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London is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic Games and what a
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only see the world’s top athletes in action but to also explore
Europe, which of course is on London’s doorstep.
Bus tours, self-drive and river cruising are hot favourites
for Kiwis making their way around Europe, with river cruising
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Direct Bali and Sunshine Coast flights add a sparkle of sunshine
The summer that wasn’t irks us all, but Air New Zealand has
helped lift our spirits by putting Bali firmly back on the travel
map with direct flights over the busy winter months, and adding
the Sunshine Coast to the easy list with direct access as well.
Australia’s Sunshine Coast – the gateway to Mooloolaba,
Noosa, Coolum and the Glasshouse Mountains – is a longtime
Kiwi holiday favourite and Air New Zealand’s direct flights mean
the holiday begins as soon as you step off the plane.
Bali is a bit further afield and well worth it, the warm
climate, sandy beaches, superb surfing, picturesque rural fishing
villages, sculptured rice terraces and Balinese culture all making
for a memorable holiday. Of course, shopping in Bali tops the
‘to-do’ list when you can haggle over the price and bring home
a real bargain.
So a big thanks to Air New Zealand for achieving what the
local weather hasn’t – adding a sparkle of sunshine to our
holidays, and better still, at a very affordable price.
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John Corbett celebrates New Caledonia, a Pacific island destination
that caters abundantly for Kiwi travellers of every type.
For more decades than I care to
remember, I have taken a holiday every
five years with the same three friends. We
have known each other since our student
days and remarkably, despite all of the
changes that life has brought along, we
have managed to keep up our regular
jaunts. Marriages and partners have
come and gone, careers have changed,
children have arrived and (mostly) left
home and oceans and continents have
separated us at times, but we have still
got together like clockwork, just us four. Our
gatherings, now eagerly anticipated and
carefully planned, have become a sort of
institution in our lives, although we avoid
using the term because of what it might
imply about us now!
A more diverse bunch of characters
than our group is hard to imagine. Alex
is a scholar with antiquarian leanings
whose idea of nirvana is three weeks on
an archaeological dig, or days spent
in art galleries and museums. Pete is an
Action Man type who’s up for anything
that zooms, scubas or flies. Guy has
environmental leanings and will happily
disappear into the nearest piece of
wetland or bush. The fourth, yours truly, is
a writer with all sorts of interests except
strenuous outdoor pursuits.
Finding a holiday destination that
accommodates our spread of interests
hasn’t always been easy, although over
the years, including a period when three
of us were living in Europe, we had a great
time in Provence and again amongst the
olive groves, bullfights, baroque palaces
and salt pans of Andalucia. Buenos Aires
was a tougher call, but two of us stayed
in town to eat, drink, tango and admire
the architecture while the others scaled
modest bits of the Andes and wandered
across the Patagonian tundra. Despite
its diversity, our group is united by a love
of good food and wine and an unwritten
rule: no matter how much we might scatter
during the day, we reassemble wherever
possible for dinner.
Which brings me, fittingly, to New
Caledonia, which we have now visited
twice. The chief draw for us is its Frenchness
and we soak it all up: the wonderful French
cuisine and the equally wonderful French
wines, the fantastic bread, the locallygrown
coffee and the whole stylish, sexy,
grown-up ambience of the place. Even
after two trips we still can’t believe that
just over two and half hours by air from
Auckland is a piece of territorial France
with so much to offer each one of us. Its
charms begin, in fact, when we board
the Aircalin flight. The airline’s full-service
Classe Economique is, we think, how flying
used to be, with charming and efficient
cabin attendants, a generous in-flight
meal and a smile when you ask for another
glass of vin rouge, s’il vous plaît. At the
pointy end of the plane, a couple of us
can attest, they pour Lanson Black Label
Since we are all food lovers, both trips
have seen us at the morning produce
market in downtown Noumea, where the
food writer takes “food porn” shots while
the others buy items for a picnic lunch.
Before we return home we also head for
the Casino supermarket at Port Plaisance
or the Super U in Anse Vata to stock up
on locally-grown coffee, Bonne Maman
jams and condiments, bars of French
chocolate and cans of the controversial
goose liver dish.
Because we are Kiwis, we like the ease of
the apartment-style accommodation in
places like La Promenade on Anse Vata
Beach; on our second trip we booked two
adjoining two-bedroom apartments. The
local hotels are also excellent and we
regularly visit the Le Méridien and Royal
Tera nearby for drinks or dinner. We also
frequent the dining strip on the beach
promenade at Baie des Citrons, and if we
are in the mood later there is a nightclub
scene in the area – you won’t find that in
any other close Pacific island destination.
People get up early in New Caledonia
to enjoy the morning coolness and we
scatter. Alex the scholar takes the local
bus downtown to explore the astonishing
collections of Kanak and Oceanic
artworks at the Musée de la Nouvelle-
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Calédonie, or the rich history of the
French exploration of the Pacific at the
Musée de L’Histoire Maritime. On our last
trip Alex raved about an exhibition of
pre-European artworks and objects from
the Musée du quai Branly, one of the
world’s great ethnographic museums in
Paris, at Noumea’s famous Tjibaou Centre.
