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New Zealand Adventures for the Wildlife Lover The Big Event: Pasifika Festival 2014 From New Zealand to Africa 3 Tips that Make Living Easy in New Zealand How to Plan a Perfect Vacation to New Zealand
 

New Zealand Adventures for the Wildlife Lover

If you’re searching for new, exotic wildlife experiences, New Zealand has a lot to offer to you. New Zealand is one of the best attractions in the world for wildlife enthusiasts, offering unforgettable sights of whales, dolphins, penguins, and more. Whale Watching Witness the magnificence of whales in Kaikoura, a town in the South Islands […]

The Big Event: Pasifika Festival 2014

Mark your calendars! Just days away now the Pacific Islands are coming together again to celebrate its colorful cultural heritage – all in one city! On March 8, villages in Western Springs Park, Auckland, New Zealand will transform into 11 ethnic Pacific Island villages. The annual Pasifika Festival is a celebration of the diverse culture […]

From New Zealand to Africa – Worlds Apart

New Zealand is a popular place for people from Africa to emigrate to. While it is nowhere near as cheap to live here as it is in Africa, it’s all relative – the wages are higher for a start. However, the lifestyle is, for want of a better word, safer in New Zealand. However, let’s […]

3 Tips that Make Living Easy in New Zealand

New Zealand's weather keeps giving pleasant surprises to its residents. From gentle showers to a sunny and active day, it takes only a matter of minutes. Those who love to enjoy a different variety of weathers should definitely consider living in New Zealand. However, along with rainfall and sudden weather changes, comes humidity and precipitation, […]

How to Plan a Perfect Vacation to New Zealand

A perfect vacation is described by different travelers in different terms, according to our team, a perfect vacation is all about getting the finest services by the most experienced tour guides and travel agent services. There is no inconvenience greater than getting stuck into a foreign land and not having enough knowledge to get through […]

New Zealand Adventures for the Wildlife Lover

nzIf you’re searching for new, exotic wildlife experiences, New Zealand has a lot to offer to you. New Zealand is one of the best attractions in the world for wildlife enthusiasts, offering unforgettable sights of whales, dolphins, penguins, and more.

Whale Watching

Witness the magnificence of whales in Kaikoura, a town in the South Islands of New Zealand. Whatever time of the year you visit, you’re sure to see sperm whales and dolphins here. You can also spot killer whales or orca from December to March. Humpback whales are seen in June and July. Continue Reading

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The Big Event: Pasifika Festival 2014

pasifikafestival2014442Mark your calendars! Just days away now the Pacific Islands are coming together again to celebrate its colorful cultural heritage – all in one city! On March 8, villages in Western Springs Park, Auckland, New Zealand will transform into 11 ethnic Pacific Island villages.

The annual Pasifika Festival is a celebration of the diverse culture of ten Pacific Islands: Aotearoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nuie, Samoa, Tahiti, Tokelau, Tonga and Tuvalu. But this year’s celebration is a double treat as Hawaii joins the Festival family for the very first time! Continue Reading

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From New Zealand to Africa – Worlds Apart

New Zealand is a popular place for people from Africa to emigrate to. While it is nowhere near as cheap to live here as it is in Africa, it’s all relative – the wages are higher for a start. However, the lifestyle is, for want of a better word, safer in New Zealand.

However, let’s turn things around because there are a surprising number of people who are looking to make a permanent move to Africa and you have to ask yourself what is there for them.  Many of these people, including somebody we know personally, are moving without doing any real homework, without even visiting Africa to get a feel for what it’s like.

Vacation First

Me, I would be taking a vacation there first. This company offers Africa tours, tailored to what you want to see and do and all at reasonable process as well. Obviously, going on holiday isn’t the same as moving and, to a certain extent, you are only going to see the good side. Somewhere along the line though, you will get a glimpse of the real Africa and it’s that side that should influence your decision whether to move or not.

The Good

New Zealand is a beautiful country. It’s lush, it’s green, it’s full of fabulous sites to see and we have distinct seasons. Africa is also a beautiful country in its own way. It too has the scenery, it has amazing beaches and the wildlife – well, you’ll see animals in the wild you only ever saw in a zoo before.

The Not So Good

Every country has its downside – Sure, New Zealand has it fair share of crime and there are always things that people don’t like. Africa has a very poor side to it, a side that is starving, begging in the street for a few coins of a bit of food. Everywhere you turn, there are signs of starvation, famine and illness. Although the cost of living is much cheaper, it only works that way if you have an income from outside of Africa.

