Lost At E Minor props New Zealand

Rarangi, Marlborough New Zealand

Lost At E Minor is heading back to New Zealand, where it all began (yup, the two founders of the site are from Wellington), to explore the northern parts of the South Island. We know it’s beautiful. But there’s way more going on than just greenery, clear water, and fresh air (though those are bonuses). The LAEM tour of New Zealand will have us looking at the rebuilding of Christchurch, taking in the stunning surrounds of Marlborough (pictured), and having a peek at the cultural happenings in Nelson. Stay tuned for daily updates on this magical part of the world.

With thanks to our friends: NewZealand.com, Air New Zealand

World’s best job? This guy paints epic internet memes onto utility boxes in NZ

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 4 August 2015

New Zealand looks like the place to go if you want to get your street art noticed. Back in 2013, artist Paul Walsh painted a Grumpy Cat on a wall at his local dog park (after a few beers) but it got painted over. Locals were upset, petitioned the council and low and behold, a local newspaper published what had happened.

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Kiwi students perform a breathtaking Maori war dance in honour of their late teacher

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 31 July 2015

When a favourite teacher at Palmerston North Boys High School died last week, students of this New Zealand school knew there was only one way to give him the send-off he truly deserved. As Mr. Tamatea’s hearse entered the school grounds, 1,700 students broke into a traditional Maori haka that will send shivers down your spine.

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New Zealand’s pancake rocks are a sight to behold!

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Sunday 5 July 2015

Travel to New Zealand and you’ll be treated to some of the planet’s most beautiful landscapes. While you’re there, make your way to Paparoa National Park and over to Dolomite Point to find Pancake Rocks. Funny name but a beautiful location where eroded limestone cliffs form an unforgettable coastline.

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Stunning images of glowworms in 30-million-year-old limestone caves in New Zealand

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By Rachel Oakley in Cool Travel on Thursday 2 July 2015

If photographer Joseph Michael isn’t working for the New Zealand tourism commission, someone get him a job quick. His long-exposure photos of glowworms in caves are simply amazing and make us want to pack our bags immediately!

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Stunning 4K hyperlapse video of New Zealand’s best kept secret

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By Rachel Oakley in Video on Friday 19 June 2015

Belgian videographer and hyperlapse specialist Matthew Vandeputte spent hundreds of hours along New Zealand’s Lake Wanaka landscape to create this mesmerizing video that shows us the true beauty of the Land of the Long White Cloud.

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In New Zealand, this neon green sulphur lake is straight out of a comic book

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By Low Lai Chow in Cool Travel on Thursday 18 June 2015

The Devil’s Bath in Wai-O-Tapu, as people fondly call it may look like pure evil at first glance. It looks like the radioactive skeleton-melting lake straight out of a comic book. Except that it’s anything but: the lake actually gets its bizarre gleaming green hue from the floating sulphur deposits in it — it is […]

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Portraits of New Zealand’s Mongrel Mob

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Wednesday 10 June 2015

You might’ve heard of the biggest mob in New Zealand – the Mighty Mongrel Mob. The name for this notorious gang came from the comments of a judge in the Hasting’s Magistrate’s Court, who referred to the men in front of him as ‘mongrels’. That was in the 1960s. Since then, the gang has spread all over New Zealand with a reputation for violence and organized crime.

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Heading to New Zealand? Here’s the Lost At E Minor guide to Christchurch

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Wednesday 3 June 2015

A series of earthquakes between 2010 and 2011 devastated New Zealand’s second largest city, Christchurch. An estimated 1,000 buildings in the city’s CBD came down or were subsequently pulled down. (Stop for a second and try to count to 1,000. Each number represents an entire building!) The sheer scale of destruction can only be comprehended in person. Over two-thirds of the city is still rubble.

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Christchurch’s Hotel Montreal: luxury a rebuilding city needs

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By Zac in Cool Travel on Thursday 14 May 2015

Hotel Montreal is Christchurch’s newest luxury boutique hotel. Opened mid-2014, the hotel stays true to its name by incorporating European flair with contemporary style. A polo theme runs through the hotel, with guests able to eat at the popular Polo Bar, and most of the decorations are buyable, should you feel so inclined.

