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Reel Philippines – Island Hopping

This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Adelaide film-maker Ben Dowie off to The Philippines to hop around some of the 7000 islands and bring back stories of early morning misty haze, back-lit by soft sun rays through lush palms on white beaches. It’s a tough life isn’t it?

Watch Ben’s director’s commentary below, read about his amazing experiences, and discover why you should probably hop over there yourself (spoiler alert – because it’s beautiful).

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New Zealand: North or South Island?

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste British life. So far it tastes of Marmite. 

Let’s face it, not everyone heading to New Zealand will have the option to spend a month or two quietly idling the days away in Hobbit country; some will be more strapped for time. Though it is possible to cover both the South and North islands in a couple of weeks, if you’re not one for moving every day, sitting on enumerable buses for hours at a time and generally getting yourself into a bit of a tizz, you might find that choosing one or the other is your best bet.

But the problem is, which one? Never fear intrepid, time short traveller, here we pick out some well-known and less famous highlights from the two main Islands that make up New Zealand to help with your decision making. Don’t say we never do anything for you.

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9 Amazing New Zealand Experiences

New Zealand is not a country that does things by halves. So much more than just a nice backdrop to Ian Mckellen’s horse riding antics, it’s a wild, seeking, joyful, seemingly limitless land stuffed full of adventures just for you. Which ones specifically? Read on for a glimpse into everything waiting for you when you turn left at Australia and go straight on till morning…

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Reel Philippines: Volcanoes and National Parks

This year, as part of our groundbreaking Reel Philippines series, we sent Josh Cowan and Jack Harries of JacksGap to The Philippines to film incredible volcanoes and National Parks.

While the videos speak for themselves, what about the story behind the lens? Watch the video with Josh’s director’s commentary below and read on for an insider’s glimpse in exploring, and filming, in the Philippines.

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5 New Zealand 1sts

Today’s blog comes from STA’s James Greenslade who has left his Aussie homeland for a few months to taste British life. In all its glory.

Used to playing second fiddle to their neighbours in terms of size, population, number of ecosystems, beer consumption, terrifying dangerous creatures etc; until now you may have thought that the only thing New Zealand can almost guarantee coming first in is the rugby.

But you’d be wrong. Read on for examples of Kiwis taking pole position…and how you can be a part of their winning ways.

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