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BACKPACKER / ESSENTIALS /JUNE 2016

NEW ZEALAND

ESCAPE THE WINTER BLUES

WORKING CANADA SEE AND DO MORE MARGARET RIVER WINES, WAVES & WOODS

SKATEBOARDING NSW A DIFFERENT WAY TO SEE THE COAST


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VOL 20 / No 3 AUGUST 2016 MANAGING EDITOR Janet McGarry NEW ZEALAND EDITOR Brindi Joy DEPUTY EDITOR Melanie Tesoriero

YHA CONTRIBUTORS Leah Kmiec Rachel Seymour Di Caught

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EDITORIAL ENQUIRIES The Editor, Backpacker Essentials, GPO Box 5276, Sydney NSW 2001. T: +61 2 9261 1111 F: +61 2 9261 1969 E: backpackeressentials@ yha.com.au


AUSTRALIA/ NZ NEW HOSTEL / NEWS / YOUR YHA

NEW HOSTEL ALERT! YHA Australia has a brand new hostel in1770-Agnes Waters. The town is an important stopover on the popular Brisbane to Cairns route and is approximately 6 hours north of Brisbane. From 1770 you can access the stunning Lady Musgrave and Lady Elliot Islands along with the southern Great Barrier Reef. 1770 is the perfect stopover for adventure lovers – go kite surfing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, hire a scooter, go on a reef trip, plus so much more. Our newest hostel has direct beach access, meaning you can roll out of bed and straight into the surf. The hostel offers a range of multi-share, private and apartment style accommodation rooms. All dorms have their own en-suite and BOOK are air-conditioned – NOW so you’re comfortable no matter the weather!


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WINTER IS COMING

The first snow showers are dusting Therdbo's slopes which means we’re getting our snow gear out and heading to the mountain! Thredbo YHA is the only hostel in Thredbo Village. Don’t waste your time driving in and out of the village, stay in the thick of it all with foot access to the chairlifts. Stay at Thredbo YHA! STOP PRESS! Great dates are still available for 4 bed studio apartment. Call the hostel direct for bookings on +612 6457 6376

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GOING SOLAR ON THE WEST COAST YHA New Zealand is pretty enamoured with our beautiful backyard. So we’ve put our commitment to the environment into action by going solar on the West Coast. YHA Franz Josef had 108 metres of solar panels installed on the roof, taking up every available square centimetre. We’ve definitely set a benchmark - this is one of the largest solar systems on the West Coast, and certainly the largest in Franz Josef. If you know anything about the rainforest-laden coast, you’ll know its reputation for rain. True! But it also gets bucket loads of sunshine which means all those solar panels will generate a steady supply of clean and renewable energy. And with the help of a handy monitoring system in the lounge, guests will be able to observe, and staff to monitor and control, the use of resources across the hostel.

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YHA & KATHMANDU TEAM UP YHA New Zealand is on Instagram! And we’re celebrating the awesomeness of photo-swapping, selfie-ing and travel bragging by giving away a $500 Kathmandu voucher to help gear you up for your next New Zealand adventure. Hop on over to Instagram and find us on @YHANewZealand. And there’s more! @Kathmandugear is running a comp too, with an epic YHA prize. Enter both comps from 10 - 16 June 2016.

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CROCODILE ROCK! YHA, on the doorstep of the stunning Grampians National Park, is well-renowned for its kangaroos on the front lawn and permanent wildlife guests (including a few pythons), but it is now home to two new permanent guests, freshwater crocodiles! Yet to be named, the crocs will live in the hostel and will be taken care of by Grampians managers Bec and Stu, with help from their little boy Isaiah! Visit Grampians Eco YHA for a true eco-wildlife experience.

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TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR Ever wanted to experience a hostel as if you were there? At YHA New Zealand, we’ve gone the extra mile and created interactive 360° Tours so you can take a hostel tour without leaving the comfort of your chair, bus seat or Wi-Fi hotspot! And we’re one of the first major accommodation providers worldwide - to do so on such a scale. Whether you’re on mobile or desktop device, look for the 360° Tour tab on nineteen of our hostel pages and take control of which rooms you want to visit; if you want to turn left into reception or right into the kitchen; and you can even zoom in or out in the private or multi - share rooms to see just how much space there is for your gear. On an iPad? Start planning your New Zealand BOOK holiday and check out YHA Wellington in 360 NOW here or YHA Christchurch in 360 here.

WHILE YOU'RE AT IT Check out panoramic views of Sydney Harbour, the state-of-the-art facilities and on-site archaeological remnants of colonial Sydney with our cool 360 degree video - available only on smartphone or tablet! Find it on the YHA Australia Youtube Channel.


YOUR YHA YHA NEWS FOR MEMBERS IN AUSTRALIA

THE URGE TO MERGE

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YHA recently took another step towards becoming a single national organisation in Australia. In May 2016, the Board of YHA Ltd and the Council of YHA Tasmania signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work towards a merger of the two organisations. This was after the proposal had been raised at the Annual General Meetings of each organisation. Over the past decade, YHA has been gradually moving towards becoming a single entity in Australia, through mergers between former State-based bodies, and in January 2016 through the integration of Hostelling International Australia (HI-A) into YHA Ltd. The benefits include having a simpler and more efficient structure with streamlined administration and decision-making processes. Subject to progress keeping to timetable, YHA members in Tasmania can expect to be invited to a Special General Meeting in October. An Explanatory Memorandum setting out the proposal will be mailed, and members not able to attend may vote by proxy.

