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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
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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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,
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
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
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
Hummer Tours offers movie and television
location tours that include the Kualoa
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
Brasserie du Vin in downtown Honolulu
makes the perfect start to a First Friday.
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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
• 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!
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
“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
Norfolk Island adds
luxury retreat to its
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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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
• 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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.
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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10 days from $1,905 * Departs daily
Capture the essence of Vietnam’s vibrant cities, ancient history, and
• Discover French colonial Saigon, and the oating markets of the
• 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
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
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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
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
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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:
An all-time Kiwi
favourite, this hotel
is a short walk from
Disneyland. Its large
make it a great
you book, check
of rooms that
offer views across Disneyland and the evening
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
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.
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
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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Ancient Kingdoms Holidays
Specialists in the Mediterranean & Middle East,
plus India, Russia & Eastern Europe
‘Morocco in Style’ 8 days ex Casablanca
Private Deluxe tour FroM oNlY $3040PP twiN
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‘Authentic Turkey’ 12 days ex Istanbul
FroM oNlY $2315PP twiN
Small Ship Cruise 8 Days ex Dubrovnik
New Motor Yacht FroM oNlY $1990PP twiN
‘Colourful Rajasthan’ 14 days ex Dehli
Private tour FroM oNlY $1835PP twiN
Conditions: Subject to availability; surcharges may apply for currency fluctuation and other
seasons of travel.All other conditions apply as per the Terms and Conditions detailed in the Ancient
Kingdoms Holidays 2013 brochure and the India, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia 2012-13 brochure.
Contact your local Harvey World Travel Professional
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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
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.
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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like no one else
For two discerning
Kiwi travellers, a Globus
European tour came
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
“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
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.
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
With more than 85 years’ experience
and a 97% customer satisfaction rating,
Globus really has mastered the art of
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
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
“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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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
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
• 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.
To book conTacT your local Harvey World Travel Professional
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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
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
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The Harvey World Travel
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
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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(Folie d’ homard)
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?
1 large grapefruit
40 mls fresh cream
Orange and grapefruit juice, mixed
Salt and pepper
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.
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.
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
The announcement comes in response
to high passenger numbers for the 2012
season, particularly during the school
holiday periods, and clear demand for a
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
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
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
Travellers departing Auckland on an
Emirates A380 aircraft will now be able to
fly all the way to Paris – and return on the
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
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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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
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
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
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
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
• 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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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.
Make sure you pack
your suntan lotion – high
sunshine hours will take
3Ensure you have full
travel insurance, including
Pack a spare hat.
It’s very easy to
misplace them. 5Make
sure you have a
TravelSim card for your
cell phone to avoid high
9Bring a small
amount of local
purchases in local
shops and markets.
will be generally
so pack light clothing
but take another layer for
If you’re into
your own gear. The
loan equipment at
hotels and resorts
can be a bit worn.
Some hotels don’t provide
face cloths in their bathrooms,
so take your own.
Take along a spare
because you’ll take
8lots of pictures!
Make sure you have
The little devils are
everywhere and can
ruin a holiday unless
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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
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
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
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
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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Pentecost Land Dive
This traditional bungee-diving initation
ceremony for young men takes place each
Saturday during these months.
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
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
A big day in Mexico, with extravagant carnival processions
through the center of Puerto Vallarta.
Rugby Festival, Rarotonga
Mucem is a huge new
national museum of
European cultures in
the Vieux-Port. 2013
is Marseille’s year as
European Capital of
Admire the delicate cherry
blossom during the spring-time
hanami season in the city’s parks
This annual festival in
traditional costumes and games.
World Sacred Music Festival
A wide range of traditional music and dance performed
by musicians from Morocco and around the world.
Via Crucis procession
The biggest event of Easter when
the Pope leads a procession from
the Colosseum to the Palatine Hill
to commemorate Christ’s walk to
LA Constructs the Future
Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Post-war architecture in LA.
of cultures with
parades and arts
A celebration of the
glorious style of this
city rebuilt in the 18th
Dunkleys Great NZ
TSB Stadium, New Plymouth
Kiwi crafts for acres! Meet NZ’s finest
craftspeople and buy direct.
A must-do for foodies!
Over 100 French
cheeses presented by
one of France’s leading
I Miss Fa’afafine Beauty Pageant, Samoa
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Food and Fruit Fiesta
A week-long festival featuring the food and fruits of
the archipelago, with lots of cooking competitions.
The Eiffel Tower
20,000 lights will flash hourly
at night for the next ten years.
Parades and beauty
pageants celebrate Nadi’s
unique identity as a town.
26 Jun-21 Jul
A showcase of an amazing array
of products, art and crafts from the
Tuamotu, Marquesas, Austral and
A festival of music, dance,
drama and opera in the city’s
Roman Arena and churches.
Christmas in July tour with Helen Reddy
A memorable week of concerts, dinners and tours with the
Grammy-winning 1970’s recording artist.
An annual feast of visual
and performance arts plus
cultural history tours, arts
demonstrations and displays.
A celebration of Saints Peter
and Paul with Masses, folk
singing, village bands and
Mid-Jul to late Aug
Dubrovnik Summer Festival
Theatre, opera, music and dance events at
various open-air venues around the city.
Annual kite surf festival in
venues around Mauritius.
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Fabric Art Festival
Quilting and patchwork aficionados from
around the globe converge on Taupo.
2013 Hardy’s Wines
Pro-Am Golf Classic
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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,
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