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Marokopa Falls & Beach

Our outing at Waitomo (read here) was an exciting one as it was the first of its kind in what we had seen in our lives till now. Being on time paid us well and we were free by 5 pm in the evening. However it did bring some very familiar state of indecision to us as the summer sun was still high in the sky and we didn't want to go home that early.

After some whacky ideas and brainstorming everyone gave me the power to choose what to do, may be because of my familiarity with the area maps, things to see and other attractions which we could see.Being an island country we are never too far from sea on any side. This is the fact which I had in my mind while thinking about an impromptu drive.
I thought that continuing west can lead us to the west coast and there might be a beach. Although no one was sure as we didn’t have a GPS or Google maps. Only thing we had was an area map which showed that there was a small distance to the sea coast from the place where we were right now. Everyone un…

A journey to Waitomo Caves

It may be called pure laziness on my part that I am writing a travel experience after almost a year of experiencing it!! I have kept this post in draft for a long time and now it’s the right time to publish it; supposedly?? Maybe!! Anytime is a good time to do something constructive, at least for me. 
As usual we were out on a long weekend which was going to end the next day. The previous day was well spent in Waihi and Whangamata (read about it here). We did plan earlier for the Waitomo caves and as a result of that, we were on our schedule which is normally not a characteristic of our outings.
Waitomo caves are one of the most famous tourist attractions in New Zealand. I’d get a proof of this fact later in the day when I’d meet some European tourists on a 7 day tour to New Zealand and visiting Waitomo in their cramped itineraries. They are natural limestone caves which have been formed by thousands of years of geological changes in the earth.

This experience would be quite different…

Cycling Excursion to Makara Beach Wellington

The year 2010 Christmas holiday was my first major holiday season abroad. I had thought that there would be festivities and huge crowds in the streets of Wellington city as we are habitual of seeing in India on Diwali or Holi or Dusshera. So I went for a stroll in the city, the evening before Christmas. To my utter shock I could not find anyone on the streets. Even the parking slots on the roads were empty. It looked like I was on the sets of a post apocalyptic movie such as 'I am legend' or '28 days later' etc.

Later I would learn from friends living there that it was how the atmosphere on Christmas was supposed to be as everyone goes out to see their family and have a get together. Quite contrary of what I had earlier thought it to be in Indian context where people visit each others friends and relatives on festivities. Hence there was a noticeable and expected lull around in Wellington.
I was alone at home and thought that it was the best opportunity to see the surro…

Skiing at Mount Ruapehu

New Zealand has always been famous for its natural beauty. That fame was brought to fever pitch by The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, which was shot at multiple locations in New Zealand. I had been asked by many LOTR fans if I had seen those locations here. My answer was always a 'No', probably because I had passed those locations many times but hadn't actually visited any of them. To add to this, there was this desperate feeling within me to see snow in New Zealand. I have been here for almost 2 years now and never had got a chance to touch snow here. I don't know if it is only me or everyone else who thinks that a foreign country = snow and snow clad white mountains. Anyway, this To-Do item was pending for a long time now.
One day I read in the NZ herald that there was first snowfall of the season at Mt Ruapehu. The very next moment I was searching the internet for information about it and how to visit that place. I came to know that there were 2 ski fields at that…

A Sunny Day in Wellington

Wellington is a beautiful city and recently been acclaimed as 'the coolest little capital in the world' by Lonely Planet. Now this coolest little capital becomes even cooler (not literally) when a sunny day greets it and that too without its characteristic winds. Although these types of days are a rarity, still I have seen some of them while my stay there.

I do have a habit of browsing maps of the places I generally live in and around. Thanks to google maps though. I had been going through Wellington maps for quite some time now and figuring out what were the places to see and visit. One day while I was browsing as usual, I saw out of the window that the day had risen quite brightly and without much wind. I confirmed it for the day ahead on the metservice website and planned to get out and do something.
Then this crazy idea struck my mind that I should see the suburban area on foot. I know it was a bit crazy but the thing that made it look crazier was that I had thought of co…