Trip to White Island – an active volcano

White Island in Bay of Plenty (North Island) is the only active marine volcano in New Zealand. It is located close to Whakatane and 30 miles from the coast and the only way to get there is either boat or helicopter. Our day trip to the volcano was a guided boat tour. Well, I think if you

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing – NZ best day hike

Tongariro National Park, North Island is New Zealand’s oldest national park. It is the home of volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. It is beautiful, spectacular, majestic and unique. I could say that for every national park in New Zealand but this one is special. It has a unique mixture of different landscapes and landforms.

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Trip to Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

Cathedral Cove – a must visit if you are in Coromandel. It is a short but steep hike to get there….and the views are amazing along the track and once you get there. Check out the pictures and you will know what I mean 🙂

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Our first hike in NZ – along the Coromandel Walkway

One of the amazing things about New Zealand is zillions of walking tracks and tramping (hiking) opportunities everywhere you go. Doesn’t matter if you are an amateur or a seasoned hiker, there is something for everyone.We both do not claim to be seasoned hikers but we do hope to get to that level while staying

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Sunset and dinner at Long Bay, Coromandel

So far, some of our most memorable moments in New Zealand have been the ones that were spontaneous. One such moment was the day we reached Coromandel town, a very small but beautiful town in Coromandel Peninsula. The hostel owner casually suggested we drive to Long bay, which was only couple miles away. We went

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Bye bye Fiji….here we come Kiwis!

October 10th – We set our feet on kiwi land late at night. We stepped outside the Auckland airport all bundled up….after being in Houston for so long and now Fiji, the spring season here feels like winter! As we waited for our hotel pickup to arrive, I looked up, smiled and took a deep

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First week in NZ

WOW! We have been in New Zealand only a week and that is one word which we both have used the most. And we haven’t even been to South Island yet! If you enjoyed the natural beauty of Fiji, wait till you see our New Zealand pics. The beauty of this place is unbelievable! Our

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Mini adventures in Fiji

Visit to Viti Levu is not complete without touring the Garden of Sleeping Giant. If you have mountains and hills in your town, probably you will have the profile of one of those mountains resembling a Sleeping Giant. Fiji is not an exception 🙂 The Garden was established in the vicinity so hence its name.

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Calm before the storm….day cruise to Savala island

It was a beautiful morning when we took off for our day cruise to Savala island….a small island in a cluster of 333 islands in Fiji. The day was filled with many activities – kayaking, canoeing, snorkeling and glass bottom boat ride to watch coral reefs for folks like me 🙂 It took us one hour

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Blue skies, clear water and white sand….

….we were mesmerized with the beauty of beaches in Fiji. Words cannot describe how you feel sitting at the beach watching the waves rise and fall as the cool breeze gently caresses you. You try to hold the sand as it slips away from you hand, reminding you how time flies if you don’t enjoy every

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Enjoying the Fijian time

The time seems to have slowed down. We wake up to the sound of birds, roosters, cows and dogs. It is still dark outside. The breeze is nice and cool. We just stand outside in the balcony and listen to the sounds of nature. It is beautiful. There is no noise of cars driving by.

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Bula!

We finally reached our first destination  (a week ago) – the gorgeous island of Fiji!!!! And it is not just the place that is gorgeous….the warmth of people, their smiling face, their welcoming nature, everything here is beautiful. And there is more to Fiji than white sand beaches, blue ocean water, snorkelling and scuba diving. In fact,

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