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Mai Tais in

paradise

- Hawaii is

back

(Cover story)

6

Tahiti

- bucket

list bliss

12

Immersed

in the

magic of

Disneyland

18

MSC

Cruises' new

Mediterranean

beauties

23

Cruising

Los Angeles to

Mexico on board

Royal Caribbean's

Mariner of the Seas

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Malaysia's

pearls

of the

Orient

26

Europe's

highlights

with

Globus

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8 What’s hot

15 The splendours

of Vietnam

with World Journeys

16 Experience this

21 Journey through

the heart of Morocco

30 Around New Zealand

33 Honeymoon bliss

in Qamea, Fiji

37 Cooking on location

in Tahiti

38 Airline update

40 Gadgets to go

41 Favourite spot

on the planet

- Tokyo

42 Travel tips

- Packing for

a South Pacific getaway

43 Business traveller

44 What’s on

46 On tour


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Welcome

HARVEY WORLD TRAVEL GENERAL MANAGER Adrian Turner

Winter sun escapes on the horizon

Summer is on the wane, and what an amazing summer it has

been, so now it's time to start planning a winter escape -

and what better place to go than Hawaii? After a 15-year

hiatus from the Kiwi holiday itinerary Hawaii is back in style,

and with Hawaiian Airlines recently launching its direct flights

from Auckland competition is hot, resulting in some excellent

packages for Kiwi travellers.

Of course, anywhere in the Pacific is perfect to escape to for

sun, and the Cook Islands, Fiji and Tahiti are always popular

choices. Air New Zealand is about to relaunch its seasonal

direct flights to Bali and to the Sunshine Coast so there are

plenty of winter sun escapes to choose from.

EDITOR Tracey Mehrtens

One sprinkling of Disneyland magic isn't enough

’The original Disneyland in California is a magical kingdom

that every child - and adult! - needs a sprinkling of in their

life... Actually, one visit just doesn't suffice, it draws you back

for more.

I've been three times now and each time I feel the youthful,

carefree and fun need to skip as I enter the gates -

Disneyland just does that to you. In the true spirit of the

park's founding father, Walt Disney - “Here you leave today

and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy."

A perfect escape.

If you don't feel Walt's presence when you enter the park

you certainly will when you reach the fire station on Main

Street and look up to the apartment where Disney himself

stayed overlooking his kingdom and the happiness it brings

to young and old.

It truly is a magical, special place... Read all about it on

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Mai Tais

in paradise

Hawaii and cocktails go hand in hand, says Jane Warwick. And so do the beaches and dining and clothes

shopping and catamaran trips and movie locations that make it the perfect holiday destination.

It was a cracker of an afternoon. We sat

with our feet in the nets slung between the

twin hulls of the catamaran and toasted

each other with icy-cold Mai Tais. There

was the promise of dolphins and whales

and as many Mai Tais as were prudent to

down, but it was enough, really, to simply

be out on the ocean, skimming across the

waves being drenched by the spray, which

was also slopping into our cups, watering

down our drinks and giving them a slightly

salty taste. Perhaps it should have been

tequila instead, without the usual salt lick. It

didn’t matter. What did matter was that we

were in Hawaii.

As we sailed along, we gazed at the

shoreline where palm trees swayed and

high-rise buildings marched right down

onto Waikiki Beach, Hawaii’s most famous

stretch of sand. When you live in New

Zealand, where, with a few exceptions,

sharing a beach with 100 others is about

80 too many, Waikiki and its elbow-toelbow,

deckchair-to-deckchair

chumminess should be repellent, but

somehow it just works. Not only is it

crowded, but just metres away is the

main shopping street with its department

stores, restaurants and bars. But does it

matter? Not at all – in fact, it’s more than

convenient. Nothing is far from your hotel:

the beach is just steps this way, the shops

and restaurants are just steps that way.

And there’s no need to clock-watch. You

can do both so easily – beach all day

and shop at night with most stores open

to 11pm, some even later. So Hawaii in

general, and Waikiki in particular, is very

nearly the perfect holiday destination,

especially for those two major vacation

essentials, relaxing and shopping.

But of course there is so much more to

Hawaii than beaches and commerce. On

the First Friday of every month the bars,

restaurants, boutiques and galleries of

downtown Honolulu stay open until late.

We dined at Brasserie du Vin, a sprawling

restaurant that occupies room after room

in an old colonial building. It is owned

by a Kiwi, David Stewart, who was once

famous in Auckland for his Toad of Toad

Hall eatery in Parnell. It was early, but

the First Friday atmosphere was already

apparent and the mood – and noise –

were excited. We toasted each other with

cocktails and realised how Hawaii and

cocktails go so very hand in hand. By

the time we went back into the street, First

Friday was in full swing.

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We lingered on the pavement watching

some glass blowers and their magical

molten jewels. The flames reflected in

their safety goggles and made them look

like possessed bug-eyed aliens from a

B-grade movie. But the beautiful pieces

they were turning out kept us riveted, long

after the heat of the flames had died from

our cheeks.

We climbed the creaking steps of

another old colonial building where

artists and boutique-owners rent rooms

that open onto a veranda overlooking

an overgrown central courtyard. The

artisans and shopkeepers lolled around

on the veranda, glasses of wine in their

hands. We lolled with them, too, talking

about their art, laughing with the owner

of the vintage clothing shop about how

the clothes we thought were hopelessly

old-fashioned on our parents and

grandparents have now become so

desirable to a new generation.

Up another staircase in a quieter building

down the street there were modern clothes.

They were the new collection by Project

Runway contestant Andy South, who was

second runner-up in series eight of the TV

show. He was pleased to see us, although

a little abashed that we knew who Andy

South was. Project Runway has launched

Andy’s career but the celebrity status that

comes with it has been a little daunting for

the shy designer.

We wandered the streets, ducking and

out of shops, perusing art galleries and

having a drink at this bar and that. We

didn’t need to patronise the food wagons

but even with our stomachs still full of

dinner, whatever was being served still

smelt delicious. For us, the night ended

peering into the oldest bar in Honolulu –

Smith’s Union Bar. We were flagging but

there were plenty of First Friday visitors who

had only just begun the night. Smith’s is a

long narrow space, strung with coloured

lights and decorated with Hawaiian kitsch,

in a run-down building in a very old street.

It was crowded and jumping and hot on

this sultry night and looked like a set from

an old movie.

Talking of movies, just the very next day

we nearly got stomped on by Godzilla.

We got out of the Hummer to investigate

the very large footprint of that gigantic

lizard and while we were grouped in the

huge indentation in the grass, the mutant

reptile made a cameo appearance. Well,

at least in our photos he did. We were

on a movie and television location tour

and when our guide used our cameras to

take a photo of us, he also held a model

Godzilla in his other hand in front of the

lens, so when the picture was viewed it

seemed we were about to be stomped

on. We were primarily visiting the locations

where the cult television show, Lost, had

been filmed, but many show and movies

have been shot in Hawaii, mostly on the

Kualoa Ranch on the Windward Shore of

Oahu. The list includes Lost, Jurassic Park,

Along Came Polly, 50 First Dates, The

Karate Kid 2, You, Me and Dupree, Pearl

Harbour and Hawaii Five-0, of course.

Although it is not quite correct to assume

‘of course’ because the adage that the

camera never lies is, of course, the biggest

lie of the lot. We saw the roadside banks

and small culverts that on film were deep

ravines and towering cliffs. We saw the

cottages that were props in movies so

disparate you would never have thought

they had been filmed on the same

continent, let alone the same five hectares.

We saw the sets for movies ostensibly

set in Bermuda, Japan, Korea, Africa and

South America – millions of hectares of

land crammed into one small piece of a

Pacific island. We weren’t sure whether to

feel impressed or cheated. But, of course,

we weren’t cheated at all with Hawaii. It

delivered more than it promised, which is

not something you can say about every

destination.

Getting there

Air New Zealand flies non-stop to Honolulu

three times a week from Auckland, with

connections available from Air New

Zealand’s 26 domestic ports. Fares start from

$581 for Seat one-way, with Seat + Bag, The

Works and Works Deluxe options available

in Economy Class. Premium Economy and

Business Class are also offered.

Where to stay

The Moana Surfrider is a beautiful

colonial-style hotel. Now a Westin

Resort & Spa, it introduced the world to

Hawaiian hospitality in 1901 and is often

referred to as the ‘First Lady of Waikiki’.

Also recommended is the Waikiki Beach

Marriott Resort & Spa.

What to do

Shop! The Ala Moana Centre in Waikiki

is said to be the world’s largest open-air

shopping centre with nearly 300 shops

and over 70 food outlets.

Ross Dress for Less is famous for its designer

clothes, shoes, bags and cosmetics at

knock-down prices. You might have to

search the racks but there are some

good finds, such as Calvin Klein dresses

for US$15 and Adidas sports shoes

from US$10.

Hummer Tours offers movie and television

location tours that include the Kualoa

Ranch.

Enjoy a 90-minute sailing trip (and a Mai

Tai) on a Maitai Catamaran tour.

Visit the Iolani Palace in Honolulu, the only

royal palace in the United States.

Where to eat

The Cheesecake Factory serves

huge meal portions so pace yourself if you

even want to make it as far as dessert and

cheesecake. Go early to avoid the queue.

Roy’s is a Hawaiian legend for its finedining

fusion cuisine.

Brasserie du Vin in downtown Honolulu

makes the perfect start to a First Friday.

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what’s HOT

50 things to do in

the Sunshine State

In Queensland, where summer lasts

all year, there’s never a shortage of

outdoor (and indoor) activities to

appeal to the whole family. As a reminder,

Queensland’s tourism operators have

compiled a list of 50 holiday experiences

for visiting Kiwis to enjoy from the north

to the south of the Sunshine State. Here

are some highlights (the full list is on the

Queensland Holidays website):

• Get down and dirty hunting for mud crab

the traditional way with the Walker Brothers

at Cooya Beach north of Port Douglas.

• If the ocean is too balmy to cool you

down, head inland from Cairns to

discover spectacular Millaa Millaa Falls

on the Atherton Tablelands.

• Fly through the canopy of the majestic

Daintree Rainforest on a giant flying fox,

aka Jungle Surfing.

• Watch loggerhead turtles nesting and

hatching at the Mon Repos turtle rookery

near Bundaberg, from November to March.

• Take to the warm Whitsundays waters with

Twilight Yacht Racing every Wednesday

night at Whitsundays Sailing Club.

They’re always looking for extra crew

members, even if you’re a novice.

• Saddle up for an Equathon

horse-riding tour on the beach

at Noosa North Shore.

• Get cultured at the 7th Asia Pacific

Triennial of Contemporary Art at the

Queensland Gallery of Modern Art in

Brisbane until 14 April.

• Go under water and stay dry in

UnderWater World’s new ocean walkthrough

tunnel, alive with over 50 species

of fish in 2.5 million litres of water.

• Enjoy the uber-luxurious Beach Valet

service at Hilton Surfers Paradise where

you can hire your very own staffer to stay

on the sand and cater to your every whim.

• Get a birds-eye view 30 metres above

the Cedar Creek National Park on the

Tamborine Forest Skywalk in the Gold

Coast Hinterland.

• When the mercury drops, head to

Cowboy Up Trail Riding at Emu Creek

near Toowoomba for a sunset trail ride

followed by bubbly and a cheese platter.

• Stop in at The Bramble Patch in

Stanthorpe, where they turn your

favourite berries into delicious madeto-order

ice cream. Best served in a

crunchy waffle cone!

Waiheke Island

makes hottest

destinations list

for 2013

When the New York Times, widely

regarded as one of the best newspapers

in the world, speaks – people listen.

And this year, New Zealand’s very own

Waiheke Island ranked in its list of the

46 top places to go in 2013, at a very

respectable number 35.

The newspaper described Waiheke

as an island with fine vineyards, lodges

and cottages that is also embracing its

bohemian side.

“The 35-square-mile island is now dotted

with new shops and galleries that sell

sculptures and paintings from the dozens of

local artists," the article said. The Headland,

Sculpture on the Gulf festival held in

January-February also gained special

mention for its super-sized sculptures "along

a stunningly scenic coastal path."

The number one spot for 2013 is Rio de

Janeiro, partly because “the whole world will

be going there in 2014” for the FIFA World

Cup and again in 2016 for the Olympics.

Marseille, on the Mediterranean coast

of France, comes in at number two. A

culturally diverse melting pot and ancient

port, the city is now becoming a centre

for contemporary art and avant-garde

performances. Marseille is also celebrating

2013 as the European ‘Capital of Culture’.

Some of the other top five spots are

surprises. Nicaragua’s number three ranking

focuses attention on the country’s appeal

as an eco-tourism destination. Accra, in

Ghana (4), is quickly rising in popularity

because of its growing economy and

reputation for being one of the safer

African destinations. The landlocked

Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan (5) is seen as

a role model for the sustainable traveller.

For the rest, the list contains a mix of old

favourites: (Paris, 46), New Delhi (9), the

Big Island of Hawaii (16), along with quite

a few others: Vernazza, Italy (18), White

Salmon River, Washington, US (13) and

Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka (31) that you never

may have heard of. It’s encouraging, in

today’s very interconnected world, to

think there is still a world of unknown and

exciting destinations out there to explore.

Kuala Lumpur ranked

in world’s top ten best

cities for shopping

Now you don’t need to go as far as New

York, London or Tokyo to experience the

world’s best shopping. A recent survey by

CNN revealed that the Malaysian capital,

Kuala Lumpur, ranks fourth, ahead of wellestablished

shopping hubs such as Paris,

Hong Kong and Dubai.

