Aurora lights at the Oreti Beach

The Oreti Beach was crowded with photographers last weekend while the southern lights were playing on the beautiful starry sky. Ever since we moved to the far south I was impatiently waiting to see this very special nature phenomenon. And I got it.

Oreti Beach is one of the best places to see southern lights and I’m lucky to be living just ten minutes from there so I made it on time to capture this moment!

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Colors of Duder Regional Park

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We found the perfect destination for a day trip just half an hour from Auckland. Duder Regional Park in Clevedon is one more beautiful example of New Zealand stunning nature. Spending the day outdoors, just walking up and down the hills, was what we were looking for. It is great how fast here you can find a place that will make you happy. That’s one more reason why I really love this country!

The weather was perfect for wandering around. It wasn’t sunny all the time and we were happy because of that, and you know why? The sun in New Zealand is not friendly at all. You can’t stay outside for a longer time during the sunny day. After ten minutes without the shade the skin start to hurt because of the heat. It took us some time to get used to that and now I’m taking the sun block cream and my hat whenever I leave the house.

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This park is open to the public from 1995 when Duder family sold the land to the Auckland Council. Now you can choose between three easy walking tracks – blue, yellow or red. For the longest one you need around two hours.

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Sheep are enjoying the grasslands all over the park and they really fit perfectly into the picture…

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Colors are really beautiful! Look at that blue sea and green pastures! You just have to love the nature here. I adore it!

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Duder Regional Park definitely fulfilled our expectations. New Zealand convinced us one more time that it doesn’t matter where we will go because there’s no way that we can go wrong!

 

Just got back from Tauranga!

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Not so long ago our friends from Croatia also arrived on the Working Holiday in New Zealand. If someone told us a year ago that we will spend the summer on the other side of the globe together we wouldn’t believe it. But here we are and it’s good to have someone from back home around here!

As we already opened our camping season now we are trying to be in the nature as much as we can. This time as a destination for sleeping under the stars we chose Tauranga, town on the east coast in the region called Bay of Plenty. It is unbelievable how beautiful this country is. I’m still not used to that on every corner you can stop to check out some great spots. First stop on our way to the southeast were Hanua Falls.

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It is very easy to find the falls in New Zealand, they are all over the place! And I was just thinking, is there a better place to relax, make some coffee and just enjoy in the sound of the water? That is what I like the most about camping – you can stop wherever you want whenever you want, choose the small piece of the meadow and make it yours for a while. That was our next step, Owharoa Falls.

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If you are going to travel around this part of New Zealand a great place to spend the night is Mclaren Falls Park. Camping area is huge so you can come here with a tent or camper. Very nice thing about this park is that here you can find a few walking trails. If you will wander during the night around the Waterfall Track you can even spot the glow worms. Beautiful nature, all facilities that you might need for 10$ pp make this camp a perfect place to stay.

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You can never tell what will be the weather around here so it can be hard to plan outdoors activities if you are going to rely on the weather forecast. We had a bit of everything. Rainy morning, hot sunny day, chilly windy evening, and you know what? It was perfect!