Exploring New Zealand: Great Barrier Island

By Marina Darling


Of all the places I’ve explored in New Zealand, my trip to Great Barrier Island is one adventure that I will treasure forever. Great Barrier is located off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, roughly 90 kilometres from Auckland. Great Barrier has a wildness to it that you have to experience first hand. The roads are narrow and unsealed. There are no traffic lights and shops are few and far between. As far as resources go, most people rely on rainwater and solar-power. There are many places on the island that can only be reached by walking or by boat. The island is quiet and in some places, there’s no cell coverage. It’s the ideal place to go to escape.

Losing the Crowds: The Advantages of Not Travelling in the High Season

 By Lori Sweet

“A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes


Photos that include the whole structure, leisurely people watching at the cafe, just you and the Mona Lisa. How does that sound?  What about lower airfare and accommodation costs? Sound too good to be true? These are many of the benefits of shoulder or off season travel.

Travel can be divided into 3 different seasons. Much of the time, peak or high season will be mid-June until August. Shoulder season will be April to mid-June and September and October. Off or low season will be November to March. It can differ slightly depending where in the world you are going, but this is the general rule of thumb.

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