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Trendy wedding cakes for 2019

Are you after a wedding cake for your ceremony? We have compiled a list of the trendiest styles and flavours for next year.

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Here is another article I have recently written for Collective Concepts. It’s all about wedding cake trends in 2019 and it will definitely make your mouth water.

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Should you worry about online reputation?

Online reputation can make or break your business. Here is what you need to know about how to use your online presence in a beneficial way.

When you run a business, having an online presence can be super beneficial to increase your audience, build relationships with your customers and provide that extra bit of service.

However, especially social media can be the downfall of your business if you don’t work on having a positive online reputation.

My latest blog post for Energise explains why online reputation is important and how you can make sure you use it to advance your business.

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What the heck is a wedding celebrant?

Do you know what a wedding celebrant in New Zealand does? I had no idea idea, until I got to write this article for Collective Concepts.

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Growing up in Germany where people get married either traditionally at church or at the civic office through a registrar, the term wedding celebrant (which is quite common here in New Zealand) was very foreign to me. So when I got asked to write a blog about what a wedding celebrant actually does, I was quite intrigued.

Here is what I’ve found out.

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This blog post was written for Collective Concepts. If you’re thinking about getting married in New Zealand, feel free to like them, browse their other articles and check out their services.

How to make German Vanillekipferl

Would you like to know how to make German Vanillekipferl? They are by far the best Christmas cookies you have ever tried!

Christmas in Germany without Christmas cookies is pretty much no Christmas at all 😎 so despite being on the other side of the world in blazing heat, I am trying to get into a festive spirit.

Today I am going to tell you how to make German Vanillekipferl. They have always been my favourite and are so unlike most biscuits you can find around, whether during Christmas or not.

So here’s the recipe (slightly modified for New Zealand ingredients)…

Ingredients

  • 400g butter
  • 560g flour
  • 120g sugar
  • 200g ground almonds
  • 4 teaspoons of vanilla essence (equals 120g vanilla sugar or 4 packages of vanillin sugar in Germany)

Instructions

  • pre-heat oven to 180°C
  • mix all ingredients together in a bowl
  • knead the dough until all the ingredients are combined
  • roll out little mountain-shaped Kipferl as shown in the picture above
  • bake for 15 to 20mins in the oven at 180°C until golden yellow
  • let Kipferl cool down, then roll in a mix of icing and vanilla sugar

And this is what they should like when they’re finished. If you have a recipe you would like to share, please pop it in the comments below!

Meanwhile, enjoy!

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A tin full of delicious German vanillekipferl. Yum!

Hello Travelista!

Are you new to Whangarei or travelling through? Check out all the fun things you can do in my first article that just got published on Travelista.

I have returned to my passion, writing, and have just finished my first article for Travelista!

If you’d like to find out more about Whangarei, the city I have been calling home for the last 8.5 years, please follow the link below to learn about all the fun things to do in Whangarei.

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The best places to skydive in New Zealand

New Zealand is one of the adventure countries in the world. Adrenaline junkies really get their money’s worth. Today I’d like to show you the best places to skydive in New Zealand.

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Bungee jumping, white water rafting, abseiling, skydiving, … You name it, and New Zealand will be able to offer it to you. Adrenaline junkies will LOVE this beautiful country because apart from its stunning scenery it also has an unlimited supply of action-packed activities.

Today one of my best mates decided to skydive in the scenic Bay of Islands, up in the North Island. That sparked me to show you the best places to skydive in New Zealand.

If you think anything is missing or if you have done a skydive and would love to share your story, please do so in the comments below!

North Island

You think there is nothing to do north of Auckland? Think again! Some of New Zealand’s best skydiving locations are in the far north of the North Island!

Bay of Islands

The most northern skydive operator is situated in a small town called Kerikeri, which is most famous among backpackers for the abundance of fruit picking jobs in the summer time.

Skydive Bay of Islands offers tandem jumps in up to 20,000 feet – one of the highest in New Zealand! 85 seconds free fall and the chance to land on a pristine white sand beach? Yes, please!

Prices

9,000 ft from $299

12,000 ft from $329

16,000 ft from $399

20,000 ft from 559

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Auckland

Until recently Skydive Auckland was the only operator offering jumps from 20,000 feet high. They are located about 45 minutes from the city centre and have more than 20 years experience.

Prices

9,000 ft from $295

13,000 ft from $325

16,000 ft from $425

20,000 ft from $595

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Mercer

Located right between Auckland and Hamilton, the small town of Mercer is not well known for its adrenalin sports. However, Go Skydive New Zealand is your go to if you want to start small and your budget is limited. In return, you get to enjoy breathtaking views over the Coromandel Peninsula, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean.

Prices

7,000 ft from $250

9,000 ft from $295

13,000 ft from $335

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Tauranga

Tauranga is the gateway to White Island, the active volcanic island offshore clearly visible most days. If you’re lucky, you will catch a good view from above when jumping with Skydive Tauranga. Your choices are a bit limited, though.

Prices

10,000 ft from $325

12,000 ft from $375

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Taupo

The city on the shores of Lake Taupo is known as the adventure capital of the North Island. Skydive Taupo offers fantastic views over the crystal blue lake as well as the nearby Tongariro National Park, including Mount Ngauruhoe, better known as Mount Doom from the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.

Prices

12,000 ft from $279

15,000 ft from $359

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

South Island

There are 3 major areas to skydive in the South Island. Motueka at the very top is less known, while the adventure capital of the south, Queenstown, and the glaciers on the edge of Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park invite thousands of visitors each year that are seeking an extra bit of thrill.

Motueka

This will probably be the only jump during which you get to see both islands. Skydive Abel Tasman is New Zealand owned and operated and offers a range of competitive packages.

Prices

9,000 ft from $279

13,000 ft from $329

16,500 ft from $419

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park

You have the choice between two operators, each located at one of the big glaciers in the National Park. Which one will you go for?

operator Skydive Fox Glacier Skydive Franz Josef
prices 9,000 ft from $249

13,000 ft from $299

16,000 ft from $399
13,000 ft from $319

16,500 ft from $419

20,000 ft from $559

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Queenstown

It comes to no surprise that most of the skydive operators can be found in or near the adventure capital of the South Island. NZOne is located in the heart of Queenstown, while Wanaka is a 1 hour drive northeast and Glenorchy (Southern Alps) about 45 minutes northwest.

operator NZOne Skydive Wanaka Skydive Southern Alps
prices 9,000 ft from $299

12,000 ft from $359

15,000 ft from $459
9,000 ft from $299

12,000 ft from $359

15,000 ft from $459
9,000 ft from $289

12,000 ft from $349

15,000 ft from $439

(Prices may vary and do not include pictures etc)

Miscellaneous

There are a few things to keep in mind when you plan to go skydiving. Safety comes first, so make sure you listen to your instructors and pay attention to the safety briefings.

New Zealand does not have age restrictions on skydiving. Usually, as long as you’re over 30kg and can fit into one of the harnesses, you’re basically good to go. Children and teenagers younger than 18 simply need a letter of consent from their parents or caregivers.

There is, however, a maximum restriction on weight! If you’re close to or over 100kg (220lbs) your chances of being accepted to jump are slim.

Also, if you have any known medical conditions it pays to seek advice from your doctor first.