December 2015

Cardrona Open for Summer

Cardrona opened for the 2015/2016 summer season on Sunday with picture perfect conditions. Visitors were welcomed to explore several new mountain biking trails, along with three new walking trails and two new mountain carting trails. Cardrona’s new mountain carts proved to be a popular attraction for the resort, which is now the only ‘Mountain Cart

Sharks of summer

Everyone knows they’re out there, but how well do you know your sharks? NIWA looks at four of the most common sharks you’re likely to spot this summer. Bronze whaler (Carcharhinus brachyurus) Bronze whalers are commonly found around the northern half of the North Island over spring and summer when they move into shallow coastal

Busiest-ever season for holiday parks

As thousands of Kiwi families pack their camping gear in readiness for summer getaways, holiday parks are expecting their busiest-ever season. “There’s never been a better time to explore New Zealand – petrol is relatively affordable and we have the bonus of an extra long weekend as a result of the Mondayisation of Waitangi Day,”

Plan ahead to avoid delays this holiday season

Traffic will be heavy on highways throughout Auckland and Northland during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, and the NZ Transport Agency is urging drivers to plan ahead to avoid delays and get to their destination safely. The Transport Agency encourages people to stagger their journeys to travel outside of the peak times if

The Worlds Rarest Kiwi – Number 200 Hatches Today !

With less than 450 of the world’s rarest kiwi still left alive in the wild today it is with great delight that the West Coast Wildlife Centre has today announces the successful hatching of it’s 200th Rowi kiwi in just over 5 years of operation. Rowi are the rarest kiwi in the world and are

Hamilton Christmas Lights

Well Christmas day may have been and gone but if you are wanting to prolong the festivities, there are plenty of Christmas Lights which will continue on for a few more days, including the Mormon Temple lights, near Hamilton. We visited the lights on Sunday the 20th December, and although we have been in years

The 60 best travel finds of 2015

… Hong Kong, mountain-biking in New Zealand, dancing in Rio, dining … Still largely untouched by tourism in many areas, Sardinia … a daily basis. The hospitality is reliably warm, too – … BEST ECO HOTEL  Hotel Central Park, New York  This new hotel debuted in …

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Little Blue Penguin rehabbed and released

EcoWorld Aquarium has successfully rehabbed and now released Shazbot the Little Blue Penguin. Shazbot was released into Picton Harbour this week after two months of rehab. “She bit me twice and I knew it was time to let her go” said EcoWorld Life Science Manager Regan Russell.  “The SPCA brought the little blue penguin into