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Accommodation in Waiheke Island is aplenty. Depending on your budget and preference, you can rest assure that there is room for you here.

Since it’s the ultimate retreat for people who want to have a respite from their busy schedule, there’s a constant demand for accommodation in Waiheke Island. But the tourism industry is ever prepared for it. Varied types of accommodation are available in the island.  Here are a handful of them.

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Aquasands Studio Apartments.  Strategically positioned to face north to overlook the beach and out to sea, the modern Aquasands apartments are fitted with king-sized bed, couch, table, and chairs. Each apartment has its own private balcony deck and furniture.

Fossil Bay Lodge. This backpacker lodge is located just 300 metres away from Oneroa Bay, and a 10-minute walk to the village. It is also close to some popular tourist destinations and restaurants.

Fossil Bay has private cabins and a self-contained apartment with fully-equipped guest kitchen. Rates per person start from $40 to $130.

Onetangi Beach Apartments. Located on 5 Fourth Avenue, the Onetangi Beach self contained apartments have a range of accommodation depending on your requirement.  They have

  • studio
  • one-bedroom
  • two-bedroom
  • two-bedroom with two bathrooms plus sea view
  • three-bedroom

Room rates range from $159 to $359, depending on the type of room you require.

The full-serviced apartments are just a few distance away from the Waiheke museum, a nature reserve, several vineyards, and golf course. Its room rates are inclusive of daily maid service.

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Hauraki Villa. This two-storey holiday home between Oneroa and Palm Beach can accommodate four to six persons.  It has two large king-sized bedrooms, and one queen-sized designer couch in a separate room. Adult pricing is between $485 and $795.

The Boatshed Hotel. This small boutique hotel offers a panoramic view of the ocean. For a price range of $630 to $910 for adult guests, you are assured of total privacy both in its designer luxury suites, and in the dining area.

For inquiries and booking in any of the abovementioned accommodation in Waiheke Island, please click on the corresponding links. You may also visit Auckland website for more choices.

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Since New Zealand’s capital receives an increasing number of international visitors each year, Wellington also responds to the growing need for places to stay. To provide variations to the usual hotel type rooms, apartment accommodation in Wellington has stepped up its standard, and is now a growing choice of many.

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The apartment accommodation in Wellington provides you a homey atmosphere away from home. Check out these facilities and discover for yourself what they have to offer.  These are but three of several choices. You may visit the Wellington website for more options.

Fairview Apartment. This is a one-bedroom apartment that can accommodate up to 4 persons. It’s furnished with a queen-sized bed, and a fold-out sofa bed. A portacot is also available upon request. Rent starts from $110 to $150.

Fairview Apartment is located at 11 Fairview Crescent, Kelburn. Its neighbourhood includes the local village, bakery, cafes, restaurants, butchery, beauty salon, hairdresser, and antiques shop, among several others. Public transport is also accessible, with the nearest bus stop just a few metres away.

Quest on Johnston. This has 71 serviced apartments composed of studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and three-bedroom penthouses. Located right in the middle of Lambton quarter, Quest on Johnston is perfect for corporates and travellers. It has a conference room, and a stylish gymnasium. Also, the apartment is close to the Interisland ferry terminal, the Westpac Stadium, Te Papa Museum, The Beehive, and the Events Centre. Rent ranges from $125 to $261, depending on room type.

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The Art Stable. This boutique apartment is aptly named The Art Stable because it is literally situated above one of Wellington’s leading modern art galleries in a building which was once a stable. It was refurbished in October 2012 and now houses people and top quality art from the gallery.

The Art Stable is a one-bedroom apartment accommodation furnished with super king-size or two single beds, and a sofa bed in the living room, and; a full kitchen with light breakfast provision. Room rent starts from $200 to $250.

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Depending on your preference and budget, you can readily find good accommodations in Christchurch and Canterbury. From hotels to homestays, there is always a place for you here.

Christchurch and Canterbury offer more than a handful of attractions that a day trip is not enough to see all of them. Because of this, varied types of accommodation have been set up to suit every visitor’s need.

Here are some of the popular places to stay.

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Chateau Mont Clair.  Located in Akaroa, Canterbury, this two-room homestay accommodation is ideal for couples celebrating their anniversary, birthday, or engagement.  It’s a non-smoking property though; and it does not cater to children and pets.  Rates start from $265, which includes full breakfast, safe car parking, landing and parking for guests with helicopters, and WiFi.

Grasmere Lodge. Located 120 kilometres away, or 90-minute drive, from Christchurch airport, this luxury lodge offers you a panoramic view of the rivers, lakes, and rugged mountains. You can enjoy several activities around or near the lodge such as walking, horseback riding, mountain biking, clay bird shooting, farm activities, kayaking, or fly-fishing.  Rates are as follows:

  • High season: $1,035 – $1,932
  • Low season: $725 – $1,350

Aidanfield House.  This luxurious 3-bedroom holiday home is located at Sydenham Christchurch Canterbury. It is secluded at the end of the exclusive Aidanfield neighbourhood. Its rates are from $115 to $190.

