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Finding the Right Beach in Auckland

Finding the Right Beach in Auckland March 17, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
Beaches are beaches, right? While it’s true you could have a great time at just about any of Auckland’s beaches as long as it’s not raining, you may be looking for something specific. As a general guideline, beaches closer to the city are generally calmer, and those out west are generally...

St. Patrick’s Day in Auckland

St. Patrick’s Day in Auckland March 15, 2011 | Events, Nightlife, Things to Do | Read More
Come the 17th of March you may see a few lost Irish expats ambling round looking for something, anything to do to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly for them, St. Patrick’s is not a very big event here in New Zealand. There will be no parades and none of the rivers will be dyed green. Having...

Stuff to Do With Kids in Auckland

Stuff to Do With Kids in Auckland March 10, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
The little tykes may not be tall enough to qualify for a bungy jump yet, but there are still plenty of ways children can enjoy their time in Auckland. Kiwis love their kids as much as the next nation and I’d have to say that New Zealand is pretty child-friendly as countries go. Most cafes and...

Pasifika Festival 2011

Pasifika Festival 2011 March 9, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Did you know that Auckland has the biggest Polynesian population of any city in the world? About this time of year, it becomes very apparent as folks tidy up grass skirts, tie on colourful lava lavas, cook up some Pacific food and head over to the Pasifika Festival. The festival is one of the largest...

New Zealand is Still Open for Business

New Zealand is Still Open for Business March 4, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips, What's New | Read More
There has been some concern by those in the tourism industry that people will stop coming to New Zealand in the wake of the recent tragic events in Christchurch. Even Phil Koeghan, a Kiwi and host of the popular Amazing Race series, has been saying that he will try to get the producers to do another...

Get Out West!

February 26, 2011 | Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
The Waitakere Ranges, Auckland, New Zealand by Marie Szamborski Auckland is not just a city, you know. We love our urban environment, but have you seen our green areas as well? Have you seen our beachy areas? Have you seen our hills? No? Well, get thyself out west while you are staying in Auckland and...

Auckland Adventure Jet: Auckland’s first jet boat

Auckland Adventure Jet: Auckland’s first jet boat February 6, 2011 | Things to Do, What's New | Read More
I’ll admit it. Although I live in the adventure capital of the world. I am a big chicken. You will not find me jumping off anything with an elastic band around my ankles nor going up in a plane without remaining firmly planted inside the cabin, but there are some things that I am in two minds...

Friday Photo: Antarctic Exploration History

Friday Photo: Antarctic Exploration History January 28, 2011 | Things to Do | Read More
By the time you get all the way down here to New Zealand, pretty much the next stop is Antarctica. Scientists from the various research stations down there often gear up and prepare for the journey by first stopping off  in New Zealand. In fact, you can even go on an Antarctic cruise from New Zealand...

Art in Auckland: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke Island

Art in Auckland: Headland Sculpture on the Gulf Waiheke Island January 26, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Green Car 666 by Roger Thompson 2011 Calories out, culture in. This weekend marks the start of the biennial Waiheke Island sculpture event where you can go for a coastal walk and see local artist’s creations along the way. Headland Sculpture on the Gulf runs from 9am- 6pm, 28 January until 20 February...

Music in the Parks: Jazz at the Rotunda

Music in the Parks: Jazz at the Rotunda January 14, 2011 | Events, Things to Do | Read More
Every Sunday at 2pm from now until the end of March, there will be relaxing jazz music played at the rotunda in the Auckland Domain. These are free events and when the weather is good, it’s really nice to bring a picnic along and sit under the trees soaking up the atmosphere. The rotunda sits...