Stewart Island/Rakiura – New Zealand’s 3rd Island

Stewart Island

Stewart Island is an unspoiled naturally beautiful oasis, and only a 1-hour ferry ride from Bluff, the southernmost edge of New Zealand’s South Island, 30 km south of New Zealand’s South Island across the Foveaux strait.

As the closest land mass to Antarctica, it is quite remote and far to travel; most people never visit Stewart Island, including New Zealanders. Stewart Island, and the nearby Ulva Island, are famous for Continue reading

TranzAlpine Scenic Railway Journey – 5 reasons to take the train

New Zealand’s TranzAlpine Scenic Railway Journey

KiwiRail's TranzAlpine Railway empty carWhen thinking of the Alps, the Swiss Alps come to mind; I never considered any other Alps, and yet New Zealand has the beautiful Southern Alps.  And the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway Journey is the best way to see the Southern Alps.

Simply sit back and gaze at the stunning scenery through the huge windows in the comfortable seats of the TranzAlpine Scenic Railway.   What a wonderful opportunity to take in the Canterbury Plains, the farms, the foothills to the mountains, the gorges, river valleys, and the jaw dropping snowcapped Southern Alps, even in summer. Or …

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Nature of Curacao

Curacao beach near WestpuntWe love Westpunt (in the southwest) because the diversity of nature of Curacao found there. It offers easy access to the reef, and it is said that the nicest natural beaches are in the west. There are also beautiful beaches east of Westpunt. I like to be no more than a short walk to the beach (whether within a resort or just across the street) to swim, snorkel, dive, or watch the sun dancing on the water. What better way to spend a winter?

For me the best place to find the unique nature of Curacao is in Westpunt and areas immediately south have many naturally beautiful areas to hike, snorkel, dive and
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