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According to CNN International’s

travel website, CNNgo, Kuala Lumpur’s

impressive score came from its combination

of high quality shopping, affordable prices

and reliable sales, which can stretch to

several months on end.

The judging was based on four

categories, including ease of getting

around (quality of public transportation,

affordability and availability of cabs);

value (bargain opportunities, such as sale

seasons and average prices); variety

(number of available brands, range of

shopping categories, quantity of upscale

shops, department stores, boutique and

vintage retailers and market stalls) and

experience (city beauty, quality of window

displays and shop décor, friendliness and

competence of clerks and service staff,

dining and accommodation options).

Kula Lumpur’s high top ten ranking is its

second recent recognition as an important

shopping mecca. Last November, the city

was crowned the second best shopping

destination in the Asia-Pacific region by

the Globe Shopper Index of the prestigious

Economist Intelligence Unit.

As any recent visitor to Kuala Lumpur and

Malaysia will be aware, shopping is an

important contributor to Malaysia’s tourism

industry. There are more than 320 shopping

malls in the country, with the ten largest

malls being bigger in size than the top

ten shopping malls in the UK. Shopping

now comprises the second biggest share

of tourist expenditure in Malaysia after

accommodation, making up 30 percent

of the total receipts of RM58.3 (US$18.76

billion). In 2012, tourists spent RM17.5

billion (US$5.63 billion) on shopping.

The shopping sector’s important

contribution to the economy has led the

Malaysian Government to develop it

as a key tourism driver. Recent initiatives

include positioning the country as a

duty-free shopping destination for tourist

goods, promoting central Kuala Lumpur

as a vibrant shopping precinct, and the

establishment of three new premium outlets

in Malaysia.

Norfolk Island adds

luxury retreat to its

attractions

History, scenery, gastronomy and now topflight

luxury. The ever-surprising island, just

90 minutes from Auckland by air now offers

award-winning five-star accommodation

perfectly designed for corporate retreats

and discerning independent travellers.

Winner of the top prize in the 2012

Norfolk Island Tourism Awards, Forrester

Court Cliff Top Cottages comprises three

private, self-contained one- and twobedroom

holiday homes in a secluded

6.5-hectare setting high above Cascade

Bay with absolute clifftop frontage and

stunning ocean views.

Forresters Court places an emphasis on

comfort and life’s simple pleasures. It’s a

place where busy people and couples

can relax and reflect in complete privacy

on a family-owned eco property with

views of native birds, waterfalls and whales

frolicking offshore. Amenities include an

international-size Tifdwarf grass tennis

court, yoga, aromatherapy and massage

treatments provided in the comfort of

your cottage, a big in-house library of

books, magazines, music, movies, games

and puzzles, and a personal chef who

will create special menus based on the

island’s abundant local and seasonal

organic produce and serve them on your

cottage’s expansive deck.

Norfolk’s emergence as a food lover’s

paradise underscores its attraction as

a destination for sophisticated travelers.

Unique island tastes include including

‘Norfolk Blue’ gourmet heritage beef,

delicious seafood from its pristine

waters, and artisan food and beverage

producers including a boutique brewing

company, a distillery producing liqueurs

and a local vineyard selling chardonnay,

semillon, verdelho and merlot. The

hands-on cooking class experiences at

Hilli’s Restaurant & Bar’s Mastering Taste

Chef School and Garden Tour may even

include dishes from Norfolk’s own cuisine, a

unique blend of eighteenth-century English

recipes with a Pacific twist.

Air New Zealand, Norfolk's designated

air service provider, makes it easy to

have a retreat on the island. In addition

to a weekly service from Auckland, the

airline operates two services per week

from both Sydney and Brisbane. Norfolk is

now an ideal stopover on the way home

from a busy work trip across the Ditch, or

an indulgent week-long sojourn out of

Auckland. Either way, you get to reflect

and relax in complete luxury.

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Need an excuse

to go to Hawai‘i

this year?

Our Hawai‘i sale is on now so come in store, say “Aloha”

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You already know it’s a dream tourist and holiday spot. It’s well known

for its diverse scenery, public beaches, oceanic surroundings, volcanoes

and warm tropical climates.

But here are a few things perhaps you didn’t know about this

exciting destination:

• Hawai‘i produces about 320,000 tonnes of pineapple each year

• Astronauts trained in Hawai‘i

• Hawai‘i has its own language – with a 12-Letter Alphabet!

• Hawai‘i is the only coffee-growing U.S. state

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Bucket list bliss

Karlene McCormick of

Harvey World Travel Whakatane,

and Anne-Marie Barton of

Harvey World Travel Botany, took

part last November in a weeklong

famil to Tahiti and her Islands.

When they compared notes for

on location, their verdicts were

identical: it’s heaven on earth.

Karlene: Any mention of Tahiti creates

excitement: breathtaking tropical

landscapes, white sand beaches,

turquoise lagoons, relaxation, sunsets,

black pearls, beautiful food…. Guess how

I felt when I heard I was going there?

Anne-Marie: I experienced all of this and

more. On arrival at Faa’a International

Airport our group was greeted by

balmy temperatures, strumming ukuleles,

soft Tahitian singing and the aroma of

frangipani on the leis that were placed

around our necks. It really set the tone for

the rest of our trip.

Karlene: Bustling Papeete is just five

kilometres from the airport. It offers a mixture

of French sophistication and Polynesian

charm with colourful markets, art and history

museums, botanical gardens and busy

nightlife. Papeete is often seen simply as

an overnight stopover before transferring

to the outer islands, but it has a lot

more to offer than that and you could

easily fill a longer stay with a range of

activities from canyoning to shopping

for black pearls.

There is a wide choice of fabulous

accommodation, from cosy pensions

(B&B’s) to luxurious overwater bungalows

in very picturesque settings. On one of

our two nights in Papeete before heading

for Bora Bora, we were treated to a

spectacular show at the Radisson Plaza

Resort Tahiti by a dance troupe from

the Marquesas Islands, which are 1400

kilometres to the northeast. It’s a reminder

that Tahiti and her 118 islands extend

over four million kilometres of ocean, in five

main archipelagos. It’s an area as large

as Europe.

Anne-Marie: Bora Bora, in the Leeward

group of the Society Islands northwest

of Papeete, is truly a jewel in the Pacific.

As our plane descended from the

short 50-minute flight, the beauty of the

island, which is the remnants of an extinct

volcano, took my breath away. At the Bora

Bora airport terminal you walk straight off

your flight and onto your boat or launch

to cruise over the lagoon to your hotel.

There are many beautiful properties and

there is something to suit everyone, from

couples to families to groups of friends.

Romance is also evident everywhere: it’s

a perfect honeymoon destination. The

photographs in the brochures really do

not do it justice.

Karlene: The Polynesian-style overwater

bungalows that feature at properties on

Bora Bora offer a unique experience with

their glass-bottomed floors. You can see

fish, rays, turtles and the occasional shark

swim directly under your room, and the

gentle lapping of the water serenades

you to sleep. The direct lagoon access

from the bungalows is hard to beat and

an early morning swim off your deck can

be followed by the special treat of having

your breakfast delivered by canoe! There

is of course a wide range of land and

water recreational activities on offer,

including swimming amongst the sea life

(which includes sharks and manta rays),

Jeep and quad bike safaris and fourwheel-drive

excursions into the rugged

interior. Families are well catered for on

the island, but above all, with its beautiful

lagoons, crystal-clear water and white

sandy beaches, Bora Bora is a place to

relax, unwind and rejuvenate your soul.

After two wonderful days we headed for

Moorea.

Karlene: Beautiful Moorea, with its dramatic

landscape and jagged peaks, is only

a 30-minute fast catamaran ride from

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Papeete or a seven-minute flight. However

you get there, you will immediately fall

under the magic of its lush vegetation

and translucent green lagoon fringed

by the cobalt-blue of the sea. Filled with

Polynesian history and lore, Moorea is one

of the most fascinating and interesting

islands of Tahiti and there is plenty to see

and do.

Anne-Marie: You can explore the interior

of the island with four-wheel-drive safari

tours or follow one of the many walking

trails up the peaks and discover waterfalls

and valleys. Magnificent Cook’s Bay and

equally as beautiful Opunohu Bay are

must-do visits, and are easily accessible

by road. Visit a native Polynesian village

or experience a guided excursion

among the pineapple plantations and

gardens and taste homemade products.

Again, there is a large range of water

activities on offer: water skiing, parasailing,

snorkelling and scuba diving, to name just

a few.

Nestled amongst this wonderful natural

environment is a range of accommodation

options, from pensions to luxury overwater

bungalows. There is a style and price to

cater for everyone on Moorea – singles,

couples and families – even on some of

the best beaches. Whether you want

adventure or just a tranquil natural place

in which to relax, Moorea offers it all.

Karlene: No trip to French Polynesia can

fail to mention the fine cuisine, and dining

here is an absolute pleasure with its fusion

of French cooking and Pacific and other

influences. The cultural diversity of the

local fare will keep discerning food lovers

delightfully surprised. Pricing is comparable

to any fine dining you would pay for in

other South Pacific Islands and you are

certainly not left disappointed.

Anne-Marie: In Papeete, you also can’t

omit a visit to the very popular Les

Roulottes – food trucks which offer a

range of foods including Chinese, French

and Tahitian. They are well worth a visit,

not only for the chance to sample local

culinary delights but also to soak up the

ambience.

Both agents say: Tahiti and her beautiful

islands will leave a lasting impression on

anyone who visits there. The first European

explorers in the 18th century returned

home boasting that they had discovered

heaven on earth, and it has since lured

many painters, artists and writers. Tahiti is

a magical destination just waiting for you

to experience its tranquil beauty, tropical

landscape and gentle people. If it is not

already on your bucket list you should very

definitely add it!

Getting there

Air Tahiti Nui and Air New Zealand fly

direct from Auckland to Tahiti four times a

week. Services on Thursdays and Sundays

are operated by Air Tahiti Nui’s Airbus

A340 aircraft. Air New Zealand codeshare

services on Mondays and Fridays

are by Boeing 767. From Papeete, Air

Tahiti Nui offers daily connecting services

to and from Los Angeles.

Language and currency

Tahiti and her Islands are an overseas

territory of France and the official

language is French, although the Tahitian

language is also widely spoken. English

is also understood in tourist areas. The

currency is the French Pacific Franc. Major

credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, American

Express, Diners etc) are accepted in tourist

areas as well as cash in local currency.

ATM facilities are available in Papeete but

are less plentiful on the outer islands.

Climate

Tahiti has a tropical oceanic climate with

temperatures ranging between 21 and 31

degrees year-round. There is a wet season

between November and April.

Where to stay

Tahiti and her Islands offer a huge range of

accommodation for travellers of all kinds,

at all levels of comfort and budget.

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Indochina In-depth

Essential Vietnam

10 days from $1,905 * Departs daily

Capture the essence of Vietnam’s vibrant cities, ancient history, and

traditional culture

• Discover French colonial Saigon, and the oating markets of the

Mekong Delta

• Have clothes tailored, and meet the lantern artisans of ancient Hoi An

• Stroll through Hanoi’s Old Quarter, delving into treasure trove shops

• Learn to cook Vietnamese cuisine on a cruise in beautiful Halong Bay

Price includes: 8 nights moderate hotels; 1 night Halong Bay boat;

transfers & transport; ights in Vietnam; sightseeing with English speaking

guides; entrance fees; two boat trips; 9 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner.

Excludes: ights from NZ; visas; tipping.

Cambodia Culture & Cuisine

7 days from $2,407 * Departs daily

Explore Cambodia’s traditions, landscapes and culture through its cuisine.

• Dine in Cambodia’s best restaurants, discovering regional specialities.

• Take a cyclo tour of Phnom Penh’s French & Khmer architecture

• Float over the ruins of Angkor Wat on a helium balloon

• Enjoy hands-on Cambodian cooking classes and shop for beautiful silks

• Visit the traditional villages of rural Battambang, their handicrafts

and produce

Price includes: 6 nights moderate hotels; transfers & transport;

sightseeing with English speaking guides; entrance fees; 6 breakfasts,

4 lunches, 6 dinners. Excludes: ights from NZ; visas; tipping.

Grand Indochina Journey

Small group escorted tour

28 days from $13,589 * including airfares!

Departs 29 Sept 2013

Starting in charming Hanoi, travel the length of Vietnam visiting lovely

Hue and Hoi An before the bustling city of Saigon. Meander for a week

on a luxury boutique riverboat along the Mekong River to Cambodia,

visiting the archaeological gem of Angkor Wat. Continue into the

ancient Kingdom of Laos. Great food, many amazing cultures and

wonderful scenery. Maximum group size 24, fully escorted from NZ**.

Price includes: Airfares ex Auck/Chch; airline taxes; transfers &

transport; sightseeing & entrance fees; 4 & 5 star hotels; 7-night luxury

Jayavarman cruise; plenty of meals; tipping; a World Journeys host

(**subject to a minimum 15 participants). Excludes: visas.

Contact your local Harvey World Travel professional

*Conditions: All pricing is in NZ$ on a per person share twin basis, and is subject to seasonal variation. Ask us about hotel or ight upgrades.

Other conditions apply as per World Journeys ‘World2013’ and ‘Journeys 2012/13’ brochures

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The splendours of Vietnam

with World Journeys

The warmth and openness of the

Vietnamese people are often the

fondest memories people have

of their travels to Vietnam. Add to

that exotic cuisine, French colonial

history, stunning limestone islands

and beautiful beaches and

you have the makings of a truly

memorable holiday.

