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January 2014 Issue 737



PARTY LIASION Sydney Festival brings the noise


LIVING ON TOP Summer on NZ’s North Island

Staying cool in Airlie Beach

R E V E F L A V I T FES uide mer festival g m u s r u o ’s it nes – and lots of tu m a re c n u s , s Short short



EDITOR’S LETTER Howdy folks and happy new year! With a new year comes new change here at TNT – our mag’s gone monthly. That gives us time to make it bigger and better for you, the reader, to enjoy! We’re also now covering not just Australia but New Zealand and Fiji inside as well, so there’s plenty of stuff for you to pour over. Enjoy!

























We take you through ten of our favourite summer festivals in Oz and NZ!



The Sydney Festival is back in town and we’ve hand picked five of the best



We explore the beautiful Whitsundays by land, sea and air.



If you’re backpacking in Oz you’ll likely do the East Coast – we show you how



The North Island is the place to be in a NZ summer and we show you why





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Take part in the festivities held on Australia’s official national day all over the country. Marking the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the first First Fleet of British Ships at Sydney Cove, New South Wales, this day is about celebrating the diversity and beauty of Australia with community festivals, concerts and ceremonies all over the country. So whether it is the Australia Day Swim in Western Australia, the Raising Flags Ceremony in Brisbane or the massive party at Sydney Harbour with live performances from major artists, there is no way you can miss this big day - no matter in what corner of the country you’re staying! TBA

January 26




This great music festival takes place at the iconic Okere Falls Store and will this year be helping celebrate the anniversary of Auckland. Some amazing home grown talent including Bic Runga, Bonjah and Harry Manx will be bringing the ruckus.

The first Grand Slam tournament of the year will take place in Melbourne Park this January. If you’re lucky enough to get tickets for this massive event, enjoy the world class tennis action with the best men and women’s players in the world come down under.

For one of the world’s Top Ten Music Festivals, the little town of Tamworth in country New South Wales welcomes about 50,000 visitors every year. So if you love country music then you shouldn’t miss this massive two-week event.

January 25-26 Okere Falls, Rotorua

January 13-26 Melbourne, Victoria.

January 17-26 Tamworth, New South Wales


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SYDNEY FESTIVAL Australia’s biggest city comes alive in January with its annual Sydney Festival. 2014s lineup promises to be one of the biggest and best yet as well with a huge number of local and international musicians, artists, theatre groups, dancers and poets descending on Sydney. Check out our feature on pg 18! TBA

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Jan 9–26 CBD and Parramatta



A New Zealand original, this festival continues to get bigger and bigger with each passing year. The world’s biggest and best street performers will turn New Zealand’s second biggest city into one giant party. Crowds of over 300,000 are expected during the ten day event held in beautiful Hagley Park which, for the festival’s duration at least, will be called ‘Busker Park’. Over 500 hours of circus, street and comedy shows. A must see if in the South island.

Arguably Australia’s second biggest short-film festival (after Tropfest) is back for another year in 2014. Flickerfest has been running now since 1992 and every year gives young Aussie film-makers a chance to showcase their talents to a wider audience. It will be held down on Bondi Beach – what a spot! So make sure you don’t miss out!


January 16–26 Christchurch, New Zealand


January 10 – 19 Bondi Beach, Sydney




The fifth and final Test of what has been another epic installment of the greatest battle in world cricket culminates in the New Year’s Test from the Sydney Cricket Ground. Sure, the Aussies have already won the Ashes but it’s still live cricket!

The first stop on the world-cycling calendar brings the top professional cycling teams down under for one week each January. Next to the race there will be lots of events that create a massive party atmosphere across South Australia.

Although the King passed away 36 years ago, more than 18.000 Elvis fans from all over the world come together in Parkes to celebrate his birthday every year with a five-day festival that features concerts and other events.

If your hangover from the night before is not too bad and you want to have a great first day of the year, the Domain is the place to be. Join the massive outdoor music party featuring artists like Whiz Khalifa and The Wombats .

January 3 – 7 Sydney Cricket Ground

January 19-26 Adelaide, South Australia

January 8-12 Parkes, New South Wales

January 1 The Domain, Sydney









Restaurant review by Hugh Radojev

From the moment you walk through the door you can feel the energy of the place with its playfully electric pink and black paint scheme, tangy smell of lime, salsa and frying plantains, and the candy striped shirts of the bartenders. The area may looked cramped – particularly on a busy night – but I was pleasantly surprised to find that even with the high ceilings and concrete floors, the only thing that was overly loud was the paint on the walls. THE GRUB Exciting. That’s the best word to describe the food. The $9 guacamole is mixed in a stone mortar with a pestle at your table and the $14 chorizo salsa comes with golden plantain chips – extraordinary! The pacific scallop cerviche ($16) served with avocado, jalapenos and pomegranate is exquisitely delicate, but best of all are the soft shell tacos. The $16 smoked pork with tamatillo salsa and black bean hummus defy description. The low point was a solid, if uninspired, chicken and pumpkin puree main ($28), but it definitely wasn’t bad. It was almost a welcome reprieve from the intense flavour rollercoaster I’d been on until then. BEHIND THE BAR 160 individual tequilas, the majority of which have been hand brought into Australia from Mexico. They’re all 100 per cent blue agave as well. Some of my faves included the HG 400 blanco ($14) and El Vietejo Reposado ($10). BILL PLEASE Stick to tacos and a tequila or two and get away with $50 a head. VERDICT A tour de force of delicious. I’d give it 10 out of 5 if I could... Oh, I just did. THE SCENE

105 Pitt St, Sydney






An NYC-style dive bar has burrowed its way under the skin of Manly’s beach front. It ticks all the right, divey kind of boxes. It’s underground for one thing and by extension is nice and dimly lit. It’s also got a top selection of imported beers, wines and spirits. The little kitchen also pumps out a pretty good standard of American bar grub.

Ah, Frankie’s! This place has a great feel to it, from the red and white check tablecloths to the empty chianti bottle candle holders, this place has a vibe all of its own. Out the back is this awesome little bar, complete with glitzy, retro neon beer signs and tat all over the walls. This place is cooler than Peter Dinklage!

The original Sydney dive bar and, in many ways, still the best. If you can get past the cold, dead eyes of a thousand taxidermied animals staring down at you from the walls you’re in for a treat. Cloudy apple and rye whisky is served hand over fist with elephant grade peanuts still in their shells. The music is great too.!/BRKLYN2095

50 Hunter St, Sydney

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THE DEVIL YOU KNOW The Spaniards have perfected finger food down to a fine art. Tapas in Spain is cheap and delicious but in Australia most tapas places are hatefully expensive and the food is usually pretty average. I say most though, Fitzroy’s Naked for Satan bucks that trend handsomely. Cheap and delicious $2 pintxos (Basque tapas) and more vodka cocktails than Beelzebub himself would know what to do with. And, what a great name!

NO HABLA ESPAÑOL The only people who don’t like tapas are the criminally selfish or those who inexplicably hate tomatoes! For some reason these people exist but that just means more tapas for the rest of us. Peasant in Brisbane’s inner west is an excellent, Barcelona-style tapas place and a great way to start a night out. Cling desperately to the bar or take your food and drinks outside. White rum margarita and homemade meat ball heaven.

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY Family Nightclub is full of beautiful people and great tunes on the weekends. Don’t be fooled by the name, best to leave your mother at home when you go to this one.





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SUNDAY 12 Bombino $30 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

MONDAY 13 Motown Mondays Free The White Horse, Sydney



OZ OPEN HEINEKIN STAGE Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 13-26 Jan. Price incl in pass Mushroom is bringing a huge lineup of local artists to play at the 2014 Australian open – incl Owl Eyes and The Rubens [pictured].


WEDNESDAY 1 Field Day 2014 $118 The Domain, Sydney Field Day After Party TBA TBA

THURSDAY 2 The Basics $29 Space Theatre, Adelaide Boy out of the Country $20 fortfivedownstairs, Melbourne

FRIDAY 3 Whiz Khalifa TBA Enmore Theatre, Sydney Taylor Swift $85 Allianz Stadium, Sydney

SATURDAY 4 Johnny Marr $66 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Cave $39 The Annandale Hotel, Sydney

Grizzly Bear $49 Sydney Opera House, Sydney Steel Panther $75 Brisbane River Stage, Brisbane, Queensland



TUESDAY 7 London Grammar $49 Metro Theatre, Sydney Solange $49 Metro Theatre, Sydney

WEDNESDAY 8 Solange $49 Metro Theatre, Sydney

THURSAY 9 Deafheaven $39 The Annandale, Sydney City & Colour TBA Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide

FRIDAY 10 Joe Robinson $20 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Birds of Tokyo $56.10 Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

SATURDAY 11 Paramore $88.70 Allphones Arena, Sydney The Screaming Jets TBA Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle


THE STONES! THE ROLLING STONES 2014 TOUR National Tour. FMar 19 – April 5 2014. TBA One of the biggest bands in the history of music – the legendary Rolling Stones – are touring Oz in early 2014. Get your tix now, they sell out!.

Several cities

Vampire Weekend $87.10 Festival Hall, Melbourne


Paramore $88.70 Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Bon Jovi from $35 ANZ Stadium, Sydney

WEDNESDAY 15 The Julie Ruin $44 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Paramore $91.40 Perth Arena, Perth

THURSDAY 16 Misfits $59 The Zoo, Brisbane Birds of Tokyo $56.10 Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast

FRIDAY 17 Jagwar Ma $33.70 Metro Theatre, Sydney John Grant TBA Space Theatre, Adelaide

SATURDAY 18 The Lumineers $77.50 The Tivoli, Brisbane Joe Robinson From $20 The Basement, Sydney

SUNDAY 19 Half Moon Run $12 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

MONDAY 20 Motown Mondays Free The White Horse, Sydney

TUESDAY 21 Kristen lane Free Southgate Inn, Tamworth Ben Ransom Free Southgate Inn, Tamworth

WEDNESDAY 22 The 1975 TBA Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Snoop Lion and Mac Miller TBA The Palace Theatre, Melbourne

THURSDAY 23 The Lumineers TBA Palace Theatre, Melbourne MattyTWall $56.10 The Ellington Jazz Club, Perth

FRIDAY 24 Avicii TBA Brisbane Riverstage, Brisbane Hatz, Fitz and Cara $28 Milton Theatre, Milton

SATURDAY 25 Snoop Lion and Mac Miller $78.60 Enmore Theatre, Sydney Avicii TBA Centennial Park, Sydney

SUNDAY 26 Gran Wazoo Free The Royal Hotel, Melbourne

MONDAY 27 Motown Mondays Free The White Horse, Sydney

TUESDAY 28 King Krule From $125 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne Arcade Fire $99 Sydney Entertainment Centre

WEDNESDAY 29 Parquet Courts $99 The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

THURSDAY 30 Savages TBA The Hi-Fi, Melbourne Youth Lagoon $38.60 Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

FRIDAY 31 Jungal $12 Northcote Social Club, Melbourne Rockmonster Free Avoca Beach Bowling Club, Avoca Beach


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Side Bar 509 Pitt St, CBD



The Beresford 345 Bourke St, Surry Hills theberesfordhotel The Bondi Hotel 178 Campbell Parade, Bondi The Mountbatten Hotel 701 George Street, CBD The Palace Hotel Cnr of George and Hay St, CBD

POOL CLUB THURSDAYS The Ivy. Thursdays, 5pm – late Enjoy an amazing summer night out at one of Sydney’s hottest clubs with free entry, $5 happy hour from 9-11pm and Djs til late. 330 George Street, Sydney

SYDNEY Bar Century Lvl 4 640, George St, CBD Beach Road Hotel 71 Beach Road, Bondi Beach Candy’s Apartment 22 Bayswater Road, Potts Point Coogee Palace Hotel 169 Dolphin St, Coogee In Situ 34/18 Sydney Rd, Manly Kinsela’s 383 Bourke St, Darlinghurst Marlborough Hotel 145 King St, Newtown New Brighton Hotel 71 The Corso, Manly

The Vanguard 42 King St, Newtown Three Wise Monkeys 555 George St, CBD Trinity Bar 505 Crown St, Surry Hills White Horse Hotel 381 Crown St, Surry Hills White Revolver Cnr Curlewis & Campbell Parade Bondi Beach World Bar 24 Bayswater Road, Potts Point


Dome Bar Level 1, 589 Crown Street, Surry Hills

Oxford Art Factory 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

Flinders Hotel 63-65 Flinders St, Surry Hills

Ryan’s Paragon Hotel Cnr Loftus & Alfred St, CBD

Four Pines 29/43-45 East Esplanade, Manly

Scary Canary 469 Kent St, CBD

Cherry Bar 103 Flinders Lane, CBD cherrybarmelbourne

Hotel Steyne 75 The Corso, Manly

Scubar 4/11-23 Rawson Place, CBD

Corner Hotel 57 Swan Street, Richmond

Asian Beer Cafe 211 La Trobe St, CBD Bar Humbug 586 Little Bourke St, CBD

CHILLED SUMMER SESSIONS Fisherman’s Wharf Tavern. Fri-Sun 4, 4pm-late. Enjoy a relaxed weekend at one of the hottest spots at the Gold Coast with free entry and live DJs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 4pm. 60-70 Seaworld Dr, Main Beach

The Gin Mill 173 High St, Prahran

Crown and Sceptre Hotel 308 King William Street, CBD

The Hi-Fi 125 Swanston Street, CBD

Electric Circus 17 Crippen Place, CBD

The Night Owl 35 Elizabeth Street, CBD

Grace Emily Hotel 232 Waymouth St, CBD

The Nite Cat 137-141 Johnston St, Fitzroy

The Promethean 116 Grote St, CBD

The Penny Black 420 Sydney Road, Brunswick The Tote 67-71 Johnston Street, Coll. Turf Bar 131 Queen St, CBD

ADELAIDE Club 58 58 Hindley St, CBD

Eden Bar and Nightclub 163 Russell Street, CBD


PERTH The Clink Nightclub 14-16 South Terrace, Fremantle The East End Bar and Grill 189 High Street, Fremantle The Shed 69-71 Aberdeen St, Northbr. The Subiaco Hotel 465 Hay Street, Subiaco


Esplanade Hotel 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda Eurotrash Bar 18 Corrs Lane, CBD Fluid Oz Bar 450 Elizabeth Street, CBD Northcote Social Club 301 High Street, Northcote Palace Theatre

THEME BAR HAPPY HOURS Father’s Office. All week, 8-10pm. Melbourne’s coolest themed-bar has Happy Hours every day from 8-10pm with tap beers, wine, ciders and spirits for only $5. 249 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne



Shamiana 420 Lonsdale St, CBD Star Bar Hotel Melbourne 160 Clarendon Street

BEER TASTING AT LORD NELSON Lord Nelson Brewery Hotel . All week. Australia’s oldest pub brewery located has to offer six self-brewed beers for every taste and they offer half-pints for only $4.80.

19 Kent St, The Rocks, Sydney




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PUBLISTINGS Voodoo Lounge 174 James St, Northbridge

BRISBANE Bravo Bar Brunswick Central, 455 Brunswick St Fortitude Valley Canvas Club 16b Logan St, Woolloongabba GPO Hotel 740 Anne St, Fortitude Valley Hotel LA 68 Petrie Terrace, CBD Iceworks Cnr Given Tce & Dowse St, Paddington Pig ‘N’ Whistle Riverside 123 Eagle Street, CBD The Exchange Hotel 131 Edward St, CBD The Fringe Bar Cnr Ann and Constance St The Met Nightclub 256 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley Sky Room 2/234 Wickham St, Fortitude Valley

GOLD COAST Benowa Tavern 117 Ashmore Rd, Benowa Blush Nightclub 21 Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise Coolangatta Sands Hotel 3 Griffith St, Coolangatta Shooters Superclub Shop 46 The Mark Orchid Avenue Surfers Paradise

HOBART Isobar 11 Franklin Wharf CBD Knopwood’s Retreat 39 Salamanca Pl CBD (03)6223 5808 Republic Bar 299 Elizabeth St, CBD Syrup Nightclub 39 Salamanca Pl, Battery Point The Duke 192 Macquarie Street CBD

NEWCASTLE Albion Hotel 72 Hannell St, Wickham Bar Petite 5 King St, CBD Beaumont Exchange Hotel Cnr Beaumont and Denison Street, Hamilton Cambridge Hotel 789 Hunter St, CBD Cricketers Arms 61 Bruce St, Cooks Hill Hamilton Hotel 71 Tudor St, Hamilton Hamilton Station Hotel 2-6 Beaumont St, Islington Hotel Delany 134 Darby St, CBD Isobar 1 Honeysuckle Drive CBD Kent Hotel 59-61 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Royal Inn Hotel Waratah 61/69 Station St, Waratah

Wickham Park Hotel 61 Maitland Rd, Islington

BYRON BAY Beach Hotel Bay Lane Buddha Bar 1 Skinners Shoot Road Cheeky Monkey’s 115 Jonson St

Pig ‘N’ Whistle. Wednesdays, 7-11pm. Have a great night out with live music, cheap drinks and delicious food in the backpacker-hotspot in Brisbane’s Queen Street. Queen Street, Brisbane

The Owl & The Pussycat 85 Jonson St

Questions Unit 5 123-125 Corrimal Street

Treehouse on Belongil 25 Childe St Woody’s Surf Shack 90-96 Jonson St


Ivory 77-79 Crown Street, CBD OneFiveOne 150 Keira Street, CBD

DARWIN Ducks Nuts 76 Mitchell St, CBD Squires Tavern 3 Edmunds St, CBD

Academy Club 15 Bunda St, CBD

Shenannigans 69 Mitchell St, CBD

Cube Nightclub 33 Petrie Plaza, CBD

The Deck Bar 22 Mitchell St, CBD

ICBM 50 Northbourne Ave, CBD

The Tap Bar 58 Mitchell St, CBD

Mooseheads 105 London Circuit, CBD

ALICE SPRINGS Bojangles Saloon 80 Todd St Firkin n Hound 21 Hartely St (08) 8953 3033 Monte’s Corner of Todd St & Stott Tce The Barra Bar 34 Stott Tce The Juicy Rump Lasseters Hotel Casino The Rock Bar 2/78 Todd St Todd Tavern Todd Mall


Transit Bar 7 Akuna St, CBD


Castros 5 Victoria Street, CBD

Mary Ellen Hotel 57 Railway St, Mereweather

Glasshouse & Su Casa 90 Crown Street, CBD

Rattle N Hum 65-67 Esplanade

Oriental Hotel 53 Bull St, Cooks Hill

Grand Hotel 124 Keira Street, CBD

Salt House 6/2 Pier Point Rd, CBD

Premier Hotel 1 Brunker Rd, Broadmeadow

Harp Hotel 234 Corrimal Street, CBD



The Northern 35-43 Jonson St

Lass O’Gowrie Hotel 14 Railway St, Wickham

Gilligan’s Backpacker Hostel 57-89 Grafton St gilligansbackpacker


The Northern Star 112 Beaumont St, Hamilton

Alibi 76 Crown Street, CBD



Sunyside Tavern 20 Broadmeadow Rd, Broadmeadow

Kings Street Hotel 15 Steel St, Newcastle West

Fabric Cnr Shields and Esplanade St pubs


The Woolshed 24 Shields Street, CBD

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Academy Club. Saturdays, 8-10pm. Have a great night out in the hottest venue of Australia’s capital, when Love Saturdays take over the Academy club. 29 Gerema Place, Canberra

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Summer festivals Get your festival fix this summer -- allow us to give you the quick and dirty on ten summer music festivals definitely worth checking out. You’re welcome!



The big, grand daddy of Southern Hemisphere music festivals – Big Day Out encompasses shows all around Australia as well as in Auckland in NZ, bringing some of the world’s biggest bands and artists together. In 2014 the Big Day Out roadshow will be bringing bands like Arcade Fire, grunge-rock royalty Pearl Jam, gangster rap institution Snoopp Dogg, aka Snoop Lion aka Zilla (apparently) and many more including local acts. Taking in five Australian cities – The Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth as well as a triumphant return after a year off to Auckland in New Zealand, 2014’s incarnation of BDO is sure to be one of 14


the biggest and best ever. If history is any guide to this year’s BIg Day Out you can bet that it’s going to be sweltering hot and that, certainly if you’re attending one of the Australian shows, there will be plenty of punters draped in Aussie flags. Despite the, um, occasionally questionable nature of the average punter, Big Day Out consistently provides a complete music festival experience for the million or so ticket buyers who stream through the gates every January. Arcade Fire [pictured], one of two headliners, have consistently won critical acclaim for their massive live show and, with a number of albums

under their belts now, the Canadian indie-rockers are set to bring crowds to their collective knees this summer. Pearl Jam too are widely regarded in musical circles as one of the biggest and most influential bands of the last 20 years. Alongisde Nirvana, the boys from Portland, Oregon helped to pioneer grunge rock in the early 1990s and continue to be an innovative and incredible studio as well as live band. BDO 2014 kicks off in Auckalnd on January 17, before heading to the Gold Coast on Jan 19, Melbourne Jan 24, Sydney for a big Australia day show on Jan 26, Adelaide on January 31 and finishes in Perth on Feb 2nd.






Hipsters of the Southern Hemisphere, rejoice! The St Jerome’s Laneway Festival is set to return in 2014 bigger and hipper than ever. The 2014 festival is enough to make any fan of triple j weep openly with joy. With bands like Daughter, Chrvches, Warpaint and Savages all topping the must see lists of what is another seriously special lineup of local and international talent. The festival has become a big one right around the globe, with shows

being put on throughout the Northern American and European summers and, now, heads south taking in Singapore and New Zealand as well as a number of cities in Australia. If you like wearing combat boots and tight, black jeans in 30+ degree heat then this is almost certainly a festival you’ll enjoy. No sweaty, shirtless, jacked bros fist-pumping here. Dates: Jan 27 – Feb 8. See website for specific venue details.




You ready to go on an indie/electro safari? Well, you better be, because Future Music is back in town! Hmmm, oh yes, ladies and gentleman. Safari suits, African animal onesies and fluro sunglasses will be all the rage when one of Australia’s biggest music festivals sweeps back across the country in March and April. 2014 will see one of the world’s biggest artists in Deadmau5 headlining, alongside Macklemore, Phoenix and many, many more!




Set in the beautiful town of Busselton on the southern Indian Ocean coast, Southbound is West Australia’s premier, stand alone festival. And the 2014 installment of Southbound is set to be the biggest one yet as the organisers and punters celebrate the festival’s 10th birthday. Some big artists including Grizzly Bear, Bonobo, Vampire Weekend and MGMT will all be showcasing their wares, alongside many more.

ARCADE FIRE A band formed in Montreal, Canada in 2001. At their heart, Arcade Fire is the brain child of husband and wife team Win Butler and Régine Chassagne – who both sing, write and play about a thousand instruments each. The band came to prominence in 2004, with the release of their critically acclaimed and commercially successful first album Funeral and the band has subsequently gone on to release three more albums, all achieving similar levels of success. Arcade Fire currently write, record and tour as a six piece and incorporate a dazzling array of musical instruments as well as engaging lighting and displays into their live performances. Their most recent album Reflektor has already been placed on many highly respected musical publications’ best of lists for 2013 and their shows in Australia in 2014 will almost certainly sell out and sell out fast. At the same time as being one of the world’s best loved bands, Arcade Fire have recently found time to score a film, which is a fun fact. WHO ARE THEY:

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Calling all headbangers, circlepitters, finger-tappers and metal heads, Soundwave is bringing the noise back in 2014 to a city near you. Ear plugs are encouraged. If your heavy rock inclined then Soundwave 2014 is going to be right up your alley. American emo-punk royalty Green Day are headlining, alongside heavy weights like Avenged Sevenfold and the Stone Temple Pilots. Get in quick!





The festival that’s synonymous with kicking on after NYE for young Sydneysiders everywhere. So, you made all of your very well intentioned New Year’s resolutions. We’ve all been there. Still, December 31st rolls around and you’ve over indulged. Either hang around all of Jan 1st feeling sorry for yourself, or blow the cobwebs away at Field Day! Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and Flume are all going to be there!



One of Australia’s fastest growing festivals is back in Byron in April 2014 and its bringing a huge lineup. Ah, blues and roots music. Once purely the preserve of ageing hippies and dreadlocked rastafarians has enjoyed something of a popular resurgence amongst contemporary, Australian society. For three days in March, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Jack Johnson and heaps more are playing, just for your enjoyment!



Summadayze looks set to return in 2014, albeit only in Victoria, and while we’re still not sure of the lineup, it’ll likely be enormous. Australian festivals have a been rather boom or bust of late. Some sell out within minutes and make shit loads of money while others have folded never to be seen again. Summadayze is tentatively pencilled in for 2014 at the Sidney Meyer Music Bowl in Melbourne.




One of the New Zealand’s biggest music festivals, Parachute, is once again coming back to New Zealand. Yes, alright, Parachute is, technically speaking a ‘Christian’ music festival. If you’re of the faith, then great! If not, it doesn’t matter because the good people at Parachute aren’t forcing any great amounts of God down your throat. Just go and enjoy some good, wholesome rock and roll in a friendly environment.



New Zealand’s answer to Homebake is Homegrown, a music festival dedicated entirely to the promotion and enjoyment of Kiwi music and, trust us, there’s plenty to enjoy. Sure, everybody enjoys lots of big name headliners coming down under to ply their trade. Yet, deep down, we’re patriots here at TNT and we like nothing more than promoting home grown, local artists. So we love Homegrown!



Variety: (clockwise) Ockham's Razor, Rubber Duck, Sydney Symphony and Andrew Weatherall



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Sydney Shines The thought-provoking, beautiful and often confronting Sydney Festival is back. TNT picks out a few highlights WORDS HUGH RADOJEV

Every January, Australia’s biggest city comes alive in more ways than one. January is, certainly in terms of the weather anyway, one of the best times of the year to be in Sydney – the sun is shining, the water is warm and the locals, so often frazzled by their hectic day-to-day lives in the big city, let their hair down and ease themselves into the New Year. January is also the time of the year that the city celebrates itself. For the last 38 years, the Sydney Festival has been the most prominent celebration of them all. With musicians, dancers, directors and artists from across Australia and around the world coming together to showcase their boundless talents to an ever growing audience of culturally savvy Sydneysiders. Just because we’ve chosen to focus on five events happening this January doesn’t mean that you do too. That’s the magic of the Sydney Festival – there’s so many things to see and to do and experience that, no matter what your tastes, you’ll find something that will take your breathe away. We’ve not even touched on the more than 20 completely FREE events taking place during the festival. There's even a giant, inflatable rubber duck on the Parramatta River. If you’re in Sydney this January, you’d be a fool to miss any of it.

