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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.…

The Perfect Long Weekend in Dunedin

TRAVEL DESTINATION Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION Long Weekend Dunedin is beautiful. I was struck by the city, magnificent landscape and the feel of this part of New Zealand. Keep reading for my tips on how to spend the perfect long weekend in Dunedin, so you make the most of what the city has to offer. It’s been more than a month now since I took the trip and spent the long weekend in this area. 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 Zealand’s South Island was. People, nature, wildlife, general vibe. You might also want to check out and read about my encounter with the incredible wildlife that is within the boundaries of the Dunedin…

Animals of Otago Peninsula

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Otago Peninsula, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand Today I will be exploring the beautiful animals of Otago Peninsula. This is an amazing part of New Zealand where you can encounter many unique species living in their natural habitat. I felt very much privileged to be around them for a short while when I was visiting Dunedin a month ago. Native animals here are protected, as many species became endangered after the past periods of their near extinction. However, there are still many threats to these animals today, one of them being human activities and incidental entanglement. Therefore, knowing how to share the environment and their mainland habitat with them is important to keep these species alive. So, let’s get exploring! Yellow-Eyed Penguin (Hoiho) Sandfly Bay beach is the most probable place to spot the yellow-eyed penguin on Otago Peninsula. These animals are unique to New Zealand and can be…

Tāwharanui – A Walk in the Park

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Tāwharanui Regional Park, Auckland, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: Half day hike Tāwharanui 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. Caves and Rock Pools One of the great surprises of the Anchor Bay Beach here are the caves of the Flat Rock, that can be explored on the low tide. There is also a rock platform exposed on the low tide where I was able to spot crabs and shrimps. You can watch amazing rock pools forming when the tide goes out. Summers are ideal for swimming and snorkeling. It’s…

I want to travel, but…

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 the slightest chance of actually searching for solutions and taking necessary steps or decisions to change the way of seeing things. I’ve been a ‘can do’ person most of my life, which often got me into trouble. Surely, not playing by the widely-accepted-rules or making my own rules doesn’t always get me the approval I sometimes still wish to get. Finding those endless…

The Needle Hike (Te Rua Manga) in Rarotonga

TRAVEL DESTINATION: The Needle (Te Rua Manga), Rarotonga, Cook Islands TRAVEL DURATION: Half day hike Wherever I go and travel to, I always try to scout out some hills or mountains to climb. There sure is something about that 360 degrees 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 are much more rewarding. There is a challenge involved as well as the experience and, without the exception, the numerous surprises by the end of the hike. This was my third visit to Rarotonga in Cook Islands, and about the time to put on the hiking shoes. Sharing the experience with my brother and sister just made it all the more special. Hike Anticipation When I think about it, this was my first hike in the tropics, I guess. I started without…

10 Things I Love about Rarotonga

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Rarotonga, Cook Islands Rarotonga 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. New things and experiences pop up every time I find myself near these clear blue waters. There’s obviously a lot I love about Raro, so I gathered my 10 top reasons why I keep returning to this beautiful island. Small Island Although the biggest of the Cook Islands, Rarotonga is still a small island, where everybody knows everybody. The circumference of the…

Flowers and Plants of French Polynesia

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Islands of French Polynesia Once 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. Time to slow down 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 to walk or even step on my left foot. So I turned to Google for some answers and gave myself a laic diagnosis of ‘Metatarsalgia’. That’s a condition that can basically be treated by resting, slowing down and potentially getting new running shoes for the future runs. All in all, nothing too serious. The rest of my…

3 Must Do Experiences In Far Northland

TRAVEL DESTINATION: Far Northland, North Island, New Zealand TRAVEL DURATION: 1 Day Trip / Weekend Getaway During these winter months, we’re probably all thinking and dreaming about warmer north places. At least here in New Zealand. Unfortunately, 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 close to those exotic islands, Asia or even Europe. I love returning to Far Northland. For me, it’s sort of an escape. It certainly has something to do with being on the edge and also being a bit closer to my family and some of my dear people. Coming to far Northland is mostly a trip to nature and to myself. I discover something new and unexpected every time I visit this area of…