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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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Rotorua, New Zealand
Early morning hot tub in the woods? Yes please. A hidden locals spot of natural hot springs with it's own waterfall, this find was a total life saver after camping for a week.
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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...
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497 Karaka Bay Rd, Karaka Bays, Wellington 6022, New Zealand
One of the best places to get a bite to eat outside the center of Wellington is Scorch O Rama in Scorching Bay. Great food, gorgeous views from the outdoor seating and there is even a small beach for swimming. Not a tourist in sight.
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Cambridge Rd, Martinborough 5711, New Zealand
We discovered this tiny, relatively unknown winery in Martinborough and with one taste it became our favorite. Not only is the Dovetail blend spectacular, but when we decided to stay for a while and drink a bottle, the vineyard's owner Lance...
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151 Queen St, 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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Blenheim, New Zealand
New Zealand, although quickly becoming a tourist hot spot, is still a country populated by farmers. There are more sheep than people on the islands, and most towns have a local “farmers market” on the weekend where they sell their crops. While in...
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20 Sea View Rd, Ostend, Waiheke Island 1081, New Zealand
Waiheke Island is carved with numerous scalloped coves along the leafy mountain coastline about 45 minutes from Auckland. It’s both the weekend retreat for New Zealand’s upper crusts and full time home for eclectic middle-age men and women who...
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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast 7886, New Zealand
Brace yourself for the physical pull you'll feel as you approach the dramatic, 7.5 mile long glacier named Franz Josef, in Westland National Park in New Zealand. Together with the nearby 12 mile long Fox Glacier, you'll be astounded by this unique...
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Newtown, Wellington 6021, New Zealand
We went to our first "cupping event" which is a tasting event of various roasts of single origin coffee beans. This one took place at People's Coffee in Newtown, one of 13 local coffee roasters in Wellington. You can easily miss their roastery on...
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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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Piha is a place you will yearn for long after your visit. Lion's Head is the spot where this pic was taken.....but please journey into the hinterland and explore the hiking trails, both bush and coastal. This utopia is only 45 minutes from...
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137 Waterfront Dr, Mangonui 0420, New Zealand
Best damn fish and chips I ever tasted. Everything from the scallops to the flounder were delicious, but be sure to order the Bluenose.
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10 Arrowtown-Lake Hayes Rd, Frankton, Queenstown 9371, New Zealand
He knows what he's talking about. Fantastic food and wines at this small-production vintner outside of Queenstown.
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494 Wanaka-Mount Aspiring Rd, Glendhu Bay 9382, New Zealand
This luxury lodge in the middle of nowhere is intimate enough for a small group to take over and has a tiny satellite lodge perched high in the mountains for skiing, contemplating the vast wilderness or just canoodling.
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569 Glenorchy Road, Queenstown, Closeburn 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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230 Jacksons Rd, Blenheim 7240, New Zealand
A wonderful experience at a winery that has been one of our favorites for 20 years! Our family's special wine and a visit to where it all started. Our sons proposed to their wives with a bottle of Cloudy Bay and all of our important family...
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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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Oneroa, Auckland, 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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Florida, USA
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...