Music: Andrew Weatherall WHAT: Where to begin with a man like Andrew Weatherall? As a producer he’s had a hand in some 19 albums, he has also remixed and worked with such seminal acts as Primal Scream, Björk, Siouxsie Sioux, My Bloody Valentine and New Order as well as being an accomplished DJ and musical talent himself. Perhaps the promo for his January 26 show at the Sydney Festival’s Spielgeltent says it best when he’s described as, 'a man who knows his music’. He has also been described by one of the world’s largest electronic and dance music websites/magazines Resident Advisor, as being a ‘legendary producer, remixer and tastemaker’ as well as being ‘the first proper punk DJ’. Now, as part of the festival, Andrew Weatherall will be bringing his much vaunted DJ set to Sydney for one night in January – running the gamut of electronic dance music genres, styles and tastes ranging from chilled house, heavy electro and even a little bit of British post punk.

If you like dance music, punk music or basically any album from the last 30 years then you’re going to want to see Andrew Weatherall hit the decks. WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, January 26 at the Spiegeltent in Hyde Park. HOW MUCH: $30 for general admission.

Theatre and Dance: Ockham's Razor WHAT: A British aerial theatre company whose critically acclaimed work combines a unique and awe-inspiring blend of circus and physical theatrical disciplines created on original and specifically designed pieces of equipment. Their performances generally tried to create story arcs that cover human emotions like vulnerability, trust and reliance. Formed in 2004 the company derives its name from the Philosophy of William of Ockham (fun fact) which, long story short, says that the simplest theory should always be chosen. The company harnesses this philosophy in their performances, working as an ensemble to first brainstorm ideas and then work physically using bespoke equipment to generate their amazing productions. Ockham’s Razor will be bringing three performances to the Sydney Festival in 2014 – Arc, Memento Mori and Every Action – each exploring the interweaving tangles of human ›› relationships.

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With six performances – each spanning 80 minutes, including an interval – to be performed during the festival and having just came from a critically acclaimed run of shows in Europe, Ockham’s Razor is sure to be one of the theatrical highlights of 2014. WHEN & WHERE: Jan 20–29 Seymour Centre, Chippendale. HOW MUCH: $42

Music: Edwyn Collins WHAT: The one-time lead singer and songwriter for influential British post-punk outfit Orange Juice is bringing a selection of his incredible back catalogue to the stage in Sydney for the festival in 2014. The Scottish-born musician, who has been active in the business since 1976, has influenced highly successful bands and artists like Belle & Sebastian and Franz Ferdinand and is quite rightly considered a national treasure in the United Kingdom. What makes Collins’ story all the more unique and amazing is the fact that he has recovered since a near fatal stroke in 2005 to return to his one true passion of writing, releasing and performing music. His show, entitled Exuberant Northern Soul is sure to be chock full of his legendary music – ranging from old Orange Juice classics, to songs off his most recent album Understated. WHEN & WHERE: Jan 19 and 21 Spiegeltent, Jan 18 at The Lennox in Parramatta. HOW MUCH: $48 at Spiegeltent, $25 at The Lennox.

Circus: LIMBO WHAT: The latest creative work from Australia’s new emerging circus company; AfterDark Theatre. LIMBO is a raw, sexy and, at times, confronting journey through the mind of an old woman, stricken by madness, living in what is described as a ‘twisted mansion’. Combining elements of gymnastics, puppetry, illusion 20


as well as cabaret, burlesque, live music and good, old fashioned circus acrobatics, LIMBO is poised to be one of the stand out performances from 2014s Sydney Festival. Artistic director Francesco Minniti says "We are trying to bring audiences an entertaining show that is still artistic. Usually circus shows are very in your face and gimmick loaded, we are trying to steer away from that." Having returned from a series of critically acclaimed shows in the United Kingdom as well as in Melbourne, you’re not going to want to miss LIMBO when it descends on Sydney. WHEN & WHERE: Jan 9–26 at the Festival Village, Hyde Park. HOW MUCH: $59–$65

Music: Kurt Vile WHAT: Philadelphia solo artist Kurt Vile, is no stranger to Australian shores, having only recently been in the country for 2013s Splendour in the Grass Festival, but he will be performing, alongside his band The Violators, at the 2014 Sydney Festival. One of contemporary, indie music’s most accomplished and critically acclaimed artists; Vile's most recent albums; including 2011s Smoke Ring for My Halo have received massive critical acclaim both in his native country as well as internationally. Highly respected British music publication NME described Vile’s live show as being “electrifying”. Vile will be kicking off a run of shows around Australia this month and next with a show with his band, supported by local band Shining Bird, as well as a solo show the following night. WHEN & WHERE: Sydney Town Hall, 22 Jan. Kurt, solo, Jan 23 at the Festival Village, Hyde Park. HOW MUCH: Jan 22: $56, Jan 23: $32. For more info on the Sydney Festival, which runs from January 9-26, see



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Amanda Palmer

The former Dresden Dolls singer talks about the pitfalls of getting her fans to fund her last album, touring with her husband and her affinity with Australia. INTERVIEW HUGH RADOJEV

How would you best describe yourself and your music? I try very hard never to ‘describe’ myself to people, certainly not in the media anyway. If I did that I’d be putting journalists like you out of a job. What’s the experience of touring with the Grand Theft Orchestra been like? It’s been the best part of two years of my life touring and playing with the same people. It’s been good, being in a band can be very enjoyable. I feel that I’m ready to go back to being solo for awhile now, until I start getting lonely and want to be back in a band again. You used Kickstart to crowd fund your last album – would you do that again for your next album? It’s very imporrtant to stress that while it raised over a million dollars that wasn’t aimed at profit, which was something people didn’t really get. It was a lot of work to deliver it and get it out, but it was very enjoyable. The easiest way to explain it to people was that it was basically a giant album pre order, they were paying for it well in advance of it arriving at their doorstep. You were criticised for getting local musicians to play for free on the subsequent tour. What did you learn from that? I think I learnt a bunch of things. I learnt how to stay off the internet when I actually just needed to focus on the art and the touring itself. The internet can suck you into having unwinnable arguments with unreasonable people. That episode drew my community even closer together.


Lady in red: Amanda Palmer Australia. Why is that? I really like the people. I like how no bullshit and down to earth the people in Australia are, especially the women. Some of the funniest and greatest women I’ve made friends with are Australian. I just like the general vibe of the whole place, I guess, I’ve been trying to figure that out for years. Doesn’t hurt that it’s warm there. You were only here in September. Yeah, I was doing a keynote speech at the BigSound conference in Brisbane, as well as touring my last album. The BigSound thing was interesting, because I was sort of being interviewed by a journalist in front of a crowd. I never really know what people want from me when it comes to those sort of things, but it seemed to go pretty well.

You also released a live album with your husband – writer Neil Gaiman – was it hard getting him to sing? No, not really. He’s something of a performer at heart, he played in a punk band in his youth, before he started writing. He also sings in the shower and the car, so no it wasn’t hard at all.

People see you as a role model when it comes to certain issues. Do you see yourself that way? No, I don’t. I don’t think anybody should think of themselves as a ‘role model’ because then that would make them an arsehole. It’s all well and good for people to think of me that way, but I’d never think of myself that way.

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run of Sydney Festival shows? There isn’t going to be a backing band so much but there are going to special guests every night and I’m going to rotate them so that no two show is going to be the same. I’m doing that in part to keep myself from getting bored but also to reward the fans that I know have got multiple tickets for some different nights. You going to have any down time here? Hopefully a little bit [of down time] but I’m also going to simultaenously be slaving away on a book that I’m currently writing. The book’s deadline is in March, so I imagine a lot of my spare time is going to involve me sitting at a quiet cafe somewhere near the Spiegeltent and writing. It’s going to be a work of non fiction about some of the stuff that we’ve been discussing; art, new systems of trust that artists find with fans. What does next year holds for you? Well quite a lot of writing with the book and then working on a new piece of live theatre that i’ve been dreaming about doing for a long time and now have finally found a bit of time to do it. Amanda Palmer will be playing ten shows; Jan 9 – 19 at the Sydney Festival Spiegeltent. info






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THE HOBBIT 2 FILM review by Hugh Radojev STARRING: Martin Freedman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage| 103mins | M15+ | Out Dec 27

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Based on the 1853 autobiography of Solomon Northrup, 12 Years a Slave tells of Northrup’s harrowing kidnap in Washington DC in 1841 where, despite being born a free man, he was forced into slavery at a Louisiana cotton plantation. Tells the story of his returning home to his family. Out January 30



Somehow Peter Jackson has turned a 200 odd page book into a trilogy of basically three hour epics, but I’m glad that he did. We pick up the adventure of 12 dwarves, Gandalf and Bilbo Baggins as they’re being stalked by a pack of orcs and we follow them to the lair of the evil dragon Smaug. Where to start with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug? It’s pretty, bloody awesome really. Visually it’s stunning and the 3D cinematography lends itself perfectly to bringing this ‘fantasy’ world very much to life. The choreographed fight scenes are incredible as well and the acting is, as in the first movie, excellent. You could enjoy this film without having seen the first Hobbit film, or indeed any of Jackson’s previous LOTR films, but it does help. If, for not other reason than the fact that your eyes and brain will have some idea of the kind of visual feast that’s going to be searing into them when you sit in the darkened theatre. It really is a stunningly beautiful piece of work. Also, there’s a properly intense level of swordplay to be found in this film. The fight scenes in the first Hobbit film occasionally edged on the almost slapstick side and didn’t feel as visceral as it had on the LOTR films. This time round though, you’re going to see plenty of orcs having legs, arms and heads chopped off and being spitted to trees with arrows. Every actor in this film is great – except of course Orlando Bloom, who couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. Doesn’t ruin it though, not by a longbow shot. GOOD FOR: If you’re a fan of things that look amazing and, or, dragons!

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A Florida man has been cited by the relevant authorities (whatever they may be) after trying to pay for a case of beer with a live alligator. It is not entirely certain why the man, whose name has been withheld, figured that the store clerk would want to part with a case of cold ones for a living, breathing, biting alligator. “I think that anybody who would conceive this scheme is not thinking properly,” Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokesman Jorge Pino said. The unknown man has been charged with three misdemeanour charges which could see him fined $500 or spend six months in prison.


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Scientists in Australia may well have discovered that the kiwi, the national bird of New Zealand, descended from an Australian bird. In what is quite likely going to be a ‘butter, jaggud pull’ (you try typing in a Kiwi TNTDOWNUNDER.COM

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accent) to swallow for many proud New Zealanders, the country’s native bird might not be so native after all. A professor of paleontology at the Flinders University in Adelaide says that, according to fossilised records, the kiwi is not descended from the giant moa as was first thought. Professor Worthy, a New Zealander himself, says that it’s much more likely that the kiwi is in fact directly descended along the same lines as Australia’s native bird, the emu.“ If, as the DNA suggests, the kiwi is related to the emu, then both shared a common ancestor that could fly,” he said. So both the kiwi and the emu used to be able to fly? Good work, Worthy, you’ve upset people on both sides of the Tasman.


A patient in a British hospital got something of a shock when he rolled over and saw that the clock was literally telling him to ‘die’ . The British Medical Journal (BMJ) has reported that a patient in a hospital in the UK started complaining to his nurse and other ward staff that the clock in his room physically telling him to ‘die’. “Turning to the wall, we confirmed that the clock indeed said, ‘DIE,’” said rheumatologist Stuart Carter of the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Yorkshire. It turns out that the clock was in fact German and was displaying the abbreviation ‘Dienstag, meaning Tuesday in German. Lol!

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The amount of games it took Australia to win The Ashes against the English. I know it was ages ago but, suck it!

The amount, in thousands of units, that Beyonce’s last album sold in the first week of its release. Good work Bey!


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English farmers will begin exporting pig semen to China sometime this year, as they try to cash in on the growing need for meat in the country. This story is so disgusting it just has to be true. The deal, involving fresh or frozen sperm from four artificial insemination centres in England and Northern Ireland, was agreed during Prime Minister David Cameron’s three-day trade visit to China in 2013. While the deal could well be worth a cool 45 million quid a year, one has to wonder if it’s all worth it. It’s certainly more humane then live exports though, we suppose.



A Chinese man who had his hand severed in a freak industrial accident has had the limb saved by having it attached to his ankle. The Chinese man, who suffered the accident the week before Christmas last year, had the hand kept alive on his ankle while the rest of his arm recovered. 25-year-old, Xiao Wei’s hand was in decent enough condition when he originally arrived at hospital to have the thing reattached, but the rest of his arm

The number of weird news stories from the state of Florida in 2013. Our fav was the naked, pooping masturbator!

There’s only one Clive Palmer. We think everybody should go to his new theme park ‘Palmersaurus’ just once!


Give us a high five was not. His arm is still recovering but surgeons believe that at some point in the next few months he’ll have recovered sufficiently to allow for the hand to return from whence it came off. Ah, the wonders of modern medicine.



Australian McDonalds chains have begun delivering their meals to the homes of future triple-bypass recipients in what is a world first. The first ‘Mc Delivery’ service started trials in the Western Sydney (no surprises there) suburb of Paramatta in December of last year and may well look to expand their delivery radius in the coming year. While health experts warn the scheme promotes an unhealthy combination, a sedentary lifestyle and fast-food consumption, some consumers are revelling in the convenience of not having to spend money on petrol.



QUOTE OF THE MONTH It’s a positive sign to see openly gay representatives in the delegation President Obama’s decision to include such gay sporting icons as Billy-Jean King in the American delegation to the opening and closing ceremonies of the Russian Olympic Games has been met with widespread support and so it should!




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Australian teenager, Jordan Thompson survived his first ever five-setter to win himself a place at this month’s Australian Open final. Thompson needed three hours and 26 minutes to see off fellow Aussie, Ben Mitchell 6-3 6-2 4-6 4-6 6-1 in the men’s final of the Open wildcard playoff. Thompson was able to hold his nerve, having missed out on a golden opportunity to win the match in straight sets and is now looking forward to pushing himself against some of the game’s really big guns in Melbourne. “I’m only 19 and to be in the Australian Open main draw with the likes of Federer, Djokovic and my favourite player Hewitt, it’s unbelievable,” he said.“I wouldn’t mind drawing one of them in the first round actually, just to test out where I’m at.” Good luck with that, mate.


So, after another enthralling summer of intense Test cricket, we come to the much less important (and interesting) One Day competitions. Just to spice it up the ball will change, the pyjamas come out and we do it all over again. No, in answer to your question, too much cricket is never enough! Australia may have wrested the little urn back from the English for the first time in the best part of a decade, but there’s still some pride (and international rankings) to play for in the ODIs. After a tough series, it isn’t quite yet known whether or not Michael Clarke will take to the field during the one day series. If not, expect George Bailey to take the captaincy again. You’ll likely see a few 30


‘What in the...’: Meet Peter Wright, he’s a darts player. He also has a green Mohawk and what appears to be a large snake tattooed right onto the side of his head. He’s also wearing a rather fetching outfit there – and they say that darts player’s aren’t athletes.

players you’ve never heard of get there chances as well. Jade Dernbach for England anybody?


Oh, yes, it’s January and that can mean only one thing – the transfer window is back open! After enduring a fairly torrid start to their title defence, expect Moyes and Manchester United to dip into the market for a midfielder or two. So too Brendan Rodgers’ Liverpool who, despite their heroics so far this season, still look a thin squad. Don’t expect Malky Mackay to get Vincent Tan’s wallet open in South Wales though. He’s been naughty, after all.

BIG MONTH FOR Novak Djokovic, the pride of mother Serbia. Aside from being the best tennis player in the world right now (we’ll stand by that) he’s also refreshingly interesting and funny when he is interviewed. He’s back in Australia to defend his 2013 Australian Open crown and, you’d be hard pressed to bet against him, considering the form he was in at the end of the last season. The guy is probably the most complete player on the tour – as good an engine as Nadal, as big a heart as Murray and as much grace in his stroke play as Federer.

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QUOTES OF THE WEEK The club can announce that agreement has been reached with head coach, Andre VillasBoas, for the termination of his services. Official announcement on Tottenham Hotspurs website confirming the departure of Andre Villas Boas.

Oh, Serena, you’re so good. Expect her to win the women’s title, again


JAN 13 – 26 ON FOXSPORTS AND CHANNEL 7 Tennis, some people love it, some people don’t. I tend to lead more to the former than the latter, but there’s nothing wrong with the Australian Open. Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams [pictured], Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova will all be here. If the people who I speak too are to be believed than International Tennis (men’s tennis anyway) is in an absolute golden era at the moment. Serbian Novak Djokovic,

Suisse champion Robert Federer, Spanish warrior Rafa Nadal and, of course, everyone’s favourite sullen Scot, Andy Murray, are all at the peak of their powers (except maybe Roger) and are playing incredible tennis. It’s hard to pick this one as to who will win out of those four, I’d expect them all to meet at some point in the semis with Murray and the Joker to play off for the big prize. In the women’s section, well, it’s probably pretty hard to go passed Serena Williams. She’s an absolute machine with a racket in her hand. Might be worth putting a bet on early.

THE CHAT | How short is too short?


people have been left feeling a bit miffed at Q Some the bouncers bowled by both Oz and English quicks during the Ashes. How much is too much? Not since perhaps the infamous 1933/34 ‘Bodyline’ series has so A much emphasis been placed on short pitched, fast bowling, a lot of it aimed at knocking a batsman’s block off. Sure, it’s a tactic that has worked, more for the Australians than it has for the Poms, but does it cheapen the game? Authorities like Jonathan Agnew would convince you that it has, that cricket is a noble, gentleman’s sport and that such behaviour mires it irrevocably. Up to you, I guess.

Information of a serious nature has been presented... I have formed a preliminary view that the club is in breach of the rules and that action needs to be taken. NRL CEO Dave Smith hands down a whopping great fine on the Cronulla Sharks NRL team for doping. Good!

TV HIGHLIGHTS CRICKET Australia v England First ODI between the two sides Jan 12, 2:00pm. Channel 9

FOOTBALL Chelsea v Man Utd Clash of the titans in the EPL Jan 20, 2:00am. Foxsports

TENNIS Men’s Final of the Oz Open Sweet victory

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FAREWELL, MADIBA! A young, South African girl watches the funeral procession for Nelson Mandela pass by in Pretoria.




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WEEKLY WINNER SARAH ISLAND SKYLINE: Theresa Kolterer, 28, Germany THERESA SAYS: “When I was in Tasmania, I went to Sarah Island where convicts lived and did not have any chance of to escape.” WE SAY: “Yet again we have more photographic evidence of just how beautiful the little Island state of Tasmania truly is. What a beautiful spot this is and to look at it you would never know the stories of suffering and woe it has provided the backdrop to through the years. The way the sky reflects off the water is just breathtaking. What fools those Poms were, sending their convicts to paradise. ”

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FROM GOOD TO GREAT The long promised $50 million upgrade to the iconic Great Ocean Road in Victoria is set to start at the end of the current Australian summer. According to a recent report in Australian newspaper (liberal term) The Daily Telegraph quoted Tony Abbott who said the resurfacing of the ocean highway would begin in the picturesque town of Angelsea, which is highly convenient seeing as that is also where the road begins. The stretch from Angelsea will receive $1.8 million alone, with the $50 million to be split roughly evenly across the 250km stretch.

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There’s a new mystery man going from place to place in America causing havoc wherever he/she goes. No, it’s not a psycho killer with a machine gun, it’s somebody with more money than sense (seemingly) who’s crazily tipping at restaurants and coffee houses. The generous diner has also been stamping bills with @tipsforjesus - a Twitter handle for an account that has 3,500 followers, but, oddly enough, no tweets. The tips, which stretch from coast to coast across the US and have also been left in Mexico, with an illegible signature and the message ‘God Bless’ as well.


TATA MADIBA Nelson Mandela has been buried at his ancestral home in Qunu following four hours of tributes from political and spiritual leaders and in the presence of family and friends during a state funeral. The first black president of South Africa was laid to rest following 10 days of tributes, with 4500 invited people paying respect to the life of the freedom fighter after he died last month aged 95. Mandela’s body was held in state before being taken in a coffin on a gun carriage. Good luck with the next chapter, old fella, you’ll be missed!

HUG IT OUT A high school student in Duluth, Georgia didn’t think of anything bad when he hugged his teacher. But after the teacher claimed that the 17-year-old’s lips gently touched the back of her neck, the school found him guilty of violating their sexual harassment code. Now Sam McNair won’t be able to graduate with his friends. His mom says they are a family of “huggers” and Sam would hug most of the teachers. “You know what someone’s going through, a hug might help,” the 17-year-old mentions. He could definitely use one himself right now, we reckon.

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AJ HACKETT BUNGY PRIZE You might have noticed that here at TNT, we’re strong believers that a trip to New Zealand should feature some sort of death-defying adrenalin feat that, well, makes you feel just a little bit sick to think about if we’re honest. And when it comes to those sorts of extreme activites, there’s no denying the AJ Hackett crew are the kings. We love them we do. And so, being the good buddies that we are, we’ve joined forces to offer one of you lucky readers the chance to take on the ultimate adrenalin challenge – doing not just one of Hackett’s Kiwi experiences, but eight of them. Gulp. THE PRIZE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING: KAWARAU BRIDGE BUNGY: The 43m jump that was the world’s first. NEVIS BUNGY: With a 134m drop, it’s NZ’s

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The Whitsundays

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Get out your Sunday best With stunning islands, sublime beaches and banging parties, it’s no surprise the Whitsundays also go by another name – paradise WORDS HUGH RADOJEV

Jetting into Proserpine Airport, I head straight for the heart of Airlie Beach. It’s a Friday night and the next move seems a no brainer – knock the top off a froth while making some friends at my new home for the next few days. Come 8am the next morning, however, and it’s more no brain than no brainer. Oh, Magnums Bar, what have you done to me? Rushing off for my daytrip on the reef, my gurgling stomach is less than impressed. Reaching my pickup point ahead of time, I sit in the brilliant morning sunshine and sip some water. A Canadian guy comes over to me, looking like he wants a conversation. I shoot him a look. If I open my mouth, something other than words may leak out. Soon enough my minibus arrives. Out jumps clipboard guy, face covered half in zinc, half in beard. Just about managing to say my name without vomiting on his thongs, I jump inside, cringing when I spot my new Canadian buddy has followed suit.

around the island. Joining us are hundreds of colourful fish – of all shapes and sizes – which swim around and beneath us. We lose maybe an hour, floating around in the beautiful water. Tristan throws a few inflatable noodles out to people while Cam brings out his GoPro camera and dives underneath us filming, encouraging us to give a thumbs-up. The snorkelling proves to be a bit of an ice breaker and by the time we’re all back on board the ‘Wild Thing’ and motoring off to our next spot, the banter is flowing easily. I even throw a little schoolboy French at the group of Gallic travellers, provoking much derision.

Stairway to ‘Haven Manta Ray Bay, the second of our snorkel spots, is even better than the first. For starters, there’s a bloody great big humphead wrasse swimming around the boat. I’m no fish

Call of the Wild Within minutes we’re at the jetty, the sun twinkling off the placid water with the distant Whitsundays spreading out towards the horizon. I find my boat, ‘Wild Thing’, and climb aboard. Joining me are a young family, a group of 20– something weekenders up from the Gold Coast, a couple of other backpackers and three French ladies who don’t seem to speak a whole lot of English. The Canadian, I notice with a sigh of relief, is nowhere to be seen. We get going, cruising calmly out between the luxury yachts and fishing tinnies as skipper Tristan and tour guide Cam get introduced. It’s a spectacular ride, as we make our way through the first of the 74 Whitsunday islands, but after about 20 minutes Tristan gives the signal – we’ve arrived at our first snorkel site, a secret spot off Hook Island. I’m one of the first out of the boat and into the water. The ocean is warm and the visibility is amazing, while the formations of coral are incredible, stretching right the way

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Earning your Whitsunday wings expert, but this wrasse is certainly an impressive specimen. He’s also very friendly, constantly swimming right up to us, all while hundreds of smaller fish shimmer past in clouds of silver and yellow scales. Cam gets back in the water, his GoPro capturing the awed look on our faces as we follow the giant, rainbow humphead wrasse as he gracefully floats around us. Tristan, still on board, throws handfuls of food into groups of snorkellers and cackles with mirth as they get swamped by hungry fishies. The squeals of girls who fall prey to Tristan’s pranks reverberate around the idyllic bay. It’s then time for the headline act, so we power out to one of the planet’s most famous beaches – the scalding white silica sands of Whitehaven Bay. Pulling up at low tide, we wade the last 10m onto the beach before Cam leads us on a nature walk up to a lookout above the beach, taking us past mangrove swamps and up into thick jungle. Soon enough we can see clear across the beach, and even spot a few shadows gliding through the water, shadows Cam informs us are baby manta rays going for their lunchtime swim. A quick sunbake later it’s then time to make the return trip to Airlie, but luckily not before discovering our beloved ‘Wild Thing’ does indeed deserve its name. Just before we pull back into the marina, Tristan tells us to grab onto something and suddenly throws the ‘Wild Thing’ about in fast arcs that shoot cascades of water high into the air. It’s a great way to end a fantastic day.

High times From one extreme to the other, next on the agenda is seeing the islands and reef from up above, rather than down below, which is why I find myself heading out to a small airfield just outside Airlie. Now, I’m not exactly a light aircraft enthusiast. To say I’m scared of flying would be a bit extreme, but there is 40


something about small, propeller aircraft that definitely unsettle me. Perhaps it’s the way they remind me of washing machines. And so, insides quivering, I give pilot Shaun a manly handshake and gruff, “G’day mate” – apparently Queenslanders approve of that sort of thing. It’s sometime around the lifejacket briefing that my façade slips. Badly. I clip the thing on back to front and, when Shaun points it out, my hands shake a bit too much to correct the error themselves. In short, he has to do it for me. Perhaps nervous of letting me out of his sight, Shaun then invites me to sit in the co-pilot’s seat, with the pedals at my feet and the prop-control stick within arm’s reach. I’m terrified of accidentally messing with the equipment and plunging us all towards a watery death. And yet my fears are quickly dispelled the second we take

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GREAT BARRIER REEF ADVENTURES The Great Barrier Reef is truly one of the great wonders of the natural world. Cruise aboard our reef vessel to Reefworld pontoon complete with underwater viewing chamber. Explore the underwater wonderland with diving, snorkelling, semi-sub and marine expert presentation. Includes morning & afternoon tea and an all you can eat buffet lunch. ADULTS $225


WHITEHAVEN BEACH CAMIRA SAILING ADVENTURE Swimming, snorkelling, beautiful beaches and bays, a ‘stuff-yourself-stupid’ BBQ lunch with unlimited drinks plus exhilarating sailing aboard ‘Camira’ one of the world’s fastest commercial sailing catamarans – an awesome day out on the water! ADULTS $189 BACKPACKER CARD HOLDER *$145



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Textbook flirting techniques: the water splash off. We soon reach 8,000m with barely a breath of wind, and besides, the view is so incredible that I’m too busy taking photos to worry. After about 10 minutes or so we pass the islands of the Whitsundays and bear down on the Great Barrier Reef itself. I’ve snorkelled on the reef as a child, but that was many years ago and I’ve not seen the world’s biggest coral deposits since. My word, they are truly spectacular. Shaun brings the plane below 1,000m so we can better see the intricate formations below the water’s surface. We also make a low pass over one of the most famous formations – Heart Reef. Unsurprisingly, the plane fills with “oohs” and “aahs” as camera shutters whir and click.

