Oprah Winfrey loving New Zealand

Oprah Winfrey expressing her love for New Zealand AGAIN ! Thanks Oprah, such lovely words… ???????????? “I am telling you: If you want to expand yourself as an individual on the planet Earth, New Zealand’s the place to go….The people are 100 percent present. They are not walking across the street on their cellphones… Every single corner you turn, there is some breathtaking something or other going on….Lakes! Glaciers! Eagles! It’s crazy.”   Head over to Vogue and read the …

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Morning tea with a twist

New Zealanders are real foodies and are blessed with food from all around the world brought over with migrants’ customs and traditions. Today our team got treated to morning tea with a twist with Anurag’s special recipes and he was kind enough to share one of them. Mint chutney recipe Ingredients: 3 tablespoons of fresh yogurt 1 cup of fresh NZ-grown Mint Leaves 1 red onion 1 green chilli 1 teaspoon – Dry mango powder Salt – as per taste 1 …

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New Zealand Photographer of the year 2015

The New Zealand Geographic Photographer of the Year 2015, our country’s most coveted photography award, has been given to Jason Hosking after a very tight competition. This year was blessed with incredibly high quality works in editorial photography across topics such as Society, Landscape, Wildlife, Photo Story and Timelapse –new this year– categories. The latter category met a very enthusiastic public and “Glowworms in motion” by Jordan Poste is indeed truly amazing work. Congratulations to all winners, and we strongly recommend you …

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New Zealand Has Modern Cities Too…..Really!

We often hear talk of New Zealand’s beautiful scenery and luscious natural landscape but all too often we also hear people ask whether New Zealand has anything resembling a modern city. Just in case anyone was wondering, here are some nice photos of Auckland which is home to 1.5 Million people. Not only is Auckland a thriving commercial centre with a bustling night-life, it is also surrounded by white sand beaches and is only a short 30 minute drive in …

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22 Things To Do In New Zealand – No. 22 “Tongariro Alpine Crossing”

If you are looking for a real trip through Middle Earth then a one-day hike through the volcanic badlands of the Tongariro National Park is something not to be missed. New Zealand’s oldest national park and a dual World Heritage Site, the Tongariro National Park is rich in both cultural identity and awesome natural scenery. The track takes hikers through a land that time forgot, passing the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is heralded as …

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22 Things To Do In New Zealand – No. 21 “BUNGY JUMPING”

In the 1980’s, two young New Zealanders, AJ Hackett and Henry van Asch, started New Zealand’s first commercial bungy business, with a jump from the historic Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown. Ever since then, New Zealand has been known as the home of bungy, with a number of other operators entering the market. All around New Zealand you can leap from a variety of platforms such as bridges, climbs, rail viaducts and stadium roofs. The Highest Bungy in New Zealand is the Nevis …

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22 Things To Do In New Zealand – No. 20 “Wai-O-Tapu”

Roughly translated from Maori, Wai 0 Tapu means the “sacred, or protected, waters”. Located just 20 minutes south of Rotorua, one of New Zealand’s most famed tourist cities, this magnificent geothermal park is an absolute must see. Walking tracks ranging from 30 to over 75 minutes provide a wonderful scenic experience that will stay in your memory for a lifetime. If you are someone who is excited by the sight of spurting boiling hot water, head to see Lady Knox, …

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22 Things To Do In New Zealand – No. 19 “The Routeburn Track”

This world-renowned tramping track is an impressive 32 kms long and is found in New Zealand’s South Island. No trip to New Zealand is complete without completing a tramping trip on one of the many tracks of the South Island, and the Routeburn track is one of the most stunning. This track is classified as a Great Walk by the New Zealand Department of Conservation, which maintains four huts along the track: Routeburn Flats Hut, Routeburn Falls Hut, Mackenzie Hut, and …

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22 Things To Do In New Zealand – No. 18 Napier Art Deco

Since the tragic earthquake of 1931 this lovely provincial town has worked hard to restore and maintain the Art Deco style architecture that was popular at the time. Expert guides take visitors through the unique and colourful 1930s streetscape, exploring the hidden gems of yesteryear either on foot, coach, mini bus or by the very luxurious vintage car.  Hundreds of thousands of visitors join the party of the year at the Tremains Art Deco Weekend held annually in February and …

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22 Things to do in New Zealand – No. 17 “WINE”

The ancient Egyptians began producing wine some 3,000 years ago. Some scholars believe that the fermenting of grapes into wines wine dates back even further. In New Zealand, grapes and winemaking arrived much later.Around 1836 the first grapes were brought into New Zealand by a very keen ‘amateur’ winemaker, James Busby, New Zealand’s British Resident. The oldest existing vineyard is Mission Estate in the Hawke’s Bay, which was established by the Roman Catholic Missionaries. By the 1960’s New Zealanders had become a nation of travellers. …

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