From its grandiose villas and palaces

built long ago by the French to its wide

boulevards, busy markets, misty lakes,

glorious shopping and even more glorious

food, the capital city, Hanoi, is a treat for

every traveller. For the ladies, shopping is

a must! The locals have ingeniously named

several streets as Shoe Street, Bag Street,

Toy Street, etcetera, making it all too easy

to focus your efforts.

Only three and a half hours away from

Hanoi you’ll find the emerald waters and

limestone islands of Ha Long Bay. A day

spent cruising quietly on a traditional junk

around Ha Long Bay enjoying a dip in

warm ocean waters and a freshly caught

seafood lunch is hard to beat.

Further relaxation can be found at

the exclusive Six Senses Resorts. At the

impressive Evason Ana Mandara Six

Senses resort in Nha Trang, they really

know how to look after you, with spa

treatments, delicious cuisine and a dip

in the infinity pool being top of the list.

Or head out to Six Senses Ninh Van Bay,

where a private villa with your own pool

offers the utmost in privacy. Heavenly!

The ancient town of Hoi An also offers the

best of both worlds – a gorgeous white

sand beach, and the Old Town with its

faded glory, bustling riverside marketplace

and fascinating history. Hoi An is home

to some of the best tailors in the world,

who will whip up an entire wardrobe for

you virtually overnight at very reasonable

prices. Time your visit during the regular

Full Moon Festivals to witness the streets

coming alive with colourful lanterns and

locals celebrating the Festival of Light.

Make sure you book a cooking class –

it’s lots of fun, and great inspiration for

recreating the delicious dishes back home.

Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh City as it is also

known as these days, is another bustling

city, but with quite a different feel to

Hanoi. A must-see is the eerie Reunification

Palace, left exactly as it was the day the

North Vietnamese tanks rolled into town in

1975. Another war relic well worth visiting

are the Cú Chi Tunnels just out of the city.

Also near Saigon is the thriving Mekong

Delta, with its floating markets, stilt houses,

delightful orchards and cottage industries.

Explore the delights of the Delta on a

traditional wooden Bassac Boat or a

relaxing sampan excursion. The Mekong

River is also a great way to continue on

into Cambodia with a luxury riverboat

cruise to Siem Reap and the iconic

temples of Angkor Wat.

For a real contrast in both landscapes

and culture, head northwest from Hanoi

to the mountain retreat of Sa Pa to visit

traditional hill tribe villages and share

home-cooked meals with the locals.

Sa Pa’s diverse ethnic groups, all with

their own distinct folkways, add a truly

authentic cultural element to your

Vietnam experience.

Getting there

There are regular flights to Saigon and

Hanoi from Auckland with Singapore

Airlines (via Singapore), or Cathay Pacific

(via Hong Kong). Other routes to these

cities are flown by Qantas, Vietnam

Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways

and Jetstar.

When to go

Vietnam is a year-round destination. It has

a tropical climate with plenty of sunshine

and average temperatures ranging from

22 to 27 degrees C. Be aware though

that the climate varies widely from north

to south, and from the mountain ranges to

the coast. Generally, the months of May to

October have hot, humid days with plenty

of rainfall, while November to April are

generally drier and slightly cooler.

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experience this

Anantara opens first hideaway experience in China

Anantara’s first hideaway in China,

Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa, offers luxury

escapes on Hainan Island, fast emerging as

one of Asia’s hottest beach destinations set

against a backdrop of rugged mountains

and turquoise tropical sea.

Located on the southernmost tip of Hainan

Island, on the shores of the South China

Sea, the Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa

offers 122 rooms, suites and private pool

villas whose designs take their inspiration

from Oriental and Thai influences. Each Spa

Pool Villa faces the ocean and offers 500

square metres of living space, including a

secluded pool oasis surrounded by lush

gardens and a private trail to the shoreline.

Each Villa also has its own Villa host who

ensures that guests’ every need is met,

whether it be a candlelight dinner on the

pavilion, a glass of Champagne while

soaking in a deep terrazzo tub, or a deeptissue

massage.

For more pampering, the Anantara Spa

offers the resort brand’s award-winning

treatments that draw on China’s exquisite

tea rituals. Guests can also refresh in the

tropical outdoor swimming pool, energise

in the fitness centre and sign up for yoga

and t’ai chi classes. There is a kids’ club for

younger guests.

The dining options at Anantara Sanya

Resort & Spa’s four restaurants and bars

reflect Anantara’s Thai roots as well as

offering local Hainanese specialties using

fresh local produce and seafood, and

gourmet international cuisine. Private dining

rooms and seaside barbecues are also

available. For an all-time romantic high, try

a Dining by Design experience in a choice

of idyllic and secluded settings, complete

with a private chef and butler.

Stepping out of the resort, guests can

practice their golf swing at the nearby

18-hole, 72-par Lihuitou Golf Club, go

kayaking with an experience guide, snorkel

in secluded coves, take surfing lessons or

sail the South China Sea in luxury. Inland

pursuits offer a diversity of explorations,

from rainforest hikes and bicycling tours,

museum tours and visits to local villages with

fascinating demonstrations of traditional folk

culture including art, music and handicrafts.

Romantic, adults-only luxury

at The Havannah, Vanuatu

Nestled under the shade of giant

flame trees on a breathtaking waterfront

location just 30 minutes from Port Vila,

The Havannah, Vanuatu is a superbly

appointed boutique retreat that

creates the ultimate romantic and luxury

resort experience.

Welcoming a maximum of 32 guests

who are 16 years and over, The

Havannah is an oasis of relaxation,

cultural experiences and soft adventure.

Guests are accommodated in 16 luxurious

private Villas featuring king-size beds, flat

screen TV, DVD, iPod docking stations and

outside day beds. A choice of three

Villa options ranges from those with

private plunge pools to others with direct

access to the split-level lagoon pool or

private gardens.

The resort’s exclusive Day Spa,

Arôm'Essence, is set in a tropical garden

and offers a full range of luxurious

treatments and massages including

couples treatments where you can unwind

together. There’s more indulgence at

the on-site The Point Restaurant, with its

commanding 270° views over Havannah

Harbour and ever-changing menus of

gourmet cuisine that focus on fresh, locally

grown organic ingredients. To accompany

this gastronomic adventure the resort

offers a selection of fine New Zealand,

Australian and French wines and local and

imported beers, spirits and cocktails.

From sunbathing on the white sand beach

or lounging on a daybed suspended

over the lagoon pool, to kayaking, sailing,

snorkeling, scuba diving and game

fishing, the Havannah has something for

everyone. Its secluded location is also

close to the sights Efate has to offer,

including Cascade Waterfalls, the Summit

Gardens, rainforest walks and a World

Heritage cultural site. Above all, whether

you are visiting for a wedding, honeymoon,

anniversary, conference or special

occasion, The Havannah is the perfect

place for adults to relax and indulge.

The resort was a Global Awards finalist in

Condé Nast-Johansen’s 2012 Awards for

‘Most Excellent Romantic Getaway’.

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The Datai Langkawi raises the benchmark

The iconic luxury hideaway, The Datai

Langkawi, set a new benchmark for

accommodation on its Malaysian island

last December with the opening of 14

spacious new one- and two-bedroom

beach villas.

Located right on Datai Beach and

surrounded by native trees and exotic

flowers, the 13 one-bedroom villas each

offer 218 square metres of living space

and unprecedented privacy, with sea,

beach and pool views from most rooms.

The 475 square-metre,

two-bedroom villa is

ideal for a family, two

couples or a larger

group.

All of the villas include

a luxurious master

bedroom overlooking a

private 12-metre pool, a

spacious master en suite

with a choice of indoor

or garden shower, an

open-plan living/dining

area that opens to a pool terrace, a

private sun deck and lounge area and a

private lawn leading to the beach.

While the villas provide a private resort

experience, they are easily accessible to

the many offerings at The Datai Langkawi.

These include a choice of four restaurants,

including the ever-popular Gulai House,

just a short stroll from the villas along a

romantically-lit path through the rainforest.

A private dinner in an open-sided

marquee on the beach is another popular

option for The Datai Langkawi’s guests,

particularly for romantic occasions. Datai

chefs can also prepare bespoke meals in

the privacy of the villa.

Likewise, beach villa guests can enjoy spa

treatments at The Datai’s award-winning

spa, which is serenely positioned over

naturally running water in a lush tropical

setting, or have massages and some

beauty treatments undertaken in their villa.

Located on the northwestern tip of

Langkawi Island, surrounded by an

ancient tropical rainforest, a white sand

beach and overlooking the waters of the

Andaman Sea, the Datai has become an

iconic Malaysian destination for discerning

travellers. It offers 54 deluxe rooms, 40

villas and 16 suites as well as the recently

opened beach villas. The 18-hole,

championship Datai Bay Golf Course

designed by Ernie Els is located nearby.

Families to the fore at Club Med La Pointe

aux Cannoniers Mauritius

Because harmony means giving everyone

their own space, from the beginning

Club Med has provided specific clubs

for all age groups. The family Village

of La Pointe aux Cannoniers resort in

Mauritius welcomes children of all ages,

with supervision starting at two years and

childcare that suits children’s ages.

On arrival, children find an area totally

devoted to them with a design based on

the Indian Ocean and its wonders. The

Mini Club Med for children of ages 4 to

11 is designed as mini Moroccan palace,

with its own pool and décor featuring an

oasis, mountains and a bazaar.

Younger travellers may be enrolled at the

resort’s kids’ reception point according to

age group: Baby Club Med (four months

to under two years), Petit Club Med (two

to four years) or Mini Club Med, and

throughout their stay are in the hands

of specialist Club Med GO’s (gentils

organisateurs) with childcare qualifications

or substantial equivalent childcare

experience. And since every child has

its own interests and tastes, Club Med

La Pointe aux Cannoniers offers a great

variety of activities such as adventure

games, stimulating creative and artistic

activities and sport, divided into age

groups. These are carefully balanced with

quiet times and meals specially designed

for the needs of growing children.

Teenagers are also included in the

freedom and fun, with a Juniors’ Club Med

programme during school holidays for age

groups 11 to 13 years,

and 14 to 17 years.

Juniors’ Club Med offers

everything but imposes

nothing – a mind-set that

teenagers love. Teens

are free to meet among

themselves and hang

out or take part in the

resort’s activities.

Several of the children’s

clubs are included in

the resort’s all-inclusive accommodation

packages, while others are available on

an a la carte basis. In addition, the resort

offers additional services such as a baby

corner in the Village main restaurant, a

24-hour baby feeding room and babysitting

services. At Club Med La Pointe aux

Cannoniers, everybody from baby, kids to

Mum and Dad, shares fully in the joys of

travel.

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Immersed

in themagic

So few days, so many rides. on location editor, Tracey Mehrtens (and family)

skip happily through the incredible original kingdom of Disneyland.

It all began with a mouse – Mickey

Mouse, that is. And with that the

founding dream of Disneyland was born,

to create a land of fun and laughter

that both children and parents could

enjoy. And what a magical kingdom it is.

Built on a former orange grove,

Disneyland opened its doors in July,

1955 after a whirlwind one-year

construction time. It cost just $1 to enter

the magical gates. Over the ensuing 58

years, the magical kingdom has grown

and evolved, not only within the original

footprint of its park but also by sprinkling

its magic into an adjacent former

parking lot to create Disney California

Adventure Park.

This later addition has 1920's

Hollywood at its heart – the Hollywood

of the days when a young and eager

Walt Disney arrived in town carrying

only his frayed bag of belongings, a

drawing kit, $40 in his pocket and a

heart filled with dreams. In the main

street of California Adventure Park is a

near-original size replica of the majestic

Carthay Circle Theatre where Snow

White and the Seven Dwarfs had its

world premiere in Hollywood in 1937.

You can feel the nostalgia…

Traversing the two Disney parks is

Downtown Disneyland, a grand

boulevard lined with restaurants, bars,

boutiques and live entertainment. It

bustles with Disney magic. It’s a place

to keep on shopping or to dine and

recharge your batteries before mounting

another Disneyland surge.

When you enter the magic kingdom

there's something about Disneyland

that makes you want to skip, no matter

your age. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth

visit, you want to skip. In the true spirit of

Disney, 'Here you leave today and enter

the world of yesterday, tomorrow and

fantasy.'

The magic of Disneyland begins in Main

Street, USA, which takes you into the

heart of the park. From there it radiates

out into Adventureland, New Orleans

Square, Critter County, Frontierland,

Mickey's Toontown, Fantasyland and

Tomorrowland.

If you don't feel Walt's presence when

you enter the park you certainly will

when you reach the fire station on Main

Street and look up to the apartment

where Disney himself stayed overlooking

his kingdom and the happiness it

brought to young and old. While not

open to the public, the apartment is fully

intact, and the lamp that Disney always

turned on when he was in residence still

shines brightly as a tribute to him and all

he created.

Nearby, a cluster of iconic Disneyland

rides also holds special charm: there’s

the Space Mountain high-speed roller

coaster that zooms along in pitch-black

darkness; the Mad Tea Party spinning

teacups from Alice in Wonderland;

the thrilling Matterhorn bobsled roller

coaster; the ‘It's a Small World’ animated

doll tour of the world, and the Splash

Mountain log flume. And of course,

walking across the drawbridge into the

magical Disneyland castle that leads

to the kingdom of Fantasyland definitely

calls for another joyous skip.

We gave the park a pretty good nudge

on day one, getting all of the iconic

rides under our belt except for the

Matterhorn and its very long queue. It

was elevated to the top of the list for

our next visit.