The architecture of the last, by the great
architect Renzo Piano, also makes it a
For four days last trip we did without the
company of the environmentalist when
he clambered into a big Peugeot van
for a 1,000-kilometre road trip around
Grande Terre (the French name for the
main island of New Caledonia). One of
the big advantages of New Caledonia
as a destination is its size: the locals
might call it le caillou (the pebble), but
at 16,372 square kilometres and 350
kilometres in length (almost the distance
from Auckland to Cape Reinga) the main
island is no speck in the ocean. A chain
of high mountains separates the unique
Austronesian ecology of its western side
from the lushly tropical east; both have an
extraordinary diversity of endemic plant
and animal life.
After a day of kite-sailing off Noumea’s
beaches, another of scuba and snorkelling
and a third of sailing through a maze
of reefs and islets on the fringes of the
world’s largest coral lagoon, Action Man
Pete took off on a two-day trek across
the central mountain chain that we
suspect is a secret preparation for the
Transcaledonian race held every July.
The writer on the other hand took a
day excursion to explore the pure white
beaches, turquoise bays and chic resort
hotels of the Isle of Pines. Tours of this
unexpectedly large (15 x 13-kilometre)
island can also take you to remnants of its
grim past as a French penal colony and
to picture-postcard villages like Vao that
are straight out of Robert Louis Stevenson.
The indigenous Kanak culture, here and
throughout New Caledonia, adds a
unique character to everyday life.
Well-travelled bunch that we are –
between us we’ve ‘been and done’
a great deal of the world – we have
nevertheless decided to make a third trip.
Guy the environmentalist is keen to visit
Lifou in the Loyalty Islands where the
traditional food cultures around the taro
and the yam are being revitalised. Action
Man has been talking about river rafting,
fishing, camping and horse trekking and
has also picked up on the Broussards, a
cattle ranching community in rural Grande
Terre whose culture is very similar to that of
the Aussie outback.
The scholar is researching something
about the influence of 18th century
French explorers on New Zealand and
the writer remains devoted to the island’s
French food, wine, culture, and the
beaches. We are all delighted to have
found such a beautiful part of the world,
close by, that continues to offer us more
than we ever imagined.
Aircalin, New Caledonia’s national airline,
operates A330 and A320 services from
Auckland four times a week. Air New
Zealand also flies to Noumea four times
a week. Noumea is 40 minutes by road
from the airport at La Tontouta. A smaller
domestic airport at Magenta on the
outskirts of Noumea handles domestic
flights to outlying islands.
New Caledonia has a pleasant tropical
climate year-round. There are two major
seasons: Warm (September to March), with
average maximum temperatures between
26 and 30 degrees, and Cool (April to
August), averaging 24 degrees during the
day and 15 degrees at night.
Language and currency
French and Micronesian are the two
official languages of New Caledonia.
English is widely spoken. The local
currency is the Central Pacific Franc. A
variety of credit cards (American Express,
MasterCard, Diners, JCB) are accepted.
NZ eftpos cards can be used in ATM’s to
obtain local currency.
Where to stay
New Caledonia offers a wide range
of accommodation at all levels of price
Where to eat
As an autonomous region of France,
New Caledonia is, naturellement, a
gourmet destination. There are over
130 restaurants and cafes in Noumea
alone, including a good selection of
Vietnamese, North African and other
What to see and do
New Caledonia offers a huge diversity
of experiences and activities for travellers
of every type (see main story).
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In a province of China away from the familiar tourism paths, Graham Reid
discovers strange beauty, interesting people and a building programme
that is almost frightening.
In Guizhou province they move mountains.
Literally. Here in this vast region of southwest
China – two thirds the size of New Zealand
and with a population of around 40 million
– mountains are moved for motorways and
housing, shaped into terraces for crops
or high-rise apartments, bored through for
lengthy tunnels, and have enormous bridges
strung between them.
Beipanjiang Bridge, which opened in
2010, spans the massive Malinghe Gorge
and is the highest in Asia. It cuts 40
winding kilometres off the old route and
is spun like a steel spider’s thread almost
400 metres above the valley where the
Maling River is known as “the number-one
rafting” spot in the region.
“This is the bridge,” says my guide Paul,
who has an amusing habit of sometimes
stating the obvious. It is an exceptional
piece of engineering, but in this industrious
region where construction – of houses,
roads, factories and whole towns – is
endemic, even the bridge is just another
Very Big Thing and comes with that
peculiar vocabulary of the Chinese.
“It is China’s number-one bridge,”
says Paul confidently.