Brinkley Resort.  This serviced apartment is the perfect place for both the holidaymaker and business person.  Located along Barkers Road in Methven, Canterbury, Brinkley Resort is just a five-minute walk or two-minute drive to the town centre.  It is surrounded by walking tracks, high country rivers and lakes, and golf courses. It also has an exclusive helipad from where you can fly directly to Mt Hutt.

Its rates are as follows:

  • High season: $165 – $420 (Adult)
  • Low season: $140 – $350 (Adult)

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Bendamere House Bed and Breakfast. Located right above the Kaikoura township in Canterbury, Bendamere House allows you a fantastic view of the ocean and the mountains from the property’s wide lawns and gardens. Local cafes, shops, and major tourist destinations are just a five-minute walk away. Room rates are:

  • High Season: $180 – $220 (Adult)
  • Low Season: $150 – $180 (Adult)

For more choices of accommodations in Christchurch and Canterbury, please visit the Christchurch & Canterbury web page.

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New Zealand may be small in land area but it has a huge reputation for providing quality education. The degrees offered are recognized around the world, and tuition is among the lowest – qualities that make study in New Zealand practical.

New Zealand has an excellent educational system that is centred on teaching students to analyze, absorb, find practical solutions to problems, and to innovate.  The system also encourages debate to further enhance knowledge, and free thinking among its students.

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The country has 8 universities, 18 polytechnics and institutes of technology, 20 industry training organizations, 27 English Language schools, and around 600 private training institutions.  In other words, you have several options to choose from. And although it follows a curriculum similar to the British standard, you are assured that tuition here is way lower than that of Europe.

When you choose to study in New Zealand, you are guaranteed to easily find jobs either within the country itself or anywhere else in the world.

New Zealand’s industries are experiencing significant growth over the past decades. Because of this, they also need to increase their manpower resources. In fact, some sectors like the manufacturing, financial services, scientific and research, and tourism and hospitality among others are constantly hiring skilled individuals and professionals to join their workforce.

And even if you prefer to practice your profession somewhere outside the country, you are assured of work since the degrees offered in all New Zealand schools are recognized worldwide.

The atmosphere

Studying in New Zealand is just like staying in your home country. You will not feel like “fish out of water” because Kiwis are friendly, loving, and welcoming people. The islands’ culture, too, is quite laid back and easygoing.

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And since the country itself is sparsely populated with only a little more than 4 million people, you won’t feel the angst as you would if you went to a large and crowded city. New Zealand is among the safest places to live in the world.

Entry requirements

Application to study in New Zealand is easy. Check out Studential.com for the requirements that you need to accomplish.

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People who want to save time or money prefer to download free eBooks than purchase physical ones from a bookstore. Instead of visiting a bookshop to acquire reading materials, these people just sit in front of their computers and access the internet. This method of getting books has been extremely popular during the past few years, mainly because of the technological advancements made by manufacturers of mobile devices.

Nowadays, smartphones and tablets can easily display texts and images on their screens, thereby encouraging independent writers to start producing downloadable eBooks. A few decades ago, a writer needed to approach a publishing company just to get his works printed and distributed to customers. This issue is solved by the advent of the internet and modern gadgets. Today, almost anyone can share his written works with thousands (or even millions) of people with just a few clicks on their computer’s mouse. 

This article will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to find and download interesting eBooks.

  1. Open a web browser and access your favorite search engine – Many people consider Google as the most reliable search engine today, so you may want to use it for this purpose. However, other search engines (e.g. YAHOO!, Bing, etc.) can also give you the results that you need.
  2. Enter the title of the book that you need – If there is a specific book that you want to download, enter its title on the search box and include the words “free eBook download48441_8988.” Press the Enter key for you to get the search results. The best sources are often located at the top of the list, so you should check those first.
  3. Visit the websites and check their credibility – There are some websites who provide free eBooks so they can spread computer viruses. It would be best if you will read online reviews made by other users so you can get more information about the websites that you see on the search results. Stay away from sites that are accused of spamming or information theft. You should download eBooks from sites that have positive reviews.
  4. Click on the download link and wait for a few minutes – Some websites require users to pass a “CAPTCHA” test. These tests are in place to prevent spammers from ruining a website’s performance and reliability. Often, users are required to enter alphanumeric combinations before they can access the downloadable files. Follow the instructions written on the webpage and click on the download link. Specify the location where the file will be saved and hit ENTER. The eBook will be stored on the hard disk of your device after a few minutes.
  5. Run an antivirus scan on the file before opening it – Even though you have done your research regarding the eBook’s source, it is still important to scan the file just to make sure that your device will not be affected by a computer virus. These viruses can potentially steal your personal information, ruin the performance of your device, and destroy your files.
  6. Enjoy – If your antivirus program says the file is safe, go ahead and read the eBook that you have downloaded.
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Indoor trampoline park is now the fastest growing attractions in the entertainment industry. Aside from the fun, you can greatly reduce stress in your weight-bearing joints by bouncing.