Day two began with a drenching. We

rode the Grizzly River Run rapids ride

in our tyre raft with too much ballast on

board. Sitting far too low in the surging

currents, we dipped at each turn and

were a bull's-eye target for every water

blast. Guess who weathered the worst

waves and copped a head-to-toe

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soaking? As I clambered out at

ride's end I was greeted by a

flabbergasted kid who asked,

“Was that your first ride?”

Younger kids will love the A Bug's Land

spinner ride from the hit movie of the

same name, while Goofy's Rollercoaster

is more thrilling than expected, in true

Goofy style. Five, four, three, two, one

and you're California Screamin' on the

park's sweeping looper rollercoaster

ride before heading for Mickey's Fun

Wheel Ferris wheel; don’t be lulled into

a false sense of security by Mickey's

cheeky grin with this one, it's a twist

on a longtime favourite. Next, step

into the Twilight Zone at the Tower of

Terror, which offers unrivalled sweeping

views across the park – in between

thrilling lift drops and the sensation of

having your stomach in your throat.

The newly opened Cars Land is the

major new attraction at the park, and

Fast Passes, which take you to nearly

the front of the queue, speed out the

door very early in the morning. Buckle

into a Radiator Springs Racer and

take a road trip through Radiator

Springs, and then pimp your car at

Ramone's House of Body Art workshop

before roaring out onto the racetrack

across Ornament Valley.

I did wonder about the helpless little

upside-down tractors as we passed,

until the kids informed me that Cars

Land characters Lightning McQueen

and Mater call this sport – tipping

the wee mites over at night while they

sleep in the paddock. I guess it was

probably a good idea to watch the

movie first….

The painstakingly detailed recreation

of the town of Radiator Springs at

Cars Land left the kids gasping: “It's

just like being in the movie!” Taking a

seat and actually eating in Flo's V8

Cafe left them in further disbelief. “It's

so real,” they both marvelled as they

walked down Route 66 past Sally's

Cozy Cone Motel and peered in the

window of Sarge's Surplus Hut.

We capped off our Disneyland

pilgrimage at the end of day three

with a magical evening at the World

of Colour water and light show at

Disney California Adventure Park,

where Disney characters float into

technicolour life and skip and dance

across Paradise Pier lake while the

ears on Mickey Mouse hats in the

crowd light up and pulse to the

musical beat. It was a fitting close to

our visit, and time for us to skip off – for

the time being, anyway.

Where Kiwis love to sleep

There is plenty of accommodation around

Disneyland and here are a couple of tried-andtrue

options that Kiwis love:

Sheraton Park

Anaheim

An all-time Kiwi

favourite, this hotel

is a short walk from

Disneyland. Its large

swimming pool,

spacious rooms

and family-friendly

in-house dining

make it a great

choice. When

you book, check

the availability

of rooms that

offer views across Disneyland and the evening

fireworks display.

Howard Johnson

The Ho-Jo, as it's fondly known, is in a prime spot

just across the road from Disneyland's main

entrance and its retro theme is fun. A large, familyfriendly

hotel, it has welcome touches such as twin

rooms with bunks for kids, a self-service laundry, a

kids’ games room, a themed kids' water park plus

another swimming pool.

Places to dine

You don't need to venture far from Disneyland's

gates to find a restaurant, cafe or bar, but try out:

Tony Roma’s – You can't leave town until

you've tucked into its world-famous flame-grilled

barbecued ribs.

Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen – A hearty

selection of Southern cuisine located on the

sidewalk on Downtown Disney.

The Disney Character Breakfast at Plaza

Inn at Disneyland Park – You don't even need to

leave Disneyland for this one.

Getting there

Air Tahiti Nui, the international airline of Tahiti,

flies from Auckland to Tahiti four times a week,

with a convenient choice of morning or afternoon

departure times. Services on Thursdays and

Sundays are operated by Air Tahiti Nui's Airbus

A340 aircraft; Air New Zealand code-share

services on Mondays and Fridays are by

Boeing 767.

From Papeete, Air Tahiti Nui offers daily connecting

services to and from Los Angeles. Papeete to

Auckland services depart on Wednesdays, Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays.

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The symbolic

heart

of Morocco

Carol Wisker follows her senses through the mesmerising sights,

sounds and sensations of the medieval city of Fez.

“Balek!” cries the mule driver as he

navigates his fully laden donkey past me

and onward through the narrow streets

of Fez, Morocco’s oldest imperial city. I

can’t take my eyes off the spectacle they

create and crane my neck to watch until

the donkey and its driver disappear out

of sight. Part of me wants to follow their

courageous trek.

The medina (Old City) of Fez is one of the

largest living medieval cities in the world.

As the only ways you can only access it

are by foot or by donkey, you feel you

have stepped into a long-ago place and

time. I soon realised that the best way of

exploring Fez was by following my senses

through the crowded bazaars crammed

with every conceivable type of workshop,

restaurant and market.

Every turn tells another story and exposes

daily occurrences that are positively

mesmerising. I want to go on and on,

soaking it all up like a sponge. Even

losing my way among the maze of almost

10,000 alleys is an exciting way to explore

because I’m armed with the knowledge

that when I become disorientated, finding

a main street is the best way to bring me

to a gate or landmark.

Fez's stunning

visual impact

Often considered to be the symbolic

heart of Morocco, it’s easy to see why Fez

is regarded with a certain amount of awe,

and apparently even a tinge of jealousy,

by the rest of the country. Together with

the stunning visual impact of this ancient

city, which began as a modest Berber

town in 809 AD, it is hailed for producing

a disproportionate number of intellectuals

and cultured, artistic people. Fez is also

renowned for its elegant womenfolk, who

are considered to be Morocco’s most

gifted cooks.

While the French positioned Rabat as

the capital of Morocco in the days of

colonial rule, Fez continues to act as the

barometer of popular sentiment. I am so

thankful that UNESCO designated Fez

as a World Heritage city and much work

has been undertaken to prevent any

deterioration. Fez is one place I will never

forget. I would relish the chance to return

and see it all again.

Carol Wisker (Managing Director, Classic Marketing

Ltd) travelled to Fez on a private bespoke tour with

The Innovative Travel Company’s Ancient Kingdoms

Holidays programme.

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Mediterranean

Beauties

Claire Gallagher of Harvey World Travel Dinsdale sails

from Marseille to Venice on MSC Cruises’ brand-new ship, MSC Divina.

Her verdict: magnifique!

I was delighted to learn last year

that I was Go Holidays’ top seller

of MSC Cruises – and even more

delighted to be invited to attend the

christening of MSC’s brand-new ship,

MSC Divina, in Marseille. After an

enjoyable journey via Bangkok with Thai

Airways and Air France-KLM, I joined the

other MSC Cruises guests – wholesalers,

travel agents and press and travel writers

from around the world – at the Sofitel

Marseille Vieux-Port, a gorgeous 5-star

hotel overlooking the port. Embarkation

was seamless, partly due to the fact that

our group of 500 was considerably smaller

than the usual 3,500 passengers that MSC

Divina is designed to carry. After settling in

to my tastefully appointed Balcony Cabin,

I set out to see what this beautiful new

multimillion-dollar ship had to offer – and

was suitably impressed.

Let me start with some specifications. At

333.3 metres in length and 33 metres

in width, MSC Divina is certainly a sight

to see. She has 1739 staterooms (100

more than her sister ships, Fantasia, and

Splendida) and a cruising speed of 23.7

knots. Good looks also run in her pedigree

since she is named in honour of the famous

movie actress, Sophia Loren; the first

breathtaking sight I saw was the Swarovski

crystal staircase in the lobby which leads

to the piano bar (one of 14 on board). A

nearby Italian café-style area, complete

with a pizzeria and gelato/ice cream

parlour, looks up a dome-shaped roof

painted with a very realistic blue sky,

complete with clouds. Very cool!

Speaking of food, there are seven

restaurants on the ship, including

a huge buffet-style eatery and two à

la carte restaurants, Villa Rossa and

The Black Crab, which offer a pleasing

range of dishes. For something completely

different there’s the Sacramento Tex Mex

Restaurant with burger and steakhouse

treats and lush cocktails. The Galaxy

panoramic restaurant offers

a refined atmosphere

and sophisticated

Mediterranean fusion

cuisine.

I spent a lot of time by

one of the three pools,

especially on the Lido

deck where the activities

available included bingo,

quiz challenges, karaoke

and, if you felt up to it,

deck aerobics every

afternoon. There is a

spectacular infinity pool at the stern of the

ship and even an onboard bowling alley.

My favourite out of the ship’s 14 bars was

the Golden Jazz Bar, which has an Austin

Powers-type décor in oranges and reds.

Also rather cool was the nightclub in the

bow overlooking the ocean. One evening

I attended a show in the ship’s theatre,

which is of Broadway size, with amazing

lighting and stage work.

Inevitably too, I ventured to the ship’s

Aurea Spa, whose wonderful aromas

greeted my nose even before I saw

it. Many of the therapists are Balinese

and I heard about the spa’s amazing

pampering treatments all through my time

on board. MSC Divina also has a full-scale

hair salon next to the spa in case you feel

like a trim or even a whole new hairstyle.

I haven’t yet mentioned our cruise itinerary,

which was as wonderful as the ambience

and amenities on board. From Marseille we

sailed to Rome, where I took a shore tour

of the Colosseum (no queues – fantastic!),

then on to Messina in eastern Sicily from

where you can visit Mount Etna. Our next

stop was Valletta, in Malta, where the

amazing sights include neolithic temples

older than the pyramids of Egypt and the

utterly beautiful Co-Cathedral of St John’s,

one of the world’s finest examples of high

Baroque architecture and the home of a

masterpiece by the great sixteenth-century

Italian painter, Caravaggio.

Our cruise continued with a day

at sea before we arrived at Dubrovnik

on the Croatian coast, whose UNESCO

World Heritage-listed Old City I had

always wanted to visit. Our spectacular

last port of call was Venice. It is quite

astounding to sail into this city, with the

canals all alongside. Water taxis and

other small boats whizz around the ship

as if it isn’t there, horns hooting and

diesel smoke puffing.

I could write a lot more about how

enjoyable my time was on board the

beautiful new MSC Divina, but the only

way you will truly know is to experience it

for yourself. And in that regard I have to

say that my onboard experience of the

ship’s comfort, service and impeccable

design – right down to the matching door

handles throughout – changed my former

inaccurate impression of the company.

MSC Cruises comes out with such amazing,

affordable specials that it can be a very

pleasant surprise to step on to one of its

beautiful ships. I was most impressed, and

am totally happy to promote this company

to my clients.

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Buenos días, Mexico!

For Lynne Moore of Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, a

week-long Royal Caribbean cruise from Los Angeles

along the coast of Mexico proved the perfect

introduction to a fascinating country and culture.

Having wanted to go to Mexico for a

number of years, we decided that a nice

relaxing way to do this would be to cruise

from Los Angeles. We flew from Auckland

and on arrival at LAX were transferred to

the World Cruise Terminal at San Pedro to

board the Royal Caribbean liner, Mariner

of the Seas. When we arrived there was

a big crowd (Mariner of the Seas carries

over 3,000 passengers) but boarding

was made easy by colour-coded checkin

counters for different categories of

staterooms. Within 45 minutes of getting to

the port we were on board and then, in

seemingly no time at all, the ship set sail.

Our stateroom was a Junior Suite, which

was really spacious and included a butler

service that looks after all of your needs,

from getting laundry done to booking

dinner and on-shore excursions. On our

first night at sea we went to the Welcome

Dinner in the ship’s Main Dining Room

where we enjoyed a fabulous three-course

dinner with several menu options. We were

at a table of eight people so it was nice

to meet some fellow-passengers.

Over the next few days, especially when

we had days at sea, we tackled the

mammoth task of exploring the ship and

her amenities. We also played Bingo, took

a cooking lesson, went to an art auction,

lost a few dollars at the casino, went to

the ship’s Vitality Spa for an amazing body

wrap, and ate and drank too much!

Mariner of the Seas has 15 decks and

a wide variety of staterooms to suit

all budgets, from Inside Staterooms to

luxurious Suites. There are ten swimming

pools and whirlpools, 17 bars, clubs and

lounges, a spa salon offering a variety

of treatments, an ice-skating rink (the first

ever at sea) and a theatre that caters for

Broadway-style shows. Yes, you can get

lost on this ship!

Our first port of call was Cabo San Lucas,

where the desert meets the ocean at the

southern tip of the Baja Peninsula. Cabo,

as it is commonly known, comprises two

distinct communities: San José del Cabo,

which has a slow pace and a traditional

allure, and Cabo San Lucas, which bustles

with shops, restaurants and a lively nightlife.

Through our butler service we booked

an organised walking tour that gave us

a great look around at the places of

interest and ended up at a beautiful

beach where we drank a cocktail while a

band serenaded us with Mexican music.

Once known as the ‘millionaire’s sand pit’,

Cabo is frequented by a lot of the rich

and famous from around the world. We

also found it a very good place to buy

anything leather, from jackets to handbags,

at good prices. Back on board it was

time for a rest before heading out

to Giovanni’s Table, the ship’s Italian

restaurant, for dinner and then on to the

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ice-skating rink for a spectacular ice show.

Next stop, 470 kilometres to the south,

was Puerto Vallarta, an authentic Mexican

town as well as a world-class resort

destination. PV, as locals and travellers

often call it, has all the requisites for a

much-anticipated trip ‘south of the border’:

weather as good as it gets, gorgeous

scenery, kilometres of pristine beaches,

over a thousand restaurants, and every

imaginable activity to engage in, including

flying through the tree canopy.

