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Old April 19th, 2011, 12:02 AM   #121
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Early snow raises hopes for ski season
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5:30 AM Wednesday Apr 6, 2011

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The country's skifields have had an early taste of snow, with 10-15cm falling yesterday on the upper slopes of Mt Ruapehu's Whakapapa field. MetService spokesman Andy Downs said temperatures had fallen across New Zealand over the past few days as cold air from the south west moved up the country. "It will stay fairly cold through the next few days. We expect it to continue on through until Friday, when things steady down and start to recover. "And by the weekend it looks like we're back into a ridge of high pressure, with temperatures starting to recover again."

Early next week temperatures will be in the low 20C range, but will gradually drop in late April and early May. Mike Smith of Ruapehu Alpine Lifts said snow started to fall on Mt Ruapehu around 11pm on Monday night, and had become fairly heavy by yesterday afternoon. Turoa Rd was closed because of snow. The mountain's Turoa skifield was not due to open until June 25, but Mr Smith said he hoped the snowfall was a sign of good things to come. "We're pretty heartened - the Niwa climate outlook for autumn and winter was released late last week.
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Queenstown set to be a big winner on US TV
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Queenstown will beam into millions of US homes in a highly anticipated New Zealand special episode of the hit reality television show “The Biggest Loser: Couples”. Two episodes of the top-rating show were filmed under wraps in New Zealand in February this year and the second episode, which goes to air on 19 April, features the remaining eight contestants battling it out in Queenstown. It follows the contestants undertaking a river boarding challenge and the winner receiving the coveted prize of immunity plus a helicopter ride to Milford Sound. It also features The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and some of the contestants bungy jumping, rock climbing and canyon swinging.

Feedback from The Biggest Loser team showed Queenstown to be a hit. Whilst in town trainer Bob Harper tweeted: "We are in Queenstown, New Zealand, and I gotta say God really outdid himself down here. This place is fantastic." Alison Sweeney was also a big fan, posting the following blog whilst in Queenstown: “I am having such a fantastic time in New Zealand. Every beautiful day here leads to another exciting adventure.” The Biggest Loser show regularly attracts more than nine million viewers in the US and was targeted by Tourism New Zealand as high profile opportunity to showcase New Zealand's beauty, thrilling adventures and demonstrate how accessible and fun it is to Americans considering a visit. The US is a major source of visitors to New Zealand with 190,000 travellers arriving in the last year.

Destination Queenstown assisted with the logistics of the visit and various Queenstown operators provided their time and expertise to ensure the filming was a success. Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt says it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Queenstown to one of its major international visitor markets. “Money can’t buy the kind of exposure this has given Queenstown. This has given us some real cut-through to a huge US audience which is a difficult thing to do given the size of its media industry. In time, the series will also roll out to the rest of the world which will give us even more international exposure.” For more information about Queenstown please visit www.queenstown-nz.co.nz
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Auckland showcased in episode of the 'Biggest Loser'
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Auckland has been showcased to millions of Americans overnight, during an episode of the 'Biggest Loser'. An episode of the popular reality series was filmed in the city earlier this year, and it's now gone to air. It saw 'Biggest Loser' couples having to sprint up the SkyTower, sail an America's Cup yacht and complete a triathlon at Bethells Beach. Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development spokesman Brent Warren says the US is Auckland's third largest visitor market. "Money can't buy this sort of exposure. The Biggest Loser gives a fabulous profile for Auckland. We're certainly confident it'll generate more leads into Auckland's visitor market," he says. Mr Warren says tourism is big business in Auckland, generating more than$3 million in GDP each year.
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Auckland Airport March passenger volumes rise 4.4%
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Auckland International Airport Ltd., the country’s major gateway, said international passenger volumes rose 4.4% in February, helped by a pick-up in visitors from Australia. International passenger movements, excluding transits, rose to 575,139 in February from 551,085 in the same month of 2010, the airport said in its monthly traffic update. Arrivals from Australia climbed 8.2% to 56,112. The biggest Asian sources of visitors all recorded gains in the latest month. Those from China rose 6.6% to 17,306, while those from South Korea jumped 19% to 4,533. The airport's figures bear out visitor data released by Statistics New Zealand today, which showed Asian visitors helped make up for a drop-off in those from the U.K. The airport recorded a 5.5% drop in passengers from the U.K.

