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3 Unusual Places to Stay in New Zealand

Unique accommodation is at its best in New Zealand. Kiwis are known for their creativity and ingenuity, after all. Below is a short roundup of some of the best – and most unusual – hotels in the country.

Locking Up the Charm – Jailhouse, Christchurch
Built in 1874, Jailhouse Accommodation, in Christchurch, has been a men’s prison, a women’s prison and a military camp. Decommissioned in 1999, it sat unused until 2006, when it was sentenced to life as a hostel. Many of the facility’s original features still remain – most of the rooms started life as jail cells. Tucking yourself in, you can just imagine the history of those who did time there. The 80-bed hostel contains numerous accommodation options, from dorms to a family room. Backpacker dorm beds start at $25 NZD (approx. $24 Cdn) per night.


Going Against the Grain – SiloStay, Little River
SiloStay is a striking addition to the landscape: metal silos, traditionally used to store grain, have been repurposed as accommodation and now loom above the hamlet of Little River, on Banks Peninsula, just south of Christchurch. The silos blend cutting-edge design and a commitment to the environment with a high-end accommodation you might not expect from the agricultural look of the complex. Prices start from $180 NZD (approx. $172 Cdn) per night.


Watching Over the Water – The Lighthouse, Wellington
Lighthouses are a beacon of safety and comfort for many. Being able to stay in one – that offers a distant view of New Zealand’s South Island just across the bay – is a shining example of a unique tourism opportunity. Located in the charming seaside neighbourhood of Island Bay (just 15 minutes from downtown Wellington), the Lighthouse prices start from $170 NZD (approx. $163 Cdn) per night.

By News on the Net - Monday, June 5, 2017 - Full Story

Move Over Cinco de Mayo…

While traditionally May 5 is celebrated by raising a glass of Mexican beer (or tequila), there is a different option for wine lovers – May 5 is also International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

The French may have given us the term terroir – the wonderful alchemy of influences from soil, aspect and climate that creates the unique character of a wine – but on the other side of the world, New Zealand winemakers have also shared their own kind of “magic” with the world and it has a distinctive New Zealand name.


Turangawaewae (pronounced: too-runguh-why-why) means “my place” in Maori. It describes a uniquely New Zealand approach to winemaking that includes terroir and also embraces the surrounding landscape, the characteristic weather, and the history and spirit of a place and the people who make it their home.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Full Story

Get Dirty at Mudtopia in Rotorua, New Zealand

Festival fans are set for an epic new mud and music experience later this year, with the announcement of the southern hemisphere’s first Mudtopia Festival, to be held in Rotorua, from December 1-3.

The three-day, high-energy festival in Arawa Park is designed to create a playful sensory experience that will awaken the world to Rotorua and the wonders of mud, by enabling people to get muddy and unleash their inner child.

Rotorua mud is extremely high in minerals, particularly silica, due to its contact with natural geothermal and mineral waters that come from deep within the earth. This high mineral content ensures that the mud stores heat easily when warmed, making it ideal for wellness treatments, as well as for the activities planned for Mudtopia.

By News on the Net - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Full Story

A slower pace of life can be found in Suffolk

This comes as quite a surprise when you think that it is only 80 miles from London. In Suffolk there is great support for local produce and the independent trader. So much so that I am told even a well known supermarket chain has been unable to secure planning permission to build a store in Halesworth.

“The owner of the wine shop here has been trading for over 30 years,” one local entrepreneur, who has relocated from Surrey, tells me. “I was an accountant for BP for 30 years and every day as a commuter I used to leave my house in the dark and return in the dark and did not even know my next door neighbour. It’s different here; it takes me twice as long as it should to walk up the street in the morning because I’m talking to so many people.” In Suffolk there is plenty of farmland and house prices are comparatively low compared to the built up south of England, making homebuyers contemplate a move here.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Full Story

Travel: Wiltshire

More of us are holidaying at home and this becomes apparent during a trip to Devizes, which is experiencing a booming tourism trade.

“We’ve already beaten last year’s bookings and we’re not even half way through the year,” reveals Michael Messam, volunteer at Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, which has just received the Queen’s Voluntary Award.

By Tim Saunders - Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Hot New Vantage Point for Stargazing

Beginning on March 3, 2017, at Tekapo Springs, on New Zealand’s central South Island, visitors can soak in a natural hot pool while stargazing into one of the clearest night skies in the world. This stargazing tour incorporates a 40-minute guided night sky tour with trained star guides, followed by a 40-minute soak in the hot pools.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Full Story

Luxury Escapes for All the Family

Multi-generational travel is a growing trend. Grandparents, mom and dad and the kids are taking the time to visit new places and spend quality family time together.

When it comes to travelling in a family group, often a key element to success (and peace and quiet) is to include activities to suit everyone. Luckily, in New Zealand, you can do this in style by booking luxury accommodation with memorable experiences tailored for the whole family.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Full Story

CRUISING THE RIVER SEINE ON FRED.OLSEN’S CRUISE SHIP BRAEMAR

Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines are always offering special cruise experiences for their guests and a long weekend cruise along the Seine on their ship Braemar sounded idyllic. Fred.Olsen have a fleet of 4 ships visiting many fabulous destinations around the world. Having experienced a wonderful Norwegian Fjord cruise on Balmoral last year, my wife and I were eagerly looking forward to this river cruise.

Braemar is how a ship should look; traditional design, elegant and stylish. She’s a firm favourite with many of Fred.Olsen’s regular cruisers. Onboard you won’t find rock walls to climb, zip wires, surf rides or waterslides, you will however find a smaller intimate ship with plenty of lounges and public areas to relax in, fabulous food and all the favourite facilities you would expect from a cruise line with over 160 years of history.

By David Powell - Monday, February 6, 2017 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Best Places to Pop the Question

Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Lush landscapes, star-filled skies and the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most untouched natural wonders and pristine beaches all make New Zealand the perfect place to propose to the love of your life.

Below are some of the most romantic spots in New Zealand.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Full Story