1. Hauraki Blue cruise

    Auckland: overnighting on the harbour

    For a night away with a difference, book a cabin on the Hauraki Blue cruising cat, tootle around some of Auckland’s islands and anchor down for the night.

  2. Bethells sand dune

    Bethells Beach: girls go wild out west of Auckland

    Escape to Bethell’s Beach for a weekend that is about as far removed from the hustle and bustle of Auckland as you can get.

  3. Conery Wines

    New Zealand: sleeping in a vineyard

    Next time you rent a motorhome, stay in a vineyard! Winery havens are a new concept by Maui where you get a gourmet platter, a bottle and park up for the night in the vines.

  4. Lake Tekapo

    Lake Tekapo – perfect in every season

    Guest blogger Adele Thurlow headed to Tekapo for some R and R and has written a great story about the many gorgeous things do in this part of the South Island…

  5. Flagstaff Lodge Russell

    Stay at historic Flagstaff Lodge, Russell

    If you’re looking for a boutique lodge in the Bay of Islands, a place with 100 years of history and some great hosts who will make you feel at home, you’ll love Flagstaff Lodge – and they have a day spa!

  6. Waoku Lodge: Affordable 5-star luxury in Raglan

    Waoku Lodge: Affordable 5-star luxury in Raglan

    If you thought the seaside town of Raglan was only for wetsuit-clad dreadlock wearing surfers, think again. I just nipped down to the rugged west coast town (about 2 hours south of Auckland, 40 mins from Hamilton) to spend a couple of nights at Waoku Lodge. This new 5-star luxury B&B has just received a […]

  7. Regent sm

    Rotorua’s newest hotel is a funky 1960s motel!

    This place is the grooviest thing to hit Rotorua in probably forever. Check it out to stay, or head to the rhino bar with chandeliers for a drink or dinner.

  8. Hapuku lodge tree house

    Romantic Hapuku Lodge, Kaikoura

    If you’re looking for a romantic weekend escape, about 2 hours north of Christchurch (or 15 minutes north of Kaikoura) here it is. Check out this lodge for its fantastic food, home grown wine and best of all, chalets in the trees.

  9. Sofitel-lamb-sm

    My review of dinner at the Sofitel Auckland

    If you’re looking for a unique spot for dinner with a menu cooked by Scott Brown, ex Huka Lodge, you’ll love it here. Have a look at my pics and you’ll be booking in!

  10. Wire

    Stay a night in the cells at Napier Prison

    For backpackers who want something weird to write home about, staying in Napier Prison is certainly going to provide that. Don’t expect fancy. That’s all I have to say…