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Exploring Franz Joseph Glacier by Helicopter

29 April 2015

We knew the West Coast weather was unpredictable so we booked to stay in Franz Joseph for three days.  Initially, we booked a guided tour of the glacier which included caves and a scenic helicopter flight up.

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Sunrise Hot Air Ballooning in Queenstown

21 April 2015

Located in New Zealand’s South Island, Queenstown is renowned for its picturesque landscape; surrounded by crystal clear waters and a mountainous border. What better way to take in Queenstown’s views than by floating 6,000ft above! Sunrise Balloons have been operating Hot Air Balloon flights in Queenstown for over 15 years,...

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Things to do in Christchurch – Swimming with Hector’s Dolphins in Akaroa

17 April 2015

If you’ve found yourself looking for things to do in and around Christchurch, look no further than a Hector’s Dolphin encounter with Black Cat Cruises in Akaroa. The Hector’s Dolphin is only found in the waters of New Zealand and is the smallest species of Dolphin in the world.

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Exploring active marine volcanoes with White Island Tours

15 April 2015

White Island is one of many of New Zealand’s must see destinations. Located in the Bay of Plenty, about 49km off the coast of Whakatane sits New Zealand’s only active marine volcano; White Island. What makes White Island special is that once on the island, you can get right up...

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Cable Bay Day, Nelson

8 April 2015

We got in the rental car and drove.  I’d never been to the Southern Hemisphere before, and after the crowded horizons of Brooklyn, New York, with buildings bigger than mountains, I couldn’t get over the site of mountains, actual mountains, and stretching past them, the Pacific ocean. 

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Hot Water Beach on the Coromandel Peninsula - The Warmest Wakeup Call

8 April 2015

If you had told me during my childhood that there was a beach where, if you dug a hole deep enough at a certain time of day, hot water would come up from the depths of the sand, I probably wouldn’t have believed you.

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Bay of Islands - Swimming with the Dolphins (aka Binge-Grinning with the Bottlenose!)

8 April 2015

When you reside in the cloudiest city in the country that has an average temperature of 9.9˚C and 1112mm of rainfall per annum (I’m looking at you, Invercargill), you tend to spend the year looking forward to summer.

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The 4 day Tongariro Northern Circuit - A Kiwi Moon Landing

8 April 2015

‘I think we should head north,’ Sarah said, as we sipped cocktails in Wellington. ‘I’d like to do the Tongariro Crossing.’ Having spent the last two days gorging myself on Wellington’s superb selection of vegan edibles, I was surprised to hear myself suggesting that instead of doing the day hike,...

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On the final day of summer holidays, I almost died... Matapouri, Northland, NZ

7 April 2015

On the final day of summer holidays, I almost died.  My name is Zara Jillings, I am 16 years old.

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Tahunanui Beach in Nelson on a hot afternoon

7 April 2015

Nelson fills with visitors in the summer. I live here so I plan to stay home, gardening, swimming, reading in my favourite chair under the plum tree, till my work resumes in mid-January. Hard to beat, surely?

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