We visited Westland Greenstone in Hokitika to learn how they make the trademark New Zealand jade ornaments.
The MojoTrotters braved the world’s third-highest bungy jump so you don’t have to. Watch what it was like in this video.
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Queenstown is the most convincing proof that governments can profit from the legalization of drugs. This is, after all, the city that deals the world’s most expensive narcotic. Walk around its compact downtown and you’ll see hundreds of addicts, just biding time until their next fix, for which they’ll pay hundreds of dollars.
The drug dealers are registered companies that are taxed and subject to stringent safety standards. There are very few deaths and virtually no violent crime caused by the drug.
When the technician clips the bungy cord on your feet, you vaguely start to realize what you got yourself into.
We had just watched six other people do the jump, billed as the third highest in the world. As thousands have done in the past, they jump, the cord stretches, they bounce. When they’re reeled back to the platform, they look stunned and thrilled, probably wondering what to call the neurochemical sucker punch they just took.
Short and sweet. The perfect pair to describe the walk at Ship Creek, a swamp that meets the ocean between Haast e Lake Paringa.
The complete stroll lasts no more than 20 minutes and within easy access of State Highway 6. But we took close to one hour. Each corner of the forest is a miniature kingdom fo those who take the time to look.
Here are some of our favourite photos from this unforgettable walk.
For one kilometre on a barren stretch of the New Zealand West Coast, a passing driver can live the sorrows, the excitement, the caprice of past travelers.
Mostly they are pebbles scribbled on with a Sharpie. Others are driftwood branches set upright, towering rock piles, or a simple national flag.
All express a sentiment: I’ve been here. I miss my dead lover. I love my country.
They’re there for no reason, other than just being there.
Ease your kayak into one of the seal colonies of Abel Tasman and you just might get this adorable reception.
Seal facts from the New Zealand Department of Conservation.
Rocky headlands, virginal beaches, lush cliffs… the scenery in the Westland can conjure limitless cheesy phrases.
We’d rather let the photos do the talking.
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Some folks steam them, which is a shame, a kayak instructor at Abel Tasman National Park told me. When you have mussels fresh off the rocks, you have to respect their fresh ocean flavours.
You grill them in their own juices.
Read the recipe here.