New zealand & australia
Collected by Jenny Burbank
Nelson, New Zealand
The town was such a surprise. It is right on the beautiful coast of the South Island of New Zealand. The whole country is breathtaking but Nelson is a hidden gem. Many a night were spent drinking beers on the beautiful beach with friends I had met...
Queenstown, New Zealand
Whether you're after a mulled wine at the bar or a soak in a tub, the après-ski culture in New Zealand is alive and growing. Every major ski area has a café and bar, and dancing to the beats of live DJs is a local requirement. If you’re winding...
Pakiri 0972, New Zealand
Not far from Matakana is my favourite place in the world for horse riding - the stunning 14km long white sand Pakiri Beach. Whether you're a novice saddling up for the very first time, or an experienced rider, you will love the guided rides in...
Viaduct Harbour, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
If you're looking for something outdoorsy to do on a beautiful day in Auckland, this is it. Book a 1.5 hour sailing cruise through the Explore Group, and you won't be disappointed. Sit back, relax, have a drink and enjoy the gorgeous skyline while...
22 The Promenade, Takapuna, Auckland 0622, New Zealand
Takapuna locals are blessed. To have a café of this stature sitting on the doorstep of the Waitemata Harbour with views out to volcanic Rangitoto Island, is what foodie dreams are made of. A repeat winner of café awards, the Takapuna Beach Café is...
455 Richmond Rd, Grey Lynn, Auckland 1021, New Zealand
The Gypsy Tearoom is one of the most chilled suburban bars I've come across. So good in fact that friends use it as a reference point for other bars. A true neighbourhood joint complete with 'distressed' décor, you'll often hear raucous...
153 Oceanview Rd, Oneroa, Auckland 1081, New Zealand
It seems like Vino Vino has been around for ages, but despite all the new competition it continues to hold its head high with what I consider the best views in Oneroa. the food is as sensational as ever - big juicy scallops as entrees,...
Corner Beaumont Street and Jellicoe, Jellicoe St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Part of the revitalization of the waterfront Wynyard Quarter, Silo Park is a playground for visitors of all ages, especially in the summer months. Friday evenings start festive with a weekly market of food, vintage clothing and entertainment, as...
Waitakere, Piha 0772, New Zealand
I had a few free days in Auckland before I started a volunteer project, and I wanted to line up some fun activities while I was there. After doing tons of research, I discovered NZ Surf 'N' Snow Tours. They have a variety of surfing packages, from...
1019 Ventnor Rd, Summerlands VIC 3922, Australia
Port Phillip Island is known for two things – V8 racing and the colony of Little Penguins (Fairy Penguins) that descend upon its shore each evening, but there’s a whole lot more to see and experience on the island. Get face-to-face with Australia’...
218 Te Whau Dr, Waiheke Island, Auckland 1971, New Zealand
Out of all the vineyards in Auckland this is one of my favourites. It's not just because of its stunning location and awe-inspiring views, and not just because of the amazing service and extensive, extensive wine collection, it's not just because...
118 Montgomerie Rd, Mangere, Manukau 2022, New Zealand
Perhaps one of the country's most famous wine brands, Villa Maria wines are amongst the most awarded in New Zealand. In the last international competition they took away five Golds for five different varietals proving that there's more to Kiwi...
Wellington, New Zealand
Cable cars, Victorian houses, fresh crabs on the waterfront: Wellington, New Zealand, is a Southern Hemisphere City by the Bay. With a harbor at its doorstep, farms to the north, and one of the world’s most active café scenes, this city is well...
1, 53 Courtenay Pl, Te Aro, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
My go-to spot for after-work drinks is the Library in Wellington, and no, not the public library. Right on Courteney Place, there is a nondescript sign reading "The Library" in front of a simple doorway with several staircases. If you know what to...
6 Henry St, Queenstown 9300, New Zealand
While New Zealand is a destination for any type of traveler, there's no ignoring its popularity with backpackers. Owing to its wild beauty combined with more adrenaline-inducing adventure sports than you could ever imagine—plus being one of the...
Lake Tekapo 7999, New Zealand
Lake Tekapo is one of those places in New Zealand that is instantly recognizable but few know its name. Bright blue with clear water surrounded by pink and purple lupines in the summer, it's the perfect background for these blooming flowers. A...
Waitemata Harbour, New Zealand
The gateway into Auckland in the Waitemata Harbour. Sprawling along the downtown area, and traversed by the Auckland Harbour Bridge (which you can climb if you're feeling adventurous), it's a good reminder of how close Auckland is to the sea. Here...
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