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If your trip will include Oceania, be sure to browse through all the Oceania articles below. We at The Cheap Route have already done a lot of first hand research about Oceania, we've been there done that when it comes to Oceania, continue reading to gain first hand insight. Our goal is to to provide the hard to find information and photos about Oceania.

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.

Bondi Rescue TV Show

Monday, April 11, 2011
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Bondi Beach, Sydney
The most famous beach in Sydney, Australia, and perhaps the world, Bondi Beach

The show is about the lifeguards at Bondi Beach. Bondi is unique in that it gets many tens of thousands of visitors in just half a mile of beach, many whom are foreigners and can't swim. The currents at Bondi can be quite powerful at times, and its a sand beach, so the bottom can often be uneven, making it easy for swimmers to go from waist high water to above their head in seconds. This keeps the lifeguards busy; they also have to deal with sharks, jellyfish, a lot of drunks, thiefs, skatepark injuries, and plenty of crazy people, making it entertaining for us.

Surfers Paradise – Mix Cancun & Las Vegas With A Little Huntington Beach

Surfers Paradise Beach
The beach in Surfers Paradise

Surfers Paradise in the Gold Coast of Australia is a city for tourists. Comprised of mostly bars, clubs, restaurants, hotels, and apartments, the city caters to all types of travelers. If you plan on visiting around November / December, know that the city tends to be taken over by schoolies - students on break who party non stop. This may not be the best time to visit if thats not what you're looking for, however, for some of you maybe it is?

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.

Ross Kemp On Gangs

Ross Kemp On Gangs
The title graphic for the show, picturing Ross Kemp

With episodes filmed in some of the most dangerous places in the World, Ross Kemp really sticks his neck out there to film this show. Follow him around the world as he meets with the most ruthless, violent, and dangerous gangs in the world. Originally airing in the UK, the show began airing in the US in 2009 under the name "Gang Nation", find it on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

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