Personally, I would never move to another country without visiting it first, at least once if not several times. Get a feel for the real country not what the tourist board wants you to see. Spend time with the local people and then make your mind up. Just don’t do it blind.

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3 Tips that Make Living Easy in New Zealand

New Zealand's weather keeps giving pleasant surprises to its residents. From gentle showers to a sunny and active day, it takes only a matter of minutes. Those who love to enjoy a different variety of weathers should definitely consider living in New Zealand. However, along with rainfall and sudden weather changes, comes humidity and precipitation, which makes accomodation selection and maintenance a tad bit challenging. Here are 3 tips that can definitely help in the process of choosing the right accommodation and help managing it with lesser input of hard work and costs of maintenance. 

Prefer Living Further Away from the Coast
Residential projects that are built near the coast line tend to get seepage problems more quickly and wear out with greater speed. To keep these houses in mint condition, one has to regularly fund its maintenance via paint, metal work that rusts easily and other issues that are directly correlated with living near the coast. Choose an accommodation that is further away to protect your place from humidity and precipitation problems. 

Invest in Wooden Work
A house that has wooden interiors and exterior is more resistant to weather changes and acts according to the climate without wearing down. Wood has the capacity to become flexible and adjust according to the environment, by using wood as the primary material in your home, it is most likely that the place would keep looking brand new and will need lesser maintenance. For choosing the right kind of wood, contact a professional carpenter with adequate experience. 

Give Time to Cleaning and Maintenance
Unlike other places that have a sunny or cold weather, New Zealand's weather needs regular cleaning and maintenance. It avoids the occurrence of rust forming on metal and the need to invest larger sums of money on upgrading the house. Having smart building supplies and cleaning materials like gotstock has to offer, makes the job all the more easier and maintenance and cleaning can be done in a couple of minutes only. By making a regular routine, and investing in the right building supplies, the house is bound to last longer and need lesser investment in the long run. 

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How to Plan a Perfect Vacation to New Zealand

A perfect vacation is described by different travelers in different terms, according to our team, a perfect vacation is all about getting the finest services by the most experienced tour guides and travel agent services. There is no inconvenience greater than getting stuck into a foreign land and not having enough knowledge to get through to its historical places, architectural venues, places of art, food and music and ending up doing injustice to the chosen holiday spot. For tourists who wish to see New Zealand, with a view and experience that not every tourist plans or receives, read on to find out how to plan a perfect vacation. 

Prepare to Receive the Best Services
The difference between a refined and well versed tourism agency and guide with one that is fairly new in the field can be judged by the experience they commit to offer. When it comes to New Zealand, take a step ahead and along with visiting its famous city, Auckland, try exploring the beautiful and picturesque hidden treasures of nature in its deep set forests and islands. For instance, dare to witness a glacier cutting apart a rainforest on the West Coast. From some of the services that are bound to offer all this and a lot more, check out Europe Tours here. Prepare yourself to receive the best services, as this would transform your holiday into one that you've never imagined before. 

Forget About Hotels and Live on the Rocks
When packing your bags for New Zealand, keep in mind that this piece of heaven deserves maximum amount of time to be spent out and about. The right kind of tour guide would make arrangements that would allow you to spend most of the time either under the stars at the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve, or help you find the rare spots that most tourists are unable to discover. For example, the Welcome Flat hot pools that promise a natural outdoor hot bath in a secret valley near the South Island. There are extensive outdoor activities, chances would be that your visit to the hotel would be only for loading or refreshing luggage, there is hardly any time to lose indoors when in New Zealand. 

Whether you are looking for affordable tours to New Zealand or perhaps information on Europe Tours this site is a good place to start planning you much deserved vacation. Prepare yourself to receive the best services, as this would transform your holiday into one that you've never imagined before. 

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Reasons to Visit New Zealand

It might not be the most popular destination, but New Zealand is definitely one of the best tourist destinations in the whole world right now. Whatever you’re looking for, New Zealand has it. Whether you’re the kind of traveler who enjoys visiting other places for their culture, or the type who travels for the sake of enjoying the night life of the place they’re visiting, you surely won’t be disappointed in your experience here in New Zealand.

