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Riccarton Attractions

Riccarton is a bustling city suburb located on the western side of Christchurch. Well known for its great selection of eateries, this busy thoroughfare is not only a great place to dine, but makes an excellent base from which to explore the famous Canterbury Region of New Zealand’s South Island. Let’s take a closer look at some of the premier attractions in and around Riccarton, including a quick look at Riccarton accommodation. Cafés and Restaurants Riccarton is known as one of the Canterbury Region’s premier café and restaurant precincts. Enjoy a mouth-watering all-day breakfast at Joe’s Garage in Upper Riccarton. Or join the queue at Drexel’s American style breakfast café – it’s a hit with locals and visitors alike. Local. Restaurant at Riccarton House offers wholesome rustic food in a beautiful garden that is not to be missed. Open on Saturdays for lunch and afternoon tea, Local. Restaurant is well worth a visit for great food, wine and hospitality in a beautiful bush setting. Natu
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Glebe Markets

The Glebe Markets are one of Sydney’s most established and well known Saturday markets. From 10am to 4pm every Saturday, over 150 stalls are set up with many enticing goodies on offer. Make sure you wear some comfortable shoes and leave enough time to wander the stalls full of vintage and boutique clothes, hand crafted jewellery and a variety of food options. If you’d like to know more about the stall holders check online at Glebe Markets with detailed information on location, and what’s on offer. Travelling to the Glebe markets The markets can be found on the corner of Derby Place and Glebe Pt. Rd on the grounds of Glebe Public School. Buses 431 and 433 stop right out front, or you can catch a train to Central Station and enjoy a leisurely walk to the Glebe Markets from there. If you are driving, the best parking option would be Sydney University where you can get $6 parking for the day. What can be found at Glebe Markets When visiting the Glebe Markets you can almost find anything yo
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Napier, Art Deco Capital

New Zealand’s Art Deco Capital, Napier, is a premier location to experience beautifully-preserved 1930s architecture, and to enjoy historical tours, shopping and events on a world-class scale. Located in the Hawke’s Bay region of New Zealand’s North Island, and an easy one-hour flight from Auckland or Wellington, Napier is a popular holiday destination. In 1931 the Hawke’s Bay earthquake levelled much of Napier. Many of its buildings were replaced throughout the 1930s and it is often said that the city was ‘rebirthed’ in the vibrant Art Deco style of that period. Tours Explore the city’s highlights on a walking tour, bus tour or in a luxury vintage car, including a driver complete with period costume! Self-guided walks are a popular choice for those who wish to explore this magical city at their own pace. Shopping Stop in at the Art Deco Centre for some great shopping right in the heart of the city. From period hats to Art Deco crockery the tourist centre has souvenirs and keepsakes fo
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Northern Rivers Markets

The Northern Rivers Region, from Ballina to Tweed Heads on the north coast of New South Wales is filled with markets held every weekend as well as weekday Farmers Markets. It’s a great place to meet the growers, shop where the locals shop, sample home grown produce and buy unique handcrafted gifts. Here are some of the locals’ favourite markets. Byron Farmers Markets One of the most popular markets is the Byron Farmers Markets held every Thursday morning from 8am at Butler Street Reserve. There are a variety of stalls, some organic, allowing you to explore the locally grown seasonal produce and all year round favourites like macadamia nuts, freshly squeezed sugar cane juice, locally farmed prime cuts of beef, fresh prawns, baked goodies, honey, olives and coffee. Locals love supporting The Bryon Farmers Markets where The Byron Farmer’s Market Association work closely with stall holders to ensure they are selling produce at a fair price while still maintaining a profitable business. Bal
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Fieldays 2016