If you want the best deals, latest specials and YHA member discounts, head to yha.com.au. Why waste time trawling through other websites when you’re guaranteed to get the best bargains on YHA’s own website? You’ll also get exclusive offers, greater choice and availability, and best of all there are no booking fees. So save yourself a motza and book direct at yha.com.au.

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YHA HOSTEL MANAGERS’ CONFERENCE All your favourite YHA hostel managers from across Australia congregated in Cairns in May 2016 for an annual conference bringing them together. It’s not often that hostel managers get to work “on the business” as opposed to “in the business” and tropical far north Queensland provided a stunning backdrop to get the creative juices flowing. Topics included digital disruption, refreshing the YHA brand, and how to cater even better to growing numbers of guests from Asia. Thanks go to everyone who joined in, especially those who had to travel from faraway lands (ok, New Zealand!)


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INTRODUCING ICELAND / GERMANY UPDATE / SUMMER IN SCOTLAND

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Courtney Preo Snorkelling in Iceland

“Snowmobiling on a glacier, and dressed in more layers than I knew could fit on my petrified body, my guide and I carved up our own path onto this glacier. It was adrenalin packed with truly spectacular scenery of stunning waterfalls and snow covered volcanos. Driving around this small part of Iceland, which is so well serviced and easy to see, feels so untouched. This feeling adds to the shear wonder of it all.” Stay at Loft Hostel, Reykjavik

YHA Australia’s Cairns Central Hostel Manager, Courtney Preo, recently visited Iceland and shares two particularly memorable moments: “It was -6 degrees, completely dark outside and I was about to snorkel in the Silfra. This activity had seemed a much better idea when I was booking it from the edges of the Great Barrier Reef in sweet delusion about how cold Iceland actually is. However, the combination of a stunning drive to Thingvellir National Park, and the excitement of snorkelling between two continents ate the regret swiftly, and before I knew it, I was in an ever flattering dry suit about to jump into freezing water. Snorkelling in the clearest water I have ever seen, between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates was quiet easily a life highlight. Floating on my back and drinking glacial fed water through my snorkel was also particularly fabulous.”

Courtney Preo at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano


/GERMANY UPDATE WALDBRÖL LAKE CONSTANCE AACHEN MONSCHAU 'Panarbora' Youth Hostel - Germany

WALDBRÖL 'PANARBORA' YOUTH HOSTEL This hostel is for the adventure lovers. Located 50 kilometres east of Cologne in Germany, Waldbröl 'Panarbora' Youth Hostel is located on the edge of a nature adventure park - visit the canopy pathway and observation tower, or play in the hedge maze or adventure playground. Stay in a heated tree house located seven metres high or in a global village i.e. a building built in the styles of Asian yurts, South American stilt houses and African mud huts. It’s a hostel experience you’ll never forget – and will get so much out of.

‘Panarbora’ Youth Hostel

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/GERMANY UPDATE WALDBRÖL LAKE CONSTANCE AACHEN MONSCHAU Lake Constance - Germany Moritz Kertzscher

MARTIN-BUBER YOUTH HOSTEL ÜBERLINGEN The stunning Lake Constance is one of Germany’s most popular holiday destinations, and the city of Überlingen boasts the Lake’s longest waterfront. The Martin-Buber Youth Hostel is just 100 metres from the lake and has recently had a significant renovation with all bedrooms now with new furniture, a shower/toilet and wheelchair accessibility. Relax over your morning breakfast with a view of the lake from the breakfast room or marvel at it from your room - nearly every room has a view of the Lake. Überlingen is only 90 minutes from Zurich and 2.5 hours from Munich.

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/GERMANY UPDATE WALDBRĂ–L LAKE CONSTANCE AACHEN MONSCHAU Aachen - Germany Shutterstock

YOUTH HOSTEL AACHEN Aachen is Germany’s most western city, bordering Belgium and the Netherlands. The Aachen Youth Hostel is a meeting place for people all over Europe and the in-house bistro and sun terrace provide a warm spot to meet new friends. The hostel has had a facelift for meetings and family groups to be more comfortable, and the bedrooms have fresh furniture. The city of Aachen is home to a World Heritage Site and is teeming with rich history that must be on your list of travel spots.

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/GERMANY UPDATE WALDBRÖL LAKE CONSTANCE AACHEN MONSCHAU Monschau - Germany Shutterstock

MONSCHAU CASTLE YOUTH HOSTEL Monschau is located in the west of Germany and its historic city and town centre is lined with narrow streets and untouched half-timbered houses that are popular with tourists. No stay in Germany is complete until you’ve stayed in a castle and this one is a treat - located on a hill with its rubble stone walls you’ll be imaging yourself as a lady or lord entering the castle for a ball. The Monschau Castle Youth Hostel has views over the old city and all of the local attractions are close. Plus, the building has had a complete renovation so you can enjoy your stay in luxury.

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SUMMER IN SCOTLAND!

Not something you usually associate with cool Scotland – but this summer, SYHA Hostelling Scotland will open even more doors than usual, with the addition of three new hostels in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Perth! Open for the busy summer tourist period, Edinburgh University’s city centre student accommodation is turned into the Edinburgh Metro hostel, The Glasgow School of Art’s Margaret McDonald House becomes Glasgow Metro Hostel and Perth College’s student residence is transformed into Perth Youth Hostel. Each hostel has self-catering kitchens, onsite laundry facilities and Wi-Fi, as well as various room types for all travellers. Scotland is a must-stop location for backpackers exploring Europe during the summer and from these three locations, travellers have the perfect base to discover the beauty, history, festivals, shopping and more that Scotland has to offer. SYHA Hostelling Scotland has over 60 hostels across the country – check them out when you’re planning your trip and make the most of your time in Scotland! Summer Youth Hostels Opening Dates in 2016: Glasgow Metro SYHA - 24 June to 31 August Edinburgh Metro SYHA - 6 July – 29 August Perth Youth Hostel SYHA - 18 June – 27 August

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YHA DEALS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND

YHA GETAWAYS

Sydney Opera House Vivid Sydney

SYDNEY CITY BREAK

ADELAIDE IN A WEEK

MELBOURNE B&B

Fancy a short break to catch the best of Vivid festival? With spectacular views of the Harbour Bridge and Sydney Opera House, snap up this bargain to avoid the crowds and get the best view in the city!