Like a virgin Back on solid ground, it’s time to venture 30 minutes out of town in search of a beautiful hideaway I’ve been told about – Cedar Creek Falls. Unfortunately, I very nearly ruin everything. You see, embarrassing as it is for a 23-year-old to admit, I can’t drive a manual car (blame the parents, I say). And unfortunately, this gaping hole in my practical knowledge very nearly costs me my trip because I’d been booked in for a Mini Moke beach buggy. Mokes, I now know, don’t come with automatic gearboxes. Thankfully a turbo-charged Jeep good enough for clutch virgins is also available, so I’m off! It’s amazingly fun and the afternoon flies by, just like the daredevils ignoring the safety signs to take the plunge from the top into Cedar Creek’s icey waters. Saying goodbye to the Jeep is painful. I love that car. With not long left, I’ve got just one last Whitsundays stop to make. After all, I figure I’ve earnt a bit of luxury after so much hard work. And so on the ferry to Long Island Resort I jump. It’s a place where you can get the VIP resort treatment without destroying your budget, which means I don’t need much persuading. I consider the jet skiing, kayaking and diving, but somehow the hammock on the private beach just looks a little bit more tempting... ❚ 42



The Whitsundays are rightly considered a fantastic location for diving, especially for beginners. Here’s three more Aussie dive sites not to be missed. THE YONGALA In a nutshell: Australia’s greatest wreck dive. Tell me more: Sunk in a 1911 cyclone, along with its 122 passengers and crew, the SS Yongala was found during WW2 but remains in excellent condition. It’s also home to a huge wealth of sealife, including massive gropers, plus sharks, turtles and much more. Where: Between Townsville and Magnetic Island. NINGALOO REEF In a nutshell: Better than the Great Barrier Reef? Tell me more: The west’s answer to the Queensland classic. It might be much smaller than the GBR, but the reef is much nearer the coast, the Indian Ocean waters are warmer and there are far fewer tourists. Better yet, Coral Bay has probably one of the best beaches you’ll find. Oh, and did we mention whale sharks (April to July)? Where: The closest main town is Exmouth, WA. EYRE PENINSULA In a nutshell: Meet the real Jaws. Tell me more: Jump in a metal cage to come faceto-face with great white sharks, in the actual place where the real stars of the original Jaws movie were filmed (albeit with a midget in a mini cage!). Where: Port Lincoln, South Australia.


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DAY 1: xMelbourne is a classy city, with a reputation as the multicultural heart of Australia and the place to get a great coffee. Every one of its precincts has a distinct character and each of those contrasting vibes fits together perfectly like puzzle pieces to make one vibrant city full of fun things to see and do. So, what are you waiting for? 8:00: Start the morning by picking up some freshly baked breakfast goods from Queen Victoria Market (qvm. Open every day of the week and bustling with merchants selling their various wares in the charming old buildings with high vaulted ceilings. The open air section is a great place to sit in the morning sun and enjoy peoplewatching with your breakfast and espresso. 10:00: Continue the shopping spree by hitting up Bourke Street Mall ( nearby. Walk along the pedestrian-only area but watch out for the trams clinking along the same stretch as you drop into every big name store you can think of and some cute, one-of-a-kind shops that shouldn't be missed. 13:00: Give the feet a rest and take a drive out to the Yarra Valley ( for the afternoon. It's only one hour east of Melbourne and the home of some of Victoria's most famous wines. Taste test your way through the finest grapes of Rochford, Five Oaks and Yarra Ranges estates and grab a late lunch at Yering Station (yering. com). You'll get amazing views of the valley as well as a good feed before continuing your wine education.



18:00: Back in Melbourne, Lygon Street ( is the place to go for a dinner you won't forget. Famous for being lined by a wide variety of Italian cafes, trattorias and gelato specialty shops, it almost doesn't matter where you go because the chances are high that the food (and coffee) will be great. 20:00: The famous Crown Casino Complex ( is the perfect place to get a party started. There is a large selection of bars and nightclubs to boogie the night away at, but begin by visiting Lagerfield Bar and Beer Garden. Sip on a local beer while listening to live music, then, the night is young, make the most of what the complex has to offer. 23:00: Grab some shut eye at Nomads Melbourne Backpackers ( on A'Beckett Street in the heart of the city. That's where the action is, so you might as well stay there, they have all the mod-coms like wifi and even a cinema lounge. DAY 2: 9:00: Nurse the hangover of a good night with some more of that amazing coffee (noticing a trend?) and cake in St Kilda. Monarch Cakes ( on Acland Street is enough to make even a savoury savant drool. If you want to be a grown up about it and get some proper breakfast, Acland Street is the place to find a range of Melbourne's best cafe culture hotspots, all in the one place. 11:00: St Kilda is also the home of the big mouthed attraction known as Luna Park ( A fun

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fair full of rides and a seaside carnival atmosphere. Release your inner kid with a few rounds on the rollercoaster that has views over Port Phillip Bay and win a giant stuffed animal souvenir from one of the games of skill. 14:00: Take an afternoon cruise along the Yarra river to experience the riverside suburbs of Melbourne at a slightly slower pace. Melbourne River Cruises (melbcruises. do daily sightseeing jaunts alongside Melbourne's waterside attractions with informative commentary from the Captain. He prefers to be called 'The Commodore' though. 19:00: While you're in the area, the Docklands precinct ( has a large selection of restaurants and bars to check out along the waterfront promenade. Outback Jacks ( claims Australia's largest range of mouth-watering steaks, so why not put them to the test? Their menu gives suggestions of ideal wines to pair with the choices, so you can use your newly learned talents as a connosieur to pick the best of the Yarra. 20:30: After your meal it's time to celebrate your last night in Melbourne right, if you want to stay in the area then The Woolshed Pub (, is a good place to start, with live music on the weekends and the occasional fireworks display. Or if the smell of slightly dank salt water is too much for you why not head over to the ultra trendy Chapel Street which runs through Prahran. The club Electric Ladyland ( is a great place to sign off on your second night in absolute style.

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DAY 3: 9:00: We've not got stacks of time today, so it's best to be up and about as soon as possible. Shower, shave (legs, face, it's all cool) and then hit the bricks, so to speak. 10:00 Have you perhaps had time during your busy last few days in Melbourne chanced to look skyward? If so, it's likely you've noticed The Eureka Tower (Skydeck) ( is the highest observation deck in the Southern Hemisphere and, needless to say, provides exquisite, sprawling views of Australia's most European and sensitive city. If you're not a fan of heights this is likely to scare the shit out of you, but the view is worth it. You can either go for a safe, easy option (The Skydeck Experience) or you can go right out to the edge, which costs a bit extra but it'll do you a power of good. 12:00 Time to get a little culture in you, Melbournian's pride themselves on their culture after all, at the National Gallery of Victoria ( This place has a seriously impressive collection of works ranging from contemporary Australiana, to Renaissance masters and everything in between. Plus, like any good gallery, it's 100 per cent free. Leather patches on tweed are not essential, but would certainly be encouraged. 15:00 Pop over to the Jam Factory for a snack and grab a few glad rag essentials for this evening... It's your last night here after all. 20:00 Heading out, The Tote ( in Fitzroy is famous for its live music, with bands and DJs performing there most nights. Then, hey, the world's your oyster â&#x20AC;&#x201C; you don't have to listen to me anymore!

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One of the great, natural wonders of the world – The Great Barrier Reef, brings millions of tourists (and billions of dollars) to Australia’s shores every year to gaze admiringly at its beauty. Simply put, the Great Barrier Reef is one of the most awe inspiring, beautiful and humbling places on Earth. Whether you’re swimming, snorkelling or scuba diving on it or taking it in from the air above, the reef is a very special experience. The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system – composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 2,600 kilometres (1,600 mi) over an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres. In other words, its massive. A good place to base yourself if you really want to get out and explore this magnificent stretch of living, breathing majesty is the town of Airlie Beach in the beautiful Whitsundays. Airlie is a town geared towards two things – Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef tourism and backpackers. 48

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The big hostels here all have bars and are rammed year round with travellers, just like you, hoping to get out and experience their very own piece of the islands and reef and make some friends over a beer or two. From Airlie you’ll be able to find all manner of companies willing to take you out into the Whitsundays and the reef beyond, catering to all levels of budget and experience. That’s not to say that the Great Barrier Reef is the only awesome dive spot you’re going to come across on your journey up the eastern seaboard of Australia though – not by a long shot. There is well over 3,000 kilometres of coastline between Sydney and northern Queensland, after all. A great variation on reef diving is checking out the SS Yongala wreck off of Townsville. It’s rated as the best wreck dive in Australia (if not in the world)and people say you will see more marine life in one dive here than you would in 12 anywhere further north.

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Fun in the sun

One of our absolute favourite spots on the Australian east coast is the booming town of Byron Bay, with its lively arts, music, surfing and tourism industry. Beautiful beaches, tranquil hinterland and a relaxed vibe means it’s easy to come here for three days and end up staying ‘til the immigration men come a-knockin’. Byron Bay has an excellent nightlife – with pubs like the Great Northern and the Beach Hotel putting on awesome

live bands and DJs over the weekend as well as the nightclub Cheeky Monkey’s which has different themed party nights almost every night of the week. Byron is also Australia’s most easterly point, has some of New South Wales’ most beautiful beaches – like Tallows and Watagos – and also has some of the most stunning hinterland of anywhere in the state, perfect for hiking and nature enthusiasts. Oh yeah, and there’s Nimbin as well.




Jump of the east coast goon carousel for a minute and enjoy some sun, sand and a number of dingos. A perennial fave, nothing quite beats the world’s largest sand island in a 4WD. The inland lakes are also some of the best swimming spots you’re likely to find in Oz. Driving up the beach and through the subtropical rainforest is an unforgettable experience. Another little secret for you – check out nearby Rainbow Beach, plenty to see and do.


Almost certainly your first point of entry into Australia – Sydney is a vibrant, modern, sprawling city with plenty to see and do. Where to start with Sydney? If the sun’s shining why not start with the undulating Coogee to Bondi walk. Then head to the Harbour and check out the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. Take a ferry across to the Northern Beaches and Manly or head out on the town to the ‘Cross’.

MAGNUMS Everything! If you’re planning on spending a little bit of time in Airlie Beach (which you should) and exploring the amazing Whitsundays and the Great Barrier Reef (which you definitely should) then you’d be mad not to stay at Magnums. Set right on Airlie’s main street, in the centre of the town, Magnums has one of the best locations of any of the Airlie Beach hostels. It’s also one of the biggest, meaning that whether you’re travelling in a big group or by yourself, than you’re more than likely to get yourself a room. Also, by virtue of being one of Airlie’s biggest, it’s also one of the areas best places to meet people. It’s also got its own restaurant (well, pizza joint really) and a big bar on site. That’s right, ladies and gentleman, there’s a bar, right inside the hostel! It’s so incredible. The friendly staff will also be able to point you in the right direction when it comes to venturing out on activities during the day. There’s nothing not to like about Magnums really.


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In many ways, Cairns is the capital of tropical northern Queensland and the perfect place to either relax in the sun, head into the rainforests or party like there’s no tomorrow. While the beautiful beaches around Cairns aren’t always safe (they get killer jelly fish sometimes) you can always catch the rays at the lagoon. If you’re in the mood, AJ Hackett have a great bungy in Cairns as well. Then go out, job done.



The jewel in the Sunshine Coast’s crown, Noosa is one of Queensland’s most beautiful towns. Noosa, from an Aboriginal word meaning ‘place of many trees,’ is the place to be at any time of the year. The sunny climate and warm locals make relaxing a very easy option. Must-dos are the Noosa National Park, shopping along Hastings St, surfing, jetskiing, kite surfing, kayaking, biking and parachuting.





Love it or hate it, the Gold Coast is one of the east coast’s most vibrant places and is an absolute must-visit. The Gold Coast boasts loads. So if you’re a rollercoaster junkie, you’re in heaven. Gold Coast/Surfer’s Paradise is also famed for its... let’s just say “lively” nightlife. Indeed Surfer’s main strip is always full on sultry evenings with people out for a few stiff drinks. If you want to change it up, head into the hinterland for a bit of nature.



Geographically closer to PNG than it is to much of Australia, Cape York is properly northern and is about as untamed and wild as it comes. Unsealed roads, river crossings and crocs make the adventure one of the best roadtrips Down Under. Just don’t even think about it without a 4WD. If you’re not too sure about your skills, jump on a tour bus from Cairns and experience it in slightly more comfort.

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Often overlooked, Newcastle is rapidly becoming one of New South Wales’ fastest expanding cities. A one-time industrial powerhouse that has transformed into a laidback and sophisticated surf hotspot that boasts more artists per capita than anywhere else in Oz. Lonely Planet even named it as one of the world’s top cities to visit in 2013. Being a bit of a uni town, Newcastle also has some truly epic spots for a night out.



For many the physical embodiment of the Australian way of life, Bondi is much more than just a stretch of sand though. Along with one of the world’s most famous beaches, Bondi is a flourishing, coastal suburb of Sydney with a lot to offer. Wonderful restaurants and cafés, a number of super-cool bars and pubs and more budget accommodation options than you can poke a stick at.

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Base Brisbane Embassy 214 Elizabeth St. 07 3166 8000, Base Brisbane Central 308 Edward St. 07 3211 2433,

Gallery of Modern Art 07 3840 7303,

Brisbane Backpackers Resort 110 Vulture St, West End. 1800 626 452,

DREAMTIME TRAVELLERS REST 4 Terminus St, Parramatta Park, Cairns. Dorms from $24 A hidden oasis with a tropical garden pool in Central Cairns with a FREE evening meal and a great party atmosphere.

Brisbane City Backpackers 380 Upper Roma St 1800 062 572, Bunk Backpackers Cnr Ann & Gipps Sts, 1800 682 865,

Cairns 1800 24 2273

The Deck 117 Harcourt Street, New Farm. 04 3377 7061 Base Uptown Cnr George & Herschel Sts.

Balmoral House 33 Amelia St, Fortitude Valley Brisbane City YHA 392 Upper Roma St

The Elephant Arms 230 Wickham St Somewhere to Stay Cnr Brighton Rd & Franklin St The Palace Backpackers

Riverlife Adventure Centre Kayaking & rock climbing. Lower River Terrace, Kangaroo Point. 07 3891 5766, Story Bridge Adventure Climb 170 Main St, Kangaroo Point. 1300 254 627, storybridgeadventureclimb. XXXX Brewery Tours & Ale House Brewery tours. Cnr Black & Paten St, Milton. 07 3361 7597, au


@tnt_downunder Aquarius Backpackers 44 Queen St, Surfers Paradise. 1800 22 99 55, Backpackers in Paradise 40 Peninsula Drive, Surfers Paradise. 1800 268 621, Coolangatta Kirra Beach YHA Pl, 230 Coolangatta Rd, Bilinga. 07 5536 76442, Coolangatta Sands Hostel Cnr Griffiths & McLean Sts, Coolangatta. 07 5536 7472, Gold Coast International BP 28 Hamilton Ave, Surfers. 1800 816 300, Islander Backpackers Resort 6 Beach Rd, Surfers Paradise. 1800 074 393, Sleeping Inn Surfers 26 Peninsular Dr, Surfers Paradise. 1800 817 832, Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort 2837 Gold Coast Highway, Surfers. 1800 282 800, surfersparadisebackpackers.



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Where the rainforest meets the reef. Mission is a special place wih a real village feel to it. Oce an Aboriginal mission and a hippie hangout, it’s now home to budget accommodation. Enjoy 14km of secluded beaches and pretty rainforest areas. It’s also developed a reputation for its love of adrenalin. Mission is one of the best places to do a skydive, admiring the reef before landing on the sand, while the are is also good for less crowded dive sites and day-tripping to the Tully raftin.


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QLDLISTINGS Surfers Paradise YHA Mariners Cove, 70 Seaworld Drive, Main Beach, Surfers Paradise. 07 5571 1776, Trekkers Backpackers 22 White St, Southport. 1800 100 004, Nomads Islander Resort 3128 Surfers Paradise Blvd, Surf & Sun Backpackers 3323 Surfers Paradise Blvd

GC DO Dreamworld Theme park. Get Wet Surf School 07 5532 9907 Seaworld

Wet ‘n’ Wild Water World Warner Bros Movie World

RAINBOW BEACH Dingos Backpacker Adventure Resort 20 Spectrum St. 1800 111126,

Mooloolaba Backpackers 75-77 Brisbane Rd, Mooloolaba. 1800 020 120

1800 063 168 Barefoot Lodge Long Island

Pippies Beach House 22 Spectrum St. 1800 425 356,

Colonial Village YHA 820 Boat Harbour Drive, Urangan, Hervey Bay

Skydive Rainbow Beach 0418 218 358,

Cool Dingo’s Rainbow Beach 20 Spectrum St

HERVEY BAY Aussie Woolshed 181 Torquay Rd 07 4124 0677 Next at Hervey Bay 10 Bideford St. 1800 102 989, Palace Backpackers 184 Torquay, 1800 063 168,

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FRASER ISLAND Eurong Beach Resort 07 4120 1600, Palace Adventures 184 Torquay St, Hervey Bay,

Dropbear Adventures Williams Ave, Fraser Island. QLD +61 487 333 606 Frasers On Rainbow Beach 195 Torquay Terrace, Torquay, Kingfisher Bay Resort River Heads Road, Fraser Island Fraser Coast Top Tourist Park 21 Denmans Camp Road, Scarness, Hervey Bay Fraser Island Backpackers Cathedral Beach, Fraser Island Fraser’s on Rainbow 18 Spectrum Av, Rainbow Beach

IN THE SPOTLIGHT The Friendly Hostel 182 Torquay Rd, Hervey Bay Woolshed Backpackers 181 Torquay Road

BUNDABERG Federal Backpackers 221 Bourbong St. 07 4153 3711 Northside Backpackers 12 Queen St. 07 4154 1166 Bundaberg Bondstore Distillery tours. 07 4131 2999

TOWN OF 1770 1770 Backpackers 6 Captain Cook Dr. 1800 121 770, 1770 Undersea Adventures 1300 553 889,

AIRLIE BEACH 259 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 677 119 Airlie Beach YHA 394 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 247 251, Backpackers by the Bay 12 Hermitage Dr. 1800 646 994, Base Airlie Beach Resort 336 Shute Harbour Rd 1800 242 273, Magnums Whitsunday Village Resort 366 Shute Harbour Rd. 1800 624 634

BOWEN Bowen Backpackers Beach end of Herbert St. 07 4786 3433


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Adventurers Resort 79 Palmer St. 1800 211 522,


NOOSA Noosa is located on Australia’s east coast and is home to several beautiful beaches, a stunning coast line, national park and pristine river as well as many events spread out over the calendar year. The list is endless when visiting Noosa, they range from visiting the World Famous Eumundi Markts, shopping and dining on Hasting Street, soaking up the sun on Noosa beach or even going for a surf on one of Australia’s best surfing breaks, watching the sunset at Noosa River. And it doesn’t stop there, the town offers visitors the chance to be pampered at a day spa, take a walk trough the national park out to the headland or hire water equipment such as jet ski’s. It really is one of Australia’s best playgrounds.


Adrenalin Dive. 07 4724 0600, Yongala Dive Yongala diving. 07 4783 1519,

MAGNETIC IS Base Magnetic Island


1 Nelly Bay Rd. 1800 24 22 73, Bungalow Bay Backpackers Horseshow Bay. 1800 285 577, Hotel Arcadia 7 Marine Parade, Arcadia Bay. 07 4778 5177, Pleasure Divers 07 4778 5788

MISSION BEACH Absolute Backpackers 28 Wongaling Beach Road. 07 4068 8317, Beach Shack 86 Porters Promenade Scotty’s Beach House 167 Reid Rd. 07 4068 8676, Jackaroo Hostel Mission Beach Frizelle Rd, Bingil Bay Mission Beach Retreat 49 Porters Promenade

CAIRNS STAY Bohemia Central Cairns 100 Sheridan St. 1800 558 589, Bohemia Resort Cairns 231 McLeod St. 1800 155 353 Calypso Backpackers 5 Digger St. 1800 815 628, JJ’s Backpackers Hostel 11 Charles St. 07 4051 7642, NJoy Backpackers Hostel Harbour 141 Sheridan St. 1800 807 055, Nomads Beach House 239 Sheridan St. 1800 229 228, Northern Greenhouse 117 Grafton Street. 1800 229 228,

CAIRNS DO AJ Hackett Bungy jumping & canyon swinging. 1800 622 888 Pro Dive 07 4031 5255 Raging Thunder Adventures Whitewater rafting. 07 4030 7990, Skydive Cairns POBOX 105N Cairns


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QLDLISTINGS 07 4052 1822,

CAPE TRIB Crocodylus Village Lot 5, Buchanan Creek Rd, Cow Bay. 07 4098 9166, PK’s Jungle Village Cnr Avalon & Cape Trib Rd. 1800 232 333,

INNISFAIL IInnisfail Budget Backpackers Worker’s Hostel 125 Edith St. 07 4061 78337 Walkabout Motel & ackpackers 07 4061 2311

PORT DOUGLAS Parrotfish Backpackers Resort 37 Warner St, Kuranda. 07 4099 5011,

GULF SAVANNAH Emu Creek Cattle Station 07 4094 8313

DAINTREE Koala Beach Resort Cape Kimberly Rd. 1800 466 444

MORETON ISLAND Tangalooma Wild Dolphin Resort

NOOSA STAY Flashpackers Noosa 102 Pacific Avenue, Sunshine Beach Nomads Noosa Backpackers 44 Noosa Dr Noosa Inland Noosa Backpackers 9-13 William St, Noosaville Halse Lodge YHA 2 Halse Lane, Noosa. 1800 242 567, Dolphins Beach House Noosa 14 – 16 Duke Street, Sunshine Beach

NOOSA DO Australia Zoo 1638 Steve Irwin Way, Sunshine Coast

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PORT DOUGLAS Dougies Backpackers Resort 111 Davidson St Crown Hostel 25 Ernest St (07) 4061 2266 Innisfail Budget Backpackers 125 Edith St Farm work, Innisfail 0437 692 002

AGNES WATER 1770 Beachside Backpacker 12 Captain Cook Drive 1770 Southern Cross Backpackers 2694 Round Hill Rd


Global Port Douglas 38 Macrossan St au/port-douglas

Emu Park Resort 92 Patterson St, Emu Park

Parrot Fish Lodge 37 Warner St

Rockhampton Backpackers YHA 60 Macfarlane St

Port O’Call YHA 7 Craven Close

Childers Eco-Lodge Off the Princess Highway

INNISFAIL Codge Lodge 63 Rankin St

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TOWNSVILLE Adventurers Backpackers 79 Palmer St Civic Guest House Backpackers Hostel 262 Walker St civicguesthousetownsville. Foreign Exchange Accommodation Beachside 19 Eyre St, North Ward

MACKAY Gecko’s Rest 34 Sydney St

MAGNETIC IS Base Magnetic Island 1 Nelly Bay Rd Bungalow Bay Koala Village YHA 40 Horseshoe Bay Rd







P MAGNETIC ISLAND Magnetic Island is situated 8km and a 20-minute ferry ride offshore from Townsville. Over half the 52sq-km island is a national park and bird sanctuary. The island boasts several picturesque beaches and bays, accessible either by walking trails or by hiring a Mini Moke beach buggy from the ferry terminal at Nelly Bay. Horseshoe Bay is the main tourist strip, comprising bars, cafes, luxury resorts and hostels alike. History buffs will enjoy the island’s WWII forts including Magnetic Battery; a former Australian Royal Navy artillery battery and observation post. The usually peaceful island is rocked when the infamous Full Moon Party hits the island. The monthly beach bash attracts party revellers from around the world and has played host to famous DJs such as Krafty Kuts, Benny Benassi, TV Rock, The Potbelleez and Goodwill.













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All Nations Nomads 2 Spencer St. 03 9620 1022,

Lords Lodge Backpackers 167 Franklin St

Flinders Station Hotel 35 Elizabeth St. 03 9620 5100,

66-90 Victoria Parade, Melbourne. Dorms from $29 This top-notch accommodation is centrally located near Queen Victoria Market, Federation Square and Chinatown.