Many people do realize that visiting the country should prove to be a great experience. However, many of these people believe that they don’t have enough money to have a very enjoyable experience here. The truth is that having a vacation in New Zealand can be very cheap, and in this post, I’m going to talk about one thing you can do to save a LOT of money: stay at a hostel instead of a hotel.

Now, you might think that hostels don’t offer much in terms of convenience and can even ruin the feel of your vacation. This is simply not true. Although hostels don’t offer the level of comfort hotels do, the hostels here in New Zealand are well-managed. In fact, you could think of them as mini-hotels because the services they offer are amazing. Even though those staying at hostels may encounter certain problems, such things are easily addressed.

“During my stay in New Zealand, I found that the room I stayed at had leaks. Thankfully, the proprietors of the hostel were able to fix the leaks that suddenly appeared in my room. I thought it would really mar my experience, but apparently, the proprietors were prepared for such a thing. They quickly discovered that there was a bit of roofing damage in their hostel, and in just an hour, they were able to handle it. And this is considering that they didn’t even get help from professional roofers. I wasn’t inconvenienced at all. Okay, maybe a little,” Giorgio Soprano, an Italian businessman, told me.

Another thing that makes many hostels in New Zealand amazing is that they actually serve very affordable yet delicious food. One of the things I was worried about during my stay here in New Zealand was that I’d spend a lot of money for food that’s very expensive. Although this is the case for a lot of other travelers, it wasn’t the case for me. This is because the hostel I stayed at offered delicious food at very affordable prices. This just goes to show that travelling doesn’t mean that you have to spend an extraordinary amount of money for basic services. It’s really just a matter of doing prior research.

Hopefully, this post of mine proves helpful to all of my readers. If you are planning on travelling abroad this year, then you would really do well to consider going to New Zealand. And hopefully, if you’ve always wanted to go the country but have always been apprehensive about the cost of your stay, then I hope my post makes you realize that it doesn’t have to be expensive. By staying at a hostel alone, you can cut back on your expenses. Sure, you may encounter roofing problems during your visit, but rest assured that they will be easily taken care off.

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If You’re Visiting New Zealand You’ve Got to Go Fishing

New Zealand is a wonderful country. Fantastic scenery, beautiful rivers, wonderful countryside and mountains to die for. There’s all sorts of fantastic outdoor sports available like kayaking, hunting, fishing and walking. The camping is absolutely fantastic.

However my particular love is fishing. I’m a fly fishermen and have spent quite some time on the South Island of New Zealand fishing for trout. The fishing is superb. And of course eating trout is just as good, and healthy too because fish oil is good for you.

There are very few people living in New Zealand, in total there are only 3 million people living in the entire country, and in the South Island the population density is extremely low. As well as that, if you take a look at a map of the South Island you will find that the island has dozens if not hundreds of wonderful rivers.

The rivers in New Zealand are extraordinary. The water is crystal clear, fast flowing, cold and full of aquatic life, all of which mean that trout are very happy living there. There are some extraordinary trout to be caught in New Zealand, and they are very big.

I spent much of my time down in the South of New Zealand around Invercargill. That’s called “Southland” and some of the rivers there are just beyond description for fly fishermen. One of the most famous of those is the Mataura River, which is world renowned for its fishing.

The Mataura is a very long river which gets quite large in places. If you’re a fly fishermen you’ll need some reasonably heavy gear to fish the river. You’ll need at least a 7 weight rod. You’ll be casting quite some distance.

However if you prefer fishing close there is also some fantastic backwaters next to the Mataura. These are sometimes called “Oxbow’s”, in other words parts of the river which have been cut off as the river meanders, and which for much of the year are completely separate from the rest of the river.

But from time to time, when in floods, fish find their way into the backwaters, and then as the river recedes they get stranded there. You can see 4lb and 5lb fish just cruising around in these very small backwaters. It’s perfectly possible to fish for them, up close, although the water is crystal clear and you have to be extremely careful not to be seen. It’s very tricky fishing.

New Zealand is world renowned for its fantastic fishing, not just trout fishing but fishing in general. There is some wonderful sea fishing there as well and if you’re into saltwater fishing then you can’t do better than going to New Zealand.

But for me it’s flyfishing. I’ve been flyfishing in a number of different places across the globe and I can’t think of many that can compare with the trout fishing in the South Island of New Zealand.

If you’re a fly fishermen then you’ve got to get there sometime in your life. The fishing is just superb.

