66 days ago

Blooming traffic chaos

Nicholas Boyack Reporter from Community News

The popularity of 300 cherry trees in full bloom near a busy state highway has forced the transport agency to step in over safety concerns.

More than 5000 people visited the Aston Norwood Cafe & Function Centre’s Japanese-inspired garden last weekend causing chaos along the adjacent State Highway 2 in Upper Hutt.
Aston Norwood owner Mark Rammell said the volume of traffic outside his business caused gridlocks throughout the weekend. Punters began parking along the margins of the roadway up to 500 metres away after the facility’s 270 carparks filled up.
NZTA is putting in extra parking and road markings to deal with the influx.

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14 days ago

Favourite foodie finds

Lorna Thornber Reporter from Stuff Travel

Hi everyone,
We'd be keen to hear about your favourite foodie finds on your travels through NZ. Have you come across a particularly amazing cafe, bakery restaurant or food truck? Had an especially delicious pie, burger, sandwich, smoothie bowl or cronut? Been to what must be one of the country's best fish and chip joints? Or been pleasantly surprised by a town's food scene? Please share the details below and include 'NFP' (not for publication) in your comment if you don't want it included in an article. Cheers.

13 hours ago

Lounge suite for sale

Carla from Motueka

Danske Mobler 7 year old lounge suite $500.00

21 hours ago

Alex Parry has released his second album

Georgina from Motueka

Alex Parry's 'new album Chapter 2, ( and his previous) have been released on bandcamp.com. Listen for free. Buy individual tracks or albums for what you think they're worth, if you would like to support Alex's music. You can also leave comments there.