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Gold Coast go tos

It doesn’t take a crystal ball to see that Australia is going to be the number one holiday destination of choice, and vice versa. Whether you have a trip planned or need a bit more convincing, here are Metropol’s top picks for when you go for Gold.



Green with envy

Ranked in Australia’s top 10 resort courses, Links Hope Island golf course and country club, just 20 minutes from Surfers Paradise, is a must-see for those who enjoy the finer things in life.






Whole new world

Numerous amusement and theme parks are dotted throughout the metropolitan region. Hide from the heat at Wet ‘n’ Wild, admire the animals at Sea World or chase the thrill at Dreamworld.





Pack your bags

A shopaholics paradise, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre towers over our local malls with a whopping 400 specialty stores. It’s easy to see why it’s one of Australia’s largest shopping centres.






Going sky high

If you’re afraid of heights… it may be best to sit this one out. Visit the SkyPoint Observation Deck for a 360-degree view from the 77th floor of the Q1 building.





Hold on tight

Calling all thrill seekers! Hold on to your hats, glasses, and anything on your head because Jetboat Extreme can take you on a 55-minute tour. 360-degree spins included.






Bordering beach towns

On the cusp of New South Wales and the Gold Coast sits the cool (pun intended) beach town of Coolangatta. Take in the sights and let out a breath because it’s time to relax.





For nature enthusiasts

If you’re a lover of wildlife and nature, then the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary is the destination of choice. Cuddle with koalas, feed kangaroos and lorikeets and take in the beauty of the 27-hectare rainforest.





Surf’s up!

If you love chasing a wave, make your way to Burleigh Heads. Considered one of the Coast’s most-loved surf spots, it is great for first timers or professionals.





All things water

Naturally, with the hotter weather you’re going to get in the water. The man-made Wave Break Island offers a great backdrop for kayak and snorkel tours.




King of the water: King Water Craft

William King’s passion for boats started at an early age. Inspired by his grandfather’s naval career and round the world sailing expedition, at age 12, he put pencil to paper to design his first boat – a plywood dinghy.



With his father’s encouragement, he set about building it himself at the coastal family farm at Clarence River, in Marlborough.

His continued interest led him to study architectural design to further develop his technical design skills, and on completion, his love for the marine industry gave him the confidence to start his own business, King Watercraft.

He has spent a number of years developing rib (rigid inflatable boat) prototypes, each one taking him a step further in perfecting his designs and reputation for high quality, New Zealand-made tenders.

Today, King Watercraft manufactures jet and outboard ribs of bespoke design, and build high end tenders for recreational yachting and family fun on the water.

“King Watercraft give full interest and involvement to every client, to ensure their specifications are completely met in the design and build of their rib. Our business is about producing quality, not quantity,” says William.


Hair-raising Hanmer

Not just a relaxing alpine resort, Hanmer Springs is its own adventurer’s paradise. Outdoor activities in the area are plentiful no matter the season. Here’s Metropol’s picks of the North Canterbury township’s adrenaline fixes for the summer seasons.



Explore secluded mountain valleys on four wheels with a quad bike tour, or soak up the scenery on a mountain bike. Ease your muscles with a post-ride soak in the thermal pools to finish a day of adventuring.

A local clay bird shooting and archery range make for some heart rate rising action. Challenge your friends and family to see who can shoot the most clays in a claybird shoot out, and who can get closest to the bullseye in an archery comp.

If you need speed in your adventure repertoire, jet boating is a great way to get your heart pumping. Or, why not try white water rafting? Take advantage of local operators offering these exciting activities on the Waiau River and Gorge, just a short drive from Hanmer’s township.

The quintessential Kiwi adventure activity: Bungy Jumping. Pay homage to the locally invented adrenaline pumper by throwing yourself 35-metres off the 135-year-old Ferry Bridge. Don’t worry, you’ll be tied on!


The Pandemic Pivot: Socially-distanced drinking

An increasingly hygiene conscious world could have been the end of Christchurch man Ian McCormick’s drinking fountain business. Instead, he invented a solution.



Now, TapWaterWells’ new contactless fountains and water bottle fillers are being installed in schools and public facilities around New Zealand.

The Contactless Hydration Stations are so socially distanced, users can fill their bottle or drink from the faucet with their hands in their pocket, simply stepping on the foot pedal to start the water.

