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A Beginner’s Guide to Matariki Stargazing: Where To Look for Whetū in Aotearoa

An image of night sky filled with stars at Dark Sky Project.
Matariki marks the arrival of a treasured cluster of whetū (stars) in the winter sky.

Recline and unwind: NZ's independent cinema experiences

The pink and black exterior of The Mayfair in Kaikoura.
Auckland

Picture this, it’s Friday night, you’re settling into your favourite reclining lounger, a glass of wine in hand and the opening credits are beginning on the screen in front of you. Sure this situation could be in your living room at home but why not amp up the cosiness vibes and treat yourself to a trip to your local independent cinema.

Best Urban Wine Experiences in New Zealand

Glasses and a bottle of wine sitting on a table in the outdoor seating area of Puffin Wine Bar in Wellington.
Auckland

All around New Zealand, we are blessed with incredible wine experiences right in our own urban backyard. No matter your vino preference from a classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc to a Central Otago Pinot Noir or perhaps an interesting blend from a far away European vineyard, you don’t have to travel far to sample and enjoy a glass or two (responsibly of course!).

7 Urban Hotels Worth Travelling For

A colourful bedroom inside The Intrepid Hotel in Wellington.
Auckland

In the UK, the term ‘city-break’ is frequently used to describe a weekend away visiting the European city of the moment, exploring everything on offer and most often staying in boutique accommodation. Now, we may be thousands of miles away from being able to achieve a casual few days in a European city, but here in New Zealand, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to urban hotels that are worth travelling around the country for.

New Brighton Good Life Guide: Sam & Caroline at The Burger Joint

Sam and Caroline sitting on the couch at The Burger Joint, New Brighton.
Christchurch & Canterbury
We shifted to New Brighton 10 years ago. Caroline moved to New Zealand from England 25 years ago and has always dreamed of living by the beach. We bought a little cottage in South New Brighton and live there with our teenage daughter Lola, two dogs and three cats. Our eldest son, Mali, recently moved out to live with friends but stayed local. 

We celebrate the neat restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries around New Zealand. Whether you're a local or visiting you'll find something on Neat Places to tickle your fancy.

12 Hour City Itineraries

Stories

Chase Candyfloss Skies With The Best Places To Catch A Sunset In NZ

Sunset at Piha in West Auckland, New Zealand.
In the light of golden hour, take your seat and let the sunset take centre stage.

7 South Island Road Trips to Add to Your Bucket List

View of Milford Sound in South Island, New Zealand.
Christchurch & Canterbury

Fill up the tank; a South Island road trip adventure awaits.

Nathan Ingram from Fiksate shares his guide to Ōtautahi

Nathan and Jen Ingram standing in front of an artwork in their gallery, Fiksate.
Christchurch & Canterbury
Christchurch gallery owners, Nathan and Jen Ingram, have invigorated the urban art scene with their stylish gallery space, Fiksate. We caught up with Nathan who told us how the couple like to spend time in Ōtautahi with their son, Frank. It's a mix of their favourite places to eat, drink and relax in the city as well an unexpected art discovery.  

Eat Your Way to Wellness

Interior view of Barefoot Eatery with people dining amongst the green plants.
Christchurch & Canterbury
First things first, we are not your guru and neither is Tony (iykyk). However, what we do promote is partaking in daily practices that encourage a sense of thriving.  Wellness gets bandied around a lot these days. It's open to a plethora of interpretations and frankly, it can be exhausting keeping up. We’ve tried to keep our Wellness Series simple by breaking it down into bite-size sections and highlighting a bunch of places we like to search out in Christchurch when the cup needs filling up. Namaste folks.    

Celebrating A Decade of Six Barrel Soda Co.

Joe Slatter holding two gold ballons with the numbers 1-0.
Wellington
On 2nd May, Six Barrel Soda Co. will celebrate 10 years. We chatted to Joe Slater, Co-Founder and Managing Director, about how he feels to be celebrating a decade making these utterly delicious drinks.

New and Notable

Fenton Art Collective

Landscape on an easel at Fenton Art Collective, Taranaki.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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What do you get if you put art, history, gin and espresso under one roof? An eclectic melting pot like Fenton Art Collective in Taranaki.

The Burnt Place

Bench seating at The Burnt Place, Taranaki.
Place New Plymouth & Taranaki
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The Burnt Place is quickly coming home away from home for Hāwera locals with its cosy neighbourhood vibes.

Kisa

Place Wellington
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Middle Eastern dining revolves around sharing - of food, conversation, and good times.

Child Sister

Customers sitting around tables inside a brightly lit Child Sister Cafe.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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Seeking a calm environment with aesthetically-pleasing interior decor, complete with incredible coffee and delicious food to match? Then look no further, Child Sister has...

Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Sandy bay with cliffs on Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway, Kaikōura.
Place Kaikōura

The Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway has it all; the wild ocean, rugged cliff tops and mountain views capped with snow throughout winter, and an abundance of marine wildlife.

Colony

Shelves of mead at Colony, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury

Nestled in the corner of The Crossing precinct in Christchurch, you’ll find Colony, mighty fine purveyors of all things honey.

Tom's

A sandwich and menu sitting on a blue table.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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If you are a sando aficionado and find yourself in the South Town area of Christchurch city centre, keep an eye out for the striking cobalt blue hue of Tom’s.

Sumner Social

Outdoor seating area at Sumner Social, Christchurch.
Place Christchurch & Canterbury
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The arrival of Sumner Social warrants high fives all around because, at last, the coastal suburb has a top-notch bar and restaurant with ocean views.

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