Buy Cheap Travel Insurance?

If you’re visiting Wellington from overseas, chances are you’re making your visit part of a round the world trip. High five! Group hug! Touch my bum! (Step too far?) OK, well the point is, we love to travel as much as the next person.

As for me, well I’ve traveled to many of the world’s most exciting places, which you can read all about on my blog, which — even if I do say so myself — is considered to be one of the best travel blogs on the internet, at least by my mum.

I won’t yarn on about it, for fear of boring myself. Suffice to say I’ve traveled to a fair few places. I’m a traveler. I travel around the world until I feel dizzy. Did I mention I like to travel? I love a good holiday, me.

Buy Good Travel Insurance

But this one time. (Not in band camp, but in Jakarta). I lost a neck wallet which contained my passport, wallet and every tangible piece of ID I had with me. I was basically stripped of my existence.

The home where I once sat in and ate beans on toast, while watching Little House on the Prairie, suddenly seemed like a distant world.

I made phone calls to Visa. To my embassy. To my various banks. I tried calling the Queen, but apparently, she was caught up watching Dickenson’s Real Deal with Phil.

Thankfully for me, I had good quality travel insurance. Read good, quality, travel insurance — not cheap travel insurance, which is likely to let you down in your hour of need.

World Nomads Promo Code

I was safe in the knowledge that once I’d paid a visit to the local police, and filled out wedges of paperwork, and photocopied each sheet forty-eight times (both sides) that I’d have the security of my insurance policy.

I used the World Nomads promotional code TRLANT to save myself 7% off the already reasonable price of their travel insurance policies. They covered individual items up to the value of £400 and along with my bank, HSBC they were comforting to deal with.

Without the travel insurance, I would have been facing a far tougher time. I wouldn’t have been able to claim anything, and let’s just say, a new passport is an expensive luxury these days.

So the moral of this tale is, I realized today that many of the readers of are travelling from lands far, far away. While traveling around the world is generally a safe adventure, things can turn sour quite quickly, so I implore you to take out travel insurance before you leave.

Simply put, it’s the most expensive thing you’ll (probably) never use. Nor see.

To that end, I can understand people’s trepidations about buying travel insurance. I’ve just heard far too many stories about things getting pinched, or broken, or worse, for me to take this subject lightly. The cost of travel insurance is neglible when compared to the average cost of medical procedures or replacing lost or stolen property.

Give your mother the peace of mind — do the right thing, and get good quality travel insurance cover before you leave.

NZI Sevens Dates Confirmed!

The NZI Sevens is one of Wellington’s most exciting annual events, bringing the city together for a classic Kiwi hoedown. Imagine a carnival, clashing with a crowd of friendly rugby supporters in a central Wellington fancy dress store, and emerging in some of the world’s most imaginative costumes. If there’s one party you want to be at in New Zealand, it’s got to be the NZI Sevens!

2011: Rugby Heaven

The NZI Sevens is part of the IRB Sevens World Series, and this will be Wellington’s eleventh year of hosting the most famous leg of the tournament. 2011 is set to be a thunderous year for New Zealand rugby, with the 2011 Rugby World Cup sweeping across New Zealand later that year, it means all eyes are on the world’s most southerly capital.

When is the NZI Sevens?

The dates for the NZI Sevens are now confirmed on 4-5 February 2011. Be on the constant lookout for tickets to the NZI Sevens, as they get snapped up quicker than a cold Speights on a steaming hot summers day.

Have you ever been to the Wellington, NZI Sevens tournament? What was it like? Best thing since sliced kumara?

Haere Mai Interview Booth

Hey! Thanks for dropping by, and welcome to the Haere Mai Interview Booth. You’re looking great. Take a seat, this will only take a moment. We’ve brought you here, because we thought you might want to share your travel experience within our incredible Wellington Region, and tell us what you believe are the best things to do in Wellington.

We’ve been digging up the south coast beaches, and chipping away at Wellington’s heritage homes for weeks now, and we can’t seem to find the words to sum it up. So we thought we’d ask you.

Do you have the urge?

If you’ve visited the Wellington Region recently — or indeed, you’re an actual, real-life Wellingtonian — then the Haere Mai Booth is bound (almost) to make you famous beyond your wildest dreams.

Can you be, Revealing?

However, we can’t just let every cyber-sword wielding character go all giddy-goddy-la-la on us, or we’d be overrun with lewd and libellous comments, causing us to pull the plug on this delightful tourist information resource.

Can you contain yourself?

So, please keep things clean, and consider our family audience who gather each Sunday afternoon beside their crackling fire and LCD monitors to catch up on the endless adventures of When in Wellington.

Once we’ve received your submission, we’ll call the crew and gather together in a sordid bar, where we’ll rigorously test it for authenticity, usability, reliability, readability, and any other words ending in ‘ity.

Then, when all is said and done (and drunk) we’ll display it on a page specifically certified for tourist-friendly Haere Mai Interviews. Go forth, Citizen of the World, and feedback your thoughts on our beloved, Wellington Region.

Soup & A Seat

It’s well-known that the WiW team loves homemade soup, and that we adore cinema. So imagine our surprise when one of our favorite organizations began a series entitled — wait for it — “Soup & A Seat”. It’s fair to say, the moment The Film Archive in Wellington unveiled their 2010 series, we sobbed with joy over our daily croûtons.

The Film Archive

The Film Archive is an iconic venue, stitching together the corners of Ghuznee and Taranaki Streets in central Wellington. It’s popular among various circles, but we feel it’s consistently unsung by the tourism sector. The fact is, if you’re interested in local culture and history, The Film Archive should be among your first ports of call.

Tickets are half the price of mainstream cinemas, but the core appeal of the Archive is that it promotes an ethos to collectprotect and connect the global community with New Zealand’s heritage, via its vast archive of New Zealand-focused films, and television footage.

Between Wednesday and Saturday expect a plethora of captivating titles, plus an occasional discussion event considering niche topics. Inside the bright and modern facility, the intelligible crew run an incorporated café and provide free access to their online research libraries.

Film Archive: Soup & A Seat Screenings

Throughout the winter of 2010, The Film Archive is showing eight films designed to fit into a regular lunch-hour. Hence, all the films are fifty minutes or under and include a cup of warm, homemade soup which is served with a smile (and often a quip) within seconds of securing the $8 ticket.

Where is The Film Archive?

You can find The Film Archive by following the warming fragrance which drifts through the CBD on wintry Fridays. Or. Head to the corner of Taranaki and Ghuznee Streets (clue: face the reverse bungy at the top of Courtenay Place, and head away from the water. In about five minutes you’ll be clawing your paws on the Archive’s glass-glazed façade).

For more information visit The Film Archive website, hit them up on Twitter or Facebook or if you’re feeling really nostalgic, give them a call on +64 (0)4 384 7647.