Category: New Zealand

New Zealand’s #1 ski town and #1 bed and breakfast

New Zealand’s #1 ski town and #1 bed and breakfast

Skiing and snowboarding in New Zealand takes place mainly during the winter months of July, August and September, with later September conditions more spring like. The most popular region to ski in New Zealand is the Southern Lakes district, which is home to the beautiful, picturesque, tranquil town of Wanaka. Wanaka is a cosy small [...]

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

6 of the best luxury lodges in New Zealand

If there’s one style of accommodation that sets New Zealand on the very highest plateau of comfort, it’s its famous lodges, invariably owner-run and often found in stunning hideaway locations. Many have a historic pedigree, others having a more contemporary flair, but all offer ideal roosts for those planning to explore the country. Bridge & [...]

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

6 luxury activities for a girls’ getaway in Queenstown

From the moment I land in Queenstown, I’m hit with an overwhelming sense of excitement. Soaring white-capped mountains greet me as I step out of the plane. There is a majestic ambience blanketing Queenstown, it’s easy to see I’m going to have a good time here. While it’s not my first time in Queenstown, this [...]

Photograph of the week: Mount Cook, New Zealand

Photograph of the week: Mount Cook, New Zealand

Although it’s been shrinking over the past 20 years, Mount Cook, otherwise known as Aoraki, is still New Zealand’s highest mountain. Surrounded by rugged lanscapes, lakes and even glaciers, it attracts walkers and climbers from all over the world. The weather conditions are extremely interchangeable in Mount Cook National Park, but that doesn’t stop people [...]

Another New Zealand hidden secret: Kaikoura Lavender Farm

Another New Zealand hidden secret: Kaikoura Lavender Farm

Kaikoura is a sleepy New Zealand seaside town, located two hours north of Christchurch. It is a popular stop among tourists when driving either north or south, down the east coast. Kaikoura has a lot to offer and is known for its spectacular whale watching, and very own seal colony. One beautiful location you just [...]

The best outdoor sporting events to combine with your trip to New Zealand

The best outdoor sporting events to combine with your trip to New Zealand

Everyone loves to kill two birds with one stone. It gives us a sense of achievement and sometimes even a slight amount of smugness! Given New Zealand’s distance from the rest of the world, it is the perfect place to combine pleasure with pain, and plan to compete in a sporting event while on holiday. [...]

New Zealand’s top 3 hideaway beaches

New Zealand’s top 3 hideaway beaches

For many people in the Northern Hemisphere, January means snuggling up in a rug by the fire with a hot chocolate. Down Under however, it’s the middle of summer, and that means hitting the beach. New Zealand has the 10th longest coastline in the world with 15,134 kilometres of beaches, cliffs and bays to explore. The [...]

Fiordland New Zealand’s #1 hidden secret: Doubtful Sound

Fiordland New Zealand’s #1 hidden secret: Doubtful Sound

Tucked away in the far southwest of New Zealand is a magnificent wonder called Doubtful Sound. Accessible only by mountain pass or sea, makes this mysterious beauty very remote and far from crowed! You may have heard of the more popular Milford Sound, which does seem to steal the limelight from Doubtful, as Milford is much [...]

Photograph of the week: Paddle boarding through the Milford Sound

Photograph of the week: Paddle boarding through the Milford Sound

Situated on the west coast of the South Island, Milford Sound is a fusion of spectacular natural features with amazing visual cues around every corner. Described as the ‘eighth wonder of the world’, Milford Sound was carved by glaciers during the Ice Age and showcases beautiful cliffs, mountain peaks and waterfalls. The best way to [...]

Win a Middle-earth experience with Air New Zealand

Win a Middle-earth experience with Air New Zealand

Take a look at this video that’s been put together by Air New Zealand. It shows that in Middle-earth, everyday tasks can reveal out of this world surprises and before you know it everything can turn… well, a bit Hobbit-shaped! Watch to be in with a chance to win tickets for two to the worldwide [...]

The southern hemisphere’s number one Warbird airshow – Warbirds Over Wanaka

The southern hemisphere’s number one Warbird airshow – Warbirds Over Wanaka

Warbirds Over Wanaka International Airshow is one of Wanaka’s major biennial events. It is a truly spectacular airshow featuring military fighter aircraft from the last 100 years, as well as modern jets from the present. Held over Easter weekend in April, the town of Wanaka New Zealand is almost always at capacity during this popular event. [...]

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

The top 10 places to visit in 2014

Lonely Planet’s “travel experts” have come up with three lists for where to visit in 2014.  The top 10 cities to visit in 2014, the top 10 countries to visit in 2014 and the top 10 regions to visit in 2014. I do feel it lacks credibility when one of the “countries” they list is [...]

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

10 more of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers

Our 10 of the weirdest things eaten by travel bloggers blog post from a few months ago proved to be quite a hit, so we here we are back with more weird and wonderful offerings. So, if you think your taste buds might be tempted by a spot of barbecued donkey or perhaps a scorpion [...]

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Top 5 haunted stays this Halloween

Like a bit of ghoul with your glamour? Or perhaps you prefer your comfort with a side of creepy? Then you’ll love a stay in one of these reputedly haunted properties this Halloween season; luxurious by day, chilling by night… for some potentially spooky surprises, here are our top five suggestions. Angleterre Hotel, St Petersburg, [...]

10 of the best beaches on the planet

10 of the best beaches on the planet

Whether you are looking for a private patch of perfect sand, the best seaside party or a beach you can even enjoy in the rain, our round-up of the best beaches on the planet has something for everyone. If you know of some great beaches too, then feel free to add them in the comments [...]

The 3 best experiences to have from a helicopter in the South Island of New Zealand

The 3 best experiences to have from a helicopter in the South Island of New Zealand

Most people, when they hear of helicopter experiences in the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand, automatically think of heli-skiing. There is no doubt that heli-skiing tops our list of things to do from a helicopter, but there is oh-so-much-more to experience from the air. Here are some ideas. For example, did you know that [...]

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