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Christchurch, New Zealand: Beyond the rubble

“Everyone knows someone who died,” Julie says. “Nobody came out of it unscathed.” In truth, it doesn’t sound like the sort of place that would appeal to even the most intrepid traveller. Christchurch is hardly the prettiest – half the city centre is a building site....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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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...

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