Review

TripAdvisor review: Hanmer Springs Bakery Cafe, NZ

Hanmer Springs is a quaint little boutique town. This bakery fits right in to the image; snow capped mountain, family fun activities and hot chocolate with tendrils of steam curling skyward. Honestly, this café  isn’t the most esthetic on the block but food really is to die for.

Their croissants are just right, and their pre-made sandwiches are delish (just the way my grandma made them!). We tried a few desserts too, they were perfect and hit the spot after a day of exploring.

 

It’s underrated and overlooked, but I guarantee you’ll find something you like, and it’s a local hotspot  too!

TripAdvisor review: Canterbury Museum, Christchurch NZ

This museum is very interesting. The exhibits are quite informative, and so you’re bound to learn something new. It’s a great place for families and kids, as there’s plenty to see- natural history, cultural history, artifacts from contemporary life. It’s great value for a free day out. The museum is quite respectful and objective when depicting New Zealand’s past and I was really pleased to see such cultural sensitivity. The cafe at the top is always busy and the grounds are quite lovely. 

TripAdvisor review: Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa, NZ

Hanmer Springs Thermal Pools and Spa are a must do when visiting the township. The experience alone is exciting and new. These are the only hot springs I’ve been to and the sheer novelty of sitting in are steamy pool amidst freezing weather was exciting enough.

The venue itself is run like a machine. It feels quite artificial and commercial, rather than your rustic mountain-cut geothermal experience. Bring your own towel or rent one, and rent a locker to avoid loosing your belongings amid the masses. It’s family friendly and a major attraction there so don’t expect tranquility.

To be Honest, I found the history of the venue a highlight of my visit there. It used to be frequented for mental health and rehabilitation purposes. Now, it’s a fun novelty albeit commercial and expensive.

TripAdvisor review: Cuba Street District

The Cuba Street district is very interesting. It’s not as specialised  as I thought it would be, I expected there to be dedicated Cuban shops or the like.

What I did find was a trail of interesting little plaques that inform the traveler of the history of the district. The buildings there are architecturally  creative, the murals are hidden arena the night markets are dressed bustling. Good for a render short stroll, a bite to eat and a taste of Wellington.

TripAdvisor review: Café Breton, Wellington NZ

Café Breton is a finger-licking delight. The food is delicious. I had heard that people were disappointed by their experience here, as it seemed that they had a set expectation of what the food should be like. Honestly, I have no idea of what galletes are supposed to be and I was thrilled. That may not instill confidence in you, reader, but I can assure you, this café is worth brunching at regardless of your expectations.

 

I had savoury  galletes  on two separate occasions. Both were rich, delicious and decadent, as French cuisine should be. It almost felt naughty to be eating breakfast here, but I survived. Get in early because it seems to be a regular hotspot  for the locals.

 

I recommend it, but that you go without expectations.

 
 

TripAdvisor review: The Elizabeth Hotel, Singapore

The Elizabeth Hotel suited our needs. It was a short walk to Orchard road, but not right in the hustle and bustle, which provided us with a little oasis. The staff were very welcoming and hospitable. They helped us understand the city and organise tours and activities. 
The facilities are great, the pool is lovely, the gym is good enough and the buffet breakfast is exciting and delicious. In fact, the restaurant is a highlight as the windows offer a beautiful view.
 Our rooms were satisfactory (beds a little hard though). One thing we did appreciate was that the hotel supplied a mobile phone for personal use, local and international calls, and Internet which is super handy when trying to navigate the city. 

I would definitely go back to The Elizabeth.
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TripAdvisor review: New Regent Street, Christchurch NZ

New Regent Street is funky and a great taste of the local community.  Quaint terraces line the street which is mainly used for tram thoroughfare and pedestrian access. The terraces are pastels and are a mirror image on either side of the street. 

There are enough cafes to satisfy your brunch needs, some souvenir shops and hobby shops. 
What’s most exciting to me are the hidden touches of humanity and resilience in the aftermath of the Christchurch quakes. This strip is a testament to their rebuilding effort. The street art here is quirky, stimulating and surprising. 

I really recommend a stroll down here for lunch.