New Zealand’s most happening street? Cuba St, Wellington

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Friday 8 February 2013

Wellington is famous for many reasons: wind (the city once recorded a gust of 248km/hr), having the most cafes per head of anywhere in the world, being the home of Peter Jackson and his stunning movies which include The Lord Of The Rings epics, The Hobbit, Avatar (and more) and also for their hip slice […]

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The Museum Art Hotel in Wellington

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Wednesday 16 January 2013

Wellington’s stunning Museum Art Hotel is one of Lost At E Minor’s favourite hotels – and not just for the luxury, comfort and setting. It comes with an underlying vibe of cheeky fun. Take this example: the beautiful motorbikes on display in the lobby/gallery are regularly taken out for a quick spin by owner, Chris Parkin.

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Orcs from The Hobbit terrify Wellington, New Zealand

Tristan Rayner Editor

By Tristan Rayner in Cool Travel on Thursday 3 January 2013

To celebrate the official release of Peter Jackson’s latest J.R.R. Tolkien fable, The Hobbit, lucky competition winners were given a trip to Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, to be turned into fiercesome and brutal Orcs from the movie.

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13 metre long Giant Gollum to greet visitors to Wellington

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By Darwin Cosico in New Film on Wednesday 31 October 2012

Wellington Airport in New Zealand has recently erected a giant Gollum sculpture in preparation for the world premiere of Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey next month. The 13 metre long Gollum was developed by Weta Workshop. The sculpture weighs in at 1.2 tonnes. Weta Workshop is best known for producing the sets, costumes, weapons and […]

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Wellington: the hippest capital city in the world?

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Travel on Tuesday 27 March 2012

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).

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Air New Zealand presents: Hipster meets Hipster

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Friday 23 March 2012

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. Advertisement

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Air New Zealand presents: The Hipster in Wellington

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Friday 16 March 2012

With more bars, restaurants, and cafes per capita than New York City, Hipster Patrick was spoiled for choice when dining out on his visit to Wellington. Here is a look at a few of the restaurants that shouldn’t be missed. Advertisement

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Win a prize pack from the coolest little capital in the world

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in Cool Travel on Monday 12 March 2012

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?

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Air New Zealand Presents: The Hipster

Lost At E Minor Contributor

By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 29 February 2012

When it comes to being a hipster, Australian Patrick ticks all the boxes. He is a skinny white boy living in the hood (well, Redfern, Sydney). He’s a part-time DJ, full-time social photographer, and the wearer of ironic T-shirts and ironic shorts. He’s the bearer of ironic tattoos and the rider of an ironic bicycle. Advertisement

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The Kiwi Sceptics: can a Aussie hipster be convinced?

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By Lost At E Minor in Cool Travel on Wednesday 22 February 2012

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.

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The Dims: Bombs Over Berhampore

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By jackson in New Music on Tuesday 20 December 2011

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.

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Colourful work by New Zealand artist Mica Still

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By Beck Wheeler in New Art on Wednesday 21 September 2011

If you let a bear loose in a lingerie shop, it might look like one of Mica Stills paintings. Stills is a painter based in Wellington, New Zealand.

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Win one of three Good t-shirts

Zolton Editor

By Zolton in New Prizes on Wednesday 13 October 2010

Good are a Kiwi creative team, illustrating gear for you to wear. Their influences come from cultures encountered, people surrounded, and good beats. We have three Good t-shirts to give away to randomly selected LAEM subscribers who say ‘g’day’ under this post and the name of the city you’re in.

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Loukoumi Artisan Confectioners

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By The Urban Grocer in New Food and Packaging on Saturday 13 June 2009

Who knew that New Zealanders could make authentic, knock-out Turkish delights? Yet that is exactly what makes Wellington-based artisanal confectioners, Loukoumi, so renowned. This boutique company’s traditional Turkish delights are all natural, handcrafted sweets available in a range of flavors from New Zealand manuka honey, to Australian rainforest lemon myrtle, to their recently released pomegranate.

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Liam Finn

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By Hi Ho Silver in New Music on Monday 24 September 2007

I haven’t bought a CD in a while but I was strolling down Wellington’s Cuba Street looking for a bit of inspiration the other day when Liam Finn’s music tapped me politely on the shoulder and dragged me into the music store. Liam is New Zealand music royalty, of Neil Finn descent, although — with […]

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