Equally impressive is Huangguoshu Falls
(Yellow Fruit Tree Falls), which at 74 metres
high and at least 80 metres wide is one
of the biggest waterfalls in the world. It is
also unique because you can see it from
six angles: top and bottom, both sides,
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from in front and from the back, where a
slippery, 134-metre paved path behind
the torrent lets you glimpse its thundering
power through six cave windows. A nearby
sign says: “The Water Curtain Cave really
is a ‘No 1 marvellous and wonderful one
in the world’.”
Then there are the spectacular mountains
in Guizhou province, some of which were
inconveniently placed and so have
been moved. But before anyone gets
too precious about destroying mountains,
Guizhou isn’t short of them. Outside the
provincial capital of Guiyang there are
mountains by the hundred, some jagged
and precipitous, others worn smooth over
the aeons, most unhindered by developers
and mountain movers.
Away from the few cities in the region,
the land is punctuated by small villages
and farms where women with babies on
their backs strain behind old wooden
ploughs pulled by an ox. If it weren’t for the
ubiquity of cell phones out here you could
be looking at the China of a century
ago – although in the background a new
motorway might be arcing across the sky.
This fascinating and often exceptionally
photogenic province – closer to the
autonomous region of Tibet than it is
to Shanghai or Beijing – is home to 17
distinct ethnic minorities, most notably
the Miao, many of whom live in their own
autonomous prefecture in the south.
Near Guiyang is the ancient village of
Xijiang, where a considerable number of
the 4,500 Miao residents go about their
business in traditional, brightly coloured
blue costumes (sometimes worn over
jeans), largely indifferent to the few tourists
who are mostly domestic because the
region has yet to register on the radar of
Around the village’s dark wooden houses
and narrow lanes, bright red and green
chili pods hang drying on old stone walls.
Yellow corn cobs are strung like bunches
of bright bananas from rooftops and
vendors in the alleys and small courtyards
sell delicious deep-fried onion and
Despite a full costume welcome at the
main gate, there’s not much to buy in
the village, unless your taste runs to old
comics, tattered copies of Chairman
Mao’s Little Red Book, Chinese opera
masks or tiny colourful shoes made by old
women in the courtyard of a small temple.
English is rarely spoken and some locals
consider Europeans such a rare species
they have their photo taken with them.
Perhaps because they aren’t jaded
by regular doses of foreign visitors, the
people are good-humoured, friendly and
the universal language of pointing, smiling
and counting on fingers works well.
Everything in this province – food, beer,
clothing and trinkets – is also astonishingly
cheap. You can go a long way on 100
yuan ($20), and you’d certainly never be
hungry or thirsty.
The days of Guizhou’s considerable rural
charm are perhaps numbered though
because the central government is now
pouring money – and motorways and
bridges and tunnels – into the region
to attract tourists. New high-rise hotels,
shopping complexes and complete towns
are appearing in the landscape near the
most scenic attractions, and in Guiyang
the convention centre opposite the
enormous and glitzy Hyatt Regency covers
an area the size of a New Zealand
Not all is likely to be lost. At the aptly
named Ten Thousand Peaks Scenic Spot
near the city of Xingyi, the rounded hills
roll off into the misty distance and at their
base are landscaped flat fields and farms
where the Buyi people live. In their schools
they learn English alongside Mandarin and
their own language.
My guide Paul tells me the people had
been abandoning traditional farming
and were moving to the cities, but the
government encouraged them to stay by
offering significant tax breaks.
“They pay zero percent,” says Paul flatly.
That is certainly an encouragement,
but the beauty of the region must be
attractive anyway. In the distance,
between the peaks that rise like massive
thimbles, I can just discern a pagoda.
It looks like a painting of the kind you
see in the better galleries of traditional art
“This is the scenic spot”, says
Paul. And again, he cannot be
Below us, a broad field has been
ploughed in a traditional Taoist design.
Wisps of smoke from late afternoon grass
fires drift down the valley and curl softly
around the sides of the mountains, which
disappear into infinity and the heat haze.
Then Paul says something genuinely
interesting. In February and March, these
fields blaze with yellow canola flowers that
carpet the whole floor of the vast valley.
Now that’s something I would move a
mountain to see.
Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou
province, is an important air transport hub
in southwest China with good domestic
connections. Air New Zealand offers
services from Auckland to Hong Kong
and Beijing. China Southern Airlines offers
daily services between Auckland and
Language and currency
Mandarin is the official language of China.
The official currency of China is the renminbi,
or yuan. The direct use of foreign currencies
in Guizhou is generally not permitted but
there are currency exchange services. Most
major hotels accept major credit cards.
ATM’s are easy to find in urban centres but
scarce in the countryside.
Guizhou has a humid subtropical climate
with mild winters (average temperatures
5-18 degrees C.) and very warm summers
(up to 28 degrees C.).
What to see and do
The mountain and lake scenery of Guizhou
has been immortalised by Chinese painters
since early times. Other attractions (see main
story) include Huangguoshu Waterfall and
villages which feature traditional arts and
crafts. Guizhou cuisine is well worth exploring.
