New Zealand

Tasmania eyeing direct flights to New Zealand with trans-Tasman travel bubble

May 7, 2020

Talks of forthcoming travel between Australia and New Zealand, referred to as the “trans-Tasman bubble”, has been the centre of much discussion since The National Cabinet met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier this week. The possibility of opening up a travel route between the two countries, despite the global pandemic, is seriously […]

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One of New Zealand’s longest running wine festivals is this month

November 1, 2019

One of New Zealand’s most iconic wine regions will once again be on full display during the one-day 28th annual Toast Martinborough festival, scheduled for Sunday 17th November. The long running festival of wine, food and music amongst the vines will highlight the spirit of Martinborough’s passionate wine community and task the participating vineyards in […]

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VWOAP: Wellington’s epic food and wine festival is now an entire month long

June 24, 2019

Across the entire 31-day stretch of August, New Zealand’s trendy capital of Wellington will once again host Visa Wellington on a Plate (VWOAP). The long-running food and wine festival, which touches everywhere from Wellington City to the Kāpiti Coast, picturesque Hutt Valley, and Wairarapa, is set to reach unprecedented levels in 2019, thanks to an […]

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Can’t afford to visit NZ IRL? Virtual Wellington will get you there for free

January 30, 2019

Gamification in the tech industry is nothing new. Apps like Habitica have taken even the most mundane tasks like ticking items off a checklist and turned them into a role playing game in which you, personally, are the star. You might think that’s pretty full on, but hold on a sec because it gets way […]

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Album Review: Lakyn’s & Pains (2018 EP) demonstrates real beauty through his lyrics and growth in his sound

September 10, 2018

Emotion is often at the centerpoint of many artists works, with Lakyn’s upcoming EP & Pains drawing heavily on his feelings and experiences, causing the listener to be enraptured by Lakyn’s sound throughout six delicately cultivated tracks. Lakyn has been in and around the industry for some time, but his powerful songs have helped him open […]

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Five things you need to know about NZ’s first original Netflix series Dark Tourist

July 24, 2018

A lot of travel programs follow a tried and tested formula. There’s a charismatic host. Pleasant and idyllic locations. There are the ingredients you’d typically associate with a fun holiday. But the opposite is true for the new, eight-part Netflix series Dark Tourist – New Zealand’s first original series for the streaming platform. This program prides […]

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Jeremy Renner, Catherine Tate and more to head to Armageddon Expo Wellington in NZ

February 2, 2018

Here at The Iris we’re quite fond of attending pop culture and comic conventions. We’ve been regularly covering Australian events for the last few years now. However this year we’re setting our sights on events abroad and looking to check out what our international compatriots have to offer. Across the ditch our New Zealand neighbours […]

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Call of Duty World League National Circuit open to Australia and New Zealand

January 15, 2018

Competitive Call of Duty teams from both Australia and New Zealand now have the chance to sign up to the Call of Duty World League National Circuit to test their skills and teamwork on a national scale, in order to prove who’s the best down under.

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An extra five flights will connect Auckland and Honolulu each week from 2018

September 19, 2017

Island time will soon be easier to reach for Kiwis, with an additional five non-stop weekly flights scheduled to connect Auckland and Honolulu from 21st March 2018. Hawaiian Airlines’ increased schedule will have flights depart Auckland at 11:55 pm five times weekly, Wednesday through Sunday, arriving in Honolulu at 9:45 a.m. on the same day. Flights […]

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Interview: Producer Jason Michael Paul on bringing The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of The Godesses show to Australia, RePlay and working with Nintendo

August 7, 2017

When you get the chance to sit down with a concert producer who has continually worked to bring the video game industry we all love into the theatre, you don’t lose your words, you make some up! Last week, I got to speak with Jason Michael Paul before his globe-trotting adventures bring his The Legend of Zelda: […]

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More Than Just Mountains: 10 essentials for a short stay in Queenstown, New Zealand

June 5, 2017

Anyone who has been to New Zealand’s invaluable Queenstown would agree that this special part of the world deserves much more than just a few days of exploration. It’s not enough to call it a beautiful part of a country that’s famous for its beautiful parts; such a description would barely nick the surface of […]

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QT Hotels and Resorts have officially expanded to New Zealand with Wellington property

May 22, 2017

In what is a huge step for one of Australia’s most unique and treasured hotel groups, QT Hotels & Resorts have officially made their way across the ditch, expanding to New Zealand with the opening of QT Museum Wellington, and the forthcoming arrival of QT Queenstown. QT has become widely known in and outside of […]

