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Where can I catch the Lions games next year in NZ?

Ka mate! Ka mate! Ka ora! Ka ora! It’s time for one of the BIGGEST events in the rugby calendar and it’s the Kiwi’s turn to host… say Kia Ora to the British & Irish Lions Tour 2017 in New Zealand! Kicking off in Whangarei on the North Island this 10 game “feast of rugby” spans almost six weeks taking in the best of the North and South Island. You guys get a choice of seven host cities to explore, with Wellington and Auckland being two awesome highlights. There’s PLENTY to do in between the matches and venues, with NZ being the adrenaline capital of the world, take your pick from sky-diving, bungy-jumping, white water rafting… the list goes on! Watch some incredible rugby and explore the thrilling country of New Zealand at the same time.

The Lions

Image: www.telegraph.co.uk


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8 places in New Zealand you can have all to yourself

Today’s blog comes from lola.photography, she’s a New Zealand photographer travelling the world one beautiful photograph at a time.

Escape the crowds and have a piece of New Zealand all to yourself. Here’s my pick of 8 places in New Zealand just waiting for you to visit…

Muriwai Beach


If you and your mates happen to rent a couple of 4WD’s, you can literally have a stretch of beach as far as the eye can see all to yourselves. There are several 4WD tracks through Woodhill Forest that run along the West Coast of Auckland. A sweet 30 – 45 minute drive from Auckland’s North Shore will see you dune surfing and skinny dipping in the golden sunset without a soul in sight. Then snuggle up under the night sky and watch for satellites and shooting stars (plenty of them!)
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Shoulder to shoulder: Top 5 things to do during New Zealand’s shoulder season

Many of us tend to forget just how awesome travelling in New Zealand can be, it’s pretty much like having the world in miniature because there’s something new to do every day. From the North Island filled with sandy surf beaches (also home to some of the world’s most stunning National parks!) to exploring the capital city Wellington which is bursting with art and culture, right down to the South Island with its epic glaciers and adventure capital, Queenstown. New Zealand has it all.

So it’s obvious there’s enough awesomeness in New Zealand to go, but deciding when exactly can be bit a little bit trickier. Enter: shoulder season.

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What can I get out of a working holiday in New Zealand?

A working holiday in New Zealand is a fantastic way to gain work experience abroad and earn a few dollars while you do it. It gives you the flexibility to fund your trip while you explore the country and in the process make some great mates! It may sound scary but it’s not as hard as you think. The visa process is really simple, great value compared to other countries and STA can help you every step of the way. The experience of working in New Zealand is invaluable. Here’s what you can get out of living and working in one of the most beautiful countries in the world:

1.Make new mates


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49 Reasons Why New Zealand Rocks Our World

As soon as a blog post about New Zealand needs writing, I always seem to be the first at STA Travel Towers to stick my hand up. (I definitely don’t throw myself at our editor Lisa’s feet and beg, “Pick me! Pick me!” Honest.).

Why do I love writing about New Zealand? Well, because I love New Zealand. I’m lucky enough to have been twice in the last year: once to the South Island in June when it was covered in snow – white, serene and magical; and again to the North Island in February when the sun was out, the stunning landscapes were lush and green, and the skies were blue with long wispy clouds (it’s not called the Land of the Long White Cloud for nothing). Two very different experiences, but both equally amazing.

New Zealand: what's not to like?

Obviously, I’m not alone in my love for New Zealand. Everyone I’ve ever spoken to on the subject – be it friends, colleagues or you, our lovely customers – has fallen head over heels in love with this out-of-the-way country that has a population of just 4 million people.

Just what is it about New Zealand? What’s all the fuss about, eh? Well, I’m going to tell you. With the help of our Twitter community, here are 49 reasons why this wonderful country rocks our world.

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