New routes have opened up, with China Airlines linking Auckland with Taipei and China Southern operating direct flights to Guangzhou. Visitors from the U.S. rose 5.9% to 20,282. Total domestic passengers through the airport rose 0.5% to 503,704, with numbers affected by the Christchurch earthquake. Queenstown Airport, which is a quarter-owned by Auckland Airport, had a 98% surge in international passenger movements to 13,078 in February, while domestic passengers rose 8.4% to 68,377. Auckland Airport’s shares rose 1.6% to $2.19 today and have dropped 3% this year.
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Christchurch still in top five destination list
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Christchurch remains one of New Zealanders' favourite places to visit in the country despite the devastating February 22 earthquake, according to a survey released today. The latest Fly Buys/Colmar Brunton Mood of the New Zealand Traveller Survey released by the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand has Wellington on top, followed by Auckland, Queenstown, Christchurch, then Nelson. Even though the Garden City has dropped in the ratings from third, TIA chief executive Tim Cossar said the results are pleasing for Christchurch's tourism industry.

"While it's understandable tourism numbers will suffer due to the earthquake, it's great to see the majority of Kiwis haven't been deterred. Christchurch still has so much to offer, and the ski season is also approaching, which means a likely increase in tourist numbers. Christchurch remains an important gateway to some of the South Island's top ski-fields," he said. The survey found of those New Zealanders living outside Christchurch, 28 per cent plan to visit the city in the next year. Sixty per cent said the earthquake has not affected their desire to visit Christchurch and 8 per cent are now more inclined to take a trip there. However 29 per cent say they are less inclined to visit.

Of those who said they were more inclined to visit the city following the quake, 47 per cent say it's to support the local economy, 50 per cent to visit/support family and friends, 38 per cent to see the changes to the city, and 34 per cent to help the community. Those less inclined to visit were scared of another earthquake (65 per cent), concerned about the lack of infrastructure (60 per cent), and put off by the loss of the city's heritage buildings (15 per cent). The poll also shows while we have a strong desire to travel within New Zealand, time and money are the main barriers. Finances was the biggest barrier for 77 per cent of Kiwis, followed by being too busy at work at 51 per cent and having family commitments 26 per cent.
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Millbrook named the World's best golf course
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Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named the world’s best golf resort by a prestigious Australian travel magazine. Millbrook has taken out top place in Luxury Travel Magazine’s 2011 Gold List Award for overseas golf resorts, ahead of strong New Zealand and international contenders. Last year Millbrook came fourth in the awards, which are decided upon by a survey that goes to tens of thousands of discerning, travel-loving readers and clients of Virtuoso, the world’s most exclusive travel agents, to vote on their favourite destinations each year. This year Millbrook heads a golf resort list that includes The Farm at Cape Kidnappers, New Zealand (2nd) Kauri Cliffs in Matauri Bay, New Zealand (3rd), Mission Hills Resort in Shenzhen, China (4th) and Sun City Resort in South Africa (5th).

Millbrook was also lauded as one of the best New Zealand properties within three hours of the city, taking out fifth place overall behind exclusive lodges such as Huka Lodge and Blanket Bay. The awards are regarded as one of the most comprehensive luxury travel surveys undertaken by an Australian magazine and widely accepted as Australia’s premier travel awards. Millbrook General Manager David Onions said the team at Millbrook was “absolutely thrilled” to gain international recognition as the world’s top golf resort. “To be recognized as the world’s best place to play golf, against some strong competition from other internationally renowned golf resorts, is a wonderful accolade for us,” he said.

“This award comes at an ideal time because many Australians are booking their ski holidays now, and we have a unique ‘green valley’ situation where you can ski in the morning and have a round of golf in the afternoon. “Millbrook’s the perfect choice for a winter holiday because it’s close to the action of Queenstown and ski fields, just a 20-minute drive to Coronet Peak, yet has a tranquility and ambience about it which enables people to unwind in five-star style with world-class golf, spa and restaurant facilities on their doorstep.” Mr Onions paid tribute to the hard work and vision of the Millbrook team and its owners in driving a multi-million dollar investment in golf.

In the past three years, the resort has made a significant $30million investment in an innovative covered driving range converted from a former woolshed, a new nine-hole golf course known as the Coronet Nine, extensive upgrades to the existing 18-hole championship golf course, and housing development in the western extension of Millbrook. The newly structured, award-winning 27-hole configuration at Millbrook has proved hugely popular with local, New Zealand and international golfers. Millbrook’s three interchangeable ‘nines’ create a varied diet of golf and a combination that only a small handful of courses in the country offer.