You’ll need at least 7 nights to fall in love with Adelaide - so we’ve made it a special price for you, and now all you have to do is book and enjoy!

Stay in the heart of vibrant Melbourne with our epic 3 day special - it’s everything you’ll need for your time in Melbourne!

Package includes: 3 nights' accommodation at Sydney Harbour YHA u Daily breakfast u 1 free Dinner u

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From AU$189 per person. Valid until 30 September 2016.

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TOTAL WILDLIFE EXPERIENCE

ROTTNEST ISLAND DEAL

Enjoy the amazing coastline around Port Elliot and get up close and personal with some of Australia’s cutest wildlife with this awesome special offer. At Urimbirra Wildlife Park you can see koalas, kangaroos and snakes and once you’re done, hit the water! Surf, swim, fish or jetty jump until your heart’s content.

No trip to Perth is complete without a visit to Rottnest Island! Experience some of the world’s finest beaches, amazing scenery, and incredible array of marine life and wildlife. Cycling is the best way to get around the island making the most of your day swimming, sightseeing and spotting Quokkas! Package includes:

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Entry to Urimbirra Wildlife Park u 2 nights' accommodation in a 6 share dorm at Port Elliot YHA u Bike hire for one day u Return bus from Adelaide From AU$99 per person. Available until 30 September 2016 – excluding school holidays.

2 nights' accommodation in a double/twin ensuite or 4 share at Perth City YHA u Rottnest Island day trip including ferry and bike hire u Free premium Wi-Fi u

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APOLLO BAY STUDENT GETAWAY Take a break from the books and hit the road! Visit the Great Ocean Road and the 12 Apostles and experience everything the Apollo Bay Eco YHA has to offer with this fantastic student deal. Book a 4 bed dorm for you and three friends and when you show your student card, get 25% off your booking!

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Offer not bookable online - please email Apollo Bay Eco YHA at apollobay@yha.com.au and only valid on weeknights - Monday - Thursday only.

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DOUBLE DECKER CHRISTCHURCH TOUR All aboard for the best way to discover Christchurch – from a 1960s double decker bus. In-the-know drivers update you about changes afoot in post-earthquake Christchurch including the colourful Re:Start shipping container mall and the even more colourful street art. The bus also wanders to Christ Church Cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral, Art Deco New Regent Street the picturesque seaside Sumner, Port Hills with views of Lyttelton Harbour, Mona Vale Gardens and more. Package includes: u u

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BLUE MOUNTAINS YULEFEST

PRISON TOUR AND STAY

Winter is a magical time in the Blue Mountains, with crisp days and clear blue skies just perfect for outdoor delights by day and warming meals by the cosy fire at night. Blue Mountains YHA is tempting you out of hibernation and offering some mid-year cheer with this festive Yulefest deal over two weekends: 8-9 July 2016 and 15-16 July 2016. Package includes:

Stay at Fremantle Prison YHA, with all the comforts you've come to expect from YHA and get down to the nitty gritty with a comprehensive day tour of World Heritage listed Fremantle Prison. You'll visit the main cell block, the yards and see whipping posts, gallows and solitary confinement cells whilst getting a real insight into the life of a prisoner. Package includes:

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2 nights' accommodation at Blue Mountains YHA Daily breakfast 3-course BYO Christmas-themed dinner

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DARK MOFO PACKAGE Dark Mofo, Tasmania’s annual winter festival, returns on 10 June with large-scale public art, food, film, music, light and noise, and Hobart YHA has the best accommodation in town. Hosted by The Museum of Old and New Art (MoNA), 2016’s event will be held at 20 venues around Hobart and Tasmania. From AU$74 per person. Valid until 21 June 2016. 2 nights’ accommodation

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ROTORUA GEOTHERMAL WALK AND RELAX

Canterbury is a snow pilgrim’s heaven with Mt Hutt Ski Area on the doorstep, only 1 ½ hours’ drive from Christchurch. So this winter, save $$ while you carve up the freshies with these two prime packages. Choose from:

If you’re keen to test the medicinal properties of a mud bath, Hell’s Gate is the place to indulge your inner spa prince or princess, with high-end mud spas and a sulphur spa. Plus, you can embrace the Earth’s raw power within the Hell's Gate Valley, 50 acres of steaming fumeroles, boiling mud pools and more. Package includes:

Deal 1 - NZ$250 multi-share.

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SOUTH OF PERTH IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA, CHANTAE REDEN DISCOVERED MARGARET RIVER WAS A REGION EASILY EXPLORED WITH JUST A BIT OF PLANNING.