66 Victoria Parade. 03 9663 4212

Discovery Melbourne 167 Franklin St. 03 9329 7525 discovery

Home Travellers Motel 32 Carlisle St, St Kilda. 1800 008 718,

Melbourne Central YHA 562 Flinders St. 03 9621 2523,

Melbourne Metro YHA 78 Howard St Melbourne Oasis YHA 76 Chapman St

College Lawn Hotel 36 Greville St, Prahran


Melbourne International Backpackers 204 Punt Rd, Prahran

$22 $ Back of Chapel 50 Green St, Windsor

Exford Hotel 199 Russell St. 03 9663 2697,

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Hotel Discovery 167 Franklin St

The Spencer 475 Spencer St. 1800 638 108,

Central Melbourne Accommodation 21 Bromham Place, Richmond. 03 9427 9826,

Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Road, St Kilda. 1800 202 500,

Nomads Melbourne 198 A’beckett St. 1800 447 762, Space Hotel 380 Russell St. 1800 670 611,

Base Melbourne 17 Carlisle St, St. Kilda. 1800 242 273,

The Greenhouse Backpacker Level 6, 228 Flinders Lane. 1800 249 207,


Claremont Guesthouse 189 Toorak Rd, South Yarra City Centre Budget Hotel 22-30 Little Collins St

Elephant Backpackers 250 Flinders St Elizabeth Hostel 490 Elizabeth St

King St Backpackers 160 King Street

St Arnaud 99 Park St, South Yarra,

The Spencer City Central BP 475 Spencer St

The Nunnery 116 Nicholson Street, Fitzroy Urban Central 334 City Road, Southbank

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VICLISTINGS ST KILDA Back of Chapel Backpackers 50 Green St Base St Kilda 17 Carlisle St Coffee Palace Backpackers 24 Grey St Habitat HQ 333 St Kilda Rd, Oslo Hotel 38 Grey St The Ritz for Backpackers 109 Barkly St St Kilda Beach House 169B Fitzroy St

MELBOURNE DO Australian Centre for the Moving Image Federation Square. 03 8663 2200, Melbourne Aquarium Cnr of Flinders St & King St. 03 9923 5999,

Discovery Melbourne 167 Franklin St. Melbourne Cricket Ground Brunton Av. 03 9657 8888

Melbourne Museum 11 Nicholson St, Carlton. 13 11 02 National Gallery of Victoria Federation Square. Old Melbourne Gaol 377 Russell St. 03 8663 7228, Official Neighbours Tours 570 Flinders St. 03 9629 5866, Skydive the Beach Melbourne 1300 798 843 Tourism Victoria Backpacking ideas. Wildlife Tours Australia Specialising in Victorian tours +61 3 9314 2225

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GREAT OCEAN RD Anglesea Backpackers 40 Noble St, Anglesea. 03 5263 2664, Eco Beach YHA 5 Pascoe St. 03 5237 7899, Great Ocean Road Backpackers YHA 10 Erskine Av, Lorne. 03 5289 2508, Port Campbell Hostel 18 Tregea St, Port Campbell. 03 5598 6305, Surfside Backpackers Cnr Great Ocean Rd & Gambier St, Apollo Bay. 1800 357 263,

MORNINGTON Bayplay Lodge 46 Canterbury Jetty Rd, Blairgowrie. 03 5988 0188, Sorrento Foreshore Reserve Nepean Hwy. 1800 850 600, Sorrento YHA

3 Miranda St, Sorrento. 03 5984 4323, Tortoise Head Lodge French Island. 03 5980 1234,

DANDENONG Emerald Backpackers 03 5968 4086

MURRAY RIVER Echuca Gardens YHA 103 Av, Mitchell St, Echuca. 03 5480 6522, Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Ave, Mildura. 03 5022 7922, Oasis Backpackers 230 Deakin Av, Mildura. 04 0734 4251,

GIPPSLAND Prom Country Backpackers 03 5682 2614 Cambrai Hostel Maffra 117 Johnson St, Maffra. 1800 101 113


PHILLIP ISLAND Amaroo Park YHA 97 Church St, Cowes. 03 5952 3620, The Island Accommodation 10-12 Phillip Island Tourist Road. 03 5956 6123 au

GRAMPIANS Grampians YHA Eco Hostel Cnr Grampians & Buckler Rds, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4543, Tim’s Place 44 Grampians Road, Halls Gap. 03 5356 4288,

MILDURA Mildura City Backpackers 50 Lemon Avenue

STRATHMERTON Riviera Backpackers YHA 669 Esplanade

IN THE SPOTLIGHT WILSONS PROMONTORY This granite peninsula, about three hours from Melbourne, forms the southern-most tip of mainland Australia and also happens to be Victoria’s largest area of coastal wilderness. Sealed off during World War II so that commandos could happily practice blowing each other up without disturbing the locals , the ‘Prom’ is a great national park, packed with scenic ocean walks, beautiful beaches and loads of animals, especially wombat and mobs of roos. For sublime views of the entire rugged coastline, try and stagger to the top of Mt Oberon.



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ADELAIDE Named by British explorer Matthew Flinders after his home town, Port Lincoln almost pipped Adelaide to the title of South Australian capital, only losing out to due to a lack of fresh water. It’s now an attractive and bustling harbour town worth a stop. However, to many, the area is known for one reason only – cage diving with great white sharks. Dangerous Reef, 30km from shore, is the best place in Oz to come face-to-face with the toothy giants. So much so that the area was used when filming the genuine shark scenes in the original Jaws. Found about 280km directly west from Adelaide (but about 650km when travelling by road), it’s also the place to try the surreally fun swimming with tuna. Indeed, it’s thanks to the area’s high grade tuna, most of which ships straight out to Japan’s sashimi markets, that the town boasts the most millionaires per capita in Australia.

ADELAIDE STAY Adelaide Backpackers Inn 112 Carrington St. 1800 24 77 25, Adelaide Central YHA 135 Waymouth St. 08 8414 3010, Adelaide Travellers Inn 220 Hutt St. 08 8224 0753, Annie’s Place 239 Franklin St. 1800 818 011, Backpack Oz 144 Wakefield St. 1800 633 307, Blue Galah Backpackers Lvl 1, 52-62, King William St. 08) 8231 9295,

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Adelaide Zoo Frome Rd. 08 8267 3255,


Haigh’s Chocolates Factory tours. 153 Greenhill Rd, Parkside 1800 819 757, Temptation Sailing Dolphin swimming, Glenelg. 04 1281 1838

Radeka Down Under 1 Oliver St. 1800 633 891, Riba’s Underground 1811 William Creek Rd. 08 8672 5614,

BAROSSA VAL Barossa Backpackers 9 Basedow Road, Tanunda. 08 8563 0198,

Opal Cave Coober Pedy Hutchinson St. 08 8672 5028,

KANGAROO IS Kangaroo Island YHA 33 Middle Terrace, Penneshaw. 08 8553 1344

Vivonne Bay Lodge 66 Knofel Drive, Vivonne Bay 13 13 01

RIVERLAND Berri Backpackers Sturt Highway, Berri. 08 8582 3144, Harvest Trail Lodge Loxton. 08 8584 5646, Nomads on Murray Sturt Highway, Kingston on Murray. 1800 665 166, Riverland Backpackers Labour Hire Services 08 8583 0211


Glenelg Beach Hostel 5-7 Moseley St. Glenelg. 1800 359 181,

Adelaide Oval Home to the Donald Bradman collection. War Memorial Drive.

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience Sea lion and dolphin swims. 08 8626 5017 Calypso Star Charters Great white shark cage diving. 08 8682 3939, Nullarbor Traveller Tours across to Perth. 1800 816 858

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions Great white shark cage diving. 08 8363 1788

My Place 257 Waymouth St. 1800 221 529,


EYRE PENINSULA Coodlie Park Farmstay Flinders Highway, Port Kenny. 08 8687 0411

Port Lincoln Tourist Park 11 Hindmarsh St. 08 8621 4444,

Hostel 109 109 Carrington St. 1800 099 318,

Shakespeare Hostel 123 Waymouth St. 1800 556 889,

FLEURIEU PEN Port Elliot Beach House YHA 13 The Strand, Port Elliot. 08 8554 2785

FLINDERS RANGES TATTS BACKPACKERS 17 Hindley Street, Adelaide. Beds from $22 Tattersalls Backpackers offers a variety of private and dorm rooms, plus cereal breakfasts, wifi, laundry and self-catering kitchen, all for free. It’s also in a great central location.

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Angorichina Tourist Village 08 8648 4842, Wilpena Pound Resort Wilpena Rd. 08 8648 0004,



WALISTINGS PERTH STAY Billabong Backpackers Resort 381 Beaufort St. 08 9328 7720, Britannia on William 253 William St, Northbridge. 08 9227 6000, Emperor’s Crown 85 Stirling St, Northbridge. 1800 991 553, Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort 561 Wellington St. 08 9321 4080, Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottlesloe. 08 9384 5111, One World Backpackers 162 Aberdeen St, Northbridge. 1800 188 100, Perth City YHA 300 Wellington St. 08 9287 3333, The Old Swan Barracks 6 Francis St. 08 9428 0000,


Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Northbridge. 08 9228 3755, The Witch’s Hat 148 Palmerston St. 08 9228 4228, Backpack City and Surf 41-43 Money St Beatty Lodge 235 Vincent St Cheviot Lodge 30 Bulwer St Coolibah Lodge 194 Brisbane St Easy Perth Backpackers 4 Francis Street, Northbridge Grand Central Hotel Backpackers 379 Wellington St (08) 9421 1123 Hay Street Backpackers 266-268 Hay St Hotel Bambu Backpackers 75 - 77 Aberdeen St,


follow us on Northbridge Mountway Holiday Apartments 36 Mount St Ocean Beach Backpackers 1 Eric St, Cottesloe Perth Beach YHA & Indigo Net Cafe 256 West Coast Hwy, Scarbrough Planet Inn Backpackers 496 Newcastle St The Shiralee Hostel 107 Brisbane St, Northbridge Underground Backpackers 268 Newcastle St, Wickham Retreat Backpackers 25-27 Wickham St East Perth (08) 9325 6398 YMCA Jewell House 180 Goderich St Coolibah Lodge 194 Brisbane St

PERTH DO Aquarium of Western Australia 91 Southside Drive, Hillarys. 08 9447 7500, Kings Park & Botanic Garden Perth Mint 310 Hay St. 08 9421 7223, Perth Zoo 20 Labouchere Road, South Perth. 08 9474 3551,

PERTH MUSIC Amplifier Astor Mojo’s Bar The Bakery The Rosemount Hotel

FREO STAY Backpackers Inn Freo 11 Pakenham St.

@tnt_downunder 08 9431 7065, Old Firestation Backpackers 18 Phillimore St. 08 9430 5454, Sundancer Backpackers Resort 80 High St. 08 9336 6080,

FREO DO Fremantle Markets Henderson Street Fremantle 08 9335 2515, Fremantle Prison 1 The Terrace. 08 9336 9200,

ROTTNEST ISL Rottnest Island YHA Kingstown Barracks. 08 9372 9780, Rottnest Express 1 Emma Place North Fremantle 1300 Go Rotto

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Surfpoint 12 Riedle Drive Prevally 08 9757 1777

@tnt_downunder Coral Bay 08 9948 5100, Excape Backpackers YHA Murat Rd, Exmouth. 08 9949 1200,



Albany Bayview Backpackers YHA 49 Duke St 08 9842 3388,

Cable Beach Backpackers 12 Sanctuary Road. 1800 655 011,

Cruize-Inn 122 Middleton Rd. 08 9842 9599,

Kimberley Club 62 Fredrick St 08 9192 3233,



Ningaloo Club Robinson St

Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort Monkey Mia Road Monkey Mia 1800 653 611,

NINGALOO REEF Blue Reef Backpackers 3 Truscott Crescent, Exmouth 1800 621 101, Ningaloo Club

ESPERANCE BEACHES OF BROOME 4 Sanctuary Drive, Cable Beach. Beds from $28 Situated just a short stroll from the famous Cable Beach, Beaches of Broome is a contemporary, stylish resort offering luxury at an affordable price.


Blue Waters Lodge YHA 299 Goldfields Rd,

EXMOUTH Peteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Exmouth Backpackers YHA Cnr Truscott Cres & Murat Rd

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HOBART STAY Central City Backpackers 138 Collins St. 1800 811 507,



Cataract Gorge Centre for Beer Lovers Boag’s Brewery, 39 William St. 03 6332 6300,

Hobart Hostel 41 Barrack St. 1300 252 192, Montgomery’s YHA 9 Argyle St. 03 6231 2660,

Queen Victoria Museum & Art Gallery 2 Invermay Rd & 2 Wellington St. 03 6323 3777,

Narrara Backpackers 88 Goulburn St. 03 6234 8801,

Tasmania Zoo 1166 Ecclestone Rd. 03 6396 6100,

Pickled Frog 281 Liverpool St. 03 6234 7977, Transit Backpackers 251 Liverpool St. 03 6231 2400,

HOBART DO Cascade Brewery 140 Cascade Rd. 03 6224 1117 Mt Wellington Descent Bike tours. 03 6274 1880 Salamanca Markets Every Saturday, Salamanca Place. Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery 5 Argyle St.

DEVONPORT OCEAN BEACH BACKPACKERS 2 Eric St, Cottesloe. Beds from $22.50 Situated right on the beach, this hostel features a big screen movie room, wifi, kitchen, bike hire, fishing rods, free surfboards and more.


PORT ARTHUR Port Arthur Historic Ghost Tours 1800 659 101,

LAUNCESTON Arthouse Backpacker Hostel 20 Lindsay St. 1800 041 135,

Launceston Backpackers 103 Canning St. 03 6334 2327, Lloyds Hotel 23 George St. 03 6331 9906,

Tasman Backpackers 114 Tasman St. 03 6423 2335,

BICHENO Bicheno Backpackers 11 Morrison St. 03 6375 1651, Bicheno Penguin Tours 03 6375 1333,

CRADLE MTN Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain Rd. 1800 068 574

Mt Roland Budget Backpacker Rooms 1447 Claude Rd, Gowrie Park. 03 6491 1385

CRADLE DO Devils at Cradle Tassie devil sanctuary. 3950 Cradle Mountain Rd. 03 6492 1491. Overland Track Six-day walk

FREYCINET Iluka Backpackers YHA Reserve Rd. 03 6257 0115, Freycinet National Park Brewery, Wineglass Bay camping. 03 6256 7000

STRAHAN, Strahan YHA 43 Harvey St. 03 6471 7255,

STRAHAN DO Wild Rivers Jet Jet Boat Cruises. 0364717396 Water by Nature Extreme multiday whitewater rafting. 1800 111 142,


DEVONPORT The unofficial capital of Tasmania’s beautiful north coast is also the main ferry link between the island state and the Australian mainland. A picturesque, coastal city of some 25,000 people it produces upwards of 40 per cent of Tasmania’s total vegetable crop. Devonport has developed into a proper shopper’s city, with elegant boulevards and malls dotted with unique boutiques and specialist shops. The city also makes the most of the natural coastlines with beautiful beaches in close proximity to the city centre, including the Mersey Bluff Beach. Just a short drive from the city centre, the Tasmanian Arboretum displays trees and shrubs from around the world. Culture is centred at the Devonport Regional Art Gallery, which boasts great works from local and internationally renowned artists.




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DARWIN STAY Banyan View Lodge Darwin 119 Mitchell St. 08 8981 8644,



BIG4 Katherine Holiday Park 20 Shadforth Road. 1800 501 984,

Darwin YHA 97 Mitchell St. 08 8981 5385,

Airborne Solutions Scenic helicopter flights. 08 8972 2345

Gecko Lodge 146 Mitchell St. 1800 811 250, Melaleuca on Mitchell 52 Mitchell St. 1300 723 437,

Traeger Avenue, Alice Springs. Dorms from $20 Offering free Wifi, free breakfast, free airport pick up and free luggage storage, this funky hostel in the heart of the Alice also has a rocking bar.

Crocosaurus Cove Crocodile park and cage of death. 58 Mitchell St. 08 8981 7522, Deckchair Cinema Jervois Rd, Darwin Waterfront. 08 8981 0700,

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Fannie Bay Gaol Heritage prison. East Point Road, Fannie Bay. 08 8941 2260, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory 19 Conacher St, Bullocky Point. 08 8999 8264,

Alice Springs Reptile Centre Meet and hold lizards. 9 Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 8900,

Nitmiluk Tours Gorge cruises and kayak hire. 1300 146 743


Youth Shack 69 Mitchell St. 1300 793 302,


ALICE DO Alice Springs Desert Park Larapinta Drive. 08 8951 8788,


Frogshollow Backpackers 27 Lindsay St. 1800 068 686,

Oz Jet Boating Stokes Hill Wharf. 1300 135 595, Spectacular Jumping Crocodile Cruise Adelaide River. 08 8978 9077, Wave Lagoon Waterfront Precinct.

TENNANT CREEK Tourist Rest Leichardt St. 08 8962 2719,

Outback Ballooning Hot air balloon rides. 1800 809 790, Royal Flying Doctor Service Base Museum and operations room. Stuart Terrace. 08 8952 1129,

ALICE SPRINGS Alice Lodge 4 Mueller St. 08 8953 1975, Alice Springs YHA Cnr Parsons St & Leichhardt Tce. 08 8952 8855, Annie’s Place 4 Traeger Ave. 1800 359 089,

Haven Resort 3 Larapinta Drive. 1800 794 663, Toddy’s Resort 41 Gap Rd. 1800 027 027,

Palm Court Kookaburra Backpackers Giles St. 1800 626 722

Elkes Backpackers 112 Mitchell St. 1800 808 365,


School of the Air Long-distance schooling museum. 80 Head St. 08 8951 6834, The Rock Tour Uluru tours. 78 Todd St. 1800 246 345,


MACDONNELL RANGES If you’re in the Alice Springs-Uluru area, a trip to these ranges should be on your to-do list. Sweeping for over 400km, the ranges form a rugged red barrier across the vast central Australian plain, consisting of mainly long, steep-sided ridges that rise 100m to 600m above the valley floors. You’ll also see deep gorges carved by ancient rivers that head south into the Simpson Desert. Just make sure you stock up on fuel.



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KATA TJUTA (THE OLGAS) Experience Aboriginal history first hand with a breathtaking visit to Kata Tjuta. Situated not far from the Yulara region, the rock-based dome formations got their name from the largest one, Mount Olga. Mount Olga is about 1066m high, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 198m higher than Uluru. Created from a mix of cobbles, boulders, granite and sandstone, the red colour is an unforgettable sight for all. Jump on a tour to learn all about the Aboriginal traditions and how many important ceremonies were, and still are, performed here, mainly at nightfall. The whole area is a national park, so there is plenty to stop off and see along the way. The bright red sand and Spinifex plants are among the main attractions that 500,000 tourists see every year.

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There’s never not a good time to be in New Zealand. No matter what the time of year, in what part of the country you’re in, there’s always stuff to do. Yet, summer is the undisputed king of the seasons in NZ, certainly in the North Island anyway. The sun is out, the water is pristine and the beer is cold. We reckon that New Zealand, and particularly the North Island, get a bit of a dud rap when it comes to people’s ‘must-visit’ locations in summer! You ask most European or North Americans where they dream of spending a southern summer and most of them will come back with somewhere in Australia. 72


We’re not saying that places like the Gold Coast, Bondi, Ningaloo Reef or the Great Ocean Road are bad places to be in summer – not at all. What we are saying however is that New Zealand has just as many awesome places to spend a hot, sunny day in January as Australia does. And, it just so happens that the vast majority of those spots are in the North Island. We love the South Island as well, more than we can say! Yet, the South Island really comes alive in the winter, when the slopes down near Queenstown are covered in lush powdery snow and the only thing sharper than the beating of your heart

as you stand at the jump point for the Nevis or the Canyonswing is the lash of the cold air on your reddening face. We’ve had some of our best times in New Zealand down South, but not in the summer months. Summer’s for hanging at NinetyMile beach, or for kayaking in the Bay of Islands. It’s for zooming through the canopy outside Rotorua on a zipline, plunging down a hill in a zorb in your board shorts or even visiting a museum or two in beautiful Wellington. Oh, yeah. If you still want to go bungy jumping you could always do that in Auckland. Summer in NZ? We’ll show you how.

ROTURUA CANOPY TOURS WHAT: You will give Tarzan a run for his money zipping through this magical, untouched New Zealand forest. Roturua Canopy Tours is the only native forest zip-line canopy tour in New Zealand. The guided three-hour adventure will see you travelling a 1.2 kilometre network of zip-lines, swing-bridges and treetop platforms, 40 metres above the forest floor. The thrill of flying through breathtaking, peaceful, forested valleys, is unlike any other. The magnificent forest is also home to giant ancient trees and unique bird species. Roturua Canopy Tours is built on a reserve owned by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. Their inspirational conservation project aims to return the forest to a complete pre-human state for all New Zealanders and international visitors to enjoy. Since they started their conservation project and rat trapping in August 2012, a rare bird, the North Island Robin, has returned and visitors to the tour have been able to hear it. WHERE: Just outside of Auckland Cost from $129

WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY WHAT: Wandering through a valley of hot springs and bubbling mud baths is something reminiscent of ‘middle earth’, and that’s what you will find at this spectacular geothermal destination. Only 20 minutes south of New Zealand’s thermal centre, Rotorua, visitors can walk through one of the world’s youngest eco-systems to marvel craters, hot lakes, unusual thermal plants and wildlife. Explore the magnificent valley with a self-guided walk or join one of the guided eco tours. Waimangu Volcanic Valley was created as a direct result of the Tarawera volcanic eruption in 1886, and is the only geo-thermal system in the world that can be pinpointed to an exact time and event. This remarkable ‘must-see’ attraction has won multiple eco-tourism awards for conservation and sustainability. WHERE: 20 mins south of Rotorua COST: $34.50


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WHAT: A kilometre long cave stretch with seven entrances awaits you on the west side of Waitomo caves. There is something for people of all experience levels at Green Glow, including caving, abseiling, rock climbing and photography. Create your own unique tour consisting of your guide and whoever you bring with you! The maximum size is six people, and you can set your own pace. One of the many highlights of exploring the Waitomo caves is getting to stop and check out the glowworms when you turn out your light! This is a “dry” adventure, meaning you wear comfortable clothes and generally stay out of the water, as opposed to Black Water Rafting when you wear a wetsuit and sit in a tube up to your waist in cold water! WHERE: Waitomo COST: from $190



HIKING NEW ZEALAND ECO TOURS WHAT: bikers offering adventures up to 27 days long! The best part? They operate throughout the whole of New Zealand. From river canoes to skiing, prepare to see volcanoes, rivers, rainforests, canyons and a huge variety of flora and fauna. These eco-tours are approved by the Department of Conservation, proving they have passed all necessary environmental and safety standards that are set to keep the area preserved. The concession fees also go towards the management of natural and historic resources. Hiking NZ also run a great program called ‘Trees For Trampers’ where they will plant a tree on your behalf so everyone can do their bit for the environment, regardless of how busy you are! This encourages bird life and new plants to grow so future generations can see what you do – and we love all manner of tress and birds, after all. WHERE: All around COST: Prices vary.

RAGLAN BEACH WHAT: Widely regarded as a surf spot to rival Piha Beach, Raglan is another world-class location for surfers and body boarders alike because of its consistent conditions. It is situated on the west coast of New Zealand’s North Island in the Waikato region and is most famous for having one of the longest left-hand breaks at Manu Bay. Aside from being a renowned surfing beach, Raglan has plenty of other fun activities if the long board doesn’t float your boat. Visitors can kayak, kite board, horse ride along the beach, fish for dinner, hike the local trails, mountain bike or simply take a walk along the rocks and admire the black sand and spectacular sunsets. Another top tip is to take the short walk to the top of Bridal Veil Falls, 55 metres up with an impressive view. There are plenty of things to keep any visitor busy in this dramatically scenic area. You could, of course, always just ditch the walking and relax in the sun instead. WHERE: Waikato

NINETY MILE BEACH WHAT: Ninety Mile Beach, on the north-western tip of New Zealand’s North Island, is famous for its expansive stretch of golden sand. However, despite the name, the beach is actually only around 60 miles long (yeah, we don’t really know why either). One of the beach’s biggest drawcards is the enormous sand dunes that line its edge, creating a blustering Mad Maxstyle desert landscape. Not surprisingly, water-based activities are not necessarily the most popular pastimes at this beach. Visitors can grab body boards to sand surf down the dunes before making the long journey back up to the top and flying down all over again. Other fun things to do include quad biking, joining a guided tour that drives right across the beach or “sandy highway” and, of course, sampling one of the best left-hand surf breaks in the world. Also, close by at Cape Reinga is the spectacular lookout where visitors can see the Pacific Ocean dramatically collide with the Tasman Sea. So much prettiness! WHERE: Aupouri Peninsula



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PIHA BEACH Piha Beach, located on the west coast of the North Island, is arguably New Zealand’s best surf beach because of its large swells. It is also credited with being the birthplace of NZ board riding in 1958. Many national and international surfing competitions have taken place there over the years. Besides the crunchy black sand found on many west coast beaches, due to nearby volcanic eruptions, and ideal surf conditions, Piha Beach’s defining feature is the 101 metre high Lion Rock. This impressive monolith resembles a seated lion staring out towards the sea and his ‘shoulder’, located two thirds of the way up, is a great climb for outstanding views. An energetic endeavour such as this, however, is best left until the cooler part of the day. WHERE: Waitakere

WELLINGTON WHAT: New Zealand’s capital city is probably the most interesting and appealing city in the country – especially if you hit it on a good day when the sun dances on the harbour and the city comes alive with Wellingtonians lunching and jogging along the waterfront. Wellington’s sheer vibrancy and colourful character make it the country’s centre for culture and the arts. Te Papa, the national museum is here, so too is the nation’s parliament. The city’s nightlife, food and café culture is also worldclass, young and cool. There are more cafés per head than New York for example and lots of small-bars. The Te Papa is one of the best museums in the country, with a wonderful series of Maori exhibits in particular. From virtual reality rides to a living Marae (Maori meeting house), stories of the first Pakeha settlers, interactive natural history exhibits and art galleries. You could spend a week in here and still have things left to see. It’s a ‘must visit’ destination for culture when you’re in Wellington. Take a ride on the historic cable car ride built in 1902 (and refurbished in the 70s, for your peace of mind), take a walk past the Beehive, the Old Government Building which purports to be the world’s oldest wooden building, visit the Otari Native Botanic Gardens or take it all in at once from atop nearby Mt Victoria.



MAORI CULTURE WHAT: Experiencing the unique traditional culture of the Maori is a big part of any trip to Aotearoa (New Zealand). Archeological evidence indicates they discovered the country some time between 800-1,000 AD, on one of the last deliberate voyages of colonisation across the Pacific. In modern New Zealand, around 14 per cent of the population claim Maori heritage and their language and culture has a major impact upon just about every aspect of the country. New Zealand is very proud of its Maori ancestors and a large number of fantastic museums and maraes (traditional meeting houses) can be found on both islands. The Waitangi National Reserve is where the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Europeans and Maori leaders. The treaty is controversial as the promises made to the Maori regarding land rights and protection were changed in the translated English version, leading to the Maori Wars in the late 1840s. The reserve is beautiful, and includes a stunning marae, a 35m Maori war canoe and the treaty house where the document was signed. The Museum of New Zealand in Wellington has a fantastic number of Maori exhibits while the Auckland Museum presents daily performances of Manaia, which gives a look at Maori culture through narrative, song and dance. The Maori have been involved in tourism since 1870, when the Tuhourangi people south of Rotorua owned the ‘eighth’ wonder of the world, the Pink and White Terraces – impressive and beautiful layers of thermal pools. Despite its destruction by the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, Rotorua has become a hub for Maori tourism, taking advantage of the many geothermal fields and attractions of the central volcanic plateau. Maori entertainers can be seen at many venues performing a concerts. Some of these performances are accompanied by a ‘hangi’ – a meal steam-cooked in a traditional Maori way.

BAY OF ISLANDS Nothing could sound quite as lovely as the name, Bay of Islands, and the region substantially lives up to that reputation. Tauranga is a no-brainer for a visitor to the region. With its seaside holiday town qualities, you can’t help but fall in love with the sun, surf and sea. Take a sprightly walk to the top of Mount Manganui to get a real feel for the area from above. It’s a toughie in the heat of day, but definitely worth it. Whakaari or White Island is further along the coast and likely to be the most stunning example of nature at its scariest. The island is essentially one big volcano bursting forth out of the sea like a teenager’s pimple. It’s the most active cone volcano in New Zealand and other than tourists and scientific research, nobody lives there. You can hop on a boat for an hour and a half or take a plane to check it out from above. It’s the holiday destination of choice for Aucklanders, which is a finer endorsement than we could ever bestow upon a region, so hurry up.

