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Farming in Kerikeri Bay, New Zealand

Thursday, April 14, 2011
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The Oldest Stone Building in New Zealand
The Oldest Stone Building in New Zealand, Kerikeri Bay

Kerikeri is a backpackers best and worst nightmare about 3 hours north of Auckland. If you're travelling on a budget around the North Island, Kerikeri is definetely a place you can find work. The city, like most citys in New Zealand, is pretty small and basic. There's a local supermarket, a few shops and a Mcdonalds (of course!). Unless you have a car you cant really get to the outer edges to see what little else it has to offer....theres a chocolate factory, a few prehistoric buildings and you can check out Rewa's Village - the start of a bush trail. Finally, they've got Rainbow Falls waterfall, which is nice to look at, but nothing spectacular.

Mana Island Guide – Fiji

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
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White Sand and Clear Waters, Mana Island
White Sand, Clear Water, Palm Trees. Typical Mana Island

Mana island is one of 333 fijian islands, just a 4 hour boat ride from Nadi from about $50 return. Mana island is a lovely little island you can easily walk round in about 3 hours providing you're steady on your feet as you do have to clamber over rocks round some of the edges. The accommodation on Mana varies from budget to exclusive with the island having its own airstrip its a popular destination for families and honeymooners as well as backpackers. The island seems to be split in to 3 sections, the section where you arrive on the boat is where all the backpacker accommodation is, some more expensive than others. I stayed at 'Serenas' which was $35 a night with 3 meals included; the dorm rooms were basic as was the one cold tap used as a shower. Although the family that ran it were lovely and very helpful i wouldn't recommend it, the food was questionable, often cold, and I personally don't enjoy doughnuts for breakfast. The situation was similar next door at Mana Lagoon, although they have a small games room and the only shop on the island.

Planning A Trip To Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Sunset In Fiji
Sunset from the pool in Fiji

If you're planning on visiting Fiji you can do it in one of 2 ways: 1. Book a set tour for a specified number of days and on a pre-determined number of islands, having the whole thing planned out for you or 2. you can get a flight, land in Nadi and see what happens from there. Although a little daunting I'd recommend the latter; its cheaper and if you get somewhere you don't want to be you can leave or likewise if you really like somewhere you can stay longer. As a starter when you land in Nadi airport your going to get harassed by people trying to book you into tours and plan your trip... they're all working on commission and can be a bit pushy. Be strong and walk through the airport there's a free phone and you can dial one of a number of hostels to pick you up. More often than not they'll pick you up for free but if not its only about $10 - $15 fjd

Rere Falls, Rock Slide & Champagne Pools – NZ

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Rere Falls and Champagne Pools
Rere Falls and Champagne Pools near Gisborne

Definitely a must-do for everybody in Gisborne over summer! for the thrill seekers among you, you can spend hours here on boogie boards or rubber rings, lilos or any flotation devise racing each other down the 60 metre long natural rock slide. You definitely cant be afraid to get a bump or two but nothing serious. There's not much room around the edges there is a small picnic area but it fill fast so if you can get there early ish you & your friends will have plenty of space. once your tired or abit too bruised then you should head up the road about a 5min drive from here is one of gisbornes best kept secrets the Champagne Pools.

Drinking Cava in Fiji

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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Drinking Fjian Cava With The Locals
Drinking Cava with the locals at a “Cava Ceremony”

If you're visiting fiji you have to try cava! Cava is a local drink usually drank with a group of people in a 'cava ceremony' it is made from a plant root grown on the main land. The root is ground down in to a fine powder, its then wrapped in muslin cloth and put in water it is dipped in and out and squeezed many, many times until all the goodness from the roots is realised in to the water.

Kata Tjuta – The Olgas, Australia

Tuesday, April 12, 2011
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The Olgas, Australia
The Olgas in the Northern Territory of Australia

Kata Tjuta, otherwise known as The Olgas, are set within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The alternative name given 'the olgas' actually means 'many heads' in traditional Aboriginal language. Kata Tjuta is a rock formation made up of 36 rounded domes. The tallest domes is called mount olga and is 546m, 200m higher than ayres rock. As its set within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park there is an entrance fee of $25 which is a 3 day pass and must be kept with you at all times as you could face fines if checked by the park rangers.

Paihia, New Zealand

Thursday, January 27, 2011
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Paihia Islands, New Zealand
The islands of Paihia, New Zealand

Paihia is a quaint little seaside town in the bay of island, if your looking for a thrill seeking adventure this isn't the place but if your looking for a place to relax with a beach, nice bars and plenty to do then this is ideal. It is recongnised as 'the jewel of the bay of islands' and when you're wondering around the town and the white sandy beaches you'll see why. There are plenty of back packers to stay at here all of the very reasonably priced and if you don't go in high season in the height of summer the weather will still be good but you can get accommodation much cheaper. From all the hostels in Paihia its a short wall along the sea front to the town, you'll walk past many restaurants and bars all pretty reasonably priced. And once in the town theres a supermarket, shops and similar cafes, bars and restaurants.

Kings Canyon – Northern Territory, Australia

Thursday, January 6, 2011
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Kings Canyon Australia
Kings Canyon from the edge

Kings Canyon is part of the Watarrka National Park in Northern Territory Australia. Although not as popular as some of the other sites in the NT its well worth a visit! Although called kings canyon its actually a gorge 270m height. The walk is only 6km but can take between 3- 5 hours depending on fitness level but even someone whose not in the best shape would still manage it. The 1st half kilometre definitely being the hardest the beginning of the walk known as ' heart attack hill' for its steep incline has an area to stop half way up. once concurred its relatively straight sailing from here with spectacular views of the gorge below and of the surrounding landscape.

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