Budgeted stay in Australia & New Zealand

Why I love hostels? For a regular traveller like me, I prefer staying at hostels because: They are cheap (sometimes I get a bed for as cheap as AUD 27). You meet some amazing and interesting people. I am still friends with some of them I met during my travels. It is safe for a…

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Swimming with dusky dolphins 🐬 

‘I can manage in the ocean’ I said. ‘I am not sure, the sea is moderate today and we are not letting any non-swimmers go inside the water’, one of the staff at Dolphin Encounter said. ‘Please, I really think this would be easy and I have done it once in the past. If you…

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Postcard (second) from Kaikoura 💕

I have loved the stars and the night so fiercely to be worried and scared of the darkness. It’s the glittering lights that make the darkness look so wonderful and tempting. ~Solopassport 

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Postcard from Kaikoura!

Solo travels are fun and enjoyable – no doubt about that, But there are times where a journey and travel becomes more fun and memorable because of the company you have. Always cherish the current moments and enjoy each and every minute of life. ~Solopassport Photo courtesy: Adarsh Chikkerur  

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3 days itinerary in Kaikoura

Kaikoura is a beautiful coastal town on the South Island of New Zealand. It is about 3 hours drive from Christchurch. It truly is one of the most beautiful coastal towns I have ever seen. It is definitely a place to be for people who look for adventures in water activities. Kaikoura provides ample opportunities…

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Tongariro National Park

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in the North Island of New Zealand, which was formed in the year 1894. The national park has active volcanic mountains – Mount Ruapehu (2797 meters), Mount Ngauruhoe (2291 meters) and Mount Tongariro (1968 meters). The Tangariro National Park is home for the famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a…

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How do you open a fuel tank?

My friend Akshatha and I had hired a car in Auckland. We had driven about 300+ kilometres from Auckland to Taupo the previous night. And we had decided to get the car’s fuel tank filled before we headed to Tongariro National Park. I had a car in India, which was about 4 years ago. And…

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My first self-driven road trip

When my friend Akshatha and I decided to do a road trip, I was excited, but was super nervous. This was the first time I was attempting to drive 850+ kms in 3 days. I had never driven a car on a highway, be alone such a long drive. I took up the challenge, well I had…

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Queenstown I love you

I believe in fairy tales. Queenstown is a place that comes straight from a fairy tale. And I am in love with the place. Queenstown is in the South Island of New Zealand. A few of my pictures from the fairy tale land: © 2015 Raksha Nagaraj All Rights Reserved. Reproduction, or re-transmission, in whole, or  in…

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I became a dwarf :P

I am one of those few people in the world who has never understood or read the series of Lord of the Rings and Hobbiton but still have managed to visit the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand. Hobbiton movie set is a day trip from Auckland. It is clubbed with the Waitomo Caves. And…

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