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returns to Burma
Intrepid Travel is an adventure travel
company with a legacy of bringing
travellers to some of the world’s most
intriguing regions. And now you can again
travel with us to Burma, to discover a
country of mythical landscapes, ancient
treasures and some of the friendliest folk
you’ll ever meet. From the gilded Buddhas
of Yangon to the magical temples of
Bagan and the tranquillity of Inle Lake,
Burma is sure to excite, impress and intrigue
you. To visit Burma is to experience the
Southeast Asia of 20 years ago, full of
rarely seen sights and generations of
stories just waiting to be told.
Resuming trips to Burma (also known
as Myanmar) is not a decision that
Intrepid Travel has made lightly. In
2003, the company responded to
a call for a boycott on travel to Burma
by the then democratically elected leader
Aung San Suu Kyi, whose National League
for Democracy (NLD) party was denied
the right to govern the country by the
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After recent positive events within the
country, including the release of Aung
San Suu Kyi from house arrest and the
subsequent call to end the travel boycott
by the NLD, Intrepid Travel is now returning
By reintroducing our grass-roots style
of travel, we can contribute to improving
the circumstances of the Burmese people
in two important ways. Firstly, it will give
them a chance to interact with visitors from
other countries and to receive a glimpse
into life and governance in other parts of
Secondly, taking travellers to Burma will
help build awareness of the complex issues
the nation continues to face, as well as
positively contributing to its economy. It is
important to note that any Intrepid Travel
trip to Burma will be carefully designed
to feature locally owned transport and
accommodation wherever possible.
Iconic Cradle Mountain Lodge in
Tasmania has joined the premier Australian
boutique accommodation brand, Peppers
Retreats & Resorts.
Now called Peppers Cradle Mountain
Lodge, the multi-award winning property
first opened in 1972 and has transformed
over the years into a world-class boutique
wilderness retreat. The lodge’s 86 guest
cabins boast an enviable location at
the entrance to the spectacular World
Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake
St. Clair National Park in the northern
Tasmanian highlands, just over an hour’s
drive from Devonport, and two hours
Bob East, CEO of Mantra Group which
manages the Peppers portfolio, says the
signing of such a renowned property as
Cradle Mountain Lodge recognises the
brand’s reputation for high quality.
‘Partnering Peppers with Cradle Mountain
Lodge is a natural association. We
believe the Peppers brand captures
the essence of boutique retreat
accommodation and it is a welcome
addition to the established name and
reputation that the Lodge already enjoys.’
The Peppers brand began with the
opening of the first Peppers property – the
famous Peppers Guest House in the NSW
Hunter Valley – 25 years ago. There are
now more than 25 properties in Australia
and New Zealand.
Taupo invites New
Zealanders to share
its natural wonders
Walking tracks, mountain bike trails and
a pristine lake are among the natural
attractions of the Great Lake Taupo
region being showcased this autumn.
‘The region has so much to offer – without
a hefty price tag attached – and autumn,
with its crisp, cool mornings and sunny
days, is a perfect time to visit,’ says Scott
Pearson, General Manager of Destination
Great Lake Taupo.
‘It doesn’t cost a fortune to experience
some world-renowned attractions
including Huka Falls, the World Heritagelisted
Tongariro National Park and the
Tongariro Alpine Crossing, and of course
all the activity in and around our gem of a
centrepiece, the lake itself, which is one of
the world’s purest.’
Some of the free activities in the region
include New Zealand’s most visited
natural attraction, Huka Falls; a walk along
the river at the Tongariro National Trout
Centre; watching the water surge through
the Aratiatia Dam or watching steaming
mud pools amidst the native bush at the
Tokaanu Thermal Walk.
Cars Land gears
up for opening at
It’s nearly time to fasten your seat belt,
start your engine and experience the
thrilling new Cars Land in the heart of
Disneyland’s California Adventure Park.
Cars Land is on track for opening in
June, when you’ll cruise into the Cars
movie township of Radiator Springs
where Lightning McQueen, Mater and
other popular characters from the Disney
Pixar movie are revved up and ready
to go. From opportunities to meet and
greet characters to all-new attractions,
entertainment, dining and shopping spots,
there is something for everyone.
Ready for some high-octane fun? Buckle
up at Radiator Springs Racers and
compete with other speed seekers. Zip
over hills, zoom around banked turns
and cruise down straightaways past
the spectacular red rock formations of
Climb aboard Mater’s Junkyard
Jamboree and enjoy a ‘tow’-rific ride.
Baby tractors pull a Junkyard cart – with
you in it – that gets twirled in time to the
tunes broadcast through the magnificent
Mater’s Junkyard Jukebox.
Steer yourself to Luigi’s Flying Tires and
take family fun to a whole new level – into
the air. Glide, spin and find yourself lifting
off the ground while you pilot your own
comfortable, oversized radial tyre.
