The year round delights of New Zealand

New Zealand is a great place to visit at any time of year – that means even when it’s covered in snow or baking hot. We take a look at why!

We’re just heading into this fine part of the year now so what better place to start? In spring the cold snaps have largely gone and things start to bud and bloom across the two islands. Alpine regions like Tongariro are particularly beautiful. It’s not the ideal time for skiing anymore, although you could have some late falls if you’re lucky into September at places like Wanaka, Mt Cook, Queenstown and Christchurch. Walking trails become a lot more passable in Spring if you want to tackle a challenge like the Routeburn or Milford Track. And if you’re just heading over now to NZ it might be a good time to get work lined up for the summer – see the link below.

Base: Auckland 2 Night – Job Search Package

An excellent 2 night arrival package at “Base Auckland Central Backpackers”, including: – 2 nights multi share accommodation – 2 continental breakfasts – One way airport transfer – 12 month registration with NZ job search – Job offer guarentee – Work NZ handbook – Orientation session – Vodaphone SIM card with $5 callin credit – 24 hr contact number – Tax number application – Bank account application – Drink in the Globe bar – One hour internet access – Luggage storage at ACB

Address: L3, 229 Queen Street, Auckland .

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Hola Hola from southern Spain

It’s October on the Costa del Sol but the other day it was 33 degrees!! Warm enough to jump in the swimming pool and head down the beach. No wonder there’s so many expats living down here, in fact I read the other day that the percentage of foreigners moving to this region of Spain continues to go up every year. It’s easy to seeΒ  why with temperatures like these well into Autumn.

Anyway my brother is now one of these foreigners, so I’ve been here almost a week visiting him near San Pedro, about 20 minutes from Marbella. There’s plenty to see in this region and if you don’t have a brother to stay with, VIP Backpackers does have hostels in Alicante and Malaga which aren’t too far away. Alternatively you could also stay in Granada or Sevilla, both about 2-3 hours from this section of coast.
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Post Travel Blues

I’m back at home now recovering from my 10 weeks on the road. I’ve washed my clothes, dusted out my pack, displayed my souvenirs and showed photos to anyone that shows the slightest interest; but really the memories of travel are already starting to fade with the return to routine. These post-travel blues are very sad but fortunately I was saved today when Maureen Wheeler, co-founder of Lonely Planet with husband Tony, came on the radio to talk my favourite subject – travel!

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