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Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale

Giant New Zealand Truffle in Special Edition Ale, Brew Moon Brewing Company
The largest truffle found in New Zealand on record, unearthed in North Canterbury, has found its way into a special edition local ale. The whopper 1.37kg black Périgord truffle was dug up by Jax Lee, general manager of Kings Truffles in Waipara (near Christchurch), after her five-year-old dog, Freddy, sniffed it out beside an oak tree.

The next challenge was to clean it up, extremely carefully, and make sure that it was put to good use. Lee had just the place in mind. The family-owned Brew Moon Brewing Company, started by Kieran McCauley and Belinda Gould, located down the road in Amberley, has now added shavings from the record-setting truffle to a golden ale.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, August 24, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand’s First Fully Smart Hotel

New Zealand’s First Fully Smart Hotel
I hope you are having a great day.

High tech and stylish, New Zealand’s first fully “smart” hotel has opened its doors in the heart of Queenstown. A first in New Zealand and in the world, the new mi-pad Queenstown is described as a next generation, energy-conscious hotel experience for the smart traveller – bringing together technology, sustainability, comfort and convenience. The key to mi-pad Queenstown is that there is no key.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand Bungy Pioneer Unveils World-First Catapult Experience

AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand co-founder Henry van Asch revealed a new world-first adventure tourism experience – the Nevis Catapult – in the remote Nevis Valley near Queenstown, New Zealand.

The Catapult sees thrill seekers experience up to 3G of force and speeds of almost 100km per hour in 1.5 seconds, as they are propelled 150m out across a ravine before dropping suddenly towards the valley floor and experiencing a series of jaw-dropping bounces.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - Full Story

New Luxurious Cruising in New Zealand

The Pacific Jemm

For those who love the Queenstown and Fiordland scenery and have a few dollars to spare, you will love the new cruising offerings on the South Island of New Zealand.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, July 26, 2018 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Unique New Accommodations

Clifton Glamping


New Zealand has several new unique stays available for guests looking for something in nature and a bit out of the ordinary.

Clifton Glamping


Clifton Glamping is perfect for those who love to camp, but want all of the comforts of home. This luxury glamping site overlooks the picturesque Maraetotara River in Hawke’s Bay and feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern living.

At this fully working farm with 5,000 sheep, gaze across the river or up at the stars from the deck of the beautiful canvas safari tent set on a permanent timber floor; luxuriate in the super king bed with beautiful linen, feather duvets and woollen blankets; enjoy the comfy furniture and perfectly appointed little vintage-style kitchen and the bathroom with its hot running water and steaming shower; and wake up to the sun rising over the river, the sound of birds, and the gentle splash of fish in the river. Enjoy a dip in the swimming hole, a walk or cycle on one of the many tracks in the area, and at the end of the day – stargaze to your heart’s content in a hot steaming outdoor bathtub.

Rates start at $290 NZD per night (approx. $260 Cdn).

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock Day

TRAVEL DEAL: National Hammock Day
July 22 is National Hammock Day and Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen is celebrating all month long! To slow things down a bit and keep with the spirit of “hammocking,” Mahekal is offering a “Swing in the Sun” escape - starting at $195/night and providing travelers with 50% savings along with breakfast and lunch or dinner daily, $200 resort credit for 5+ nights and early check-in and late checkout.

By News on the Net - Friday, July 20, 2018 - Full Story

Five Uniquely Kiwi Spa Experiences

Five Uniquely Kiwi Spa Experiences
From geothermal mud to manuka honey, New Zealand’s natural bounty is the inspiration behind a wealth of pampering beauty treatments.

A session at the spa is always a treat, but in New Zealand it’s even more special. Maori massage is a holistic experience for body and soul, and the geothermal mud, native plants and manuka honey will soothe and revitalize your skin.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, July 6, 2018 - Full Story

Day Out: Exbury Gardens

Day Out: Exbury Gardens
Spending time with family is the way I enjoy marking a significant birthday. And for this milestone occasion we make our way to Exbury Gardens deep in the New Forest.
It has been persistently raining for the past week and it really is risky deciding to spend an entire day out with such questionable weather. The sky continues to be grey and threatening but we are blessed with absolutely no rain whatsoever during our trip.

Exbury boasts 200-acres of informal woodland gardens and it allows my wife Caroline and I to sort of relax while the children roam. But you can never truly relax. They seem incapable of sticking to the paths and much prefer stamping in puddles off the beaten track which results in Henry (2) quickly shouting “Help!” He is in water that is almost covering his boots and about to fall over. Thankfully we reach him in time. Some bushes do bear berries and again little ones have to be monitored so that they avoid picking them.

By Tim Saunders - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

Auckland’s Next Big Foodie Destination

Auckland's Next Big Foodie Destination
Queen’s Rise, a new laneway-style dining precinct boasting world-class design, impressive ambience and worldly cuisine, opened its doors last week at the iconic facade of 125 Queen Street introducing an exciting and unique collection of eateries to Auckland’s Central Business District.

Tucked behind a New York Times Square-style billboard on Auckland’s most famous street, Queen’s Rise brings together 11 of the best Auckland independent hospitality specialists and restaurateurs who are known for creating innovative and authentic dining experiences.

