48 Hours in Auckland – A Guide to Dining and Exploring the City and its Surrounds

48 Hours in Auckland – A Guide to Dining and Exploring the City and its Surrounds

New Zealand is gaining popularity as a travel destination due to the wide expanse of nature in the country. While I spent most of my time visiting South Island, it was to ski in the resorts around Queenstown in Wanaka. However, Auckland is probably the point of entry for most international visitors on account of [...]

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Hilton Auckland Hotel Review

Hilton Auckland Hotel Review

For my stay in Auckland, I was originally thinking of reserving a hotel in the downtown since there are plenty of choices available, though many of the properties are part of the Accor or IHG Hotel chains. With no status on either, I went for the Hilton which is slightly pricier but my membership would [...]

Skiing around Queenstown: In search of gullies at Treble Cone in Wanaka

Skiing around Queenstown: In search of gullies at Treble Cone in Wanaka

Located close to the town of Wanaka in New Zealand is the ski resort of Treble Cone. This ski area has received favourable reviews from fellow skiers and is considered to have one of the largest skiable terrain in the South Island, along with the highest vertical rise. Vertical rise could generally mean steeper terrains [...]

Skiing around Queenstown: Fun down under at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Skiing around Queenstown:  Fun down under at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Along the way between Queenstown and Wanaka lies the ski resort of Cardrona, which is considered one of the largest in New Zealand. Not only that, it is perhaps one of the few ski resorts with a gondola. Amongst the 4 ski resorts I visited while in the Otago region, Cardrona was the one with [...]

Skiing around Queenstown: Introduction to NZ skiing at Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Skiing around Queenstown: Introduction to NZ skiing at Coronet Peak Ski Resort

Queenstown is a great city for skiers to stay at since it is very close by to several ski resorts including Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Cardrona. The first 2 are managed and owned by the same company, meaning skiers can buy multi-day tickets for both Coronet Peak and The Remarkables. Their proximity to Queenstown [...]