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21 Sep
2012

How to achieve the Illusion of Keeping Fit

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We all know that Queenstown can be a place of indulgence, hedonism and looseness which is part of the reason why it is such an epic town and why it's so popular with backpackers. However when you enjoy drinking, shopping and eating out it is very hard to stay fit and keep fit. At Nomads Queenstown there is a little challenge happening between two of the staff, Bungle & Dre, to see if they can actually keep fit, or rather... achieve the illusion of "keeping fit".

21 Sep
2012

I'm in Auckland, Where should I go...?

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Most of you arrive in Auckland first when coming to New Zealand and although some people say you either love it or hate it there is still a lot to see before making your judgement. It is the biggest city in New Zealand with approximately 1.4 million inhabitants living on about 480 stretched out square kilometers.

Almost a third of the country’s population lives in Auckland, so I figure it can’t be that bad. 

20 Sep
2012

Ice Explorer with Franz Josef Glacier Guides

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Kia Ora everyone! For those of you not familiar with the term Kia Ora, a simple Hello will do! Here in New Zealand we are lucky enough to have a few thousand glaciers darted around the country that are compressing loads of ice year in and year out. If you are travelling by campervan, car, bus, bike - you will be introduced to some amazing picturesque view points along your chosen route. No matter which way you decide to travel, you are highly likely to meet a glacier at some point!

18 Sep
2012

Awesome spring activities at the Arts Factory Lodge

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If you stay at the Arts Factory Lodge, you never have to feel bored. We like to keep you busy! There are plenty of things to do, every day of the week. One of the most popular activities is the Bush Tucker walk.

This 1 hour walk is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm. Walk together with Paul and his famous cockatoo Mr. Pickles around the hostel and learn things about the beautiful nature and the basic things you can do to survive in the forest.

17 Sep
2012

Waimangu Volcanic Volley Rotorua

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The awesome thing about New Zealand is that nowhere is too far for an adventure, you can just hop in a car and let the open road consume you. When some of the guests here at Nomads Auckland Backpackers hostel invited me along for a mini adventure to Rotorua I was definitely keen.

Waking up with a severe hangover was definitely a rookie move but I powered on to the amusement of my fellow road trippers and we set off in our budget rental car on to the adventure capital of the North Island.

13 Sep
2012

Fun and Free Things to Do in Byron Bay!

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There are plenty of fun things to do when you're staying in Byron Bay. And luckily a few of them are also free things to do in Byron Bay, how great is that! For a start, you can walk to the famous Byron Bay Lighthouse. You can choose to walk along the walking track, it leads you through a little rainforest where you may see wallabies, and brings you to the many lookout points for dolphins, turtles and whales!

12 Sep
2012

Horseback riding with Mount-N-Ride Adventures

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Last week, on one of my days off I decided to be "crazy" and do horseback riding for the first time in my life. When my friend asked me to join her I was seriously asking myself "How the hell should I get onto the back of these giants?". After a week of acting cool and telling everyone it's no problem to go horseback riding my due day came and I nearly peed myself when we arrived at the farm of Mount-N-Ride Adventures located just 30 minutes drive south/west of Cairns.

10 Sep
2012

Auckland Domain, a Park in the CBD

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Parks are the destination of choice when you’re up for a relaxing day and to breath nice fresh air and the smell of trees and flowers. As I go for the big, I chose the biggest and oldest park in Auckland City and took the green inner link bus from Britomart, which is only 5 minutes walk from Nomads Auckland, to Auckland Domain. About 15 minutes of staring at the roads the bus driver told me that we'd arrived at the Auckland Museum stop, which is located in Auckland Domain, and he told me that it is just a minute walk from the bus stop.

10 Sep
2012

Music for a roadtrip

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Going on a road trip is a very nice way to travel with your friends, new friends or good old friends, doesn't really matter. It can tighten up your relationship with your friends. But apart from the fact that you've got to have a kick-ass partner to do your road trip with, there's also one more must-have thing, and that's a kick-ass playlist. Like many travellers I have met, music is a big thing whilst travelling as it keeps me a little connected with the world and other people whilst away from home.

10 Sep
2012

My first meeting with Crocodiles

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I have not been to the Zoo in a while, never in the Netherlands, only when I was a little kid, but here in Australia it's awesome! The feeling of being a little kid again is awesome and the animals in the Zoos over here are just awesome (and scary).

The Hartley's Crocodile Adventures in Wangetti Beach is just up north from Nomads Cairns Backpackers Hostel. The adventure begins with a boat tour in Hartley's Lagoon, where the crocodiles are swimming around the boat (that's when I noticed how HUGE they were!) while waiting for their food.

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