Once again we did a walking tour and

found Puerto Vallarta to be all that we

thought it would be: exciting, busy and full

of street vendors trying to sell us anything

from a painting to sombrero hats. It was

a great place to sit in a local street bar

and people-watch, and to buy Mexican

artefacts and pottery. Back on the ship

that evening we went to one of the

Broadway-style shows, which was so well

done you could have been in New York.

About halfway up the coast between

PV and Cabo, the city of Mazatlán

beckons visitors from around the world.

Here, fantastic seafood, bustling market

places, and more sandy beaches create

a perfect destination for a holiday. It’s

a place where pleasure and relaxation

seem to be a way of life. The Mazatlán

region has preserved much of the

richness and charm of Mexico’s Spanish

Colonial era and the sunsets are

spectacularly colourful. After dark,

there’s plenty of nightlife.

We took a four-wheel-drive tour of

places of interest in Mazatlán and

found that although it is a bustling city,

once you get out of the city limits life is

very laid-back and relaxed. The little

villages you pass through all have a

church in the town square and people

sit around talking and getting on with

everyday life. I also loved – and bought

– several pieces of the wonderful silver

jewellery you find in Mazatlán.

And then, after another day at sea,

it was back to Los Angeles after a

great cruise holiday on board a very

fun ship. It was also the perfect way to

introduce ourselves to a new country

whose physical and cultural beauty fully

lived up to our expectations.

Cruising on board Royal Caribbean International’s Mariner of the Seas

One of five innovative Voyager Class liners operated by Royal

Caribbean International, Mariner of the Seas offers an impressive

collection of experiences to give 3,000 guests the holiday they're

looking for, from adventure to relaxation and everything in between.

Onboard amenities include a rock wall overlooking the sea, a

basketball court, ice-skating rink and mini-golf course. The ship’s

Main-Street-style Royal Promenade is perfect for people-watching,

designer shopping, dancing and a cold pint at the British-style

pub. Or you can simply have a perfect Zen moment poolside, or

at the Vitality Spa. You'll never be at a loss for a new onboard

experience.

Mariner of the Seas offers four categories of staterooms – Suites/

Deluxe, Balcony, Outside and Interior – to suit every budget and

need. All-inclusive dining options are included in the cruise fare as

well as a choice of 17 onboard restaurants, bars, clubs and lounges.

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Tranquil Berjaya Langkawi Resort

Pearls of the Orient

Sun-kissed beaches, warm tropical seas, history, cuisine

and cultures: Malaysia’s premier resort islands of Penang

and Langkawi have an irresistible allure.

Any destination in the world would be

thrilled to boast beautiful beach resorts,

urban centres full of old-world charm and

a vibrant mix of cultures. In the case of

Penang and Langkawi, Malaysia’s premier

resort islands, these attractions are just the

beginning of what’s on offer.

Forty minutes by air northwest of Kuala

Lumpur, the golden beaches of Penang

are washed by the warm waters of the

Andaman Sea. At 293 square kilometres

and with a hilly, forested interior, Penang

has a range of activities and sights that

makes it a mecca for foreign and local

visitors alike.

George Town, Penang’s capital, is a

fascinating metropolitan city that has

served as a trading hub for travellers from

Arabia to China for nearly two thousand

years: in colonial times it was known as the

‘Pearl of the Orient’. A third of the old city

is now preserved as a UNESCO World

Heritage site, and rightly so. Its still-bustling

streets – take a city tour or hire a trishaw

– are crammed with an indescribably

beautiful array of churches, temples,

mosques, museums and grand colonial-era

hotels such as the Eastern and Oriental

Hotel, which still serves a traditional

English Afternoon Tea. Another distinctive

landmark nearby is Fort Cornwallis, erected

by Captain Francis Light in the early

nineteenth century.

More contemporary pleasures are to be

found along Penang’s northern shoreline in

the popular beach resort areas of Tanjung

Bungah and Batu Ferringhi. Just fifteen

minutes away from George Town, Batu

Ferringhi Beach is lined with a string of

international-standard hotels and resorts.

Here you can soak in the sun, unwind on

the beach and enjoy a host of aquatic

thrills from banana boat rides to canoeing,

jet-skiing and parasailing. As the sun sets,

the road through Batu Ferringhi comes

alive with an open-air bazaar. Named the

Ferringhi Walk, the bazaar offers shoppers

a host of attractions including local

artisans demonstrating the intricate arts of

craft-making and batik-painting.

For those who want to venture away from

the beach, the Tropical Spice Garden,

near Teluk Bahang, is a living collection

of more than 500 varieties of plants and

trees from Malaysia and around the world.

At three hectares, it is reputedly the largest

showcase of tropical herbs and spices in

the region. Adventure-lovers also head for

the northwest side of the island to follow

the jungle trail from Monkey Beach to the

Muka Head Lighthouse, perched atop a

240-metre cliff.

No trip to Penang is complete without

sampling the joys of ‘the food capital

of Malaysia’. Whether your taste runs to

Malay, South Indian, Chinese or the famed

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local Nyonya cuisine, you’ll find an infinity

of delicious choices in local restaurants

and hawker stalls. And no visit should

exclude Gurney Drive on the esplanade

in George Town, a gastronomic paradise

featuring an assortment of local delicacies.

One hundred and twenty kilometres north

of Penang is another tourism pearl, an

archipelago of 99 islands that beckons

with sun-kissed beaches, clear blue skies

and the marvels of nature. Attracting more

than two million tourists a year, Langkawi is

a versatile holiday destination with worldclass

infrastructure and facilities, a wide

range of accommodation from budget to

award-winning luxury and a matching host

of recreational activities.

Langkawi’s idyllic beaches are the

perfect setting for a fun-filled vacation.

Tanjung Rhu Beach, 22km north of Kuah,

the principal town of Langkawi island,

is fringed by casuarinas from which the

beach gets its name. It’s also noted for

its spectacular sunsets that blaze orange

and red at dusk.

On the western coastline of Langkawi lie

the beaches of Datai, Kok, Burau Bay and

Tengah. Those who wish to spend their

day at Burau Bay can enjoy horseback

riding while visitors to Tengah Beach

can hire a boat and go island-hopping.

Kok Beach is the location of Telaga

Harbour Park, a marina-cum-resort with

ample facilities. Only three kilometres from

Langkawi International Airport is popular

Cenang Beach with several luxury-class

hotels, dozens of budget chalets and

restaurants and plenty of water sports to

provide fun and excitement for all.

Given its gorgeous location just off

the Malaysian coast, Langkawi’s chief

attraction is perhaps the back-to-nature

experience it offers for every traveller.

There are waterfalls and mysterious caves,

idyllic cruises through clusters of tropical

islands in a protected marine park and

superb snorkelling and diving. For those

who are shy of the sea, a glass-bottomed

boat trip will make the underwater world

unfurl before your eyes. Or take a boat

cruise upriver at lush Kilin Nature Park and

enjoy the rare experience of watching

eagles, from whom the island takes its

Malay name, in action. Want more? Try

the host of themed attractions including

Underwater World Langkawi, one of the

largest public aquariums in Malaysia

featuring stingrays, sharks, moray eels and

green turtles together with exotic fishes

and sea plants.

For another kind of sensory experience,

the island offers numerous spas including

globally known spa brands at a number

of resorts, and first-class accommodation

is available right around the island.

Langkawi’s Restaurants also serve a wide

variety of local and international fare,

often with live music.

A last surprise: since Langkawi is a dutyfree

island, shopping here is a treat. And

don’t forget to take a piece of Malaysian

culture away with you from one of the

many handicraft centres and souvenir

shops where cultural performances and

batik workshops can also be enjoyed.

ROCK YOUR HOLIDAY

Worried that a rock and roll-themed hotel

isn’t quite your sort of place? Leave your

worries at the door. In the famous Hard

Rock tradition of ‘Love All, Serve All’, the

Hard Rock Hotel Penang reaches out

on arrival, gives your heart a big, friendly

squeeze – and doesn’t let go.

Having recently celebrated its third

birthday, the six-storey, 250-room Hard

Rock Hotel Penang emerged in late 2009

from a ground-up refurbishment of the

former Casuarina Hotel in a plum position

at the western end of Penang’s Batu

Ferringhi Beach. It’s the third new-style Hard

Rock in Southeast Asia (there are others

in Bali and Pattaya, Thailand, with more

planned) and it’s really stylish.

on location can’t decide what is

most appealing about this thoroughly

likeable hotel, whether it’s the ‘Beverly

Hills goes to the tropics’-style fitout, the

amazing collection of rock memorabilia

used everywhere as focal points and

decoration, the snazzy and deeply

comfortable room designs and amenities,

or the delicious food in the hotel’s cafés

and restaurants, including local specialities

like nasi lemak, satays and laksas plus

pizzas, pastas and classic Hard Rock

offerings served in a Hard Rock Café.

The Hard Rock Hotel Penang caters for

multiple demographics. Family groups

love the 26,000-square-foot free-form

swimming pool, the largest in Penang,

which comes complete with water slides,

private cabanas and unpredictably

pulsating fountains. Affluent locals flock

in at the weekends to swim and listen to

live rock music performances in the lobby

lounge. The hotel caters for conferences

of up to 250 delegates and independent

travellers splurge on the top-of-the-line

Kings, Rock Star and Seaview Studio suites

and Lagoon Deluxe rooms.

A further attraction for Australians and

New Zealanders, who make up a good

percentage of the hotel’s guests, is that

the General Manager since launch is a

Kiwi, John Primmer. The place has a high

staff to-guest ratio and, needless to say,

runs like a Swiss watch.

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Seeing Europe

like no one else

For two discerning

Kiwi travellers, a Globus

Traditional Grand

European tour came

up tops.

Expert advice from Harvey World

Travel's Mairangi Bay team, along with

recommendations by friends, enticed

Campbells Bay, Auckland couple Bill

and Yvonne Mehrtens to book a Globus

Europe tour.

“We always book our travel through

Len at the Mairangi Bay Harvey World

Travel store and we value his advice

highly,” Yvonne says. “Len recommended

the 19-day Traditional Grand European

Globus trip as it was the closest to our

requirements, taking in everything we

wanted to see and experience around

Europe. We packed our bags for a late

September departure, returning at the end

of October, and the weather was great for

most of the time.”

Bill and Yvonne wanted a tour that

offered an overview of Europe and

its key highlights.

“We had a fabulous trip, it was really

well organised and our tour leader was

beyond our expectations. The knowledge

and commentary he offered were

exemplary,” Yvonne says.

“Globus isn't the cheapest tour on the

market, but we felt that we got great value

for our money, especially as there were

lots of extra highlights included in our

package.”

The couple found that travelling on a tour

definitely has its advantages.

“Not having to worry about following maps

to get to your next destination and being

confident that the accommodation is of a

tried-and-true standard is very reassuring,”

says Yvonne. “As we all know, when you

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ook on the internet it often looks great,

but when you turn up it's quite different...”

“Having a guide was also just the best;

we wouldn't have experienced half of

what we did if we were trying to do it on

our own. And the bus dropped us off right

outside or as close as possible to where

we were going.”

Another advantage of being with a tour

group, Yvonne says, are the 'smile lines',

where as an organised tour you go

straight to the front of the queue for all of

the attractions like the Moulin Rouge and

the Eiffel Tower, without having to wait.

Pressed for a single highlight of the

Traditional Grand European tour, she

replies that “It's really hard to say

because it was all so good. We loved

Monaco, and went back for a look

around at night as well. Nicole Kidman

had been doing a photoshoot nearby,

so the hype, paparazzi and glamour was

on show for all to see. We also loved Paris.

We loved everywhere!”

Yvonne says she and Bill won't hesitate to

book again with Globus; it’s just a matter

of where the next destination will be.

“We have friends who went on a

Globus Tour in America and they

were very impressed,” she says. “Apart

from the fantastic sights, food and

accommodation, they also commented

on their tour guide who was very helpful,

not only with knowledge but also with

helping when they were overcharged at a

hotel and again when they had no phone

coverage in a national park. Having a

knowledgeable person like that with you

on a tour is definitely an advantage.

“Our friends are now booking Globus

again for a tour of Ireland and Scotland

– and they’re also keen to do the Grand

European tour we did after the fantastic

feedback we gave them!”

The next step for Yvonne and Bill is to find

where their next Globus tour will take them,

so it's off to Harvey World Travel for a chat

with Len and then to pore over the Globus

brochures for inspiration.

Globus Tours

bookings gain

momentum

An attractive ‘Pay before you leave, no

surprises’ holiday option, combined with

expert tour-guide advice and a wide

range of itinerary options, are leading to

a steady increase in the numbers of Kiwis

booking with Globus Tours.

Margaret Boak, Senior Consultant

at Harvey World Travel Mairangi Bay,

says Globus Tours is a quality product

offering fully guided tours for destinations

around the world. Europe, Ireland, South

American, Japan, Spain, Africa, Alaska...

take your pick.

“The Globus itineraries are matched with

experienced guides and are suitable for

singles, couples and groups,” Margaret

says. “They offer an exceptional level of

accommodation and excellent locations,

for which Globus consistently receives high

praise from returning clients.

“The food quality is also excellent, as is the

standard of coaches, which includes Wi-Fi

on board, a necessity for travel in this day

and age.”

With more than 85 years’ experience

and a 97% customer satisfaction rating,

Globus really has mastered the art of

escorted touring.

Globus New Zealand Marketing Manager,

Letitia Eyes, says, “Globus prides itself

on introducing travellers to the stories

behind the world’s most awe-inspiring

places, not just getting a glimpse of them

as they drive by.

