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Lake Wainamu

Lake Wainamu is a place not many people know about. Out at Bethells Beach, on Auckland’s west coast, it’s a peaceful spot of understated beauty, surrounded by low hills. You get to it either by trudging across sand dunes for about ten minutes, or...
by POMS AWAY! on Nov 8, 2015

A Walk around Hamilton Lake

So I finally got around to going to Lake Rotoroa, or Hamilton Lake. It’s inexcusable. I’ve lived in Hamilton since January! (Well, okay, I did visit the lake once, but that was before I lived here and before the awesome playground was built. Anyw...
by POMS AWAY! on Oct 20, 2015

The New Zealand fuel based on beer

Are you passionate about cars, but you love beer? In New Zealand there was an innovation that mix, according DB Export Beer Factory in New Zealand has developed a new bio fuel containing residues of the fermentation process. The fuel w...
by We care about your travel on Aug 16, 2015

Classic Flyers – Somewhere to Go if You’re in the Bay of Plenty

Something you might not know about the Tauranga/Mount Maunganui area is it has a rather good aviation museum. It’s called Classic Flyers and you can find it at Tauranga Airport. Now I’m not really interested in planes, but, unfortunately for me,...
by POMS AWAY! on Aug 11, 2015

Te Awa Chardonnay 2010 (New Zealand) - Wine Review

Tonight's white wine was purchased from the March 2 VINTAGES Release back in 2013. Knowing that I could let this sit for a while and mature, I decided to finally open this wine after 2 years, just before it reaches the end of it's predicted drinking...

Backpacking in New Zealand: My Top 20 Memories

Don't Stop Living - Jonny Blair - a lifestyle of travel “You’ll never see the end of the road when you’re travelling with me ” – Neil Finn (Crowded House). Looking at the 2,000 plus posts still to be converted from my...
by Don't Stop Living on Jul 28, 2015

Friday’s Featured Food: Top 5 Food Experiences in New Zealand

Don't Stop Living - Jonny Blair - a lifestyle of travel It’s been a shocking eight years since my first trip to New Zealand and even five years since my second trip so the notebook still clogs up a list of 30 something posts still unwritten ab...
by Don't Stop Living on Jul 3, 2015

Antiques, Collectables and a Giant Bottle of Lemonade

Paeroa: a small town famous for being the home of New Zealand’s favourite lemon-based soft drink, L&P or Lemon & Paeroa. Indeed, its main tourist attraction is a seven-metre high L&P bottle, which used to be closer to the road, but was...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 29, 2015

Why You Should Visit the Arataki Visitor Centre

First time in New Zealand? Time to spare around Auckland? Head west to the Arataki Visitor Centre in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park. It provides a fantastic introduction to life in New Zealand. You can learn about Auckland’s history, environmen...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 22, 2015

Raglan on a Winter’s Day

Raglan is one of the most famous holiday destinations in New Zealand and one of the best surfing spots in the world. It’s surprising, therefore, that I’d never been until last week weekend! It was a wintery day – not raining, but with a cold li...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 10, 2015

Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls has to be one of the most photogenic places in New Zealand. I went for the first time last weekend and I didn’t get a single bad picture. Choosing which photographs to use for this post was no mean feat! Bridal Veil Falls are loca...
by POMS AWAY! on Jun 1, 2015

The Middle Ages Come to Hamilton

Hamilton may be the City of the Future, but that doesn’t stop it celebrating the past. The Waikato Waldorf School’s annual Medieval Carnival is set to become a destination event, attracting people from all over New Zealand. I went to this year’...
by POMS AWAY! on May 17, 2015

Rose Hellaby House – Hidden Gem in the Waitakeres

The best places are the ones you find accidentally. For me, West Auckland’s Rose Hellaby House is such a place. On a quiet Sunday morning, my boyfriend and I were driving home after a party. Leaving our friends to nurse hangovers of varying severit...
by POMS AWAY! on May 11, 2015

Huntly. Yes, It’s That Bad.

The twin chimneys of Huntly loom over the town like Martin Freeman giving it both fingers.
by POMS AWAY! on May 4, 2015

Hamilton’s Italian Paradise

There’s only one reason to visit Hamilton: the Gardens. Follow the Waikato River south out of the city centre and there you are. I’ve written about the Hamilton Gardens before, but last weekend I went again and discovered an entrance I never knew...
by POMS AWAY! on Apr 29, 2015

Eating Out in Auckland Central

The centre of Auckland City is heaven for food lovers. There are delights from all over the world to suit every budget. Deciding where to eat is quite a challenge. Last week I found myself standing on Queen Street, alone, with an entire day to fill.
by POMS AWAY! on Mar 24, 2015

Nerds of New Zealand Unite for Armageddon

For me, Armageddon is an annual certainty. (I’m talking about the sci-fi/fantasy/anime/comic/gaming/cosplay convention, not the actual end of the world.) I usually go to the Auckland Armageddon, but I live in Hamilton now, and I’ve just experienc...
by POMS AWAY! on Mar 17, 2015

The Mysterious Beauty of Bethells Beach

Te Henga, or Bethells Beach, is a properly mystical place. No wonder so many films, TV series, music videos and commercials are shot there. Being on the west coast of Auckland, its sunsets are especially spectacular. Many’s the time I’ve watched...
by POMS AWAY! on Mar 8, 2015

My Top 10 Favourite Places in New Zealand

Since moving to New Zealand, I’ve seen so many wonderful places. The country’s full of them; beauty spots beyond counting. But some of them have stayed with me more than others. Some places are just so wonderful, so beautiful… This is a persona...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 24, 2015

The Alien World of White Island

Have you ever visited somewhere so unique that you rave about it years later? It’s been six years since my family went to New Zealand’s White Island, and I still find myself thinking about it and talking about how amazing it is. I can’t believe...
by POMS AWAY! on Feb 11, 2015

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