Exploring the Waikato Region in New Zealand

  Hamilton is the centre of the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand.  The connecting thread in this area is the mighty Waikato River and Tainui – the Maori who belong to this land.  While it is not the tourism capital of New Zealand, Hamilton is the perfect base to explore lots […]

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Whales In Paradise

Australia is one of the best places in the world to see whales with nearly 60 per cent of the world’s whales. The long east coast has a deep channel made famous from the Finding Nemo movie to transport these beautiful creatures from Antarctica and back each year during Winter and Spring time. As the breeze […]

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Crocodile Spotting – Daintree River

The risk of a crocodile attack in Far North Queensland is real, but with some common sense it is avoidable – UFFFF!!! This was the “crocodile man” told us as we went adrift on a small tinnie adrift in the Daintree River to (hopefully) spot some “saltie” crocs. The mood seems to heighten as the […]

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The Daintree

Australia’s plants and animals are some of the closest things to alien life you are likely to encounter on earth. Probably because it’s been isolated from the other continents for at least 45 million years, you will find cycads, dinosaur trees, fan palms, giant strangler figs, and epiphytes such as the basket fern, staghorn, and elkhorn. There are more than […]

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Whale of a Time

Between June and October, thousands of Humpback whales  from Antarctica travel up north to Australia to breed. Gold Coast is one of the last safe havens where females give birth to their calves before they return to the colder southern waters in October. I love the winter mornings at this time. The early morning surf check […]

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