Did you know Dunedin has a tropical rainforest with more than a thousand butterflies, a $20 island escape and even pyramids? Otago's largest city is much more than beautiful architecture and a coastline full of magnificent wildlife. Click here to find out more and tell us what your favourite Dunedin spot is in the comments below.
“Nobody looks at pink and cries.”
This is 68-year-old Mary Keith’s simple explanation for her extraordinary lifestyle.
“What is wrong with all these people wearing black?” she says. “You see black at funerals and people are crying. It is not a happy colour. But pink is.”
Today, she is known as Otago’s pink lady, so much so that an automobile paint company even named a paint colour after her a few years ago – a glittery pink called Mad Mary’s Pink.
But Keith says she is certainly not mad, just happy to make people smile. “If you can leave here and think I have lived my best life and put smiles on faces, then what else matters? Nothing." Read more here.
Let the Royal New Zealand Ballet transport you to a fantastical world of dazzling dance, music and enchantment. Choreographed by the late Liam Scarlett at the beginning of his short but blazingly bright international career, A Midsummer Night’s Dream was an overnight sensation at its premiere and is now available to watch online, for a limited time only.
This specially shot online performance will bring this enchanting ballet from theatre to your screens, with live stage footage enhanced by close-ups so you can experience the emotion and dance first-hand. This is ballet like you’ve never seen it before, a full cinematic experience.
Watch online from 3 Dec – 12 Dec 2021. Rnzb.org.nz/msndonline
If you want to feel humbled by your own attempts at Christmas cheer, take a drive past Liam and Kim Dawson’s place. Or better still stroll past and enjoy real snow – this year there’s a new snow machine on order.
The Queenstown couple just love Christmas. Everywhere they have lived, starting with their home in England, they have pushed the boat out, gaining a reputation for their Christmas displays. And for the past two years, the display has been in Woodstock Road, Upper Shotover. You can’t miss it – even passengers flying into Queenstown Airport after dark can see this one.