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Looking beyond Hobbiton to experience New Zealand’s charms

The Mirror Lakes are just one of the postcard-perfect vistas in New Zealand.

The cold and rainy weather failed to dampen this writer’s spirits a few weeks ago when we set foot in Hobbiton, the fictional village of the Hobbits set and shot among the rolling hills of Matamata in New Zealand.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Photos & Videos,Travel | Read More »

Tips for first time visitors to New Zealand

1. Bring an adaptor for your gadgets. Their three-pronged plugs are different; two of them are slanted. I ended up borrowing an adaptor from the hotel front desk since the two “universal” adaptors I brought with me weren’t actually universal.

Posted: July 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Travel | Read More »

War of wines: South Africa vs New Zealand vs France


Meeting South African chef Pieter de Jager and tasting his cooking paired with South African wines at the Prince Albert Rotisserie of the InterContinental Manila brought me back to Stellenbosch where the vineyards of Cape Town are situated. On our way there, the mountains changed colors as the sun went down. Polka-dotted guinea fowls roamed […]

Posted: July 3rd, 2014 in Columns,Featured Columns | Read More »

New Zealand trade fair to offer food, wine and the chance to travel

NEW ZEALAND Ambassador Reuben Levermore TEDDY PELAEZ

For cineastes, New Zealand is synonymous to Middle Earth and “The Lord of the Rings.” For many Filipinos, however, little is known of it, save the fact that there are more sheep than its 4.4 million human population.

Posted: June 19th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Food,Headlines | Read More »

Filipina is New Zealand bet to Miss World 2014

Screengrab from Miss World New Zealand 2014 Arielle Garciano’s Facebook.

A Filipina was chosen to represent New Zealand in Miss World 2014, the Philippine Embassy in New Zealand said on Saturday.

Posted: May 10th, 2014 in Lifestyle Stories | Read More »