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Entrance to Christiania

Entrance to Christiania

Rejoice! The Freetown of Christiania is once more free… well almost free, for it seems freedom also comes at a price, around £12-18 million to be somewhat precise.

The Danish capital of Copenhagen has, for the last 40 years, been home to one of the largest hippie enclaves in Europe. The Freetown of Christiania is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Denmark with the former military base transformed into a beacon of counter-culture and alternative lifestyles.

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The wharf at Tolaga Bay was once a thriving bustling pier, fishing boats, cruise ships and other vessels regularly docked at the bay. You can still see the railway tracks leading out into the bay.

The wharf at Tolaga Bay was once a thriving bustling pier, fishing boats, cruise ships and other vessels regularly docked at the bay. You can still see the railway tracks leading out into the bay.

The wharf at Tolaga Bay stretches 660 metres out into the South Pacific, but what was once a thriving pier is now a shadow of its former self, old and crumbling, unprotected and exposed to the elements.

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Scanning the Crown Range from Cardona Ski ResortNew Zealand offers skiers and snowboarders some great resorts, from well-developed snow areas to the smaller but friendly club fields.

I spent the winter of 2009 in New Zealand living in Wanaka, a great base for Cardona and Treble Cone ski resorts and only an hour or so drive to Coronet Peak and the Remarkables.

As another winter prepares to roll into New Zealand I am running down the top snow fields in New Zealand and why you should visit them.

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The origin of the life-affirming road trip is difficult to pin down, some of the most memorable road trips I have been on were taken for no reason other than the fact I was bored, while others have been taken simply to get somewhere in the quickest time possible (check out an epic 36-hour dash across the US from Colorado to New Hampshire). But all the road trips have left me with some amazing if slightly drunken memories.

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Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

Find out how Cape Kidnappers got its peculiar name and why there is a certain stench along a section of the Cape…

Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

Cape Kidnappers is a stretch of the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, located about 20km south of the art deco town of Napier.

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The Old Bones Backpackers is located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a hostel with a difference and one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets.

Read on to discover the Old Bones Backpackers…

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Milford Sound part II - High above New Zealand's Fiordland

Milford Sound part II - High above New Zealand's Fiordland

Milford Sound, deep in New Zealand’s Fiordland, is an astounding destination. However to see Milford Sound from the air is a completely different experience from seeing the Sounds from sea level, as I was soon to find out…

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