When flying from Europe towards the East you'll mostlikely end up on a flight layover at the Hamad International Airport in the State of Qatar. Most travellers don't leave the airport premises and rush to their connecting flights. But if you have time I'd recommend you spare some of it and visit Doha, Qatars capital. Why? Here are my top 5 reasons:
When planning our trip to New Zealand one thing was set in stone - Hobbiton™ visit. I don't consider myself a "the Hobbit" or "Lord of the Rings" fan, but I do enjoy re-watching both trilogies. I just like the combination of a fairytale feeling and a picturesque set.
While working on the movies Peter Jackson transformed New Zealand into a huge filming stage, so no wonder that traveling around the country very often I thought "Hmm, this looks familiar" - in this part of the World Middle Earth is always nearby.
But after the movies were shot and actors went back home all the sets were removed due to copyright reasons. Only one remained and opened it's doors to the public in 2002 - the Hobbiton™ Movie Set. And more than that - you'll be lucky to see it in the same fantastic detail seen in the movies.
I'm not going to convince you whether you should visit the set or not - it's up to you to decide. But let me share with you some random thoughts from my visit which may help you make up your mind.
Great Ocean Road is one of the most beautiful coast roads in the World. What started as a memorial construction dedicated to fallen men in WWI turned into a most desirable and popular tourist destination.
You can spend weeks in the area surfing, walking the beautiful hills, watching wildlife or feeling the cold ocean breeze at many magnificent beaches.
Most visitors come to see 12 Apostles, but is so much more to Great Ocean Road than that.
Let me tell you what you could do in 3 days (sharing personal experience here).
Before writing this post I thought I'd write two separate ones - one for Australia and one for New Zealand, but than I realized that I can't separate them. Different countries, but at the same time one experience is incomplete without another.
So I thought I will combine and share with you my thoughts and all the information I gathered while renting, driving and living in a motorhome during a 2 months adventure in the Southern Hemisphere.