Outdoor fun in Auckland

Outdoor fun in Auckland

One thing that New Zealand has in spades is outdoor activities. There is simply no end to the things you can do in the great outdoors across the majestic country. In Auckland alone, there is a menu as long as your arm of fun ways to get in touch with nature. For the uninitiated, here are just a few...
Quotes about New Zealand

Quotes about New Zealand

It's no surprise the gorgeous landscape, rich history, jaw-dropping wildlife and vibrant culture of New Zealand have inspired some pretty famous and brilliant people to say some pretty interesting things over the centuries. Here are some of our favourite quotes about New Zealand. I had a good time...
Shop till you drop in Auckland

Shop till you drop in Auckland

Being New Zealand's busiest city, it's unsurprising that Auckland plays host to some of its most best shopping areas. From high quality boutiques to vintage stores, from big name labels to traditional Maori designs, you will find it all on the streets of Auckland. With so much on offer, however, it...
The best of Auckland galleries

The best of Auckland galleries

New Zealand's biggest city is a terrific place to see famous, innovative and exciting art from the past and present. Whether you want to see sculpture, traditional carving or modern pieces, you will find what you are after in Auckland's galleries. This guide will tell you everything about our favour...
The highlights of NZ Fringe Festival

The highlights of NZ Fringe Festival

One of the most fun-filled cultural events on New Zealand's calendar is the Fringe Festival that will be taking place between 10 February – 4 March 2017, all across Wellington. An open access festival of art, music, comedy, cabaret and everything in between, it serves as a reminder as to why Welling...
The best night clubs in Auckland

The best night clubs in Auckland

New Zealand's most populous city sure loves to party and that's why there are no end to the options for the clubber in Auckland. Here are a few of our favourites and why we love them. Globe Bar A backpacker hot spot, this is the bar most wide eyed travellers are sent to when they first arrive in A...
The wineries of Auckland

The wineries of Auckland

Surrounding the sun soaked, laid back metropolis that is Auckland, are four of the world's most famous wine producing regions. Matakana, Kumeu, Celvedon Hills and Waiheke Island are the source of much of the world's most celebrated wine. For lovers of the grape, or for those with a curious spirit, a...
Things to see on the North Island

Things to see on the North Island

Te Ika-a-Maui, colloquially known as the North Island of New Zealand, is the world's 14th largest island, with twelve main urban areas and 77% of the country's population. As you could imagine, there's plenty to see and do for the visitor to the North Island. Here is our list of what is out there fo...
Things to see on the South Island

Things to see on the South Island

While the North Island houses most of the population, the South Island of New Zealand packs the most punch when it comes to landscape. If you've come to New Zealand to see some impressive natural phenomenon, then this is the place to be. Here is our list of the top sights to see. Take a Great Walk...
Wellington: A film buff paradise

Wellington: A film buff paradise

As the home of the booming Kiwi film and televisions industries, it is no surprise to learn that there is plenty to see and do in Wellington for the big time film fan. As well as being the shooting location for many of the biggest cinema hits of the last twenty years, it also offers a host of great...
Wellington on a Plate

Wellington on a Plate

Few cities in the world offer ‘something for everything' quite like Wellington. Known as New Zealand's cultural capital, it has plenty of offer film fans, party animals, musicians, adrenalin junkies, beach bums and sports fanatics alike. There's also lots of things on offer for the gourmand, with We...
Fine dining

Fine dining

New Zealand's rich mixture of cultures and food traditions, plus its world famous meat and vegetables, makes it a joy for the foody with upmarket tastes. Across the country, world class restaurants are available, with every type of taste bud catered for. For those that like to dine at the highest en...
A guide to New Zealand theme and leisure parks

A guide to New Zealand theme and leisure parks

Though it might be most famous for adventure sports, wildlife, wine and gorgeous landscape, New Zealand is also a country that loves theme parks. For both the young and young at heart, it is well worth taking a day out of your trip to enjoy one of these fun-filled attractions. Rainbow's End Locate...
Why Wellington nightlife is the best in the world

Why Wellington nightlife is the best in the world

Wellington is, simply put, a blast to go out in. Whether you like busy nightclubs, jovial Irish pubs, dark, underground sweatboxes, chic bars or indie rock dives, you will find what you are looking for here. Here are some of our favourite night spots in the ‘Capital of Cool'. Mattterhorn Located i...
Arts events in New Zealand

Arts events in New Zealand

New Zealand traditionally hosts some dazzling cultural festivals. Kiwis have a longstanding love of the arts, dating right back to the numerous colourful celebrations enacted by the indigenous inhabitants of the islands. Traditionally a melting point, New Zealand has a thriving arts scene, with both...
Bay of Plenty – unbeatable New Zealand sightseeing

Bay of Plenty – unbeatable New Zealand sightseeing

Bay of Plenty, lying on New Zealand's north eastern coast, is surely one of the most aptly named resorts on the planet. With spectacular views overlooking the Pacific Ocean, its sandy beaches have been a magnet for visitors for a long time. Many Kiwis from elsewhere in New Zealand don't even conside...
New Zealand films – 5 of the best

New Zealand films – 5 of the best

New Zealand has a longstanding tradition of producing some of cinema's most memorable movies. How many of these have you seen? More to the point, how well do they match with your own favourites? Bad Taste (1987) Peter Jackson has become universally-known as the director of special effects-laden bu...
New Zealand lifestyle

New Zealand lifestyle

According to a recent survey of new migrants to the country conducted by Immigration New Zealand, 75% of those polled had decided they wished to remain permanently. A further 90% stated that they would be prepared to recommend New Zealand to family and friends. Of course there are many reasons why...
New Zealand fine heritage of pop music

New Zealand fine heritage of pop music

New Zealand has a longstanding love affair with pop music. This can be traced right back to the 1940s, when a song called 'Blue Smoke' was released by Ruru Karatiana - originally penned while onboard a wartime troop ship. This was re-recorded in 1949 by Pixie Williams, eventually achieving triple Pl...
New Zealand love affair with popular music

New Zealand love affair with popular music

Although New Zealand is a relatively under-populated country, and lies some 2000 km from its larger neighbour, Australia, its music scene is extremely vibrant. Prior to European settlement the traditional Maori music consisted of a diverse range of interesting styles. These included chanting and th...
New Zealand unrivalled skiing resorts

New Zealand unrivalled skiing resorts

One of the key attractions that New Zealand has to offer for thousands of annual visitors is its exceptional ski resorts. The combination of crisp mountain air, sunny days and unbeatable views, not to mention superb after-ski leisure activities, is simply irresistible. If you have never traveled to...