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Can this woman’s sign find her the perfect stranger of her dreams? You better believe it!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Events on Wednesday 4 March 2015

When Sarah saw a handsome stranger past her while walking his dog last week on a New Zealand beach, something inside of her said she had to meet him again. Instead of resorting to a Facebook search, this Glasgow-based woman posted a sign explaining the exact moment she saw the stranger, then going onto say that she would be waiting for him on the grass (where she first spotted him) the following Tuesday.

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Architecture of new Remarkables ski base

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By Ben Urquhart in Architecture on Monday 21 July 2014

We recently visited the The Remarkables, a mountain range and skifield just out side of Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. The mountains were named by the Queenstown settlers, upon seeing it during sunset one evening and named them the Remarkables to describe the sight.

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Ski diving over Lake Wanaka

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

Some say skydivers have a death wish; others call them adrenaline junkies. Lost At E Minor wouldn’t disagree on either count, having witnessed the action up close and personal.

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Skiing at New Zealand’s Cardrona bra fence

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Friday 18 July 2014

On a recent ski trip to New Zealand we came across a controversial tourist attraction in Central Otago, the Cardrona Bra Fence. It is believed that The Bra Fence began at some point between Christmas and New Year 1999, when four bras were attached to the wire fence alongside the road.

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Trekking in The Remarkables wearing shoes fashioned from old seal guts

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By Ben Urquhart in Cool Travel on Thursday 10 July 2014

Several animals have evolved oversized feet, enabling them to move more quickly through deep snow. It is this quirk in evolution that has inspired indigenous people around the world to create ‘shoes’ that are much larger than their feet, allowing the wearer to travel over the snow without sinking.

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These sculptures prove that glass can be as smooth and graceful as water

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Tuesday 1 July 2014

New Zealand-based artist Ben Young created these beautiful glass sculptures that are reminiscent of his home near the picturesque Bay of Plenty. A surfer and a professional boat builder, the artist has spent many years perfecting the craft of taking sheets of glass and turning them into miniature representations of the ocean’s fluidity.

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These are the coolest children’s face paintings we’ve ever seen

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Art on Wednesday 30 April 2014

These astonishing face paintings by New Zealand-based artist Christy Lewis, aka Daizy, will make you do a double-take, or maybe even a triple-take even. Whenever she wants to try out a new design, she simply calls on her two daughters and son to be her guinea pigs models in her artistic experiments. After finishing yet another unbelievable work, she calls on her husband, Mark, to take photographs.

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In New Zealand, there’s a billboard made out of rabbits

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Tuesday 15 April 2014

While rabbit pizza is itself enough to create a stir, New Zealand-based pizza restaurant ‘Hell Pizza’ went the extra mile and made this hare-raising billboard made from hundreds of rabbits. The billboard was put up to promote the restaurant’s Easter-themed dish, the Rabbit Pizza. It reads: ‘Rabbit Pizza. Made from real rabbit. Like this billboard’. […]

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Photos of New Zealand’s beautiful oceans

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Photography on Thursday 5 December 2013

New Zealand is unfair. First they have beautiful rolling mountains and breath-taking landscapes that look like scenes from a painting. Second, they have Gandalf and Hobbits. And now, they have stunning turquoise-blue oceans and sandy beaches too? Unfair, New Zealand, unfair. Photographer Andrew Smith shoots these beautiful Oceanside photos near his home in New Zealand. […]

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New Zealand penguins in trendy eco sweater vests

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By sydneyrogue in New Fashion on Friday 25 October 2013

On the 5th of October 2011, a cargo ship ran aground in New Zealand pouring 350 tons of oil into the ocean. While the Environment Minister Nick Smith described the oil spill as the nation’s ‘most significant maritime environmental disasters’, volunteers took to the shores to save the local wildlife. In the noble effort, Skeinz, […]

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Peppers Bluewater Resort in Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Friday 25 October 2013

It’s rare that the view of bright, gleaming sunshine can contrast with a pure, white snowstorm over the space of 12 hours but at Peppers Bluewater Resort at stunning Lake Tekapo, it’s almost a common occurrence.

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