COROMANDEL East of Auckland, the Coromandel boasts dense scenic bushland, superb unspoilt beaches, great surf and some pretty, placid townships. The famous Hot Water Beach gives visitors the opportunity to dig their own hole in the sand to sit in a deliciously warm, geo-thermally heated bath. After a couple of shovels with your plastic spade you might be doubtful, but journey on traveller and you shall be duly rewarded. For a beach like no other take either a walk or a kayak trip ending at Cathedral Cove. The stunning rock formation is about as cathedral-like as you’re likely to find on the sand and with the Pacific pounding the shore you’ll feel about as close to Narnia as you can get.

AUCKLAND Auckland is New Zealand’s largest urban area city sprawls for 50km between two large harbours, the Waitemata and the Manukau. Despite the urban sprawl and the 1.4 million people living there, the city boasts a great deal of scenic and cultural activities that some may well overlook. The Auckland Museum has a brilliant display of Maori history, lifestyle and culture complete with a fully kitted out 25 metre long traditional war canoe. Admission to the Museum is free but donations of $10 are encouraged to keep the museum operational. Another must-visit cultural attraction is the nearby One Tree Hill. This extinct volcano was once the site of the largest Maori settlement in New Zealand, known as a ‘pa’ in the traditional language. Not only can you see the historical remnants of the old Maori fortress from here, the old terracing and storage pits but also get a great view of the city. Alas the tree that once gave the hill its name was cut down in 2000 due to old age. The restored suburb of Parnell has become a hip, young area full of cool restaurants, shops and galleries and is well worth checking out if you’re keen for a few beers, a good cup of coffee or wish to indulge in a little shopping. Auckland also has a number of interesting and colourful markets; one in Victoria park and the other is the China Oriental Market which both open on the weekends and offer outdoor cafés and entertainment. If you’re feeling brave you can even go to the top of the city’s standout landmark, the 328m tall Sky Tower and indulge in a little bungy jumping.




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In Maori language the city’s name is Tamaki Makau Rau, which translates as “the city of 100 lovers”. Auckland is admired for its cosmopolitan flavour, its sunny harbour for the fact that it makes every other city in NZ feel like a small town. i-SITE Auckland Atrium, skycity, Cnr Federal & Victoria Sts Backpackers World Travel 16-20 Fort St, 09 379 4126, Base Travel Level 3, 229 Queen St, 09 358 4874, i-SITE Visitor Information 287 Queen St, 09 979 2333, Ferry Tickets Online (For inter-island ferry services) 39 Beach Rd, 0800 500 660, Parks Information Centre Details on tramping, camping grounds, the Gulf Islands and exploring the regional parks. 21 Pitt St, open Mon-Fri, 09 366 2000 Airport Transport The airport is 21km from the city and shuttle buses run every half an hour. Airbus Airport is every 20 mins. 0800 247 287, City buses Tickets and timetables are available from the 10 central city Star Mart stores. 09 366 6400 Auckland InterCity Travel Centre Buses around Auckland and the rest of New Zealand leave from here. Located beside the casino, Hobson St, 09 623 1503 Train Intercity trains arrive and depart from Britomart, 12 Queen St, Auckland. 09 270 5211



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BK Hostel (BBH) 3 Mercury Ln, Central. 09 307 0052,

Princeton Backpackers 30 Symonds St. 09 963 8300,

Central City Backpackers 26 Lorne St. 09 358 5685,

Queen Street Backpackers (VIP) 4 Fort St. 09 373 3471,

City Garden Lodge 25 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. 09 302 0880

Uenuku Lodge (BBH) 217 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. 09 378 8990

City Groove Backpackers (BBH) 6 Constitutional Hill, Parnell. 09 303 4768,

Surf ‘n’ Snow Backpackers 102 Albert St. 09 363 8889,

Georgia Parkside Backpackers 189 Park Rd, Grafton. 09 309 8999, Kiwi International Queen St Hotel and Hostel 411 Queen St. 0800 100 411, Kiwi International Airport 150 McKenzie Road, Mangere. 0800 801 919, Lantana Lodge (BBH) 60 St Georges Bay Rd, Parnell. 09 373 4546, The Fat Camel (Nomads) 38 Fort St. 09 307 0181,

Airport Skyway Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 30 Kirkbride Road, Mangere. 09 275 4443,

New Zealand Backpackers 8 Nixon St, Ponsonby. 09 376 3871,

Albert Park Backpackers (VIP) 27-31 Victoria St East. 09 309 0336,

Nomads Auckland 16-20 Fort St. 09 300 9999,

Auckland International Backpackers (BBH) 2 Churton St, Parnell. +64358 4584,

Oaklands Lodge (BBH) 5A Oaklands Rd, Mt Eden. 09 638 6545,

Base Auckland 229 Queen St. 0800 227 369,

Pentlands (BBH) 22 Pentland Ave, Mt Eden. +64 9638 7031

Bamber House (BBH) 22 View Rd, Mt Eden. 09 623 4267,

Ponsonby Backpackers (BBH) 2 Franklin Rd, Ponsonby. 09 360 1311,



The Brown Kiwi (BBH) 7 Prosford St, Ponsonby. 09 378 0191, Verandahs (BBH) 6 Hopetown St. 09 360 4180 Uenuku Lodge (BBH) 217 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby. 09 378 8990 YHA Auckland City Cnr City Rd & Liverpool St. 09 378 8990 YHA Auckland International 5 Turner St. 09 302 8200,

AUCKLAND DO Explorer Bus Sightseeing around Auckland, 0800 439 756 On the Road Tours and Charters Sightseeing bus tours of Auckland and the north shore. 0800 486 877, Harbour Ferries Ferries can take you all over the harbour. Info about timetables and destinations available at the Ferry Building on Quay St. 09 424 5561 America’s Cup Sailing Experience A unique opportunity to participate as crew on an actual America’s Cup yacht. Take the helm, exert energy on the grinders or simply sit back and enjoy the action as you sail the beautiful Waitemata Harbour. The two hour sails departs daily from the Auckland Viaduct. No

Pride of Auckland The Pride of Auckland operates an impressive fleet of large, purpose-built yachts on the Auckland Museum sheltered waters of Auckland’s See the world’s finest collection Waitemata Harbour and is of Maori and Pacific Island world famous for its sailing and artefacts. Explore New dining cruises. Join them for a Zealand’s natural history, coffee, lunch, dinner, Waiheke discover the largest bird that sailing experience cruise or a ever lived and experience a full-day sailing adventure and Maori cultural show. experience the “City of Sails” 09 306 7067, for what it is known for. 0800 397 567, Auckland Zoo See kiwi birds in the nocturnal Auckland Bridge Climb house and over 900 animals. Up and over the Auckland 09 360 3800, Harbour Bridge. Westhaven Reserve, Curran St, Herne Bay, 0800 286 4958, Coast to Coast Walkway A walk between Waitemata Harbour and Manukau Harbour. Auckland Harbour Bridge Jump It takes about four hours and NZ’s only ocean touch bungy, takes in Albert Park, Auckland 40m high. Westhaven Reserve, Uni, Auckland Domain, Mt Eden, Curran St, Herne Bay, 0800 286 and One Tree Hill. 4958, Devonport A 15-minute ferry or bus ride across the harbour on the north shore, Devonport is an idyllic setting for a picnic or a stroll along the beach. Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World A seawater aquarium with a moving walkway through a transparent underwater cavern. Antarctic Encounter is a recreation of an Antarctic environment where you jump on a snow mobile and tour a penguin colony, get attacked by an orca whale. Orakei Wharf, Tamaki Drive, 09 528 0603,

Canyonz Ltd Explore subtropical canyons and abseil down crashing waterfalls. 0800 422 696, New Zealand Surf Tours 09 832 9622, Sky Jump Fall from the top of the 192m Sky Tower, 0800 759 586, Sky Walk Walk around the external 1.2m wide platform, 192m up. 09 368 1835,

Mt Eden The highest point in the Fullers Bay of Islands Tours city, 4km south of the city centre with spectacular views. One, two and three-day tours from Auckland. Get there by bus. 09 358 0259, NZ National Maritime Museum The museum celebrates NZ’s Awesome Adventures maritime heritage. 09 373 0800, Three-day Bay of Islands tours. 0800 658 058, Ponsonby West of the city, explore Victorian architecture Beaches and narrow streets with cafés, bars, clothes shops, art galleries Auckland is surrounded by great beaches, including Judges Bay, and some lively nightlife. Kohimarama, Okahu Bay, St Heliers Bay and popular Mission Queen Street Auckland’s main boulevard with Bay. shops, cafés and restaurants. Aotea Square Markets Every Friday and Saturday at Whale & Dolphin Safari Aotea Square, Queen St. NZ See whales and dolphins from fashion labels, retro gear, foods, Auckland’s doorstep. The Hauraki Gulf is considered one Pacific-style crafts, jewellery and furniture, of the most biologically and geographically diverse marine 09 309 2677, parks in the world. See dolphins, whales, sea birds and/ Victoria Park Market or even penguins. Dolphins are 3km from the CBD, an outdoor viewed on over 90% and whales market with fruit, veggies, on 75% of trips. Departs daily books, clothes and handicrafts. from the Auckland Viaduct. Dolphin viewing guaranteed. 0800 397 567, GREAT BARRIER The island is dominated by a native Fullers Cruises forest a network of criss-crossing Inner harbour cruises and longer tracks. cruises to Hauraki Gulf islands, with all-day passes and hop-on, Orama Resort (YHA) hop-off options. Karaka Bay Rd, 09 429 0063, 09 367 9111.

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Stray Possum Lodge (VIP) 09 429 0109,

BARRIER DO Fullers Cruises Depart from the Ferry Building. 09 367 9102 Great Barrier Airlines Fly out of Auckland Airport or Auckland Shore Airfield. 0800 900 600, Fullers Great Barrier Explorers Cruise and tours, summer only (October-April). 09 367 9111

WAIHEKE ISLAND A 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. It is popular for its long sweeping beaches and craft shops. Hekerua Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 11 Hekerua Rd, Oneroa, 09 372 8990, Waiheke Island Hostel Seaview Road, Onetangi, Ph: (09) 372 8971,

HELENSVILLE The hot springs here have indoor and outdoor thermal pools and waterslides. Malolo House (BBH) 110 Commercial Rd, 09 420 7262,

HIBISCUS COAST Hisbiscus Coast Visitor Info Hibiscus Coast Hwy, 09 426 0076. Marco Polo Backpackers Inn (BBH) 2d Hammond Ave, Hatfields Beach, 09 426 8455,


Piano Hill Farm (BBH) Piano Hill, Kauri, 09 433 7090, Whangarei Falls Backpackers (BBH) Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, 09 437 0609, YHA Whangarei, Manaakitanga 52 Punga Grove Ave, 09 438 8954,

WHANGAREI DO Dive! Tutukaka Poor Knights Islands dives, plus tours with kayaking, cave explorations, snorkelling, swimming, sea mammal-spotting.

PAIHIA Paihia is one of the most beautiful towns on the North Island with equal parts love for adventure, nature and a raucous nightlife. AwesomeNZ Tours include Maori mythology, dolphin swimming and fast boats. Maritime Building, on the waterfront, 0800 653 339, Bay of Islands i-Site The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Freephone: 09 402 7345 Base Travel 18 Kings Rd, 09 402 7111,

PAIHIA STAY Base Pipi Patch 18 Kings Rd 09 402 7111, Captain Bob’s Beachhouse (BBH) 44 Davis Cres, 09 402 8668, Centabay Lodge (BBH) 27 Selwyn Rd, 09 402 7466, Mayfair Lodge (BBH) 7 Puketona Rd, 09 402 7471, mayfair.html

Hen & Chickens Island and Sail Rock These offshore areas offer great sailing and diving. Boat trips leave from the area daily.

Mousetrap (BBH) 11 Kings Rd, 09 402 8182,

Waipu Wanderer (BBH) 25 St Marys Rd, 09 432 0532

Peppertree Lodge (BBH) 15 Kings Rd, 09 402 6122,

WHANGAREI Whangarei I-SITE Visitor Centre 92 Otaika Rd, 09 438 1079

WHANGAREI STAY Bunkdown Lodge (BBH) 23 Otaika Road, 09 438 8886, Coastal Cow Backpackers (BBH) 299 Molesworth Drive, Mangawhai Heads, 09 431 5444, Little Earth Lodge (BBH) 85 Abbey Caves Road, 09 430 6562,

Pickled Parrot Backpackers (BBH) Grey’s Lane, 09 402 6222, Saltwater Lodge (BBH) 14 Kings Rd, 0800 002 266, YHA Paihia Cnr Kings and MacMurray Rds, Paihia, 09 402 7487,

PAIHIA DO Haruru Falls Picturesque falls offering swimming, camping and kayaking opportunities – and a pub!

Opua Forest The DOC provides a leaflet of forest walks, which features a small stand of Kauri trees. Drive into the forest via Oromahoe Rd or walk from School Rd. Te Rawhiti Cape Brett Walkway Guided tours include experienced local Maori guides, all meals, hut accommodation, transport by boat to hut taking in the famous Hole in the Rock, Maori culture, myths and legends and hangi, 09 403 7248 Waitangi Treaty Grounds The site where the historic Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Also see carvings that represent all Maori tribes in NZ and one of the largest ceremonial waka (canoe) in the world, launched every Waitangi Day (Feb 6). 09 402 7437, Boat cruises & dolphin watching Cape Brett “Hole in the Rock” Cruise Four-hour cruises, 09 402 7421 Dolphin Discoveries With the warmest water and friendliest dolphins (bottlenoses), this is a great place for swimming with the dolphins (conditions permitting). The high-speed luxury catamaran offers easy access to the water and hot showers. Or do a “Hole in the Rock and Dolphin Viewing Experience” and see dolphins, whales, birds and other wildlife. Visit Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka Island during your island stop and explore this amazing place. 0800 365 744,

Via Ninety Mile Beach – learn Maori myths and legends, navigate the quicksand stream, ride the dunes, visit a thousand year old forest. 0800 653 339,

RUSSELL Catch a ferry to Russell, originally a sprawling fortified Maori settlement. Information Centre End of the Pier, 09 403 8020

Sunseeker Lodge (BBH) Old Hospital Rd, 09 405 0496,

Wainui (BBH) 92D Te Wahapu Rd, 09 403 8278,

KERIKERI A highlight of the sparsely populated town is the wonderful Maori village. There is also an historic Maori pa (fortress) and the Kerikeri Mission Station. Dept of Conservation Office 09 407 8474

KARIKARI PENIN The Rusty Anchor (BBH) 1 Tokerau Beach Rd, 09 406 7141,

KAITAIA The ideal starting point for Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Backpackers Heaven (VIP) Wagener Holiday Park, Houhora Heads, 09 409 8564,

KERIKERI STAY Kerikeri Top 10 Holiday Park & Aranga Backpackers Aranga Drive off Kerikeri Rd, 09 407 9326,

i-Site Far North South Rd in Jaycee Park. 09 408 0879,

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Tourist info centre Boyd Gallery, 09 405 0230.

Ferry Landing (BBH) 395A Aucks Rd, Okiato Point, 09 403 7985,

Excitor “Hole in the Rock” Adventure One-and-a-half hours, 0800 653 339,

Overnight Cruises The Rock 24-hour cruise featuring kayaking, snorkelling with stingrays, fishing for your dinner, dolphin spotting. 0800 762 527,



Hideaway Lodge Wiroa Rd, 0800 562 746

The Rainbow Warrior A monument to the noble but doomed Greenpeace ship, Rainbow Warrior, sits on the site of a Maori pa on the headland at Matauri Bay. Travellers come here to dive the ship’s wreck.

This area was once well known for its Kauri forests, but these days it’s more about game fishing. The scenery is ruggedly spectacular and sailing cruises are popular.

The Coast Road Farm (BBH) Coast Rd, Whangaruru, 09 433 6894,

Dune Rider Unique Adventure Tour Make your way up to Cape Reinga while traveling to the Gumdiggers Park and drive along the famous Ninety Mile Beach. Climb huge sand dunes and boogie board back down on the way and stop at the world famous Mangonui Fish Shop for fish and chips. Departing daily from Paihia. 0800 365 744,

Lion New Zealand – “The Ultimate Day Sail in the Bay” Join Lion New Zealand, NZ’s most famous maxi yacht. Enjoy a fresh BBQ lunch and activities such as kayaking, snorkelling, natural walks at Otehei Bay or simply kick back and enjoy the island atmosphere. 0800 365 744,

The Welcome Swallow Backpackers Off Matauri Bay Road, 09 4051 019,

Main Street Lodge (BBH) 235 Commerce St, 09 408 1275, Pukenui Lodge (YHA) Corner Wharf Rd & State Hwy 1, Houhora, 09 409 8837,

Hone Heke Lodge (BBH) 65 Hone Heke Rd, 09 407 8170,

Waitiki Landing Far North Rd, 09 409 7508

Kerikeri Farm Hostel (BBH) Ph: (09) 407 6989,



Ancient Kauri Kingdom Giant kauri tree stumps are fashioned into furniture and other trinkets. Far North Regional Museum Featuring all kinds of goodies, like the skeleton of a giant moa bird and salvages from local shipwrecks.

Farm Backpackers (BBH) End of Lamb Rd, Pukenui, 09 409 7863, North Wind Lodge Backpackers (BBH) Otaipango Rd, Henderson Bay, 09 409 8515, Pukenui Lodge Hostel (BBH) Cnr SH1 & Wharf Rd, Pukenui, 09 4098837,

Pack or Paddle Thoms Landing, 09 4098 445,

AHIPARA YHA Ahipara Backpackers & Motor Camp 168-170 Takehe St, 09 409 4864, Farm Backpackers (BBH) End of Lamb Rd, Pukenui, 09 409 7863

MATAURI BAY A very well-kept tourist secret, Matauri Bay is Maori land, home to the Ngati Kura people, and has beautiful, quiet beaches.

Endless Summer Lodge (BBH) 245 Foreshore Rd, 09 409 4181,




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Tuatua Tours Guided quad tours of Ninety Mile Beach sand dunes. 3 Main Road, 0800 494 288,

WAITOMO Definitely one of the best adventure spots in New Zealand. There are a range of caving adventures here.


Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre 21 Waitomo Caves Rd, 0800 474 839.

Heading south, you’ll hit Hokianga Harbour and the quiet twin towns of Omapere and Opononi. The Koutu Boulders are worth a look. Hokianga Information 09 405 8869,



1271 Hinemaru St, Rotorua. Dorms from $17. With unlimited free Wi-Fi, a thermally heated spa and pool and a famously loose Saturday night pub crawl, this is a great place to be.

Okopako Lodge (BBH) 140 Mountain Rd, South Hokianga, 09 405 8815, Globe Trekkers Lodge (BBH) SH12, Omapere, 09 405 8183. Waitawa Farm Hostel (BBH) 164 Pukemiro Rd, 09 409 5809,

DARGAVILLE On the road from Hokianga, the famous “Big Trees”, the native kauri trees of Waipoua Kauri Forest. Once in Dargaville, attractions include the masts from the ill-fated Rainbow Warrior and the fascinating bird sanctuary nearby. Dargaville Info Centre 61 Normanby St, 09 439 8360

DARGAVILLE STAY Dargaville Holiday Park (VIP) 10 Onslow St, 09 439 8296, Kaihu Farm (BBH) RD6, Kaihu, 09 439 4004, The Greenhouse Hostel (BBH) 13 Portland St, 09 439 6342,

MATAKOHE Travellers Lodge (BBH) 64 Jellicoe Rd, Ruawai, 09 439 2283 Kauri Country Northland 3hr 4WD eco-adventures, including free ticket to Kauri Museum. Devon Grove, Matakohe, 09 431 6007

WAIKATO Waikato District Info Centre 160 Great South Rd, Huntly, 07 828 6406 Shekinah (BBH) 122 Pungapunga Rd, Pukekawa, 09 233 4464,

HAMILTON NZ’s largest inland city and is known for its parks and gardens.



Hamilton Visitor Centre 5 Garden Place, Hamilton 07 958 5960 DOC Office Level 5, Rostrevor St.

HAMILTON STAY Colts n Fillies (BBH) 37 Smith Rd, Karamu, 07 825 9809, Forty Winks (BBH) 267 River Rd, Claudelands, 07 855 2033, J’s Backpackers (BBH) 8 Grey Street, 07 856 8934,

HAMILTON DO Waikato Museum of Art & History Cnr Victoria and Grantham Sts. More than 3,000 items, with a permanent Maori War canoe. Gold coin donations welcomed.

MATAMATA Rural town famous for being turned into Hobbiton in those films – some of the set still stands. Hobbiton Backpackers 81 Arawa St, 07 888 9972,

CAMBRIDGE This very Olde English town with its town square and abundance of trees is in the heart of Waikato. The region is famous for its horses and jetboating. Cambridge Tourist Info Centre Cnr Queen and Victoria Sts, 07 823 3456

RAGLAN One of New Zealand’s best-known surfing beaches, Raglan is situated 48km west of Hamilton.


Raglan Information Centre 2 Wainui Rd, 07 825 0556

RAGLAN STAY Ewe Dream’Inn (BBH) 2458 State Highway 22, Glen Murray, 09 233 3144, Raglan Backpackers & Waterfront Lodge (BBH) 6 Wi Neera St, 07 825 0515, Karioi Backpacker Lodge (VIP, BBH) & Raglan Surfing School 5 Whaanga Rd, Whale Bay, 07 825 7873, Solcape Accommodation Centre (BBH) 611 Wainui Rd, 07 825 8268 Waikatoa Beach Lodge (BBH) 8 Centreway Rd, Sunset Beach, Port Waikato, 09 232 9961,

TE AWAMUTU Given that it calls itself the “Rose Town of New Zealand”, it’s not surprising the 2,000-strong Rose Garden is the town’s major attraction. Te Awamutu Info Centre 1 Gorst Ave, 07 871 3259. Te Awamutu District Museum 135 Roche St. 07 872 0085

KAWHIA The main attraction of this peaceful port town, 55km south of Raglan, is the Maketu Marae where you can experience the rich cultural tapestry of NZ’s indigenous history.

OTOROHANGA Just 59km south of Hamilton, many travellers use this small farming community as a base for visiting the Waitomo Caves.

Juno Hall (BBH) 07 878 7649 Kiwipaka School Rd, 07 878 3395 Rap Raft & Rock Backpackers (BBH) 95 Waitomo Caves Rd, 07 873 9149,

WAITOMO DO Dundle Hill Walk A two-day walk through native bush; limestone outcrops includes overnight with spectacular views at Kays Cabin. 0800 924 866 Marakopa Falls, Managapohue Natural Bridge and Piri Piri Cave, 30 minutes drive from Waitomo. Rap Raft ‘n’ Rock Blackwater adventures combining abseiling, rafting, glowworms, caving and rockclimbing all in one five-hour adventure. 0800 228 372, The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co Cave tubing in the blackness of the Ruakuri Cave river. 585 Waitomo Caves Rd, 0800 228 464, Woodlyn Park Pioneer Show, caving adventure, and quirky accommodation in a 1950s train carriage. Waitomo Valley Road, 07 878 6666.

TE KUITI Te Kuiti Information Centre Rora St, 07 878 8077. Dept of Conservation 78 Taupiri Street, 07 878 1080. Tiffany’s Tearooms, Rora St, 07 878 7640

TE KUITI STAY Casara Mesa Backpackers (BBH) Mangarino Rd, 07 878 6697,


Waterfront Lodge (BBH) 6 Wi Neera St, 07 825 0515, Karioi Backpacker Lodge (VIP, BBH) & Raglan Surfing School 5 Whaanga Rd, Whale Bay, 07 825 7873, Solcape Accommodation Centre (BBH) 611 Wainui Rd, 07 825 8268 Waikatoa Beach Lodge (BBH) 8 Centreway Rd, Sunset Beach, Port Waikato, 09 232 9961,

TE AWAMUTU Given that it calls itself the “Rose Town of New Zealand”, it’s not surprising the 2,000-strong Rose Garden is the town’s major attraction. Te Awamutu Info Centre 1 Gorst Ave, 07 871 3259. Te Awamutu District Museum 135 Roche St. 07 872 0085

KAWHIA The main attraction of this peaceful port town, 55km south of Raglan, is the Maketu Marae where you can experience the rich cultural tapestry of NZ’s indigenous history.

OTOROHANGA Just 59km south of Hamilton, many travellers use this small farming community as a base for visiting the Waitomo Caves. Otorohanga Visitor Info Centre 26 Maniapoto St,

WAITOMO Definitely one of the best adventure spots in New Zealand. There are a range of caving adventures, from glowworm ogling, to long dramatic abseils deep towards the centre of the earth and excellent blackwater rafting (jump in an inner tube and let the underwater current carry you). Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre 21 Waitomo Caves Rd, 0800 474 839.

WAITOMO STAY Juno Hall (BBH) 07 878 7649 Kiwipaka School Rd, 07 878 3395 Rap Raft & Rock Backpackers (BBH) 95 Waitomo Caves Rd, 07 873 9149,



A series of towns loop around the peninsula, broken by rolling green hills. Highlights include Hot Water Beach, Cathedral Cove and the cosy little Coromandel township.

Dundle Hill Walk A two-day walk through native bush; limestone outcrops includes overnight with spectacular views at Kays Cabin.

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THAMES A great canyoning spot, with loads of natural pools and waterslides. Information Thames 206 Poland St, 07 868 7284 DOC Office 07 868 6381 Canyonz Ltd 0800 422 696,

THAMES STAY Dickson Holiday Park Victoria St, 07 868 7308, Gateway Backpackers (BBH) 209 Mackay St, 07 868 6339, The Sunkist International Backpackers (BBH, VIP, YHA) 506 Brown St, 07 868 8808, Te Aroha YHA Hostel Miro Street, Te Aroha (south of Thames), 07 884 8739,

COROMANDEL Some 55km north of Thames is the town of Coromandel, home to the popular Driving Creek Railway. Coromandel Information Centre Kapanga Rd, 07 866 8598.



Cat’s Pyjamas Backpackers (BBH) 12 Albert St, 07 866 4663.


Anchor Lodge Backpackers (BBH) 448 Wharf Rd, 07 866 7992,

A real surfie town, Whangamata has one of the best surf beaches in New Zealand and a laidback atmosphere to match.

