Spring Affair with the Tulips | Melbourne Diaries

Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne

Spring is one of my favourite season of the year if you’re a Melbournian you wouldn’t deny the fact we wait 9 long months for the warmer days to arrive. What would be the best way to celebrate the onset of Spring with these Gorgeous colourful Tulips!

Tesselaar Tulip Festival Melbourne

I make sure not to miss this yearly festival especially if you have a little one, then it becomes a customary tradition to mark your calendars during the Tesslar Tulip Festival Children’s week.

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This is by far one of my favourite festival in Melbourne, Victoria.

Just an hour drive away to the Dandenong Ranges, this year we ventured out with my little one along with her friends to spend the Children’s week.

The AFL Long weekend, just got merrier this year with these colourful blossoms.

Tulips are often synonyms for the Dutch but these flowers never originated from Netherlands, these were the Dutch Obsessions.

So, if you’re wondering what to do this Spring, especially with the School holidays, I would highly recommend tagging along with your little one drive here. There are a plethora of activities for the kids, the face painting is one that is not to be missed just at 10AUD.

Tessalar Tulip Festival Melbourne

 

The festival is still running, so if you love nature and want some insta-worthy moments with these Tulips head to the picturesque farms until 15th of Oct.

 

The entry is nominal for AUD 28/adult and kids are free during the Children’s week.

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5 must do adventures at Christchurch |Travel Guide

Botanical Garden Christchurch

Top 5 Things to do in Christchurch, New Zealand

From beaches to scenic Drives to Canterbury lush green plains to the Snow Capped Southern Alps, Christchurch has something for every adventure lover.

So, we started our 9-day long adventure trip with my almost 4-year-old toddler.

#Botanical Garden Christchurch

Spring is my favorite time of the year, oh yeah after 9 months of winter this season ushers in warmer, longer days with colorful blossoms. So, who wouldn’t like to say yes to Spring? The Botanical Garden is located near to the CBD, Christchurch and also offers a Scenic Drive on its way.

Make sure to relax & enjoy a hot cuppa at the cafe in the Garden and enjoy the warmth of the Spring sun.

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#Lake Tekapo

A trip to the South Island New Zealand is incomplete without a visit to Lake Tekapo. Located at a 4 hours scenic Drive down, this small town which is located at the end of the Lake offers picturesque views of the lush Green Canterbury plains and the gorgeous snow capped the Southern Alps throughout the drive.

The Church of Good Shepard is a hidden Gem, don’t miss an Insta-worthy click against this 1900 Century Church, overlooking the snowy Alps!

TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

#TranzAlpine World’s Scenic Train Journey

New Zealand is known for its epic and probably world’s best Scenic train Journey’s by Kiwi Rail. Due to the recent earthquake, the Coastal Train Journey was no longer available until June 2018. So we decided to go with the TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey.

A 5 hour long Journey from Christchurch to Greymouth, which is located up North of the Southern Island.

This train Journey is worth every penny, and takes you back to the Glacier age what resulted in these Gorgeous Southern Alps

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey
TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

#Franz Jose Glacier, Greymouth

Greymouth is a town which is rich in history and known for its Gold mining & Dramatic floods. Take a day trip to the walkways overlooking the ocean or plan an adventure trip to the Franz Jose Glaciers.

A trip to this Town is incomplete without exploring the Franz Jose Glacier, up north of the city.

Travel Tip: Get an up and close encounter with the Glaciers when you fly into canterbury, make sure your sitting on the left side of the aircraft.

 

#City Tour: Christchurch Tram Ride

If you ask me what the best way to see the city, I will always vouch for trams and Kiwi trams were no different. If you’re a big fan of historical monuments and colourful walls then this mini ride on the Kiwi team will take you to exactly where you wish to be.

Hop on or Hop off at the local flea market to grab a local munch or hop on to catch the Insta worthy Street art, the local commentary will not allow you to be bored at all. A must do an activity with kids, they will love the Tram ride along the city.

