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Crystal Cruises Hobbit Experience Brings New Adventure To Sea

Crystal Cruises Hobbit Experience Brings New Adventure To Sea Nov 15th, 2012 at 4:00PM: Crystal Cruises are always looking for unique experiences to stand out from the crowd and an upcoming New Zealand sailing is no exception. Bringing adventure from the big screen to cruise passengers, Crystal Cruises has a new dinner experience this December, on the "Hobbiton" set used for the Lord of the Rings trilogy and new prequel film. Just days after "The Hobbit" opens worldwide,...

Kiwi Cool: Shopping For New Zealand-Made Souvenirs

Kiwi Cool: Shopping For New Zealand-Made Souvenirs Sep 20th, 2012 at 9:00AM: When you go to the other side of the world, you want to bring back a few things to show for your trouble. Visiting New Zealand with my 1-year-old daughter, and with nephews at home in America, I became obsessed with finding them something actually made in the country. A stuffed kiwi bird or lamb toy, a merino wool baby blanket, or a fun T-shirt would do nicely, and I wouldn't mind some jewelry...

Kiwi Cool: Saving Money While Traveling In New Zealand

Kiwi Cool: Saving Money While Traveling In New Zealand Sep 10th, 2012 at 11:00AM: Last month, I spent three weeks traveling through New Zealand, focusing mainly on the cities and culture. After living in Istanbul for two years, it wasn't the culture shock, the jet lag, or the seasonal switch that was hard to adjust to, it was the prices. While I knew New Zealand wasn't cheap (though their dollar is slightly weaker than ours), I was unprepared for the sticker shock. Dinner and...

Kiwi Cool: New Zealand For The Un-Adventurous

Kiwi Cool: New Zealand For The Un-Adventurous Sep 6th, 2012 at 12:00PM: I just spent a month in New Zealand and I don't ski, snowboard, climb mountains, or bungee jump. I don't like "extreme" anything and I'm not sure why anyone would participate in something called "zorbing." In the midst of winter in the Southern Hemisphere, it's too cold for beaches or swimming but too wet most days for a pleasant hike. Instead, I explored museums and galleries, sipped...

Powerful earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand

Powerful earthquake hits Christchurch, New Zealand Feb 22nd, 2011 at 10:30AM: A magnitude 6.3 earthquake was recorded in Christchurch, New Zealand on Tuesday, causing widespread damage and killing at least 65 people. The South Island city was severely damaged and the death toll is expected to rise as victims are located in the wreckage. Aftershocks continued to rock the city as rescue workers spent the night searching for survivors in the rubble. Emergency services...

100 year-old whiskey frozen in Antarctic being thawed out

100 year-old whiskey frozen in Antarctic being thawed out Jul 23rd, 2010 at 10:00AM: Earlier this year we reported how the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust retrieved some whiskey left behind by explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his team after on unsuccessful attempt to make it to the South Pole in 1907-1909. Now curators at Canterbury Museum in Christchurch, New Zealand, are thawing out one of the crates. The Nimrod Expedition ran low on supplies only 97 miles from the...

In the Corner of the World: TranzAlpine Train

In the Corner of the World: TranzAlpine Train Nov 4th, 2009 at 11:30AM: Railway travel just isn't what it used to be. Gone are the fastidiously dressed conductors checking their pocket watches before yelling, "All aboard!" Gone, too, are the eager young porters loading trunks into the luxury cars of well-heeled travelers. It's the era of air travel and checked baggage fees, and we may all be worse off because of it. Sure. you can still take trains domestically and...

In the Corner of the World - Where hitchhikers are welcome

In the Corner of the World - Where hitchhikers are welcome Apr 22nd, 2009 at 9:00AM: Over the next few weeks here at Gadling, we'll be bringing you updates from our recent travels across New Zealand - in the process, we hope to offer a range of perspectives about what visiting this truly unique and fascinating country is all about. You can read previous entries HERE. We picked up Kevin near Springs Junction, nearly 200 kilometers southeast of Picton, New Zealand, standing on the...

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