By Travel New Zealand - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - Full Story

Learn About/Receive a Maori Tattoo at Te Puia

Maori Tattoo at Te Puia, Arekatera Maihi
Visitors to Te Puia – New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (NZMACI) – in Rotorua, are now able to take away a permanent reminder of their visit at the new ta moko studio. (Ta moko is traditional Maori tattooing, often on the face, and its purpose and applications are sacred.)

The studio, which opened on June 14, gives visitors an insight into the traditional and contemporary art form and sits proudly alongside the Wananga Precinct’s existing disciplines – wood carving, weaving, stone and bone carving and a bronze foundry.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, June 25, 2018 - Full Story

See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand

See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand
Most sports fans (and even non-fans) know who the New Zealand All Blacks are – and recognize the fierce and electric haka that they perform prior to a match. Now, there is a chance to see the All Blacks play in their home country of New Zealand. The world-famous All Blacks are set to play several matches throughout New Zealand this year. And this is an iconic New Zealand experience.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, June 18, 2018 - Full Story

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons
Popular Christchurch, New Zealand seafood restaurant Fush has introduced free Maori language classes on Monday nights and the first event attracted over 600 people.

“We expected probably a dozen or so people to turn up, but when we put it online the feedback and demand for the lessons was overwhelming,” says co-owner Anton Matthews.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Full Story

Jackson’s New WWI Trench Experience

Quinn’s Post Trench Experience
An extraordinary sensory experience opened at The Great War Exhibition in Wellington in April. Created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his world-acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for World War I military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Full Story

Lose Yourself in the Streets of Paris

Lose Yourself in the Streets of Paris
“For the history, for the little gems to discover, for the fact that you can almost walk everything from a point to another – Paris, France, is a world unlike any other.” –Vanessa de Montigny, Journal de Montréal  

Streets of ParisWhether you consider Paris the city of love or the city of light, this epicentre of cultural innovation, rich history and stunning architecture will forever champion as a top bucket list destination. Paris pleases all her visitors with delectable food, award-winning wine, and whimsical culture blended with aesthetic appeal. Travelers craving a cultural experience can simply stroll through the Parisian streets and find all of their desires.

By Travel Bucket List - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Full Story

Sail the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
“Enter the Land Before Time, and you will understand why Darwin found his remarkable dreamland here. Bountiful flora and fauna and amazing species color the environment in excitement meant to exhilarate you on your adventure.”—Paul Rubio, Paul Rubio Travel

By Travel Bucket List - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Full Story

Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu: the famed 15th century Inca citadel which still remains as a shining hallmark of classical Inca civilization, fills you with awe at the true beauties of a past culture. Machu Picchu was home to the Inca emperor Pachacuti and is inundated with the holiness this place calls for. This bucket list destination is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and attracts the attention of 400,000 tourists every single year.

By Travel Bucket List - Monday, May 21, 2018 - Full Story

See The Northern Lights Iceland, Sweden, Canada, Norway

The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on our planet. Dancing across the sky in otherworldly colours, this all-natural light show reminds us that our planet is filled with an abundance of wonder.  Because of this, witnessing the Aurora Borealis firsthand is meant for everyone’s bucket list. The greens, blues, reds, and purples which light up the sky—performing a passionate tango with each other—is one of nature’s moments of pure beauty unlike any other.

By Travel Bucket List - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Full Story

Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica

Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica
“Imagine a whale surfacing beside you to say hello as penguins leap at the bow of your boat all while you circumnavigate an iceberg by kayak. This is kayaking in Antarctica, the ultimate Bucket List experience.” – The Planet D

Antarctica: a land of untouched beauty, frozen plains twinkling with icy frost and glaciers—a destination visited by so few. For its sheer magnitude and remoteness, this continent is a bucket list item for the world’s most adventurous travellers. But, you can’t visit this icy continent year-round. You’ll need to join an experienced crew and travel in the spring, from November to March.

By Travel Bucket List - Friday, May 4, 2018 - Full Story

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa
“A wildlife safari is a moment of pure adrenaline. You feel called back to nature as herds of elephants and packs of lions roam freely around you. This experience is absolutely worth every second and an adventure meant for a lifetime.”—Robin Kawakami, Today.com

Wildlife Safari in Africa

Nothing could be more breathtaking and awe-inspiring than surrounding yourself by the free spirit of majestic animals which make up the African landscape. Championed as one of the most rewarding adventures one can experience, a wildlife safari in Africa will transport you far from everyday life into a world of uninhibited nature. Feel the very ground beneath you quiver while the wildebeest migrate to more verdant land in Kenya.

By Travel Bucket List - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Full Story

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo
Birds have four types of feathers. I never realised this until I visited Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. Wing feathers help the bird fly, tail feathers help to balance and steer, body feathers give protection as well as streamlining while down feathers keep the bird warm.

For me the sign of a good day out is walking away with a few interesting, useful facts like this. A nice sunny weekend is an ideal opportunity to visit this attraction, set in 140 acres of Hampshire countryside near Winchester. It’s home to 1,200 animals and there is an emphasis on African wildlife ranging from giraffes and zebras to rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses and meerkats as well as some colourful birds. Founded by John Knowles, who opened it in 1972, Marwell soon became a leading zoo in Europe to carry out important animal conservation work.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Full Story