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Auckland City Stroll With My Phone

I am a visual person. Photography (especially landscape and macro) has been my passion for years now and I always make sure to put some time aside to capture my surroundings whenever I travel, hike, climb, go on a road trip or explore a new city. This is a bit different post than the usual because it’s a collaboration with one of my newly discovered brands Bomgogo. They have reached out to me with what I feel would be a fresh and fun approach to see the world: phone lens! You must think: “What’s the deal here and why would you switch/downgrade to mobile photography?” This is the fact: my (very) old Canon camera desperately needs an upgrade. Until I figure out if I want to go with a full frame mirrorless or a good old full frame (and first save all that money!), I absolutely want to try out…

How to explore Stewart Island

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Stewart Island, Southland, New Zealand There are New Zealand’s North Island and South Island. And then there’s also Stewart Island. The smallest of them. So small that it often doesn’t even find its place on world maps. Stewart Island frequently comes last to our attention and many of us put off exploring it. At the beginning of the year, I broke that trend. I wanted to go as south as possible. Right away. I wished to encounter kiwis in the landscape that still manages to be their peaceful playground. I hoped to do lots of hiking and explore the wilderness. Today, however, I hope to inspire you to visit Stewart Island sooner than later. So, this is an invitation: go and explore this beautiful and self-sufficient place with an open mind. Because the land down south is as pristine as it gets. It will become your very own…

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…

Cape Brett Hike Explained

HIKING DESTINATION: Cape Brett, Bay of Islands, Northland, North Island, New Zealand HIKING DURATION: 6-8 hours (one way) There are certain views and landscapes in our minds that we vividly imagine long before we experience the actual journey. Maybe we all, and not just me, dream and visualize in such way. We ask ourselves how we would feel and what our eyes would see. We wonder about landscapes and cultures and people. Often it’s just a matter of time until such dreams manifest into reality. For me, hiking the Cape Brett (Rakaumangamanga) trail was a dream of its own. I’ve seen it actualizing for a while in my mind. I’ve seen myself hiking and exploring the cliff-tops, and finally reaching the lighthouse at the tip of the peninsula in the beautiful Bay of Islands. In January all of that was finally happening. In reality! I love and embrace the usual…

5 Must Do’s in the Coastal Tasman Region

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Coastal Tasman Region, South Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Long Weekend Top of the New Zealand's South Island is a perfect place to visit during the summer months when it becomes quite lively. If you're lucky, you'll be showered with many sunshine hours and at the same time be able to appreciate the soft breeze

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…

Mount Ngauruhoe vs. Mount Ruapehu

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu, North Island, New Zealand Earlier this year I climbed 2 of the volcanoes from my North Island list of mountains that have been inspirational to me ever since I moved to New Zealand. I came to their vicinity a few times before and admired their beauty. It was now time to climb them and experience by foot their amazing energetic pull. So it happened. 2 days and 2 mountains. Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu – back to back. In case you’re trying to decide which volcano mountain of these two here you’d want to climb first, you might find the answer here. I’ll be sharing a few comparisons, as well as my personal experience with climbing both of them. Both mountains are located within Tongariro National Park and are only about 15 km apart. Both of them are active volcanoes. Mount Ruapehu is the…

Muddy Mt Karioi

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Mt Karioi, Raglan, Waikato, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Whole Day Hike Mt Karioi is an extinct volcano that is located in the Waikato Region near Raglan. Even though I visited this area many times before, I’ve never completed any hiking in this part of New Zealand. Today I’m sharing some photos and my thoughts on experiencing the muddy Mt Karioi climb. Tracks There are 2 track options you are able to choose from to reach the summit at 756m. First one is Mt Karioi Track that is steeper of the two. It takes around 3h to 3:30h to reach the top while passing many scenic lookout points on the way. The other one, Wairake Track, will take 2-3h one way. It’s a bit shorter, isn’t as steep and also doesn’t have all the amazing views that the first one offers. For me, the decision was a no-brainer, really.…