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Reasons to Visit New Zealand

New Zealand is definitely one of the best tourist destinations in the world right now. If you consider yourself a serious traveler, then you would surely do well to consider travelling to the country at least once in your life. In this post, I’m going to concentrate on two things that I believe make New Zealand such a great place to visit: its culture and its beaches. Hopefully, after reading this post, you will really consider making New Zealand your next vacation destination.

What is it about New Zealand’s culture that makes the country so amazing? There are actually a lot of things that contribute to its awesomeness, but my favorite would have to be New Zealand’s amazing indie scene. You may not realize it, But New Zealand’s indie scene is starting to grow and exert influence in the global music scene. This is because over the past few years, highly original and enjoyable bands have been appearing all over the country. The songs released by many of these artists have been getting airplay in other countries; sometimes, they even reach the top 10 charts of other countries. Music critics are all saying that New Zealand’s music scene will become very popular in a year or two, and I can say that their predictions aren’t far-fetched. Of course, it’s best to enjoy the music of New Zealand live. Don’t be content with just listening to studio recordings, you should also make it a point to catch a few acts live, in their native country.

As I said earlier, another thing I love about New Zealand happens to be its beaches. Whether you’re looking for wholesome fun or you want to party the night away in wild fashion, you will surely find what you’re looking for in New Zealand’s beaches. Every night, there are lots of events being held along the coast. Whether with your family or your friends, you’ll surely find something to enjoy in the country, and this is on top of the fact that New Zealand’s warm sand and cool beaches bring a great swimming experience to everyone.

We interviewed one tourist from Toronto for this post, and here’s what he told us:

“I really made a great choice coming here for vacation. I almost didn’t because I was a little low on funds. Thankfully, through professional bookkeeping help from Bookkeeping Pro, a company from my city, I was able to avail of tax refunds. When it comes to tax toronto citizens [more info here] can actually avail of refunds so long as they get help from the right professionals. Anyhow, the tax refunds I got were enough for me to have a vacation in New Zealand. I’ve been partying here non-stop for about 2 days now!”

Tomorrow, we’re going to concentrate on New Zealand’s cuisine. Sure, when most people think of food, they think Italian, French, Japanese, etc. Although this is the case, this doesn’t mean that New Zealand has nothing good to offer. In fact, New Zealand’s cuisine is one of the best in the entire world. Know more about this in tomorrow’s post.

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Understanding the NZ Superannuation Scheme

The New Zealand superannuation scheme is a pension scheme designed to support older New Zealanders in retirement. There are a number of eligibility requirements, but in general it is available to legal residents of the country who are 65 years of age and older. As of April 2014 the after tax weekly rate is $366.94 for a single person living alone, and $564.52 for couples (if they are both eligible). This rate is adjusted each year by the government and it takes into account cost of living and average wage. This scheme is very similar to other government backed pension funds throughout the world and it shares many similarities to the Australian aged pension, but it should not be confused with the Australian superannuation system.

Eligibility
The standard eligibility requirements state that the receiver of NZ Super must be 65 years or older and must be a legal resident of New Zealand. In addition to this, A person must have lived in New Zealand for at least 10 years since 20 years of age and five of these years must be after the person turned 50. There are also other rules that you need to know before applying for NZ Super and you can find out more at the Work and Income website.

The New Zealand Superannuation Fund
In an effort to help pay for the increase in older New Zealanders claiming the pension a superannuation fund was developed by the New Zealand government. It was developed in 2001 and contains more than $25 billion in assets. It has returned an average of 9.55% per year since it was created and it grew at a record rate of 25.8% between July 2012 and June 2013. The fund also boasts almost $4 billion in assets that have been invested directly into the country. This fund is a great way of ensuring the government can afford the pension scheme and it also reduces the cost to the tax payer.

KiwiSaver
The KiwiSaver scheme is also a retirement pension fund aimed at working New Zealanders. This works in a very similar way to the Australian superannuation scheme, and in particular self managed super funds – click for more info. It is a long term savings scheme that is designed to provide for retirement (or purchasing a first home). Anyone aged 64 of under, and is a permanent resident, is eligible for this scheme. Employees can choose to contribute between 3-8% of their gross pay into a KiwiSaver account, and there are several schemes to choose from. These schemes offer a number of investment options with different risk and return profiles. Upon joining a person is given $1,000 from the government and the government also offers a tax credit of 50 cents per dollar for the first $1,000 contributed each year. Employers also have to make matching contributions. This money remains in the KiwiSaver account until a person reaches the age of retirement (65), although there are some circumstances when it can be accessed early (buying a first home, severe illness and financial hardship). You can find more about KiwiSaver at their website.

