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New Zealand's Hawke's Bay: Culinary Richness from the Wine Region

The Hawke's Bay region is known for its mild winters and long, hot, Mediterranean summers. It is this gorgeous climate that entices exclusive travelers to visit and allows the region to be so well-known for producing fine wine and remarkable food. Local markets are loaded with a bevy of fresh vegetables, seasonal fruit, locally-made cheeses, seafood, lamb, and artisan treats. These opulent goodies compete for stall space with bread, fresh baking, hand-made chocolates, and artisanal wines.

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Topics: New Zealand, Culinary, Wine

Kia Ora: Photo Tips for New Zealand


New Zealand is a country known for mythical landscapes. With sparkling fjords and steaming volcanoes, it is frequently the backdrop for Hollywood’s most magical movies -- from Harry Potter to the Lord of the Rings. To capture Kia Ora from sea to sky, here are some tips every amateur photographer must know before you click:

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Topics: New Zealand

Why Rotorua's Champagne Pool Smells Like Anything But...


Traveling New Zealand

Visiting New Zealand's largest mud pool can be a fascinating experience. With steaming vents and bubbling earth, this area that rests in the crater of an extinct volcano is a must-visit on any journey to “Kia Ora” -- just make sure to plug your nose. You see, besides its vibrant colors and smoking surface, Rotorua is famous for something just as shocking...its smell.

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Topics: New Zealand

What to Expect: New Zealand's Maori Culture


The Land of the Long White Cloud

The Maori people have a profound impact on the culture of New Zealand and are part of what makes the “land of the long white cloud” such an unforgettable experience. While other places certainly have indigenous peoples, the Maori continue to flavor the culture and impact everyday life with their traditions and heritage. Even the country’s dogged interest in sustainability stems from the traditional Maori value of kaitiakitaga, or guardianship, which produces a deep-rooted belief in man’s responsibility to care for and nurture the environment.

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Topics: New Zealand

Cultural Immersion with the Māori in New Zealand


Tribal Shouts

The evening silence is broken by the guttural shouts of men in grass skirts. Stomping their feet in unison, they move toward the gathered crowd like a herd of thundering buffalo. Slapping their bare chests and thighs, the warriors punctuate their movements with deep bellows and grimacing stares through bulging eyes. 

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Topics: New Zealand