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Ōtautahi Christchurch – a vast treasure trove of landscapes and experiences.

Ōtautahi Christchurch – a vast treasure trove of landscapes and experiences.

A vibrant place of contrast.

Explore New Zealand, start in Christchurch.

There are opportunities to explore the rich cultural history and new ideas developing alongside Christchurch’s peaceful green spaces, as it both rediscovers its past and invents its future at the same time. Beyond, the breath-taking landscapes of the Port Hills and the Banks Peninsula beckon to exploring more experiences further afield.

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Rediscovering their past and inventing its new future

Next to the beautiful heritage buildings in Ōtautahi Christchurch, New Zealand a modern CBD takes shape. With new and exciting places opening almost every day, sometimes it’s hard to keep up!

Canterbury is filled with amazing people and diverse businesses.

The time has come to support our locals, spend where we can, and explore our own backyard. Explore Your Place is a ChristchurchNZ initiative encouraging people to ask – am I keeping it local? By doing this, you can save jobs, support their city, and get through these unprecedented times together.
#ExploreYourPlace #SupportChch

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Explore new horizons, a vibrant city of contrast, ancient landscapes, our amazing backyard from the mountains to the sea.

For more information, what to do or what’s on, make sure you visit Christchurch’s official website.

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Why visit the blue spring, Te Waihou Walkway, Waikato

Why should you visit the Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway, simple it’s a beautiful walk through the Waikato countryside alongside the river to the spring, you will be surprised how clear the water is – well worth the effort. The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway, New Zealand, is internationally acclaimed with water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

How long is the walk to Blue Spring?

The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land, and features views of small waterfalls, native bush, and the famous Blue Spring with glimpses of trout along the way. 

The Blue Spring walk takes about one and a half hours each way, starting from Whites Road (State Highway 28), near Putaruru. There is also a shorter walk, 15 minutes each way, to the Blue Spring, accessed from nearby Leslie Road. The spring is fed from the Mamaku Plateau where the water takes up to 100 years to filter through.

The water is so pure and clean that it produces a beautiful blue colour while being virtually clear.

Water from the Blue Spring flows at a rate of 42 cubic metres per minute and could fill a 6 lane (25 metre) swimming pool in around 12 minutes. The water temperature is a constant 11 degrees celsius throughout the year.

The Te Waihou Walkway and Blue Spring is located in South Waikato near Putaruru.

With plenty to see and do in the South Waikato area, you can easily make a day of it. Enjoy some local cheese at Over the Moon Dairy Company, take your bike and try out the Waikato River Trails, or do a spot of fly fishing in one of the many great waterways in the area.

Boutique galleries and gift stores are plentiful in Tirau, while Tokoroa, a little further south, celebrates its forestry heritage with the carved Talking Poles and NZ Timber Museum.

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Acre Farm, Cambridge

Lavender Farm

WHERE LAVENDER MEETS PASSION

Acre Farm started their business because they are passionate about their ideas and what they want to achieve.

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Not only do they want to provide a great place for their family to live, but they want to incorporate their thinking into several aspects that will make up ACRE Farm.

​They believe that not only by growing Lavender and a few other things… we will create a wonderful place, but that is also creating a small range of products, developing our property, and offering some simple extras, that we can share our place with others.

It will take a few years to bring it all together but we think it will be well worth the effort.

They love it in Cambridge.

Acre Farm believes Cambridge is an awesome place to do business and be a part of it. They love living in Cambridge.

Not only do they want to provide a great place for their family to live, but they want to incorporate their thinking into several aspects that will make up ACRE Farm.

Everything that grows in our garden

Acre Farm has over 1700 lavender plants with 3 different varieties.

We do have fresh lavender available in season (Dec-Mar). We also have limited dried lavender available over the year (subject to demand) 

Acre Farm is always working on more products so visit their website!

ONE Celebrant for any occasion at ACRE FARM

Hi my name is Kate.

Congratulations on your engagement.

I love weddings. I love celebrations.

When I started this journey I searched the word celebrant and it said this…

CELEBRANT – Celebrator, merrymaker, partyer (also partier), reveler.

I would describe myself as all of the above and I Love my Job!.

However the life of the party I fully appreciate the importance of an incredible marriage ceremony and the memories it creates for not only the couple but for the witnessing family and friends.

I am a professionally trained celebrant and my overall goal is to facilitate with not just the ceremony but to help guide you and your fiancé so that on your day you can relax and enjoy.

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New Zealand

The Rimutaka Incline, Wellington

Built in 1878, this rail route between the Hutt Valley and Featherston is now a gently graded 18 km walk, run or mountain bike ride, with opportunities for camping, swimming and fishing.

The rail trail is a gently graded 18 km walk or mountain bike ride. This makes it an ideal trip for families with children. The trail is also popular with dog walkers.

Interpretation panels telling the colourful stories associated with the former rail line have been installed along the trail which also features restored railway bridges and historic tunnels (take a torch).