“More inclusions and VIP access to

the must-see sights, expert Tour Directors

and local guides who help bring

destinations to life, and special ‘Local

Favourite’ activities to spotlight what makes

these destinations unique all add to the

Globus experience.”

Letitia says that bookings from New

Zealand are on the up as travellers realise

the value and quality of a Globus tour.

“I think touring in general is perceived as

being for an older market, however more

and more people are now understanding

the value of escorted tours and we are

seeing a much broader age group on

board. It really is an expertly organised,

hassle-free trip that showcases the best

each destination has to offer.”

With Globus, all the details are taken care

of; not just planned, but perfectly planned

by experts who know the ins and outs, the

do's and don’ts and the best times, best

places and best ways to experience the

various destinations.

“Our Tour Directors are always highly

commended on their vast knowledge and

how they help bring each destination to

life,” Letitia says. “We offer superior hotels,

often just steps from the greatest sites.

Comfortable, modern coaches with extra

legroom (and now free Wi-Fi). Guided

sightseeing with VIP access that takes you

right to the front of the line at the must-see

sites. And exceptional value for money!”

The most popular Globus tour

destinations with Kiwis are the European

Panorama tours, particularly with first-time

travellers who want to see as much as

possible in a short space of time. Other

destinations Kiwis choose include the UK,

Italy, Turkey, Spain, the Canadian Rockies,

the Eastern US and Canada,

and American National Parks.

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around

New Zealand

Christchurch hospitality

gets back on track

Two years after the February 2011 earthquake, several more

top hotels in Christchurch are well on their way to reopening.

A lively café and restaurant scene has also re-emerged, with

areas such as SoMo (South of Moorhouse Avenue) in the

suburb of Addington now featuring as one of the city’s most

dynamic neighbourhoods and a hub for live entertainment.

Elsewhere in a rapidly changing city you can see shipping

containers being used as hip street-corner Thai restaurants or

funky Japanese noodle bars. With the planning of new retail

and hospitality precincts also well advanced, the message

from Christchurch is that it’s back on track, with the goal of

becoming one of the best small cities in the world.

Despite some parts of the city centre still being

closed because of demolition work, more than 4,500

accommodation rooms are now available in the city, with

another 600 new hotel rooms due to come on-stream by the

end of the year.

The Ellerslie International Flower Show, recognised as New

Zealand's premier garden event, took place again between

March 6 and 10, drawing around 50,000 visitors. Later this

year, Christchurch will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the

Botanic Gardens with the opening of a new riverside pavilion

that will be used as a visitor centre and venue for events.

Work is also well underway on a $50-million project to

restore the heritage Arts Centre precinct, with the first building

in the precinct set to reopen in July.

Unique rail-based tourism

venture rediscovers a

Forgotten World

A beautiful and isolated corner of New Zealand has been

rediscovered by a unique adventure tourism enterprise which

commenced in October last year.

Forgotten World Adventures offers visitors the chance to

travel along the disused railway line which runs between

Stratford in Taranaki, and Okahukura near Taumarunui in

the Ruapehu district. This region, often referred to as the

Forgotten World, is a window into New Zealand’s

pioneering history, with pristine native bush, rugged hills and

isolated farms.

Trips range from half-day to two-day journeys covering the

full 140 kilometres of the historic line, all made via two- or

four-seater, petrol-driven rail carts that have a maximum

speed of 20 kilometres per hour. In what is believed to

be a world-first, the carts are fully self-driving: the driver

has complete control over acceleration and braking.

The journeys are semi-guided, with one of the beauties of

travelling by rail cart being the ability to stop and admire the

scenery at any time.

Forgotten World Adventures is the brainchild of entrepreneur

Ian Balme, who took his inspiration from the success of the

Otago Central Rail Trail, which brings thousands of visitors

and millions of dollars into the economy of that region each

year. Mr Balme has secured a 30-year lease to the Stratford

to Ohahukura line, which was mothballed by KiwiRail in 2009.

He is confident that the unforgettable trip will be enjoyed by

everyone from young to old and in between, with its unique

perspective on New Zealand’s rugged landscape and

pioneering past.

“This truly is a journey like no other,” he says. “It’s a magical

part of the country and travelling by rail cart has to be the

best way to see it.”

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Sofitel Wellington brings

French luxury to the capital

Sofitel Luxury Hotels has announced the

development of the Sofitel Wellington,

the first internationally-branded luxury

hotel to be developed in the city in over

two decades. The development is being

undertaken by leading property and hotel

company, CP Group, which also owns Sofitel

Auckland Viaduct Harbour. The new hotel is

scheduled to open in 2014.

Sofitel Wellington will be the third Sofitel in

New Zealand and will also make Sofitel the

only five-star international luxury hotel brand

with a presence in New Zealand’s three

most important destinations: Auckland (the

business capital), Queenstown (the tourism

capital) and Wellington (the political

capital).

The new hotel is being created out of the

former Apple & Pear Board office building

in Bolton Street, within walking distance of

The Beehive, the Te Papa Museum, the

harbour and a great selection of shops,

restaurants and bars. The existing building,

which is in Post-Modern architectural style,

will be stripped back and have extra floors

added. The fit-out will be undertaken by

interior designer, Brett Taylor, of Aucklandbased

CDA Architects, who was also

involved in the design of the Sofitel

Queenstown.

The proposed design scheme will feature

a sophisticated monochromatic colour

treatment that will be accented with yellows

to create a striking décor with strong French

touches. All rooms will feature the signature

Sofitel ‘MyBed’, a personal espresso

machine, and an iPod docking station.

In keeping with Wellington’s thriving bar and

restaurant scene, the Sofitel Wellington will

boast a ground-floor restaurant that will

showcase the best local produce and

wines from the nearby Martinborough and

Marlborough regions, as well as a good

selection of French and imported wines. As

with its sister properties, the hotel will offer

Sofitel Food & Beverage rituals including

the finest French pastries, wines, cheeses

and breads, all of which create a uniquely

European experience for guests.

Sofitel Wellington will also feature extensive

function and meeting rooms, including a

120-square-metre conference room and

two smaller meeting rooms. There will also be

a fitness centre and indoor pool.

“The development of the Sofitel Wellington

will play a major role in further elevating

Wellington’s international profile,” says

Wouter de Graaf, Area General Manager

Sofitel New Zealand. “It is a long time since

a hotel development of this status and

quality has been announced in the capital

and it will help attract significant increases

in tourism, business travel and conferences

to the city.”

Huka Lodge ranked as one

of the world's best hotels

Huka Lodge, near Taupo, has maintained its status as one of the World's Best Hotels,

with the release of Travel + Leisure magazine USA's 11th annual ‘500 List’ in its January

2013 issue. The list names the highest-ranking hotels and resorts worldwide, based on

data collected through the magazine’s World's Best Awards readers' survey.

This latest recognition for Huka Lodge as one of New Zealand's best hotels, and

amongst the respected magazine's Top 50 Hotels globally, is just one of many

accolades it has won over the years since its origins as a simple fishing camp on the

banks of the Waikato River in the 1920’s.

Huka Lodge is a luxurious haven located on a secluded seven-hectare property on

the banks of the Waikato River. It has just 25 suites, including the exclusive Owner's

Cottage and the Alan Pye Cottage, and offers guests gourmet cuisine, attentive

service and absolute style in a location of great natural beauty.

Huka Lodge is a sister property to Dolphin Island, Fiji, and Grande Provence, South

Africa, with all three properties comprising The Huka Retreats.

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Why stop at a

second honeymoon?

At Fiji’s fabulous Qamea Resort & Spa, you can get away from

it all with your loved one again and again, says Lynne Moore

of Harvey World Travel Dinsdale.

and big smiles. After a short tour of the

resort’s facilities we were taken to our

room. Ten steps away from the beautiful

blue water, our traditional Fijian-style

beachfront bure had a view to die for.

There was a giant four-poster bed, a

spacious lounge area, a huge deck, an

outdoor shower and an outdoor spa pool.

What else could we ask for?

Since Qamea is an adults-only resort with

just 17 bures, beach houses and villas set

on a kilometre-long private beach, it was

peaceful and quiet. The staff are excellent

and very quickly came to know us by our

first names. The meals are also fabulous

and the menus change every day. Fresh

fish and seafood are always included

along with the freshest of produce, all

grown on the island. Another thing we liked

is that Qamea’s daily rates are inclusive of

breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner,

so you can choose menu items without

constantly thinking about the cost.

There are so many places in the world to

visit for a holiday, but there is one place

my husband Kevin and I just keep going

back to – and why not? Less than three

hours away by air, with friendly, smiling

people and a choice of accommodation

from backpacker lodges to luxurious 5-star

resorts, Fiji has something to suit everyone’s

taste and budget.

In December, 2012 we headed to Fiji for

our eighty-eighth (!) visit to this wonderful

country that we now call our second

home. After arriving in Nadi we connected

with a flight to Taveuni Island. Known as

Fiji’s ‘Garden Island’, Taveuni is located

just to the east of Fiji’s second main island

of Vanua Levu and an easy 90-minute

domestic flight from Nadi. After landing at

Matei Airport we were met by a Qamea

staff member who accompanied us via

private vehicle and the resort’s own

transfer boat to the small luxury island. It

sounds like a bit of a trek to get there, but

believe me, as we flew over azure blue

waters, coral reefs and deserted islands, it

was worth every second.

On arrival we were greeted by more

Qamea staff with Fijian welcoming songs

There is a lot to do on Qamea – or you

can do nothing at all: laze under a palm

tree with a book, swim and snorkel in

the crystal-clear blue waters, take in the

culture of a nearby village, go Hobie Cat

sailing, surfing, windsurfing or scuba diving

– the resort has a Padi-approved dive

shop. One afternoon we walked over the

hill on a track to the next bay and went

swimming and sunbathing. There was no

one else on the white sandy beach and it

was our own little piece of paradise.

I have to confess that I’m a spa girl – I

just have to try the spas at the different

resorts when we go on holiday – and the

Qamea’s spa, winner of Fiji’s Leading Spa

Resort at the 2012 World Travel Awards,

is one of the best I have experienced.

The spa treatment rooms are located in a

secluded hillside setting and the excellent

staff offer a range of fabulous treatments. I

tried several and thoroughly enjoyed them.

I think you will have realised by now, as

we quickly did, that Qamea Resort &

Spa is the ideal place for a relaxing and

peaceful holiday. It’s perfect for a first or

second honeymoon, or for couples who

want to get away from it all again – and

again. In our view, Qamea offers the very

best of everything, and we promise you

won’t be disappointed.

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Wendy Wu Tours specializes in fully inclusive group

tours to China as well many other destinations including

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Myanmar and India.

Prices start from only $3,349pp* share twin for the

11 day fully inclusive “a china experience” tour

Tipping of US$55pp additional, payable locally & subject to change.

IncludIng:

• Return international Economy class airfares from

Auckland, Wellington or christchurch on Singapore Airlines

• All accommodation • Three meals a day • All transportation

• daily tours and entrance fees • Services of a national tour escort and/or

English speaking local guides.

Explore fascinating Shanghai and visit the awe-inspiring

Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian, as well as the iconic

great Wall in Beijing. A perfect introduction to china, a destination

sure to captivate you.

Let Wendy Wu Tours share their passion of travel with you

and experience the culture, cuisine and incredible landscapes

awaiting you in these magnificent countries.

*Price is New Zealand dollars, per person twin share from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch . Advertised price

based on A China Experience departing 16, 23 Nov 2013, 25 Jan or 14 Feb 2014. Additional departures available,

seasonal surcharges apply. Prices and availability correct as at 01 Mar 2013 and are subject to change. Tour details

and booking conditions as per WWT 2013/14 China brochure. Wendy Wu Tours Lic No 2TA4792.

For full details please consult your local Harvey World Travel professional.

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Ancient

and ultramodern

China’s amazing mixture of old and new leaves Jane Hickey of

Harvey World Travel Trafalgar Square Whanganui very impressed.

I went to China many years ago but

wasn’t very impressed, so when I had the

opportunity to go again last year I had

some doubts about what the experience

would be like. I was in for a big surprise –

and it was all good!

Our group was on an 11-day, all-inclusive

Wendy Wu ‘A China Experience’ tour

which departed in late August when the

weather in China is still good. We visited

Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai. Obviously we

didn’t see everything but what we did see

was amazing.

In Beijing we walked Tiananmen Square,

the Forbidden City and the Temple of

Heaven – this can take a good few hours!

Then, of course, one of my bucket-list

items was the Great Wall of China – what

a wondrous sight. The steps are irregular

and sometimes quite steep, but handrails

and rest stations do help. Be aware that a

certain level of fitness is definitely required

and a visit to the site is not to be taken

lightly. It takes approximately 45 minutes to

reach the top but it is well worth the effort.

Carry only the basics! There are shops on

the Wall itself as well as at the entrance

points and all charge the same prices.

Then it was on to Xi'an and the

Government-run Terracotta Warrior

Factory. Here you can see how the

warriors are made and buy replica figures,

from the smallest warrior to full size. The

prices are reasonable and everything is

genuine. Packaging and postage to home

can be arranged.

Next on our itinerary was the

UNESCO World Heritage-listed

Terracotta Warriors site on the outskirts

of Xian. I recommend that you watch the

movie that screens at the visitor centre

so you can fully appreciate what you

are about to see. There are three vast

and very different excavation pits plus a

museum. Afterwards, the teahouse on site

offers a relaxing cuppa.