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Set in a natural, alpine amphitheatre against a backdrop of snow-capped mountain ranges on the outskirts of world-renowned tourism destination Queenstown, Millbrook was formerly a wheat farm with a 150-year history. It’s retained many heritage features including the original Millhouse, rustic buildings and a majestic avenue of trees. Millbrook features five-star accommodation, world class dining, the Spa at Millbrook (ranked among the Top Ten in the World), a health and fitness centre, a championship 27-hole golf course, covered driving range, swimming pool, outdoor spa pools, tennis courts and several kilometres of biking and walking trails. Millbrook’s numerous neighbourhoods range from Butel Villas to 2, 3 and 4 bedroom cottages and luxurious Fairway Homes. Nearby you can enjoy the gold rush era village of Arrowtown with its many restaurants, museums and shops. Queenstown’s attractions include a wide range of activities, wineries, easy access to five ski areas, great nightlife and award-winning restaurants and bars.
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Here is a list of ASK MEN magazine, which this year has chosen 29 cities around the world in which to make a holiday. They writes:

“You deserve a vacation. But from the steamy clubs of Sao Paulo to the seething crowds at London's Wembley Stadium, men today are spoiled for choice. So where to go?
AskMen has the answer. Whether you're looking for an epic party, a mind-blowing sports experience, a perfect martini, or just the simple pleasures of the world's most beautiful women, our Top 29 Cities To Visit in 2011 has you covered.”


The list (created by me) shows the votes obtained by the city, according to various categories (weather, coast, sport, food, accomodation, night life, woman, buzz, history, explorability) . Also listed in green are the highest values for each category, while the red lower values.

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Can Wellington retain its arts capital title?

For years Wellington has called itself the cultural capital. Now others do, including influential international travel guidebook Lonely Planet.

The city can boast being home to the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the Royal NZ Ballet, the NZ International Arts Festival, NZ Fringe Festival, World of WearableArt Awards, the national drama and dance schools, Te Papa, three professional theatres, numerous public and dealer galleries and Sir Peter Jackson's film studios.

A 2008 Creative New Zealand survey found that 85 per cent of Wellingtonians believed the city's cultural status was important and 67 per cent said it was an important reason for them to continue living in the city.

It's also important for the economy. In 2009 it injected up to $292 million into the city and up to $583m if flow-on effects are accounted for. The same year it also employed up to 5300 - a similar size to the transport and storage industry.

Being the "cultural capital" is also the main reason for a least one-third of international tourists coming to Wellington.

But the city's status as the cultural capital is under attack. Unless changes are made, it may not last.

A Wellington City Council- commissioned report this year found that Auckland is now seen as the place to be for young and emerging artists. They feel there's a "buzz" to the country's largest city. It also found that many fear the new super- sized Auckland Council will be more aggressive in promoting arts and culture, exacerbating a northward drift of artists and arts organisations.

Another council report this month says: "There is an urgent need for a detailed and focused strategy to address current issues and propel Wellington's 'cultural capital' status to the next stage of its development . . . Other centres around New Zealand have also heavily invested in cultural activities, diminishing Wellington's clear leadership in this area."

A third report, by Arts Wellington which represents 40 of the city's arts organisations, says 75 per cent believed their sources of income from local and central government, as well as corporate sponsorship, were at risk. "In this environment it's more important than ever that we pull together to ensure Wellington retains its standing as the arts and culture capital," Arts Wellington chairwoman Lyndsey O'Reilly said when it was released in February.

Positively Wellington Tourism chief executive David Perks said Wellington had to be on on its guard. "The type and style of events Wellington is known for aren't easily transferred, but they're easily lost. That's a position that others are waiting in the wings desperate to take from us."

The signs are there.

This month Auckland Council voted to back an events strategy to make the city "a global events destination". It will boost funding to attract more events from $6m to $18m in the 2012-2013 financial year. This year's Auckland Writers and Readers Festival, which ended on Sunday, boasted a record attendance of 32,000.

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Queenstown in the TripAdvisor Top 25 Destinations in the world 2011

Queenstown in the TOP 25 DESTINATIONS IN THE WORD 2011 of TripAdvisor. Below is a description:
<<Staggering beauty and heart-pumping thrills await in the resort town of Queenstown, Which Is Also known for much of the ITS-Hobbits Lord of the Rings Trilogy Was filmed in the area. Outdoor enthusiasts flock to Queenstown for the kayaking, bungee jumping, jetboating, white-water rafting, hiking and skiing. More mild-mannered adventurers can take a quiet cruise through nearby Milford Sound, part of the Fjordland National Park World Heritage area, or sample South Island pinot noir from one of the region's 75 wineries.>>

The list in full:
1) Cape Town, South Africa
2) Sydney, Australia
3) Machu Picchu, Peru
4) Paris, France
5) Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6) New York City, USA
7) Rome, Italy
8) London, UK
9) Barcelona, Spain
10) Hong Kong, China
11) Kyoto, Japan
12) Queenstown, New Zealand
13) Jerusalem, Israel
14) Sieam Reap, Cambodia
15) Prague, Czech Repubblic
16) Venice, Italy
17) Buenos Aires, Argentina
18) Ko Phi Phi Don, Thailand
19) Honolulu, USA
20) St. Petersburg, Russia
21) Florence, Italy
22) Grand Cayman, UK
23) San Francisco, USA
24) Petra / Wadi Musa, Jordan
25) Las Vegas, USA


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Top 25 Destinations in South Pacific 2011 by TripAdvisor

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Here are the TOP 25 places in New Zealand.

