Chris Lynch

WIN A TRIP TO HONG KONG WITH CATHAY PACIFIC


Wednesday 17th October, 2018

Cathay Pacific launched the first link ever between Christchurch and Hong Kong last year – a seasonal summer service running from December to February... To celebrate the return of Cathay Pacific’s three-times-weekly seasonal route, here’s your chance to win a trip for two to Hong Kong. You’ll enjoy a superior flight experience, travelling onboard Cathay Pacific’s Airbus A350 – the most technology advanced passenger aircraft. Once in Hong Kong you will indulge in the ultimate luxury hotel experience staying at the Regal Kowloon Hotel for four nights. It's located in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong’s renowned shopping and entertainment district. Regal Kowloon Hotel is within minutes of walking distance from the MTR stations and the Star Ferry. To go in the draw, simply tag someone who you’d like to travel with, share this video, and you’re in the draw. Special thanks to Cathay Pacific Good luck everyone. 

CHRIS LYNCH: VIDEO CONTENT PRODUCER | JOURNALIST | TALK HOST  


Wednesday 03rd October, 2018
Chris Lynch is an award-winning television and radio host in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has built a strong social media following in the Canterbury market because of his high profile broadcasting roles. He is a trusted name in real journalism and is at the forefront of the Canterbury rebuild. When breaking news happens, Chris Lynch reports it. He works for New Zealand's most listened to commercial radio station, Newstalk ZB, and is a respected host among the radio station's loyal nationwide audience.

VIVID SYDNEY: CHRIS LYNCH EXPLORES THE WORLD'S BIGGEST LIGHTS FESTIVAL 


Saturday 30th June, 2018
Welcome to the world’s biggest lights festival. Vivid Sydney has just celebrated its 10th birthday and for 23 nights in the cooler months of May and June, this city is transformed. Sydney’s iconic buildings and harbour become canvasses for art that celebrates the beauty and power of light. Vivid Sydney was named the largest interactive lighting display in the world by the Guinness World Records and it’s not hard to see why. The festival lights up well-known Sydney city areas. The “Light Walk” stretches for more than two kilometres from famous The Rocks suburb through Circular Key. There’s plenty of installations to see along the way. The walk finishes at Australia’s most recognisable building. 23 colourful digital sculptures light up the sails of the Sydney Opera House from projections located across the harbour.

HAWAII - THE BIG ISLAND 


Saturday 03rd February, 2018
Experience some of nature’s most awe-inspiring wonders at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Located 45 miles southwest of Hilo, the park is home to two volcanoes including Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. The chance to witness the primal process of creation and destruction makes it one of the most popular visitor attractions in Hawaii and a sacred place. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park encompasses 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloa to the sea.

TOP HONG KONG ATTRACTIONS AND LUXURY LIVING 


Thursday 01st February, 2018

1)  MAN MO TEMPLE, HONG KONG ISLAND Before visiting Hong Kong, I was expecting a “westernised” city. In my experience, nothing could be further from the truth. If you’re looking for a cultural experience, there are plenty of attractions to achieve this. On Hong Kong Island, there’s the Man Mo Temple. It’s the oldest temple in Hong Kong. The temple was built in 1847 and on any given day, you’ll find locals praying in the entrance way and inside the temple, as well as tourists enjoying the peace and solitude. It’s easy to find, as it’s on the main ‘hop on hop off’ bus ride tour. Part of its magic is that it’s a complete contrast from the bustling downtown area of Central Hong Kong, which is just a few minutes’ walk. The smell of incense is overwhelming at first. But after a few minutes you’ll get used to the smoky atmosphere and you’ll soon feel relaxed. The temple doesn’t look like much from the outside, but in this case, looks can be deceiving. It’s rich in history and worth the visit. 

CAUSEWAY BAY, HONG KONG; THE OLYMPICS OF SHOPPING


Sunday 30th July, 2017
Causeway Bay is located on Kong Kong Island. It’s a great place to stay, particularly if you don’t have much time, but still want to experience a little bit of everything Kong Kong has to offer. It’s not quite as “local” as Kowloon, which is on the mainland opposite side of the Victoria Harbour, but there’s enough of a local vibe to get you out of your Western bubble.  Many roads are bigger and wider than in Kowloon. In fact it feels spacious, if there is such a thing in Hong Kong.

KOWLOON: THE REAL HONG KONG? 


Monday 24th July, 2017
Hong Kong is often described as a city where east meets west. While there are aspects of this cultural collision, particularly on Hong Kong Island, it’s a different story across Victoria Harbour, in Kowloon. This urban area of Kong Kong feels more local. When researching Hong Kong, it can be overwhelming deciding on what to do and where to stay. Whether you choose Hong Kong Island, or the grittier Kowloon, both offer different experiences quite unlike any other major international city. If you find yourself enjoying one part of Hong Kong more than the other, it’s easy to getting around the city, using its efficient train system known as the MTR. For a truly authentic and chaotic experience, it’s worth staying in Kowloon. Despite many shops with luxury brands, the city is unpretentious with busy side streets crammed with small markets, connected to long hustle and bustle roads filled with shops that sell just about anything. Kowloon, as a city, is diverse when it comes to its surroundings. It’s hard to describe it as one thing or another. 

MUPPETS COMPLETE MISSION IN FIJI  


Friday 07th April, 2017
Over the past week, Sesame Street Muppets have brought laughter to a thousand children in Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Winston. Before I visited schools, I was briefed by Fiji Red Cross' health coordinator on the psychological impact of the cyclone. She told me that two months on, many children are still too frightened to attend school. Others run out of their classrooms, frightened at the first sign of wind and rain. A day before we hit the road, I gave Fiji Red Cross staff members an impromptu performance so they could experience first-hand what children could expect. Much to my surprise, when I brought out Grover and Elmo, they reacted with fits of laughter. The Muppets are quite possibly the easiest ice breaker. 

ANAHEIM: DISNEYLAND AND BEYOND


Sunday 02nd October, 2016
Newstalk ZB’s Chris Lynch recently travelled to Anaheim, California and discovered there’s a lot more to the city than just Disneyland. Anaheim in Southern California is home to the most famous theme parks on earth. Disneyland resort remains the city’s number one attraction and with good reason, given it’s “the happiest place on earth.” The park is ever expanding and construction for a Star Wars themed attraction is well underway at Disney’s California Adventure Park, located next to Disneyland. The city has a lot more to offer travellers than just magic kingdoms and rollercoasters.  Locals are proud to live in a city with Disneyland as their backyard but they’re equally appreciative when Disney fans venture further afield to explore their vibrant city, which boasts superb restaurants, food outlets and markets. 

MUPPETS COMPLETE MISSION IN FIJI  


Friday 22nd April, 2016
Over the past week, Sesame Street Muppets have brought laughter to a thousand children in Fiji who have been impacted by Cyclone Winston. Before I visited schools, I was briefed by Fiji Red Cross' health coordinator on the psychological impact of the cyclone. She told me that two months on, many children are still too frightened to attend school. Others run out of their classrooms, frightened at the first sign of wind and rain. A day before we hit the road, I gave Fiji Red Cross staff members an impromptu performance so they could experience first-hand what children could expect. Much to my surprise, when I brought out Grover and Elmo, they reacted with fits of laughter. The Muppets are quite possibly the easiest ice breaker.