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Matakana markets – quick five

When? Matakana market is open every Saturday from 8am to 1pm Where? Located approximately 35 mins drive from Auckland, it is scattered over Matakana Square at 2 Matakana Valley Road. To the right as you pass the roundabout. What to see? A lovely range or fresh food, flowers, locally made cider and crafts. Top marks for a buffalo burger. Anything else worth seeing nearby? Snells … Continue reading Matakana markets – quick five

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Hobbiton

According to Tourism NZ stats, Hobbiton is the most visited attraction in New Zealand. Whaaaaat? What do you mean? Why? Following a massive success of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Hobbiton became a mecca for millions (literally!) of fans worldwide. I am actually still amazed that after all these years, sooo many people drive to Matamata, which really is in the middle of nowhere, … Continue reading Hobbiton

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Hello weekend!

Hello? How far is the weekend now please? Oh it’s here! Can I see 5 things to do over the weekend please? Certainly! 1.     I LOVE JAPAN! Therefore, I am beary excited about this thing called Japan Day happening on Sunday, April 12 at The Cloud and Shed 10. Nice little festival with fun activities from 10 am to 6pm. 2.     While you are in … Continue reading Hello weekend!

What’s happening in Auckland – late March edition

Oh horror! Warm days in Auckland are numbered! Better be quick and get out and see what’s happening in the big little city. “Thanks” to a combination of the nasty flu, visitors, fatigue and happy sunny days I have been a little slack with regular updates. But I’m back and here are the top 5 of things to do this month. 1. Sometimes I wish … Continue reading What’s happening in Auckland – late March edition

Wellington to Auckland by train

If you live in New Zealand, chances are you’ve seen a beautiful ad on TV – travel in style and comfort, courtesy of Kiwirail. If you haven’t, here is it. A couple of weeks ago Mr C and I went to Wellington for a long weekend. No set itinerary in mind, walk around the city, eat, drink coffee and most importantly catch the train back … Continue reading Wellington to Auckland by train

Hungry bear’s guide to yum char

With an increasing Asian population in New Zealand, yum char restaurants are not exactly a novelty in Auckland. What exactly is yum char and how do you eat it? Yum char literally means ‘’drink tea‘‘ in Chinese,  and is referred to a process of.. well drinking tea and sampling a selection of sweet and savoury dishes around lunch time. Best way to enjoy it is … Continue reading Hungry bear’s guide to yum char