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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New Zealand’s Musical Island Boys: spinning out the world of the barber shop

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By Lost At E Minor in New Music on Tuesday 19 March 2013

We always like to see people who buck the system. You know the type – dreamers, wanderers, the people that take something, flip it on its head. It would only make sense, then, that we would love a bunch of Maori, Niuean and Samoan guys doing something a little different: singing barber shop quartet in […]

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Best Dressed Dead Possum competition: only in New Zealand

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Events on Thursday 14 February 2013

This might be the most bizarre and unsanitary competition we’ve heard of. One New Zealand school held a competition for the Best Dressed Possum, which yielded some pretty crazy results. Take a look at the competitors for yourself and keep in mind when viewing them that in New Zealand, at least, possums are considered a […]

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HAPA: a stylishly curated design store in Christchurch

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Design on Thursday 14 February 2013

HAPA is a design store in Christchurch, New Zealand, that just happens to be located inside a shipping container. Style points. The store was opened shortly after the Christchurch earthquake in 2011 by Maureen Taane and Yuri Bacas Hosaka and offers interesting bespoke gifts, jewelry, and accessories from local and international artists.

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The World’s Biggest Waterslide to be built in New Zealand

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By Darwin Cosico in Cool Travel on Monday 21 January 2013

Jimi Hunt and Dan Drupsteen, founders of Live More Awesome, are preparing to build the world’s biggest waterslide near Helensville, west of Auckland. The aim of the event is to raise awareness about the problems associated with depression and to create initiatives that help people beat it without drugs. The event will be open for public to use on February 23 and 24.

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