• New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 24) : Bus Ride from Tauranga to Hastings with InterCity

    I am a huge fan of travelling by bus because first, it is the cheapest mode of travelling and secondly, I get to enjoy scenic views along the way especially in picturesque New Zealand. The second long distance bus ride I took in New Zealand was with InterCity, travelling from Tauranga to Hastings specially for the blueberry […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 23) : Cycling in New Zealand Code and Rules & Enjoying Japanese Cherry Blossoms in Tauranga

    Cycling is a fun, healthy and convenient way to explore places, neighbourhoods and cities in scenic New Zealand. Designated bicycle lanes available on most roads in the country make it a relatively safe activity to do. I had a pleasant cycling experience in Tauranga – exploring the neighbourhood looking for Japanese cherry blossoms in full […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 22) : Barbecue Gathering & Glowworms Sighting on the Waterfall Track at McLaren Falls Park

    New Zealand is world-famous for its enchanting glowworms that live in damp, dark places like caves and forests. In Tauranga, Bay of Plenty, there is a place where we can have a barbecue gathering in a beautiful setting and WATCH GLOWWORMS FOR FREE at the picturesque McLaren Falls Park. 😉 Friends who have paid for tours to the […]

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  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 21) : Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ Red Crater to Emerald Lakes, Blue Lake, Ketetahi Hut & Ketetahi Car Park

    At the Red Crater, we took a break, had our lunch and enjoyed the extraordinary view before us. After all, where else on earth can we see an active volcano, steaming fumaroles, emerald-blue lakes and snow-capped craters all in one place, but at the Tongariro Alpine Crossing? 😉 By now, we were halfway through the […]

  • New Zealand
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 21) : Tongariro Alpine Crossing @ Mangatepopo Car Park to Soda Springs, South Crater & Red Crater

    Last month (September), several friends and I took on one of New Zealand’s Great Walks; the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and had an epic journey worth bragging about. 😉 We left Tauranga and went to Tongariro National Park in two separate cars. At Ketetahi car park (end point), we left a car there, bundled up in the […]

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  • Tongariro Alpine Crossing: 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Go

    The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of the most epic New Zealand Great Walks I have ever taken in New Zealand. The 19.4 km extensive track traverse through astonishingly beautiful volcanic-alpine terrain that left me breathless – literally and figuratively speaking. I actually underestimated the difficulty and hazards of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, but thankfully I had […]

  • Coromandel
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 20) : Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) & Overnight at the Pinnacles Hut, Coromandel (Part 2)

    Spending a night surrounded by nothing but the serene sub-alpine forest at Pinnacles Hut was one of the highlights of my trip to The Coromandel. The Pinnacles Hut is the Department of Conservation (DOC) most popular backcountry hut in New Zealand for very good reasons. 🙂 This serviced 80-bunk hut must be booked online in […]

  • Coromandel
  • New Zealand Working Holiday (Part 20) : Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) & Overnight at the Pinnacles Hut, Coromandel (Part 1)

    One of New Zealand’s most popular overnight walk is the Kauaeranga Kauri Trail (Pinnacles Walk) that takes visitors through beautiful mountain ranges with views overlooking the stunning Kaueranga Valley in the Coromandel Peninsula. This 2-day easy to intermediate level walking track leads to Pinnacles Hut located on one of the highest peaks in the Coromandel […]