Boodjidup Beach, Margaret River Tourism WA


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River at the town’s tourism office. Advertisements for luxurious wine tasting tours, adventure trips, and beachside retreats caught my eye. Prices for each activity hovered around $100-200 per day. I tugged at my shirt collar, the thought of spending a small fortune just to sip fermented grape juice or on one activity made my skin sweat. I looked closer at the map. I traced my fingers from one winery to the next, to the forest, to the most renowned beaches and realised that with a little bit of planning and a working GPS, my three friends and I could do almost everything advertised for just a fraction of the cost. Backpacking doesn’t always mean skimping on the luxe life or adventures that excite you - it just means you have to get creative. Margaret River was the perfect place to put this theory into practice.

Boranup Forest in LeewinNaturaliste National Park Tourism WA


WINE TOUR TIME

With over 150 wineries in Margaret River, it’d be a shame to miss out on at least tasting a few types of the region’s prized product. One saint-like friend offered to be the designated driver who could take us to all of the wineries circled on our map. In exchange, all she asked was that we search for a fortified wine (port) she’d tasted a few years ago and has craved ever since. Instantly, our personal tour was born. We weaved through Margaret River’s forest of karri trees and caught glimpses of kangaroos dining on grass in cow pastures. Rows of vines carpeted most wineries’ entrances. Some wineries were regal while others were quaint. Our driver asked to see a bottle of each tasting room’s fortified wine. “The bottle is too short,” she’d sigh, “The one I’m looking for has a red cork.” I shrugged, every glass tasted the same to me. Most estates held art galleries, antique rooms, or perfectly trimmed rose gardens. Though we never found the elusive fortified wine, the group took turns buying bottles of our favorites as tokens of our day out.

FIVE WINERIES NOT TO MISS

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Vasse Felix: Don’t miss tasting the Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay at Margaret River’s first wine estate.

Voyager Estate: After tasting their wine and trying the delicious scones, wander through the estate’s perfectly trimmed gardens, complete with roses in colors you didn’t even know existed. Leeuwin Estate: This winery supports artists of all kinds with gallery, live music in their open air amphitheatre, and a series of wines with artists’ work featured on the labels. Brown Hill Estate: Different from the large wineries in the area, this family-owned boutique winery has a simple aesthetic but quality wines. The Grove: Not a wine person? No worries, this estate has you covered. Offering a vast variety of different spirits, choose between tastes like chili vodka, coconut Caribbean rum, microbrews, and other quirky flavors.

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Vasse Felix vineyard, Cowaramup Tourism WA


STINGRAYS AT SUNSET

A picture of a stingray with a diameter the length of my arm span graced a brochure cover. “Friendly stingrays!” the pamphlet exclaimed. Friendly?! In my mind, stingrays strictly fell under the not-to-be-messed-with category. We ventured to Hamelin Bay to see if these gentle giants lived up to the description. Near the jetty, we saw a 1.5-metre shadow glide under the water. The stingray slowly rose to the surface, flashing the tip of its wings above the sea. Unafraid of humans, the stingrays swim to the shallow water of the bay in the hope of getting a few scraps left by local fishermen. Though some people pet and hand-feed them, I subscribe to the belief that wild animals should be left alone.

FIVE BUDGET ADVENTURES TO HAVE

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Hike a portion of the Cape-to-Cape Trail Start at the White Elephant Café in Gnarabup and walk north to Surfer’s Point, the main beach of Margaret River. Expect views of bushland and the sea on this easy five kilometre round-trip trek.

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Rent a SUP and paddle through Gnarabup Bay Paddle over aquarium-clear water in one of the region’s most pristine bays. Swim in Margaret River’s namesake river Surrounded by karri trees and vocal wildlife, jump into the river to cool off on a hot day. Take a surf lesson Margaret River is one of the world’s best surfing destinations. Though most waves are advancedsurfers only, book a lesson and catch a wave at one of the area’s beginner-friendly beaches.

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Mountain bike through the forest Rent or bring a bike and cycle through the dense forest, home to many species of marsupials and colorful birds.

Stingray at Hamelin Bay Beach Tourism WA

FRIENDLY?! IN MY MIND, STINGRAYS STRICTLY FELL UNDER THE NOT-TO-BEMESSED-WITH CATEGORY


EXPLORING THE ELEMENTS As an avid surfer, I originally visited Margaret River for the world-class waves. However, as I discovered bush walks, river swims, deserted beaches, prime whale-watching spots, and quirky shops, my surf time was relegated behind everything else the region had to offer. The problem with Margaret River is that there’s so many things to do and not enough time to do it all. Couple that with an entire coastline perfect for just lounging, and you’ll face a real conundrum of what to do. Over the next few days, my group of friends splintered with each of us funneling into our preferred activities. I surfed at the area’s most iconic beach, Surfers Point, Dolphins frolicking at Margaret River Chantae Reden

Lake Cave near Margaret River Tourism WA

where a pod of dolphins took turns swimming through rolling waves. Looking inland, I could see the river mouth, rooftops of a neighborhood yet to get mobile reception, and strips of empty beaches. This ability to mix wine tastings, time spent relaxing, and adventure activities is Margaret River’s greatest allure. You can tailor a trip to fit every type of travel personality and budget. Make friends by joining a tour, or explore on your own. Relax one day and get an adrenaline kick the next. If you’re like me, someone who loves to get the most out of a trip for the lowest price possible, then Margaret River is a must-see Australian destination for you.

BOOK NOW WHERE TO STAY Margaret River Backpackers YHA is located in the heart of the town of Margaret River. It is walking distance to the main shops, grocery stores, restaurants, and pubs.

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FEATURE / NZ WINTER FUN

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NOT A SKI ADDICT? NOT TO WORRY. SHANEY HUDSON DISCOVERS THERE’S STILL PLENTY TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND TO GET YOUR WINTRY FIX.

