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MAD Travel Guide - Inspiration For Adventurers!

Welcome to the MAD Travel Guide! Whether you are looking for travel planning advice or  need some inspiration for your next adrenaline-filled adventure, the MAD Travel Guide  is packed with essential information and unique articles on all the best travel destinations in Australia, New Zealand and Fiji. So dive in and get inspired!

Use the menu on the right to choose your country and city destination of choice. Our destination guides offer information about your destination and it's history, and is also packed with attractions and activity suggestions to suit all budgets.

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The smell of rotten eggs penetrated my nostrils and after making about 7 blaming your neighbour for farting - jokes, the city of Rotorua welcomed me once again... Built on a hill and overlooking Lake Rotorua, Skyline Rotorua offers a variety of fun activities for the young and young-minded people - and we got to try them!


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Planning to go to Milford Sound? Well why not take a moment to consider Doubtful Sound instead? Trips with Real Journeys depart from Queenstown daily and are a 13 hour round trip.

Fact alert! Captain James Cook discovered Doubtful Sound in 1770 and named it 'Doubtful Harbour' as he was unsure of whether he could sail into the inlet or not. It was later renamed as Doubtful Sound but it's actually a Fiord. Doubtful Sound is the second largest Fiord in Fiordland and the deepest at 421m.



Queenstown and Wanaka are famous for their Ski Fields which are open from Mid-June to Mid-October. Over the Winter Season, Queenstown is home to major events like the Winter Festival, Burton NZ Open and the Winter Games. There are 4 major ski fields within two hours of Queenstown.

In Queenstown there are numerous rental and transport companies that you can just walk into for all your clothing and gear rental. For season passes to the mountains, you need to purchase before April for the best deals.

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mullumbimby biggest little town australia

If you are staying in Byron Bay, there are some great things to do if you are in the mood to explore the area, one of these being to visit the 'biggest little town in Australia' - Mullumbimby!

Mullumbimby is just 20 minutes drive north from Byron Bay. Along with Byron Bay and Nimbin, Mullumbimby embraced a counter culture back in the 70's, but was very low key about it. Locally the town is known as Mullum. Back in the day, this town grew weed so potent it was known as Mullum Madness!


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When you are living in a backpackers environment and you're not sure what local activities to do, the best thing to do is to speak to other backpackers to see what they recommend. I walked around Nomads Melbourne and asked for advice. I already heard some good stories from friends who hired a car and went to Phillip Island. I was enthusiastic when I heard them talk about the stunning beaches and the general vibe on the island. Unfortunately, they could not see the Penguin Parade that the island is famous for without tickets or going a tour.


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There are many Lord of the Rings tours you can take and I chose the mighty Nomad Safaris to lead us on our way. The Safari of the Scenes - Glenorchy tour takes you around the shores of Lake Wakatipu and towards Glenorchy and Paradise Valley (yes there is a town here called Paradise). As part of the tour you visit the movie locations for Isengard, the Ithilien Camp, Lothlorien forest and the battle of Amon Hen (and some locations where The Hobbit is being filmed too!)


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Tour or car, tour or car? That is the big question when you visit Melbourne and want to see the Great Ocean Road.

At Nomads Melbourne I met another Dutchie in the Laundry room. We decided to treat ourselves to a tour instead of hiring a car and having to drive ourselves. Besides that, I am also a big fan of absorbing information so I sat at the front of the tour bus so I could ask the tour guide whatever I wanted, GREAT!


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For those who love the books and films of Lord of The Rings, I would highly recommend the full day tour, Trails of Middle Earth with Southern Lakes sightseeing. The day starts off with one of their guides picking you up from your accommodation in Queenstown (and they can pick you up right outside Nomads Queenstown too). Our guide for the day was called Bob, and he was perhaps the single most knowledgeable man I have ever met, in regards to the books and films of Lord of The Rings.


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