Black Jack Backpackers (BBH) Kuaotunu, 07 866 2988,

Whangamata Info Centre 616 Port Rd, 07 865 8340

Colville Farm (BBH) 2140 Colville Road, Colville, 07 866 6820

Southpacific Accommodation (BBH) Cnr Port Rd and Mayfair Avenue, 07 865 9580,

On the Beach Backpackers Lodge (BBH, YHA) 46 Buffalo Beach Rd, 07 866 5380,

Whangamata Backpackers Hostel (BBH) 227 Beverley Tce, 07 865 8323

Seabreeze Tourist Park (BBH) 1043 SH25 Tairua-Whitianga Rd, 07 866 3050

Coromandel Town Backpackers (BBH) 732 Rings Road, 07 866 8830 Lions Den (BBH) 126 Te Tiki St, 07 866 8157 Tidewater Tourist Park (YHA) 270 Tiki Rd, 07 866 8888, Tui Lodge (BBH) 60 Whangapoua Rd, 07 866 8237,

OPOUTERE This is a good place to go to just chill out. The beach here is glorious and generally empty. Skinny dip anyone? YHA Opoutere 389 Opoutere Rd, 07 865 9072,

WHITIANGA Whitianga, perched on pretty Mercury Bay, is the most popular stop-off point for travellers on the Coromandel. You can learn to make your very own bone carving, dive and surf to your heart’s content. Whitianga Information Centre 66 Albert St, 07 866 5555 Baywatch Backpackers (VIP) 22 The Esplanade, 07 866 5481, Cathedral Cove Lodge Villas (VIP) 41 Harsant Ave, Hahei Beach, 07 866 3889.

Appletree Cottage 47 Maxwell Rd, 07 5767404,appletreebackpackers Bell Lodge (BBH) 39 Bell St, 07 578 6344,

Fernbird (BBH) 24 Harsant Ave, Hahei, 07 866 3080,

Harbourside City Backpackers (BBH) 105 The Strand, 07 579 4066,

Tatahi Lodge (BBH) Grange Rd, Hahei, 07 866 3992,

Just The Ducks Nuts Backpackers (BBH) 6 Vale St, 07 576 1366, Loft 109 (BBH) 8/109 Devonport Rd, 07 579 5638,

Tuaranga Central Backpackers 64 Willow St, 07 571 6222, One of the fastest growing places in NZ, Tauranga combines a young YHA Tauranga 171 Elizabeth St, population with a harbourside 07 578 5064, atmosphere. Enjoy diving, sailing, fishing and surfing.


Tauranga i-site 95 Willow St, 07 578 8103 Department of Conservation 253 Chadwick Rd West, 07 578 7677

TAURANGA DO Butlers Swim With Dolphins 0508 288 537 Waimarino Adventure Park 07 576 4233

Become part of the legend with New Zealand’s original Black Water Rafting company. Experience the exhilarating world of ancient caves, rivers, waterfalls and breath taking glowworms. Climb, leap and float with the Black Labyrinth or descend into the black, bottomless depths with the ultimate caving tour, the Black Abyss. Or try our newest adventure, the Black Odyssey, a caving and high wire ropes tour, that will push you to the limit.


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NORTHISLAND Coyote Bar and Restaurant 107 The Strand, 07 578 8968,

MT MAUNGANUI Mt Maunganui Visitor Centre Salisbury Ave, 07 575 5099

Crash Palace Backpackers (BBH, VIP) 1271 Hinemaru St, 07 348 8842,

Te Puke Information Centre 130 Jellicoe St, 07 573 9172

Planet Nomad Backpackers (VIP) 1193 Fenton St, 07 346 2831,

MAUNGA STAY Hairy Berry Backpackers (BBH) 2 No One Rd, Te Puke, 07 573 8015, Mount Backpackers (BBH) 87 Maunganui Rd, 07 575 0860, Pacific Coast Backpackers (BBH) 432 Maunganui Rd, 0800 666 622,

MAUNGA DO Kiwifruit Country Young Rd, Te Puke, 07 573 6340, Te Puke Vintage Auto Barn, 26 Young Rd, 07 573 6547

WHAKATANE For a very different adventure, visit White Island, an active volcano where sulphur-lipped fumeroles and roaring steam vents create a stark wonderland. Karibu Backpackers (BBH) 13 Landing Rd, 07 307 8276 Lloyds Lodge (BBH) 10 Domain Rd, 07 307 8005 The Windsor (BBH) 10 Merritt St, Whakatane, 07 308 8040,

WHAKATANE DO Dive White 168 The Strand, 0800 348 394, White Island Tours Departs Whakatane daily. 0800 733 529

ROTORUA Rotorua is a must for three reasons: the abundance of accessible Maori culture, the steaming volcanic scenery and adrenalin thrills. Tourism Rotorua & Visitor Info Centre 1167 Fenton St, 07 348 5179

ROTORUA STAY Base Rotorua 1286 Arawa St, 0800 227 369, Cactus Jack Backpackers (BBH) 1210 Haupapa St, 07 348 3121,


Crank Backpackers 1140 Hinemoa St, 07 348 0852,


Rotorua Central Backpackers (BBH) 1076 Pukuatua St, 07 349 3285, Spa Lodge (BBH) 1221 Amohau St, 07 348 3486,

ROTORUA DO Agroventures Five adrenalin activities in one adventure park, including bungy jumping, sprint boats and a wind tunnel. 1335 Paradise Valley Rd. 07 357 4747, Hell’s Gate Mud baths to heal and stimulate your body 07 345 3151 Kaitiaki Adventures Extreme whitewater activities. Sledging and rafting trips on the Kaituna and Rangitaiki Rivers, 0800 338 736, Off Road NZ Sprint car racing, Monster 4X4, 4WD Bush Safari and more. 07 332 5748,

BOOK NOW! MAORI CULTURE While you’re here, take the opportunity to see how the Maori lived before European settlment. The Maori Arts and Crafts Institute in Whakarewarewa is a good place to begin . NZ Maori Arts & Crafts Institute 07 348 9047 Rotoiti Tours 0800 476 864 Tamaki Maori Village New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Hinemaru St, 07 349 2099 Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Maori village set amidst a landscape of geothermal wonders. Take a guided tour, see a cultural performance, check out Maori art. 07 349 3463,

LAKE TAUPO Taupo Visitor Centre 30 Tongariro St, 07 376 0027

TAUPO STAY Berkenhoff Lodge (BBH) 75 Scannell St, 07 378 4909,

Polynesian Spa Historical hot mineral water bathing spa on the edge of Lake Rotorua. 07 348 1328,

Blackcurrant Backpackers (BBH) 20 Taniwha St, 07 378 9292, blackcurrantbackpackers@xtra.

Raftabout Whitewater rafting and sledging. 0800 723 822,

Rainbow Lodge (BBH) 133 Summers St, 08 9227-1818,

Skyline Skyrides Spectacular Get the best views and luge down 5km of tracks, or take the 150ft skyswing. 07 347 0027,

Finns Global Backpackers (VIP) Cnr Tongariro & Tuwharetoa Sts, 07 377 0044,

Waikite Hot Pools Natural hot spring water bathing. Provides private spas, BBQ area and campground facilities, 20 minutes south of Rotorua. 07 333 1861 Waimangu Volcanic Valley The location of the Pink and White Terraces which were destroyed in the 1886 volcanic eruption. Wet ‘n’ Wild Rafting Guided rafting options on five different rivers – the Wairoa, Rangitaiki, Kaituna, Motu and Mohaka. 0800 462 7238, Zorbing Get harnessed inside the perspex Zorb before rolling head-over-heels downhill. 07 357 5100,

Silver Fern Lodge Flash-Packers (VIP) Cnr Tamamutu & Kaimanawa Sts, 07 377 4929, Sunset Lodge (BBH) 27 Tremain Ave, 07 378 5962, Base Taupo 7 Tuwharetoa St, 07 377 4464, Taupo Urban Retreat 65 Heu Heu St, 0800 872 261, Tiki Lodge 104 Tuwharetoa St, 0800 845 456, YHA Taupo 56 Kaimanawa St, 07 378 3311,

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TAUPO DO Craters of the Moon One of the most geothermally active areas in the region, full of boiling mud and steaming craters. Wairakei Park. Huka Falls Take a relaxing walk up to Huka Falls where the water pours over the 35ft drop at up to 62,000 gallons per second. Hukafalls Jet Jetboating by the falls. 0800 485 2538, Rock ‘n’ Ropes Ropes Courses including the trapeze and Giant Swing. At Crazy Catz on Highway 5. 0800 244 508, Taupo Bungy Bungy from a platform 47m above the Waikato River. 202 Spa Rd. 0800 888 408, Tongariro Crossing Transport and National Park Links From Taupo and Turangi during summer months (NovMay). 07 377 0435, Taupo Tandem Skydiving Skydive from up to 15,000 feet (over one minute freefall). Free shuttle, DVD and digital photos. Yellow Hangar, Taupo Airport. 0800 275 934,

TURANGI On the southern shores of Lake Taupo, Turangi is known as the trout fishing capital of the world. It offers heaps of outdoor adventure activities and is a good base for venturing into the Tongariro National Park. Turangi Visitor Centre Ngawaka Place, 07 386 8999


@tnt_downunder Owhango, 07 895 4773, Howards Lodge (BBH) Carroll St, National Park, 07 892 2827, YHA Matai Lodge (BBH) 1 Rata St, Ohakune, 06 385 9169, National Park Backpackers YHA (BBH) Finlay St. The hostel runs transport to the Tongariro Crossing, 07 892 2870, Plateau Lodge & Motel (BBH) Carroll St, National Park, 07 892 2993, Ski Haus (BBH) Carroll St, McKenzie St, 07 892 2854,

MT RUAPEHU The park’s showcase is Mt Ruapehu, an active volcano towering at 2,796m. Ruapehu Visitors’ Centre 54 Clyde St, 06 385 8427 Whakapapa Visitor Centre SH 48, Whakapapa Village, 07 892 3729

RANGITIKEI The Rangitikei District is a top destination for adventure sports. Amongst stunning scenery, you can navigate grade five whitewater and take the leap of elasticated faith from an 80m bungy. The Stockmans Lodge (BBH) 9 Dixon Way, 06 388 1584, River Valley Dorms 06 388 1444,


A Plus Backpackers (BBH) 41 Iwiheke Pl, Turangi, 07 386 89 79,

Mokai Gravity Canyon Extreme flying fox, bridge swing and bungy jump. 0800 802 864

Club Habitat Backpackers Assoc YHA 25 Ohuanga Rd, 07 386 7492,

River Valley Rafting and horse trekking. 06 388 1444,

Extreme Backpackers (BBH) 26 Ngawaka Place, 07 386 8949, Riverstone Backpackers (BBH) 222 Tautahanga Rd, 07 386 7004,

TONGARIRO Adventure Lodge & Motel (VIP) Carroll Street, National Park, 07 892 2991, Forest Lodge (BBH) Cnr Omaki and Ohorere Rds,

OPOTIKI Opotiki Information Centre Cnr St John and Elliot Sts, 07 315 3031 Central Oasis Backpackers (BBH) 30 King St, 07 315 5165, Opotiki Backpackers Beach House (BBH) 7 Appleton Rd, Waiotahi Beach, 07 315 5117,

EAST CAPE As you head around the Cape the

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towns get tinier and the scenery more dramatic. At Te Araroa, you can thead around to the East Cape Lighthouse.

A1 Backpackers (BBH) 122 Stortford St, 06 873 4285,

Brians Place (BBH) Potae St, Tokomaru Bay, 06 864 5870,

Glenross Lodge (BBH) Route 52, Rakaunui, 06 376 7288,

Eastender Backpacker & Horse Treks (BBH) 836 Rangitukia Rd, Tikitiki, 06 864 3820, Maraehako Bay Retreat (BBH) SH35, Whanarua Bay, 07 325 2648. Mel’s Place (BBH) Onepoto Beach Rd, Hicks Bay, 06 864 4694,

GISBORNE Flying Nun Backpackers (BBH) 147 Roebuck Rd, 06 868 0461, YHA Gisborne 32 Harris St, 06 867 3269,

WAIROA Wairoa Visitor Information Centre Queen St, 06 838 7440 Haere Mai Cottage (BBH) 49 Mitchell Rd, 06 838 6817 DOC office for hut bookings Lake Waikaremoana, 06 837 3900

NAPIER Napier is a beautiful, surprising city. Its “pleasing to the eye” status is actually the result of an enormous earthquake which meant the entire town had to be rebuilt. Visitor Info Centre 100 Marine Parade, 06 834 1911 Depart of Conservation Office Marine Parade, 06 834 3111

NAPIER STAY Aqua Lodge (BBH) 53 Nelson Cres, 06 835 4523, Criterion Art Deco Backpackers (VIP, Roamfree) 48 Emerson St, 06 835 2059, Napier Prison Backpackers (BBH) 55 Coote Rd, 06 835 9933, Waterfront Lodge & Backpackers (BBH) 217 Marine Pd, 06 835 3429, YHA Napier 277 Marine Parade, 06 835 7039,

HASTINGS Hastings is 20km south of Napier and most notable for its fertile plains, which have given birth to a multitude of beautiful parks, gardens and farms.

Lochlea Farmstay (BBH) 344 Lake Rd, Wanstead, 06 8554 816 The Rotten Apple Backpackers (BBH) 114 Heretaunga St, 06 878 4363, Travellers Lodge Hastings (BBH) 608 St Aubyn St, West Hastings, 06 878 7108,

TARANAKI Best known for its snow-capped mountain, Mt Taranaki. Peaceful and impressive, Taranaki has skifields, excellent surf beaches, great walking and climbing.

MOKAU Palm House Backpackers (BBH) 06835 7039,

NEW PLYMOUTH Taranaki’s major town is New Plymouth. One of NZ’s finest art galleries is here (the GovettBrewster Art Gallery). It hosts a great café. Department of Conservation 220 Devon St West, 06 758 0433 New Plymouth Info Centre Puke Ariki Complex, St Aubyn Street, 06 759 6080,

PLYMOUTH STAY Eco Inn (BBH) 671 Kent Rd, between Egmont Village and New Plymouth on SH3. 06 752 2765 Egmont Lodge (BBH, YHA) 12 Clawton St, 06 753 5720, Seaspray House (BBH) 13 Weymouth St, 06 759 8934, Shoestring Backpackers (BBH) 48 Lemon St, 06 758 0404 Sunflower Lodge (BBH) 33 Timandra St, 06 758, 2842 The Missing Leg (BBH) 1082 Junction Rd, Egmont Village, 06 752 2570,

PLYMOUTH DO Taranaki Surf Charters 20 Beach Road, 025 592 306,

MT TARANAKI The Camphouse (BBH) 6 Egmont Rd, 02 74 538 975, Taranaki Accommodation Lodge (BBH) 7 Romeo St, Stratford, 06 765 5444,

TARANAKI DO Climbing Mount Taranaki It is possible to climb it and return to civilisation in one day, however the weather is notoriously volatile and you must always notify the DOC. North Egmont Visitors Centre, 06 758 3222.

STRATFORD Stratford Information Centre Broadway Stratford (State Hwy 3), 06 765 6708, Department of Conservation Pembroke Rd, 06 765 5144

SOUTH TARANAKI Information South Taranaki 55 High St, Hawera, 0800 111 323, Wheatly Downs Farmstay Backpackers (BBH) 484 Ararata Rd, Hawera, 06 278 6523,

WHANGANUI Braemar House (YHA) 2 Plymouth St, 06 348 2301, Tamara Backpackers Lodge (BBH) 24 Somme Pde, 06 347 6300, Whanganui National Park The major attraction is the Whanganui River, snaking through picturesque scenery. Explore with a kayak or riverboat tour. Wanganui Information Centre 101 Guyton St, 06 349 0508, Department of Conservation Office Cnr Ingestre and St Hill Sts, 06 345 2402

PALMERSTON NTH Palmerston North Visitor Centre The Square, 0800 626 292, Department of Conservation Office 717 Tremaine Ave, 06 350 9700

Grandma’s Place (BBH) 146 Grey St, 06 358 6928,

the Botanic Gardens, 04 472 2199 Cosmic Corner Funk Store The funkiest store in the universe. Check out the legal highs and chat to the staff, who will happily point you in the right direction for parties, events and scenic spots. 215 Cuba St, 04 801 6970,

Peppertree Hostel (BBH) 121 Grey St, 06 355 4054.

WELLINGTON The nation’s capital is to many people, New Zealand’s most interesting city. Wellington Visitor Info Centre Corner of Victoria & Wakefield Sts, 04 802 4860, DOC Information Centre Lambton Quay, 04 472 7356 Ferry to the South Island Boats to Picton on the South Island. Ferries can be booked up well in advance in holiday periods. 0800 802 802, Ferry Tickets Online 186 Victoria St, 0800 500 660,


Karori Wildlife Sanctuary Many of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects are living freely in this awardwinning conservation safe haven. Look for kiwis on a guided tour by torchlight. Times vary and bookings are essential. Waiapu Rd, Karori. 04 920 9213, Mount Victoria The views are breathtaking. It’s damn windy so make sure you’re wearing heavy shoes. Walk, drive or bus it. Museum of Wellington City & Sea Queens Wharf, 04 472 8904

Base Wellington 21-23 Cambridge Tce. 04 801 5666

Parliament House Free tours. Visit the Beehive, a uniquely designed centre of government with a distinct style of architecture, 04 471 9503

Cambridge Hotel (BBH) 28 Cambridge Tce. 04 385 8829 Downtown Wellington Backpackers (BBH) 1 Bunny St. 04 473 8482

Te Papa – The National Museum Experience the earthquake simulation room, find out what the early settlers went through and visit Te Marae, Te Papa’s living modern marae. Free entry, Cable St, 04 381 7000,

Lodge in the City (VIP) 152 Taranaki St. 04 385 8560 Maple Lodge (BBH) 52 Ellice St. 04 385 3771 Nomads Capital 118 Wakefield St. 0508 666 237,

Wellington Zoo Located in Newtown and home to a wide variety of weird and wonderful animal and bird life, 04 381 6750

Rosemere Backpackers (BBH) 6 McDonald Cres. 04 384 3041,

Harbour cruises The harbour is a handsome thing and the best way to fully appreciate its beauty is by boat.

Rowena’s Backpackers (VIP) 115 Brougham St. 0800 80 1414

Wellington Rover Tours Small group day tours exploring Wellington, its stunning rugged coastline and the Lord of the Rings locations. 0800 426 211,

Wellywood Backpackers 58 Tory St. 0508 00 58 58 Worldwide Backpackers (BBH) 291 The Terrace. 04 802 5590, YHA Wellington City 292 Wakefield St. 04 801 7280

WELLY DO Cable car Walk down Lambton Quay and you will see a sign for the cable car which departs every 10 minutes past Kelburn Park to

Beaches Wellington’s waterfront has cafés, restaurants and parks. Oriental Bay is good for a dip, but the water is cold and not always clean. It’s also good for a walk along the foreshore. If you are desperate for a swim, Scorching Bay is good or head up the coast towards Otaki where the best beaches in the region are found.



SOUTHISLAND ABEL TASMAN The Abel Tasman National Park has great tramping with 56,000 acres to explore. The Coastal Track is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand, especially in summer when you can cool down at the stunning beaches. Nelson, Motueka and Marahau are all good bases for visiting the park. Sea kayaking is excellent here too.

ABEL DO Wilsons Abel Tasman Sea kayaking, water taxis and lodge accommodation. 0800 223 582, Abel Tasman Kayaks Ltd 0800 732 529

NELSON Nelson is seen as the “sunshine capital” of NZ. Home to a string of attractive beaches, Nelson is only a short drive away from the famous Abel Tasman National Park. The town boasts great cafés and a strong artistic subculture. Nelson’s great climate is conducive to fruit growing and travellers can find plenty of work in the area. Nelson Visitor Centre Cnr Trafalgar & Halifax St, 03 548 2304, Airport Shuttle 03 547 5782 Nelson City Taxis 03 548 8225

NELSON STAY Abode of the Buddha 181 Nile St East. 03 546 6890, Accents on the Park (BBH/VIP) 335 Trafalgar Square. 03 548 4335, Almond House (BBH) 63 Grove St. 03 545 6455, Alpine Lodge St Arnaud. 03 521 1869, Beach Hostel (BBH) 25 Muritai St. 03 548 6817, The Bug (BBH) 226 Vanguard St. 03 539 4227 The Customhouse (BBH) 252 Haven Rd. 03 545 8365, Footprints by the Sea (BBH) 31 Beach Rd, Tahuna Beach. 03 546 5441, The Green Monkey (BBH) 129 Milton St. 03 545 7421, Honey Suckle House (BBH) 125 Tasman St. 03 548 7576


Hu Ha Bikerpackers (BBH) State Highway 6, Glenhope. 03 548 2707, The Palace Backpackers (BBH) 114 Rutherford St. 03 548 4691, Paradiso (BBH) 42 Weka St. 0800 269 667, Rylands’ Retreat 163 Trafalgar St. 03 548 4691, The Palace Backpackers (BBH) 114 Rutherford St. 03 548 9001,

BOOK NOW! MOTUEKA STAY Bakers Lodge (YHA) 4 Poole St. 03 528 0102, The Barn (BBH) Harvey Road, Marahau. 03 527 8043 Eden’s Edge Backpackers (BBH) 137 Lodder Lane, Riwaka. 03 528 4242, Lagoon Lodge (BBH) 500 High St. 03 528 8652,

Shortbread Cottage (BBH) 33 Trafalgar St. 03 546 6681

Hat Trick Lodge (BBH) 25 Wallace St. 03 528 5353,

Tasman Bay Backpacker Hostel (BBH) 10 Weka St. 03 548 7950,

The Laughing Kiwi (BBH) 310 High St. 03 528 9229,

Trampers Rest (BBH) 31 Alton St. 03 545 7477 Welcome House (BBH) 108 Parkers Road, Tahunahui. 03 548 5462 YHA Nelson Central 59 Rutherford St. 03 545 9988,

NELSON DO Abel Tasman Kayaks 0800 527 8022, Happy Valley 4x4 Motorbike Adventures Tours around spectacular private farm on chunky fourwheel motorbikes. 03 545 0304, Kaiteriteri kayaks Free transport from Nelson. 03 527 8383, Skydive Abel Tasman Tandem jumps from 13,000ft over Abel Tasman. 0800 422 899,

NELSON LAKES Located 118km south-west of Nelson, the park comprises Lake Rotoroa and Lake Rotoiti, and is surrounded by forests and mountains. Apart from tramping and skiing at Rainbow Valley and Mt Robert in winter, the lakes offer fishing and other water activities.

MOTUEKA This is an alternative hang-out for creative types and those seeking to veer off life’s fast lane. Most people use Motueka as a base to launch an assault on Abel Tasman National Park, but if you take the time to look around your efforts will be well rewarded. Try Marahau Beach and Cobb Valley. Motueka i-SITE Visitors Centre 20 Wallace St, 03 528 6543,


Old Macdonald’s Farm Holiday Park 03 527 8288, The White Elephant (BBH) 55 Whakarewa St. 03 528 6208, Vineyard Tourist Units & Cabins 28 High St. 03 528 8550

MOTUEKA DO Wilsons Abel Tasman 265 High St, 0800 223 582, Southern Exposure Abel Tasman Sea Kayaking & Water Taxis 0800 695 292,

follow us on The Nook (BBH) Abel Tasman Dr. 03 525 8501,

The Jugglers Rest (BBH) 8 Canterbury St. 03 573 5570,

River Inn (BBH) Golden Bay. 03 525 9425

Picton Lodge (VIP) 9 Auckland St. 03 573 7788,

Shambhala (BBH) Hwy 60, Onekaka. 03 525 8463,

KAHURANGI NP The second-largest national park in NZ, Kahurangi includes the Heaphy Track. There are more than 100 bird species and an impressive cave system to be seen here. For info see the Nelson DOC office.

COLLINGWOOD North-west of Takaka is the tiny community of Collingwood (the people aren’t particularly small, their numbers are), a good base for expeditions to Farewell Spit. The Innlet (BBH) Main Rd, Pakawau. 03 524 8040, Somerset House (BBH) Gibbs Rd. 03 524 8624,

FAREWELL SPIT Arching east from the top of Golden Bay, this is a sand bar of epic proportions, home to some of the largest sanddunes in the world and some amazing birdlife. Golden Bay Visitor Centre 03 525 9136



Known as the “Heart of the Parks”, the much underrated Golden Bay region is a place of considerable natural beauty. If you venture slightly out of Takaka you will see the Te Waikoropupu (Pupu Springs), one of the largest freshwater springs in the world.

The Marlborough Sounds are a beautiful labyrinth of islands and bays, serving as an impressive gateway to the South Island. Hire a kayak to paddle the coves in style, or go swimming with the dolphins.

Information Centre Willow St, 03 525 9136 Dept of Conservation Office 62 Commercial St, 03 525 8026

TAKAKA STAY Annie’s Nirvana Lodge (BBH, YHA) 25 Motupipi St. 03 525 8766, Aquapackers (BBH) Anchorage Bay, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park. 0800 430 744, Golden Bay Barefoot Backpackers (BBH) 114 Commercial St. 03 525 7005,


Anakiwa Backpackers (BBH) 410 Anakiwa Rd. 03 574 1388, Hopewell (BBH) Kenepuru Rd. 03 573 4341, The Partage Resort Hotel Kenepuru Sound. 03 573 4309,

PICTON This pretty town is the opening to the South Island, where the North Island ferry comes in, a centre for the many activities in Queen Charlotte Sound. Airport shuttle bus 03 573 7125


Kiwiana (BBH) 73 Motuipipi St. 03 525 7676

Atlantis Backpackers (BBH) London Quay. 03 573 7390,

Kanuka Ridge (BBH) 21 Moss Rd, Marahau, Abel Tasman National Park. 03 527 8435,

Bayview Backpackers (BBH) 318 Waikawa Rd. 03 573 7668,

Sequoia Lodge (BBH, VIP) 3 Nelson Sq. 03 573 8399, Picton Lodge (VIP) 9 Auckland St. 03 573 7788, The Villa (BBH) 34 Auckland St. 03 573 6598, Tombstone Backpackers (BBH) 16 Gravesend Place. 03 573 7116, Wedgwood House (YHA) 10 Dublin St. 03 573 7797,

PICTON DO Dolphin Watch Encounters Picton Foreshore, 03 573 8040, Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company 03 573 6078 Southern Wilderness NZ Guided walk, wine trek and sea kayaking specialists. 0800 666 044, Waka Whenua Tours Wine tours. Sightseeing/ historical/ cultural tours also available. 03 573 7877

QUEEN CHARLOTTE On the road-free outer Queen Charlotte Sound, everyone and everything travels by boat. The Queen Charlotte Track covers 71km and passes through magnificent forest, at times allowing spectacular views over the Marlborough Sounds. The whole track can be walked in four days, though you can also ride it by mountain bike. Endeavour Express Water Taxi Day-trips, round-trips and luggage transfers. 03 573 5456

HAVELOCK Nestled at the head of Pelorus Sound, Havelock is the best place from which to explore the Marlborough Sounds. For trampers and mountain bikers there’s the beautiful Nydia Track. DOC Office Mahakipawa Rd, 03 574 2019 Explore Pelorus Sea Kayaks 03 576 5251

HAVELOCK STAY Bluemoon Lodge (BBH) 48 Main Rd. 03 574 2212,

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Nikau Cottages 48 Main Rd. 03 443 9010 Rutherford YHA Hostel 46 Main Road. 03 574 2104,

Top Spot Backpackers (BBH) 22 Deal St. 03 319 5540 YHA Kaikoura, Maui 270 Esplanade. 03 319 5931,

PELORUS SOUND The largest waterway within the Marlborough Sounds, it can be accessed from Havelock, Linkwater or Rai Valley.

