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Auckland City Free Views

The Auckland City skyline is without a doubt the most prominent feature that defines this largest New Zealand city. I feel very fortunate to have it in sight whenever I wish for it. Over the years, it’s been a reassuring constant, always affirming I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be. I get to discover more and more unique and special viewing spots the longer I stick around. And today I want to share just that – some of my favourite Auckland City free views that won’t break the bank. I’ll also try to include some cool facts and information about Auckland that you might find interesting. Auckland City from Bastion Point So here they are, my top Auckland City free views. Sky Tower It’s impossible to imagine Auckland City without the Sky Tower. It makes this place recognizable. And a bit attractive too. To me, the Auckland skyline is one…

Best Kaipara Hikes

Over the last couple of years, Kaipara’s become one of the regions close to Auckland I love returning to. Not only for the proximity, but for all the new spots and places I keep discovering here. And that’s what makes it so interesting! It never disappoints and always delivers. What’s amazing is that it’s rarely crowded and it’s so easy to make the connection with the land here. I’ve come across some pretty awesome hiking tracks, landscapes, waterfalls, vistas and everything in between. And that’s exactly why I believe Kaipara needs to be your next New Zealand’s travel destination. It’s definitely an underrated region here in New Zealand that doesn’t get enough exposure and hype. If you need some convincing to go and explore Kaipara then keep reading as I focus on some amazing hiking trails that’ll potentially make you fall in love with this part of New Zealand, just…

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…

5 Must Do Hikes in Tasmania

By now it probably seems that I’m completely excited about every single place under the sun I get to visit and explore. And I honestly am blown away. With the majority of them anyway! Traveling, hiking, climbing and all these pursuits that get me out and exploring truly make such a big sense in my life. Tasmania’s been on top of my bucket list, so this post is no doubt biased because of that. However, all trails I walked and mountains I climbed there left me absolutely speechless and in complete awe. Tasmania is a hiker’s paradise and I couldn’t have come prepared for all that was waiting for me on the island. I hope you get excited with me as I share my 5 top must do hikes in Tasmania (and bear with me as I get overly enthusiastic). Cape Raoul Location: Tasman National Park. The southernmost part of…

Explore Shark Bay with me

Exploring Western Australia has been my absolute favourite road trip so far. While the long drive can be completed all in one go, there’s also an option to spread such a long distance journey into a few separate visits. In this aspect, Shark Bay is an ideal place to explore on its own. Located on Western Australia’s Coral Coast between Kalbarri in the south and Carnarvon in the north, it’s a part of pristine and diverse World Heritage Area. It keeps you on toes as you continue to discover new and new surprises. The landscape around Shark Bay displays lots of straight lines, curves, and amazing horizons, but also many patterns and special natural accents that make this place so different and interesting. This is truly an ideal escape for all your sensory perceptions. Come and explore Shark Bay with me! I’ll take you through all the logistical stuff as…

My 2018 travels in retrospect

Looking back to 2018, it’s been a rollercoaster year. From travel dreaming during the long New Zealand winter to all the superlative moments that happened – all in all, 2018 has been filled with some great adventures. There are places I fell in love with and trips that surprised me beyond my imagination. There were also journeys that never happened and turned out to be missed opportunities. At the end of this passing year, I am focusing on the positives and leaving out the bad and the ugly. Travel, in my opinion, needs to be celebrated. It also needs to inspire. Those not-so-fortunate moments, however, deserve a separate post. So here it is – my 2018 travels in retrospect. Best Beach Beaches are something I always look forward to visiting when I explore and travel. Rarotonga has always been my prime refuge from the long NZ winters. Sandy beach at…

11 reasons I fell in love with Western Australia (and so will you)

Western Australia road trip was definitely one of my 2018 travel highlights. I wanted to explore this remote area of Australia for a while and finally made it happen. The road trip took me from Perth to Broome and all the amazing places in between. What was a total surprise for me was how at home I felt immediately. I fell in love with Western Australia real fast! So, today I am sharing my 11 reasons I fell in love with Western Australia. They may totally be unique to me and my perception. I invite you to find out if there’s a place/landscape/feature/detail here that has the potential to connect you with this part of the world as well. 1. Colors of nature Western Australia is visually gorgeous and colorful. And I mean c-o-l-o-r-f-u-l. The colors here are vivid, expressive and striking, and they penetrate into every part of the…

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…