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Kaikoura Seafest is a celebration of good harvest from the ocean and all it represents. Held annually every first Saturday of October, the festival is an extravaganza of food, wine, and entertainment.

Being a coastal region, Kaikoura is naturally blessed with abundant ocean, as well as, land products. That’s why it’s no wonder that the people of the district celebrate it with such joy. And this year’s festival is double the joy and entertainment because the Food and Beverage Vendors will commemorate its twenty-first year anniversary.

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Happening on Saturday, 3rd of October, the Kaikoura Seafest features good food, wine, beverages, and continuous live entertainment on the Big Top stage all day long, no matter what the weather may be – rain or shine, hail or snow, the show must go on. Nothing can stop the fun! There will also be non-stop dancing all night with two live bands. While kids will have their Children’s Entertainment from 10:30 in the morning until 1:30 in the afternoon.

A massive centre marquee is going to be set up to keep the weather from dampening the revellers’ spirit.

Almost all food, beverages, and wines offered during the Kaikoura Seafest are from the local Kaikoura, Canterbury, and Marlborough regions. But there will also be guest appearances from Nelson and the West Coast.

And since the Seafest Vendors are going to celebrate their 21st birthday during the event, they expect to host around 5,000 visitors, for whom they have prepared quality food and beverages. Although, they specialize on fresh succulent kai, the vendors are also aware that not all guests are seafood lovers. And so, you can expect that other cuisine will also be available.

Cray Coast cuisine entertainment

Just as she did previously, Jax Hamilton will return as Cuisine MC once again. With her ‘giggles and nibbles’ motto, she will keep you entertained all day even as you enjoy the food. Aside from hosting guest chefs, Jax will also delight foodies with her own cooking demonstration towards the end of the show. Other entities involved in cuisine demonstration are the:

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  • Kaikoura Brewing Co Ltd which introduces its “Beer School”, where you can have a quick tasting tutorial, and free beer.
  • Kiwi Kai. Reni Garguilo will reveal Nelson’s best kept secret, emphasizing on seafood with Māori/Asian flair.

Secure your tickets to Kaikoura Seafest now.

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Eastland is the first region in the world to greet the morning sun each day. It has so many enchanting features to offer to anyone who cares to visit the place.

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The Gisborne District, or Gisborne Region, the largest settlement recently called Eastland, is located on the hilly northeastern part of New Zealand’s North Island.  It’s fondly called the Coast of the Sunrise, or Te Tai Rāwhiti in Māori, because it’s the first region in the world to see the rising sun everyday.

Reaching out into the Pacific Ocean, this laid back and tucked-away part of New Zealand, where time seems to tick slow, is characterized by warm and dry climate. Its relaxed coastal lifestyle is typical of an authentic Māori culture. Horses and bare feet are still a common form of transport here; although, cars are also available.

If you are interested to know deeper about Māori heritage, then Eastland is the best place for you to go. It’s where a high Māori population is found. Set out along the Pacific Coast Highway and you’d readily notice Māori culture in every settlement, such as the carved meeting houses, and meticulously-painted Māori churches. You can also hear conversations in Te Rao.

And if you go up to the 1,754-metre high Mount Hikurangi, the sacred mountain of the local Ngati Porou people, you’ll hear enchanting stories and legend about the place as well as find massive carvings of figures derived from Māori folklore. But since it is sacred, you need to secure permission from Te Runanga o Ngati Porou, or the Tribal Authority, to climb Mount Hikurangi.

Likewise, Eastland is surrounded by world-class vineyards. In fact, it’s one of the country’s prime grape-growing regions, famous for its Chardonnay wine.

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Other points of interest

Aside from the Gisborne Region Māori meeting houses and churches and winery, you should not miss to visit these places when you come to Eastland.

  • the community centre/meeting place, or Te Poho o Rawiri Marae
  • Lake Waikaremoana at Te Urewera National Park
  • Eastwood Hill Arboretum
  • Captain Cook’s first landfall memorial
  • Tolaga Bay Wharf, New Zealand’s longest wharf
  • Mahia Beach

If you hadn’t done so yet, it’s time to include Eastland in your next tour destination. You won’t regret it.

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Because we understand your need to commune with nature longer, we recommend some comfortable accommodation near Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.

Here are our recommendations. These properties also serve as suitable bases when exploring other places on the Central North Island of New Zealand.

Firth Street Mews B&B. This is a brand new, boutique bed and breakfast accommodation around 30 to 40-minute drive from Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari. Its spacious accommodation, which is separate from the main house, is furnished with a luxury king-sized bed. Two rollaway beds in the mews can also be provided if you come in a group. Continental breakfast is included in the tariff.

Located on Firth Street on State Highway 27, Matamata, the property is 1.5 kilometres from the town centre, and 16 kilometres from the Hobbiton Movie set.


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Lake Karapiro Lodge. This authentic Edwardian Mansion is a boutique lodge that offers superb views.

  • Its Mountainview and Lakeview suites on the ground floor provides excellent views of the lake and Mount Maungatautari. Each of the suites opens to a private veranda.
  • The Signature suites on the upper floor gives you a 360-degree view of the lake and the surrounding countryside.
  • The Poolside Barn has a loft that gives you amazing views and private facilities.

Located on Tirau Road, State Highway 1, Lake Karapiro Lodge is about 15 minutes drive from the Sanctuary Mountain.


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Earthstead Villas. Located on Cambridge Road, 4 kilometres away from the township, Earthstead Villas offers you a sustainable eco-accommodation and serves as your base when exploring New Zealand’s Central North Island.  The property is approximately 12 kilometres away from the northern entrance to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, and a short drive from Hamilton Gardens, Hobbiton Movie set, and Waitomo Caves.

Earthstead has two earth villas and a French-themed studio that can accommodate up to 10 people.


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Epworth Retreat and Recreation Centre. This property is a suitable accommodation for big groups, such as school camps, sports clubs,  fellowship groups, rowing training camps, community and tertiary groups. It can accommodate a minimum of 25 persons and maximum of 160-member groups.

Located right on the shores of the Waikato River, Epworth Retreat and Recreation Centre offers many activities on site and serves as your base as you explore the many attractions around Waikato, including the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari.


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Out in the Styx Guesthouse. This guesthouse serves as your most convenient base when exploring Sanctuary Mountain as it is strategically located at the foot of the mountain’s Southern Enclosure. Out in the Styx has nine en suite rooms and three bunk rooms.

For booking, pricing, and further information about these accommodation near Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, please click on their respective websites.

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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 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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