 

Kiwi Tram Ride, Christchurch

So, which one of the adventures you loved the most? Make sure to leave a comment if you have already been here, I would love to read.

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Scenic Train Journey of the world | TranzAlpine New Zealand

TranzAlpine Scenic Kiwi Rail Experience

Tranz Alpine New Zealand Kiwi Rail

The TranzAlpine Train Journey is one of the Greatest Train Journeys of the world operated by Kiwi Rail. There is other 2 major Scenic Journey along with the TranzAlpine, which is the Coastal Train Journey and the Northern Railway respectively.

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TranzAlpine Scenic Train Journey

The TranzAlpine runs between the Garden City of Christchurch to Greymouth a city up on the West Coast of the South Island. Greymouth is known for its rich history, Gold mining and Dramatic river floods.

Grey Mouth New Zealand
Grey Mouth New Zealand

With reserved seating Coach, you can choose to take a day Excursion or a decision to hop off at Greymouth to explore the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier.

Arthur’s Pass is the highest point of the Journey, so make sure to hop off to capture images against the Stunning Southern Alps.  Do remember that the train only halts here for 5 mins

It’s all about the Journey rather than the Destination, yes I have to say this because this Train Journey takes you back in time through its LIVE commentary explaining you the end of the Glaciers era what made the Southern Alps Rise.

Travelling west crossing the Canterbury Plains, the train goes through the river valleys of the Waimakariri River.

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, through lush alpine forests to Greymouth – a great base for visits to Punakaiki and the always popular glaciers at

The Alps to the alpine village of Arthurs Pass for a short break before descending through the Otira Tunnel to the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

Make sure of the viewing deck on the train that situated at the rear end, where you can capture the panoramic side of the Southern Alps & the Alpine forest

 

There’s still plenty of Snow on the mountain tops, so just after you have crossed Arthur’s Pass, make sure to keep your camera or Handycam ready to capture the magnified views of the Southern Island of New Zealand.

I personally loved their mini cafe at the middle of the Carriage & offers a luxurious seating to enjoy breakfast with a view!

Travel Tip: The round Journey costs appx 450 NZ$/person and is worth every penny!

I highly recommend adding this to your Kiwi Travel itinerary as not all train Journeys have such wonderful memories of Rugged Snow capped mountains, Gorgeous waterfalls, and lush Green Countryside view!

Looking for things to do in Christchurch? My next Travel Blog on Travel in Style with debs will cover the 5 must do things in the Garden City of Christchurch and how travel with kids is fun in New Zealand.

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7 to do things in Hobart | Travel Guide

Things to see at Hobart, Australia

72 hours in Hobart, here are the 7 must see places:

As I am a fortnight away from birthday, I thought to reminisce my last year’s birthday trip to Hobart, Australia.

Perched at a 45 mins light from Melbourne, this Capital city has a list of things to offer, especially if you’re travelling with a kid.

We embarked on a 72-hour long journey to this city last year in September, it’s supposed to be Spring this time of the year. However, the temperatures in Hobart are a couple of degrees lesser compared to that of Melbourne. So, if you think of carrying your Spring clothes along, let me remind you that you will be shivering for sure.

#Franklin Square

Franklin Square is an oak lined public space in Central Hobart, Tasmania, Australia.This is the CBD of Hobart and all the major Public buses run from here connecting the suburbs.It is named after a John Franklin, a former Governor of Tasmania. It and Hobart Town Hall were built on the site of the former government house of Tasmania.

Lush Green Lawn, with the Franklin Fountain, is a great spot to unwind and soak up the atmosphere of Hobart.Perfect place for a day tour and family picnics, the adjourning cafes offers a great variety of cakes and coffees to go along.

There’s a Visitors centre across the road too, in case you wish to collect further information about the city.

#WineGlass Bay

A remarkable day tour, that takes you through Coles Bay, Freycinet National Park and Swansea, before you arrive at the Wine Gass Bay, Hobart. Book a day tour or drive yourself, I would highly recommend taking a guided tour as they take you through all the historical precinct which you might miss out if you drive yourself.