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THINGS MIGHT BE

getting chilly, b u t i t ’s n o t time to slide that backpack under the bed just yet, even if hitting the slopes isn’t your thing. From dog sledding the backcountry to inner city ice skating, here’s a roundup of the best ways to escape the winter blues - and to get the most out of New Zealand’s winter wonderland.

DOG SLEDDING

Forget your skis and pack away your snowboard: the biggest adrenaline rush on the snowfields of New Zealand comes courtesy of four paws. Dog sledding has seen a huge increase in popularity in the Southern Hemisphere as the traditional form of winter transport finds new fans eager to run their own team. Underdog, based in the Cardrona Valley, operate a yapping, enthusiastic and fast dog team made up of Alaskan Malmutes, Siberian Huskies and Alaskan Huskies. They share the trails with Snow Farm, a cross country ski mecca. Those after a short and sweet experience can hitch a ride in the basket, while those keen to take the reins can take driving lessons to hone their snow dog skills. And as an added bonus, special nighttime runs and overnight trips across the wild backcountry are also available.


SNOW SHOEING AND CROSS COUNTRY SKIING

The Remarkables, Queenstown Stoked for Saturday

Snowshoeing and cross country skiing have long been seen as the poorer cousins of adrenaline-fuelled downhill boarding and skiing, but as anyone who has given it a proper go will protest, both activities demand a different kind of endurance, an alternative way to traverse the winter wonderland and a closer sense of connection with the environment. With snowshoeing, the barrier for entry is low: if you can walk, you can snowshoe. Cross country skiing takes a little more practice, but allows you to climb and descend, crossing large parcels of land. Both activities are available in Queenstown, Tekapo and Wanaka, and if you want to really see a different side to the backcountry, there’s even heli-snowshoeing available in The Remarkables.

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ICE SKATING

Not everyone wants to build a snowman. But save for the bruised bottoms and knees, it’s hard to resist the charm of ice skating. With rinks set up in Auckland, Christchurch, Queenstown and Tekapo, there are plenty of places to sharpen your blades, lace your skates and give ice-skating a twirl. Pick of the bunch is Auckland’s own little piece of Arendelle, the pop-up ice rink in Aotea Square. The outdoor rink opens for six weeks each winter with DJs, K-POP nights and student specials, as well as two 35-metre ice slides that can be tackled with inflatable tubes, alongside everyone’s favourite winter food: fresh hot cinnamon doughnuts. But if winter 2016 turns out to be a real deep freeze, head straight to the frozen glacial waters of Lake Lyndon, accessible from Christchurch. Surrounded by mountains, if stars align and conditions are right the lake can freeze solid, making it the best place in New Zealand to experience skating on nature ice.

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Exclusive, seasonal, weather-dependent and oh-so-winter-Olympics, Naseby in Otago is home to the southern hemisphere’s first ice and snow luge track. While artificial luge tracks in the northern hemisphere are built for speeds of over 150km/hr, natural luge tracks like Naseby clock in at about 50km/hr – allowing a perfect first taste for those keen to feel out the Cool Runnings vibes of this high-octane winter sport. Only open from midJune to late August, those wanting to give it a go must take lessons before mastering the innovative 360m-long track. Pick up a referral card for Queenstown Ice Arena from one of the YHA Queenstown hostels and get $15 entry (a kid’s price!). Plus, YHA members get a free skate hire with paid entry at Christchurch’s Alpine Ice until 31 December 2016. Just present your YHA membership card.


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Once you’ve crossed your winter wonderland activities off your bucket list, head straight to an ice bar. Warm up to the winter season by the wharf at Freddy’s Ice House in Auckland, or head to Queenstown where there are not one but two ice bars: Below Zero and Minus 5°. The run down for all three bars is the same: first pay an entry fee that includes your first drink and parker and glove hire, then enter a bar where everything from the walls to the bar are made from ice. Enjoy spirits served in a glass made from ice while enjoying the ice sculptures decorating the bar. After a few drinks, you’re guaranteed to chill.

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ESCAPE TO THE NORTH

Not everyone is made for winter weather. From those not partial to the fluorescent fashions favoured by manufacturers of cold weather gear to dreamers chasing an endless summer, there is one spot they can find respite: Northland. Here, they don’t call it winter: they call it the green season. The picture-perfect Bay of Islands in Northland is blessed with a mild climate and pristine natural environment year-round. But do bring your rain jacket in winter, rain is fairly predictable from 4-6pm which means fewer travellers and more green. Head out on the water during the calmer green months for an overnight cruise and you’ll often find the quiet conditions and fewer boats makes for more up close and personal encounters with marine wildlife, including cheeky dolphins ready to lead your boat in a game of catch-me-if-you-can. Beaches and forests are empty and open to contemplation, while in Whangarei cascading waterfalls and brisk walks along the river will get the blood flowing. Those after adventure can search for glowworms through the three caves that make up the Abbey Caves system or dive at the Poor Knights Islands where the temps are cooler than summer, but the water is clearer. And you’re likely to spot seals.