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The perfect place in the sun
Kerri Jackson immerses herself in the premium luxury
of Club Med’s Albion Villas in Mauritius.
You know your holiday is off to a good
start when you can’t decide what you
want your butler to cook for your breakfast.
Eggs, any style? Pancakes? Pastries?
Maybe just make it the works.
Welcome to Club Med Albion Villas, Club
Med’s premium luxury 5-Trident flagship
resort on the exotic island of Mauritius
– and quite unlike any other resort
experience on the planet.
Located beside Club Med Plantation
d’Albion on the northwest coast of
Mauritius, the villas, which come in two-,
three-, or four-bedroom designs, are the
ultimate way to immerse yourself in luxury
– and the perfect place to celebrate a
special birthday or anniversary.
On this occasion though it’s just me
and the girls, drifting between the cool
comfort of the elegant villa and dips in
our bougainvillea-hemmed private pool,
with naps in the gently swinging outdoor
The day bed, in fact, is the central feature
of a traditional Mauritian veranda, which
provides shelter from the tropical sun and
the ideal place to enjoy that butlerserved
Here you can enjoy all that’s great
about Club Med: an incredible selection
of international cuisine at La Distillerie
buffet restaurant, spa treatments in the
serene Cinq Mondes wellness centre,
entertainment for the young ones in Kids
Club, and a huge array of activities from
sailing and kayaking to tennis, yoga,
trapeze and t’ai chi.
When we first tear ourselves away from
the delights of the villa, it’s all a little
overwhelming so we ease ourselves in with
a quick dip in the crystal-clear ocean
then relax in a shady lounger on a perfect
white strip of beach and watch others
being active instead.
From there we unwind a little further in
the soothing quiet of the Zen area – an
adults-only pool and bar overlooking
the sea. By then it’s time for Champagne.
Albion is one of the few Club Med resorts
that offers bubbly to all guests between
4pm and 6pm in the Banian Bar, as part of
their all-inclusive package. It makes for the
perfect start to the evening. We follow that
with dinner in Phare, the resort’s seaside à
la carte restaurant, where you can enjoy
sublime food interrupted only by the
crashing of waves on the rocks below.
When you go:
Club Med holidays are all-inclusive,
meaning all food, drinks (except premium
brands but including the in-room mini bar),
Kids Club and activities are included.
Spa treatments and off-resort excursions
are extra. In a villa, your butler-served
breakfast is included; other in-villa meals
are additional but villa guests can also
dine in the resort restaurants.
In addition to 40 villas, the 27-ha main
resort has three types of rooms: Club,
Deluxe and Suites.
Albion has a six-hole putting golf
course but golf fiends can also visit the
beautiful 18-hole Tamarina golf course
nearby. Villa packages include unlimited
access to Tamarina.
Club Med has a second, 4-Trident
resort, La Pointe Aux Canonniers, a short
way up the coast north of Albion. It’s a
family-friendly resort set near Grand Baie.
Euro Divers runs regular scuba diving
excursions from both of the Club Med
Mauritius resorts. And with some 17 worldclass
diving sites in easy reach, divers are
in for a spectacular treat.
Albion has 40 villas gathered around
a network of walkways. Each is privately
owned and managed by Club Med, which
means when all that luxurious seclusion
becomes too much you can make the tenminute
walk (or have your butler call for a
golf cart pick-up) to the main resort.
As with all Club Med resorts, a holiday
at Albion can be as active – or not – as
you like. In the end we managed to strike
a balance between the social life of the
resort and the privacy of the villa. Possibly
the only one who needed a lie-down at
the end of it was the butler.
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian
Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa,
about 900 km east of Madagascar.
Air Mauritius flies once-weekly from
Sydney and Melbourne to Mauritius, with
connections to and from New Zealand.
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Unbelievably vivid rhododendron forests were just one of the experiences Bruce Blacklock of
Harvey World Travel Wellington City enjoyed on a week-long high-altitude trek in the Annapurna region of Nepal.
Nepal and the Himalayas have been on
my “bucket list” ever since I was 11 years
old and on a trip with my parents to the
UK. One day, as I trailed behind them
while they browsed through some antique
stores, I stumbled across a headline in a
newspaper from Tuesday, 2 June, 1953.
It declared to the world, on the eve of
the Queen’s coronation: ‘Crowning glory,
Everest is climbed’. There was no mention
that Sir Edmund Hillary was a Kiwi, but he
was of course a man of British blood and
for 50p it was a steal.
Fast-forward thirtysomething years and I
finally got the opportunity to cross off the
destination off my list. It wasn’t, admittedly,
Everest, but the Annapurna Conservation
Area of north-central Nepal that I visited
on an eight-day camping trek with World
Expeditions is home to seven mountains
of over 7,000 metres, with the tallest,
Annapurna South, measuring 8,091 metres.
