Destination Bay of Islands: A Sailing Tour and a Visit to the Tranquil and Predator-free Urupukapuka Island

With almost 150 islands, many of which are undeveloped there's truly a lot to explore in Bay of Island waters. Per local recommendations we took off from the Bay of Island mainland and started out with a visit to the biggest island of them all: Urupukapuka. Known as a tranquil, bird-full and predator-free island with enough tracks, bays and beaches to explore in more than one full day.

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Highlights from some of New Zealand's Unique Music & Lifestyle Festivals: Volunteering, Co-creating & Dancing Backstage

Another one of the very highlights of this summer has been our involvement in some of the annual music, culture & lifestyle festivals which New Zealand is so famous of. Every summer, Kiwis and visitors gather for festivals of all sizes and in all regions of the country. Whether your heart beats for food, music, wine, dance, spirituality or local Maori culture rest assured there's a festival here you'll love. 

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Rise & Shine in Mount Maunganui - Video Update

Check it out! Our first update for upcoming travel video series.

It's 16 days from winter in NZ but you wouldn't believe it here in the Mount on a beautiful sunny morning like today...

We've just entered our 2 last weeks in New Zealand and will soon be off to DENMARK AND EUROPE! We've had an amazing 6 months here touring around this beautiful country - check some of my blog posts from our travels in New Zealand here

The Pinnacles: Hiking Through the Ruggedly Magnificent Mountain Ranges in the Coromandel Peninsula

Planning our last month here before we're heading to Europe one of the spots we really wanted to hit was The Pinnacles mountain range on the Coromandel Peninsula. A famous 1-2 days walk through beautifully rugged mountains and located just a couple of hours drive from our current home in Mount Maunganui. And as it's on the way to Auckland it was perfect to combine with last week's mission up there for a Shanghai-reunion event - a bit of calm before the storm, if you will...

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Beautiful Raglan - New Zealand's Endless Surf Paradise

It's getting a tiny bit colder in NZ as autumn is approaching. It's so weird to be in April and talk about autumn weather & wind - April equals spring time & light time in my head of the Northern hemisphere... Fortunately there's still heaps of amazingly nice sunny days here in Bay of Plenty on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island (the location of Mount Maunganui, Leon's childhood home). Same goes for Waikato & the King Country which is the neighboring region to the West and last week we decided to go on a mission. A mission to visit one of Leon's favorite surf spots in NZ and a mission to explore an area I haven't been to yet: Raglan and surrounding nature... 

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Hiking, Dancing and Surfing in the Region Ruled By New Zealand's Most Perfectly Formed Volcano: Kia Ora Taranaki

Taranaki was one of the last main areas of New Zealand for me to visit. Planning our trip here made me realize that during the last 2-3 months we've literally been all over this stunning island country... From Middle to South to West to East and to the far North. And that goes for both New Zealand's South and North Island... The freedom and possibilities when traveling in a van in New Zealand are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. Especially when you're all about simple living, super flexible and not too fussy about most things. Just like me and Leon... Leon for sure, I'm still learning. More on that later and back to our Taranaki adventure...

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New Zealand Summer Roadie: Postcards From The South Island

We've reached the South Island where we'll spend the next month exploring from North to West to South to East. Check in here on Shanghaihabits for daily updates from NZ's beautiful South Island!

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A Visit To Melbourne And Our Roadtrip On The Great Ocean Road + Why You Should Always Check Visa Regulations One Extra Time

When we visited Perth earlier this month it was my second time in Australia. My first visit was last year where we visited Melbourne followed by a Great Ocean Road trip - seriously the best road trip I've ever been on (not least thanks to the Koala... And my beloved BF of course) and highly recommendable. I hadn't started my little blog at that time so here's some moments & memories from Melbourne and The Great Ocean Road...

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