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Pip Simpkin



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Retired Phys Ed teacher who loves to travel

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AColombo: What is your favorite restaurant in Colombo?

I always recommend The Gallery Cafe, the former office of the architect Geoffrey Bawa. It is my favorite restaurant worldwide. See More

ANew Zealand: Best underrated towns to visit in New Zealand?

New Plymouth​, Napier​ and Hanmer Springs​ are all worth a visit. See More

ANew Zealand: Best towns in New Zealand for a first timer?

You already have great advice about where to go, but you asked about accommodation. You will find somewhere to stay everywhere you go. There are backpacker hostels where you can swap advice with other travelers, or motels, which all have cooking facilities and laundries.... See More

AQueenstown: Best place to stay with family in Queenstown?

I would recommend the Hotel Novotel Queenstown Lakeside​, right in town, near the lake and park, good breakfast and rooms to share. See More

ANew Zealand: When is the best time to travel to New Zealand?

August is the middle of winter, cold and wet and a bad time, unless you want to ski. December is when the whole of New Zealand​ is on holiday, so accommodation can be tricky to find. The best month is February, it is the middle of summer but our holidays... See More

AHong Kong: Things to do while in town for the Hong Kong Sevens

I would recommend staying in Causeway Bay​ or Wan Chai​, which are easy walking distance to the stadium. You must take the Star Ferry across to Kowloon​ and the Peak Tram. It is possible to walk down from the Peak,... See More

ANew Zealand: 1 week road trip across the South Island?

Queenstown is the place to be for wine and adventures. If you book a campervan it would be redundant to stay at B & B's, wouldn't it? They would not be ideal on a honeymoon IMHO, because your hosts usually want to spend time with you! You could... See More

ANew Zealand: What are the most scenic hiking trails in New Zealand?

The best hike of all is the Milford Track, but if you can't spare the time do the Heaphy Track​, the Abel Tasman Walkway​​ or the Routeburn Track​. See More

ANew Zealand: What time of the year is it best to visit NZ?

February and March are good, the school holidays are over but it is still summer. April and May are likely to be cooler and wet, though sometimes autumn weather can be good, and the colors of exotic trees in Central Otago are best then. See More

QMexico City: 18 hours in town

We are flying in at 6.30pm and out again at 2pm the next day. Where should we stay and what can we see in such a short stay? See More

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