Fieldays, in Hamilton, is the largest agribusiness expo in the Southern Hemisphere – a huge, four day agricultural show jam-packed with activities, seminars, competitions and displays, for professional farmers and families alike. Families will love visiting the Heritage Village. Take a wander through New Zealand’s agricultural history preserved beautifully in the schoolhouse, church, hospital and jail. Enjoy activities, puzzles and challenges and be sure to catch the vintage tractor parade. Also check out the Innovations Centre, hosting up to 60 innovators demonstrating their brilliant inventions and competing to take out an Innovator’s Award. The Ag Art Wear competition has designers using materials sourced from the farm, rural industries or the natural environment to create wearable artworks. These stunning, experimental and thought-provoking pieces are on display at the daily runway shows. For something a bit noisier, head to the Tractor Pull area beside the Waikato River, whe
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Mackay Mountain Marathon

Each year, the Mackay Mountain Marathon attracts mountain bike riders from all over the country to enjoy some competitive mountain biking through the stunning Eungella National Park. Three courses cater to riders of all ages and skills, and cover various terrains including bitumen, dirt track, fire trail and single track. The more challenging the track, the more dirt and fire trail the ride covers, with a few tougher hills thrown in for good measure. The non-competitive 15km Recreation Course is for riders aged 14 and older who are new to mountain bike riding, or those competing in a mountain bike ride for the first time. The 38km Sport Course is for more competent mountain bikers aged over 16, who have a moderate skill and fitness level. For serious riders, the 80km Platypus Trophy Marathon Course is the only way to go. Riders will need to be aged 18 or older, be skilled mountain bikers and a have high level of fitness – they will be pushing their bikes up 2,321m of trail over t
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Australian Cool Climate Wine Show 2016

The Australian Cool Climate Wine Show (ACCWS) began when local Murrumbateman region grape growers and winemakers wanted to showcase the unique wines produced in the cooler climates of Australia. Their vision was to provide an opportunity for small wineries to benchmark their wines against the best in Australia. Experts believe the slow ripening and accumulation of flavours promoted by cool conditions prior to harvest are why so many of Australia’s super-premium, world class wines come from cooler regions. Wines entered into the ACCWS can only be produced from regions where, on average, they experience less than 1600-day degrees during the growing season. Now with over 600 entries, the style of wines at the show range from sparkling to dessert wines and you have the opportunity to sample them all. Held from 19 to 24 September 2016 at the Murrumbateman Recreation Grounds, the ACCWS is just half an hour from serviced apartments Canberra. Australian Cool Climate Wine Show Masterclass
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Melbourne Street Art

For years the art emerging from Melbourne’s street scene has astonished and inspired many locals and travellers from afar. The rich urban city culture has become internationally recognised for their hidden masterpieces waiting to be discovered in laneways, alley ways and unsuspecting corners. Melbourne has recognised the importance of art in the community while also celebrating the difference between street art and graffiti within the streets. Melbourne’s Stance on Graffiti What is the difference between graffiti and street art? Melbourne has led by example that asking permission to create art on private property leads to receiving great artistic opportunities. Artists no longer need to lurk at night and disguise their face from their work. Creative painting is carried out in broad daylight, while people passing admire their work. Melbourne’s innovative way of working together to reduce graffiti promotes an infectious passion within artists to express themselves while taking pride in t
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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 – July 10. Celebrate Marilyn’s arrival on Sat 6 Feb at a free community celebration from 10-11am at Rosalind Park. Photo by @explorebendigo #visitbendigo #visitmelbourne #visitvictoria #marilyn A photo posted by Melbourne (@visitmelbourne) on Feb 1, 2016 at 7:46pm PST Marilyn Monroe Monroe is still seen as one of the most celebrated, while mysterious, film stars in history. Her beautiful white blonde locks paired with her hourglass figure has endlessly been idolised by men and women alike.
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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 adrenaline junkies out there, Christchurch has a few things to get you elevated. Why not go sky diving or hot air ballooning where you can see the beautiful mountain ranges on one side and the Pacific ocean on the other. Whether you want the rush of a jump from the plane or a mellow flight across the valley in a basket, you’ll have great photos to share later. Since New Zealand is responsible for turning bungy jumping into an attraction, some may say you must take the plunge from a bridge while you
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