Thursday, August 30, 2007

Dunedin Pride Week - September

Saturday 8th September
1-2 pm Library tour@public library, Dunedin Public Library
2-4pm Queer Book Exchange, Dunedin Public Library
7:30pm The Lavender Globe Awards, University Union
11pm Lavender Globe Awards After Party, University Union

Sunday 9th September
Sexual Health Workshops
12pm HIV 101
2.30-4.30pm Nitty Gritty/cocksure
3pm Women who have sex with women
6-8pm Queer radio special, Radio1 91FM

Monday 10th September
7-9 pm Panel discussion, Discussing the “Queer” Demographic, Gazebo Lounge, University
Tuesday 11th September
1-2pm Seminar: Queer theology, University of Otago
8pm Casual Drinks, Pequeno

Wednesday 12th September
12-2pm Rainbow Day, Octagon
From 5pm Trans Social Event

Thursday 13th September
10am-4pm uniQ do Market Day, University Union
7:30pm Dance Class, RASA, King Edward Court, Stewart St, up from Octagon,
8:30pm Camp Karaoke Competition, Vivace

Friday 14th September
12-1pm Seminar: Queer Art History, University of Otago
Youth Event
8pm Spectrum Xrated, Arc

Saturday 15th September
12pm Family Fun Day n’pet show, Logan Park, Royal Trce Side
8-12pm Ball, Crown Mill

Sunday 16th September
1pm Lwalkers, Outram Glen near Mosgiel

Check out from Monday for more info and for great places to stay in Dunedin

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Exiting NZ via Hobbit Land

I was headed to Napier to check out a GOO waterfront B&B that is for sale and an afternoon wine tour of the world-famous Hawkes Bay (home of GLBT friendly Kim Crawford Wines) - but I never made it past Rotorua and the lure of Rainbow Mountain.

Like our 8 colour rainbow flag (used in logo), the layers of minerals found in the valley of volcanoes is many-hued. Hence, Rainbow Mountain with red, orange, green, blue and purple mineral deposits through the eons. The original bathing pools were pink, but they were destroyed in an 1886 eruption which claimed the lives of 108 Maori dwellers.
I met several Maori gays and lesbians on this tour of the Bay of Plenty to Taupo, and spotted even more GLBT visitors during my tour of the geyser. Thanks to Elite Adventures for taking me along on their eco tour (to spots where much of the Lord of Rings was filmed), and thanks to Laurie Morrison who's developing a historic walking tour of the village with special emphasis on women of the tribes and their role in settling the region. Good luck with Morrison Maori Magic Tours!

When you go to Rotorua, you have a choice of budget accommodation with free mineral baths to soak away the day's adventures and walking. I stayed at the lesbian-managed In the Zone, a brand new, squeaky clean and well-finished backpackers. Right next store, the old Regent Motel is being transformed by two gay guys, Darren and Brett, who already operate a fine accommodation on the Gold Coast in QLD.

Driving back to Auckland Airport, you pass through Hamilton. If you need to stay for a sleep, Leone has a homestay for men or women, and the Ambassador Motor Inn is well-situated on the main street.

Maybe next trip I'll make it to Napier!
Bye for now, Deetouring Dee

Virgin launches in New Zealand

Competition on New Zealand domestic flights has just stepped up with the recent launch of Pacific Blue (Virgin)

If you are travelling between Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch grab one of their $39 airfare specials before they go. Air New Zealand is matching the airfares so it is a great excuse to take a short break within New Zealand.

If you are flying from Australia to New Zealand then all the airlines are offering great deals.

Check out our airline page for links to the major airlines flying in the region.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

Tropical Pride Festival

The inaugural Tropical Pride Festival will be launched in Cairns on the 16th September 2007 at the Tanks Arts Centre, Collins Avenue, Cairns from 12pm - 5pm with entertainment in Tank 5 from 5pm - 9pm.

The theme for this year is ‘Show Your Love’ and provides our gay community, family and friends an opportunity to come together and celebrate our love, diversity and lives.

A schedule of events for the day has been growing continuously and will include:

  • 12.00 Gates Open
  • 12.30 Official Opening
  • 1.00 Community Awards
  • 2.00 ‘Pink Flamingo’ Dog Show
  • 3.00 Fashion Parade
  • 3.30 ‘Cairns has Talent’ – Talent Search
  • 4.30 Drag King and Drag Queen perform
  • Music by DJ Ess and DJ Matty will be provided during the day.
  • 5.00 Caravan of Love
  • 6.00 Smash Mojo (local Cairns band)
  • 7.30 Battle of the DJ’s (DJ Ess & DJ Matty)

The Tropical Pride Festival is a licensed event and throughout the day there will be plenty to do and enjoy, with great food, community stalls and information services.