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Tapanui: How a small New Zealand town became the heart and soul of Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

January 18, 2017

“Edge of the Forest”: an apt description of quiet West Otago township Tapanui, the words located underneath it’s welcome signage. On first look, this forestry town on New Zealand’s south island, a few hours east of Queenstown, is no more than a quick stop-off on a road trip through the region’s stunning scenery, which includes […]

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KFC have created a scented candle that smells like fried chicken for some reason

December 7, 2016

“Why not make it smell like Fried Chicken”. No they are not the famous last words from KFC founder Colonel Harland David Sanders, but the reasoning behind a very odd product, spoken by CMO Kevin Hochman. It’s what he told Business Insider when approached about the very curious release of (extra crispy) fried chicken scented

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Ubisoft’s new Just Sing karaoke title is out now

September 8, 2016

Ubisoft has announced Just Sing, the musical successor to Just Dance,  has been officially released in Australia and New Zealand on the PlayStation 4 with an Xbox One released scheduled for later this year.

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Bill Bailey’s Larks In Transit is headed to Australia and New Zealand

July 13, 2016

Twenty years of travellers’ tales have gone into British comedian Bill Bailey‘s latest show, Larks In Transit, which will be touring Australia and New Zealand later this year. His 15 date tour will see him travel around Australia, sharing tales from two decades as a comedian, from politics, to philosophy, to a painful encounter with Paul […]

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Spotlight on Auckland: Where to eat and drink in the City of Sails (New Zealand)

May 1, 2016

Located on the North Island of New Zealand, Auckland is renowned as one of the major cities of the Oceania ecozone, an increasingly popular destination for those that use the city as a comfortable base for exploring the wider natural surrounds. The city is also a frequent stop for business travelers in the Southern Hemisphere, […]

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Festival Review: Auckland City Limits – Western Springs (19.03.16)

March 23, 2016

After a worrying spat of cancelled festivals – Soulfest, Echo Fest and Westfest – it would have been understandable for the majority to approach the inaugural Auckland City Limits with caution. The reputation of Austin City Limits, one of the biggest and most loved music festivals in the history of music festivals, may have been […]

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Wellington welcomes Autumn with Cuba Street Festival “CubaDupa” (New Zealand)

March 13, 2016

New Zealand’s capital of Wellington has sprung to life with a variety of unmissable events to welcome in Autumn, particularly a big street festival celebrating one of the most famous areas of the city, Cuba Street. With more cafes, bars and restaurants per capita than hustle-and-bustle New York City, Wellington is also known as “the […]

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A brief history of Auckland’s stylish High Street (New Zealand)

March 9, 2016

The old-world charm of Auckland’s High Street often puts the strip on the lips of travelers just returning from a New Zealand trip, championing the bespoke, the hip, and the craft that characterise the distinctive slice of the city’s cultural scene. It seems every city is now pushing it’s own “hipster” area in order to […]

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Weta studio tours has been listed as ‘one of the 10 film wonders of the world’

March 3, 2016

New Zealand has a hidden gem for movie lovers around the world. The Wellington-based Weta Workshop‘s filmmaking facilities has been listed as one of the top 10 film studio tours worldwide. They have  proven to be extremely popular with over 100,000 people attending the workshop since the beginning of April last year. The Guardian ranked the […]

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Gelato Messina launches new flavour inspired by Wellington, New Zealand, for one week only

November 10, 2015

In what is one of the more unique collaborations Gelato Messina have offered Australia, the renowned dessert kings have teamed up with New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, to create a Welly inspired flavour that will be available across all Messina stores for just one week. With the cheeky name of “Sweet As”, the very limited […]

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Photo Gallery and Live Review: Discovering the best NZ music at "The Others Way" Festival in Auckland

September 18, 2015

Pictured: Aldous Harding Earlier this month, I headed over to Auckland, New Zealand, to talk at the Going Global music conference. Coinciding with the event was Flying Out’s inaugural festival The Others Way (Friday 4th September), which showcased the best music from New Zealand across seven stages over six hours, with some 32 bands selling […]

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Sydney Underground Film Festival Review: Housebound (New Zealand, 2014)

September 9, 2014

There are two film genres that are notoriously hard to get just right – horror and comedy. So does that make a horror-comedy mash-up near impossible to perfect? Evidently not-so for Kiwi writer/director, Gerard Johnstone who nailed it on his first try with Housebound. The first horror film to (finally) present a practical reason for […]

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