As you all maybe know seasons in the south hemisphere are shifted in comparison to what we are used to have in Europe. So December, January and February were summer months. That is still quite curiously. But now when March is here we are starting to summarise some summer points. And why not to do a digest of our vlogs? There are heaps of them on our Youtube channel and if you missed some episodes – this is the right time to have a look. And if you have only discovered our vlogs… Maybe you should ask your employer a day off and buy popcorn. You have a lot of good footage to watch.
We have done more than 40 vlogs from New Zealand so far. It is surprising even for us. With released dates scheduled on every Tuesday and Thursday, we learned to be super responsible and punctual. We are even going to bed at 10 pm now. No, this is a joke. It is impossible when you are living like we do.
BAY DREAMS 2017 MUSIC FESTIVAL /// VLOG #22
The first vlog in 2017 is about Bay Dreams Music Festival. This is a big event for Tauranga with 4 stages with different music styles, food courts, bars and more other activities.
VEGAN BREAKFAST AT THE NOURISHED EATERY IN TAURANGA, NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG #23
On one of those rare days when both of us didn’t have to go to work, we decided to visit The Nourished Eatery – wonderful vegan cafe in Tauranga with the most welcoming and inspiring owner Sharna. We had delicious breakfast there and in order to continue this amazing day in a good mood, decided to go to the cinema and watch Assassin’s Creed – a movie Alex was waiting for a long time, because he is a huge fan of the game. By the way, it was our first movie time since moving to New Zealand!
BUSY BLOGGER DAY AND INTERVIEW WITH OLIVIA BEZETT /// VLOG#24
During summer break we decided to tell you more about young and talented people in New Zealand. And local artist Olivia Bezett is definitely on a list. She is only 19 years old but she is already well-known in New Zealand and outside the country. Find her interview and backstage of our shooting for the blog in this video.
TRIP TO HAWKE’S BAY IN NEW ZEALAND. DAY 1 /// VLOG #25
These daily vlogs (Thu-Fri-Sat) are all about our trip to Hawke’s Bay – New Zealand’s oldest wine region. During our first day in this picturesque place, we tried local honey, visited amazing Te Mata Peak and waterfalls and also New World’s best winery Craggy Range.
TRIP TO HAWKE’S BAY N NEW ZEALAND. DAY 2 /// VLOG #26
Our second day in Hawke’s Bay was full of beautiful landscapes. First of all, we visited Cape Kidnappers by tractors. Yes, it is one of the options you can take to get there, unique experience! During the tour, you will not only enjoy the views but also have a look at the largest gannets colony. Those huge birds are so pretty and cute! Inspired by this tour, we went to the Elephant Hill – one of the most popular local wineries. Andreas, CEO of this place, showed us all the secret places and told the story of their family business. Final destination of that day was Mission Estate – New Zealand’s oldest winery, where we had delicious and luxury outdoor lunch. What a perfect day!
TRAVELING AROUND NEW ZEALAND: NAPIER /// VLOG #27
Our last day in Hawke’s Bay we decided to spend in Napier – the world’s capital of art-deco. This city was destroyed by an earthquake and rebuilt in the art-deco style. To feel more of those historical vibes, we visited the hotel that still keeps a secret bar from the times, when alcohol was prohibited, and also took a tour around the city with a retro car.
EZGO – BEST ELECTRIC GOLF CARTS IN NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG #28
We continue on showing you interesting locals and their businesses and for this video, we went to Papakura (200 km from Tauranga!) to learn more about the EZGO company, that brings amazing stylish golf carts from USA to New Zealand. Of course, we imagined ourselves driving such cart around our resort city, but now we know, that you can’t use cart on the roads. Time to start playing golf:) Anyway, this mini-journey was very interesting and informative! Hope, you will enjoy watching the video as well:)
EVENING KIWI WAY; FISH’N’CHIPS AT THE PARK /// VLOG #29
Fish’n’chips is probably the most popular food in New Zealand. You can grab your portion for lunch, dinner or even as a snack (huge snack!). The best thing about it is that it is always packed in a paper, so you can easily take it somewhere as an outdoor dinner. What we did one summer evening, when didn’t want to sit at home due to the nice weather. We bought fish.n.chips and went to the nearest park to observe local birds.
JAGUAR. THE ART OF PERFORMANCE IN TAURANGA /// VLOG #30
The Art of Performance is a famous tour by Jaguar Land Rover, when everyone can test powerful cars and enjoy their time with the team. This year we were invited to this event in Tauranga, New Zealand as well. Unfortunately, Alex was working that day, so it is the first time, when Kseniia had to do the whole vlog on her own.
