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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...
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Jackson Bay 7886, New Zealand
While staying at a local B&B, our host told us we just HAD to venture over to Jackson Bay and try the best fish and chips you’ll find on the west coast of the South Island. We cruise down a road hugging a calm, blue Tasman Sea ‘til we literally...
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151 Queen St, Auckland CBD, Auckland 1010, New Zealand
If you're looking to come to Auckland, the newest eating spot by the water is Wynyard Quarter, know to locals as North Wharf. Just across a walk bridge from the Auckland Viaduct, it also happens to be home of Auckland's seafood festival—yum!...
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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
I was a glacier virgin. I had never seen one in person before, much less set foot on one. That all changed though as the helicopter lifted off and took off towards the incredible Franz Josef Glacier on New Zealand’s South Island. Almost as...
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11 Shakespeare Rd, Bluff Hill, Napier 4110, New Zealand
Napier is known as the Art Deco capital of New Zealand (and probably the world). Yet there's more to this North Island city than white-walled tires, funky hats and oddly-proportioned buildings. The Cabana is an institution in the Southern...
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Wellington, New Zealand
I still owe my best friend millions for introducing me to Wellington's Cafe L'Affare while I was working in New Zealand. Founded in 1990, this quintessential cafe is cozy, delicious and gourmet ground breaking. What are your food choices, you ask?...
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2 Matakana Valley Rd, Laly Haddon Place, Matakana 0985, New Zealand
For three weeks I lived on a wonderful little sheep farm in Matakana. I was WWOOFing--being part of the "willing workers on Organic farms" program. While each farm and experience is different, I thoroughly loved living as and with locals and being...
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Hot Water Beach 3591, New Zealand
While other beaches specialise in the standard characteristics of white sand and clear waters, on the east coast of New Zealand's Coromandel Peninsula lays Hot Water Beach, which promises an experience like no other. Due to an underground river of...
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Whakatane, New Zealand
There's a secret place at the end of the road in a small New Zealand town called Whakatane, where, should you visit there, do so at sunset and make sure you have a hearty meal of fish and chips to pick away at as the sun goes down. If you're lucky...
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10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
Here's where to fulfill your fantasy of a glass of fine Central Otago pinot noir amid semi-alpine views of New Zealand's South Island. In cooler weather, seated near a cozy fire in Amisfield's dining room is the place to be; during summer, the...
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569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown 9348, Otago 9371, New Zealand
Sunset over The Remarkables from the deck of my suite at Matakauri Lodge
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Waiheke Island, Auckland, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is just a 30-minute ferry from Auckland. After a day of wine tasting and beach walks, we woke to an amazing sunrise over Oneroa Bay.
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Gisborne, New Zealand
Gisborne is one of New Zealand's premiere grape-growing regions with no shortage of vineyards such as Milton Estate, Montana, Lindauer, Matawhero, Huntaway and Bushmere Estate. In the town itself, I thought I’d misheard when at The Works (a winery...
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12 Nick Johnstone Dr, Oneroa, Auckland 1840, New Zealand
Only 35 minutes away from Auckland City by ferry, Mudbrick Restaurant is one of the gems of Waiheke Island. A short taxi ride from Matiatia Wharf and you're there - trying to decide whether you should be looking at the view or the menu. A...
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This is your view from the top of the Diamond Lake Hike, which starts about 12 kilometers outside of the town of Wanaka. The views are so beautiful from the summit that it's nearly impossible to ever head back down the mountain. The track starts...
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Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
The massive sandbar extending from Tauranga's harbor leads to one of New Zealand’s most beloved beaches at Mount Maunganui, known locally as The Mount. The white sand ocean-side beach is a surfer’s dream, and while an artificial reef was installed...