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New Zealand: One of the Best Tourist Destinations in the World

New Zealand is one of the best tourist destinations in the world. There are so many things that make New Zealand such an awesome place, and it would be impossible to list them all down in this one blog post. Still, to convince people to actually make it a point to visit the country, we are going to talk about a few things that make New Zealand one of the best places in the world. By not having your next international vacation in New Zealand, you’re doing yourself a big disservice.

One of the things that make New Zealand such a beautiful place is its many conservation sites. There’s a reason why films like the Lord of the Rings are shot in New Zealand, and it’s that New Zealand has so many amazing natural wonders. In itself, driving in the New Zealand countryside often proves enough to be an amazing experience to tourists, and it’s because it exposes New Zealand’s awe-inspiring mountainscapes and seascapes to tourists.

Another thing that makes New Zealand such an amazing country is its amazing culture. Although New Zealand is often visited by people for its natural wonders, this doesn’t mean that the country’s government doesn’t focus on building its urban centres. The country’s urban centres have much to offer to tourists. Whether it’s the nightlife one is after, or just light entertainment and leisure in the morning, one will certainly find the New Zealand experience satisfactory.

Of course, we do understand that having a vacation in New Zealand may prove too expensive to some people. For this reason, we recommend doing binary options trading to them. According to our research, many people are now able to afford having a vacation in New Zealand despite not being that well off, and they are able to do so by doing binary options trading. All one has to do to make a profit off binary options trading is work with an EU licensed brokerage. People are able to earn enough money for a vacation in New Zealand quickly by doing binary options trading at Banc de Binary or any other EU licensed brokerage, and this is because clients are protected by different financial organizations when they work with such brokerages. In addition to this, brokerages such as Banc de Binary provide all the necessary learning resources to their clients, thus making their clients able to easily learn to craft profitable trading strategies.

You can’t consider yourself a “real” traveller unless you’ve visited New Zealand. Luckily for everyone, having a vacation in the country doesn’t necessarily have to hurt one’s personal finances. Just do binary options trading for a few hours every day and you’ll have enough money to have a vacation in New Zealand in no time. The extra effort on your part is really worth it. Aside from the things I have mentioned in this post, there are many other things that make New Zealand such an amazing tourist spot. But don’t take my word for it; look it up on the internet and you’ll see that so many people consider having a vacation in New Zealand one of their best experiences in life.

 

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New Zealand Trip Tips: Driving on NZ Roads

NZ RoadsExcited for a get-away weekend at New Zealand? I’m sure you already packed all your essentials and planned your destinations. But before you start your adventure, are you aware that New Zealand has a few road rules that are quite different from most countries?

Here are a few reminders about how driving works in New Zealand:

Reminder 1: Bring Your Driver’s License

You should not forget to bring your unexpired driver’s license issued by your home country OR an International Driving Permit (IDP). Every motorist in New Zealand is required to bring their driver’s license every time they drive. In case your license is not written fully in English, you should get it fully translated to English by an approved translating agency.

Reminder 2: They Drive on the Left Side of the Road

As early as now try to orient yourself on how to drive on the left side of the road. Obviously, failure to stick with this rule will cause you terrible inconveniences!

Reminder 3: Mobile Use While Driving is Illegal

Due to high cases of mobile use related traffic accidents, the use of mobile phones and other telecommunications devices while driving was made illegal in 2009. You may not call, text, compose an email, view a video, or do any activities that takes your attention off driving. Violation will cost you $80 NZD, 20 demerit points, and eventually even your life.

Reminder 4: Road Signs and Traffic Lights

There are various road signs, traffic lights, and “give-way” rules on NZ roads that you should carefully study. At first you may find them a bit confusing, but practice makes perfect. For example, traffic signals combine traffic lights and traffic arrows to signify which lane turning to what direction should stop or go.

Reminder 5: Safety Belts for EVERY Passenger

Every car passenger should wear protective seat belts whether they are in the front or back seats. Children under age seven should be secured by an approved child restraint. This should be observed at all times. If seat belts are not available, eight to fourteen-year old children should ride in the back seat. Violating these policies may result to being fined.

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