Four hikers wearing heavy backpacks were thrown into a river after the suspension bridge they were walking along collapsed. The incident happened at New Zealand’s Te Urewera national park, and while the bridge is designed to withstand the weight of 10 people at a time, one of the bridge’s suspension cables snapped, sending the trekkers 8 metres into the river below.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.