Staying Overnight Among the Vines

After a sensational day out at the Wairarapa Harvest Festival where we were alongside more than 2000 other people sampling the regions wine and food, it was lovely on sunset to drive into the tranquility of the grounds at Gladstone Vineyards. Our delightful accommodation for the night was a beautifully appointed, self-catering apartment set above […]

A Visit to the Vintage Aviator

The day was coldish and overcast and not the sort of day to linger outside too long so we hopped into our vintage automobile, okay it was a 1998 Mazda 626 station wagon and made our way to Hood Aerodrome in Masterton to visit the Vintage Aviator . . . home to one of the […]

Hoedown at the Harvest Festival

It hardly seems like a week ago that I was hobnobbing it down at the 6th annual Wairarapa Wines Harvest Festival in Gladstone, sampling wines and nibbles on blistering beautiful sunshine filled day. With four bands playing off the side of a truck, nine eateries and 16 vineyards it was always going to be a […]

Wine and Wheels with March Hare Cycling

While all the real folk were working hard I was pedalling harder last Friday afternoon on a work assignment . . . ok it was technically a way to skip sitting at a computer when I joined a group of easy going folk on a ‘bike with basket’ ride around Martinborough. With cloudy skies threatening […]

Graeme Manson’s Farewell Party

Some well-known faces at Graeme Manson’s farewell party last night: Jane Wilson from South Australia Tourism Commission, Graeme Manson, Jenny Aitkin from Tourism Australia and Sonja Lawson from Destination New South Wales.

Getting streetwise …

When I travel I love to try the street food, the good local ‘hole in the wall’ restaurants and the off the beaten track local attractions. However I, like most people, usually feel safer if I have a local show me the best places to do this. Anantara Bangkok Riverside has introduced the Street Wise […]

Maggie’s Vegas Tips

Right now it’s such a good time to travel to Las Vegas because the NZ dollar is so strong and in the past few years there has been an incredible amount of development which means that room prices are at really competitive prices. Maggie Hunt has some tips on Vegas: At night Vegas is truly […]

Maggie’s Vegas Shopping Tips

Vegas is shopping heaven. From bargains to bling, the resort has it all. As a general observation clothes and electronics are considerably cheaper in the US. Factory Outlets are amazing in Vegas and there are three huge outlets within 30 minutes of the Strip (Fashion Outlets of Las Vegas, Premium Outlets of Las Vegas and […]

Maggie’s Vegas Entertainment Tips

Maggie Hunt has some tips on Vegas entertainment: Vegas is the Entertainment Capital of the world. From Showgirls to Santana to Broadway performances and Cirque Du Soleil there is something for everyone and all budgets. On top of the permanent shows a myriad of artists make Vegas a priority stop on their world tours. Think […]