Nikko

After a short stay in Takayama and with a slightly less painful foot we hopped on the train and headed to Nikko. Nikko is a small town nestled in amongst the mountains and is known for it’s temples, shrines and as the entrance to the Nikko National Park. Unfortunately we only had 1 night in […]

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Kobe… Part 2…

While in Kobe we pottered around the many shopping malls, strolled along the bay, headed to Kobe’s Kitano district, rode a cable car up the Rokko Mountain and sampled some of the yummy food on offer! Kitano is a quirky district of Kobe at the base of the Rokko Mountain and is famous for it’s […]

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Kyoto: Shrines & Temples… Part 2…

One of the most celebrated temples in Japan and a popular spot with tourists of all nationalities is Kiyomizudera Temple perched high on the hill side overlooking the city! The temple is one of many UNESCO World Heritage sites in Japan and is surrounded by beautiful gardens and narrow residential streets. The temple was built […]

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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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Akaroa

After a couple of days in Geraldine we headed to Akaroa, our home for the Christmas period (apologies for being so behind on my posts!) and our penultimate stop in New Zealand. Akaroa is an historic French and British settlement nestled in the heart of a flooded (and thankfully extinct) volcano! Akaroa is definitely a […]

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Hastings

What can I say about Hastings… not a lot really! Although there’s nothing wrong with Hastings there’s nothing outstanding either. Hastings is a large town in the Hawkes Bay region with all the usual trappings. The centre is un-imaginative and the attractions few. The two saving graces of Hastings are the Rush Munro ice cream […]

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Rotorua: White Water Rafting

After a few days in Rotorua it was time for our white water rafting adventure on the Kaituna river. Although I love kayaking and I’m a big fan of floating down a river I’ve never been rafting before. Rotorua is home to numerous rafting companies but as Nick had already rafted with Kaitiaki Adventures we […]

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Rotorua

After the awesomeness that was the Waikato region we headed to Rotorua and the next leg of our adventure. Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s thermally active regions and home to numerous hot pools, spa’s, lakes, redwood forests and thrill-seeker activities. We arrived in Rotorua and found our pitch for the night, the car park […]

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Devonport

During our time in Aukland we took a day-trip to Devonport. Devonport is a lovely, harbour side suburb of Aukland just across the bay. Although you can drive to Devonport its much quicker – and far nicer – to catch the ferry. The first thing that strikes you when you approach Devonport is it’s quaint […]

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