Children Of The Dog Star TV Show

Well, I’ve been looking for this show for quite some time. I live in a country, which used to be behind the iron curtain. During the 80s we used to have very few western shows. “Children Of The Dog Star” was one of them, alhough we knew it as “The Children Of Sirius”. I’ve totally forgotten the details about it, and once I finally managed to find it, it was a pleasant surprise that the show actually came from New Zealand.

The 80s TV may look a little bit dated, but the show is the same fun. Who knows, with all these remakes lately, we may see a new version soon. In the meantime, you can enjoy the original here:

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Emergency Defecation Situation

Hilary Barry can’t stop laughing,…again:

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A “What We Do In The Shadows” spin-off is in the works

Have you seen the hilarious mockumentary “What We Do In The Shadows” from 2014? Well, a sequel is in the works. The original film centers around a dysfunctional group of vampires in Wellington and follows their funny antics. Currently, the film has a 96 score at RottenTomatoes and 7.4 rating at IMDB.com. If you haven’t seen it, then start searching online.

Well, the sequel will tell the story of the opposing group of Werewolves, and is called “We’re Wolves”.

The first film gave the chance of the director and main star Taika Waititi to get noticed. Currently, he is working on the next Marvel Thor movie – “Thor: Ragnarok” as a writer and director. The Australian hunk Chris Hemsworth will reprise his role as the Nordic demi-god Thor. 

Once the work on the Marvel epic comic adaptation commences, the director Taika Waititi will move on to the “What We Do In The Shadows” sequel. Frankly, between “Thor: Ragnarok” and “We’re Wolves”, the latter is the one that I’m looking forward.

You can watch the trailer of the original move here:

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An emotional wedding haka moves the bride to tears

Now, that’s what I call a cool wedding. The family of the groom performed an intense haka to celebrate the wedding of Aaliyah and Benjamin Armstrong. You can see the video here:

It is so sweet how both the groom and the bride could not hold it and joined the performance at the end. This type of haka is taught in school, which allowed many of the guests to step in. Although the groom appears pretty Caucasian, he has Maori both on his mother’s, and his father’s side. The bride is of Maori, Samoan, and European heritage. The couple met an year ago, on a Mormon church convention. Good luck to them. Hopefully, the media frenzy surrounding the wedding video won’t interfere with their life too much.

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Beyond the Lord Of The Rings

Although the Lord Of the Rings and The Hobbit are the most popular New Zealand films, the country does produce many other original films and TV shows. The New Zealand Film Commission chooses the projects and provides funding. The majority of the funding comes via the New Zealand Lottery Grants Board. It distributes the profits from the state-run lotteries to projects, which are significant for the community. Film production is one of the many directions where money is distributed.

The NZ Film Commission issues annual reports, which are a great read. They are available here. If you are a fan of the New Zealand cinema, you will find interesting details about the films you’ve seen and like. I’m sure it will also allow you to add more titles to your future watch list.

The site provides a link to a NZ Video-On-Demand (VOD) service, where many films can be viewed online too. Unfortunately, the service is available only to residents of New Zealand, Australia, and the United Kingdom.

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Leavehome: A Beautiful New Hypnotic Timelapse Video of New Zealand

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Video: Air New Zealand Releases The ‘Most Epic’ Airline Safety Video Ever

As the official airline of Middle-earth, Air New Zealand has gone all out to celebrate the third and final film in The Hobbit Trilogy – The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Starring Elijah Wood and Sir Peter Jackson; we’re thrilled to unveil The Most Epic Safety Video Ever Made. Special cameos by Sylvester McCoy, Dean O’Gorman and Weta Workshop co-founder Sir Richard Taylor. Directed by Taika Waititi. Enjoy!

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Exploring New Zealand Via Campervan

One of the undeniable facts about New Zealand is its spectacular natural beauty. From towering snow-capped mountains surrounded by electric-blue glacial lakes to eerie, misty forests clinging precariously to the sides of majestic mountains and dazzling beaches; it is simply breathtaking!

The best way to explore all the nooks and crannies of this insanely beautiful country is by a campervan from a company like Spaceships Rentals (they also serve Australia). A campervan gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace and it serves as your very own home away from home that you can park within nature in New Zealand’s most breathtaking locations, at the edge of shimmering lakes, at the foot of mountains or along a splendid beach. There is a huge number captivating places to explore in a campervan, here are just a few of the best:

QUEENSTOWN

It is the adrenaline capital of New Zealand and serves up a whole load of entertainment. Aside from its vibrancy it is a place worth stopping over with your campervan, enjoy its panoramic views and engage in exciting activities such as whitewater rafting, scenic walks, jet boating and enjoy a cup of coffee at the waterfront.

