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.
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.
Experience real tank-driving adventure. Located in Christchurchland, New Zealand, Tanks For Everything puts regular civilians in the driver’s seat of a 52-tonne Centurion tank. Go on a simple joy ride around the track or take out your pent-up anger with some good ol’ car crushing.
Lost At E Minor had the chance last week to re-visit Wellington (nb… the two founders of the site are originally from Wellington), the picturesque capital of New Zealand, and as more people are finding out, it’s not exactly one of those stuffy, pretentious capitals full of cold monuments. No. It’s far cooler than that.
Lara Bingle recently touched down in Queenstown to film the latest episode of Kiwi Sceptics for Air New Zealand. Having not spent time in New Zealand prior to the trip, Bingle considered New Zealand to be just ‘off her radar’ Air New Zealand collected Lara straight from her fabulous 25 birthday celebrations for a 5am check in, ready for an activity packed few days in Queenstown.
On her recent adventure in Queenstown, New Zealand, it wasn’t all snowboarding and snow caves for Kiwi Sceptic Lara Bingle. Her itinerary was also peppered with après ski activity: she sampled some of the best of Queenstown’s food and wine at eateries like Botswana Butchery and The Bunker and played a few rounds of pool at local favourite Zephyr Bar. Check out the video of her Queenstown trip below.
Cinzah is one dope street artist from New Zealand. Having done a multitude of murals, as well as gallery work, he has recently set his sights on video, collaborating on a street art documentary called Dregs, which aims to bring to light the thriving street art movement in New Zealand. He’s also an accomplished illustrator, represented by Watermark Ltd. I own one of his pieces, Tardiness, an Alice in Wonderland-themed painting, and it feels great to put my money into supporting a fellow artist. His works exude vibrant energy and irreverence.
Flox is New Zealand’s queen of the stencil. Her artworks are made up of layer upon layer of flowery, birdy goodness. Her artwork reminds me of bush walks and muddy shoes. Whenever I see one of her paintings, I want to go outside and find some greenness to get lost in.
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.