BLENHEIM The largest town in Marlborough, and considered (ahem, also) the“sunshine capital of New Zealand”. Whitewater rafting on the Buller and Gowan Rivers is great fun. Blenheim I-Site 8 Sinclair Street Railway Station 03 577 8080 Honi-B-Backpackers (BBH) 18 Parker St. 03 577 8441, Koanui Backpackers (BBH) 33 Main St. 03 578 7487, Leeways Backpackers (BBH) 33 Lansdowne St. 03 579 2213, Peacehaven Backpackers (BBH) 29 Budge St. 03 577 9750, Stoney Acre 9 Marldene Avenue, Seddon. 03 578 6303,

KAIKOURA Kaikoura is famous for its large sperm whale population and picturesque mountain range. You can also snorkel with dolphins or swim with the inquisitive NZ fur seals (Sept-May). Kaikoura Visitor Info Centre, West End, 03 319 5641


KAIKOURA DO Kaikoura is famous for its large sperm whale population and picturesque mountain r Albatross Encounter Enjoy the sight of the magnificent albatross so close to the boat you can almost touch them. 96 Esplanade, 0800 733 365 Dolphin Encounter Swim with the acrobatic dusky dolphins or if you prefer, join the tour to view them from the boat. 96 Esplanade, 0800 733 365, Fyffe House 62 Avoca St, Kaikoura’s oldest building, 03 319 5835. Kaikoura Kayaks Paddle with the playful fur seals, dusky dolphins and marine life of Kaikoura. Seal kayaking, kayak school, hire, retail and kayak fishing. 19 Killarney St, 0800 452 456, Seal Swim Kaikoura Swim with wild NZ Fur Seals. 58 West End, 0800 732 579,

CHRISTCHURCH Christchurch is the South Island’s major city and a lively, pretty base with a distinctly English feel to it. Throw in Mount Cook and Mount Hutt with their skifields (early June to late October) and the Canterbury area is well worth spending some time discovering.

Albatross Backpacker Inn (BBH) 1 Torquay St. 03 319 6090,

Christchurch & Canterbury i-Site Visitor Centre Rolleston Avenue (Next to the Canterbury Museum) Christchurch 8011 03 379 9629

Bad Jelly Backpackers (BBH) 11 Churchill St. 03 319 5538,

Department of Conservation 4/195 Hereford Street (03) 371 3700

Adelphi Lodge (BBH, VIP) 26 West End. 0800 423 574,

Dolphin Lodge (BBH) 15 Deal St. 03 319 5842, Dusky Lodge (BBH) 67 Beach Rd. 03 319 5959 The Lazy Shag (BBH) 37 Beach St. 03 319 6662 Lyell Creek Lodge (BBH) 193 Beach Rd. 03 319 6277, Sunrise Lodge (BBH) 74 Beach Rd. 03 319 7444

C’CHURCH STAY Around the World Backpackers 314 Barbadoes Street. 03 365 4363 At The Right Place 85 Bealey Street. 03 366 1633 Avon City Backpackers Worcester Street. 03 389 6876, Canterbury House (BBH) 257 Bealey Ave. 03 377 8108,

Chester Street Backpackers (BBH) 148 Chester St East. 03 377 1897, Foley Towers (BBH) 208 Kilmore St. 03 366 9720,

Lyttelton is a quaint township with a beautiful scenic harbour and historic buildings. The harbour is a great place for boating, while the surrounding hills are good for mountain biking and walking.

Haka Lodge 518 Linwood Ave. 03 980 4252

Lyttelton Information Centre 20 Oxford St, 03 328 9093

Jailhouse Accommodation (BBH) 338 Lincoln Rd. 0800 524 546

Department of Conservation Cnr Amuri Rd & Jacks Pass Rd, 03 315 7128


The Hanmer Connection Christchurch to Hanmer Springs buses. 0800 242 663

HANMER STAY Hanmer Backpackers (BBH) 41 Conical Hill Rd. 03 315 7196,


Kiwi Basecamp (BBH) 69 Bealey Ave. 03 366 6770

Swim with dolphins, horse-ride and paraglide. If your tastes are a little more sedate, the foreshore is lined with cafes, galleries and boutiques.

Kiwi House 373 Gloucester St. 03 381 6645

Akaroa Information Centre 80 Rue Lavaud, 03 304 8600

Marine Backpackers 26 Nayland St. 03 326 6609

Akaroa Shuttle Christchurch to Akaroa buses. 0800 500 929

Point Break Backpackers (BBH) 99 Seaview Road. 03 388 2050

Akaroa French Connection Tours and shuttle bus, 0800 800 575

The Old Countryhouse (BBH) 437 Gloucester St. 03 381 5504 Tranquil Lodge (BBH) 440 Manchester St. 03 366 6500 Rucksacker Backpacker Hostel (BBH) 70 Bealey Ave. 03 377 7931 Vagabond Backpackers (BBH) 232 Worcester St. 03 379 9677 vagabondbackpackers

C’CHURCH DO Black Cat Cruises Wildlife Cruises on Lyttelton Harbour. Free shuttle bus from Christchurch, 03 328 9078. Skydiving and training courses, 0800 697 593 Up Up and Away Hot air ballooning, 03 381 4600,

SUMNER This surf beach is also a great place to chill for a while. If you’re feeling adventurous, mountain biking, paragliding and surfing are just some of the activities you can try. The Marine Backpackers (BBH) 26 Nayland St. 03 326 6609,

Kakapo Lodge (YHA) 14 Amuri Avenue. 03 315 7472, Le Gite Backpackers (BBH) 3 Devon St. 03 315 5111, Waipara Sleepers (BBH) 12 Glenmark Dr, Waipara. 03 314 6003,

CASTLE HILL Gateway to the Craigieburn Range.


Chill Adventures Multi-mountain snow passes.

Bon Accord Backpackers (BBH) 57 Rue Lavaud. 03 304 7782,

Springfield Hotel State Highway 73, Springfield. 03 318 4812,

Chez La Mer (BBH) 50 Rue Lavaud. 03 304 7024,


Double Dutch (BBH) 32 Chorlton Road, Okains Bay. 03 304 7229,

This township is the HQ for the magnificent national park which offers tramping expeditions to skiing.

Halfmoon Cottage (BBH) SH25 Barrys Bay. 03 304 5050,

National Park Visitor Centre 03 318 9211 Rata Lodge Backpackers (BBH) State Highway 73, Otira Arthur’s Pass National Park. 03 738 2822

Onuku Farm Hostel (BBH) 03 304 7066,

Smylies Accommodation (YHA) 03 318 9258,

AKAROA DO Akaroa Museum 71 Rue Lavard, 03 304 1013

METHVEN Methven is a small, friendly town popular with fishermen, hunters and backpackers. The area provides a variety of adrenalin thrills, including hot air ballooning, bungy jumping and skydiving. Mt Hutt also has the longest ski run in Australasia.

Black Cat Cruises Offer a number of cruises in Akaroa. See Akaroa Harbour or swim with dolphins. 03 328 9078. Dolphin Experience Swim with dolphins in Akaroa Harbour. 61 Beach Rd, 0508 365 744,

Methven i-SITE Visitor Centre 121 Main St, Methven, 03 302 8955,

LEWIS PASS About 200km north of Christchurch, the Lewis Pass connects the west and east coasts on the SH7, with stunning surrounding scenery.



Banks Peninsula is a beautiful region with a stunning coastline chock full of mountains and wildlife. The two harbours of Akaroa and Lyttelton are craters of a once majestic volcano.

Hanmer Springs boasts the Hanmer Springs Thermal Reserve, where the water can reach 40°C (03 315 7511, Mt Lyford offers good winter skiing and is a cheaper option to the South Island resorts.

NZ Info on Coronet Peak, the Remarkables and Mt Hutt.

METHVEN STAY Big Tree Lodge (BBH) 25 South Belt. 03 302 9575, Backpacker Heaven (YHA) Cnr Bank & McMillan Sts. 03 302 8999,



SOUTHISLAND Kowhai House (BBH) 17 McMillan St. 03 302 8887,

Lake Tekapo Backpackers (VIP) SH8. 03 680 6808, stay@laketekapo.bix

Mt Hutt Bunkhouse (BBH) 8 Lampard St. 03 302 8894,

YHA Lake Tekapo 3 Simpson Lane. 03 680 6857,

Pinedale Backpacker Lodge (BBH) 11 Alford St. 0800 638 483, Redwood Lodge (BBH) 3 Wayne Place. 03 302 8964, Skiwi House (BBH) 30 Chapman St. 03 302 8772, Snow Denn Lodge (YHA, VIP) Cnr Bank & McMillan Sts. 03 302 8999,

TIMARU Despite being industrial, it’s picturesque with views of the Southern Alps, plains and sea. 1873 Wanderer Backpackers (BBH) 24 Evans St. 03 688 8795 Old Bank Backpackers 232 Stafford St. 03 684 4392 Timaru Backpackers 44 Evans St. 03 684 5067 Toru Toru Wha Backpackers 334 Stafford St. 03 684 4729

GERALDINE As well as a wonderful old movie theatre and whitewater rafting on the Rangitata River, visiting the mighty Emily Falls is recommended. Geraldine Information Centre Talbot Street, 03 693 1006 4x4 New Zealand Wilderness adventures and The Lord of the Rings tours, 03 693 7254, Rangitata Rafts Peel Forest, 0800 251 251 Rawhiti Backpackers (BBH) 27 Hewlings St. 03 693 8252

FAIRLIE Mt Dobson Ski Area, 03 685 8039,

MT COOK Mount Cook National Park is part of a World Heritage area that forms one of the most amazing sights anywhere in New Zealand. The showcase is the majestic Mt Cook (Aoraki). NZ’s greatest climber Sir Edmund Hillary used it as a practice ground before conquering Mt Everest, but Mt Cook has claimed the lives of more than 160 people. Discuss climbing plans with park rangers before you go. Department of Conservation Visitor Information Centre Aoraki/Mt Cook Alpine Village, 03 435 1819 The Cook Connection Day trips to Mt Cook from Tekapo. Ph: 021 583 211,

MT COOK STAY Mountain Chalets (VIP) Wairepo Rd, Twizel. 03 435 0785, YHA Mt Cook Cnr Bowen and Kitchener Drives. 03 435 1820,

WEST COAST Rugged is the word often used when it comes to the South Island’s west coast. It’s quite an amazing place, sparsely inhabited, untouched in many areas and studded with geographical wonders. Don’t miss the two mighty glaciers, Fox and Franz Josef, or the Pancake Rocks.

KARAMEA Karamea contains pleasant walks, interesting caves and the Oparara River, a great trout fishing spot. Walk along the wonderful Fernian Track or, try the more challenging hike up Mt Stormy. Karamea Information Centre Bridge St, 03 782 6652 Rongo (BBH) 03 782 6667,

Tallyho Lodge & Backpackers 7 School Rd. 03 685 8723




A stunning turquoise-coloured lake, 100km west of Timaru. The tiny Church of the Good Shepherd, built in 1935, frames the view beautifully. Activities include walking, watersports, fishing and skiing.

With crazy terrain skewed by mining and earthquakes, one of the major attractions of Murchison is its proximity to Buller Gorge, a wonderfully scenic cluster of cliffs and trees. Activities include rafting on the Gowan River and mountain biking on the Matakitaki.

Tailor-Made-Tekapo Backpackers (BBH) 9-11 Aorangi Cres. 03 680 6700, rtailor-made-backpackers

Buller Gorge Swingbridge Adventure and Heritage Park 03 523 9809,


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BOOK NOW! The Lazy Cow Accommodation (BBH) 37 Waller St. 03 523 9451,


03 731 1812,


The centrepiece of the town is Victoria Forest Park, the largest forest park in New Zealand.

The west coast’s largest town is dominated by the Grey River. Highlights include the Monteith’s brewery tour, as well as aquatic activities like rafting and canyoning.

Reefton Visitor Centre 67 Broadway, 03 732 8391

Visitor Information Herbert and Mackay Sts, 03 768 5101

Reefton Backpackers 64 Shiel St. 03 732 8133,

TranzAlpine Scenic railway from Christchurch to Greymouth, travelling through Canterbury Plains and the Alps. Departs 9am every morning. 0800 872 467

The Old Nurses Home (BBH) 204 Shiel St. 03 789 8881



Visitor Information Westport 1 Brougham St, 03 789 6658

The west coast’s largest town is dominated by the

Basils Hostel (VIP) 54 Russell St. 03 789 6410,

Duke Backpackers (BBH) 27 Guiness St. 03 768 9470

Beaconstone (BBH) Birds Ferry Road, Charleston. 03 715 5760

Global Village (BBH) 42-54 Cowper St, 03 768 7272,

Berlins Café & Lodgings (BBH) 1205 Lower Buller Gorge, Inangahua Junction. 03 789 0295, Pounamu Backpackers (BBH) Section 406, S H’way 6m Charleston. 03 789 8011, Robyn’s Nest Hostel 42 Romilly St. 03 789 6565, Swaines (BBH) Inangahua Landing Bridge, Highway 69, Inangahua Jnctn. 03 789 0226, TripInn (BBH) 72 Queen St. 03 789 7367 The Old Slaughterhouse (BBH) Highway 67, Hector. 03 782 8333

PAPAROA NP This park is home to the amazing Pancake Rocks at Punakaiki. These are a series of eroded limestone rocks moulded into what appears to be a giant stack of pancakes. Visitor Information Punakaiki 03 731 1895 Barrytown Knife Making 2662 Coast Road, Barrytown, 03 731 1053,

PAPAROA STAY Punakaiki Beach Hostel (BBH) 4 Webb St. 03 731 1852, Te Nikau Retreat (BBH, YHA) 03 731 1111, All Nations Hotel & Backpackers (VIP) SH6, Barrytown.

The Hairy Lemon 128-130 Mawhera Quay, 03 768 4022, Neptunes International Backpackers (BBH) 43 Gresson St, 0800 003 768, Noahs Ark Backpackers (BBH) 16 Chapel St, 03 768 4868, The Ranch 37 MacDougall Ave, 03 762 7801, YHA Greymouth Kainga-ra 15 Alexander St, Ph: (03) 768 4951,

HOKITIKA Greenstone, a form of practically indestructible rock that was used by the Maori to make weapons and ornaments, is the main attraction here. There’s also the Westland Water World for all things wet, the Glowworm Dell and some excellent whitewater rafting. Hokitika Visitor Info Centre Carnegie Building, corner of Hamilton & Tancred Street, 03 755 6166

HOKITIKA STAY Beach House BPs 137 Revell St, 03 755 6859 Birdsong (BBH) 124 SH6, 03 755 7179 Drifting Sands Backpackers (BBH) 197 Revell St, 03 755 7612,

@tnt_downunder Mountain Jade Backpackers (BBH) 41 Weld St, 03 755 8007, Riverview Cabins (BBH) 154 Kaniere Rd, 03 755 7440 Stumpers Accommodation 2 Weld St, 03 755 6154,

HOKITIKA DO Alpine Rafts Freephone: 0800 223 456. The Just Jade Experience Design and create your own treasures with NZ jade/ greenstone. Allow at least 6-10 hours. 197 Revell St, 03 755 7612,

WHATAROA About 35km south of Harihari and one of the South Island’s prime fishing spots. Also the magnificent white heron (Kotuku) colony which thrillseekers can reach by jet boat.

OKARITO The tiny beach settlement of Okarito, near Franz Josef Glacier, sits at the mouth of New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland – the Okarito Lagoon. Hike up to the Okarito Trig for excellent views. Okarito Nature Tours 03 753 4014, Royal Hostel (BBH) The Strand, 03 753 4080, YHA Okarito Palmerston St, Whataroa, 03 753 4347,

FRANZ JOSEF The glacier is about 12km long and offers a wide variety of challenging activities. To get the ultimate perspective on the magnitude of Franz Josef, head for Sentinel Rock, which gives a sweeping view over both the Waiho Valley and the mighty glacier. DOC Visitors Information Centre Westland National Park, Hwy 6, 03 752 0796

FRANZ STAY Black Sheep (VIP) SH 6, 03 752 0007 Chateau Franz (VIP, BBH) 8-10 Cron St, 0800 728 372, Glow Worm Cottages (BBH) 27 Cron St, 0800 151 027, Montrose (BBH) 9 Cron St, 03 752 0188, Rainforest Retreat (VIP) Cron St, 0800 873 346

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YHA Franz Josef 2-4 Cron St, 03 752 0754,

FRANZ DO Alpine Adventure Centre Footage on a helimax screen, 03 752 0793 Franz Josef Glacier Guides Guided walks and heli-hikes on the Franz Josef Glacier 0800 484 337, Glacier Country Kayaks Explore the glaciers from the water 03 752 0230, Skydive Franz At 18,000ft, they currently offer NZ’s highest skydive. 0800 458 677, The Guiding Company 0800 800 102,

FOX GLACIER Similiar activities to Franz Josef only with fewer crowds. The best walk is up to the Welcome Flat Hot Springs. For stunning views, head up the wonderfully scenic Chalet Lookout Walk. Look out for the beautiful kea (grey-green mountain parrot). Nearby is Lake Matheson, with its stunning twin mountain reflection. DOC Visitor Centre State Hwy 6, 03 751 0807

FOX STAY Fox Glacier Inn 03 751 0088 Ivory Towers (BBH) 03 751 0838,

FOX DO Fox Glacier Guiding Guided walks and heli-hikes on the FoxGlacier. 0800 111 600, Glacier Country Kayaks 20 Cron St, 0800 423 262, Skydive NZ: Fox Glacier 0800 751 0080,

HAAST PASS Running through Mt Aspiring National Park, this stretch of road is among the most scenic that you’ll come across in New Zealand, showing off pristine lakes, magnificent forests and waterfalls. DOC Centre Cnr SH 6 and Jackson Bay Rd, 03 750 0809 Haast Highway Accommodation Marks Rd, 03 750 0703

Wilderness Backpackers (BBH) Marks Rd, 03 750 029,

SOUTHLAND The top of your chest will quickly get sore as the South Island’s jaw-dropping scenery becomes more prevalent. From the adrenalin thrills of Queenstown to the achingly beautiful Milford Sound, there’s never a dull moment down south. Stop frequently, take deep breaths and enjoy one of the most beautiful places on Earth. Mt Aspiring National Park Visitor Info Centre Cnr Ballantyne Rd &  Ardmore St, 03 443 8372

LAKE WANAKA The cosy town and its crystal-clear waters which reflect the dramatic landscape is the gateway to Mount Aspiring Park. The World Heritage area has magnificent tramping and mountaineering. Lake Wanaka boasts almost as many adrenalintastic activities as neighbouring Queenstown, such as mountain biking, jet-boating, canyoning, and whitewater sledging. It’s a favourite with snowboarders in winter, and has lively nightlife year-round. Boasting the most sceneray from those films with wizards and hairyfooted hobbits, there are great Lord of the Rings tours, too.

Classic Flights Vintage Tiger Moth flights over Lake Wanaka. 03 443 4043, Deep Canyon Canyoning in the Matukituki Valley. Adventure Wanaka, 23 Dunmore St, Wanaka. 03 443 7922, Frogz Have More Fun Sledge down either the Clutha, Hawea or Kawarau Rivers. 0800 437 649, The Silver Demon Aerobatic flights. 03 443 4043, Skydive Lake Wanaka Freefall from 12,000 or 15,000ft with views of NZ’s highest mountains. 0800 786 877, Treble Cone Ski Field 03 443 7443, Wanaka Rock Climbing One, three and five-day rock climbing courses for everyone. 03 443 6411, Wanaka Flightseeing Milford Sound flight and cruise from Wanaka, 03 443-8787, f

Wanaka Sightseeing Includes Lord of the Rings tours, 2 Anderson Rd, 03 338 0982,

LAKE HAWEA Thirty-five kilometres long and more than 400m deep, Lake Hawea is a great source of salmon and rainbow trout.

QUEENSTOWN Paradise for the energetic traveller, Queenstown is one of the world’s most action-packed towns. The town, which is surprisingly small compared to its big reputation, is located on Lake Wakatipu and rises up to the peaks of the aptly-named Remarkables (which you can ski in winter). In winter, the town is a centre for nearby skifields and in summer adventure activities and tramping take over. There’s also a hectic social scene which extends well into the wee small hours.

Q’TOWN STAY Alpine Lodge (BBH) 13 Gorge Rd. 03 442 7220, Aspen Lodge (BBH) 11 Gorge Rd. 03 442 9671, Base Discovery Lodge Queenstown 49 Shotover St. 03 441 1185, Black Sheep Lodge (BBH/VIP) 13 Frankton Rd. 03 442 7289, Bungi Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 15 Sydney St. 0800 728 286, Butterfli Lodge (BBH) 62 Thompson St. 03 442 6367,

Info & Track Walking Centre 37 Shotover St, 03 442 9708

Cardrona Alpine Resort Between Queenstown and Wanaka. 03 443 7341, Deco Backpackers (VIP, BBH) 52 Man St. 03 442 7384,

Peterpans Adventure Travel 27 Shotover St Queenstown.

Flaming Kiwi Backpackers (BBH) 39 Robins Rd. 03 442 5494,

Queenstown Travel & Visitor Centre Corner of Shotover & Camp Sts, 03 442 4100

Hippo Lodge (BBH) 4 Anderson Hts. 03 442 5785,

Lake Wanaka Visitors Centre The Log Cabin, Lakefront, 100 Ardmore Street. 03 4431 1233

WANAKA STAY Albert Town Lodge (BBH) Cnr SH6 and Kingston St, Albert Town, 03 443 9487, Holly’s Backpackers (BBH) 71 Upton St, 03 443 8187, Mountain View Backpackers (BBH) 7 Russell St, 0800 112 201, The Purple Cow (BBH) 94 Brownston St, 03 443 1880, Wanaka Bakpaka (BBH) 117 Lakeside Rd, 03 443 7837, YHA Wanaka 181 Upton St, 03 443 7405,

WANAKA DO Adventure Consultants Mountaineering instruction courses and guided ascents, 03 443 8711, Aspiring Guides Guided mountain climbing and ice climbing instruction courses, 03 443 9422,



SOUTHISLAND Nomads Queenstown 5-11 Church St. 03 441 3922,

Flight Park Tandem Paragliding Operates from Coronet Peak 0800 467 325,

Pinewood Lodge (VIP) Queenstown’s best value accommodation. We offer an excellent variety of accommodation, everything from deluxe en-suite rooms with private bathroom amenities, inexpensive double and twin rooms, dorm beds and self-contained family cabins. 48 Hamilton Rd. 0800 746 396, 03 442 8273,

Haka Adventure Snow Tours 03 980 4250,

Resort Lodge (BBH) 6 Henry St. 03 442 4970, Scallywags Traveller’s Guesthouse (BBH) 27 Lomond Crescent. 03 442 7083 Southern Laughter (BBH, VIP) 4 Isle St. 0800 728 448, The Last Resort (BBH) 6 Memorial St. 03 442 4320, Thomas’s Hotel & BPs (VIP) 50 Beach St. 03 442 7180 YHA Queenstown Central 48A Shotover Street. 03 442 7400, YHA Queenstown Lakefront 88-90 Lake Esplanade. 03 442 8413,

Q’TOWN DO There are hundreds of activities to keep you occupied in Queenstown. Bungy, jetboating and rafting are all experiences not to be missed, and in winter, skiing the Remarkables is a must. To really appreciate the beauty of the region, take a scenic flight, or even jump out the plane. AJ Hackett Bungy Queenstown Jump off one or all of New Zealand’s most well-known sites. Nevis Highwire Bungy, the highest in New Zealand – 134m above the Nevis River. The Kawarau Bridge, the world’s first bungy – 43m above the Kawarau River. The 47m Ledge, 400m above the town which you can jump day or night. Access is by Skyline Gondola. 0800 286 4958 Awesome Foursome Bungy (Nevis – 134m), jetboat, helicopter, whitewater rafting, 03 442 7318 Dart River Safaris Jetboating wilderness tours, 0800 327 8538, Fat Tyre Adventure Mountain biking/heli biking, 0800 328 897, Fergburger Best burgers in NZ. Shotover St, 03 441 1232


Mad Dog River Boarding River sledging & other actionpacked water activities, 03 442 7797, Milford Sound Flightseeing Scenic flights to Milford Sound, 0800 65 65 01, Nevis Snowmobile Safaris Helicopter ride & snowmobile adventure, 03 442 4250, NZONE Skydive Skydive from 15,000ft. 35 Shotover St, 03 442 5867,

BOOK NOW! ARROWTOWN Poplar Lodge (BBH) 4 Merioneth St, 03 442 1466, Riverdown Guesthouse (BBH) 7 Bedford St, 03 409 8499

TE ANAU Home to the second largest lake in NZ, Te Anau is a beautiful little town, a good jumping off point for the World Heritage Fiordland National Park. The park is the largest in New Zealand and offers some spectacular sightseeing. The Milford Track is one of the most famous in the world, but often booked out. The Routeburn, ReesDart and Kepler are ace alternatives. Fiordland I-site Visitor Centre Lakefront Drive, Te Anau, 03 249 8900

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TE ANAU DO Adventure Fiordland 72 Town Centre, 03 249 8500 Fiordland Ecology Holidays 3-10 day cruises, all Southern Fiords. Mammal watching permit, 0800 249 660, High Ride Adventures Quad riding and scenic horse trekking. 03 249 8591, Luxmore Jet Jetboating on the Waiau River, 0800 253 826, Real Journeys Doubtful Sound daytime wilderness, small boat and overnight cruises. Milford Sound daytime, overnight scenic, nature and small boat cruises. 0800 656 501, Milford Track Day Walk Lake cruise and guided walk, 0800 656 501

@tnt_downunder Milford Sound Cruise & Observatory Visit 0800 656 501 Milford Wanderer Cruises Day and overnight options with kayaking, etc. Coach connections, 0800 656 501, Tawaki Dive See Fiordland’s unique marine life on a day-trip with two guided dives in Milford Sound. Rental gear available, max four divers. 0800 829254, TSS Earnslaw & Walter Peak Farm tours, barbecue lunches, horse treks and cycling. Wanaka Flightseeing Milford Sound flight and cruise, 0800 105 105, 


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Department of Conservation 03 249 8514 Te Anau Glowworm Caves

Rosco’s Milford Sound Sea Kayaks 0800 476 726, roscosmilfordkayaks

Queenstown Rafting Raft the Shotiver, Kawarau and Landsborough rivers. 35 Shotover St. 03 442 9792

Air Fiordland Flights to Queenstown, Milford and Mt Cook, 03 249 7505

Skydive Fiordland Dive 44 Caswell Rd, Te Anau, 0800 829254,

Manapouri is the proud owner of arguably New Zealand’s most beautiful stretch of water. This is where the boat trip on Doubtful Sound leaves from – most start the trip in Queenstown or Te Anau. From the boat you may see seals and possibly dolphins and penguins.