Things to see in Hobart

While driving to the Wine Glass Bay, which approximately takes 5 hours, makes a stopover at the Coles Bay. The views are stunning, so make sure to have a 30mins standby at this place, a part of the Freycinet National Park is visible from here.

 

“Travel Tip Fishing and boating, bushwalking, sea kayaking, rock climbing, sun and sand, and spectacular coastal scenery, there are ample of things you can do over here.”

 

 

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#Up & Close with Wallabies

While trekking down the Wineglass bay don’t miss out to get up & Close with the wallabies. They are extremely friendly and your little ones can feed them while you enjoy the views.

Wine glass bay, Hobart! Things to see in Hobart

#Honeymoon Bay

As the name suggests, Honeymoon Bay – Freycinet National Park is famous among couples to say “I DO”, may visit here to get married and others come to revive their wedding vows. Probably, that’s the reason where it gets its name from.

The Huge Granite rocks surrounding the Bay, gives a stunning view, don’t forget to carry your towels as during summer, you can’t miss taking a dip here.

#Cascade Brewery

Tour is a great way to experience the proud heritage and brewing craft of the Cascade Brewery, a Tasmanian icon. This Brewery is no longer operational, however, you get an up and close understanding of the beer processing.

Cascade Brewery , Hobart

The Brewery Cafe is a good place to hang out with kids, there’s a Garden adjoining to it and makes it an Instagram worthy too!

 

 

#Weekend Farmers Market

Every Saturday, Hobart gets into a celebration mode with their Farmers Market. These market serves as a good place for foodies, to try out various cuisines which they wish to.

Farmers Market, Hobart

 

#Hobart Waterfront

Last but not the least, the waterfront of Hobart is picturesque and a feast to the tourist’s eyes.

 

Where to stay?

It’s ideal to stay around the Hobart CBD, I highly recommend Best Western Hobart, because of its location and ambience. I happen to celebrate my birthday here, needless to say, they have an awesome spread of breakfast menu too!

 

Things to do in Hobart, Tasmania

So, the next time you plan an Australian Destination, do make sure to fly to the this Capital City of Tasmania.

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4 must see Islands of Singapore | The exploration Guide

Kusu Island, Singapore

4 must see Singapore Islands

Have you ever thought of basking in the crystal clear blue waters without catching a flight?

Well if you ask me how it is possible in Singapore, then I would like to list down 4 unmissable Singapore islands that are worth the exploration.

The Southern islands of Singapore are the lesser known islands, but their beaches are exotic and resonate well with the tropical vibes and offer much more you can think of.

#St. Johns Island

St. Johns Island which is easily accessible by the Island cruise, Singapore.  It is located approximately 6.5 km to the south of the main island of Singapore

A regular ferry service, provided by Singapore Island Cruise, serves Kusu and St John’s Island on a fixed schedule from Marina South Pier.

“Get back to nature, Singapore doesn’t have any natural beaches, so these islands are the perfect gateway to those weekend breaks”.

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The Lazarus island is linked to St. Johns Island by a little-paved bridge, when there are high tides this paved way sinks underneath the water. The Southern islands are untouched commercially, so it’s highly recommended to carry your own food and drinks. From Lazarus island, you can walk to another island which is Palau Seringat to explore a relatively more unexplored island in this region.

The beaches give the feel as if you’re on the Indonesian islands.

#Kusu Island

The legend behind the island says that a magical tortoise turned itself into an island to save two shipwrecked sailors – a Malay and a Chinese.

At the top of the rugged hillock on Kusu Island stands three kramats (holy shrines of Malay saints) to commemorate a pious man (Syed Abdul Rahman), his mother (Nenek Ghalib) and sister (Puteri Fatimah) who lived in the 19th century.

“Travel tip: Book your own private yacht and venture into these untouched islands”.

#Palau Ubin

Pulau Ubin is an island off eastern Singapore and often considered the last ‘kampung’ (village) in Singapore. This island takes you back to the 1960’s era.

Located just 15 mins away by a short boat ride from the mainland, offers the flora and fauna of a rich marine life.

