Christchurch’s Hotel Montreal: luxury a rebuilding city needs

Zac Editor

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

Ben Urquhart Contributor

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

Ben Urquhart Contributor

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 Coronet Peak (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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Inigo del Castillo Contributor

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

Chad Bennett Contributor

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

Chad Bennett Contributor

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

Chad Bennett Contributor

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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