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The Best Places in the World to Go for a Surfing Vacation

Where there is coastline, there are waves. However, there are some places on earth where the shape of the geography and weather conditions are particularly conducive to forming great waves. Surfing is a healthy outdoor activity which is further enhanced by the surrounding countryside. Here are 3 places in completely different parts of the globe where these factors come together beautifully.

New ZealandNew Zealand

New Zealand is in the South Pacific Ocean. As an island, there is swell from all angles. In the South and to the West there are waves all year round and during the summer months, there are plenty of waves in the North. So In New Zealand, every day is a great day to surf.

People have been surfing around New Zealand for a really long time so the sport is well established. The city beaches have good waves and you can always find a local guide to show you the more remote areas. As the island is not huge you never have to go too far to get to the sea. Of course, there are waves all along the coast but there are several well known “hot” surf spots. Some of the best known include:

1. RaglanRaglan

known for its laid back atmosphere and Bohemian lifestyle. Here you will find some of the longest best left-hand point waves in the world. The untouched countryside lends a magnificent backdrop.

2. Sandy baySandy bay new zealand

on the North coast where you will find masses of clean waves in a stunning setting. Surfing lifestyle is quite established here and you can easily find someone to give you lessons and surfboards to rent are easy to come by.

MadagascarMadagascar

Also an island, so there are many miles of coastline with consistently great waves all year round particularly good from April to October. The surf possibilities are largely unexplored but these great wave forms have been reported by some of the experienced surfers who recommend Madagascar as an unrivaled surf adventure.

There are some fantastic places which are accessible only by boat. However, there are waves for all levels of surfing skill. There are deserted white beaches with uncrowded waves. You will however need to be aware of sharks who share the sea here.

There are a couple of local companies who specialise in surf tours namely Boogie Pilgrim and Madagascar surf tours. Search for these, they will be able to give you some great advice.

ChileChile

It is possible to find surf in Chile all months except for the winter months of July and August. The sea is clean but very cold and a wetsuit will be required.

Surfing only become popular here during the 1970’s and is rapidly gaining popularity As Chile has a coastline of about 4000 miles, there are plenty of places where one can find awesome waves mostly lefts, it’s a goofy foot paradise.

In the North, there is dry desert with rocky bases. This landform produces powerful hollow waves. The central region, closer to Santiago, is much more accessible and you could experience regular 15 foot waves and often waves up to 25 feet roll in. The land is largely pristine and untouched and quite magnificent.

So, keep the sunscreen on, pack your board and head for the beach. Keep safe, respect local traditions and preserve the environment.

Top 5 Things to Do in New Zealand

While some people go on vacation to New Zealand; others go traveling to Middle Earth. For lovers of J.R.R Tolkien’s works of fiction, a trip to the islands of New Zealand is a real chance to set foot in the backdrop of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Along with The Hobbit movies, these films have certainly placed New Zealand on the world map in the best way possible. Here are a range of cinematic experiences you can enjoy in New Zealand:

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

Director of the trilogy series Peter Jackson certainly knew how to transform New Zealand into Middle Earth. Hire a car and drive across New Zealand to stop at different locations and spot famous Lord of the Rings sites. Some notable destinations your road trip itinerary must include are:

-Glenorchy, near Queenstown, where the Misty Mountains can be seen.

-Kawarau Gorge, where the natural scenery was transformed into the Pillars of the Kings.

-Located in North Island, Mount Ngauruhoe became Mount Doom.

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

The Hobbit

Driving into the middle of the North Island in New Zealand means you will be entering The Shire. Although a drive is a lot different from walking barefoot Bilbo Baggins style, the experience can be just as Hobbit-like. At Waikato, near Rotorua, you can stop and take part in the Hobbiton Movie Set Tour and be taken across the 12-acre setting where the round doors of Hobbit holes are still intact.