“Exploration Tip: Hire a bicycle for SGD2  to explore the otherwise huge island, perfect for a day trip, rustic roads under swaying coconut palms”.

#Sisters Island

The 2 of the unknown Southern islands are the sister’s island.The islands are also popular with picnickers and campers. The islands are home to some of Singapore’s richest reefs.

The islands are also popular with picnickers and campers. The islands are home to some of Singapore’s richest reefs. If you’re fond of sea life, then you can’t really give a miss to this island.

“Travel Tip: The sister’s island is connected via a small strip of land and the only way to reach this island is by hiring a private yacht”.

So, which Southern islands is your favourite? Have you camped overnight in any of them?

Let me know which of these islands you wish to explore?

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Zanzibar Island | My African Adventure

Zanzibar Island, East Africa

What to do when you’re in East Africa?

Take a visual tour with me on the most beautiful island in the Indian Ocean that’s still untouched by many!

If you ask me if I have ever been to Africa and what I love the most about it? Then the answer would be many times and for the latter, it is “Zanzibar Island”.

Zanzibar Island, Africa

#Zanzibar Island

By now, you must have realised I am an Island girl, there’s a strange fondness that I have towards islands and island life. I prefer to spend days and months over various untouched, virgin islands, where mankind is yet to venture. One such place which never makes me fail to amaze is the beautiful jewel on the Indian Ocean called as Zanzibar Island, well many wouldn’t know about this small island which lies off the coast of the mainland Tanzania, Africa.

I had some wonderful opportunity to visit this archipelago; It’s characterized by beautiful sandy beaches with fringing coral reefs, and the magical historic Stone Town – said to be the only functioning ancient town in East Africa.

#Chartered Flight

This destination in the east of Africa is well serviced by Emirates from Dubai, probably the most convenient way to fly, when you do so across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Post reaching the mainland Tanzania (Dar E Salaam) Airport, you get transferred to the Ferry terminal to catch a short bumpy ride to this beautiful island. Needless to say, it’s always Visa on arrival to most of the African destination.

It was a fascinating way to reach the island just a 30 mins ride by Ferry wherein if you are lucky you can catch a dolphin or two; the other way to travel is a personalized chartered plane that takes 15 mins only and it was fun boarding it. This Chartered flight has a capacity of 6 passengers and flies at an appx 5000 Feet, make sure to keep your camera ready for the stunning views of the coral and the islands below.

 

The chartered 6 seater flights
The chartered 6 seater flights that carry passengers from the mainland to the Island!

#Stone Town

The fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still; for me, Stone Town is Africa at its best. The bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques, characterized by the beachside food joints, where you can happily cherish the local cuisines.

African coffee cant be given a miss, specially the Ethiopian Coffees, so if your in Africa make sure you carry some packs of Ethiopian Coffee or Kenyan tea along with you like i did!

 

#Mweni Ruin Resort

Talking of the food reminds me I stayed in this wonderful resort a few miles away from the Stone Town known a Mweni Ruin Resort located on the warm turquoise  water of the Indian Ocean; it has the best sunset I have ever seen, if you ever happen to spend a night on this island, don’t ever miss the sunset.

I recommend this resort, solely because of its location, they allow you to dine under the stars and celebrate a special occasion with a whole seafood platter with Indian curries.

Sunset on the Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

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#The Sunset

Sunset on the Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Sunset on the Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Sunset on the Zanzibar Island, Tanzania
Sunset on the Zanzibar Island, Tanzania

Needless to say, the curries in Tanzania are no different than the Indian curries and the freshest catch of the seafood will make you drool for sure. Food has been

majorly influenced by the incredible mixture of the ethnic backgrounds across the country.

 

#Pemba Island & the archipelago

Along with Zanzibar, there’s another island which also forms a part of the archipelago is the Pemba island, known for its clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices and major exports of clove happen from here.

The west part of the island has a long stretch of white sandy beaches surrounded by private resorts, which are ideal for family outings, people also own their own private holiday home.

