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Win a kickass holiday to NZ for you and your mates

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Someone once told me that New Zealand is to Australia what Wales is to England – kind of the same country but more beautiful, with nicer people and where everything is just… well, better.

Since I heard that, I’ve always wanted to go to there. Not for any of that Middle Earth stuff (I’m not into hobbits) but because it looks like it kicks Canada’s ass in terms of mountains and even those Norwegians with their lakes. Stunning.

Competition time

Right now, the lovely folks at Tourism New Zealand are running a campaign to win the holiday of a lifetime to their shores. They’re offering two different kinds of once-in-a-lifetime trip worth $30,000 each. Here’s the deal:

Holiday # 1: Winter Highlife

This is the ultimate do-or-die holiday for adrenaline junkies. You can hoon around the North and South Islands getting pumped up on the slopes, bungee jumping and getting involved with all the extreme sports NZ has to offer. Oh and don’t forget the party scene. (It’s all about the après ski.)

Holiday # 2: Natural Goodness

This is the chance to kick back and unwind, taking in the postcard views of the South Island. Pile into a campervan, fill an esky with beers and enjoy sunset drinks and barbecues in some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. This is all about taking a deep breath and appreciating nature.

The best thing is, these holidays are for two weeks and for you and three of your mates. Now that is a seriously impressive prize.

I want it! How do I win?

The idea is they’re promoting here is that Stories Beat Stuff. In life, experience is everything. Success and happiness isn’t about having the latest iPhone or cruising round in a wicked car; it’s about having mates, sharing good times together and seeing the world. That’s what life’s really about. Check out the Facebook page for Stories Beat Stuff for some interesting reads.

To enter, you need to upload a short video to YouTube or post a photo online saying what material object you’d swap so for a load of memories with your mates. The more creative your entry is, the better.

What would I swap?

Sandboarding in Chile

I know, I look like a total nerd

Well as a bit of a technotard (I still can’t work my iTouch) I don’t really own anything commercially valuable. The most precious thing I own probably sounds a bit stupid – it’s a battered old sandboard that I was given when I was a backpacker in Chile. I dragged that board up and down sand dunes for weeks, having unspeakable amounts of fun. I shipped it home afterwards (costing me a fortune) and it’s definitely the most precious thing I brought home with me from that trip. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile.

This is what I’d give up for the chance to get me and my mates on that Winter Highlife holiday. If you fancy taking a shot at the big prizes yourself, then check out the Tourism New Zealand website and tell them what you’d give up. Good luck!

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Fiona Tulloch has written 57 articles. Fiona was one of the first to join codename “The Firm“. After a sweaty meeting at a bus station she was recruited based on her dedication; she gave up a publishing career in London to travel round the world. She enjoys eating local food (a lot), learning languages (badly) and living a simple life surrounded by sunshine, smiles and palm trees.

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