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

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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New Zealand’s coolest cafe: C1 Espresso, Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 22 October 2013

As one of a handful of quality, boutique coffee shops that have sprung up in the Christchurch CBD, C1 Espresso’s quirky decor, chilled vibe and sustainable attitude provide a unique flavour that is sought after in coffee capitals across the world.

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Christchurch Pallet Pavilion to live on through summer

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By Chad Bennett in Architecture on Monday 21 October 2013

It was an initiative that spawned from the creativity of Christchurch residents and the desire for an inner-city live venue among the city’s disused CBD. Originally set to be pulled down back in June, the temporary Pallet Pavilion is set to now remain open throughout the summer.

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Mesmerising photos inside the glow worm caves of New Zealand

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By Inigo del Castillo in Cool Travel on Tuesday 8 October 2013

If you haven’t been to New Zealand for the Hobbits, the beautiful scenery, or the sheep. You might just go there for the Glow Worms. Luminescent glow worms abound in the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves in New Zealand. These creatures will mesmerize you with the strange glow that emanates from their bodies.

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Taking in New Zealand’s Southern Alps with Methven Heliski

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Wednesday 2 October 2013

When faced with the prospect of heli-skiing Canterbury’s breathtaking Arrowsmiths, my veins filled with ice colder than a New Zealand winter as visions of a 20-metre plunge out of a helicopter flashed across my mind. Thankfully, these extreme ideas couldn’t have been much further from the truth. The fact is, heli-skiing has become a more […]

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Blazed: a brilliant anti-drug campaign from New Zealand

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By Darwin Cosico in Video on Friday 27 September 2013

A new brilliant anti-drug ad campaign was recently launched in New Zealand, funded by the New Zealand Transport Agency via Clemenger BBDO. The spot features three young Maori boys sitting outside in the car, waiting for one of their dads to come out and drive one of them home. The only thing is, the dad has […]

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The allure of the atmosphere at Porters Ski, Canterbury

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Tuesday 17 September 2013

Australia has an increasing enthusiasm for a swathe of New Zealand’s ski options and Porters, located just over an hour’s drive from Christchurch, is fast becoming one of the top picks in the Canterbury region. With inexpensive flights from Sydney to Christchurch taking just three hours, you can be on the slopes in less time […]

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Lake Tekapo powers down to light up stunning night sky on Mt John

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Friday 13 September 2013

If you live in one of the world’s thriving metropolises, chances are the artificial light created by the city makes it nigh on impossible to take in the wonders of the night sky. The Earth and Sky Observatory Tour atop Mt John, 1,029 metres above sea level, gives stargazers a majestic window in the universe unaffected by city lights.

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Immersed at Tekapo Springs, Lake Tekapo

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Thursday 12 September 2013

Let’s face it – for most of us, skiing and boarding is an exhilarating but physically taxing exercise. So when presented with the chance to revitalise in hot pools overlooking Lake Tekapo and New Zealand’s Southern Alps at Tekapo Springs, we had to check it out. Situated in the Mackenzie Basin at the foot of […]

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CBD bar brings life into inner-city Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Monday 9 September 2013

Like many, up and coming boutique brewery Cassels and Sons was hit hard by the earthquakes that rocked Christchurch in 2011. But it didn’t stop them opening CBD, a vibrant establishment that breathes life into the inner city.

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Cardboard Cathedral a sign of the re-emergence of Christchurch

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By Chad Bennett in Cool Travel on Thursday 5 September 2013

The city of Christchurch is in the midst of what is, and will continue to be, a painstaking rebuild in the aftermath of the series of devastating earthquakes in 2011. But the signs of progress are popping up throughout the area’s CBD, as evidenced by the transitional cathedral that officially opened last month.

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Wooly horror: Sheep that evaded shears for 6 years

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Monday 5 August 2013

Okay, this happened nearly a decade back, but as Business Insider said of Shrek, a sheep that craftily dodged the shears by holing up in a South Island New Zealand cave for six years, ‘We can remember him in photos.’ That’s a lot of wool there.

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Pictorial Grammar: an art series by Matt Arbuckle

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By Ashlee Lennon in New Photography on Wednesday 17 July 2013

Movement is the centerpiece of Berlin-based Matt Arbuckle’s latest series, Pictorial Grammar. Aside from its challenging visual boundaries, the collection features a palette of blues which he mixed up while reminiscing about the Resene pots from his childhood growing up in New Zealand.  These paintings seemed at home both on display at his latest exhibition […]

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Be the first Australian same-sex couple to get married in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 27 June 2013

The Star Observer and Tourism New Zealand have teamed up to host a contest to find the first Australian same-sex couple to be wed in New Zealand on the first day that same-sex marriages are legal in New Zealand. To enter to win a dream wedding, simply submit a photograph of you and your loved one and describe why you want to be married in New Zealand (in 25 words or less).

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The Clearest Lake in the World is in New Zealand

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By Annie Churdar in Cool Travel on Tuesday 25 June 2013

Blazing hot temperatures outside are rising, proof that, where I am, summer’s in full swing, and these never-before-seen photos of the world’s clearest lake taken by Klaus Thymann are killing me. I just want to go swimming in it. Found in New Zealand’s South Island, Blue Lake has the incredible visibility of about 80 metres. 

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Diaries DownUnder: check out the snow on New Zealand’s Southern Alps

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Tuesday 16 April 2013

Doesn’t the sight of luscious white powder just get your adrenalin pumping? It does ours, which is why the reports that the first snow has already fallen on New Zealand’s Southern Alps is so damn tempting.

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Stacks of houses over a lake in Christchurch, New Zealand

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By Low Lai Chow in Architecture on Tuesday 19 March 2013

In New Zealand’s Christchurch Botanic Gardens, Mexican artist Héctor Zamora, who is based in Sao Paolo, has stacked metallic boxy structures above Kiosk Lake for an installation work called Muegano. He said the idea came from reflecting about the symbolic house shape and seeing how it didn’t look like a natural organic construction.

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