The indoor trampoline park started in the United States 8 years ago. Then it quickly spread to England, Europe, Australia. And now, it has arrived in New Zealand.

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The Leap Indoor Trampoline Park brings the phenomenal and newest craze in the entertainment industry to Hamilton. By building the bouncing facility, it aims to share the experience of a safe and fun fitness activity with the family.

But what do you get from bouncing?

A lot!

Yes, bouncing on a trampoline brings you a lot of benefits. And it’s not just a children’s game, but a fun activity that your entire family can enjoy.  Here are what you are going to gain from trampolining:

  • It helps you lose weight – if that is an issue for you! A half an hour jumping on a trampoline can burn 160 calories.
  • It promotes metabolism, and firms and tones your muscles.
  • It is low impact on your joints and body. You can reduce the stress of your weight-bearing joints by up to 80%.
  • Jumping on a trampoline strengthens your heart, and increases your energy and sense of vitality.
  • It increases your oxygen capacity and its circulation to the tissues.
  • Bouncing can greatly improve your sense of balance, coordination, and motor skills.  This is, indeed, a wonderful option for those recuperating from injuries or accidents, and members of the family  who are physically-challenged.
  • It also stimulates the lymphatic system which in turn promotes detoxification of your body. Hence, you have greater immunity.
  • And of course, bouncing greatly reduces stress and makes you smile. For how could you be stressed when you’re having fun?

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You can do trampolining at the convenience of your home. But for a more fun bouncing workout with your family, you may visit an indoor trampoline park in your area.  In Hamilton, the Leap Indoor Trampoline Park Trampoline Park is located in Te Rapa.

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Cats the Musical, one of the longest-running shows in the history of West End and Broadway, comes to Auckland for a strictly limited season. To be staged at the Civic Theatre, the show will run on 11 – 20 September this year.

Following its successful show in London’s West End, the record-breaking Cats the Musical will come to The Civic Theatre, in Auckland, New Zealand in September.  Based on T.S. Eliot’s book of poems, the Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical is composed by the legendary Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Set among a larger-than-life junkyard playground, Cats the Musical tells the story of a tribe of cats, called the Jellicles. These Jellicle Cats came out one night to tell their stories before Old Deuteronomy, their benevolent and wise leader, who decides which cat should ascend to The Heaviside Layer and come back to a new Jellicle life.

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Cats premiered in the West End on 11 May 1981 at the New London Theatre. Then, it debuted on Broadway on 7 October 1982 at the Winter Garden Theatre with the same production team.  The show became the longest-running musical in the history of Broadway on 19 June 1997 with 6,138 performances.

Cats the Musical has already been staged in more than 30 countries, seen by over 73 million people all over the world, and translated into 15 languages since the time it made its world premiere. One of the songs featured in the show is the hit song Memory, which has been covered by more than 150 artists including Barry Manilow, Johnny Mathis, and Barbra Streisand.

Both its West End and Broadway presentations received recognition in the Grammy Awards for Best Cast Album.

In the Auckland show, here is the show schedule:

  • 11 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 12 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 13 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 15 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 16 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 17 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 18 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 19 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
  • 20 September 2015, 7:30pm – 10:00pm

Buy your tickets to Cats the Musical at ticketmaster.

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There are so many valid reasons to choose to work in Wellington, New Zealand.  Among the factors to consider include safety, career advancement, and quality of life.

The capital city of New Zealand may be small but it opens tonnes of opportunities to make expatriates choose to work in Wellington.

In terms of safety, the city was recognized as having an “overall perception of safety in the city after dark” in the 2014 survey by The Quality of Life in New Zealand’s 12 Largest Cities.

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Safety. The city government has consistently proven that the days are totally gone when the city’s image was tainted with crime and violence. In fact, it has now become a model society.  Its efficient police force, and the commendable coordination between and among government and varied sectors have effectively brought down antisocial behaviour in the city. Wellington even came out among the great places to live and work in the 2014 survey conducted by The Nielsen Quality of Life.

Career advancement. Wellington is known for bringing innovation to life. In fact, its booming digital technology industry has broken down the barriers to local creativity. This simply means that if you are a technology savvy, you now have the greater chance of bringing your career to new heights.  Your out-of-the-box thinking fits right in here.

It’s no wonder, then, that Wellington is home to several creative and innovative businesses, like the Oscar-winning Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Xero, and game development leader Pik Pok.

