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Things called jazz that are not jazz…but are ‘jazz’

Last year I came across a Tumblr: Things called jazz that are not jazz. It’s a collection of items that are branded jazz, but according to the site’s owner Russell Finch ‘are not jazz’. 681 more words

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NZ South Island road trip - part III: Queenstown to Te Anau to Milford Sound to Fairlie

From Wanaka, there are two ways to get to Queenstown, both apparently quite beautiful, but the Crown Range Road is renowned for being the extra scenic one. 1,523 more words

Travel Blog: New Zealand #10 - Road trip, rocks and pennyfarthing fun

My last post had us leaving Dunedin on our way up the coast towards our eventual destination of Christchurch.  As we left Dunedin we checked out the steepest residential street in the world, Baldwin Street, 938 more words


Auckland airport - be prepared!

Ok, I know I keep going on about how glorious New Zealand is, but it really is so true. The main reason it is appealing is because of how untouched it still is, and how a country over twice the size of the UK has just 4 million people living there, for me this is perfect. 184 more words




We arrived in Christchurch just after lunch at All Stars Inn and I went straight out to explore the town. I strolled down to the pop-up restart mall , where I treated myself to a delicious hot chocolate. 139 more words

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Despite the miserable weather we set off on the hour long walk around Lake Matheson, which on a clear day gets the nickname ‘mirror lake’ for its incredible reflections of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman, however instead we saw plenty of rain! 91 more words

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Franz Josef


Another rough, early morning start on the bus (it feels like this is becoming a bit of a habit?!), we set off for Franz Josef and the Rainforest Retreat (and it really was a treat!) – what a beautiful place to stay, I would highly recommend it everyone (despite the rather grumpy receptionist). 47 more words

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