Our Own 1000: Waitomo Caves, New Zealand

waitomo cave

Us at the amazing Ruakuri Cave

Today I like to present you with another fabulous place in this world: The Waitomo Caves on the north island of New Zealand. I don’t feel like writing too much about them, because you just have to see it for yourself. However, I’ll try to give you enough information about the caves that makes you want to go there for your next vacation.

The Waitomo Caves are a network of hundreds of limestone caves which are believed to be about 2 million years old. Of course you won’t be able to see all caves (they aren’t even all completely explored). If you want to see the best part of these caves, you can focus on the 3 main caves: the Waitomo Cave, Ruakuri Cave and Aranui Cave. Read more »

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1 of 1000: Lake Taupo & Huka Lodge, New Zealand

Volcanoes at Lake Taupo

Volcanoes at Lake Taupo

Don’t let yourself be fooled by the shortness of this article. Even though I won’t write a lot about our visit to Lake Taupo, believe me, this place is really something to be seen…

The book listed both, Lake Taupo and the Huka Lodge, as one place of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die. So technically, we haven’t seen it, since the lodge was a bit out of our price range (prices started at a whopping 1,000€ per night/room), even in the winter. Read more »

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1 of 1000: Bubbling Rotorua, New Zealand

Hot champagne pool, Rotorua

Amazing Hot Champagne Pool

Since we only had 9 days in New Zealand, we had to make them count. Being on the north island, we decided to see the volcanic region around Rotorua, which is also 1 of the 1000 Places To See Before You Die. As it turned out, that was a great decision.

Rotorua is famous for all the geothermal activity in the area. You won’t find too many hotels or caravan parks that don’t have their own thermal pool for their guests. Even walking around the city and the parks, you’ll pass hundreds of small steaming wells and if you go in the winter (like we did), you can even see them from far away, because the amount of steam increases with colder air temperature. Read more »

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Seeing Australia with a campervan

Breakfast inside the camper

Breakfast inside the camper

There are lots of interesting ways to see Australia, one of the largest countries in the world. You could go from city to city by bus or train, hitchhike your way across the country or rent a car and sleep in a tent. We saw one guy who did the whole trip on his bike and – if you can believe it – one guy even walked across Australia with all of his baggage on a rickshaw which he pulled behind him.

We opted for the much more convenient way of travelling, which was to rent a campervan. And since our trip around half Australia happened to be in the winter time of the southern hemisphere, we got an awesome deal on a little bit of luxury: A Ford Transit 2 berth campervan with a shower, toilet and even TV. Read more »

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2 of 1000: Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley, Australia

Barossa Valley, Australia

Colorful grape-vines

On our life long quest to see all 1000 Places To See Before You Die, we have already seen many places that are truly worth of being on that list. We have also seen places along the way that were so stunning and beautiful that we decided to put them on our own list. This time though, we decided to scratch two places of the list: The Barossa Valley and Hunter Valley.

Both these valleys are wine regions and it might just be a coincidence that so far in Australia we only scratched wine regions of the list. It might also be that since Soni doesn’t linke wine and I am not a big wine drinker myself, we do not really appreciate the beauty of wine regions. Read more »

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