Camping at Mavora Lakes

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Who wouldn’t like to see this scenery first thing in the morning?

I enjoy camping so much! Spending time in nature is what makes me a happy traveler! That’s one more reason why New Zealand is a perfect country for me. Here everything is about spending time outdoors.

Department of Conservation has campsites all over the country with a cost of only $8 per person/night. Usually these sites are in the middle of nowhere, far away from everything and that’s the best thing about them. These campsites have major facilities you may need – toilet, sometimes tap water, picnic tables, BBQs and most of the time there’s no mobile network coverage (how great is that!).

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The camp we went to last weekend is called Mavora Lakes. This area was used as a film set in some of the Lord of the Rings movies. It is located two hours from Invercargill and in the end about 40km of gravel road lead you there. The scenery along the way is wooow!

There is only one thing with this campsite you might not be happy about: there are sand flies everywhere. Just don’t forget insect repellent and everything will be OK.

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Pristine nature, sheep, lambs, cows and calves running over green meadows, mountains in the background and fresh air complete the picture.

Some of the activities people can do here are fishing, walking, tramping, mountain biking and horse riding.

I can’t wait to go back again to enjoy peace and quiet disturbed only with different melodies coming from the birds singing on the trees above my tent.

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Before sunset…

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How beautiful is this scenery? I’m amazed!!! We couldn’t find better place to finally open this year’s camping season.

I captured this photo yesterday, just a few minutes before sunset. Look at this golden grass, looks like it glows.

I’m so happy we found another perfect destination close to Invercargill for relaxed, peaceful getaway… Mavora Lakes is definitely the place to go back to.

Sunday walk in Omaui

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Omaui Beach, New Zealand

Before we came down south everyone told us that winter here is cold, harsh and unbearable.

I wouldn’t agree.

There’s so many beautiful days like this one and it is pure satisfaction to enjoy it on one of the beaches close to town.

It’s even better when you can have those peaceful places only for yourself…

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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!