New Zealand “too perfect,” says Martin Freeman

New Zealand “too perfect,” says Martin Freeman, star of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The latest promotion for New Zealand features ringing endorsements from members of the international cast of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, as they discuss their own experiences of 100% Middle earth, 100% Pure New Zealand. A production of New Line Cinema […]

Air NZ – Nelson to Palmerston North Direct

Air New Zealand is trialling a daily service between Nelson and Palmerston North from 12 July. Air New Zealand’s Chief Operations Officer Bruce Parton says the airline has worked cooperatively with Palmerston North Airport to re-introduce this service which was last operated in 2008. “We identified an opportunity for growth on our network and have […]

Those Boots Where Made For Walking.

Last weekend, in glorious sunshine I spent some leisure time in the Whangarei district and along the Tutukaka Coast, located about three hours north of Auckland. This eastern part of Northland is the perfect place to tackle a few outdoor adventures such as fishing, diving, snorkeling, kayaking or hiking. For anyone who loves bush walks […]

Takatu Lodge, Matakana – Simply Sublime

From the moment the sunrise glowed from behind Little Barrier Island and I caught a glint of a touch of winter frost on the vines, I knew I was somewhere special. Takatu Lodge and Vineyard is a unique experience . . . the opportunity to stay on a working vineyard whist enjoying the highest standards […]

Riverside Matakana – Paradise Found

Planning a little weekend away then check out Riverside Matakana, a stunning property with 17 beautifully appointed batches. Each bach has flexible sleeping layouts, individual decks and two bathrooms. The property is set on forty acres of landscaped grounds in the heart of Matakana Wine Country overlooking vineyards and the Glen Eden River. On site […]

Staying Overnight Among the Vines

After a sensational day out at the Wairarapa Harvest Festival where we were alongside more than 2000 other people sampling the regions wine and food, it was lovely on sunset to drive into the tranquility of the grounds at Gladstone Vineyards. Our delightful accommodation for the night was a beautifully appointed, self-catering apartment set above […]

A Visit to the Vintage Aviator

The day was coldish and overcast and not the sort of day to linger outside too long so we hopped into our vintage automobile, okay it was a 1998 Mazda 626 station wagon and made our way to Hood Aerodrome in Masterton to visit the Vintage Aviator . . . home to one of the […]

Hoedown at the Harvest Festival

It hardly seems like a week ago that I was hobnobbing it down at the 6th annual Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival in Gladstone, sampling wines and nibbles on blistering beautiful sunshine filled day. With four bands playing off the side of a truck, nine eateries and 16 vineyards it was always going to be a […]

Wine and Wheels with March Hare Cycling

While all the real folk were working hard I was pedalling harder last Friday afternoon on a work assignment . . . ok it was technically a way to skip sitting at a computer when I joined a group of easy going folk on a ‘bike with basket’ ride around Martinborough. With cloudy skies threatening […]

Black Fever

Manawatu’s Ashhurst School has won the REAL New Zealand Festival Song Contest for Rugby World Cup 2011 (RWC 2011) with a song titled ‘Black Fever’. The school’s entry was created in just two weeks by The Minstrel with Ashhurst School students and parents and was a clear winner in the contest, as judged by public […]