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HOT SPRINGS: TOP SPOTS TO TURN UP THE HEAT While snow might cling to the mountaintops, underground the earth simmers with volcanic heat. Stay warm with nature’s own anecdote to the cold: geothermal hot springs. On the North Island, a few pretty pennies gain you access to some of the best mineral baths and spas in the southern hemisphere, from the mineral springs at Te Aroha to the hot water salt pools at Mount Maunganui. In Rotorua sizzle in the waters and mud baths known as Hell’s Gate or Polynesian Spa, while in Taupo you can even ride a geothermal waterslide. Meanwhile, New Zealand’s least expensive hot springs can be found in Hawke’s Bay. On the South Island, a 90 minute drive from Christchurch you’ll find Hanmer Springs, a thermal park wonderland with a range of mineral pools, waterslides and sulphur pools while in Tekapo warm up alongside a snow tube and skating rink, and relax in warm thermal waters in the shape of the region’s three lakes. Those after a little romance should head to Queenstown, where they can hire their own private, spring-fed Onsen hot pool that, with the push of a button, opens up to beautiful views over the Shotover River by day and stargazing by night. Present your YHA membership card at Tekapo Springs with your entry fee and get a complimentary upgrade to the steam and sauna. Valid until 31 December 2016.

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WINTER TRAVEL PERKS Heading to New Zealand this winter? It’s the perfect time to catch the best of the country without the crowds.

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CANADA LONG A MAGNET FOR ANTIPODEANS, SHANEY HUDSON DISCOVERED WHY CANADA IS A GREAT SPOT FOR AN OUTDOOR ADVENTURE AS WELL AS A WORKING HOLIDAY.

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BEST FOR SKIING: WHISTLER

Located just 90 minutes north of Vancouver, for most backpackers Whistler and its partner in crime, Blackcomb, offer backpackers their first taste of Canadian alpine life. And it’s pretty phenomenal. During winter, everything from bobsleighing to winter bungee jumping, snowmobiling and sleigh rides are on offer, but the real reason everyone comes here is for the perfect powder. Skiers and snowboarders are spoiled with over 200 trails and an average of 458 inches of snow each season. The village has state of the art facilities, thanks to the legacy of the 2010 winter games. And hey, if it’s good enough for gold medal winners, it’s good enough for the backpackers.

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BEST FOR NATURE ICE: OTTAWA

Canada is renowned for its deep winter freeze - but why should the mountain folk have all the fun? One of winter’s greatest natural wonders is located in the Canadian capital of Ottawa. Come February the city snaps on its skates as the UNESCO World Heritage listed Rideau Canal freezes, creating an eight-kilometre long ice-skating rink from downtown to Dows Lake. Known as the Skateway, the route is lined by hot chocolate stalls and heated change rooms, while the city maintains the surface at night, keeping it smooth. Businessmen use it as a shortcut to work, kids play ice hockey, and backpackers in the know source some skates for one of the most ingenious ways to explore the city.

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 EST FOR COLD WATER SURFING: B TOFINO

You wouldn’t expect a place where the water hovers at a nippy 10-12 degrees to be the surf capital of Canada, but the tiny town of Tofino has carved a niche as a premier surf destination. Planning on paddling out? Luckily, there a few surf shacks that rent thermal wetsuits that can also point you in the direction of the best breaks. Beginners should try Chesterman Beach, while those who know what they’re doing head to Cox Bay. Even if it’s closing out, in winter it’s worth sticking around if a storm hits. Tofino is one of the best places in the world to storm watch, as huge waves roll across the Pacific, pounding the coastline in a spectacular display of mother nature’s fury.

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BEST FOR WHALE WATCHING: VICTORIA

The city of Victoria is known for its colonial architecture, British roots and thumping resident nightlife - thanks largely to its student population. But British Colombia’s best attraction isn’t found on land (and we’re not talking about the awesome floating ice cream parlour in Victoria’s Harbour). The city is home to a spectacular resident population of killer whales. The three pods of killer whales that roam the coast of Vancouver Island make up a total population of 84 Orcas. The oldest resident orca, known as “Granny” is thought to be over 104 years old, but it’s the recent baby boom, with nine orca calves born since December 2014, that make this activity special.

 EST FOR FESTIVAL FUN: B CALGARY STAMPEDE

Find your inner cowboy at Canada’s best-known festival, the Calgary Stampede. Held each summer in the second week of July, the 104 year-old event consumes the city of Calgary whole, attracting over 1.2 million people. And for visitors, it’s the chance to not just see a cowboy, but be a cowboy too. Held over ten days, the Stampede opens with a parade and centres around what is considered North America’s biggest and most prestigious rodeo. Complimenting the main event are carnival attractions, pancake breakfasts, an arts village, country acts, cooking competitions, and a First Nationals village, but it’s the nighttime chuck-wagon racing and Grandstand show that remains the crowd favourite. Orcas in Victoria

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V  ANCOUVER: THE CITY BY THE SEA

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For Australians, Vancouver is the gateway to Canada. There are few cities where you can stroll along the beach in the morning, ski in the afternoon, and finish the day with a drink at the CBD come nightfall but Vancouver is one of them, and it doesn’t disappoint. Surrounded on three sides by water and with an abundance of natural resources, Vancouver has emerged as one of North America’s best food cities, with food trucks, food tours and contemporary fine dining all doing big business in the city where 50% of the population are made up of immigrants. However, despite its culinary credentials, the city has a ridiculous devotion to poutine, the national dish of chips, cheese curd and gravy, one that is only surpassed by its obsession with the city’s NHL team, the Vancouver Canucks. While a night at the ice hockey is fun, tickets often sell out. If you’re keen to experience Vancouver’s nightlife, Yaletown is where the pretty people head for cocktails, and in a stroke of luck, the city’s HI-Vancouver Central is smack-bang in the centre of Granville Street, Vancouver’s party district. Gastown (fittingly named after a barkeep), is home to the city’s craft beer movement, while the LGTB scene is located in the West End. Other neighbourhoods worth checking out include Chinatown and Granville Island. Accessible by aquabus, Granville Island is home to the Public Market, a perfect pit-stop for self-caters keen to stock up on seasonal produce, as is Chinatown, with its bilingual WANT TO FIND street signs, shops and summertime hawker markets. But what separates Vancouver from other cities is that OUT MORE? it is seriously forward thinking. The city had some serious u Want to find out more? There eco-credentials, with a government-led push for Vancouver is a detailed government site that to be the world’s greenest city by 2020 - so keep an eye out walks you through the application for the recycling bin at your hostel and do your part. process.

