Silo PArk in the Wynyard Quarter of Auckland

10.07.2018

10 of the best free things to do in Auckland

Auckland is a city full of great attractions and sights to see, a well-known fact amongst those who visit and those who call it home. What people don’t necessarily appreciate or realise, is just how many of these activities are free. It’s always nice to enjoy a few complimentary activities whenever you’re travelling to keepRead more

Matariki (Pleiades star cluster)

14.06.2018

Matariki 2018 – the Maori New Year

Matariki signifies the Maori New Year and is the Maori name for a small cluster of stars known as the Pleiades that become visible during the winter months. Each year, events take place all across New Zealand to celebrate Matariki and this year, the Picton Yacht Club Hotel is supporting the Matariki Festival Picton byRead more

Hobbiton in Matamata

21.05.2018

10 fantastic day trips from Auckland!

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city with a population of over 1 million people from a diverse mix of cultures with the city offering plenty of things to see and do. In saying this, New Zealand is one of those countries that’s great to explore and Auckland makes a great base for doing so withRead more

Tapas at Hotel Grand WIndsor 800px

17.05.2018

Introducing our new menu at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar

Our menu at Cooke’s Restaurant & Bar is getting a winter facelift and we’re very excited to be launching some hearty new dishes just in time for the colder season. In a recent interview with Hotel Magazine, Group Executive Chef, Jinu Abraham talked extensively about the exciting new dishes coming to the menu at Cooke’sRead more

Tom Cruise was again back in New Zealand for the filming of Mission Impossible

26.03.2018

8 of the Best Movie Locations in New Zealand

New Zealand’s scenery is some of the most breath-taking in the world, a fact that hasn’t been missed by Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers. A large number of films have been shot here with Hollywood keen to take advantage of our natural beauty and cinematic surroundings. If you’re a movie-buff, there’s nothing more fun than seeing theseRead more

Wharariki Beach near Nelson. Photo credit: Chris Gin

07.03.2018

10 Best Beaches in New Zealand you need to discover

New Zealand is known as ‘The land of the long white cloud’ but it could just as easily be known as ‘The land of awesome beaches’ with 15,000km of coastline to boast. Suffice to say, you’ll have plenty to choose from but below are some of the best to prioritise during your stay! Gillespie BeachRead more

Chinese New Year Calendar

13.02.2018

Let’s Celebrate Chinese New Year!

Year of the Dog 2018 is the Year of the Dog according to the Chinese zodiac. … The Chinese Zodiac, known as Sheng Xiao, is based on a twelve-year cycle, related to an animal sign. These signs are the rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. Years of theRead more

Mangere Mountain - a hidden gem in Auckland

31.01.2018

10 of Auckland’s Hidden Gems

The City of Sails is a great place to visit with so many notable attractions to pick and choose from. Being a tourist hotspot, the top sights are fairly well publicised so we thought we’d highlight a few lesser known marvels for those after something a little more Kiwi-casual. Point Chevalier Point Chevalier was oneRead more

Cathedral Cove Coromandel Peninsula

20.01.2018

9 of New Zealand’s Most Photogenic Places

When planning a trip to New Zealand the first thing you’ll probably pack before clothes, toiletries, sunscreen etc., is your camera. There’s no secret why, it’s a beautiful country. But the next step can often be a bit more challenging. Deciding where to go to take your awe-inspiring, liked-by-all, insta-famous snaps. To make this decisionRead more

Cruising the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand

12.12.2017

10 Fantastic Events & Activities This Summer

With the first week of summer under wraps, temperatures sitting in the mid to high 20’s, and school finishing up for the year, we have compiled this list of 10 fantastic things to do in New Zealand over the festive season – shining a light on the amazing events and wonderful activities on offer throughoutRead more

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