In addition, tourism is a booming industry in Wellington. The city is now among the top cities in New Zealand most preferred by international visitors. Because of this, more skilled workers are required to cope with the increasing demand in this sector.

Serious business. Both government and private sector work hand in hand in getting things done. No matter what your transaction may be, you can rest assured that no red tape is involve in it. Wellingtonians value  the essence of collaboration and partnership.  They even celebrate each other’s success and everyone is treated fairly.

Affordable accommodation.  Compared with other cities, Wellington’s house prices are surprisingly below the national median. And this is confirmed by the Mercer Cost of Living survey in 2014.

Proximity to major destinations. Wellington is the least vehicular traffic-congested in New Zealand.  It also got the most well-used public transport system; although almost everything here is just a walking distance away.

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Exciting events. The city never runs out of exciting events, from art exhibitions, sporting activities, excursions, cultural and musical presentations, to culinary festivals. Name it, and you’ll surely have it in Wellington!

In other words, you get more exciting “add-ons” when you choose to work in Wellington, New Zealand.

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With excellent trails and varied elevations, Christchurch provides a good setting for bikers. The Council even capitalizes on it by encouraging a cycling culture in the city.  

The City Council of Christchurch develops initiatives to promote a cycling culture in the city primarily to reduce road congestion, air pollution, and crash rates.  At the same time, it encourages people to keep fit and healthy.

The City Council’s multi-million budget to build a connected network of safe cycleways will go a very long way to promote a cleaner environment and better quality of life.

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Benefits of bicycling

Both the government and residents of Christchurch will have so much to benefit from the cycling culture that the City Council tries to implement. On the personal level alone, bicycling provides you with tremendous benefits, such as:

  1. Bicycling increases mobility for people who
    • don’t own a motor transportation
    • are not qualified to drive a car
    • can’t afford a motor transport
    • don’t want to drive a motor vehicle
    • have back conditions, arthritis, and other mobility problems
  2. If you switch from using a car to bike, you considerably save travel money on
    • gas
    • tires
    • fluids
    • insurance
    • maintenance
    • washing
    • parking
  3. Bicycling helps reduce stress.
  4. It is a healthy exercise. You can even have fun in cycling.  It allows you to appreciate more of the nuances of the natural environment that you may not have noticed before.  You can even make your commute the best part of your day, instead of your worst.
  5. Bicycling is therapeutic for both mind and spirit, as well as the cardiovascular system.
  6. Regular cycling improves your muscle tone and bone mass.
  7. It helps you develop a clearer skin.
  8. If obesity is an issue for you, bicycling can remarkably help you develop a healthier life.
  9. Bicycling regularly helps you with personal weight management. If you are a new full-time bicycle commuter, you can expect to lose an average of 13 pound during your first year of commuting if you also maintain the same eating habits.
  10. Making cycling a habit can significantly lower your healthcare expenses. Hence, you save money.

Advocating a cycling culture in your community is also promoting a healthier lifestyle for yourself.

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New Zealand opens several jobs for tourism and hospitality professionals, even as the country receives an increasing number of visitors each year.

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The tourism and hospitality industry of New Zealand has been receiving an increasing number of visitors from all over the world during the past few years. Experts even say that the trend would continue for a long period. And, of course, this means job opportunities for tourism and hospitality professionals.

But since local manpower would not be able to fill all job vacancies, the industry opens its doors to overseas applicants.

Among the most in-demand jobs now are as follows:

  • Bar manager
  • Chef
  • Cafe and restaurant manager
  • Flying instructor
  • Horse trainer
  • Skydive instructor
  • Snowsport instructor

Perry Foundation - chefOther job positions are also available.  You just have to check with the authorized recruitment agencies – such as New Kiwis, Trade Me, Seek – for vacancies that fit your qualifications.

Demand for workers in the tourism and hospitality industry is highest during summer, when one third of the international visitors prefer to come.  While, around a fifth of these tourists prefer to visit during the winter season. That’s why some of the jobs required are dependent of the season.

Visitors to New Zealand come from a diverse range of countries. Many of whom are from the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Japan, China, South Korea, and Australia.

To meet the different demands of these visitors, the industry also has had to constantly raise its standards to deliver an utmost quality of service.  In the process, it creates great opportunities for its workers to level up their skills.

Even as the country in general sees an influx of visitors, the highest concentrations of jobs in tourism and hospitality are in these major tourist destinations:

  • Auckland
  • Wellington
  • Canterbury/Christchurch
  • Rotoroa
  • Central Otago, including Queenstown

The tourism and hospitality industry is the second largest export earner for New Zealand, bringing in more than 15% of the country’s total export revenues.

Studies also found that there are more jobs for tourism and hospitality professionals in the country because almost 120,000 jobs are directly related to tourism.

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