Shanghai was a real mixture of old and

new. You can wander through the famous

Bund area and its historic buildings and

look straight across the Huangpu River

to the ultramodern skyscrapers of the

Pudong district. Not included in the tour but

definitely something you should do is visit

the observation level on the 88th level of

the Jin Mao Tower in Pudong. It costs 150

yuan (about NZ$29) for the 45-second

ride in the elevator but the views are

outstanding. A good way to finish the day

is with a 45-minute evening cruise on the

Huangpu River when all the buildings are

lit up. Again, it’s best to pay an additional

50 yuan to go to the roped-off area at the

back of the vessel where it’s less crowded.

Another good spot to visit in Shanghai is

the Old Town and the Yu Yuan Bazaar,

which has great shopping and heaps of

lovely food. Also in the same area is the

Yu Chinese Garden, which is very lovely

and peaceful even though it is in one of

the busiest areas.

Overall I was very impressed with what I

saw on the tour, and the food everywhere

was delicious. I also learned that the

golden rule for touring in China is to be

early to everything and well equipped with

walking shoes, a hat, water, sunscreen and

even a damp face cloth – it will definitely

be needed!

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The Harvey World Travel

Gift Registry

Getting Married and have everything but the honeymoon?

Harvey World Travel will take the stress out of planning your holiday

with our unique Gift Registry service.

How does the Gift Registry Work?

We will provide you with professional personalised gift registry

cards for you to send out in your wedding invitations. These

cards invite guests to contribute to your Harvey World Travel

Gift Registry as their wedding present to you.

If your guests decide to contribute, all they need to do

is contact your chosen Harvey World Travel store to make

their donation.

Additionally, we can provide your guest with a congratulations

card which they can include in their wedding card to you.

This card states that they have contributed towards

the gift registry, but does not specify the amount.

Once the registry is closed, we will provide you with a final

tally of the donations for you to put towards your dream

honeymoon and the memories that will last you a lifetime.

Should you have any questions about this service,

please contact your local Harvey World Travel

Professional on 0800 08 88 08

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Lobster Madness

(Folie d’ homard)

Cooking

on location

The classic flavours of southwestern France blend with the

delectable seafood of French Polynesia in this stellar dish.

Since opening the Restaurant Vaitohi at Tahiti’s Manava Suite Resort in 2009, Executive Chef Bertrand Jeanson

has seen it recognised quickly as one of the ten top restaurants in the French Overseas Territories. Not that this

young chef is any stranger to prestige, having trained at the three-Michelin-starred Hôtel Les Viscos in the

Midi-Pyrénées, followed by roles at top-rated restaurants in his native southwest France, and in Tahiti.

Restaurant Vaitohi is another compelling reason to stay at Manava Suite Resort. Ten minutes from Papeete on

the western coast of Tahiti, the resort offers business and leisure travellers 121 luxury rooms and suites, including

multi-bedroom duplex apartments. And did we mention the breathtaking views of the nearby island of Moorea?

Lobster Madness

Serves 4

Ingredients

4 lobsters

3 oranges

1 large grapefruit

1 tomato

2 eggs

40 mls fresh cream

Ravioli dough

Parmesan cheese

Tempura batter

1 leek

Candied ginger

Orange and grapefruit juice, mixed

Salt and pepper

Method

The lobsters

Remove the claws and tails, shell

them and carefully break the claws

to keep the meat intact, then set

aside in the refrigerator. Clean the

head and remove the feather gills,

remove the meat and the coral, then

place the empty head on a plate.

Cut the tails in half lengthwise and

remove the meat. Reserve a small

amount of meat for the ravioli.

The stuffing

Mince the remainder of the lobster

meat and coral. Prepare the orange

and grapefruit suprêmes (i.e. cut out

small wedges and remove the white

membrane and pips). Remove the

seeds from the tomato and dice it.

In a bowl, mix the lobster meat with

the diced tomato. Add 20 orange

suprêmes and 8 grapefruit suprêmes,

then the fresh cream and the two

beaten eggs. Mix well. Add salt and

pepper to taste.

Place the stuffing in the lobster halftails,

sprinkle with Parmesan cheese

and brown in the oven for 5 minutes

at 180 degrees C.

The ravioli

Roll out the ravioli dough and cut

into squares to serve four. Cut

the white part of the leek and the

candied ginger into julienne strips.

Fill the ravioli with the reserved

lobster meat, leek and ginger mixture

and poach gently until cooked.

Make a small amount of tempura

batter. Dip the claws in the tempura

batter and fry them.

Arrange the dish and serve with a

shot glass of orange/grapefruit juice.

Wine suggestion: Champagne Moët

& Chandon Grand Vintage, 2003.

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Air New Zealand

direct Bali flights return

Bali is fast becoming a holiday destination

of choice for Kiwis, with Air New Zealand

recently announcing it will operate a

second season of Auckland to Bali

services.

The announcement comes in response

to high passenger numbers for the 2012

season, particularly during the school

holiday periods, and clear demand for a

second season.

A Boeing 767-300 aircraft will operate

twice weekly non-stop Auckland-Denpasar

services for from 1 June to 15 October.

This is three weeks longer than the 2012

season, again reflecting demand.

Bruce Parton, Air New Zealand Group

General Manager – Australasia, says, “Our

direct service to Denpasar is a hassle-free

and considerably quicker alternative to

options offered by other carriers, which

often involve lengthy layovers and total

journey times ranging anywhere from 14 to

24 hours.”

Air New Zealand again offers its flexible

‘Seats to Suit’ fare structure so customers

have the choice of paying for Seat,

Seat + Bag, The Works or Works Deluxe,

depending on their individual needs and

budgets.

The inaugural 2013 flight is scheduled to

depart on Saturday 1 June.

Fly the Emirates A380

from Auckland to Paris

and home again

other via Melbourne – and there are also

onward A380 connections from Dubai to

London, Manchester, Amsterdam, Munich

and Rome.

Travellers departing Auckland on an

Emirates A380 aircraft will now be able to

fly all the way to Paris – and return on the

big double-decker.

Emirates has doubled its A380 capacity

to New York’s John F. Kennedy and

Paris’s Charles De Gaulle airports, with a

twice-daily A380 service from Dubai now

operating into both cities. The increase

in frequency means there are now direct

connections to A380 flights between the

cities in each direction.

Emirates flies A380’s twice daily from

Auckland to Dubai – one via Sydney, the

Meanwhile, Emirates has achieved another

first with the recent inaugural departure of

an A380 flight from the new, and world's

only purpose-built A380 concourse at

Dubai International Airport. Part of the

airport's Terminal 3 complex, Concourse

A will become the “Home of the Emirates

A380”, where passengers connect to

more than 20 Emirates A380 destinations

around the world.

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Air Tahiti Nui announces

upgrade of aircraft interiors

Air Tahiti Nui has announced a multi-million-dollar overhaul of its aircraft,

including a new in-flight entertainment system and a complete redesign

of cabins throughout its fleet of Airbus A340-300 aircraft.

The new in-flight entertainment system will feature on-demand access

to dozens of movies and television programmes as well as magazines,

games and music. The system will also include channels for kids plus a

destination-focused channel, ‘Tiare TV’, allowing customers to experience

Tahiti and her Islands from the moment they step on board.

Under the changes to be phased in from April 1, Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet will

be reconfigured to two-class aircraft, allowing the airline to expand and

enhance its Poerava Business Class and upgrade its Moana Economy

Class, with all aircraft seats being replaced and updated.

Increasing from 24 to 32 seats, the new Business Class offerings will

include angled lie-flat cocoon seats based on the popular EADS

Sogerma design, with a 60-inch seat pitch and two-by-two by two

configuration, offering customers a choice of window and aisle seating.

Moana Economy Class will feature new comfort-focused lightweight seats

measuring a spacious 18 inches across with an average 32-inch pitch,

while retaining the popular two-by-four-by-two seating configuration. The

new seats and cabin interiors have all been designed to reflect Tahiti’s

beauty and charm.

Hawaiian Airlines direct flights

take to the sky

Hawaiian Airlines has just launched its

direct flights between Auckland and

Honolulu, to great excitement and interest

from Kiwi holidaymakers.

The airline began its three-times-a-week

service in mid-March, becoming the only

US carrier to currently fly to New Zealand.

The wide-body Boeing 767-300ER

aircraft flying the route includes 18

Business Class seats in its 264-seat total.

The service will add more than 40,000

seats each way annually between the two

destinations.

All passengers flying on Hawaiian Airlines

are entitled to a free checked baggage

allowance of two items, each weighing

up to 32 kg, making it one of the most

generous checked baggage allowances

in the airline industry.

Hawaiian Airlines also flies to the Hawaiian

islands of Maui, Kauai and the Hawaii, and

to 11 destinations on the US mainland

including Las Vegas, New York and San

Jose. It also flies further afield to Tokyo,

Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo in Japan, to

Seoul in South Korea and to Brisbane.

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gadgets

to go

Nifty portable iPhone charger

Now you need never be left with a drained iPhone battery

on your travels, thanks to a portable iPhone charger. This

stylish device will revive a charge-less Apple device for

up to three additional hours. Simply plug the charger

into a power outlet about three hours before you depart

to power-up the powerful lithium battery concealed in its

attractive chevron casing.

The charger's slim, palm-sized profile allows it to slip easily into your bag

or purse, so even when a power outlet is far from sight you can still give your device the jump-start necessary

to let the good times (and tunes) roll. Perfect for long journeys or days away from power sources.

No more flyaway beach towels

The irritation of a flyaway beach towel

becomes a distant memory with the clever

invention, The Beach Towel Clip. It’s a

set of four sturdy plastic clips you simply

snap apart and slip into the sand. The

serrated edge of each clip grips the towel

fabric firmly and holds each corner snugly

in place (it is designed for use on sandy

beaches, not pebbles or pumice).

So, no more battling with the wind. No more searching

for drink bottles, jandals or stones to try and hold your

towel down. And when your sunbathing and swimming

is done, simply slip the clips into their handy carry case

until next time.

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Favourite spot on the planet

Tokyo

Surprisingly green, diverse and rich with history and scenery, Japan’s bustling capital

is a magnet for Debbie Howard, a customer of Harvey World Travel Mairangi Bay.

What is your favourite

spot on the planet?

Tokyo, the capital city of Japan.

Where in the world is it?

Tokyo (population 12.8 million) is located

on the southeastern side of the main island

of Honshu.

What’s the best way

to get there?

Air New Zealand flies daily from Auckland

to Tokyo-Narita Airport, but I flew Qantas

via a short Sydney stopover. With a

direct flight time of just over 11 hours, an

overnight flight is the way to go: dinner,

movie, sleep, wake up and you’re there!

Tokyo is three to four hours behind New

Zealand time so it’s easy to adjust.

What makes it your

favourite spot?

It’s such an interesting city! Tokyo was much

greener than I had imagined, with a lot of

parks and trees and you’re never short of

things to do or see. The people are very

friendly and I felt very safe on my own,

whether heading out early in the morning

or returning late at night.

Where did you stay?

In a Japanese-style apartment. Tokyo offers

an infinity of accommodation options, from

budget to super-luxe.

How do you while away

your time there?

I go exploring! From history-rich temples

and shrines to high fashion, electronics,

picturesque scenery and delicious

eateries, Tokyo has it all. You can buy

preloaded travel cards that allow you

to jump on and off public transport

without having to worry about how much

you have to pay each time. Driving in

Japan (on the left) can be expensive, with

tolls and long delays.

What are some of your

favourite sights?

In Tokyo city, visit the shopping districts

of Ginza, and Harajuku, famous for its

fashion. ‘Rock ‘n Rollers’ dance each

Sunday in Yoyogi Park. The Imperial

Gardens (home to the Japanese royal

family) are lovely to walk through and the

temples and shrines around the city are

a photographer’s dream. Three hundred

and seventy kilometres away and easily

reached by bus and train is Mount Fuji,

with great souvenir shops, one of the

highest post offices in the world and a

theme park at the base of the mountain.

When is the best time to visit?

Tokyo is a year-round destination

whose seasons are the opposites of

New Zealand’s. Visits in summer (June to

August) enable you to spend a lot of

time outdoors, but temperatures and

humidity can be high. If you’re visiting for

winter skiing (December to February) you

should definitely spend time in Tokyo as a

stopover. March and April (the Japanese

Spring) are the best time to see the

famous cherry blossoms.

Regardless of when you visit, a good

pair of walking shoes, a camera and a

day bag are essential as you are likely

to be out all day. Maps are also handy,

especially for the train systems, and an

umbrella provides summer shade and

protection from winter rain: you’ll fit right in

with the locals!

What are the tourist must-do’s?

• Go shopping in the Ginza – have lunch

at one of the grand department stores.

• Admire the weird and wonderful fashions

in Harajuku.

• Watch the ‘Rock ‘n Rollers’ strut their stuff

in Yoyogi Park.

• Visit the Imperial Gardens and beautiful

temples and shrines.

• Take a trip to Mount Fuji, especially at

cherry blossom time.

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Travel tips

FOR THE

Pacific Islands

From Tahiti to Rarotonga to Vanuatu and Fiji, Scott Wagstaff of Harvey World Travel

Wellington City knows how to make your island travels go smoothly.

ONE

Make sure you pack

your suntan lotion – high

sunshine hours will take

their toll.

3Ensure you have full

travel insurance, including

scooter cover

Pack a spare hat.

It’s very easy to

misplace them. 5Make

7

sure you have a

TravelSim card for your

cell phone to avoid high

roaming charges.

9Bring a small

amount of local

currency for

purchases in local

shops and markets.