Together with Queensland Association for Healthy Communities, Tropical North Queensland businesses will be able to highlight their products and services to both locals and travellers alike.

The Tropical Pride Festival will allow everyone to gain information on health, sexuality, support services, and current issues that affect us as well as the opportunity to network with members of the LGBTQ tourism industry.

This is an opportunity for our entire community to celebrate its diversity and its connection to the wider community. We envisage organising Tropical Pride Festival annually thereby creating a festival event that we can truly call our own.

LGBTQ community members have been working very hard over the past few months to bring businesses and our community closer, striving for synergy and promoting the beauty and diversity of Tropical North Queensland as a gay welcoming destination and the ultimate place to live.

The Tropical Pride Festival promises to be a day full of fun, frivolity, great food and stalls for all ages with the prospect of breaking down barriers within our own community, across generations and within the wider community.

Check out the website at and if looking for somewhere to stay in Cairns check our

Is your horoscope usually accurate?

He aha te roanga o to noho ki konei?
How long are you here for?

I've come to realise on this 45-day tour of NZ's top island that there's enough to exhaust even the most energetic of itinerants. And I haven't even scratched the surface. Maybe next trip, after the snow melts, I'll get around to the South Island!

Whether you have a week, a week-end or weeks on end, you should definitely hire a campa-crib from JUCY and head off to the peace and quiet of rural Kiwiland where you'll find your fill of gay cafes, lesbian restaurants, even innovative newspapers with "News to Amuse" and great horoscopes!

My horoscope today read: "Travel plans could be a jumble, with many options to choose from."Spread across my cafe table next to a bowl of latte are tourist brochures and maps covering the North Island, from Auckland to Napier via the Queer Artists Retreat in Waihi on the Bay of Plenty, the lesbian-run Ridge Country Retreat for the well-heeled in Tauranga, and In the Zone Backpackers in for the budget-conscious adrenalin addicts in Rotorua, and finally in Hawkes Bay wine region. There are a few choices in Napier - the Art Deco capital of the Southern Hemisphere - including a GOO art gallery and RTA travel cafe where I can pick up more brochures of things to see and do.

One thing I've noticed is that there are a lot of rainbows in NZ - even in the rainy season. But there are many places with rainbow in their name, from Rainbow Hotel to Rainbow's End theme park, from Rainbow Mountain (with colours from mineral deposits) to Rainbow Tourism accommodations and tours. The number of gay owned and operated businesses and rainbow-friendly hotels and tour operators in this tiny country is amazing, and they are requesting to be listed on practically every week. Take a look, and book your NZ action vacation with just a few clicks.

In the NZone

Eco tourism, sustainable travel and volunteering are hot buttons right now in the world of travel - people are keen to travel green, and my recent experiences on the North Island with Earth Talk, Earth Spirit and Earth Song all relate to these topics!

Earth Spirit is the lesbian elders village on the drawing board of Arafelle One who lives in Northland, with a partner in a nursing home in Whangarei. Me, Arafelle, and her support troops recently toured EcoSong, an eco-neighbourhood in the western suburbs of Auckland, to see how such a community might work with lesbian seniors and elders needing health services short of a nursing facility. EcoSong is capitalising on eco-toursim by offering a $10 tour for interested members, as is EarthTalk, which charges $5 to tour their organic gardens and footpaths to the estuary. Arafelle and I have separately visited EarthTalk on the Awhitu Peninsula, to walk around this diverse, sustainable property which provides its owners with a healthy lifestyle and some income from the produce, orchard and exotic timber plots.

The volunteering bit? I've spent a rewarding week tending the land at the semi-organic farm of Andi and Kim at 881 Homestay. The first day's adventures included chasing their cheeky cow around the house and back into the pasture whilst keeping the two goats out of the freshly weeded garden, and rescuing ducks and chooks from the muck (a gift of a record-setting month of rain)! Believe it or not, overseas visitors love being on a working farm and giving the owners a hand with myriad tasks. can book your stay at 881 Homestay or at the Poller View Farm, a working sheep and cattle station. Yea haw!

Wednesday, August 22, 2007


Scotland’s annual celebration of queer culture
12 Oct- 11 Nov 2007

GLASGAY! 2007 offers a dash of sparkling celebrities, haute couture, gothic drama, evocative music, boutique style musicals, hilarious confessional stand-up comedy; contemporary visual arts and fancy dress party nights.

Highlights include:
  • Kylie: The Exhibition
  • Louise Welsh’s “Tamburlaine Must Die”
  • The National Theatre of Scotland’s Venus As A Boy
  • and comedy with Craig Hill, amy Lame, Scott Capurro
  • and so much more

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Maori Auctions

Maori Auctions is a great website showcasing Maori Art and Maori Artists.

Maori Auctions is more than a marketplace and promotoes the many aspects of Maori; because there is so much more to Maori than just art.