2) Queenstown

7) Auckland
European, Polynesian, Asian and strong Maori heritages give Auckland its distinctive culture. Discover the history of the world's largest Polynesian city through Maori treasures at Auckland Museum and experience the lives of 19th-century settlers at Howick Historical Village. Find Polynesian handicrafts at Otara Market, or people-watch in bustling Ponsonby and Parnell. Adventure junkies can get their fix from kayaking, sailing and high-octane bungee jumping.

8) Milford Sound
Hailed by Rudyard Kipling as "the eighth wonder of the world," the breathtaking Milford Sound is the star of glacier-carved Fjordland National Park, providing an emerald-green and waterfall-rich backdrop for hiking, biking and kayaking. Frequent downpours only enhance this South Island beauty, sending numerous waterfalls cascading down the cliffs. Passionate nature lovers book in advance to hike the 33-mile Milford Track, a legendary route through alpine passes and temperate rainforest.

10) Christchurch
Though still recovering from the earthquake of February 22, 2011, Christchurch abounds with arts, adventure, and optimism. It's the gateway to the beautiful Canterbury region, featuring dramatic vistas and adventure sports set against a backdrop of lofty peaks. In the central city, more and more attractions and businesses reopen to the public each day.

15) Wellington
Wellington boasts a compact downtown area that’s easy to explore on foot and a wealth of architectural styles, from 19th-century wooden cottages to Art Deco masterpieces. Discover the city’s Maori roots at the Museum of Wellington City & Sea and the Museum of New Zealand. Sip coffee and people-watch in lively Courtney Place, or survey the city from scenic Mount Victoria. When the sun goes down on Windy Wellington, take a nocturnal tour of Karori Wildlife Sanctuary to meet some colorful inhabitants.

20) Rotorua
Bubbling mineral springs and pools promise maximum relaxation in Rotorua, on New Zealand's North Island. Therapeutic hot mud pools, dramatic geysers and a buried village are within easy reach of the city. What happens in the bubbling mud geysers of "Rotovegas"—the area at the top of Fenton Street—stays in Rotovegas. Once you've made the most of the mud, soar nearly 2,000 feet on the Skyline Gondola for views of Lake Rotorua, then zip back down to explore the lake by paddle steamer, fishing charter or WWII amphibious vehicle.

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BEST HOTELS OF SOUTH PACIFIC. TRAVELLER’S CHOICE 2011 BY TRIPADVISOR.

BEST RATES
4) City Centre Motel, Christchurch
8) Palazzo Motor Lodge, Nelson
9) Century Park Motor Lodge, Nelson

ROMANTIC
6) Adrift in Golden Bay, Tukurua

PENSIONS AND B & B
1) Radfield House, Blenhaim
2) Crown View B&B, Queenstown
3) Hillsfield House B&B, Renwick
4) Ornahu Lodge, Auckland Central
5) Eden Park B&B, Auckland Central
6) 23 Hepburn, Auckland Central
8) Sunderland House, Auckland Central

LUXURY
6) Treetops Lodge, Rotorua
7) Hilton Lake Taupo, Taupo

RELAX & SPA
9) Clarion Collection Hotel Wai Ora Lakeside Spa Resort, Rotorua

BEST SERVICE
4) City Centre Motel, Christchurch
5) Queenstown Park Hotel, Queenstown
6) CentrePoint on Colombo Motel, Christchurch
8) Regent of Rotorua, Rotorua
9) Breakfast on the Beach Lodge, Island of Waiheke

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A SUMMARY of the Cities | Towns | Regions that we have visited (more to follow).

