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North Island – Hawke’s Bay

This is going to be a long post 😀 so bear with us! We fell in love with Hawke’s Bay, so much so that we were looking at property listings. We kid you not! Hawke’s Bay is basically made up of five neighbourhoods. Although we only covered 3 (Napier, Hastings and Havelock North), that was enough to keep us very occupied for the entire week. This region is prefect...

North Island – Taupo

Our Airbnb in Taupo (pronounced as tow-po) was situated at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac; a mere 20minutes walk along Waikato River to town. This little cosy unit came with our own garage and was sparkling clean! Needless to say, we enjoyed our short stay for its fully equipped kitchen, the warmth and comfort it had offered us. We were looking forward to the...

North Island – Rotorua

The grey skies cleared and roads reopened, off we went to the geothermal city of Rotorua. We pit-stopped at Cathedral Cove since we didn’t get to check it out during our “confinement”. Instagram worthy Cathedral Cove is one of the must visit sites at Coromandel. If you want to capture THE shot, be ready to go on a 1.5hr return, up and down hike along a well-paved...

North Island – Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands is approximately 3 hours drive from Auckland. Due to the terrible weather and bad time management, we arrived at our accommodation after dark. Not a smart move, as the roads were slippery, dark and wet. Rather taxing on the eyes… Our lovely, little cottage sits on top of Opua marina town and the most beautiful rainbow greeted us the next morning...

North Island – Auckland

2 nights in Auckland were more than enough for us. It was chucking down hard on our first night and we couldn’t do much in the city since everything closed at 5pm. The only thing left to do was either to eat or drink. Had an early dinner at Ponsonby Central and braved the rain to find Deadshot bar, which we randomly googled. This cosy, speakeasy cocktail bar turned...

Happy Belly – Sydney

Our Best Eats in and around Sydney. The Boathouse Shelly Beach Perfect brunch place and the best smoked salmon flatbread ever! Cafe Sydney THE rooftop restaurant to go for Sydney harbour views. Modern Australian cuisine with good selection of Aussie/NZ wines and delicious cocktails. Hugos, Manly We came here for light lunch, ended up polishing up 2 bottles of...

Sydney Highlights

The last time we visited Sydney was in 2009, where we managed to tick off most of the must-do touristy boxes. For this trip, our two main agendas were catching up with good friends and exploring some of Sydney’s scenic coastal walks. These costal walks around Sydney were the perfect “workouts” to get our lazy bums moving after 3 weeks of being gluttons...

Melbourne Picks

Only those worthy will appear on our honorable pick list. Our Best Accommodation at Great Ocean Road – Alkina Lodge This secluded private lodge is suitable for people who truly want to recharge and escape back to nature without disturbance. A perfect sanctuary to unwind from the hustle and bustle of city life. Lodge managers, Jordan and Cindy were very...

First stop downunder – Great Ocean Road

Hello everybody! Finally a post since we left!! We must say it’s super awesome being somewhat off-grid for the last 2 weeks 😛 we are aware that some of you are waiting for us to update the blog and no, we have not disappeared from the surface of the earth. Writing a blog post needs time and discipline, which we are lacking clearly as we are having too much fun...

Packing and Moving

We are leaving for down-under in August and there are tons of things to do before our departure. Managed to sell the car and rent out our apartment. Our hearts ached a little when we signed the Tenancy Agreement. Let’s just hope the new tenants will look after the place and love it as much as we do. That leaves us with about 1 month to pack and move our things...