Monthly Archives: April 2019

Sydney to Melbourne: Exploring the Pristine Beaches and Virgin Forrest along the Princes Scenic Highway

This drive down the coastal highway is simply spectacular. The drive has it all. There are miles and miles of Old Growth forests with trees that reach the sky and lush green ferns covering the forest floor. The highway in … Continue reading

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Greetings from the Land Down Under

Well my time in Australia is nearly up – just one more night in a cave hotel in Coober Pedy then I’m off to Bali and hopefully warmer beaches. I’ve enjoyed my time in Australia, seen a lot of interesting … Continue reading

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Fiji, A Paradise with a Very Dark Past

Fiji is one of the those places you hear about but are never quite sure where in the Pacific Ocean it is or much about it beyond Fiji is supposed to be an island paradise. Well Fiji is about 3 … Continue reading

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My Final Blog Post from New Zealand

I’m partway through my final train trip across the northern island of NZ and then off to Fiji tomorrow. In this blog I will talk about the Alexandra Basin Wine Region, Queenstown, the drive from Queenstown to Christchurch, this two … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s South Island

I found the South Island to be less industrial, colder, less populated by humans and over-run with sheep. The scenery is also much more dramatic and beautiful with deserted rock strewn beaches and rugged snow-capped mountains. My journey in the … Continue reading

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On To Hobbiton, Hot Springs and Mud Baths…

I began my third day on the north island with 2nd Breakfast in the “Shire Café” after short hour drive from Rotorua to Hobbiton also known as the “Shire” home of the Hobbits in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic literary works and … Continue reading

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North Island NZ – Heritage Museum, Glow Worms and the Maori Warriors – Day 2

My second morning in NZ began with a stop at McDonalds for a quick breakfast. And guess what? In NZ a McDonalds Muffin is a real fricking muffin. How cool is that! Fortified with my muffin I drove on to … Continue reading

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New Zealand’s North Island – Arrival and Day 1

When I landed in Auckland a couple of days ago, all I knew about New Zealand was a few simple facts: NZ has a storied mountaineering tradition (from Sir Edmund Hillary to Rob Hall) Middle Earth and the Shire (home … Continue reading

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