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There are many reasons to love New Zealand, the scenery, the wildlife, the people and now the music. More specifically the reggae-influenced tunes which gets Aotearoa rocking.

Here in no particular order are six reasons to love New Zealand and love its music.

This post is part of Blog4NZ, a three-day travel writing blitz, designed to let the world know that New Zealand is open for business after the earthquake which struck the country one month ago.

Follow the hastag #Blog4NZ on twitter, facebook, and meet the people behind #Blog4NZ.

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The Old Bones Backpackers is located on the East Coast of New Zealand’s South Island, a hostel with a difference and one of New Zealand’s best kept secrets.

Read on to discover the Old Bones Backpackers…

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Milford Sound part II - High above New Zealand's Fiordland

Milford Sound part II - High above New Zealand's Fiordland

Milford Sound, deep in New Zealand’s Fiordland, is an astounding destination. However to see Milford Sound from the air is a completely different experience from seeing the Sounds from sea level, as I was soon to find out…

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Fiordland is located in the Southwestern corner of New Zealand’s South Island, dominated by the steeping slopes of the snow-capped Southern Alps, deep lakes and the glacier-carved fiords. This is the start of a Milford Sound adventure…

Out in Milford Sound on a remarkably clear day

Out in Milford Sound on a remarkably clear day

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Sicily, the home of Mount Etna, ancient ruins, the ‘friend of the friends’, beautiful food, delicious ice cream, and the Cefalù Gelato Festival…mmmm gelato. Read on for a compelling story about the world of gelato and the seaside town of Cefalù.

Over 20,000 kilograms of ice cream was devoured by an estimated 150,000 visitors to the Sherbeth Festival

Over 20,000 kilograms of ice cream was devoured by an estimated 150,000 visitors to the Sherbeth Festival

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Bridge to Lake Matheson

Bridge to Lake Matheson

I was reading a post the other day called Franz Josef vs. Fox Glacier which was about the decision travellers in New Zealand have to make in choosing between the two world-famous glaciers. It was on the excellent Inspiring Travellers and the post inspired me to recount my own tale of the time I paid the small Fox Township a visit and ended up seeing something I hadn’t quite expected.

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Picton - the gateway to New Zealand's South Island

Picton - the gateway to New Zealand's South Island

Picton is the small gateway to New Zealand’s South Island, the town many travellers only visit fleetingly as they step off the ferry from Wellington. But Picton deserves a few days of any traveller’s time.

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