Mudbrick, Waiheke Island, NZ

Some places are paradise; pure and simple. Mudbrick Vineyard and Restaurant is one of these rare spots. Perched on a hill overlooking rolling green hills, vineyards and water off into the distance, this cellar door and restaurant is set in the middle of a formal garden and a French-style terrace, complete with cream-coloured sun umbrellas, wooden […]

Top five: Bay of Islands, NZ

There is nothing easier than driving from Auckland to the Bay of Island because there is only one road. You find that road, you follow it for 3.5 hours and then you’re in Paihia, the bayside village that is the gateway to Northland. The Spark and I went up there on a second honeymoon because […]

Stuff rich people like: part 2

I was recently lucky enough to nosey around some very fancy places, including one of the top five lodges in the world. What I noticed is that wealth has a very distinctive look. While I have written about this before, here is some updated information based on my recent experiences. If you want to fake […]

Fun video: 11 days in a campervan

I’ve been home for all of five days and my feet are itching, itching, itching. Being back at my desk after such a colourful, spicy adventure sucks. One week it’s wild elephants in the afternoon. The next week it’s computer screen, caffeine and fluoro lights. The guys from Wilderness motorhomes in New Zealand just sent me […]

Are you a gay kiwi?

Gay marriage woo hoo

Wanna get married? Air New Zealand aka The World’s Most Awesome Airline has announced that it will marry one lucky couple onboard a flight between Queenstown and Auckland on August 19, the day gay marriage becomes legal in NZ. Kiwi couples keen to walk down the aisle on board the Air New Zealand flight are invited to […]

Making wine in New Zealand

By Tim White Have you ever been to New Zealand? No? GO NOW, IT’S ONLY JUST OVER THERE AND SO FABULOUS! I can’t say that any other way. I’ve just come back from my first trip to New Zealand.  It’s so astounding to me now that I haven’t been before. The country is beautiful, the […]

Free ski passes with JUCY

Jucy

JUCY Rentals is offering travellers the chance to ski one of New Zealand’s best slopes for free, thanks to their Ski 4 Free deal. For every JUCY car or campa hired in NZ for travel during June 27 to September 29, 2013, JUCY will throw in a FREE six day adult ski pass for Treble Cone ski […]

Air NZ meets Bear Grylls

Bear Grylls

I want to hug the marketing team at Air New Zealand. I also want to go to their team meetings. Honestly, has there ever been a more creative, brave group of people with an appreciation of the ridiculous? They’re Monty Python for a new generation. Check out their latest work – The Bear Essentials safety video – […]

The Big Egg?

The Big Egg

Have you heard about the campaign to borrow Australia’s big things and transport them to Christchurch? Mayor Bob Parker is trying to attract more Aussies to the Garden City by relocating the Big Pineapple, the Big Merino and other big Aussie  icons to his city. Well, Bob, I have another one for you: The Big […]

Awesome NZ snow deal: JUCY Campa

Hombres, snow sisters and moose mothers: let it be known that or every JUCY car or campa hired in NZ for travel during July 1 to September 30, 2012, JUCY will throw in a free six or seven day adult ski pass for Treble Cone ski field in Wanaka (saving up to NZD$570). JUCY vehicles are available […]