SOUTH ISLAND

CHRISTCHURCH - Part 1
CHRISTCHURCH - Part 2


AKAROA - Part 1
AKAROA - Part 2
AKAROA - Part 3
AKAROA - Part 4
AKAROA - Part 5


QUEENSTOWN - Part 1
QUEENSTOWN - Part 2

ARROWTOWN - Part 1
ARROWTOWN - Part 2


NORTH ISLAND


AUCKLAND - Part 1
AUCKLAND - Part 2

WAIHEKE ISLAND - Part 1
WAIHEKE ISLAND - Part 2


WELLINGTON - Part 1
WELLINGTON - Part 2


RUSSELL - Part 1
RUSSELL - Part 2


HAWKES BAY REGION - Part 1
HAWKES BAY REGION - Part 2

NAPIER - Part 1
NAPIER - Part 2

HASTINGS - Part 1


TAURANGA | MOUNT MAUNGANUI - Part1


COROMANDEL REGION - Part 1
COROMANDEL REGION - Part 2

WHANGAMATA - Part 1
WHANGAMATA - Part 2
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Queenstown will beam into millions of US homes in a highly anticipated New Zealand special episode of the hit reality television show “The Biggest Loser: Couples”. Two episodes of the top-rating show were filmed under wraps in New Zealand in February this year and the second episode, which goes to air on 19 April, features the remaining eight contestants battling it out in Queenstown. It follows the contestants undertaking a river boarding challenge and the winner receiving the coveted prize of immunity plus a helicopter ride to Milford Sound. It also features The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney and some of the contestants bungy jumping, rock climbing and canyon swinging.

Feedback from The Biggest Loser team showed Queenstown to be a hit. Whilst in town trainer Bob Harper tweeted: "We are in Queenstown, New Zealand, and I gotta say God really outdid himself down here. This place is fantastic." Alison Sweeney was also a big fan, posting the following blog whilst in Queenstown: “I am having such a fantastic time in New Zealand. Every beautiful day here leads to another exciting adventure.” The Biggest Loser show regularly attracts more than nine million viewers in the US and was targeted by Tourism New Zealand as high profile opportunity to showcase New Zealand's beauty, thrilling adventures and demonstrate how accessible and fun it is to Americans considering a visit. The US is a major source of visitors to New Zealand with 190,000 travellers arriving in the last year.

Destination Queenstown assisted with the logistics of the visit and various Queenstown operators provided their time and expertise to ensure the filming was a success. Destination Queenstown CEO Tony Everitt says it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase Queenstown to one of its major international visitor markets. “Money can’t buy the kind of exposure this has given Queenstown. This has given us some real cut-through to a huge US audience which is a difficult thing to do given the size of its media industry. In time, the series will also roll out to the rest of the world which will give us even more international exposure.” For more information about Queenstown please visit www.queenstown-nz.co.nz

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Queenstown and Southern Lakes has been named one of "Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel: top 10 regions for 2012"

Queenstown was known internationally as an adventure playground where people could go skiing in the morning and waterskiing in the afternoon, but the area's beauty could also not be discounted.

Tony Everitt, CEO of Destination Queenstown, said featuring in Best in Travel 2012 would bring significant benefits for the region's profile.

"To receive this kind of endorsement by Lonely Planet is priceless for Queenstown and the Southern Lakes as well as New Zealand. Lonely Planet is a giant of the travel industry so making it onto their top 10 must-visit regions for 2012 will give our region global recognition and provide inspiration for their readers to visit" he said.

LONELY PLANET'S TOP TRAVEL PICKS FOR 2012
Best regions
1. Coastal Wales - 2. La Ruta Maya, Central America - 3. Northern Kenya - 4. Arunachal Pradesh, India - 5. Hvar, Croatia - 6. Sicily, Italy - 7. Canada's Maritime Provinces (New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island) - 8. Queenstown and Southern Lakes, New Zealand - 9. Borneo, Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia - 10. Poitou-Charentes, France
Best cities
1. London, England - 2. Muscat, Oman - 3. Bengaluru (Bangalore), India - 4. Cádiz, Spain - 5. Stockholm, Sweden - 6. Guimarães, Portugal - 7. Santiago, Chile - 8. Hong Kong, China - 9. Orlando, Florida, USA - 10. Darwin, Australia
Best countries
1. Uganda - 2. Myanmar - 3. Ukraine - 4. Jordan - 5. Denmark - 6. Bhutan - 7. Cuba - 8. New Caledonia - 9. Taiwan - 10. Switzerland

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Old November 3rd, 2011, 01:31 PM   #138
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What the hell is Lonely Planet up to this year. I think they've taken too much acid and coke. Seriously. Best countries.. Uganda, Myanmar and Ukraine take out the top three. Nice to see ZQN and the Lakes up there however!
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Old November 5th, 2011, 02:02 AM   #139
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My friends and I are going to NZ in two weeks. We're all very excited!
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Old November 8th, 2011, 04:57 AM   #140
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Shows how out of touch with reality these elitist idiots actually are.

I also hear Darfur, North Korea and Chechnya are lovely this time of year. Top cities next year: Mogadishu and Detroit
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