I spent the first few years of my life in New Zealand’s cultural capital, that cafe rich, windswept harbour enclave of Wellington, New Zealand, surrounded by green rolling hills and enraptured by the burgeoning music, art, and fashion scene that had already started to take root in the city. That was a fair few years ago (gulp).
So, in order to get Bali Girl across the Tasman, she had to be lured with the promise of a quick stop over with a spot of retail therapy. With high standards, it would take a lot to impress Bec, but she left the city blown away by what the city had to offer saying the ‘city chic was world-class’. Areas like Britomart, High Street and Vulcan Lane come highly recommended to pick up all the latest fashion items.With high standards, it would take a lot to impress Bec, but she left the city blown away by what the city had to offer, saying the ‘city chic was world-class’.
In our ongoing adventure following Aussie Hipster Patrick Stevenson in New Zealand, he gets a real Wellington makeover. Wellington can provide a jam-packed itinerary, but one must not forget to squeeze in shopping and a visit to top notch local boutiques, such as Crane Brothers and Good as Gold.
Check out this awesome short film from the Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand, which is based on the sci-fi world of Dr Grordbort, created by writer and artist Greg Broadmore from Weta Workshop.
I’m originally from Wellington, New Zealand, so I know first hand what a happening little city it is, from the windswept hills that harbour (did I say harbour? Check Wellington’s out below) cool boutiques, cafes and restaurants, to the bustling downtown area. Thanks to our friends at Tourism Wellington, we are giving away a bunch of New Zealand-themed goodies to the best answers to this question: What are the first words you think of when you think of Wellington?
Our Bali Girl got to sample one of New Zealand’s premier music festivals during her trip to New Zealand — the epic Rhythm and Vines. Nestled in amongst the vineyards in Gisborne, this is one of the very first places in the world to see the sunrise. Rhythm and Vines is also the winner of the 2010 Best Festival/Event NZ Tourism Award and is the pinnacle of the best festival week offered anywhere in New Zealand.
When it comes to being a hipster, Australian Patrick ticks all the boxes. For all his hipster tendencies, Patrick is actually really nice. Which is why our friends at Air New Zealand wanted to change his mind about New Zealand. To do that they took him to the capital of Kiwi hipsterdom.
World traveler KatRelish designs handmade one-of-a kind jewelry using simple elements such as wood and glass beads, wire, and fimo (a cooked clay). Color combinations and shapes pay subtle tribute to her native New Zealand. Earrings, necklaces, rings and broaches form part of a growing list of pieces. Though inspired by fellow industrial and jewelry designer and future collaborator, Cecilia Lico, inspiration mostly comes from the materials she uses and how they feel in her hands.
Wellington band The Dims have released two EPs in the past six months, with the latest installment entitled No Chemical Ills. Drawing inspiration from cult Kiwi acts like The Gordons and The Dead C, the trio condense their sound into distorted songs best described as ‘noise-punk’, and lasting only a couple of minutes.
There’s no finer way to experience the pristine New Zealand countryside than riding horses at Rangihau Ranch, in the Coromandel. While the Lost At E Minor team were in New Zealand recently, we enjoyed a morning riding the horses at Rangihau.
What better to do with the world’s steepest street, Baldwin Street in Dunedin New Zealand, than organise a jaffa roll – where numbered balls of chocolate coated with a hard sugary outer are sent flying down in a moving wall of red and orange. The fastest jaffas finish the 79% gradient street in around 15 seconds, raising money for local charities.
I was mesmerised by a small seal pup colony at Ohau Stream, just north of Kaikoura in New Zealand. The small Ohau stream is a playground for seal pups, who swim up to a pool at the base of a 30-metre waterfall while their mothers are out at sea hunting fish. The pups are completely at home in their nursery — undisturbed by tickled onlookers, who are offered a privileged glimpse of a carefree existence.
I made this short fan video for Bon Iver’s new single Holocene while road tripping with my little brother on the South Island of New Zealand this winter.
The Free House is a pub set in a retro-fitted church in Nelson, New Zealand, an exploration of the art of beer that is unshackled from big brewery mass produced fizz that we so often have to endure. Disciples have enjoyed more than 250 different craft beers since the crusade to set beers free was embarked upon in 2009 by Eelco Boswijk and Mic Dover.