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Flightseeing in Vancouver: seaplane flight from Coal Harbour

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Last time I was in Vancouver, I indulged in some aerial exploration of this beauty of a city. As you know I hopped on a helicopter on Grouse Mountain to see what everyone’s ooohing and aaaahing about when they talk… Continue Reading →

Photo essay: three reasons to visit Verzasca Valley, Switzerland

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As if chocolate, the beautiful mountains and the amazing skiing weren’t enough already… nobody needs any particular reason to visit Switzerland, you just know it’s going to be great. But today I’d like to shine the light on a Swiss… Continue Reading →

Te Po: a Maori cultural evening experience at Te Puia, Rotorua

Te Po was most definitely the most touristy thing I did in Rotorua, but equally one of the most enjoyable tours I have ever taken.

Monkey madness at Jigokudani Monkey Park, Nagano

Beyond the regular Tokyo-Kyoto-Hiroshima tourist route there is much to explore, and Jigokudani monkey park is one of those little gems that may not be part of the regular line-up of things to do in Japan. Yet only a 90… Continue Reading →

Whakarewarewa: a Maori village guided tour

Whakarewarewa is the living thermal village in Rotorua, on New Zealand’s North Island. It is an area of geothermal activity within the city of Rotorua, where the Maori inhabitants still take advantage of the geothermal pools and steam vents in… Continue Reading →

Staying at Nomads Queenstown

When in Queenstown, you’ll want to make base for a few days at least. And you’d be well advised to make it a comfortable one, as Queenstown has a lot to offer and you’ll be out and about on adventures… Continue Reading →

Livin’ it up in Rotorua: Skyline gondola and luge

Rotorua has plenty of things to do, and to be honest, taking the Skyline Gondola wasn’t on my original list for my 2 days in the North Island tourist town. I am, however, glad I took the gondola as I… Continue Reading →

Polynesian Spa in Rotorua: perfect after a day of Zorbing, luging and white-water rafting

Meagaan and I had an action-packed day in Rotorua a wee while ago. We started off the day with white-water rafting with our friends at Kaitiaki, then drove on to roll ourselves down a hill in giant hamsterballs (aka zorbing),… Continue Reading →

Zorbing in Rotorua

New Zealand is famous for all sorts of crazy; tourist operators lure with adventure sports around every corner, one requiring more bravery than the next. It was here that the commercial bungy was “invented”, borrowing the idea of throwing oneself… Continue Reading →

Crossing the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry

Best way to cross the Cook Strait, right after jumping off a plane and skydiving right into the fields near Picton harbour, is in fact taking the Interislander ferry.

Foley Towers budget accommodation in Christchurch

I often get asked where to stay in Christchurch nowadays. Although the earthquakes were quite a while ago now, almost 2.5 years, there’s still a lot of construction work, demolition and re-building going on in Christchurch, and that also affects… Continue Reading →

Christchurch: where to stay and eat

We had great luck in Christchurch with comfortable accommodation and great food. We flew in and out of Christchurch so used it as a base at both the start and end of our trip.

Around Christchurch: an Akaroa itinerary

We were on a self-drive, on month tour of the south island of New Zealand in December 2012 and we were fortunate to put Akaroa on our itinerary. Akaroa was originally a French settlement and it is elegant, compact, refined… Continue Reading →

Maison de la Mer in Akaroa, Canterbury: a luxury B&B

I’m sure there are many places to stay in Akaroa but this was our “splurge” on our trip. The Maison de la Mer bed and breakfast was five star plus and worth every penny. We had two nights in the… Continue Reading →

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