Taupo, New Zealand
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Washed up ski bum and craft brewer who also runs a marketing consultancy. I love travel, and travel as much as I can (over 35 countries so far).
It's winter, so obviously it's not going to be hot and sunny. Having said that, there aren't many places in New Zealand that get really cold, it's more wind and rain you'll get unless you go up a mountain.As a local, I actually prefer winter to summe... See More
There are a fair few places in Edinburgh that are good for kids - definitely take a trip to Edinburgh Zoo for the penguins and the giant pandas. Our Dynamic Earth is also well worth a trip when in Edinburgh for dinosaurs, volcanoes and the like. A bi... See More
Three nights is not a long time to visit. I'm assuming you're flying into Auckland Airport, so bear in mind that you'll have to get to Queenstown and back in that time, and that flights don't go into Queenstown Airport after dark because of the mount... See More
Check out the Queen Charlotte Track at the top of the South Island. It's about 70km end to end and runs through lush forest, coastal bays with a few hills and ridges thrown in. Not a difficult track. If you're into kayaking, it's a great place for th... See More
So many places, but if I had to pick just one it would be Wharariki Beach in Golden Bay, New Zealand. A long sweep of golden sand, with high dunes, caves and views to small islands. At low tide you can walk along the beach to a cool natural stone bri... See More
Lapland is awesome, although I went in February rather than at Christmas. We stayed in a log cabin at Sallatunturi which was really cool, right next to a small ski field, frozen lake for ice fishing and a reindeer park.Christmas in Austria is great -... See More
Campervans are a great way to see the best of New Zealand. There are quite a lot of people out and about in their RVs in both islands, especially in summer. The best brands to go for are Britz, Maui and Kea, and a range of sizes are available - from ... See More
Edinburgh has some of the best architecture, great pubs and history (Edinburgh Castle, The Royal Mile, St.Giles Cathedral for example) and is easy to get around on foot or using public transport. Go in Summer for the Edinburgh Festival and Fringe or ... See More
Try the Travelodge chain, there are a number around the city center. This time of year is peak season, so things will be expensive. August / September always expensive because of the Festival and Fringe. See More