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Domestic flights in NZ just got cheaper

What a day I’ve had! Jetstar took off from Auckland bound for New Plymouth today rolling out the third of four new regional routes and giving Air New Zealand a nudge on their dominance over domestic locations. AND I WAS ONBOARD!

I nipped down to the Naki, just because I could! Well, actually, just because they invited me.

With fares from as low as $35 one way, visiting friends, shooting away for a long weekend, grabbing a concert or a game, just got a whole lot easier to say yes to.

Jetstar NZ

Move over Air New Zealand, you have a zippy little newcomer!

I had the day to myself, so popped into town for lunch at Monica’s. The cafe is attached to the Govett-Brewster and Len Lye Centre and is famous for its meatballs. I went for Angus beef with roasted cherry tomatoes served on barley. Delicious and I’m SO going to do the barley thing for my next spag bol!

Monicas New Plymouth

So so good!

The waitress suggested I head into Kina around the corner, after I asked about where to shop. Filled with kiwiana art I bought this cool glass feather wall hanging. Then the girl there suggested I go through et Vous, the fashion store across the road now stocked with winter clothes (which scared me as it was 29˚C out and only February 1st) to The Public Catering Company which, she enthused, has amazing donuts.

Kina New Plymouth

My new wall hanging for the beach

But before I that I had heard about the Bubble Waffle and needed to check it out. Continuing on foot up Devon Street W a couple more blocks, via a detour into Oosh where a necklace and a little ring ended up in my possession, I found it. What is a bubble waffle, I hear you ask?

It’s a giant waffle cone where a topping of your choice is pressed into each bubble as it cooks. I chose apple and cinnamon. Then after it is cooked, they roll it into a cone shape and add two scoops of ice cream. I went for vanilla topped with passionfruit syrup and it came decorated with fresh strawberry slices. It was good, but I think you’d only do it once. Besides it’s also $10, but each is handmade to order, so I guess that’s ok. When it opened just before Christmas people were queuing up outside and they ran out of supplies. Orders were taking up to an hour and customers were phoned when their order was ready.

Bubble Waffle New Plymouth

THIS is a bubble waffle!

Meanwhile back at the Public Catering Company I had no room for that donut, but as luck would have it, their espresso milk shake hit the spot.

Public Catering Company New Plymouth

Trim milk with whipped cream. It’s all about balance!

And suddenly it was time to return my rental car and fly home.

Thanks Jetstar for a great day out!

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Propellor in clouds

Props and clouds

Jetstar cupcake

a Morning tea served for the locals who came to welcome Jetstar into New Plymouth. Who doesn’t love a cupcake?!

Jetstar New Plymouth

The welcome to the Naki cake!

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Hi, I'm Megan Singleton and I'm the word slinger of this travel blog as well as on radio in NZ every Sunday. Former Travel Editor at Yahoo NZ and current freelance writer for a few newspapers and mags from time to time, I set off on this travel writing journey 20 years ago and I've pretty much always got a suitcase half packed (or half un-packed!) I'd love you to join me on Facebook or Twitter and sign up for my newsletters if you want loads of travel tips, advice and deals!