As concerns of COVID-19 hitting our shores grew in March, Ian started fielding calls from his customers – mainly schools – that they were turning off the fountains because they feared the machines required too much hand contact and may transmit the virus.

By the time the country was put into Level 4 lockdown, Ian knew it might be some time before the fountains – which children often put their mouths on – were welcome again.

So, he and his wife Madeleine put on their thinking caps and happened to both come up with the same idea: Pedal-power.

“All I had to do was design the see-saw operated foot pedal instead of the previous push mechanism, which required your hands,” he says.

Ian sent rough sketches of the mechanism to his Computer-aided Design (CAD) designer, who turned them into workable designs from his home.

Ian also uses a small local engineer, who also works solo from his home and who was able to turn the design into reality with some spare materials he had.

“By the time we came out of lockdown, we had the prototype operating and are now in full production.

“They’re now installed in schools in Christchurch, Havelock North, Tauranga and Auckland.

“We also have an order to be installed at a new bus depot in Silverdale in Auckland, and a multi-unit installation at an event centre also in Auckland.”

Ian says if he hadn’t acted quickly, his business could be facing a very uncertain future.

“As soon as the school said they were shutting them down, we knew this could be a problem – so if we wanted to stay in business we had to be ahead of the pack.

“We’re a small local business and were able to react reasonably quickly. This has really opened up opportunities for us, perhaps even overseas.”

Ian says the Contactless Hydration Stations can be used in schools and businesses, as they’re great for hygienically filling bottles and cups.


Tap Water Wells and Metropol are giving away two Contactless Hydration Station water bottle fillers. One to a primary school, and one to an ECE. Visit Metropol’s Facebook page to enter!



Running since October 2018 next to Burger King at 530B Sawyers Arms Road, Auto Express Wash have fine-tuned the cleaning of your car to an art form. The car wash is manned by real people who walk you through to make sure your wash runs perfectly in a quick 4 minutes!



Over the past 12 months they have had 100 percent utilisation so there’s no downtime or wait while getting the wash done.

The most technologically advanced car wash company in the country is a big boast and one they are proud of.

They are also green-focused with 80 percent of the water recycled – that’s not done anywhere else in New Zealand.

All you have to do is drive up and align yourself on the conveyer system that will guide you through the 8 stages of automatic washes.

There is a friendly team watching you all the way to make sure everything’s going well.

Their Unlimited Wash Club will not only keep your car clean as much as you want but save your almighty dollar. You’ll save yourself not only time but money as well.

Whether you’re driving a Ferrari Portofino or a Nissan Leaf, the Auto Express Wash will look after your vehicle.

Phone 0800 5333 555, then get out to Auto Express Wash at 530B Sawyers Arms Road, near the airport, from 8am to 6pm and make it the quickest, cleanest and greenest way to keep your car looking great.


South Island Summer Escape

Looking for a break away with plenty to see and do this summer? Then explore the South Island where you’ll find majestic landscapes, golden beaches, loads of interesting activities, and fabulous food and wine.



For the ultimate summer experience, the Nelson Tasman region will blow you away with its natural beauty and range of attractions on offer.

Local hotspots include Kaiteriteri Beach, Mapua & Ruby Coast, Motueka, Moutere, Murchison and Stoke, home to Pic’s Peanut Butter, the National World of Wearable Art & Nelson Classic Cars Museum and McCashins Brewery.

Your itinerary should include a trip to Farewell Spit, the stunning Te Waikoropupū Springs, the markets at Takaka and Golden Bay, and the Lord of the Rings film locations dotted around the area.

After exploring what Nelson and its surrounds have to offer, take the time to visit the Marlborough Sounds; the perfect destination for boating, fishing and diving.

Marlborough is wine country and you’ll find 30 cellar doors available to visit in the region, along with the award-winning Renaissance Brewing, Boom Town Brewing Company, and the first dedicated gin distillery in Marlborough, which opened in May at The Vines Village.

At the head of Queen Charlotte Sound you’ll find Picton, the picturesque little seaside town where you can explore New Zealand’s maritime heritage and marvel at the gorgeous surroundings and wildlife.

A summer escape in the South Island is a must-do this holiday season, with delightful weather, friendly hospitality, heaps of attractions and beautiful sights just waiting to be discovered.