Hiking the Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Hiking the Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Hiking the Routeburn Track, New Zealand

Some years ago when NZ was added to my bucket list of countries to visit, one of the things I had in mind was to do at least one of the Great Walks, and at that time I wanted to do the Milford track. But when I finally decided to go to NZ and started to plan the itinerary it was not easy to decide which of the nine Great Walks I should do, I even thought I should do two of them, the thing was I had not enough time. Eventually I choose to do parts of two Great Walks: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing and the Abel Tasman Coast track. And the multi day Routeburn track was the winner over Milford, don’t ask me what exactly changed but after a lot of research I concluded that this one was the one.

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Queenstown. New Zealand

Queenstown. New Zealand

Queenstown. South Island. New Zealand

I arrived at Queenstown on a beautiful Thursday afternoon after a long bus journey through the south island. Queenstown is a beautiful and cozy town in the South Island, well known for its adventure activities, it is home to a huge choice of adrenaline based activities including jetboating, bungy jumping, white water rafting and skydiving. The region also has a world-class ski and snowboard season from June to October.

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Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand

Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park. New Zeland

So, here I am on the South Island! After a very well spent morning, on a ferry from Wellington to Picton, surrounded by children and seeing a magic show, as I mentioned on the last part of my report on Wellington (you can read it here) plus a short bus ride from Picton, I arrived at Nelson. A beautiful and small town.

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New Zealand, a dream that came true!

New Zealand, a dream that came true!

Auckland, Karekare Beach and Waiheke Island

A dream that came true: New Zealand!

New Zealand, was one of the countries in the world that has been on the top of my list of countries to visit for a long, long time.

Being in Portugal antipodes, it took me almost 30 hours of flights to get to New Zealand. Nevertheless the journey was very good, and I read a little bit but the majority of the time was spens seeing movies, a lot of movies, thanks to the huge list of films on Inflight Entertainment Emirates!

I love to hike and one of the activities I search on the countries I visit is hiking or trekking, well in New Zealand, it’s tramping. So, among the places I wanted to visit there and after all the research I made, there was three sites where I wanted to go tramping. One of them was on the Tongariro National Park, on the north island; the second one on Abel Tasman National Park on the south island and, the third one, located both in Fiordland National Park and Mount Aspiring National Park in the Otago and Fiordland regions.

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Discovering Greece (part 3) Athens

Discovering Greece (part 3) Athens

Athens

When going to Greece you must visit Athens, no question about that!

I loved Athens. The Acropolis, The Zeus Temple (my favourite), all these Ancient Greek sites are magnificent. Wonderful for who loves the History of Ancient Greece (and also for those who doesn’t!).

I prefer to go to nature over big cities but I cannot visit or know a country without visiting one or more cities. So Athens was on my plans when visiting Greece. And of course I could always skip the city center but not the monuments I choose to visit.

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Discovering Greece (part 2) Meteora Monasteries

Discovering Greece (part 2) Meteora Monasteries

Meteora and the monasteries built on granite cliffs

Meteora was on my mind for a long time (just like a lot of other places…)! Every now and then, those incredible images of monasteries on the top of the rocks, apparently inaccessible crossed my mind… It was time to confirm that apparent inaccessibility!

Well, in fact, nowadays they are not inaccessible; there are roads and stairs to each one of the monasteries. But the place is just wonderful.

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Discovering Greece (part one) Sifnos

Discovering Greece (part one) Sifnos

Holidays in Sifnos

When I first started to look for an european country to visit in late September, last year, I must confess that I thought to go to Croácia, Montenegro and Serbia, but then I realized that I didn’t have enough days to do all I wanted in those three countries. So, I looked down the map, and there was Greece. Athens, Meteora and Sifnos all ready to be discovered, by me of course. Read more

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