HELL PIZZA AND OUR HOME IN NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG #31
Dear friends, sorry, we’re super late with this video – so many things are happening here this week and we will definitely show you everything soon! And in this vlog, we’re FINALLY showing you our cute little house and some other local places to live. For dinner. we went to our favourite Hell Pizza – to have the tastiest pizza’s ever and meet our friend from NTEC, who works there. Enjoy!
ALEX WON IN TRUSTPOWER PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION! /// VLOG #32
We decided to make this unplanned vlog to share our happiness and pride with you! Alex won in Western Bay of Plenty photo competition and now his photo is a part of a beautiful exhibition on The Strand, Tauranga. We still can’t quite believe he is one of 20 best among 1740 contestants! Isn’t it just amazing? Watch the video for the details and party with us:)
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING IN TAURANGA /// VLOG #33
This weekend was all about staying outdoors and getting sociable. We visited Tauranga Historic Village where local actors were performing on the outdoor stage. We watched Shakespeare’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” and absolutely enjoyed not only the plot and the talented actors, but also all the atmosphere of the cosy and warm New Zealand evening.
MCLAREN FALLS PARK /// VLOG #34
We decided to spend our weekend in one of the most popular locations for local people – McLaren Falls Park. This place is famous not only for its beautiful landscapes but also for different activities for the whole family. You can find here a lot of fun: waterfall, hiking, disc golf, swimming, rafting, and camping, of course.
ONE LOVE 2017 / MUSICAL FESTIVAL IN TAURANGA / NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG #35
Last weekend was all about music! We attended One Love – the largest raggae festival in New Zealand and one of the hugest in the world. It took place in the very city center of Tauranga in our beautiful surroundings. We enjoyed this experience a lot: people were so friendly, music was nice and the food was delicious. Can’t wait to see our photos in the next issue of the UNO. magazine! And hope, you will also enjoy our footage:)
Q&A ABOUT NEW ZEALAND (IN RUSSIAN WITH NO SUBS)
This video is about our experience in New Zealand. We decided not to translate this vlog because it is not very interesting for English-speaking viewers. See you soon in next videos!
MINI AND OTHER VINTAGE CARS IN TAURANGA // VLOG #37
Vintage cars are very popular among New Zealand car drivers. Because why not to have something special in your garage, when due to the good weather condition and a bit of your love, it will last forever and make every journey really unique? We went to have a look at the vintage cars displayed in Tauranga last weekend and met not only fascinating cars but lots of amazing, inspiring people. For example, those organizing MINI Owners Club – so much energy and awesome ideas for the road trips!
OUR FAVORITE GROCERY STORES IN TAURANGA /// VLOG #38
In this vlog, we’re going to show you the stores we normally do groceries at, as the food in New Zealand is obviously one of the most popular questions we get from our readers. We normally attend 3 stores: just a casual supermarket, healthy food store and delicatessen store where we have recently discovered a couple of traditional Russian products. All you need to know about the food in New Zealand is that it all is fresh and delicious and you can literally find anything you can imagine here, though some of the items might take time (for example, we have only found the cottage cheese like the one we got used to having back in Russia from the third attempt).
OUR FIRST GUESTS IN NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG #39
Last week our first guests from Moscow arrived! New Zealand welcomed Kseniia’s mum and niece with the four days of the strongest rain ever… Luckily, the weather became better on Sunday, so we immediately went to explore some beautiful places. First of all, we visited Fountain Gardens – wedding venue, where Kseniia works. And after that we also went to the Omokoroa beach. It was a very happy and beautiful day!
WHERE TO GO WITH KIDS IN NEW ZEALAND /// VLOG#40
We are taking guests from Moscow to our favourite places here in Tauranga. At this time we showed them The Strand – the main street in the city centre and Memorial Park. We wanted to find there the biggest waterslide in New Zealand, but unfortunately, it was already closed. A little bit disappointed we decided to go to The Rising Tide – our favourite dumpling restaurant.
TE PUIA – MAORI AND GEYSERS VILLAGE IN NEW ZEALAND
Maori culture has a significant meaning for New Zealand. To find out more about it we went to Te Puia – awesome park located at Rotorua, Maori capital of our country. Here you can enjoy the show that includes traditional songs and dances, try the very special food cooked in a steam of a geyser, try to find Kiwi bird in its dark pavilion and explore the nature.