Collected by Shawn Ervin
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Newbury St, Manukau, Auckland 2023, New Zealand
Saturday morning and this is the place to be to get a true slice of the Pacific. The Otara Flea Markets have rows and rows of fresh fruit, clothing, bric-a-brac and of course food, but it's the Polynesian colour and music that makes it so special....
Waipoua Forest 0376, New Zealand
As I turned the bend of the trail, the sight of this massive ancient tree took my breath away. Te Matua Ngahere the 'Father of the Forest', has a trunk over five metres in diameter, believed to be the widest girth of any kauri tree in New Zealand....
Matakana 0985, New Zealand
Have time to explore beyond Auckland’s CBD? 45min north is the village of Matakana that gets inundated ever Saturday morning by Aucklanders going to its Farmers Markets. Fresh organic produce, whitebait fritters (a local delicacy), hand-made...
515 Sandringham Rd, Sandringham, Auckland 1025, New Zealand
I've loved Satya since they were in Hobson St and I made my girlfriend wear a big winter coat not knowing she was going to a hot Indian restaurant. Suffice to say the staff had a good laugh about it, and in their new locations (there are now four)...
146 Karangahape Rd, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
K Road should only be explored on foot—in fact, that should be a local bylaw. If you're into the alternative scene you'll completely love it; if not you'll completely marvel at it. Whichever camp you fall into you'll need to take a break halfway...
15-31 Wellesley St W, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Elliot St Stables is an upmarket food court where everyone at your table can eat separately, together. Simply give your table number to whichever eatery takes your fancy - Spanish tapas, French creperies, Italian bruschetta, German sausages - and...
2/4 High St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
I have a wonderful relationship with Crane Brothers. I first went there years ago. I tried on a shirt I could not afford, but I had to buy it. Recently they made me a beautiful indigo woolen blazer. Their clothes last, so you don’t need to buy...
99 Quay St, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
Devonport is a "Little England" just a 10-minute ferry ride across from Auckland's CBD. It's a bustling little village full of cafes, secondhand bookstores, art galleries, and gift stores and a pleasant place to explore any afternoon of the week....
23 Britomart Pl, Auckland, 1010, New Zealand
We built this restaurant in 2011. It’s an architectural vagrant. People dine under pictures of pendulous bosoms and skulls. My colleagues and I roll out the drawings we’re working on across the tables and chefs bring food. I always have a white...
65 Broadway, Stratford 4332, New Zealand
It's easy to rush by New Zealand's sleepy sheep-strewn North Island en route to the adrenalin-pumping south, but don't forgot to stop and smell the serenity. Grab some take-away and get ye to the countryside along the Forgotten World Highway. If...
Maunganui Rd, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
On Sunday mornings from 9am-1pm, Mt. Maunganui has a local farmers market within the car park on its main road, Mt. Maunganui rd. You’ll find everything from local produce to fresh juices made on the spot, from decadent Belgium waffles to...
Green Lake, Bay Of Plenty 3073, New Zealand
This is in Waiotapu, Rotorua, New Zealand. This lake really is that green! There are walking trails here to look at all the thermal activity. I was amazed to see the color of the lake when I turned. It is even brighter than this photograph! I...
130 Marine Corps Dr, Hagåtña, 96910, Guam
For upscale versions of Chamorro classics, head to Meskla, a Chamorro fusion bistro located in downtown Hagatna. Newbies to Chamorro food can get a taste of everything with Meskla's Chamoru Platter, which includes fried reef fish, tinala katni...
Shop local crafts, watch cultural performances, and sample Chamorro barbecue at the long-running Wednesday Night Market at the Chamorro Village, a cultural heritage center and shopping center in downtown Hagatna. The weekly market is one of the...
590 S Marine Corps Dr #137, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
Catch the best of Guam’s live music scene at House of Brutus, a sultry lounge and restaurant located at the ITC Building in Tamuning. Jazz rules the roost on Fridays, with Mad Men and a Lady, a trio led by local piano legend Patrick Palomo. On...
429 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon, 96913, Guam
With dishes like Pan Roasted Prawns with Red Rice Risotto Cakes and Hawaiian Rock Salt Ribeye Steak with Li Hing Mui Butter, Proa excels at blending traditional Chamorro cuisine with influences from around the globe. Its Tumon flagship is a...
881 Pale San Vitores Rd, Tumon 96913, Guam
The absolute best way to explore the rolling hills and secluded beaches of southern Guam is on two wheels. Start in Tamuning, where you'll find affordable scooter rentals at Scooter World on Pale San Vitores Road. Take Marine Drive to the capital...
210 Pale San Vitores Road Tumon Bay, 96913, Guam
The chef pours a trickle of cooking oil around the perimeter of the grill. The next moment, a wall of flame erupts from the table, to the awe and delight of everyone seated. The restaurant cheers. Antics like these are the norm at Joinus, a...
888 N. Marine Corps Dr, Star Bldg,, Tamuning, 96913, Guam
Though only a few years old, Pika’s Café has quickly risen to the ranks of one of Guam’s most popular restaurants, thanks to a winning blend of friendly service, local ingredients, and inventive Chamorro fusion food. Owners Lenny and Pika Fejeran...
2210 Y-Sensong Rd, Dededo, 96929, Guam
Farming on Guam isn't common, but the few who do raise crops sell them at the Dededo Flea Market, held every Saturday and Sunday in the northern village of Dededo. There, you can find tropical produce like taro, yams, breadfruit, and various types...
Calle Duarte 53, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
To see some of the most colorful, old, colonial architecture in the Caribbean, it is not necessary to get a difficult-to-procure ticket to Havana. Of course, Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic is not the only Caribbean city with narrow...
Calle Isabel La Católica, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
The oldest church in the “New World”, Catedral Primada de America, can be found in the heart of the oldest European city in the Americas: La Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. Its foundation stone was laid by Diego Columbus...
299 Avenida José de Diego, San Juan, 00909, Puerto Rico
Arts in Puerto Rico range from lavish recitals to paintings of humble local scenes. The Luis A. Ferré Fine Arts Center in San Juan puts on various performances, including theater, concerts, ballet, and opera. The center itself is a work of art,...
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