There are plenty of photo opportunities along the trail, and a viewing platform located between the Summit and Siberia Tunnels offers a panoramic view of the old Fell engine route coming up from Cross Creek to the Summit.

Enjoy swimming and fishing in the nearby Pakuratahi River and picnic or camp in the pleasant surrounds of Ladle Bend and Summit.

DOC and the Wellington Regional Council now jointly manage the incline as the Remutaka Rail Trail. DOC manages the Incline section from the Summit to Cross Creek carpark in the Remutaka Forest Park, and Greater Wellington Regional Council manages the section from Kaitoke to the Summit in the Pakuratahi Forest.

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New Zealand Southland

Wiapapa Point, Southland

Waipapa Point is a rocky promontory on the south coast of Foveaux Strait, the South Island of New Zealand. It is located 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast of the mouth of the Mataura River, at the extreme southwestern end of the area known as the Catlins.

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The coastline of the Catlins is notoriously dangerous, and there have been many shipwrecks in the region. The most notable of these, and also one of New Zealand’s worst shipping disasters, was the wreck of the passenger steamer Tararua, en route from Port Chalmers to Melbourne via Bluff, which foundered off Waipapa Point on 29 April 1881 with the loss of all but 20 of the 151 people aboard.Waipapa Point lies in the far southwest of the Catlins.

A lighthouse was built on the point in response to the tragedy; it began operating in 1884. With its sibling, the retired Kaipara North Head lighthouse, this was one of the last two wooden lighthouses built in New Zealand. It is still active and was automated in 1976.

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Tiaki – Care for New Zealand

New Zealand is a special place, and everyone who lives and travels here has a responsibility to look after it. The Tiaki Promise is a commitment to care for New Zealand while travelling.

View there full version of the video below.

WHILE TRAVELLING IN NEW ZEALAND I WILL

CARE FOR LAND, SEA AND NATURE, TREADING LIGHTLY AND LEAVING NO TRACE

TRAVEL SAFELY, SHOWING CARE AND CONSIDERATION FOR ALL

RESPECT CULTURE, TRAVELLING WITH AN OPENHEART AND MIND

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Trees are Vital for our environment

Trees are an important part of the CO2 cycle – they absorb upto 25% of all emissions.

They are important to our environment as they contribute by providing oxygen, improving air quality, climate amelioration, conserving water, preserving soil, and supporting wildlife. During the process of photosynthesis, trees take in carbon dioxide and produce the oxygen we breathe. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, “One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen.

This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people.” Trees, shrubs, and turf also filter air by removing dust and absorbing other pollutants like carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, and nitrogen dioxide. After trees intercept unhealthy particles, rain washes them to the ground.

Without trees, we are in danger of creating an imbalanced CO2 emissions cycle and bombard our atmosphere with higher CO2. Mankind will then suffer the effects.

When carbon dioxide CO2 is released into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels, approximately 50% remains in the atmosphere, while 25% is absorbed by land plants and trees, and the other 25% is absorbed into certain areas of the ocean. We need to plant more trees every day so the next generation can enjoy a better world.

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Trees are important to our climate

Trees help cool the planet by sucking in and storing harmful greenhouse gases, like carbon dioxide, into their trunks, branches, and leaves, and releasing oxygen back into the atmosphere. In cities, trees can reduce the overall temperature by up to eight degrees Celsius. With more than 50% of the world’s population living in cities—a number expected to increase to 66% by the year 2050—pollution and overheating are becoming a real threat. Fortunately, a mature tree can absorb an average of 48 lbs of carbon dioxide per year, making cities a healthier, safer place to live. 

help filter our AIR

Trees are like the vacuums of our planet. Through their leaves and bark, they absorb harmful pollutants and release clean oxygen for us to breathe. In urban environments, trees absorb pollutant gases like nitrogen oxides, ozone, and carbon monoxide, and sweep up particles like dust and smoke. Increasing levels of carbon dioxide caused by deforestation and fossil fuel combustion trap heat in the atmosphere. Healthy, strong trees act as carbon sinks; absorbing atmospheric carbon dioxide and reducing the effects of climate change. 

capture WATER

Trees play a key role in capturing rainwater and reducing the risk of natural disasters like floods and landslides. Their intricate root systems act like filters; removing pollutants and slowing down the water’s absorption into the ground. This process prevents harmful waterside erosion and reduces the risk of over-saturation and flooding. According to the Food and Agriculture Association of the United Nations, a mature evergreen tree can intercept more than 15,000litres of water every year.

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Visit Auckland – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Beautiful video from Visit Auckland with a poignant message for today’s times – Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is Breathing

Sit at a distance, stand as one.
When the time is right, we welcome you.
But for now, listen. Papatūānuku (our earth mother) is breathing.

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New Zealand News

New Zealand we should Stop, look & Admire more often

Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how wonderful New Zealand is because we live busy lives, forget to look around and see it. We love living in New Zealand and appreciate its beauty every day.

Once and while look up, stop to remember, you will remember why we fight to protect New Zealand & planet. Please continue to inspire & educate the world.