Nara… Part 3…

Perhaps my favourite shrine in Nara – despite not having a 15 meter tall statue of Buddha – is Kasuga Taisha! What I loved most about Kasuga Taisha is it’s bold simplicity… although not the largest, grandest or most popular shrine in Nara it’s simple clean lines, vibrant orange and red paintwork and lanterns make […]

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Noosa: Everglades

One of the must-do activities while in Noosa is the Noosa Everglades tour. We chose the 1 day Discovery Tour which departs Noosa Waters and takes you along the river and deep into the national park. The tour starts with pickup from your accommodation and then heads to Noosa Waters where you hop on board […]

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Noosa… Part 2…

With so much to do in Noosa we wanted to make sure we made the most of our time whilst still being able to relax on the beach, potter around the shops and soak up the sun and beautiful setting. After a day of settling in we headed out, water and sunscreen at the ready […]

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Mount Cook

From Oamaru we headed North towards Mount Cook National Park with it’s breath-taking scenery, icy blue lakes and glaciers. En route we stopped at Maori Rock Art and Elephant Rocks (used in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and soaked up the amazing scenery. As you approach Mount Cook National […]

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Catlins

Another stunning but often missed part of the South Island is the Catlins. The Catlins is a coastal region in the South-East of the country with stunning scenery, golden sandy beaches, rugged coast and amazing wildlife! We spent 2 nights, 3 days exploring the Catlins and despite 80% of the roads being unsealed and gravel […]

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Arthur’s Pass

After the slightly disappointing Kaikoura we hit the road and headed towards glacier country via Arthur’s Pass and Hokitika. From Kaikoura we spent 2 days crossing from the North-East to the Mid-West of the South Island passing through small towns and settlements including Oxford, Sheffield – home to the tastiest pies we’ve eaten – and […]

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