I have been trying to keep my aging body trim year after year. I do this by walking most days and also cycling which my family enjoys as often as we can. We live in New Zealand which is packed full of great locations for cycling. One of the activities that families and friends enjoy here is going on a tour on bicycles which covers a number of places over the course of a week or … [Read more...] about 4 Beautiful Places for a Cycling Trip in New Zealand
Oceania is a swath of islands in the South Indian Ocean and Pacific that comprises some of the most exotic and sought after destinations on the planet. Anchored by Australia - the world's only continent consisting of only one country - and New Zealand, Oceania also consists of the Pacific Islands of Polynesia and Micronesia. Aside from Australia, the region consists of more than 300,000 square miles of land across thousands of islands (though much of that is in New Zealand and New Guinea).
These islands are often grouped into three categories. Melanesia consists of New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, New Caledonia, and Fiji. Micronesia includes the Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Guam, Mariana Islands, and the Marshall Islands. And the largest swath of the three, Polynesia, consists of New Zealand, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa, Tuvalu, and Hawaii. Throughout the Pacific Islands, the climate is generally tropical, until you go farther south, where New Zealand and its surrounding islands are more temperate close to Antarctica.
Located at or below the equator and among some of the most pristine waters in the Pacific Ocean, the islands of Oceania remain some of the most beloved destinations among frequent travelers, honeymooners and adventurers alike. From the soaring peak of Bora Bora in French Polynesia, to the iconic mountainsides of New Zealand, and crystal clear waters on the beaches of Fiji, there are dozens of opportunities to explore nature's wonder in Oceania.
The rainforests in Australia cover various parts of the country and a number of different climates. Below are the various states and some of their beautiful rainforests. Queensland Within Queensland there are several types of rainforest you can visit, including Springbrook and Lamington National Parks within the hinterland of the Gold Coast. These have cool and sub … [Read more...] about The Most Stunning Rainforests in Australia
New Zealand is truly a magical country. With beautiful landscapes, a rich culture, and enough sheep to shake a stick at, you won’t be disappointed in New Zealand, no matter what you do. But for those looking for a bit of guidance to the “land of the long white cloud,” here are some great places in New Zealand to visit on the North Island. Places in New Zealand to … [Read more...] about Must See Places in New Zealand – North Island
Among other things, New Zealand is well known for our stupendous natural views including snow-capped mountain ranges, rain forests, winding rivers and breathtaking coastal sea views. While I've traveled throughout this amazing country, I've been lucky enough to spend most of it outside the major cites which has given me the opportunity of … [Read more...] about Getting Close and Personal with New Zealand Nature
Many people think of the Caribbean when they think of beautiful, untouched beaches, but the Pacific is arguably the best place in the world to find a variety of gorgeous islands. Whether you're looking for white sandy beaches, great scenery, or just a tropical oasis with great hiking options, the Pacific Ocean has everything you're looking for. Niue Every year on the tiny … [Read more...] about 5 Must-See Islands in the Pacific
Seeking out the most brilliantly alluring urban and natural landscapes to photograph? Head "down under" to Australia's most populated and diverse city; Sydney lies on a coastal basin in between the Pacific Ocean and the Blue Mountains, making it a photographer's dream. Surrounded by so much culture and variety makes choosing the perfect photo attractions a difficult task. Below … [Read more...] about 5 Sydney Attractions You Should Photograph
Taking the entire family on holiday can either be enjoyable or dreadful, depending on the weather and the variety of activities available. In today’s super-charged, ultra-wired world, sometimes it can be a quite refreshing change to spend time with the family in an unhurried, outdoors setting. Memories that will never be forgotten are usually made in natural settings, not while … [Read more...] about Family Adventures in Queenstown, New Zealand
Few travelers make their way to the miniature dots that make up the Kingdom of Tonga, but if you fancy idyllic stretches of uncluttered sand and colorful wildlife, a trip to this unspoiled oasis should be at the top of your South Pacific itinerary. After your adventures exploring Auckland, New Zealand or Nadi, Fiji, hop on a quick flight to Tonga. I was lucky enough to … [Read more...] about Tonga: A Polynesian Paradise
Why is it that fussy babies quiet down instantly when you bring them outside, and toddlers who have been begging for attention all day play for hours by themselves in the backyard? Entertaining the kids in the great outdoors is easy. All it takes is some outdoors equipment—a sandbox, maybe a slide or a swing set—and they are good to go. But everybody needs some change now … [Read more...] about Kids and Koala Bears – Australian Family Outings