On this grand adventure I was joined by
Bill Kwan of Harvey World Porirua, and Jan
Duffy of Harvey World Travel Tauranga.
Our group of nine travellers ranged in age
from 28 to 62 and our support crew – one
head guide, one Gurkha, four Sherpas,
seven cooks and 13 porters – totalled 26.
All for nine of us.
The journey from my front door to my room
at the Kathmandu Radisson took only 23
hours, but nothing really prepared me
for Kathmandu. I’ve been to third world
countries before but this place took the
cake. Organised chaos is one way to
describe the traffic. The smell of rubbish,
smog, defecation and bodies being
cremated sends your senses into overload
and the kids living on the streets really
touch your heart.
Before beginning our trek we visited the
2000-year-old Monkey Temple, with
amazing views back over the city, and the
Buddhist stupa (shrine) of Boudhanath, a
World Heritage site. Two days in this city
isn’t enough to do it justice but we were
all keen to get going on the next stage of
Day three started with a 6am wake-up for
the 8am flight to Pokhara with Yeti Airlines
where we met our support crew. The next
morning we were treated to the first of
many amazing meals dished up by our
cooks and we were on the road by 8am,
heading for the first day in the hills. An hour
later we were dropped off at the bottom
of a rather daunting hill. Some locals
had set up a little shop so I purchased
a second-hand walking stick for 500
Nepalese rupees – much to the delight of
the young boy selling it who grabbed the
money from me and ran off.
The following seven hours of uphill trekking
to our first camp passed relatively quickly.
We walked through a dozen small villages,
with frequent stops to admire the scenery.
A lot of smaller places in the area do
not have power and how they survive
during the winter is anyone’s guess. They
all seemed happy and cheerful though,
coming out of their houses to wave and
laugh at the strange foreigners laden
down with cameras and day packs as they
passed through their little part of the world.
Once again, the kids of this mountainous
region, running alongside us in their rags,
made a lasting impression on me.
We arrived at Pothana in the middle of
the afternoon to find our camp set up
and dinner almost ready. A break in the
clouds permitted our first views of the
sacred mountain of Machapuchare,
which in Nepalese means ‘fish tail’. Later
on in the trek we had better views of its
double summit, which resembles the tail
of a fish, hence the name. That evening
we tucked into a three-course meal with
apple crumble for dessert, which might
not sound like much except that the head
cook, or ‘Cookie’ as we came to call him,
could only cook on what was carried;
for him it was a little portable kerosene
cooker. He nevertheless managed to
create astonishingly good meals, including
mushroom pizzas and even a chocolate
cake to celebrate the Nepalese New
The next two days of trekking saw us
camping at Forest Camp and Low
Camp after challenging treks through the
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hododendron forest, often with
no apparent trail at all. We duly
followed one of the Sherpas who
had been leading treks through the
area for 19 years and claimed to
have never got lost.
On day four of the trek we broke out of
the tree line and started towards the
foot of the mountains. We arrived at
High Camp, at 4150 metres altitude, at
midday. From High Camp we had the
most incredible views of Machapuchare
and Annapurna South.
All through the trek we
by the Himalaya
as Majestic, Regal,
Imposing, Magnificent, and Humbling,
and they are all this and more. To stand
beneath them is to understand why they
have been the inspiration for sages,
seers, poets and philosophers through the
ages and now scientists and wilderness
lovers from all over the world.
The weather had started to turn and snow
was falling and by the next morning the last
camp site at Mardi Hamal (5,553 metres
altitude), was snowed in. The decision
was made to climb a little further before
turning around and heading back to Forest
Camp. Walking uphill, we found, is a breeze
compared to walking back down: that’s
when your legs really start to burn.
After two days of downhill trekking we
arrived at the town of Landruk and our first
showers since leaving Pokhara. On the last
stretch into Landruk, we passed one of
our porters running back to Forest Camp,
which was four hours away. His objective?
A left-behind pair of jandals and a pair of
shorts! That really put this area of Nepal
into perspective for me.
The value this guy placed on these
items – enough for a six-hour run up and
down a mountain – was humbling. The day
before I had thrown out a pair of sneakers
because the laces broke and I wanted to
lighten my load.
days saw us
back in Pokhara
where we said
goodbye to what
had become our
It is a tradition to
pass on any clothing
you don’t want to the
Sherpas, cooks and porters,
so we all pulled out our dirty,
smelly clothing for the head guide to
put into piles.
The crew then took turns at drawing a
number out of a hat, with each winner
scoring a pile of clothing. One guy, to
the envy of all, got an old pair of Nike
sneakers. I guess it explains why the porter
went back to Forest Camp.
While we sampled only the Annapuna
region of the Nepalese Himalayas on
this trip, there is much, much more, from
the matchless beauty of snow-covered
peaks like Mount Everest, Nanda Devi
and Trisul, to thick forests full of wildlife,
archaeological monuments and religious
temples. But whatever your reason for
visiting Nepal and the Himalayas, you
will always find tranquillity and peace.
