Category Oceania

Sacred spaces from Maori mythology

With high mountains, coloured lakes and huge Kauri forests, there are many natural wonders in New Zealand, all closely linked with the indigenous culture. The local Maori beliefs and myths reflect both the unstable nature of the local landscape and their underlying respect for nature, with mountains and rivers still considered sacred today. For those travelling through the North Island, many major tourist attractions and landmarks offer an opportunity to

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7 reasons to go fishing in New Zealand

World-renowned game fishing, beautiful scenery and the local outdoor culture make New Zealand a must for fishing enthusiasts. And while the country is known for the size of its fish, there are many other reasons why fishing in New Zealand is truly remarkable experience. 1. The diverse fishery caters for every experience Whether you prefer game fishing, fly fishing or just relaxing close to the city, there’s an option for

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A Sunday drive to Huia

Sometimes it’s nice to remember all the beauty close to home. Huia Point is a bit of a drive, but the scenery is definitely worth it.

Queenstown and New Zealand’s lake district

The Central Otago region in New Zealand’s South Island holds the distinction of being one of the country’s most stunning areas. With rolling farmland and wineries renowned for their beautiful pinot noir, the landscape is spectacular throughout the region. This post, however, is reserved for the famous Queenstown-Lakes district.

Northland beaches

It’s being getting colder this week. We’ve had rain and snow this week while the South Island has had an early dumping of snow. This weekend includes the last public holiday until Spring, bringing almost months of monotony and cold. Auckland is a summer city and can seem grey and lifeless in winter. So in an effort to cheer myself up, here’s a reminder of the summer sun in Northland

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Wellington Harbour in winter

A midwinter break in the capital brought blue skies, sunshine and a frosty chill in the air. Walking along the bay was beautiful with the harbour shining blue in the afternoon sun.  

Omaha and Tawharanui Regional Park

A beautiful weekend away last winter. We stayed in Omaha, just north of Auckland, and visited Matakana and Tawharanui Regional Park (one of my favourites). A wonderful getaway and so close to home.

Sand, sky and sea at Muriwai Beach

Last weekend, I went for a walk along Muriwai Beach. It was one of those beautiful days, where everything is hazy and the world just doesn’t seem quite real.

A tropical island honeymoon

  We arrived in Rarotonga at midnight, to warm humidity and a man singing to the tourists in the airports. Fragrant leis were put around our necks and we were hustled onto a bus, which dropped us at our resort. We wandered up to our room, where there was a fruit platter, a bottle of sparkling wine and a large balcony overlooking the ocean waiting for us. So we sat outside,

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Black Grace – Verse 2

Black Grace’s much anticipated production, Verse 2, is a dynamic and vibrant joining of Pacific and contemporary dance. Including excerpts from Verses and Gathering Clouds, as well as a new work titled The Nature of Things, Verses 2 is a wonderful celebration of the vitality and strength of dance. Read the full review

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