While I was taking an evening walk and waiting for the sun to set; I spotted a small island across the Ocean; which is known as the Prison island. Here years back as the name suggests misbehaving slaves were kept; it is the home of ancient Aldabra tortoises. Prison Island is an excellent place for snorkelling and ideal for day tour!

Partially towards the north part of the island still remains untouched, so I took a drive into the unknown corner, the drive along the sea coast was worth it.

Therefore, if you think of Africa, don’t forget to book this East African Island in your travel list the next time.

Only to relax, soak and take a break in the beautiful paradise on the Indian Ocean called “Zanzibar “ in East of Africa!

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Why fly to Whitsundays?

Hill Inlet, Whitsunday Island Queensland

A postcard -perfect beach lapped by clear waters, with swaying trees in the salty breeze and the jungle-covered mountains rising above.

Stop dreaming!!  I actually enjoyed this for real!

A 3-hour flight from Melbourne by Qantas, Jetstar or Tiger Airways, Whitsundays was my Winter Holiday destination.

Well, if you ask me to describe my vacation stay at the beautiful and 3rd best beaches in the world, it would be something like this.

The crystal-clear water and the powdery white sands of the Whitsundays island are no less than a fairy tale stay. People dream of getting married in this beautiful Whitehaven beach and I was fortunate to celebrate my 6th Wedding Anniversary in this beautiful untouched island away from all the mundane Hussle. 

So, thinking what a harbour city made up of 74 Wonder islands had to offer, other than the obvious? Here it is.

Whitsunday Islands

6 must do things at Whitsundays, Australia! 

#Stranded in Paradise

We started our Whitsunday adventure with sailing.

Have you ever thought of waking up in paradise? Well, the Whitehaven beach is nothing less than one. The Ngaro people, who used to live in these lands, no longer inhabit these parts. So, we decided to sail through in a private yacht and spend our special day on the crystalline waters.

Perched at a 2-hour long Sailing distance, this beach offers everything you want, unfortunately, there isn’t any stay on the island, the long beach stretch and a national park are what this beach offers. Our overnight stay included a barbeque by the beach and sleeping under the stars and waking up before the sunrise. Plenty of sunshine during the month of July and August, the winter sun offers a pleasant weather.

Snorkel through the Hook and the South Molle islands, the reefs are colourful and if you’re lucky enough, a turtle might pay you a visit too.

#Whitsundays Islands

The Hill inlet is considered as the 3rd most photographed places in Australia, well the picture says it all. A peaceful place, fringed by lush green bushes and mountains, overlooking the azure sea. Yes, this Hill Inlet located at a 25 mins trekking distance from the Whitehaven beach is a must visit place. Venturing beyond the resorts and catching this view at the day end of sailing took away all the pain and stress from us. There are 2 photo points offering the same view, make sure to stop by both of them to grab a selfie and a family portrait.

 

Whitehaven Bay, Great Barrier Reef
Whithaven Bay

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#Go Sailing

There’s no dearth of islands in this beautiful Part of the Great Barrier Reef, but due to the Cyclone Debbie (Well, I have no connection for this, if you have been thinking why this name sounds like mine), the reefs, islands and the shores have been devastated. Therefore, we had only 2 islands Hamilton and the Whitehaven beach at our disposal to explore.

Just an hour by a day Cruise from the Airlie Beach ferry terminal, (Whitsundays Cruise) ensures you sail luxuriously along with their wide variety of morning tea which they offer.

Hamilton is the biggest island and has an airport of its own too, so if you don’t wish to fly to Whitsundays airport from anywhere in Australia, you can fly directly here as well. There are 3 different Island resorts to choose from, however, we stayed at the Hamilton Island Resort, I won’t suggest this island has the best of the beaches, but the island stay was worth it.

Take a buggy and roam around the island, or grab a quick lunch in any of the beach shack enjoying the waterfront view with the various shades of blue. The Tavern Marina is probably the best place to relax and enjoy a meal with family. Don’t forget to pose in front of the gorgeous waterfront.

