - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Whangarei Heads, Northland region, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day trip / Overnight stayThere 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 I found myself exploring the peninsula was a couple of years ago when I was in search for another beach to swim and soak up the sun at. I discovered Ocean Beach. It seemed...

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12 Apostles Victoria - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia TRAVEL DURATION: Weekend getawayMy 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 few months now. Melbourne it is. When there isn't a reason to pinpoint, I usually say to myself: “Why not”. Maybe it's the European vibes that I've been missing, maybe it's good food choices that Melbourne is known for, or maybe it's just a need for me to explore and experience some new place....

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Isle of Pines Turtles - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure
27 Mar 2015| Adventure, Cruise, Travel

TRAVEL DESTINATION: South Pacific (Fiji, Vanuatu, New Caledonia) TRAVEL DURATION: 2 weeksDuring 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 of the cruise ship image and idea in me, without ever reading or hearing anything about it. It was just there. While trying to figure it out at the time, I even went to...

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Mt Taranaki - Matejalicious Travel and Adventure

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont), Egmont National Park, Taranaki, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 day activityThe 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 is one of their holy mountains. Mt Taranaki is just as majestic, linked to many stories and significant historical events. The mountain has deep spiritual meaning to local Maori. When I choose or decide...

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