LAKE TEKAPO

Among its many jewels, Lake Tekapo is among New Zealand’s sparkling jewel on its glorious crown. You could not paint a better picture of this impossibly beautiful lake in the Southern Island than what nature has already done. The snowcapped mountains meet the incredibly blue waters of the lake ringed by colorful plants and woodlands creating some of New Zealand’s most famous vistas.

WAIHI

Waihi is a tiny coastal town located on the Bay of Plenty and is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful and famous parking spots. In a country where beauty is at every turn, parking your campervan here gives you a clear picture as to why it is so popular. Further along the road is Mount Maunganui, your painting of New Zealand becomes brighter with white sand, crystal clear waters and abundance of wildlife roaming freely.

FRANZ JOSEF

Franz Josef is a gorgeous little town in the south island whose beauty and places to explore is only second to Queenstown. It is a place to park your campervan, jump into a helicopter and have a thrilling glacier hiking experience.  You can also explore the rainforest and Lake Matherson; just keep your camera ready to capture the scenic beauty.

MOUNT COOK

Most campervan travels cannot help but stop over and enjoy the captivating beauty of this magnificent snowcapped mountain and its turquoise blue glacier lakes. At night, you can enjoy viewing star constellations from New Zealand’s largest peak or take a boat ride in the glacier lakes and admire the beauty from a different angle.

WANAKA

After driving through the mountains, you come across Wanaka and its gorgeous lake and its tranquil atmosphere is ideal for relaxing. During winter, this region turns into a hub for skiing. However, do not write Wanaka off as just a chilling spot, you can enjoy walking, biking or fishing in the lake.

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3 Favourite Travel Spots for Kiwi Tourists

India

Among the Asian countries, India is among the top destinations for the Kiwi tourists every year. It seems that the New Zealand tourist has a taste for India’s exotic delights. In January 2011, there was a significant increase of tourists heading to India from New Zealand alone, with most of them heading there for holidays. While data regarding the age group of who travels to India is hard to come by, a quick check reveals that the average traveller to India is usually on a tourist visa. What’s more, the introduction of direct flights between the two countries has seen the volume of tourist numbers increase on both sides, with cheap flights available from major airlines like Etihad Airways, Delta and Lufthansa.

The Kiwi tourist will definitely fall in love with India. The place provides a cost effective holiday destination for them, considering the price level. Additionally, it offers a wide variety of activities for the typical Kiwi tourist to enjoy. While New Zealand has excellent beach fronts and its own island forests, India’s culture, desert life in the north east, beautiful tea farms in the west, and lush landscapes up in the north offer a variety that the Kiwi tourist is sure to appreciate. What’s more, the cricket scene is as lively (if not more fanatic) as the one in New Zealand, a sport that is sure to excite the Kiwi traveller.

Maldives

This premier luxury destination has all the makings of a beautiful getaway. This island nation has whole islands dedicated to tourist activity. With about 99 resort islands, the choice on where to stay is one that may be daunting.

It is surprising that this destination would be popular with the Kiwi tourist. Is it not similar to the home country after all? However, the Maldives offer a new and exciting twist that home doesn’t have. Its culture: including the food, music, and history give it an edge. What’s more, New Zealand and Maldives are not that far apart, making it a convenient destination for the Kiwi tourist who wants to enjoy world class hospitality and private beaches. The warm diplomatic relationships between the two countries facilitates easy travel too, so Kiwis head here to relax in a luxury overwater bungalow, sip on a cocktail and enjoy living like a king.

The UK

Both New Zealand and the UK belong to the commonwealth. They also share a great deal of history between them. The attraction between residents of the two countries seems mutual, with large tourist numbers flocking both ways. When you place Australia aside, the UK is one of the top 3 destinations for tourists from New Zealand. In 2011, there were about 187,000 tourists from New Zealand, and they spent a total of about £163 million on their visits that year. With some fantastic tour operators like this to show you around, you can’t go around.

For those who are particularly adventurous, B&B trips around the UK are a fun way of enjoying the delights of the country. They facilitate easy and cheap travel, and also a more intimate experience. From a beach trip to Cornwall to a city escape whilst staying at a B&B in Edinburgh, Kiwis love to explore every corner of the UK. The Kiwi tourist will undoubtedly enjoy the large English breakfasts, delicious local pies, as well as sampling the local beer. The sports scene will also be very appealing, as New Zealanders are passionate about rugby and cricket.

With such a beautiful home country, finding an exciting holiday destination can be challenging for folks from New Zealand, but we think these 3 are more than worthy of a visit!

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History: Check Out This Old Video from the 1970′s About Travel in New Zealand

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