Namaste! (I bow to you).
Kathmandu is easiest accessed via
Bangkok. Thai Airways flies direct to
Bangkok ex Auckland 5 times a week.
It is then a short 2.5 hour flight to Nepal.
Language and Currency
The official language of Nepal is Nepali.
English is widely spoken in urban centres
and reputable tour companies like
World Expeditions always have Englishspeaking
guides. The official currency of
Nepal is the Rupee (NZ$1=50 rupees. A
600ml beer is 150 rupees).
Major international currencies are
accepted but away from Kathmandu
and the Annapurna treks it can be very
difficult to exchange foreign money: it is
recommended to bring enough money
for the whole trek including a good
supply of small-denomination notes.
ATM’s are available in Kathmandu and
Pokhara. Major credit cards are also
accepted in these two areas but not
Nepal’s mountainous geography and
altitude gives it a huge diversity of
climates, from tropical to arctic. The
northern alpine region above 3,300
metres has an alpine climate with
corresponding winter temperatures.
Handy Hints for
Trekking at Altitude
Do some altitude training before your
trip. Altitude sickness is unpredictable
and can ruin your holiday. There are a
number of altitude training companies
in New Zealand offering drug-free
programmes that acclimatise you to an
altitude of 7000 metres.
Buy good quality, sturdy boots that are
one size too big: your toes will thank
you when you’re walking downhill. Good
boots also help you avoid blisters.
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Travel the Silk Road
ancient stone city
The 730-kilometre journey from Istanbul to
Goreme, the ancient city carved out of
the rock in Cappadocia, central Turkey, is
unforgettable. Part of the route follows the
historic Silk Road, which is dotted with the
imposing remains of many caravanserais
(caravan inns), through which the riches of
Persia and China once made their way to
the markets of Europe, and vice versa.
Built by the wealthy Seljuks, a Turkish dynasty
that ruled parts of Central Asia and the
Middle East from the 11th to the 14th
centuries, the caravanserai welcomed
trade caravans for a three-day stay that
included food, fodder and lodgings, all
free of charge. As places of haven the
caravanserais provided shelter, comfort
and rest as well as keeping the caravans’
precious cargoes safe from highwaymen.
Among the 100 caravanserais still remaining
in the region, a number are extremely well
preserved and are wonderful places to
explore. They offer a powerful sense of
stepping back in time to a world that is
vastly different from today’s.
As you approach Goreme, oddly-shaped
houses carved out of rock extend in every
direction. Much of the city is now a World
Heritage Site protected by UNESCO and is
one of Turkey’s prime attractions. Wandering
its streets, you could be forgiven for thinking
you had just stepped into a Flintstones movie
set because everything – streets, houses and
staircases – is carved from the rock, even
the monasteries and churches that feature
beautiful 11th- and 12th-century frescoes. It’s
still easy to imagine this amazing and surreal
city, part of it built underground, as a lively
and industrious place.
Cappadocia is also one of the perfect
places in Turkey to experience rich and
colourful traditions, an authentic Turkish
bath, sumptuous fresh local produce and
cuisine, famous local pottery and traditional
carpet weaving. Or a spectacular hot-air
balloon ride over the region if you so desire.
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Kiwi chick number 1,000
released back to the wild
Cycling gears up
Rainbow Springs’ milestone kiwi chick, named Number 1,000,
has been released back to the wild of its native habitat in
the Waimarino Forest near Ohakune in the North Island.
Born on 24 September 2011, the chick was the 1,000th
hatched at Kiwi Encounter at Rainbow Springs Park in
Rotorua as part of the BNZ Save the Kiwi Trust programme.
The release of this precious national icon back to
the wild signifies 16 years of dedicated work by the
Kiwi Encounter team nurturing eggs brought in by
Department of Conservation staff and volunteers from
around the North Island.
The chick hatched the day the All Blacks beat France for
the first time on their road to victory, and has been named
‘Mille’, which means 1,000 in French. During the six-week
rugby tournament, Rainbow Springs welcomed 2,000 French
supporters to the park, the largest number of international
visitors by nationality.
Rainbow Springs’ involvement in kiwi conservation began
in 1995 with the arrival of an orphaned egg. The hatchery
has since grown over the years to become the largest kiwi
hatching facility in New Zealand, successfully incubating and
hatching brown kiwi eggs from all around the North Island.
New Zealand’s hottest biking destination is gearing up for
autumn, with trails guaranteed to spin everyone’s wheels, from
beginners to extreme bikers.
New and improved trails around Queenstown offer a host
of world-class terrain across hills, mountains, tracks and bike
parks, from easy scenic rides to adrenaline-pumping downhill,
cross-country, freestyling and heli-biking.
Now extended to an eight-month season, New Zealand’s
first gondola-assisted ‘bike lift’ has opened up a whole new
dimension for mountain bikers in the heart of Queenstown.
