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Travel, videos and music written, filmed and photographed by Ben Howe.

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The Others Way Music Festival 2018 Short Film

The 2018 Others Way Music Festival featured 50 bands and artists across 14 different live music venues. The festival showcases new and emerging local artists and bands as well as established New Zealand music legends. Watch this short film.

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How The Lost Flying Nun Master Tapes Found A Home

Flying Nun Records, the iconic New Zealand music label, donated many hundreds of master tapes from recordings made between 1981 to the mid-2000s, to the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Archive of New Zealand Music. There was a time I thought those tapes were lost and this is that story.

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Past & Future: The Others Way Music Festival, Auckland NZ

The Others Way is a music showcase or festival that started four years ago. In 2015 I had just moved on from St Jerome’s Laneway Festival Auckland. I realised what I enjoyed most was releasing albums and working with local New Zealand artists, ones I knew personally.

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Old Ghost Road: Mountain Bike Trail Description

The Old Ghost Road is an 85 km single track bike-packing mountain bike trail and walking path in the upper South Island of New Zealand. The Old Ghost Road traverses mountains, deep river gorges, dense forest and rough backcountry. It is remote, exposed, with rocky sections above the treeline.

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Mountain Biking Red Rocks, Wellington, New Zealand

I am planning to ride The OId Ghost Road, so I thought I better test my abilities for the trail. To do this, I rode out from my home in Brooklyn Wellington for the local trails called Barking Emu and Red Rocks.


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Cubadupa Street & Music Festival, Wellington, NZ

Cubadupa is a festival that happens in Wellington, New Zealand, every March. It takes place on Cuba street, the creative hub of the central city. Good record stores, bookshops, cafes, restaurants and second-hand shops are all found in this area. I take along my Nikon FE2 35mm film camera.

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Newtown Festival, Wellington, New Zealand: Bands, photos & 35mm Film

Last week I attended the Newtown Festival in the suburb of the same name, in Wellington, New Zealand. It was the first time I had attended, being a recent immigrant to the capital city. Newtown is an old central area, partially, but not entirely, gentrified. It is located in a sunny valley. I took along my Nikon FE2 35mm film camera and took some shots.

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Cycling The Central Otago Rail Trail in New Zealand.

The Central Otago Rail Trail is New Zealand's best known cycle trail. Built in 1994 on a decommissioned railway from Dunedin to Clyde it traverses the dry, grassy South Island high country; winding it's way through rocky gorges, over high river viaducts and across the sweeping wide open grassy plains. This is big sky country - crisp blue wide open spaces or brooding dark towers of cloud

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