Manta rays and Fiji Day on Barefoot Island

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A small tranquil island that is a little over 1km in length, with numerous white sand beaches, offshore snorkelling, numerous palm trees and a small back to basics resort. When I heard about Barefoot Island it sounded like my kind … Continue reading

Hiking the Hillary Trail on Auckland’s wild West Coast

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Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand, both in physical size and population, with 1.2 million people residing in this thriving metropolis. There are numerous big city benefits of living in Auckland such as world class dining, fantastic entertainment … Continue reading

Getting to the heart of Fijian island culture on a village visit

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One of the reasons that I wanted to visit the Yasawa Island group of Fiji was because of their remoteness. With no roads, no shops and only intermittent electricity, I liked the idea of truly getting away from the trappings … Continue reading

Unexpected Highlights of four months in South America

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Most people’s South American bucket list would read something like this: Rio for Carnival, Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, visit Cartagena, cruise the Galapagos Islands, trek in the Amazon rainforest, watch the sun rise over the Salt Flats … Continue reading

Hiking the volcanic Yasawa Islands of Fiji

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Fiji may not be the first place that you would think of when considering a hiking destination. You just lie on the beach in Fiji right? Wrong. Well, not wrong as it IS the perfect place for beach lounging, but … Continue reading

One year on: Thoughts on adjusting to ‘real life’ after an extended trip

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One year ago yesterday I was arriving back in my home country of New Zealand for the first time in over 2 ½ years. It was the longest period I had ever been away despite living overseas in Australia, UK … Continue reading

Finding Paradise on Fiji’s Nacula Island

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There are many, many places that could be called paradise in this beautiful world that we live in, especially because the word paradise can mean many different things to many different people. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder … Continue reading