New Zealand
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Travel expectations? Well, when somebody asks me how I like Australia and New Zealand, it’s not so easy to give a good and complete answer. An answer that considers all the beautiful places these "islands" have to offer. The unique flora and fauna, the colors, the friendliness of its people.But also the disappointment we were left with again and again when we realized that the once-in-a-lifetime - experience, which was described in the most colorful words in travel guides, blogs, reports from friends - was nothing more (and nothing less) than "ok". Of course, that's...

Warmer climes awaited us, as we left our rather inclement adventures on New Zealand’s South Island behind and took the Interislander Ferry to Wellington (with a decent discount of 15%, thanks to the “Top 10 Holiday Parks Membership Card”, which costs NZD 49 and also gives you a very handy 10% discount on the country’s Top 10 parks – making it a total no-brainer if your budget is limited). About 2.5 hours later and NZD 315 lighter we arrived on New Zealand’s North Island.A warm breeze welcomed us, the temperature being around 20°C. Woohoo! Our route across New...

One of the main reasons for choosing to travel to New Zealand's North or South Island is the opportunity to camp wild. It sounds like heaven: spending the night in the most beautiful places of the country for free, all by yourself. Waking up in the morning to the great outdoors, listening to animal sounds and a friendly breeze in the evening, discovering a secluded beach. These are the expectations that awaken when I think of freedom camping in New Zealand.At least, they were. Because unfortunately, and even though supported by the officials, dreams in this case cannot...

Booking a trip to New Zealand's South Island sparks all sorts of daydreams. We immediately start imagining the pleasures that await us at the other end of the world: climbing volcanoes; sitting around campfires on wild secluded beaches; swimming with dolphins…It seems like a good destination when you’re planning to travel with young kids for the first time, too. I, for one, thought it would be a perfect ‘starter country’. Loads of beautiful nature, culturally very close to Europe, no dangerous or venomous animals, high standards of hygiene...

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