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Hotels are not often our first accommodation choice when we travel, primarily because of the cost. However, our visit to Rotorua a few weeks ago was planned on short notice, which meant that most of the affordable accommodations were already booked (or so we thought). Because we were desperate to find an available hotel in less than a week, we resorted to scanning the various hotel booking websites and we ended up reserving a double room at Holiday Inn Rotorua. Hotel room rate during our stay: $108/ night, the reservation

Trek Global Backpackers is the second backpacker type accommodation that we’ve stayed at ever since we started travelling. Our first experience about 2 years ago, wasn’t very pleasant, which was why we were a little hesitant to book a room at this place. However, due to the high volume of people arriving in Wellington that weekend, most accommodations were already full. So we ended up booking a room at Trek Global Backpackers. We stayed there for 4 days and 3 nights and here’s our quick review: Pros: The staff were friendly and ready to

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is a vibrant city at the southern tip of the North Island. This bustling city has an ever changing urban landscape surrounded by the rich waters of the Cook Strait, ancient forests, and rolling hills and farmlands, making it an ideal site to explore. Our short visit last February gave us a few insights into things to check out when visiting the capital city of New Zealand. Here’s what our trip looked like: Day 1: Arrive in Wellington | We flew into the city on board a Jetstar

Long weekends usually mean one thing for us, and that is the opportunity to take long road trips outside the city that we call home. Because regular weekends are usually spent uncovering beautiful Auckland gems, we relish the opportunity to head out and drive (for more than a couple of hours) to see the extraordinary sights surrounding the region. The very first long weekend for 2017 was of course New Year, so we took advantage of the four-day holiday and we drove down to the Great Lake Taupo area, particularly Turangi

Tramping is one of the many activities that we love doing especially during summer. New Zealand is dotted with lush parks and reserves that makes it one of the best places on Earth to explore by foot. And during our travels, we always make sure to bring the following essentials to make our tramping trip more comfortable and enjoyable. 1. SUN PROTECTION; The works; including sunscreen, UV protection clothing, head-wear , and sunglasses. Wherever you are in the world, sun protection should be a priority. And its importance is particularly magnified when you are exposing

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