Real Journeys Coaches to Milford Sound, 0800 656 503

Tracknet 03 249 7737,

Adventure Charters and Hires 03 249 6626

Real Journeys Visitor Centre Doubtful Sound & Milford Sound daytime and overnight cruises. Te Anau glow-worm cave excursions. TSS Earnslaw vintage steamship cruises and Walter Peak High Country Farm. 0800 65 65 01, Shotover Canyon Swing Jump or be released 109m off the world’s highest cliff jump. 0800 279 464, Shotover Jet Jetboat ride. 0800 746 868 Sky Trek Hang Gliding 03 442 9551, Vertigo Mountain Biking Heli-bike and gondola downhill. 0800 837 8446,

GLENORCHY Just out of Queenstown is Glenorchy (or “Isengard”) which has some of the best walks in the area, including the Greenstone and Caples tracks. Department of Conservation Beech St, 03 442 7933 Glenorchy Backpackers Retreat (VIP) Cnr Mull and Argyle Streets, Glenorchy, Ph: (03) 442 9902 Kinloch Lodge (BBH) 862 Kinloch Rd, 03 442 4900,


Scenic Shuttle Daily between Te Anau and Invercargill in summer months, twice weekly in winter. Connects with the Catlins Coaster from Invercargill to Dunedin 0800 277 483 Top Line Tours Coach to and from Te Anau and Queenstown, 03 249 8059

TE ANAU STAY Barnyard Backpackers (BBH) 80 Mt York Rd, Rainbow Downs, 03 249 8006, Bob & Maxines (BBH) 20 Paton Place, 03 931 3161, Grumpy’s Backpackers Te Anau-Milford Sound Highway, 03 249 8133, Rosies Backpacker Homestay (BBH) 23 Tom Plato Drive, 03 249 8431, Steamers Beach Backpackers (BBH) 77 Manapouri Rd, 03 249 7457, Te Anau Lakefront Backpackers (BBH) 48 Lakefront Dr, 03 249 7713, YHA Te Anau 29 Mokonui St, 03 249 7847,

ANAU TO MILFORD The distance between Te Anau and Milford Sound may be 119km but the breathtaking scenery along the way makes the journey extremely enjoyable. Along the road watch out for the Mirror Lakes and the disappearing mountain. Another highlight is the 1.2km rough-hewn Homer Tunnel. It’s pitch black, having no lighting plus it’s pretty darn steep – a thrilling experience for those afraid of the dark.

MILFORD SOUND Green, wet and breathtakingly beautiful, Milford Sound is one of the most picturesque sights in the world. Much of the action in the Milford Sound takes place on the water and the best way to appreciate the beauty on show is on a cruise or kayak. Bottlenose dolphins, New Zealand fur seals and Fiordland crested penguins all hang out there. Milford Sound Lodge (BBH) 03 249 8071,

MILFORD DO Real Journeys 0800 656 501, Great Sights On and under the water, 03 442 9445 Milford Sound Underwater Observatory Discover a coral reef beneath Milford Sound, 03 249 9442

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MANAPOURI STAY Freestone Backpackers (BBH) 270 Hillside Rd, 03 249 6893, Manapouri Lakeview Backpackers (VIP) 68 Cathedral Drive, 03 249 6652, Possum Lodge (BBH) 13 Murrel Ave, 03 249 6623.

DOUBT SOUND If you’re not one for crowds, an alternative Fiordland option is Doubtful Sound – the deepest of the fiords, made up of 100km of waterways. Where Milford is all pointy peaks and endless cascading falls, Doubtful is rounded mountains – a serene sanctuary, inhabited by loads of interesting critters. Real Journeys Daytime wilderness, small boat and overnight cruises. 0800 656 502 Fiordland Navigator Pearl Harbour, Manapouri 03 249 6602, Deep Cove Hostel Doubtful Sound, 03 249 7713,

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INVERCARGILL The southernmost city in New Zealand, Invercargill is a farmingorientated community with a pleasant collection of parks and museums to keep you busy. Invercargill I-site Visitors Centre 108 Gala St, 03 214 6243 Dept of Conservation Office Don St, 03 214 4589 Catlins Coaster Invercargill to Dunedin via the Catlins with many stops to the main natural attractions and wildlife encounters. Farmstay options are available, 0800 304333, Stewart Island Flights Flights to Stewart Island, 03 218 9129,

INVERCARG STAY Kackling Kea Backpackers (BBH) 225 Tweed St, 03 214 7950 Southern Comfort (BBH) 30 Thompson St, 03 218 3838 Tuatara Lodge (VIP) 30 Dee St, 03 214 0956,

SOUTH SCENIC The beautiful road west of Invercargill towards Fiordland is known as the Southern Scenic Route. The Dubliner (BBH) 105 Tiverton St, Palmerston, 03 465 1896, Dustez Bak Paka’s (BBH) 15 Colac Bay Rd, Riverton, 03 234-8399 The Globe Backpackers (VIP) 144 Palmerston St, Riverton, 03 234 8527, Harbison Backpackers (BBH) 5 Harbison St, Otautau, 03 225 8715, Shooters Backpackers 73 Main St, Tuatapere, 03 226 6250

GORE Gore spans the Mataura river and boasts some lovely scenery in the Hokonui Hills and the Country and Western festival each June. Old Fire Station Backpackers (BBH) 19 Hokonui Dr, 03 208 1925, Anglem House 20 Miro Crescent, 03 219 1552,

THE CATLINS The beautiful Catlins is a sprawling mass of bush, forest and rivers, stretching all the way from Waipapa Point in Southland to Nugget Point in Otago. The best bit about the Catlins is the abundance of wildlife. Catlins Community Info Centre 3 Main Rd, Owaka, South Otago, 03 415 8371, Elm Lodge Wildlife Tours Two-day camping trips, 0800 356 563,

CATLINS STAY Blowhole Backpackers (BBH) 24 Main Rd, Owaka, 03 415 5635, Curio Bay Backpacker Accommodation (BBH) 501 Curio Bay Rd, 03 246 8797. The Falls Backpackers (BBH) Purakaunui Falls Rd, Owaka, 03 415 8724, Fernlea Backpackers (VIP) Moana St, Kaka Point, 03 412 8834 The Split Level (BBH) 9 Waikawa Rd, Owaka, 03 415 8304, Surat Bay Lodge (BBH) Surat Bay Rd, New Haven, 03 415 8099, Penguin Paradise Holiday Lodge (BBH) 612 Waikawa-Niagara Rd, Waikawa Village South Catlins, 03 2468 552, Thomas Catlins Lodge & Holiday Park, 03 415 8333, Wright’s Mill Lodge (BBH) 865 Tahakopa Valley Rd, 03 204 8424


DUNEDIN STAY The Asylum Lodge (BBH) 36 Russell Rd, Seacliff, 03 465 8123 Bus Stop backpackers (BBH) 252 Harrington Point Rd, Portobello, 03 478 0330, Chalet Backpackers (BBH) 296 High St, 03 479 2075 Dunedin Central Backpackers (BBH) 243 Moray Pl, 03 477 9985, The Jolly Poacher (BBH) 74 Elm Row, 03 477 3384 Hogwartz (BBH) 277 Rattray St, 03 474 1487, The Jolly Poacher (BBH) 54 Arthur St, 03 477 3384, Kiwis Nest (BBH) 597 George St, 03 471 9540. Leviathan Heritage Hotel 27 Queens Gardens, 0800 773 773, Manor House (BBH) 28 Manor Place, 03 477 0484, On Top Backpackers (BBH) 12 Filleul St, cnr Moray Pl, 03 477 6121. Pennys Backpackers (BBH) 6 Stafford St, 03 477 6027, Queens Garden Backpackers (VIP) 42 Queens Garden, 03 479 2175, Ramsay Lodge (BBH) 60 Stafford St, 03 477 6313, YHA Dunedin, Stafford Gables 71 Stafford St, 03 474 1919,


Dunedin is Celtic for “Edinburgh” and many Scottish principles endure here. One thing the locals do much better than their Scots ancestors is play rugby, so if there’s a game on at Carisbrook (the “House of Pain”) while you’re in town, beg, borrow or steal to get yourself there.

Baldwin Street In the Guinness Book of Records as the steepest street in the world.

Dunedin Visitor Centre 48 The Octagon, 03 474 3300 Dept of Conservation Office 77 Stuart St, 03 477 0677

Cosmic Corner Funk Store Check out the legal highs and chat to the staff about where to go for parties, events and the beautiful parts of New Zealand.  355 George St, 03 479 2949

Penguin Patch 9 the Octagon, 03 471 8571, Email:

Dunedin Public Art Gallery 30 The Octagon, 03 474 3240,

Cadbury World 280 Cumberland St, 0800 223 2879,

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony View blue penguins just metres away every evening at dusk. Waterfront Rd, 1-1/2 hrs north of Dunedin, 03 433 1195,

ALEXANDRIA Alexandra and Roxburgh are the two main towns for fruit-picking work in the Central Otago region. Two Bob Flashpackers (BBH) Marshalll Rd, | 03 449 3188,

Parachute Experience Skydiving from a great height 03 489 4113, Sinclair Wetlands and Educational Centre Freedom or conducted walks over 5km of walkways. Backpacker and camping facilities. Rapid no 854 Clarendon/Berwick Rd (signposted on SH1 30km south of Dunedin), 03 486 2654 Speights Brewery Heritage Tours 03 477 7697,

ROXBURGH Villa Rose Backpackers (BBH) 79 Scotland St, 03 446 8761,

OAMARU A charming little place noted for both its interesting collection of white granular limestone buildings and its large penguin population. Visitor Information Centre Thames St, 03 434 1656

Royal Albatross Centre 03 478 0499,

OTAGO PENINSULA The Otago Peninsula is a beautiful stretch of rugged coast, home to a fascinating collection of rare and native birds such as the albatross and yellow-eyed penguin. Billy Browns (BBH) 423 Aramoana Rd, Port Chalmers, 03 472 8323, McFarmers Backpackers (BBH) 774 Portobello Rd, Portobello, 02 5206 0640, mcfarmersbackpackers

Oamaru Blue Penguin Colony View blue penguins at dusk. Waterfront Rd, 03 433 1195, Chillawhile Backpackers (BBH) & Art Gallery 1 Frome St, Roberts Park, 03 437 0168, Coastal Backpackers (BBH) The Hall, Waianakarua Rd, All Day Bay, 03 439 5411, Buscot Station (BBH) 732 Omarama, 03 438 9646,

OTAGO DO Historic Fort Taiaroa An underground complex built in the 1880s, this fortified stronghold has been inhabited since earliest Maori settlement of the area. Tours available at the Visitor Centre. Fletcher House, Broad Bay, 03 478 0180

Empire Hotel (BBH) 13 Thames St, 03 434 3446,

Larnach Castle Australasia’s only castle. The architecture is amazing and the intricate details (including a foyer ceiling that took nearly seven years to build) are breathtaking.

YHA Oamaru, Red Kettle Seasonal (open September/ October to May/June only). Corner of Reed and Cross Sts, 03 434 5008,

NZ Marine Studies Centre and Aquarium Run by the University of Otago, the Portobello Aquarium and Marine Biology Centre (near Quarantine Point) is a refuge for a diverse collection of fish and reptile life. 03 479 5826

Swaggers Backpackers (BBH) 25 Wansbeck St, 03 434 9999,

Old Bones Backpackers (BBH) Rapid Number 468 Beach Rd, Kakanui, 03 434 8115,

Elm Wildlife Tours 0800 356 563,

MOERAKI Just 30km south of Oamaru lies a remarkable collection of eerie giant boulders. Olive Grove Lodge (BBH) 2328 SH1, Waianakarua, 03 439 5830,

TAIAROA HEAD Taiaroa Head is the place to see the albatross colony, the only mainland colony in the world inside the bounds of a city.

The Dubliner 105 Tiverton St, Palmerston, 03 465 8123



Yasawa and Mamanuca Islands FIJI



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Another day in paradise Island-hopping in Fiji is one of the most relaxing holidays you’ll ever have and is a perfect way to banish the winter blues WORDS TOM STURROCK

The coconut leaves seem certain to break apart but Mali’s hands work them expertly, weaving them between one another in a deceptively strong tapestry that forms the basin of our traditional Fijian bushman’s basket. Some of the leaves splinter slightly as he forces them into place but they’re reinforced by the combined strength of the lush, green carapace already built around them. I finish the second side of the basket – with only the occasional pointer from Mali – and then begin to tie off the loose ends to make sure the basket is enclosed. Mali shows me once, twice, three times: “It’s just like plaiting your girlfriend’s hair – now you finish the job.” I’m terrible at it. The old left-to-middle, right-to-middle pattern is familiar enough, but the constant gathering of extra strands, to be dragged in with one hand and then the other, leaves me all fingers and thumbs. Eventually, we get there, tieing the ends off and then creating the basket’s opening by hacking the fibrous stalk away with a machete to leave the smart, functional finished product. “You fill it with yams, tell your story and you go home,” Mali grins, holding the basket casually over one shoulder. Next is coconut-carving. With machete still in hand, Mali chips away the hard shell, exposing the husk, before impaling the coconut on sharpened stick, custom-made for this very exercise. I do my best to tear away the coconut’s thick inner shell but it proves a struggle, raising peals of laughter from the resort’s watching staff. At Funky Fish on Fiji’s Malolo Island, watching coconuts leave travellers utterly defeated is top-shelf matinee entertainment. Finally, the husk comes away in small, inelegant chunks and we’re into the tasty part of the coconut. Mali chops it up into cubes and mixes it with a plate of salt and garlic, which he assures me is perfect for marinating fish. But, as though not yet satisfied with his demonstration of the humble coconut’s versatility, Mali shows me how part of the shell can be used as a hairbrush and how the stringy pieces of the husk can be roped together into string strong enough to bind the walls of huts together. After a week

travelling through Fiji’s tropics, I’m reminded once again that these islands are full of surprises. Love songs and broken thongs A week earlier, my island-hopping adventure begins in Nadi, a coastal town on the western edge of Viti Levu, Fiji’s main island. After boarding the Yasawa Flyer in Port Denarau, we’re soon zooming through the open sea, heading north toward the island of Waya Lailai, the first port in our whistlestop tour. There, the Ecohaven resort is one of the few in Fiji owned entirely by the local villagers – most are part-owned and still dependent on some foreign investment. Upon our arrival – we coast ashore in a battered metal dinghy – the staff gather on the beach to sing a Fijian welcome song, their voices raised, accompanied by a small ukulele. Accommodation on Fiji’s islands is often billed as a resort but it actually sells many of the establishments short – they are fairly basic but no less comfortable and have far more charm than any sparkling four-star chain hotel. The Ecohaven, for its part, is made up of huts – bures, in Fiji – dotted along a vast lawn overlooking a pristine beachfront. After settling in, I introduce myself to Jerry, an enormous Fijian who runs the activity shack – he’s quite a sight down there, sporting a pencil-thin moustache, resplendent in his bright-red, XXXL Hawaiian shirt, seemingly filling every inch of space behind his desk. After locking me in for an afternoon hike to the island’s summit, Jerry offers his own take on the relaxed pace on Waya Lailai. “All the villagers, they used to work six days a week – fishing, going to the mainland, rest on Sunday and then do it all again,” he explains, leaning back in a creaking chair. “But now we have a resort, we have big smiles and just play the guitar all day; ‘Bula’ when tourists come.” The hike to the island’s summit is considerably harder work – it is, admittedly, mostly my fault, my decision to attempt the hike wearing thongs soon proving foolhardy. Following several days of heavy rain before our arrival, the ground is slick and spongey and, five minutes in, I suffer



The sweeping sights of Waya Lailai’s Ecohaven resort

a disastrous double blow-out and am forced to discard the pair of busted flip-flops. Still, even in bare feet, the hike through the island’s hinterland, up its rugged, rocky slopes and through its pockets of thick jungle is worth it for the exquisite views from atop its jagged escarpment; the surrounding islands visible against the pinkish-orange sunset smeared across an uncluttered sky. The expression ‘Fiji time’ may encapsulate the unhurried approach in this part of the world: if the boat’s running late or you want to take a nap – no problem, everyone’s on Fiji time. Relax. And it’s great, but on the second leg of the hike, the way back down, I discover that, although schedules might be flexible on Fiji time, it still gets dark at about 6pm. I finally return to camp, under the cover of darkness, my legs coated in mud almost to the knee, having well and truly earned my dinner. Mary, who runs the resort’s kitchen, has, since lunch, decided I look like Prince William – she appears to mean it as a compliment but I remain unconvinced – so there’s no chance of me slinking in unnoticed. “Prince Weel-yam,” she exclaims loudly. “Where have you been?” I mutter something about Fiji time and start drinking. In the corner, some of the staff have struck up a barbershop quartet; big Jerry plays a dinky little guitar, dwarfed in his hands, like a bear strumming a fiddle, while his mates sing. At the intermission, he sidles over and I ask him to translate the last song’s lyrics. “It’s saying, ‘if you cut my heart open, your photo would be inside’,” Jerry explains, suddenly very serious. “It’s a love song. They’re all love songs.” And so my first night in the Fijian islands, warm with island ballads, closes in around me, barefoot, bedraggled and with a belly full of beer. A place to party There is an enjoyable rhythm to island-hopping in Fiji. The 92


region’s main boat companies provide a hop-on, hop-off service, the boats tracking north from the mainland in the morning, all the way to the top of the Yasawas, before turning around and coming south in the afternoon, back past the Mamanucas before docking again at Port Denarau. All that remains is for the island-hoppers to choose where they want to spend their time and, broadly speaking, the islands are divided into places to party and quieter, more low-key places that are big with couples. As it happens, my next stop, the Mantaray, on Nanuya Balavu, is a place to party. Even in a period that is generally slower for Fijian tourism, the Mantaray is often full, a mixture of Brits, Canadians, Americans, Aussies, Kiwis and Europeans arriving in droves to spend a few nights in its neat bures, some on stilts in the jungle, others mounted just metres from the sea. The beach bar is where much of the action happens at the Mantaray, the open-fronted pavilion, surrounded by benches and hammocks, is an inviting place to share a Fiji Bitter and a conversation with fellow travellers. It’s also where punters gather for daily activities. The signature activity, though, is, as the resort’s name suggests, swimming with the island’s resident mantarays. The timing of their presence is unpredictable but as soon as they’re sighted offshore a call goes around and the resort’s drums begin to beat, signalling that a swimming expedition is about to depart. The rays are alien-looking creatures with ‘wingspans’ of several metres, wide-spaced eyes and weird, gawping mouths that afford a line of sight straight down their gullets. Their movement through the water – during their visit to a so-called cleaning station, where smaller fish nibble at their skin and gills, clearing away parasites – looks completely effortless, arcing loops completed without the rays perceptibly moving a single muscle. And, after dark, the fun and games only escalate – Nesi, the resort’s appointed master of ceremonies, herds the guests down from the dining hall to the beach where a limbo

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contest begins proceedings. Competitors are divided up by nationality, raising the stakes and ensuring all involved treat the contest with deadly seriousness. After all, bragging rights are on the line. After the limbo, won, perhaps unsurprisingly, by the sole Brazilian entrant, Nesi introduces a new game, played in pairs, where one partner must

Some of the staff have struck up a barbershop quartet

lower the other while holding their hand, allowing them to push a small stone as far along the ground as they can, before hauling them back to their feet without collapsing in a tangled pile. It’s a bizarre spectacle, with all manner of tactics employed, before Nesi weighs in at the last minute with an expert display to claim first place. Last of all is the notorious ‘box game’, in which competitors, standing on one leg, take it in turns to bend down and lift a cardboard box off the ground using only their teeth. Trust me, it’s really hard work! The Hunter and the Hunted On Tavewa Island, the northern-most destination on my trip, the staff at Coral View resort make up for the fact that I visit in a traditionally quieter period by singing almost constantly for the extent of my stay. There is the welcome song – which is continued all the way up from the beach and into the foyer – and the farewell song, which gets a couple of runs, and a stack of other island ditties in between. The Fijians, there can be no mistaking, absolutely love to sing. Tavewa is remarkable among the Fiji islands for the variety and vivacity of its marine life. The resort, on a narrow peninsula, is a short boat ride from the aptly named blue lagoon, a stunning, secluded alcove where radiantly



coloured fish dart in and out of the brilliant coral. Further afield, where the sea floor falls away into yawning, reef-lined caverns, I detect a flicker of movement out of the corner of my eye. When I look more closely, there’s no mistaking the grey skin and telltale dorsal fin – there’s a bloody shark about 20 metres from me. It’s not too big, I tell myself, nothing to worry about. “What kind of sharks are down there?”, I ask our skipper, known only as Mr S, once back in the safety of the bow. “They’re just reef sharks,” he shrugs, casually. “Would they ever have a crack at a person swimming in the area?”, I ask, seeking reassurance. Mr S just laughs – the mere idea of a shark attack is, apparently, ridiculous. I suppose that’s meant to be heartening. The rest of the afternoon is spent fishing – what better way to reassert my status at the top of the food chain than to hook the shark that scared me shitless earlier? Alas, though, my chunk of herring, used as bait, remains utterly untouched for several hours. Fishing is an exercise in patience, I tell myself – it doesn’t matter if you don’t catch anything, right? It’s just nice to be out on the water with a line dangling over the side of the boat. Another day in paradise and all that. Still, I can’t help but feel a pang of indignation when Mr S ambles over next to me and, about 10 minutes after casting his line out, whoops with excitement after attracting a bite. “Keep a lid on it, champ,” I think to myself. “No need to throw a party over hooking a piddly little garfish.” But then, as Mr S reels his line in, it becomes clear that there’s no garfish on the other end. Instead, Mr S reaches over the side and wrestles an octopus into the boat. It doesn’t come quietly – its head is about twice the size of a man’s hand and its tentacles wrap around Mr S’s heavily tattooed arm, all the way to his shoulder. he other anglers, myself included, are stunned, the calm of our fishing expedition shattered by the sight of an octopus writhing around in the boat, desperately squirting its ink as Mr S proceeds to kill it with his bare hands. 0 at the risk of understatement, not something you see every day. “Octopus,” Mr S grins, with a raised, satisfied eyebrow. “Will make good bait.

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DIVING IN FIJI Fiji is thought to be amongst the best destinations in the world for diving. With over 400 species of corals, as well as plenty of sea walls, drops and caves, there’s something for the advanced diver, as well as perfect conditions for the beginner. There’s an abundance of tropical fish, as well as reef sharks, dolphins, manta rays and turtles while visibility is excellent too, often stretching to 50 metres. Plus, to top it off, sea temperatures average about 26°C all year around. Head to Beq Lagoon for the legendary shark dives, where it’s not unknown for a tiger shark to turn up. Nothing’s gone wrong, to date.

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Jobs in the outback Way outback in a remote area of Western Australia you’ll find beefed up jobs and even beefier pay packets You wouldn’t normally expect to be earning $90,000 a year flipping burgers at a fast food joint out in the sticks. But that’s what one takeaway chicken chain manager is earning in natural resource-rich Karratha in north-west WA. The boost in earnings is due to the ‘resources boom’, which has had major effects on the Australian job market, especially in WA and Queensland. Bree Mitchelson, of Perth-based careers management company Skills Solution, says the thriving mining, oil, gas and construction industries are beefing up career opportunities — and pay packets — particularly in WA. “The message for people thinking about heading back to Australia is: come home, Australia needs you. “There are certainly some exciting career opportunities available,” Mitchelson says. But there are also lots of jobs for travellers.

Engineering, Mining and Construction For big job offers, this is the big sector. The resource industry has huge demand as a result of numerous billion-dollar projects, particularly in WA. Sector experts say the demand for skilled workers in this industry doesn’t look like slowing down any time soon. And employers are willing to offer big bucks to entice staff. Due to a country-wide skills shortage, engineers, surveyors



and geologists can land themselves packages higher than $100,000 a year. “Electricians and mechanical fitters are also big in demand,” she says. Other tradies, including boilermakers, welders and mechanics (particularly with experience on heavy vehicles), won’t have trouble finding work, especially if they are prepared to do fly-in, fly-out jobs in remote areas.

Teaching The current market for teachers in Australia is good. However, the job market situation is different from state to state because each education system is run by the state, not the federal government. Supply teaching is an option in most areas, but if you want something more permanent when you get home it’s all in the timing, according to Daniel Mundy from recruiter ANZUK Teachers. “Victoria has a particular need in Melbourne’s north-west, west and outer-west,” he says. WA also has a major shortage of teachers due to the resources boom.

Medical and Nursing Major capital cities and surrounding suburbs in all states need paediatric, orthopaedic and theatre staff. Experienced


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medical and surgical workers are also wanted. According to Hays Healthcare regional director Christine Wright, nurses can usually find work in all states, with UK experience looked upon favourably. Midwives, mental health nurses and registered nurses all appear on the Department of Immigration’s skill shortages list. Salaries range from $50,000 to $80,000 a year — depending on the level of experience and particular state or territory.

Accounting, Finance and Banking Despite the credit crunch, Australia’s still looking good for those who want to work with managing and moving all that moolah around. Simon Tobin, from recruiter Michael Page Australia, reckons that for people moving home, the skills shortage is good news. “That’s going to make it easier for people to get the job they want,” he says. Jobs firm Hays Global Link manager Rachel Baldy says assistant accountants at the $50,000-$70,000 level — both degree-qualified and undergraduates — are in high demand, while payroll candidates are in short supply. Auditors are top of the list for the professional practice market as there’s a shortage of them across Australia. Skills dealing with insolvency are also sought after, and accounting skills are in demand across the board with more vacancies than suitable candidates. Assistant accountants, payroll candidates, and those with experience in accounts payable and receivable are all in short supply Down Under. For more jobs head to




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