Napier Art Deco Festival

Napier Art Deco Festival

Home to one of the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the world (second only to Los Angeles, bust still boasting the highest concentration), the peaceful town of Napier on the East Coast of New Zealand's North Island is a blast from the past. The colourful and vibrant coastal city exists as...
More New Zealand Movies

More New Zealand Movies

With vast areas of untouched wilderness and breathtaking scenery and a booming filmmaking industry, many directors turn to New Zealand as a location for shooting movies. Some of the more notable and most famous additions include The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit trilogy and the Narnia movies...
Hawkes Bay Wine

Hawkes Bay Wine

In bars, restaurants and wine shops all over the planet, it is possible to find the highly demanded Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. It is a flavour that we have all become accustomed to and that we associate with the New Zealand wine industry. Marlborough may be the largest wine region in the country...
Sailing in the Bay of Islands

Sailing in the Bay of Islands

North of Auckland, nestled on the East Coast and well on the way to Cape Reinga is Paihia. This little town has become a popular place to visit for several reasons. Firstly, a very short walk across the bridge will land you on the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of the new country as this is...
Rocket Lab New Zealand

Rocket Lab New Zealand

New Zealand is probably not the first country you think of when you talk about rocket launches, but the California based company Rocket Lab has started sending rockets from New Zealand.The US spaceflight startup was founded and is owned by New Zealander Peter Beck, and has set up its main launching...
Dunedin

Dunedin

Located on the East Coast of the South Island, Dunedin is a popular little university city that is well worth including on your South Island adventure. It is suitable for both shorter and longer visits, and accommodates those who are interested in both city life and the beautiful nature that New Zea...
Hitchhiking in New Zealand

Hitchhiking in New Zealand

A lot of travellers in New Zealand, in particular those who label themselves as “backpackers”, in an attempt to save some dollars will consider hitchhiking as a form of transport. While this is illegal or frowned upon in many parts of the world, in New Zealand it is perfectly legal and a perfectly a...
Napier - Hawkes Bay

Napier - Hawkes Bay

Often overlooked by the travelling and backpacking community in New Zealand, Napier is a beautiful town on the East Coast of the North Island. The original town was devastated by an earthquake in the 1930s, but has been rebuilt again in art deco style and is now a haven for foodies and wine enthusia...
New Zealand Slang

New Zealand Slang

New Zealand is very unique in that there are two national languages - English and Maori, the indigenous language of the islanders who lived in New Zealand before it was colonised. There are only a few countries around the world with more than one national language, such as Ecuador where they speak Q...
Alternative-electro music scene

Alternative-electro music scene

New Zealand has a very rich music scene with artists in every genre trying to become popular, and with such a small population, it is considerably easier to be noticed than in larger countries. While there is music to satisfy every ear, there seems to be a large amount of electronic music coming fro...
Wanaka vs Queenstown

Wanaka vs Queenstown

Located just forty minutes from each other (depending on just how many beautiful landscape photos you decide to stop and take as you pass over the Cardrona, of which you will want to take a lot), these two small South Island towns are often likened and compared to each other. Both located in the Cen...
The Tongariro Crossing

The Tongariro Crossing

The Lord of the Rings franchise has inspired many tourists to visit New Zealand so that they may grace the mystical lands of middle earth with their own footsteps, and as a result the tourism industry in New Zealand has seen a rise since the release of the movies.One of the most iconic spots for fan...
Taranaki

Taranaki

For a lot of visitors, the Taranaki region is a little too far out of the way to include on their itineraries. With places such as National Park and Taupo taking the spotlight and all located conveniently in a line down the middle of the North Island, most people will simply drive by the entire regi...
Rhythm and Vines

Rhythm and Vines

Rhythm and Vines is a record breaking three day international festival which is held very close to the city of Gisborne on the North Island. It occurs every year between the 29th and the 31st of December as a celebration to end off the year and also to be the first music festival in the world to wi...
Pounamu

Pounamu

The Maoris are excellent storytellers, and the stories and legends that have helped to shape the culture over time creating a fascinating world to immerse one's self in. All of the shapes and symbolism in Maori culture is very symbolic and everything has a reason. Pounamu is the Maori name for what...
Fast, affordable and very tasty

Fast, affordable and very tasty

Like every other big metropolis on the planet, Auckland has caught the street food bug pretty completely over the last few years. Now, locals love nothing more than hitting the food trucks, pop-up stalls and take away stands when it's time to chow down. Fancy joining them? Here's our guide to the be...
Arts festivals in New Zealand

Arts festivals in New Zealand

One thing Kiwis love is art of all descriptions. A creative and culturally rich country, its combination of traditional Maori culture with European influences, incredible landscape and friendly atmosphere translates into a thirst for forward thinking art, music, comedy and film. This lust of the ar...
Having fun in Hamilton

Having fun in Hamilton

As New Zealand's fourth biggest city, Hamilton is unsurprisingly a great place to go for a drink. Hamilton is a city in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island, Hamilton is nestled on the banks of the mighty Waikato River and is known for its walks, elaborate themed gardens, cafes, bars and...
The history of the Wellington Sevens

The history of the Wellington Sevens

New Zealand Sevens World Series event is moving to Hamilton in 2018. Hamilton, claimed from Wellington the hosting rights for the NZ HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series. Hamilton was announced earlier this year as the new host of the event after Wellington's 18-year hosting of the rugby sevens event. So...
Hit the town in Christchurch

Hit the town in Christchurch

Though the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes did damage to the city centre that remains to this day, it remains a lively night spot and a great place to go on the tiles. Here are our favourite places to go for a beer in the Garden City. South of Lichfield Also known as SOL, this is one of the hippest and...
Jim Beam Homegrown festival

Jim Beam Homegrown festival

If you're going to be in Wellington New Zealand next 7th April 2018, then it is well worth your while picking up a ticket for the Homegrown festival, which rocks the waterfront, it's a day out to match any other in the rock calendar, though what makes Homegrown so special is that every performance c...