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An Instagrammer’s Guide to Visiting New Zealand

An Instagrammer’s Guide to Visiting New Zealand So You’re Thinking About Visiting New Zealand? Here are 5 must-see locations to turn your insta-followers green with envy… The Church of The Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo Set amidst the lake and mountains, by day this tiny stone church provides a place of gathering for worship, weddings, baptisms and funerals. As night falls it becomes the best dark sky reserve in the Southern Hemisphere. Milford Sound Known to locals as the eighth wonder of the world, Milford Sound really is unforgettable. Located deep within Fiordland National Park, this remote location is a stunning combination of mountain peaks, ancient forests and ink-dark waters. Cathedral Cove Named for its cathedral like arch through the limestone cliff, and featured in The Chronicles Of Narnia movie, Cathedral Cove is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful beaches. Found on the Coromandel Peninsula on New Zealand’s North Island, it’s not to be missed. Tongariro National Park This is New Zealand’s oldest national park and home to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing – one of the world’s top 10 one-day walks. Emerald green lakes sit atop volcanic mountain peaks on this 19.4km track taking you through some of the world’s most geographically […]

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25 things to do around North Auckland

Auckland the City of Sails – here are twenty five things to do and see!

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25 things to do around Central Auckland

Auckland the City of Sails – here are twenty five things to do and see!

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10 Native birds of New Zealand that rule the roost

Considering people from New Zealand are often referred to as “Kiwi’s” (I’m not sure if this has stemmed from the fruit or the bird) – and due to the fact that Hakatours uses a Kiwi bird as it’s brand symbol, it seems natural that we do a bird blog. Here are 10 birds that you should be flying to see!  

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Ten beverages you have to try in New Zealand

Craft beer is defined as being made in a traditional way by a small brewery so it seems natural that New Zealand follow trend. Ideas begun brewing, sheds and backyards became breweries and Kiwis got crafty.

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Lest we forget – Anzac Day 2018

Anzac Day – this year, 2018, marks the final year of WW100 commemorations – with four long years of conflict claiming the lives of millions of soldiers and civilians, coming to an end in 1918. Here is a background on Anzac Day, its significance to New Zealand and events near you.

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Ten things to eat in New Zealand

Food is an expression of culture – traditional cuisine is passed through generations and is a means of cultural identity. New Zealand offers a unique hybrid of heart warming comfort food, with a strong focus on meat, poultry, seafood and seasonal vegetables, combined with the indigenous cooking styles of Māori. Here are 10 of our national delicacies!

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Why is culture important to the Haka Tourism Group?

‘Whanau’ is the Māori word for family, but it also extends to your local community. Whanau is integral to the Haka Tourism brand – the Haka family trust one another, treat each other well, and put equality and honesty at the heart of everything they do.

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Seven hidden gems on Karangahape Road – for a backpacker budget.

Karangahape Road is vibrant with an eclectic mix of people and a grungy, artistic feel of a metropolitan area. Here are seven gems to explore! 

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Beginner's guide to speaking Kiwi

Travelling to a new country can be a daunting experience, especially when you don’t understand the local language. New Zealander’s relaxed attitude is reflected in their speech – a slow, relaxed drawl with flavour adders that represent local culture. 

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