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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]



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Food lover’s guide to NZ

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Christchurch to Nelson: The Delicious Alternative to Rugby If you would rather step on a fire ant nest than watch a sporting match, there is plenty for you to do in New Zealand that doesn’t involve rugby. The purity of New Zealand’s environment has some pretty tasty results in the form of raw milk cheeses, […]

Snow aliens on Mt Owen


Everybody has heard of snow angels but snow aliens? They’re new. A snow alien is what happens when you land on your back in hard, icy snow and your head leaves a giant hole but your arms and legs look spindly. I discovered this new life form when I was on a Lord of the […]

Christchurch is OK


I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived in Christchurch yesterday. Devastation? Rubble? A city destroyed by disaster? Nope. Christchurch is actually OK. Around the perimeters of the city, there is evidence of the quake. Some houses are held up by wooden struts, while others are missing chunks of eaves and roof. The CBD […]

Queenstown for beginners by Rachel Monk


The land of the long white cloud may be just a quick jaunt across the Tasman, but I’d never experienced what it has to offer. I know New Zealand has plenty for tourists to enjoy, thanks to those perky Kiwi TV commercials. I could have visited Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, not to mention all of […]