Whale watching scenic flight

Since it is whale watching season, I thought may be it is time for me to post about watching the whales from a flight. I have always watched these beautiful gentle giants from a lookout point or from a boat. I had never even thought of seeing them from up in the air. While my visit…

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Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Rotorua is home for many geothermal parks. A less famous one is the Waimangu Volcanic valley. It is the World’s youngest geothermal valley. The lakes are craters were created due to the Mt. Tarawera volcanic eruption. It has some of the distinct and beautiful geothermal lakes. It is said that the volcano has erupted around…

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Lake Waikaremoana Hike

I have decided to do more of multi day hikes. So, while searching for more walks in Australia and New Zealand, my friend Vijay and I stumbled upon the Lake Waikaremoana Track. We did a lot of research, but there was not one place where the entire information was available. So, I have decided to…

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Backpacking in South Island!

I have been to New Zealand many times before. Its a beautiful country and my most favourite country as well, so visiting this part of the World is almost like an annual ritual. This time around, I decided to do a backpacking trip in the South Island. South Island is the biggest island of the…

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Jucy Snooze Christchurch

I stumbled upon Jucy Snooze pods while researching for hostels near Christchurch airport. And I must say it is definitely one of the coolest places I have ever stayed at. It is just 10 minutes walk from the international airport. The whole check in and out process is automated and it is a very simple…

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Stewart Island – Complete guide

Stewart Island is the third biggest island in New Zealand. The island lies about 30 kilometers south of South Island. The best thing about Stewart Island is its wildlife and the estimated population of the island is around 400 people, which means less crowd. It is also known as Rakiura. The word ‘Rakiura’ is the…

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1 day in Wanaka!

Anyone who has traveled in New Zealand would be very fond of Wanaka. It’s a beautiful small town. It is in the Otago region of South Island in New Zealand. Note: This post is for budgeted travellers like me. How to reach Wanaka? Intercity NZ is the most famous provide that run buses very frequently…

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Mt Iron loop walk!

If you want panoramic views of Lake Wanaka and Wanaka town, Mt Iron Summit is definitely the place to be. Mt Iron is about 573 metres high and is one of the prominent mountains visible from Wanaka town. The Mt Iron car park is about 2 kilometres from the Town centre. And that is the…

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Mt John – South Summit Walk

Tekapo is a small town located in the inland South Island in New Zealand. One of the must dos when in Tekapo is hiking the South Summit of Mt John. The walk starts off at the hot springs and makes its way through the lush green forest, till the Summit and then to the Cafe…

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Transportation: Christchurch International Airport to Hostel

I landed in Christchurch at around 1 AM. I was worried that my only options to get to my hostel (YHA Christchurch) would be taxis or Uber, which could cost me somewhere from NZD 40-80. In fact, earlier that day I had called the hostel reception and had inquired the cheapest and safest way to…

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Tasman Glacier View & Blue Lake Walk

There are plenty of walks in Mt Cook. The walks that provide spectacular views of the snow capped mountains. But on a rainy day, one has no choice but to opt for easy walks so the day is not wasted. I just had one day in Mt Cook and I had to make the best…

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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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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: My first view of Queenstown  

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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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Jump, jump and jump!

All of my special occasions are very well planned – Always! And it was time for me to plan something for my birthday. After deciding (it was actually convincing Rahul :/ ) on the location (New Zealand it was, Yipppeee!), I started planning the itinerary. One of the items on my to-do list in NZ, was bungy jumping.…

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