It has some great clothing advertised at the moment on the site and even if you haven't been to Aotearoa New Zealand why not get something a little bit different for yourself or a loved one.

This great website was designed by Canz Design - a great women run design company in New Zealand. Canz Design is busy working on's new website to improve your experience when you visit our website.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Jucy Chaser campa with toilet & shower

Our New Zealand Campa friends - Jucy have introduced a new vehicle to their fleet of rental campas.

The Jucy Chaser campa has some great features including:

  • Power steering, air conditioning in the cab
  • Seating for 3 in drivers cab
  • 2 bench seats with table
  • Double bed (1.96m x 1.42m)
  • Bathroom with hot & cold pumped water system
  • Toilet and shower
  • Portable DVD player, CD player and radio
We know you will love your Jucy Chaser campa to explore New Zealand.

Hi All

I have just been asked to join this Blog, and would like to introduce myself.

Last week, I started as the New Zealand Concierge for and as such will be replying to any requests that you have for travel within New Zealand.

I have a background of many years in the travel industry in New Zealand and have worked with outbound and inbound tourism, so hopefully will be able to answer your questions with some authority. I have a good knowledge of New Zealand and have been participating in the gay scene both in Auckland and also in Wellington for many years.

I live in Auckland, Birkenhead, but also have a place at Drury, for warm sunny weekends and a chance to get away from the city occasionally.

Look forward to hearing from you and to being able to assist with your New Zealand travel plans and arrangements.

All the best to you all, Peter

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Cornucopia Lodge Spring Special

On the East Coast of the North Island of New Zealand, nestled amongst 4 wineries in the tranquil and picturesque Esk Valley, just 15 kilometres from Napier, is a haven for the weary traveller..

Situated on 1.2 hectares (3 acres) planted with a variety of fruit & nut trees, the fully self contained lodge is privately located with expansive views over gardens and grapevines to backdrops of pasture and forest planted hills.

And now you can enjoy this wonderful lodge for even less.

SPECIAL #1 - Two nights dinner, bed and breakfast $320 per couple

SPECIAL #2 - Three nights dinner, bed and breakfast $450 per couple

Valid till 30 November 2007

Book online for this special at Cornucopia Lodge - a Rainbow Tourism Accreditated Accommodation

Friday, August 10, 2007

THE COTTON CLUB – Dance Cats' Annual Ball

It's Dance Cats' Annual Ball @ Collingwood Town Hall - the theme is dancing, drinking and debauchery!! Dress is Gangsters and Molls - or formal wear. This glamour night includes a sumptuous 3-course meal and Champagne upon arrival!

Their will be dancing all night with a fully stocked bar and excellent food - what more can you ask!?! Plus, you don't have to be able to dance - there's plenty of clubby tracks, old favourites including retro/disco brackets - and of course some ballroom and Latin for the dancers, mixed in throughout the night will be a jazz theme… obviously.

It's going to be a crazy night with lots of fun and games and a laid back 1920's atmosphere. Prizes and giveaways from Eagle Leather, Rainbow Warehouse, wine, cufflinks, dinners for two, gift vouchers, etc. All given away by our fabulous host Luke Gallagher. There will also be roving cigarette girls & guys attending to your needs!!

Tables of up to ten, plus you can arrange to be seated at one of our singles tables!!

So get in quick, bookings close September 1st and if you need a place to stay check out our Melbourne Places section.

When: Saturday 15th September
Where: Collingwood Town Hall
More Info:

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Retreats for Queer Artists in Waihi

Come and pamper yourself. Let your creative abilities flow. Improve your technique or try out new ones.

Art Retreats, allow the queer artist to focus, relax and enjoy the pleasant surroundings of the district.

$260 pp includes tuition, 2 nights accommodation and all meals (special dietary requirements, may cost extra).

Arrive Friday afternoons and depart after lunch Sunday. Longer periods or mid-week dates can be arranged to suit. For individuals and groups up to 10. Painting, Photography, Drawing and Relief Printing Mediums.

Telephone: +61-7-863-9533

Artium Elegantium Studium, P.O.Box 300, Waihi, Hauraki District.

Email: or

Photo by Xavier Radic, Queer Artist, of Rainbow Concierge Dee Farrell , on recent visit to inspect the accommodation and workshop.

Monday, August 06, 2007

Wicked Waikato Weekend

Sunset Beach was not the draw, nor the view from the Lighthouse, as the weather was wicked. But the diversity and hospitality of the men and women business owners I met on the Rainbow Road to Waiuku, Tuaka and Port Waikato was sunny and warm.

Any closer and I could have slept in the sea, when I stayed at Earthtalk@Awhitu overnight to delight in luscious organic gardens and walk to through their lush banana plantation on the way to the estuary. This is a fine example of a permaculture property, not to mention spirtual place to getaway from the stress of city life.

