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Russell Jack, Southland Yoga Instructor, on Six Must-Do Activities in Wellington


With a scenic location and plenty of natural and cultural attractions, Wellington, New Zealand, is the perfect year-round destination. This vibrant capital city has something to offer for tourists with any interest, from art to ecology. Russell Jack, Southland Yoga Training’ founder, has traveled all over New Zealand, and Wellington still is among his favorite places. While you’ll never run out of things to do in Wellington, here are Mr. Jack’s six favorite places that you won’t want to miss.

Wellington Botanic Garden

Just a short distance from the heart of the city, the Wellington Botanic Garden offers an oasis of natural beauty. First established in 1844, the Wellington Botanic Garden contains more than 64 acres of native and exotic flora, from ancient forests to bright floral displays. From the garden, you can find panoramic views of Wellington and the harbor. Or, if you prefer, there are plenty of paths into the natural woods for you to explore.

Mt. Victoria Lookout

No visit to Wellington is considered complete without a trip to the top of Mt. Victoria. “Mt. Vic” — as the locals call it — stands just under 200 meters high and offers visitors a stunning 360-degree vista overlooking Wellington, the harbor, and the surrounding hills. Accessible both by car and on foot via the Southern Walkway trail, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon picnic or to catch a scintillating sunset.

Weta Workshop

Best known for its work on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Weta Workshop has provided props, costumes, and creatures for several hit movies. There are several tours available for guests, from the free Weta Cave — offering a shop, mini-museum, and documentary — to an all-day tour for more gung-ho film enthusiasts.

Wander the Wharf

Wellington’s top waterfront location is accented with a wide footpath running along what was once a bustling commercial harbor. Queens Wharf is a great place for walking, running, and biking, and there are several sculptures, museums, and other points of interest. Be sure to stop at some of the many restaurants, bars, and coffee shops that adorn the area.

Te Papa Museum

Formally known as the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, the locals know it simply as Te Papa, and you shouldn’t miss it. Located inWellington’se heart, this free museum tells the story of New Zealand’s indigenous people and features cultural artifacts and artwork. This highly-interactive institution isn’t like the stodgy museums of the past—it’s an exciting way to learn more about New Zealand’s history.


Just a few minutes outside of the central city is Zealandia, a pristine ecosanctuary that has created an island of natural splendor designed to be similar to New Zealand before the arrival of humans. Criss-crossed by several hiking trails, you can take a guided tour or embark on your exploration, making sure to catch glimpses of the rare wildlife that call the area home. This beautiful locale is especially perfect for a night tour, where you’ll come across nocturnal creatures, from hundreds of glowworms to the rare Little Spotted Kiwi.

About Russell Jack

Russell Jack, Southland Yoga Training founder, lives in Invercargill, New Zealand. He is passionate about spirituality, the vegan lifestyle, animal rights, and living in sync with nature. Russell specializes in Vinyasa Yoga, Qigong, and guided meditations. Vinyasa yoga or flow yoga heightens consciousness by moving from one position to another seamlessly using breath. Russell regularly volunteers with the World Animal Protection organization to support animal rights locally and around the world. He also donates to various non-profit organizations devoted to protecting rare and endangered species in New Zealand. Russell likes to spend his free time in nature, surfing and traveling around the world.

The Implications of COVID-19 on Business


Business organisations have been going through a rough period over the course of a few months. The many goals and objectives that they wanted to achieve seem to be impossible, considering the extent and impact of the pandemic. As a result, things have changed, and in order to rise back, one needs to understand this particular form of change. Due to that, we are here to decode the implications and analyse all that is happening in the world of business. So go ahead and read them all out.

1. The Rise of Unemployment


One of the biggest impacts of Covid-19 is the rise of unemployment and how individuals are left to think about the future with a particular form of uncertainty. Thanks to closing markets and limited options to generate revenue, business organisations are being forced to send their employees away without any prior notice. The financial burden placed on businesses moves ahead and attacks employees and individuals, further expanding the negative side of the story. As a result, unemployment has become the primary cause of concern for the government.

2. Limited Spending

Apart from unemployment, business organisations are also facing a shortage of revenue due to the current age of spending. Due to uncertainty, individuals are thinking twice before purchasing anything. They are confused about thinking at the moment and the importance of saving for the future. As a result, people are holding on to their jobs and have limited the extent of their purchasing power. Moreover, specific organisations have also reduced payments up to a particular limit to prevent things from entering extreme stages.

3. Implications of Reformed Policies

In order to stay alive, business organisations are slowly adapting to new methods and policies that have been tried and tested during desperate situations. However, these situations can only be adapted for a few who are capable of handling the impact. Since specific organisations cannot do so, they are left to think about the kind of implication that it will have. Apart from spending and other aspects, everything will move ahead with a particular limit. Due to that, one needs to be accountable and come with essential strategies that are going to change the course of business.


While one can talk about the implications, the primary factor lies with handling and dealing with the same. The new norms of social distancing and other such measures have also left people in a panic mode that encourages them to stick to specific alternatives. These particular alternatives may or may not include all business services. Due to that, being adaptable and flexible to the current scenario is a must, and one cannot move away from this challenge as it holds the future.