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Nestled an hour outside of Auckland, New Zealand this is the perfect place to relax and experience New Zealand living. I spent about a month with my sister who recently moved here. 1,118 more words


Beach Tiki Tour

A tiki tour is the name given for a drive with a general idea of where you’re headed but with flexibility about changing where you go and how you get there.   579 more words


We drove an hour north and arrived in Matakana at 9:30am. Matakana village is known for its weekly market which has live music, a variety of things for sale – from locally sourced seafood to vintage luggage – and an all around chill vibe. 341 more words

New Zealand

Magnificent Matakana - and how to make a delicious Cashew Nut Chicken Curry

When I was living in the UK much was made of the ‘mini-break’. Somehow the idea of getting away, for however short a time and however short a distance from home, conjures great excitement. 2,050 more words


Auckland and Around

My last stop on the epic New Zealand bus tour was Auckland, where my flight was to take off. I decided to skip dolphin swimming in Tauranga and mt. 367 more words


Liberty/Hallertau - Imperial Oyster Stout

It stands to reason that Liberty and Hallertau breweries would collaborate on a beer given they have shared the same space out in Riverhead at Hallertau HQ. 343 more words

New Zealand Craft Beer

Matakana Coast

Matakana Coast is a beautiful part of New Zealand. It was a favourite weekend getaway when we lived in Auckland because it was so easy – just pile into the car, take a short drive to the north, turn east at Warkworth and then take your pick of wineries, beaches, regional parks, marine reserves, cafes, art, sculpture, live music, diving and fishing. 464 more words