Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace
Sep27

Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace

New Zealand’s National Park Stretching Out in Cook National Park Reclining on cushions I had wrested from my couch the previous morning, I stared out the open hatch of my Subaru past my outstretched legs. Somber clouds descended down; the undulating peaks faded to grey in the distance. Soft rain came in bursts, gently washing the earth and my car. A sweet earthy smell rose from the waving yellow grass, like nature had just...

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Roadside Kindness in Queenstown
May13

Roadside Kindness in Queenstown

Hitchhiking in Queenstown Preparing for Queenstown So there I was—optimistic thumb outstretched, a sign that read “Queenstown,” an overweight backpack tipped over on the ground, and a cheery smile that I hoped didn’t look psychotic. I, like many, am a hitchhiker. It’s ridiculously easy here in New Zealand. And safe. I’ve known people to get picked up even when they weren’t hitching. But for me, it still retains that edgy,...

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Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island
Apr14

Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island

Driving through nature’s postcard It’s like clicking through a stereoscope with picture after picture of gushing rivers, snow capped mountains and smooth straight roads. A different image appears at every turn of the wheel, whether static or moving, beckoning us to stop and snap yet another brochure quality photograph where the real talent is not the photographer’s, but the naturally photogenic scenery of which South...

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Dishing up a Wellington food tour
Mar20

Dishing up a Wellington food tour

A Wellington food tour that showcases the best of the city, New Zealand I feel like I should be breaking out the Jamie Oliver repertoire. “Look at this, with big plump raspberries and the moist buttery insides with a hint of citrus zest…” but who am I kidding? I am no connoisseur or Master Chef; I just know I am falling in love with this muffin. In love with culinary Wellington With potentially more cafes and restaurants per capita...

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The Big Little City, Auckland, NZ
Mar14

The Big Little City, Auckland, NZ

A View of Auckland New Zealand Way Above Auckland The squiggly brilliant green line of the North Island was like a painting. At 37,000 feet I stared curiously out the window of the Air Pacific 777. I was puzzled. It’s not that I didn’t know New Zealand was beautiful. I was well aware of New Zealand’s  reputation, not just as ‘Hobbit Land’ but also as the sunny backdrop for many of Peter Jackson’s...

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Bonnie Raitt at NZ Jazz and Blues Festival
Mar12

Bonnie Raitt at NZ Jazz and Blues Festival

  Festival takes over Christchurch New Orleans “All That Jazz” food and wine event   California-born, nine-time Grammy-Award Winning American blues artist Bonnie Raitt is headlining this year’s Cavell Leitch New Zealand Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch. The largest of its kind in New Zealand, the festival will be held April 3 – 7, featuring Raitt’s special, headlining concert at the CBS...

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Christchurch’s Earthquake Attraction – Quake City
Feb20

Christchurch’s Earthquake Attraction – Quake City

EARTHQUAKE ATTRACTION OPENS AT CANTERBURY MUSEUM IN CHRISTCHURCH February 20, 2013, Santa Monica, Calif. – Just two years after the earthquake struck Christchurch (in the Canterbury region), not only are venue and hotel capacities bouncing back, but the Canterbury Museum has just opened Christchurch’s latest earthquake attraction – Quake City. Quake City opened on February 15, 2013, in the Re:START Mall – during the height of summer...

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Get Your Taste Buds Ready for the 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival
Feb14

Get Your Taste Buds Ready for the 24th Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

Mountain Oysters or Huhu Beetle Grubs, Anyone? The Hokitika Wildfoods Festival in New Zealand Has it all! New Zealand, a country synonymous with award-winning wines and some of the best lamb in the world, has also developed a discerning palate for wild grown, authentic “bush food”. There’s no better place to experience said cuisine than at the “Hokitika Wildfoods Festival”, an iconic gourmet extravaganza showcasing novel “bush...

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Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza
Dec11

Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza

(SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA) December 2012 – As the weather heats up and the days get longer, travellers are encouraged to relax and reinvigorate their souls with Crowne Plaza’s new Recharge promotion. From today, guests can embark on a summer sojourn with Crowne Plaza and enjoy a Recharge package at selected properties in Australasia*, with up to 20% off the best available rate*. Ideal for sun worshippers looking to shake the late winter...

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New Zealand Tours The Hobbit Locations
Nov29

New Zealand Tours The Hobbit Locations

BERKELEY, CALIF.— On several New Zealand tours offered by Backroads, a company that offers hiking and biking tours around the world, travelers can enter the classic book of childhood fantasies, The Hobbit, for their own adventure. With sweeping vistas, mountain ranges, enormous waterfalls and glacial valleys at every turn, travelers can step into the big screen of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey past places filmed in...

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