Author: Alistair Baillie

When I'm not sailing the seven seas as a Deck Officer aboard some amazing cruise ships I can be found travelling the world on my own or with friends.

Hobbiton Movie Set

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No visit to New Zealand would be complete without a visit to at least one of the movie sets or locations from Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. As we were only planning on visiting the North Island we’d decided in advance that we would go to the Hobbiton Movie Set which is located around one hour north west of Rotorua or around two hours to the south of Auckland.

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Wai-O-Tapu

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Located around 16 miles south of Rotorua on the North Island of New Zealand is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, a very active geothermal area filled with mud pools, volcanic sulphur pools and the famous Lady Knox Geyser. My parents and I had travelled south from Auckland the previous day and stayed overnight in the quaint town…

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves

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While on the way south to Rotorua we stopped off at Waitomo Glowworm Caves which are famous for having millions of glow worms inside. The drive from Auckland was around two hours, initially down the motorway and then onto fairly good normal roads. The site features three different caves spread out over the area, the…

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Auckland

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We headed to our hotel in the centre of Auckland’s CBD and after dumping our stuff in the rooms it was time to head out and explore the surrounding area and find something for dinner. Our hotel was a short walk from Sky City and the main shopping streets, it was also ideally located for the waterfront areas, taking a little over 10 minutes to walk there!

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Antarctica

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The Drakes Passage is notorious for its weather and it definitely lives up to its reputation and is seen as a bit of a right of passage for travellers heading south. Of the numerous crossings I did over those four months all but two were rough and one, our last of the season was the worst weather…

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Australia: My First Solo Adventure

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For a few years, I had wanted to travel to Australia but wasn’t overly sure about going on my own. I spent several years looking into it and even trying to coordinate my travel plans with some of my friends and colleagues but for various reasons cost, vacation time not matching up & work to name a few, they kept falling through.

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Grytviken, South Georgia

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Grytviken was originally established as a whaling station back in 1904 and during its first season operating 195 whales were landed here. At its peak, Grytviken was home to over 300 persons and substantially reduced the whale population in the waters surrounding the island. The settlement is famously known as the end of Shackleton’s fateful journey…

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Bracklinn Falls, Callander

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Bracklinn Falls are a series of waterfalls located near to the beautiful town of Callander within the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park. While the Falls themselves are easily accessed with a short (maybe 30 minute) walk from the nearest car park, where after you reach them you can simply turn back as most people…

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The Kelpies

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The Kelpies are two horse head statues constructed at Helix Park near Falkirk, a short distance from Edinburgh. Each one stands 30 metres tall and weighs over 300 tonnes. The park opened in April 2014 and regularly attracts a large number of visitors.

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Day 10: Blue Mountains

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This post is part of a series called My First Australian Adventure While researching my trip to Australia one of the places I definitely wanted to see was the Blue Mountains which are located a short drive west of Sydney. Not having a car and travelling on my own I didn’t fancy making my own…

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