New Zealand

Mount Cook National Park: A Whisper of Peace

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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 shampooed and rinsed. I was near Mount Cook National Park, a fantastic spew of mountains, receding glaciers, and...

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Roadside Kindness in Queenstown

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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, float-with-the-wind feel, and someone is always fifteen percent cooler if he or she can say they’ve hitched. It’s like...

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Road trip through New Zealand’s South Island

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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 Island is famous for. A ten day round road trip itinerary was planned between New Zealand’s quake prone...

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Dishing up a Wellington food tour

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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 than New York City, Wellington is said to be the culinary capital of New Zealand and my feelings for this muffin...

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The Big Little City, Auckland, NZ

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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 films, namely the Lord of the Rings trilogy but also local features like The Price of Milk, Heavenly Creatures...

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Bonnie Raitt at NZ Jazz and Blues Festival

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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 Canterbury Arena on April 5. Other artists scheduled to perform include Irish jazz and blues singer Mary...

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Christchurch’s Earthquake Attraction – Quake City

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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 tourist season in New Zealand. It was opened following high demand from leading business and community groups...

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

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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 tucker”, indigenous New Zealand wild grown food, on Saturday, March 9, 2013. The festival, whose 2013 theme is...

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Recharge this summer with Crowne Plaza

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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 chill, Crowne Plaza Surfers Paradise overlooks one of Australia’s most iconic beaches and the recently transformed...

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New Zealand Tours The Hobbit Locations

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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 the movie and traverse the magical land of Gondor. Backroads offers five tours to New Zealand, including...

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New Zealand readies for Hobbit celebration

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New Zealand readies for Hobbit celebration

New Zealand is in the midst of a nationwide party of Middle-earth proportions as host of the global première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, a production of New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) (28.11.2012). From Dwarves popping up on buildings in central Wellington, to Middle-earth themed currency and stamps, it seems New Zealand has caught Middle-earth fever. Airline to Middle-earth Official airline to Middle-earth, Air New Zealand, kicked off a Middle-earth themed month with the release of its latest on board safety...

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Celebrating New Zealand’s Waitangi Day

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Celebrating New Zealand’s Waitangi Day

Waitangi Day is a public holiday held on 6 February every year to commemorate the signing of New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi – in 1840. The national holiday was first declared in 1974, and since then has grown in significance for all New Zealanders through the Māori renaissance that has fostered better understanding of the Treaty’s ramifications. Official celebrations are held at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds in the Bay of Islands, Northland, but there are also many other events throughout the country....

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Kāwhia Kai Festival – Hamilton Waikato

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Kāwhia Kai Festival – Hamilton Waikato

Acknowledged by Lonely Planet as one of the top Māori attractions in New Zealand, the Kāwhia Kai Festival is a full celebration of the indigenous culture with particular focus on native Māori food. Locals call Kāwhia “kai food heaven” because of the plentiful supplies of seafood and wild game, and festival-goers feast on wild pork, a wide array of New Zealand shellfish as well as mud snails. Held in early February, the festival is timed to coincide with New Zealand’s national holiday – Waitangi Day – on 6 February....

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Wellington, New Zealand, launches ‘The Hobbit’ première

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Wellington, New Zealand, launches ‘The Hobbit’ première

A red carpet world première, a star cast and a celebrated local son will put Wellington – New Zealand’s capital city firmly in the spotlight next month. Wellington is due to host the première of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – the first of Kiwi film maker Sir Peter Jackson’s much anticipated fantasy film trilogy – on 28 November, and this morning (8.10.2012) the city announced plans for the celebrations. For the duration of première week, the city will be known as ‘The Middle of Middle-earth’ and, as well as the glamour...

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Wellington Raves as Culinary Capital

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Wellington Raves as Culinary Capital

Wellington’s growing reputation as the country’s culinary capital is reflected in a glowing review of the region in Lonely Planet’s new edition New Zealand Travel Guide, released today. The world’s most successful travel information provider raves about the “small city with a big reputation”, which it promises will “blow the cobwebs away” with its trail of “art-house cinemas, funky boutiques, hip bars, live-music venues and lashings of restaurants”. Positively Wellington Tourism General Manager Marketing Sarah Meikle says it’s fantastic to...

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