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FANCY A WORKING HOLIDAY IN CANADA? Canada’s Working Holiday Initiative has been a huge success with Australians and New Zealanders. In 2015, thousands were granted working holiday work permits, or as they’re officially known, the International Experience Canada Open Work Permit (IEC) under the category of working holiday. One of the biggest draw cards has been the snow, with many opting to work the ski season. •“I decided a ski holiday would be great,” says Brad Fisher, who spent a year working in Canada. “But spending a few months and boarding every weekend sounded better”. Brad headed to Banff, booking into the HI Alpine on a two-week job seeker package. First he found work in a bar, before securing a job with a hotel - even appearing as the mascot in Banff’s Canada Day parade His advice for those thinking of a working holiday? “Talk to as many people as you can before you go. Listen to their advice. But when you get there, tread your own path”. • Hayley Simpson did just that, working in Vancouver from June 2013 to November 2014, blogging about her adventures at hayleyonholiday.com. Rather than hit the slopes, she stayed in Vancouver. “The city is just beautiful: from the entertainment to the dining scene to the nature, it honestly has it all” says Hayley. “I was actually tossing up between Canada and the UK… my head decided on Canada basically because I knew so many people that had moved to London, and I wanted to do something different”. Hayley ended up with two jobs: one at Starbucks, and with the Aussie Pie Guy food truck. “Being able to share an Australian staple with Canadians didn't even feel like work”. Her advice? “You don't have to go to a ski resort. There is more than just one option when it comes to working holidays in Canada.”

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WHEN TRAVELLING

the East Coast of Australia you're expected to get in the ocean and take a surf lesson – but don’t forget to bring your skateboard because there are amazing skate parks and bowls in the coastal towns. All good trips should start or finish in Byron Bay. There’s so much to do like exploring the pristine beaches, witnessing an eye-boggling amount of whales, dolphins, sea eagles and kangaroos and eating locally made foods. And who can pass up finishing a trip at Sydney’s iconic Bondi – home to arguably Australia’s most famous skate bowl. Here are the six best skate bowls from Byron Bay in Northern New South Wales to Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

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BANGALOW SKATE PARK The park is only fifteen minutes from the beach at Byron Bay and the feature worth visiting is the bowl. It’s a soft smiling jellybean shape in a traditional pool style fashion. The three steps leading into the shallow end give it authenticity and prove to be a tricky obstacle if you can maintain the speed to get up and over them. A flat tech section has plenty of rails to slide on but according to Jack, a local kid who lives around the corner “The pool feature is the best. The curves are just right.” Eat: Try Ozy Mex’s Burrito on Jonson Street and add some of Byron Bay Chilli Co.’s Coconut Chilli Curry and Ginger Salsa on top. Play: Jonson Street starts at the beach and heads inland through the middle of Byron Bay toward the Bangalow Bowl. Here you’ll find the bar Cheeky Monkeys where dancing on the table is encouraged.

YAMBA This is a river mouth town and the pace of life matches the slow movement of water seeping from the Clarence River into the Pacific Ocean. When picturing Yamba think fresh caught seafood, coastal walks and kids who learned to skate and surf before walking. Yamba Skate Park is right near Yamba YHA, so use that as your reference point when arriving in town. The best feature of the park is a fifteen metre long halfpipe with a soft bank at one end. Skate like a local and roll in the banked end treating the concrete like a wave. Eat: The Pacific Hotel at 18 Pilot Street serves up fresh and Kilpatrick-style oysters with the best ocean view in town. But make room for breakfast at the YHA’s ground floor café – perfect for people watching. Play: The Pacific Hotel again for endless games of billiards with a view.

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PORT MACQUARIE The Town Beach skate park is artistically engineered. It’s designed in a tic-tac-toe-like linear format: A straight street-run section of rails and a flat top bench intersects a quarter of a pyramid hip that runs at a right angle across a flat section. This cuts into a mini ramp that feeds a half pipe section with a flat space between each bank that runs up to a separate bowl. In true Australian style, the edge of the skate bowl is mere metres from the ocean. Eat: Keep the fresh seafood and great views theme going by grabbing fish and chips from Mike’s Seafood’s on 13 Hay Street and walk a minute to the water's edge to munch away. Play: Go-Karting Port Macquarie wwhas an all-weather course with karts reaching speeds of up to 70kph. Once you’ve ripped around the Town Beach Skate Park, take your speed levels up a notch driving the Go-Karts.

NEWCASTLE The Bar Beach skate bowl is the biggest bowl on your East Coast trip so far. When you climb in you’re secluded from the ocean view and cut off from the wind. Shaped like the number 8 you’ll be doing well to hit the coping in the deep end. If you’re here in February check out the Australian Bowl Riding Championship held at Bar Beach Bowl for a taste of Aussie talent. Eat: The Bowery Boys is a restaurant for cocktails inspired by 1840s' New York gangs. They serve smoked meats with pickled produce in the style of the times at 5/107 Darby St, Cooks Hill. Play: Check out the Bogey Hole (on the water at Shortland Esplanade) otherwise known as the Commandant’s Bath. A man-made rock pool built to swim safely.

