Charming Mixture

Lonely Planet’s 16th New Zealand edition praises Wellington’s “compact and vibrant” CBD for its artsy mix of theatres, galleries, boutiques, museums and a “cocktail- and caffeine-fuelled hospitality scene” that fairly “fizzes and pops among the throng”. It seems Wellington is not only charming, but also easy on the eye: “It’s lovely to look at, draped around bushy hillsides encircling a magnificent harbour,” one of the guide’s five authors wrote. Other cities were also extolled: Hamilton was “surprisingly buzzy” and a “good place to plot a pub crawl” while New Plymouth boasted “a bubbling arts scene, some fab cafes and a rootsy, outdoorsy focus”.


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The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

The New York Times Sends the World to Northland

In Northland, “cultural lessons await, as do hot springs where visitors can recharge body and soul,” according to Daniel Scheffler writing for The New York Times. The region is included in…