I did not alight from my cosy car (from Jucy Rentals) at the wet Manukau Heads lighthouse, but forged onto Awhitu's vineyard for some fine wines with views to match. I stayed close to the fireplace, chatting with Dave, the winegrower, as we discussed his spicy syrah.

The drive to and around Awhitu Pensinsula was about 1.5 hours, and I was surely missing my motorscooter on those wonderful hills and curves with distracting views (between raindrops).

On the way back to Auckland, I stopped to visit the family and baby-friendly homestay at Port Waikato, just minutes from Sunset Beach. Kim and Andi operate 881 Homestay, an eco-friendly rural hideawsay about 45 min. drive south of the airport. A lot of lesbians like to visit just to talk babies, as the couple is about to add the second daughter to their family.
Their homestay is a separate wing of the house, with views from the hammock to the paddock. Large enough for a couple and a baby. They provided me and every guest or wwoofer complimentary high tea on arrival, and an organic breakfast is included in the tarrif.

The "girls" wisely suggested I drop by to meet "the boys" in the next village of Tuakau. They own Cafe Kaos and Blue Orange art gallery. I smiled at the well-trodden rainbow welcome mat as I introduced myself to Elton and Stuart. Artist Stuart is proud of his studio, which exhibits local and international artists and doubles as an event venue in the centre of main street for a little "Cafe Culture in the Heart of Tuaka."

If you want to try out NZ's longest fishing river or just sip on a latte or write your novel, the Waikato region is a great destination. I'll be back!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

24th Auckland Lesbian Ball - 11 August 2007

Celebrating Style Through The Ages

11 August 2007 - note it in your diary now!

The theme for this year’s Auckland Lesbian Ball is “Style Through The Ages” and will be a unique opportunity to join in a celebration of the styles that have defined past eras and to let your imagination and creativity run loose.

Perhaps you see yourself in the elegant formality of the Victorian era, as a medieval maiden or a lusty 17th century wench. Maybe the bohemian chic of the 60’s or the cloche hats and flapper dresses of the 20’s inspires you.

The choices are seemingly endless with so many different eras and styles to choose from: pre-historic, Edwardian, Roman, country & western, the roaring 40’s, the forgotten 70’s, the retro 80’s to name but a few & not forgetting todays modern era as well.

Have a dig through your wardrobe – you may be pleasantly surprised by how many styles you find!! & don’t forget the shoes – no doubt you will have a pair from a past era.

This year is LESO’s 24th Auckland Lesbian Ball and it promises to be a great evening to be among friends and to enjoy a night of celebration.

More details on the ball click here and check out for accommodation

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Napier Slick Uniform Party - 18 August 2007

SLICK's next event is coming up...
SLICK UNIFORM PARTY - dress to impress!
Saturday 18th August, 8pm - 2am.
Pacific Surf Life Saving Club, Marine Parade, Napier
Tix $20 from 'Joanna G' next to The Cri
limited tix at the door $25
Cheap drinks from 8-9pm
Fav dance tracks all nite from zac + the usual treats!!
Look forward to seeing you and your friends there!

If you need accommodation book online at

Friday, August 03, 2007

Sleaze Party - 29 September 2007

While the world falls apart around us, there is only one possible rational response - run away to the Zirkus. From the traditional to the twisted - you will find ringmasters, clowns, lions with their tamers, contortionists, strongmen, beards, naked ladies. You know the score - the woodwork squeaks and out come the freaks! Mix them all in with the heady atmosphere of Weimar Berlin and you have a uniquely Sleaze experience. Decadence without limitation and uncompromising sensuality oozing from every beautiful pore.

As well as a top-notch line-up of entertainers to be announced soon, you will be kept dancing till dawn by some of Australia's very best DJs: Rob Davis, Feisty, Jayson Forbes, Kitty Glitter, Tim Graham, Murray Hood, GI Jode, Kate Monroe, Dan Murphy, Neroli, Pete Newton, Justin Scott, Steve Sonius and Alex Taylor.

It's no good sitting alone in your room. Come here the music play!

Buy your tickets online and visit for your accommodation.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007

1st Asia Pacific Outgames - Melbourne

The 1st Asia Pacific Outgames is a multi-sport tournament, a human rights conference and cultural event that embraces the Asia Pacific's gay and lesbian community and their friends.

The Outgames will take place in Melbourne, Australia, from 30 January – 3 February 2008 during the Midsumma Festival – Melbourne’s premier gay and lesbian cultural and arts festival and includes Pride March.

Sport tournaments at the 1st Asia Pacific Outgames will include: Badminton, Dancesport, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Rowing, Run, Squash, Swimming, Ten Pin Bowling, Tennis, Volleyball and Water Polo.

Check out the details at has a selection of gay owned and Rainbow Tourism Accreditated accommodation in Melbourne.