The resort has their own private beach and the villas were all self-contained, so travelling with a kid is hassle-free. My 3-year-old toddler absolutely loved this lush green island stay. There’s a Wildlife Park, but unfortunately, due to the cyclone Debbie, this was closed for renovation. My 2-day Island stays included a dip in the Catsey Beach, Hamilton Island, lazing around on the beach, spending some quality time in the pool, the Summery Winter sun is harsh, so make sure to dab a lot of sunscreen lotion with 50 +SPF.

The Resort offers a free buggy so post grabbing a seafood lunch we ventured out in our very own vehicle to explore the island.

 

#Airlie Beach, Bicentennial Boardwalk

Airlie Beach is known as the gateway to the Whitsundays, but don’t pass through without stopping here. Sailing the warm blue waters of the Whitsundays is a popular pastime for the locals here. So, what could have stopped me in doing so? We stayed at the Whitsunday Terraces, the balcony of my suite opened right in front of the water-front giving me the gorgeous view of the Airlie beach and the neighbouring islands. I had a private pool overlooking the Coral Sea, if you happen to stay here or pass by don’t forget to grab a drink and enjoy this view.

Another delight of the Airlie beach is the Bicentennial Boardwalk, which runs 3.7kms from the Port of Airlie along the coastline to Cannonvale, with fabulous views of boats bobbing on the Coral Sea. Along the main street, Airlie’s holiday atmosphere reigns, the Airlie central which is a stone’s throw from here is the heart of Airlie. They provide a plethora of dining options, pubs, bars and fast food joints.

Do stop by the Rainbow Bakery, while walking past the Boardwalk, their afternoon tea is worth a try and the views this place offers is beyond any description. The afternoon tea comes at 10AUD/person and includes a fair share of fruits, a curry puff, a home baked cake along with an English breakfast tea. I highly recommend this place for family and friends but make sure to drop down before 4 pm any day.

 

If you’re looking to gorge on a sumptuous Sea food then Fish D’vine is the place to be, we enjoyed our Anniversary dinner with their famous Chilly Mud Crab and Mojitos. The best part of this place is you can choose your own seafood platter and request them a choice of a curry you want. Super-fast service and wonderful ambience to go along.

#Sceneric Helicopter Tour

The Reefs are best enjoyed from above and ideally, this is the perfect way to catch the bay views. Take a 30 mins Helicopter ride, which makes you fly over the 6 gorgeous islands and the Coral reefs.

#Out & About in the Whitsundays

There are myriads way of enjoying the Great Barrier Reef and Whitsundays is just one of the Gateways if you missed my Cairns Travel blog and the Fitzroy Island stay do read them here.

This is out and out family destination and 100% kid’s friendly too, most of the resorts offer free meals for kids under 12 and plethora of kid’s activities are arranged by the cruising company.

So, if you’re thinking where to spend your winter school holidays or rejuvenate your wedding vows well, this is the place to be. If you have already been here before, do drop me a line on how you feel about this place. As you know most of the islands like Daydream and the Hook Long islands are closed for renovation post the cyclone damage, this destination remains on my bucket list yet again in 2018.

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Hobbiton: The Movie Set | Day Tour

Hobbiton Movie set

Exploring the Hobbiton Movie Set!

A day out in the Lush Green Pasture!

Every movie Fan is amazed by the beautiful Hobbiton trilogies and the Lord of the Rings movie set. I got to experience this 12-acre set, which is situated in the Waikato region of the North Island of New Zealand 2 years back during a winter morning in Auckland!

This Iconic Hobbiton Movie set, which is located in the Matamata region of New Zealand, this is 3 hours drive from the Auckland city.

Ever thought of spending a day in the Hobbit Hole, well the tour is worth the money and time. Take a short bus tour from the heart of the Auckland City (Private day Tour buses), it’s ideal to book a day early or a few days early during the peak season. The trip starts as early as 7 am in the morning and brings you back by 10 pm at night, so make sure to carry water and your warm clothes along.


Hobbiton the Movie set

New Zealand has been known as the home of the Middle Earth, hence you read the term when people talk about the Hobbiton trip.