Whale Rider

Whale Rider

Whale Rider

The 2002 movie titled Whale Rider was filmed where the novel is set, i.e. in Whangara, a coastal village where the Maori population claim descent from Paikea. This tiny beachside town may not seem like it has a lot to offer, but if you’re looking for some place to relax and enjoy the ocean views during your New Zealand road trip, this is certainly the place. Revel in the quiet beauty of this quaint town. Movie-buffs will be pleased to learn that this is where camera crews captured the beauty of the town for the big screen.

Any Questions for Ben

A film made locally in Melbourne, Any Questions for Ben used Queenstown as a backdrop for several scenes in the movie. Just like two characters in the movie, you too can sit back, relax, and appreciate the views of The Remarkables mountain range. This popular destination on the South Island is perfect all year-round, with the sun dancing on the peaks in the summer, and snow-smothered peaks making the mountains picture-perfect in the winter. The Remarkables are well worth a day trip to, in the Queenstown region.

The Last Samurai

 The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai

The Taranaki region of the North Island isn’t exactly Japan, but the movie set of The Last Samurai brilliantly transformed it into something uncannily similar to portray Japanese landscape and culture of the 19thcentury. Driving through this region provides you with scenic views of lakes and mountains. Much of the shooting for the film centred on the hillsides of the Uruti Valley, which was re-modelled to imitate Japanese rural life of the 1860s. Mount Taranaki, New Zealand’s best-loved mountain, looked stunning as Mount Fujiyama.

Top 10 Best Spring Trips 2013

The best spring trip destinations are not always publicized as well as those for other seasons but that does not mean that they necessarily less enjoyable. Here are 10 destinations for the best spring trip 2013:

01: Holi Festival, Jaipur, India

Holi Festival, Jaipur, India

Holi Festival, Jaipur, India

Holi is the Hindu ‘Festival of Colors” and in 2013 starts on March 27th just after the annual Elephant Festival on March 26th. Be prepared to be covered in brightly colored powders or tinted waters, so being dressed in long pants, long sleeved shirt and having on sun block will help avoid the colors becoming permanent.

02: Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

Waikato, North Island, New Zealand

 

About an hours drive south of Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, is not only home to the Lord of the Rings trilogy but also the King of the Maori and site of the Turangawaewae Regatta Day on March 15th and 16th. During the Regatta there is impressive parade of war canoes along New Zealand’s longest river.

03: Tulpenfestival, Noordoostpolder, Netherlands

Tulpenfestival, Noordoostpolder, Netherlands

Tulpenfestival, Noordoostpolder, Netherlands

From late March to mid-may see the 5,000 acres of Tulips bloom and during the annual festival from April 18th to May 6th you can travel along set trails between these growing areas to the village of Urk, which until the massive land reclamation in 1942, was an Island in the Zuiderzee.

04: Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour, Lexington to Louisville, Kentucky

 Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour, Lexington to Louisville, Kentucky

Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour, Lexington to Louisville, Kentucky

The tour takes about three days to visit the seven distilleries that produce 95% of all the Bourbon worldwide. Along the way, early risers may be able to see the thoroughbreds on training runs at nearby Keeneland training course.

05: Danube Delta, Romania

Danube Delta, Romania

Danube Delta, Romania

In Southeastern Romania, the Danube Delta plays host to millions of migrating birds between April and September. Among these birds are over 300 species and they flock to this, the largest continuous marshland in Europe, during their annual migrations.

06: Madeira Flower Festival, Madeira, Portugal

Madeira Flower Festival, Madeira, Portugal

Madeira Flower Festival, Madeira, Portugal

Madeira, an Island a 90 minute flight away from Lisbon and 310 miles off the African coast, has been described as the “Floating Garden of the Atlantic” and from May 9th to 15th it holds an annual flower festival. On the Sunday, thousands of costumed people join dozens of floral floats through the streets of Funchal, the Island’s largest city.

