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Marilyn Monroe in Bendigo

Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe in a world first exhibition from the 5th of March to the 10th of July 2016. The comprehensive collection moulds together iconic and personal items of Monroe depicting her complex life experiences. Forever Marilyn, the 8 metre high sculpture by Seward Johnson, has made her Australian debut in Bendigo ahead of the exhibition Bendigo Art Gallery and Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe, at @bendigoartgallery March 5 –
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Discover Christchurch

Chirstchurch Botanical Gardens Located on the eastern coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Christchurch is known as the garden city of the Canterbury Plains. Whether you are planning a weekend trip and travelling from afar, the Christchurch International Airport, bus routes and train networks make traveling to and from Christchurch easy and scenic. Between their rich history, picturesque ambiance and extreme activities, make sure you allocate enough time to experience it all. Air For all the adr
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Arts & Culture of Nelson

Kyak the Abel Tasman National Park Nelson, the main urban hub at the top of the South Island, is known as the creative arts capital of New Zealand. The majestic area is home to over 300 working artists who draw on the beauty of the natural environment, spectacular scenery and gentle coastal landscapes to create arts and crafts reflecting New Zealand’s culture and way of life. Located along the banks of Tasman Bay, Nelson is just over 400km north of Christchurch. Nelson Arts Nelson offers a real
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Discover Warwick QLD

Queen Mary’s Falls Warwick, an area rich with history, natural beauty and distinctive streetscapes is a great place to explore, relax and rejuvenate. Located in the heart of Southern Queensland, Warwick is just a scenic 2 hour drive from Brisbane, one hour from Toowoomba or three hours from the Gold Coast. Local Warwick History Warwick is the home to some of Queensland’s oldest sandstone buildings dating back as early as 1850. Stone from the local quarries was used to build many of the pub
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North Island Road Trip Day 5: Taupo to Wellington

Distance: 371km Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours 5 minutes Lake Taupo It may have been a cold and stormy winter’s night but we were toasty warm throughout. After a superb night’s rest at the Comfort Inn Cascades, we woke on the final day of our road trip to news that our route home, the notorious Desert Road, was currently closed due to snow and ice. But with bright, clear skies we figured it would open by the time we were due to head south. Plus, the kids were excited by the prospe
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North Island Road Trip Day 4: Rotorua to Taupo

Distance: 81km Approximate Driving Time: 1 hour 10 minutes Skyline Rotorua A great continental breakfast delivered to our unit at the Econo Lodge Cleveland set us up for a busy day ahead. Having the breakfast delivered the night before (and stored away in our own kitchen fridge) gave us the luxury of being able to eat at our leisure, thus reducing the chance of a too-tired-for-this-meltdown (mine, not the kids – I am NOT a morning person!). We said goodbye to our wonderful hosts and our li
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North Island Road Trip Day 3: Napier to Rotorua

Distance: 219km Approximate Driving Time: 3 hours Penguins at The National Aquarium of New Zealand After a superb night’s rest at the Econo Lodge Napier (we were all so comfortable that we overslept), we devoured the cracking continental breakfast that was delivered to our unit the night before. Freshness and local produce were the focus once again and we even discovered a new favourite cereal – a bonus when you have a fussy eater! Then, with a round of smiling farewells from the sta
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North Island Road Trip Day 2: Palmerston North to Napier

Distance: 177km Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours 30 mins Tom Parker Fountain, Napier Our delicious cooked breakfast was delivered to our rooms at the Comfort Inn Kauri Court the next morning. The generous portions set us up for lots more exploring on day two of our road trip. That’s once we could pull our youngest away from the luxury of a king size bed all to himself! The Square in Palmerston North is the central hub of activity for the city. Before hitting the road for the second day of
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North Island Road Trip Day 1: Wellington to Palmerston North

Distance: 140km Approximate Driving Time: 2 hours 10 mins Donkeys at Owlcatraz Road trip! The last time my kids heard those words we embarked on a two week epic journey around the South Island. By the end, we were all exhausted! This time, we were heading off on a five day trip during the school holidays to explore the lower North Island. With shorter driving distances – and hence more time to explore and have fun – the kids (Lee and Jason), my husband, Paul, and I were raring to go.
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