Before I head to the Green Dragon Inn, where all the Hobbits used to enjoy their meet, greet and drinks. Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.

Exploring the Middle Earth!

Let’s take a visual tour of the entire Hobbit era.

Before you arrive at the Hobbiton Movie set, you make a stop for your morning tea at the Matamata Heritage Trail and the Souvenir shop. Browse through the heritage books and all the tours this region offers.

Hobbiton Movie set

Each Hobbit Hole/house is unique and takes you back to the era, where you can experience a bit of their lifestyle. Some of the Hobbit Holes are open to Public but others are not, hop in happily to take a family Portrait. We experienced a wet Winter morning, hence you see me carrying an umbrella in some of the pics.

A couple of the Hobbit homes has a make believe market place, stalls selling pumpkins and meat.

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The guided tour takes you across the Hobbit Civilisation, narrating the filming stories, which Hobbit hole they actually used for filming the movie.

There are now 44 such hobbit holes on view, however, it is only possible to enter a few of them, all of which have small, unfinished, earth-walled interiors, don’t expect to find Bilbo Baggins inside!

Hobbiton Movie set

These hobbit hole facades are constructed from untreated timber, ply and Polyesters, some of them are not visible until you observe them really close. On a moonlight night, this place becomes a picturesque location for photographers.

A part of this lush Greenfield has a lake overlooking the Hobbits hole, on a  bright sunny morning the reflection make thus place look beautiful, dpnt forget to stop by and take a family picture here.

Hobbiton Movie set

Post experiencing The Hobbit film trilogies in a fascinating two-hour guided tour, we made our way to the Shrines rest Cafe! This was the Hideouts of the Hobbiton’s residents for their evening drinks! Here we were treated at the warm fireplace with a complimentary, exclusive Hobbit Southfarthing beverage!

 

Hobbiton Movie setHobbiton Movie set extravagant however, you shouldn’t miss out on their speciality soups and pies.

Before we said goodbye to this movie set crafted by Peter Jackson’s imaginative mind, we thought to explore the neighbourhood, which is a huge green lawn to wonder around and cuddle a sheep.

Hobbiton Movie set tour

 

So, if your planning for the North Island of New Zealand, don’t miss out on this Rustic Movie set day tour! Also, check out the nearby attractions which are Waitomo for Glowworm Caves and Ruakuri Cave.

If you have already been here, do leave a comment on your experiences, it will be wonderful to read about it.

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William Ricketts Sanctuary | Mt. Dandenong

William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mount Dandenong!

 

The Dandenong ranges offer a plethora of attractions and being a Melburnian one can’t deny the fact how much we love our weekend road trips. So, here it is we decided to head to Mount Dandenong and experience a slice of the aboriginal culture in Victoria.William Ricketts Sanctuary, Mt Dandenong

Amidst beauty and tranquillity this place offers more than just mystical cemented sculptures on the tree barks! Just an hour drive from Melbourne, we reached this sanctuary which is well perched on the highway and easy to navigate. The sanctuary is a no food and trash zone, so make sure keep these things safe in your car. If you have any leave them in your car, there are nearby parks and villages where you can enjoy your hot lunch.

 


This place takes you back to the aboriginal era to experience a rustic storytelling with 90 evocative sculptures carved out of the trees, the settling in the ranges gives some different vibes while you enter the sanctuary. The entire setting looks larger than life and each carved faces has a different story to say. Take time to explore the pathway through the sanctuary while you explore your way to find a new character. Some of his works throughout the grounds also depict his feelings on the takeover and devastation of white man into the natural environment.

Navigating through the sanctuary was done in less than an hour, so decided to head to the village of Olinga and sassafras. Don’t forget to drop down to the Village tea shop or a cosy tea/coffee break, relaxing over a cuppa near a fireplace is the best thing you can do spending the evening with family and friends. If you still feel like cruising through the mount Dandenong, don’t forget to check out the 1000 steps.

 

So, before you think where to head this weekend, dont forgot to drive through this scenic sanctuary.

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