07: Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

Mendoza, Argentina

The high altitude vineyards of Mendoza have there wine festival in March. This 57,000 square mile valet is surrounded by the soaring Andes peaks and is about an hour flight time East of Santiago, Chile.

08: Cape May Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, Cape May, New Jersey

Cape May Shorebird and Horseshoe Crab Festival, Cape May, New Jersey

The southernmost county of New Jersey sees the highest congregation of Horseshoe Crabs in the world and the eggs make an ideal refueling stop for migrating birds.

09: Hatfield-McCoy Trails, West Virginia

Hatfield-McCoy Trails, West Virginia

Hatfield-McCoy Trails, West Virginia

These six trails make up 600 miles of trails suitable for ATVs and UTVs, both available for rent. The trails pass through some of the countries most rugged and remote terrain as it winds through the hills and past the coalfields of West Virginia.

10: Swartland Wine and Olive Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Swartland Wine and Olive Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Swartland Wine and Olive Route, Western Cape, South Africa

Although only a one hour drive north of Cape Town, this region has a low key, Mediterranean atmosphere. A local wine festival is held 3rd and 4th May and whilst you are there, cycle the 18 mile trail stopping at a variety of wine cellars.

Are you willing to take a tour in Wellington?

New Zealand’s coastal capital of Wellington is a delightful U shaped city surrounded by turquoise sea and green hills. The city’s many skyscrapers are distinguishably aligned on the water front.  In the background are small, tranquil houses blended in with trees, while the skyscrapers, looming upward, are constantly bustling with activity. The population of Wellington New Zealand seems to have it all – beautiful beaches, lovely promenades, and a dynamic center.
The country represents the epitome of nature’s splendor while exhibiting a remarkable contrast between the beauties of nature and monumental structures.   NZ travel offers countless hiking adventures — imagine trekking out to rocky hills and discovering a beautiful blue lagoon at the foot of a striking mountain just perfect for a quick swim, or the thrill that comes from happening upon a crystal clear lake surrounded by lovely flower covered hills. . Never forget to bring along a camera, because friends wouldn’t believe the beauty you’ve seen without it.

The national museum of New Zealand, “Te papa Tongarewa” situated in Wellington, has in its name “the place of treasures found in this land” the perfect description of what can be found in this important monument.  Inside the large building are gifts shops, cafés and multiple exhibits dedicated to the traditions and culture of the country.

One might wonder why a café would be located inside a museum, but the answer can be found in knowing that Wellington is one of cities in the world with the most coffeehouses. Coffee is an intricate part of the culture of New Zealand, and meeting someone who doesn’t drink coffee is rare.

Cuisine in Wellington has a great variety of choices from European gastronomy, Polynesian cooking to Asian delicacies which are all available in the capital. For typical New Zealand dishes, one would chose a meal made of pipis or tuatua, which are both a type of shellfish found in NZ. You could end your dinner by the national dessert – Pavlova, often served during celebrations. It is an exquisite cake made of a crust similar to meringue and a soft tasty interior quite unique in flavor.

Cheap flights to NZ are especially low-priced from Sydney. Fairs from Australia can be obtained for $179, giving voyagers the chance to afford a visit to both countries through a package offer.

Hotels in Wellington New Zealand propose all types of accommodation. If you’re planning to hike your way around the country, camping is an agreeable possibility.  Young budget travelers who enjoy a cozy bed will find the Base Wellington Hostel attractive. Located close to the city’s center, prices vary from $28 to $50. For a more luxurious sojourn the Copthorne Hotel Wellington offers a fabulous view of the harbor as well as a central location, right next to the Te Papa museum, a dining precinct and many theatres. Prices range from $154 to $279.

The fact that the weather in New Zealand is occasionally windy adds to vacation possibilities the chance to try out surfing and kite flying. The catchy phrase that at times can be heard “New Travel Zealand” may sound unusual to first time travelers. In reality it simply means that each trip to New Zealand is original, with maximum diversity and provides exceptional as well as pleasurable vacations.

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