Blog posts from July 2009

  •  Queen Charlotte walking track - Marlborough  © Destination Marlborough

    10 Top Things to Do in the Marlborough Sounds

    By Karen Goa
    Monday, 27 July 2009

    Karen Goa trawls the Sounds’ watery, ponga-ed glory for the best land and sea adventures

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  •  The bar inside the Monteith's Brewery, Greymouth, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    The Monteith's Brewery: It's Tradition

    By Amelia Norman
    Friday, 24 July 2009

    Leeanne is pure West Coast Kiwi. Long and lean with pushed-up sleeves, she is self-assured, tough almost. With slender arms she yanks the huge wooden beer tap and pours a glass of Monteith’s Celtic Red in a swift, practiced way.

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  •  Emerald Lakes Mt Tongariro - Ruapehu Region (courtesy of Destination Great Lake Taupo)  © Destination Great Lake Taupo

    Tongariro Crossing

    By Judith Doyle
    Tuesday, 21 July 2009

    The Tongariro Crossing, central North Island, is described as "the best one-day walk in New Zealand". This tag appears on countless brochures and accounts.

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  •  Large spotted Kiwi, Otorohanga, Waikato  © Tourism Waikato

    Bushy Park Kiwi Creche

    By Helen Frances
    Monday, 20 July 2009

    On day one of a two-day visit to Bushy Park’s Edwardian homestead Dan Hurley, Bushy Park Trust’s Conservation Officer, offers an opportunity few could resist – an expedition through lush Manawatu rainforest to find a kiwi chick.

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  •  Amelia Norman visits White Island, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.  © Amelia Norman

    White Island: Where Nature Reigns Supreme

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    Dipping my finger in the milky stream I dab a little water on my tongue. “That water contains sulphuric acid, hydrochloric acid, gold and probably a bit of iron,” explains our guide Rachel. “How’d it taste?” she laughs.

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  •  Waimarino glow worm kayaking, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand.  © Waimarino

    Welcome to Glow Worm Central

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    You’ve got to love New Zealand. Where else in the world would your tour guide announce he’s practically brand new in his role, divulge that he expected to be underwhelmed when he first did the trip on which you’re about to embark...

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  •  The giant kiwifruit at Kiwi 360, Te Puke.  © Amelia Norman

    Kiwi Culture

    By Amelia Norman
    Wednesday, 15 July 2009

    I select a giant kiwifruit and climb inside it. A Dutch couple sits quietly in the kiwifruit behind me. Bringing up the rear is an American family, nestled into their fluorescent green seats, chatting happily beneath the kiwifruit’s rounded brown top.

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  •  Waitomo's Black Labyrinth  © © Amelia Norman

    Waitomo's Black Labyrinth

    By Amelia Norman
    Tuesday, 14 July 2009

    Karl’s voice floats upriver through the echoey dark: "Basically, what we’re looking at is the snot and pooh from a bunch of cannibalistic maggots."

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    The Colours of Auckland

    By Amelia Norman
    Friday, 10 July 2009

    This morning, Auckland is grey. The grey sky sits lifelessly above the roaring morning traffic. At the ferry terminal, boats cruise in from across the grey harbour, delivering inner city workers from the outer suburbs and gulf islands.

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  •  Dolphin Adventure, Bay of Islands

    Swimming with Dolphins, Bay of Islands

    By Amelia Norman
    Thursday, 9 July 2009

    Eleven pairs of eyes scan the ocean in baited silence. “Even if you think you see one, call out. We’d rather stop for a piece of driftwood or seaweed than miss a dolphin,” says our Dolphin Adventure skipper Tammy.

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