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Sneak Peek at Te Mata Peak...

Recently my partner and I drove to the Hawke’s Bay for a long weekend. It was my first visit here since childhood and the area certainly exceeded my expectations!   346 more words


Christmas Lights on Franklin Road

When English explorer Lady Franklin hiked from Auckland’s seafront to the top of Ponsonby ridge in 1841, I doubt she’d have envisaged the muddy track becoming a wide, tree-lined avenue, or that it would eventually bear her name. 797 more words


Five great reasons to visit the Ascension Vineyard this summer!

“We aim to become the best vineyard experience in New Zealand”    I say they’re well on their way!

Early Sunday morning, my partner and I headed north out of Auckland to blow away some of the cobwebs that had collected the week prior. 680 more words


50 Days of Summer...Antipodean Style!




adjective: Antipodean


relating to Australia or New Zealand (used by inhabitants of the northern hemisphere).


For those living in the Northern hemisphere busily preparing for a Christmas with snow, glühwein and eggnog, it might seem a little strange that here on the other side of the world we are moving into our summer. 1,845 more words


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A World First!

Air New Zealand, the champion of airlines, is constantly coming up with innovative ways to improve the whole customer travel experience. With outstanding in-flight service, safety videos that go viral, and massive aircraft decals of ‘Middle Earth’ to celebrate the launch of Hobbit movies, little wonder they’re so highly ranked year in, year out. 267 more words


Discovering Tawharanui - Auckland's best-kept little secret!

Last Saturday my partner and I headed north of Auckland, past the popular village of Matakana and out onto the Tawharanui Peninsula to what is arguably one of Auckland’s most pristine regional parks.   606 more words


Five Stunning New Zealand Beaches

As a small island nation, New Zealand’s furthest inland point is only 74.22 miles from both the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. So even those who live centrally have all but an hour’s drive away from a lazy, summer sand-and-sea experience. 999 more words