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BONDI BEACH The Bondi Bowl is as iconic as the Opera House, if you skate. It is gargantuan. It’s like two giant scoops of ice cream out of a fresh tub; there are hips between the scoops to pump through with speed and flow. When you're skating here expect to lose control when hitting the coping – it’ll be the views over the beach that stun you off your board. Eat: The Neighbourhood's legendary jaffles are the ticket to comfort food. For $10, a better meal is hard to find in Bondi. Find them at 143 Curlewis Street. Play: Head straight to the most populated beach in Australia. Bondi is bustling with an international cast so sink into the sand and find some new friends.

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WINTER IS COMING! Which means we get to rug up and enjoy the magical feeling that the season brings with it. The best thing about winter is undoubtedly the festivals and markets where we can indulge ourselves in scrumptious soul-warming food and drinks. Check out our list of the very best to get you into the spirit!

VIC WINTER NIGHT MARKET Wednesday nights June - August 2016 The biggest winter event on Melbourne’s calendar is back – the Winter Night Market at the Queen Victoria Market. Every Wednesday night from 5-10 pm throughout June, July and August, thousands will brace the bitter Melbourne winter and flock to the market to indulge BOOK in a night of food, drinks and NOW entertainment. qvm.com.au. u u

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WINTER FESTIVAL SYDNEY 30 June – 17 July 2016 Don your ice-skates (or simply hire them) and hit the ice rink! The Sydney Winter Festival is back. Feast on culinary delights from Europe and be entertained by the surrounding acts at St Mary’s Cathedral right in the middle of the CBD. Make the most of winter and enjoy the cold like the other side of the world! winterfestival.com.au. u u

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QUEENSTOWN WINTER FESTIVAL 24 June – 3 July 2016 Some contend it’s the Southern Hemisphere’s biggest winter party – a 10-day, full-on Queenstowncentric celebration. Street parties, fireworks, a boat party, craft markets and a buzzy Carnival atmosphere spreads from the mountain slopes to the lively town centre. There’s plenty of quirky action on the region’s legendary ski slopes with the furry favourite Dog Derby, ice hockey, on-snow mountain biking, suitcase races and more. And it’s all backdropped with Queenstown’s snowy mountain peaks, blue skies and glacial Lake Wakatipu. winterfestival.co.nz

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BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL 23 - 28 June 2016

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Be prepared for some serious wanderlust when the Banff Mountain Film Festival arrives in Perth. Enjoy over 2 hours of films featuring remote landscapes, cultures, adrenaline-packed adventure and excitement and of course, mountains. Be inspired to get outdoors and experience a thrilling and blood pumping adventure of your own. banffaustralia.com.au.

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BROADBEACH COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL 17 - 19 June 2016

Hit the Gold Coast for the fourth annual Broadbeach Country Music Festival. This free music event uniquely combines ‘country with the coast’. This beachside event throughout the Broadbeach precinct showcases performers including Adam Brand and The Outlaws, The Sunny Cowgirls, Jasmine Rae and the Adam Eckersley Band. broadbeachcountry.com.

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NZ MOUNTAIN FILM & BOOK FESTIVAL 1 - 9 July 2016 Don’t let the name fool you, this isn’t just an up close and personal, adrenaline-fuelled, top-notch mountain film and book festival to satisfy extreme sports addicts with exhilarating explores of the mountain world by national and international filmmakers and writers. It’s also an adventure film and writing school, a forum for world-class adventurers to speak to the masses, a surge of mountain book and literature events, an awards night with live music, an outdoorsy art exhibition and, of course, loads of socialising. You get all that and more bundled up over 9 days in Wanaka, Queenstown and Cromwell. mountainfilm.net.nz.

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HIDDEN TREASURES - WINTER MUSIC SERIES Thursday nights between 8 - 29 July The West End of Fremantle will be home to the Hidden Treasures - Winter Music Series every Thursday night throughout the month of July. Music aficionados will gather to hear the best musicians that the port city has to offer, as well as musicians who just can’t get enough of playing in Fremantle. frematlestory.com.au.

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INTERNATIONAL CHAMPIONS CUP AUSTRALIA 23 - 29 July 2016

Soccer (or football, to the purists) lovers unite! On the 23rd, 26th and 29th of July, you’ll be able to watch some of the powerhouses of world soccer battle it out for victory on Australia’s greatest sporting ground, the MCG. Melbourne Victory, Juventus, Tottenham and Atletico Madrid will put on top notch performances in order to win the Australian International Champions Cup. Tickets are bound to sell out quickly. internationalchampionscup.com.

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ADELAIDE BEER & BBQ FESTIVAL 8 - 10 July 2016 Beer & BBQ – it’s the food and drink combination that dreams are made of. The Adelaide Beer & BBQ Festival will help you fight off the winter blues this July with a plethora of beers and ciders to choose from and delicious BBQ to munch on. Throw in some live entertainment and you’ve got a fantastic weekend ahead of you. Make sure you mark this festival down on your calendar! adelaidebeerfest.com.au.

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LYTTELTON HARBOUR FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS 24 June 2016

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OHAKUNE MARDI GRAS (OMG!) 25 June 2016 Cross carnival dress-ups with a music festival and OMG is the offspring! The mountain town puts on a huge group hug of a winter street party for six packed hours of live music, dress-ups, rides and a hefty dash of street performers topped off with the ever-popular crack and boom fireworks display. And the sum total of it all? The most electric atmosphere this side of anywhere. ohakunemardigras.co.nz. Stay at YHA Ohakune u 0800 278 299 (NZ) 1800 242 191 (Aus) u book@yha.co.nz u

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