2

The climate

will be generally

warm year-round,

so pack light clothing

but take another layer for

cooler evenings.

4

If you’re into

snorkelling, bring

your own gear. The

loan equipment at

hotels and resorts

can be a bit worn.

SIX

Some hotels don’t provide

face cloths in their bathrooms,

so take your own.

Take along a spare

memory

card for

your camera

because you’ll take

8lots of pictures!

10

Make sure you have

mosquito repellent.

The little devils are

everywhere and can

ruin a holiday unless

you’re prepared.

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Business Traveller

King of the Road

Travelling to the USA on business – and on a budget?

Here are some tips for getting around ‘The Land of the Free’ for much less.

Every time you leave New Zealand, buy a

bottle of your favourite duty-free. It ensures

you’ll always have a drink when you need

one without having to pay bar prices – or

worse, open the hotel minibar.

Major US cities have excellent airport

van services that are way cheaper than

cabs. If your fellow-passengers are going

to several destinations/hotels, you get a

free Tiki Tour.

Five stars and marble lobbies are nice,

but if the budget won’t go there, hordes

of affordable hotel chains are competing

fiercely for your business. If your clients ask

where you’re staying or make comments,

shrug and say that your travel agent

obviously stuck a pin in the map!

Learn to love public transport – buses,

trains and subways. Many American cities

have very good transport systems – even

LA, where you can get by bus from

downtown to LAX for just a few bucks

with free sightseeing thrown in. If you

are going from scheduled meeting to

meeting, go immediately to the location

of your next meeting as soon as you finish

the previous one, otherwise you will have

to take an expensive cab. (Americans

hate it when you are late). If you’re early,

kill time with a free newspaper like the

Village Voice or LA Weekly from a

street-stand. They’re good reading.

Americans are big on hospitality. Always

accept a coffee/tea/soda when you

visit their offices. It’s a) sociable, b) keeps

you hydrated and c) means you don’t

have to buy one. American coffee is still

generally awful, but learn to love the

Folgers or Mr Coffee machine in your

room – and always take the extra sachet

that’s provided.

Speaking of coffee, Starbucks and many

other places offer free Wi-Fi hotspots

where you can ‘phone home’. Many hotels

still charge rip-off fees for internet access,

so until they snap out of it and make it

free like it should be, don’t bother. And

unless your cell phone is a company

phone, invest in a SIM card to avoid big

roaming fees.

Make sure you carry a supply of US$1-

dollar bills for tips. Shops and cafes

usually give you change in this form

anyway and you quickly get used to

tipping. If service is not good though,

don’t feel obliged – and if you are

challenged about it, say politely why you

are not tipping.

If you are flying to another city at the

end of the working day, take a stash of

food in your suitcase because many

hotel kitchens shut around 9pm, along

with diners and fast-food places. You

can even stash wine, but always use a

WineSkin to prevent tragedies!

Speaking of drinking, if you are doing

business in San Francisco, quite a few

hotels have a complimentary happy hour

(or two) most afternoons. It’s a quirky San

Francisco legacy of the 1920’s Prohibition

era when establishments flouted the

restrictions. Some places even have their

own wine labels so turn up! It’s a great way

to meet people and sample the local

offerings.

If you really want to save, shop at

supermarkets and keep food in your

room fridge/chest of drawers – the hotel

maids won’t mind. Besides, American

supermarkets are interesting to visit and

mind-boggling in the profusion of their

offerings. Unless you are going out with

clients at night, stay put and have a

picnic with your supplies. Many American

cities are a bit scary after dark and while

your clients know the safe places to go,

you generally don’t.

Don’t forget work-life balance. While you

will visit some places several times, others

will be one-offs, so if a client cancels/

changes a meeting time, find out what

is there to see nearby. Learn to love art

galleries and museums. There are superb

institutions everywhere throughout the

US and admission is often by donation

or free.

If all of this seems like penny-pinching,

trust us: it’s not a bad experience and

it soon becomes a natural way of

travelling. Living like a local also lets you

see the real life of the country, and it will

give you rich memories.

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What’s on

Apr-Jun

Naghol

Pentecost Land Dive

Vanuatu

This traditional bungee-diving initation

ceremony for young men takes place each

Saturday during these months.

www.directroom.com

Full Moon Festivals

Hoi An, Vietnam

Music, theatre, parties, eating and brightly coloured

lanterns under the light of the full moon. ww.hoian.co.uk

5 May

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

A big day in Mexico, with extravagant carnival processions

through the center of Puerto Vallarta.

www.Puerto-vallarta.world-guides.com

13-17 May

Cook Islands

Golden Oldies

Rugby Festival, Rarotonga

www.cookislands.travel

Opening of

Mucem

Marseille, France

Mucem is a huge new

national museum of

Mediterranean and

European cultures in

the Vieux-Port. 2013

is Marseille’s year as

European Capital of

Culture.

www.marseillecityofculture.eu

Cherry Blossom

Viewing, Tokyo

Admire the delicate cherry

blossom during the spring-time

hanami season in the city’s parks

and gardens.

www.klm.com

30-31 May

Tadau Kaamatan

Celebration 2013

Sabah, Malaysia

This annual festival in

Penampang showcases

traditional costumes and games.

www.malaysiavacationguide.com

7-15 Jun

World Sacred Music Festival

Fez, Morocco

A wide range of traditional music and dance performed

by musicians from Morocco and around the world.

www.morocco-fezfestival.com

6 Apr

Via Crucis procession

Rome

The biggest event of Easter when

the Pope leads a procession from

the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill

to commemorate Christ’s walk to

Mt Golgotha.

www.worldtravelguide.net

Overdrive:

LA Constructs the Future

Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Post-war architecture in LA.

www.getty.edu

May

Citrawarna

Festival

Kuala Lumpur

Celebrates the

nation’s spectrum

of cultures with

performances,

parades and arts

and crafts.

www.events.

frommers.com

Baroque

Spring Festival

Noto, Sicily

A celebration of the

glorious style of this

city rebuilt in the 18th

century.

www.bestofsicily.com

Dunkleys Great NZ

Craft Show

TSB Stadium, New Plymouth

Kiwi crafts for acres! Meet NZ’s finest

craftspeople and buy direct.

www.eventfinder.co.nz

Jun

Cheese Festival

Nouméa

A must-do for foodies!

Over 100 French

cheeses presented by

one of France’s leading

cheese experts.

www.worldtravelguide.net

I Miss Fa’afafine Beauty Pageant, Samoa

www.samoa.travel

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Food and Fruit Fiesta

Langkawi, Malaysia

A week-long festival featuring the food and fruits of

the archipelago, with lots of cooking competitions.

www.langkawi.world-guides.com

21 Jun

The Eiffel Tower

Sparkles Again!

Paris, France

20,000 lights will flash hourly

at night for the next ten years.

www.en.paris.ifo.com

July

Bula Festival

Nadi, Fiji

Parades and beauty

pageants celebrate Nadi’s

unique identity as a town.

www.hoteltravel.com

26 Jun-21 Jul

Heiva Festival

Tahiti

A showcase of an amazing array

of products, art and crafts from the

Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral and

Society Islands.

www.tahiti-tourisme.com

Jul-Sep

Opera Festival

Venice, Italy

A festival of music, dance,

drama and opera in the city’s

Roman Arena and churches.

www.venice.world-guides.com

9-15 Jul

Christmas in July tour with Helen Reddy

Norfolk Island

A memorable week of concerts, dinners and tours with the

Grammy-winning 1970’s recording artist.

www.norfolkisland.com.au

20-21 Jun

Hale’iwa Arts

Festival

Oahu, Hawaii

An annual feast of visual

and performance arts plus

cultural history tours, arts

demonstrations and displays.

www.haleiwaartsfestival.org

What’s on

L-Imnarja Feast

Malta

A celebration of Saints Peter

and Paul with Masses, folk

singing, village bands and

horse races.

www.malta.com

Fleetwood Mac

Staples Centre

Los Angeles

www.eventful.com

Mid-Jul to late Aug

Dubrovnik Summer Festival

Croatia

Theatre, opera, music and dance events at

various open-air venues around the city.

www.visit-croatia.co.uk

Aug

Kiteival

Mauritius

Annual kite surf festival in

venues around Mauritius.

www.mauritius.world-guides.com

9-25 Aug

Visa Wellington

on a Plate 2013

www.wellingtonnz.com

18-23 Jul

Taupo Symposium

Fabric Art Festival

Quilting and patchwork aficionados from

around the globe converge on Taupo.

www.eventfinder.co.nz

25-30 Aug

2013 Hardy’s Wines

Pro-Am Golf Classic

Norfolk Island

www.travelcentre.nf

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Explore the Russian Waterways

13-night cruise/tour escorted by Ellen and Greg Lee

From $11,545 * Pp (based on twin share, inside cabin)

Airfares are additional.

Join Ellen and Greg Lee from Harvey World Travel Waipukurau on this

escorted cruise holiday from Moscow to St Petersburg.

INCLUDES Economy Class airfares from Auckland, 1 night in Moscow,

12 nights on board MS AmaKatarina, main meals on board as per

itinerary, port charges, gratuities, professional tour escort services

& transfers. Depart Moscow on 31 May 2014.

Take in the sights of Moscow, the Golden Ring city of Uglich, visit the

home of a Russian family for a traditional meal, see Yaroslavl, which

stretches for miles along the confluence of the Volga and Kotorosl

rivers. Visit Goritsy, White Lake, Kizhi - home to some of Russia’s most

amazing wooden architecture. Travel the Svir River to Lake Ladoga,

Europe’s largest lake and finish in St Petersburg.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Waipukurau, 49b Ruataniwha Street

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz/tours

Fascinating Vietnam and Cambodia

19-day cruise & escorted tour with Stuart Lea

From $8979 * Pp (based on twin share)

Airfares to and from Auckland are additional.

INCLUDES Economy Class Airfares with Singapore Airlines from

Auckland to Hanoi & returning from Ho Chi Minh City, 9 nights'

hotel accommodation, most meals, 7-night cruise from Siem Reap

to Ho Chi Minh City, transfers & sightseeing.

Departs Auckland 23 September 2013.

Enjoy the sights of Hanoi, the mystical Hoan Kiem Lake, the ancient

Temple of Literature, a cyclo ride through the Old Quarter, a

performance of Hanoi’s renowned Water Puppets, Hon Gai,

gateway to Ha Long Bay, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and

experience Siem Reap including Angkok Wat. Join your cruise

and travel down the Mekong. Visit the capital city of Phnom

Penh. Cross the border into Vietnam and cruise to Chau Doc.

Finish in Ho Chi Minh City where you will participate in a hands-on

Vietnamese Cooking Class and visit the Cu Chi Tunnels.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Nelson, 46 Bridge Street

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz

*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact your Harvey World Travel Consultant for full details.

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Europe Wine & Gourmet Food Cruise

15-day APT Platinum Series Wine Cruise escorted by David Prescott with Wine Host – Christian Maier

From $9545 * Pp (based on twin share)

Airfares are additional.

Your New Zealand Escort: David has been involved in the

wine industry for over 30 years and has completed vintages in New

Zealand, France, Italy and Australia. He looks forward to cruising the

waterways of Europe and sharing his knowledge along the way.

Your Wine Host: As a leading sommelier, wine judge and TV host,

Christian Maier will bring this wine cruise to life and offer a unique

look at the fine regional wines of Europe.

Cruise the ancient rivers of Europe whilst sampling the flavours of

local wines and beers and experience informative onboard wine

lectures and tastings. Visit Cologne, Wertheim, enjoy a Medieval

Banquet on board and sample wines at one of Germany’s oldest

wine cellars. Enjoy a local Rauchbier at one of Bamberg's historic

beer hauses and participate in a Riesling masterclass and tasting.

Amsterdam to Budapest. Departs Amsterdam on 28 September 2013.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, Whatawhata Road, Hamilton

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz

Royal Rajasthan

14-night fully escorted tour & flights

From $6475 * Pp

(based on twin share)

INCLUDES: Return flights from Auckland to Delhi, transfers,

5-star luxury accommodation throughout, some meals,

sightseeing & tour guide.

Departs Auckland 11 March 2014. Price excludes: India Visa,

travel insurance, tips and gratuities.

Experience Delhi , visit the Agra Fort, see Jaipur and the

amazing Taj Mahal, the Amber Fort and Elephant Festival.

Head to Gajner and take part in the Holi Festival of Colours.

Travel to Gajner Palace, Jaisalmer “Living Fort”, take a camel

ride on the sand dunes, enjoy an exciting 4x4 vehicle ride,

see the Jain Temple at Ranakpur , the Indian folk arts museum

and a boat ride on Lake Pichola.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, Whatawhata Road, Hamilton

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz

*Terms and conditions apply please contact your Harvey World Travel Consultant for full details.

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professional knows how

to find you great value

for money

At Harvey World Travel smart

travellers know they can pay for

all or part of their next trip with

Membership Rewards ® points^.

Ask in store for details.

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option you must redeem a minimum of 10,000 points or your total points balance, whichever is lower. American Express International (NZ) Inc. Incorporated in Delaware,

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Travel office is independently owned and operated.

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TAHITI

RUSH HOUR

Tahiti and Her Islands offer experiences that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Here you will find unique adventures, above land and beneath the sea. Diving into walls of sharks,

crawling along lava tubes, or jumping off your own private over-water bungalow to swim in shallow

turquoise lagoon waters with hundreds of tropical fish, it’s an unrivalled experience!

To book Air Tahiti Nui contact your local Harvey World Travel Professional.

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