Welcome to Destinationz.
We publish a travel publication twice a year – summer and winter editions – for people who enjoy travelling within New Zealand. We are an A4 glossy magazine.
We aim to reach the mid to high socio-economic readership through our phenomenal distribution; Destinationz is home-delivered to 90,000 readers, available in stands throughout the greater Wellington Region, and hand-delivered to inner city cafés, bars, and outside New World supermarkets.
We home deliver along the Northern corridor from Thorndon to Paekākāriki, Petone to the Haywards, down to the Eastern Bays, through to Wellington Central and out to Seatoun. We are also available at pickup points from Waikanae through to Ōtaki, and at cafés and New World supermarkets from Featherston to Masterton.
We deliver to i-SITE centres nationwide and have a comprehensive what’s on listing of events in the areas we cover. We deliver to hotels and motels nationwide.
The publication is available online, not only to read but also for convenient access to individual advertiser’s websites; simply click on the advertisement to be taken there directly.
Kia ora, my name is Madelaine and I’m a travel writer for Destinationz. My colleague Sam and I tread Aotearoa’s beaten tracks and the offbeat ones, visiting hotspots and hidden gems alike. We keep a record of where we go and what we do and report it back to you, almost to the minute. Our travel pieces are personal and subjective – we write about what we loved, and what we hope you’ll love too.
I cherish roaming about New Zealand with my notepad in hand, meeting the locals of the small towns, big cities, and everywhere in between. So far, my partner and I have visited the Wairarapa for a romantic getaway, Nelson-Golden Bay for sun, sand, and surf, Queenstown for a weekend of adrenaline-pumping adventure, The Catlins for complete immersion into the natural world, and the Top of the South (Picton, Arapawa Island, Kaikōura, and Hanmer Springs) for a delicious mid-year escape – the hot pools! The snow-capped mountains! The wildlife! Such bliss.
We missed Blenheim that time around, so we headed to wine country next. Marlborough yielded up many secrets, not just through the grapevines but deep in the Sounds too. Our latest trip was to Ōtepoti Dunedin, where we discovered history, heritage, and a whole lotta cool.
In my spare (?) time, I’m often out at the theatre or a concert, a festival or an awards ceremony as the editor of Regional News, the fortnightly arts publication we produce here in Wellington. It’s a dream and privilege to write about the things I’m most passionate about: arts, culture, and travel.
I think we’re infinitely blessed to live in a country as beautiful and varied as New Zealand; I’ve loved exploring as much as I have so far, and I can’t wait to traipse more terrain. Watch this space – or rather, watch these feet!
Greetings, my name is Sam and I am lucky enough to be a travel writer for Destinationz. I am a South Islander at heart, born and raised in the garden city.
I moved to Wellington five years ago to study film and media studies at Victoria University of Wellington and later journalism at Massey University. Little did I know that part of my first role as a reporter would involve darting around our beautiful country, but here we are, and I am honoured and grateful that I have the chance to do so.
That being said, I am new at this game. While I have seen much of the South Island through various roadies and family getaways, the North is still relatively new to me. I have loved making Wellington my home and often visit Hamilton and Auckland where some of my family reside. Still, I am yet to properly explore the nooks and crannies up north.
I have just completed my first experience trip for Destinationz. In November 2019, a friend and I drove up the coast towards Kāpiti, where we would spend the weekend learning about all the natural wonders and native species the area has to offer. We spent a night at a nature reserve before boarding a ferry to Kāpiti Island, where we were also lucky enough to spend a night. Our days were filled with whimsical walks through enchanting native forests, close encounters with native birds, and exciting guided activities.
Our time in Kāpiti left me excited for what is to come. It took me out of my element and exposed me to new things, which I unequivocally enjoyed. Looking forward, 2020 will bring forth many new challenges and experiences. I can’t wait to tell you all about them!