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New Zealand – Country of Contrasts (Special Edition)

After watching LOTR for the first time I started a long journey of the heart. The first steps were the reading of the book itself, now and forever with the […]

Outside Context New Zealand articles now on iPhone

The most common question I have been asked by people after returning home is, “which was your favourite country to visit?” For Cesca and I it has to be the majestic New Zealand. Not because it is terribly exotic. as everything is familiar (especially the road names), but rather because it is so much like you wish England could be. The lakes, the mountains, the rivers, the beaches. New Zealand has everything. The people have a real “get up and go” attitude that is infectious. They love their country, they also appear to know who they are and what they want. Living in such a culture is, and I hesitate to write this, idyllic.

Shame I don’t live there then!

Cesca and I have written many articles on the subject of New Zealand and also made a “love letter” of a short-film celebrating the country (found under “films” in the navigation bar). However, I have always wanted to do more to speak of our time driving around these islands.

Well, our wish has come true.

About a two weeks ago I was approached by a company working for Air New Zealand. They wanted to license all our content on New Zealand for use in the official Air New Zealand iPhone app!

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An Island Nation

Existence by virtue of land and sea

New Zealand WWOOFing at Furneaux Lodge

Will the second time be any better than the first?

New Zealand : A Basho Film

A short (10 minute) film highlighting New Zealand. Includes whales in Kaikoura, Fjords, Glaciers by Helicopter, The far north, the Volcanic heart, the sounds and a trip through the forests of this magical country!

The Volcanic Heart

Central North Island simmers and steams, bubbles and spews...

Mountains of New Zealand

Bilbo: "I want to see mountains again, mountains Gandalf!

Northland: Part Two

Basho and Cesca meet Tane Mahuta - The God of the Forest

North to Cape Reinga

We visit New Zealand's great beach - 90 miles of freedom!

Fear is the mind killer

Cesca skydives 15,000ft and Basho jumps the 134m highwire Nevis bungy!

Auckland

Basho and Cesca visit the largest city in New Zealand

Welcome to New Zealand

New Zealand is a country Cesca and I have longed to visit for many years. Tales speak of this island and its seemingly unique people. That they are more friendly than the most sociable of Australian’s, more “outdoors-loving” than even Scottish highlanders and more into extreme sports than anyone outside Cirque-de-soleil! Moreover, all of the “Kiwis” I have met have been the most persuasive of ambassadors as they have a deep and abiding love of their country, a great love of sporting life and and all of them stand a pint.