Riders can load their bikes onto the iconic Skyline Gondola
and enjoy panoramic lake and mountain views as they’re
lifted high above Queenstown to the new bike park. Here
there are more than 30km of trails ranging from fast groomed
tracks to rock gardens and natural single tracks, with runs
graded green, blue and black for beginners, intermediates
and advanced riders.
Another increasingly popular pastime is exploring some of
Central Otago’s vineyards by bike. Take a leisurely pedal
down scenic back roads and on the new 8.5km River Trail
through the spectacular Gibbston valley, stopping off at
award-winning wineries along the way. Or take a ‘cycle de
vine’ guided tour on a comfortable cruiser to see the vines
that grow some of the world’s best pinot noir. Taste the end
result at cellar doors and meet some of the wine makers.
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Thrilling by nature
Reliving childhood memories
at the Agrodome
I have fond childhood memories of the Agrodome, where I
stood on stage at the Sheep Show nearly twenty years ago
and bottle-fed a lamb. I don’t remember much else from that
show, so on a recent trip to Rotorua, I decided to return.
Experience a thrilling ride in one of New Zealand’s most
beautiful locations with Hukafalls Jet.
The half-hour ride takes passengers on an exhilarating
journey down the Waikato River past the Aratiatia Dam, hot
springs, cliffs, native bush and the Prawn Park to reach the
mighty Huka Falls.
Hukafalls Jet is the only jet-boat operator on the river
offering a ride right up to the base of Huka Falls – one of
New Zealand’s most visited natural attractions – making it a
unique and spectacular experience.
The special design of the Hukafalls Jet boats helps
passengers enjoy an experience like no other. The engines
are supercharged V6 Buick motors that put out a combined
520 h.p., with twin Hamilton Jet units thrusting 640 litres
of water a second. This translates directly to enhanced
acceleration and speed.
Passengers experience an absolute adrenalin rush as the
boat skims along the water at 80 kilometres per hour, whizzing
within centimetres of the shoreline and cliffs and launching
without warning into 360-degree spins.
The Agrodome is one of New Zealand’s most popular
tourist attractions and it wasn’t hard to see why. The slick,
quintessentially Kiwi show was a delight to all in the audience
– both international and local. Nineteen breeds of sheep
took to the stage along with sheep dogs, ducks and an
enthusiastic Kiwi bloke as host.
I was hoping I might get to feed an adorable little lamb
again, but instead I was recruited to milk a cow. It wasn’t
nearly as cute, but the audience certainly got a good laugh
out of it.
After the show, we went on the Agrodome’s Organic Farm
Tour. Sitting on the bench seats of an all-terrain vehicle, we
trundled around the farm stopping regularly to hand-feed a
delightful range of animals including llamas, deer, emus and
sheep. The tour also passed through a kiwifruit farm, an olive
grove and an Organic Education Centre where we sampled
honey and kiwifruit juice.
We also saw the ‘Adventure’ offerings at the Agrodome
which have expanded drastically since my last visit and
now include a maze, a giant swing, a jet-boat ride, zorbing,
bungy jumping and more. I guess I’ll need another return visit.
– Stephanie Williams
Taupo-based Hukafalls Jet opened its doors in 1990 and
has grown from a one-boat operation working from a small
wooden shed on the banks of the Waikato River, to a
four-boat business with a purpose-built base and 831,000
passengers through its doors. Its one millionth passenger is
expected to step on board in the next three to four years.
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• Complimentary scenic flight over the Bungle
• Explore this magnificent coastline with awe
inspiring gorges and prolific marine life.
• Witness spectacular waterfalls including King
George Falls – the highest in the Kimberley.
• View ancient Gwion Gwion rock art galleries
believed to be around 40,000 years old
• Visit Montgomery Reef, the tide drops so
rapidly that waters trapped inside the reef are
unable to escape, creating a raging torrent
Departs: Darwin to Broome 13 Apr, 3 & 23
May, 12 Jun, 2 & 22 Jul, 11 & 31 Aug 2012
Broome to Darwin 23 Apr, 13 May, 2
& 22 Jun, 12 Jul, 1 & 21 Aug, 10 Sep 2012
10 nights from NZ$10,339 * pp twin share
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CAMP LEAKEY – FACES IN THE FOREST
• Visit Camp Leakey, the world renowned
orangutan rehabilitation centre, and
experience an interaction experience at
The Infant Care Centre.
• Renowned primatologist, conservationist,
Dr Biruté Galdikas will personally escort
Orion’s guests around Camp Leakey.
• Visit Semenggoh and Bako National Park to
experience ecosystems that once covered the
• View the amazing architecture of Kuching
from palaces to stilt houses.
Departs: Singapore to Bali 14 August & 12
October 2012, Bali to Singapore 24 August
& 2 October 2012
10 nights from NZ$9,265 * pp twin share
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MAWSON’S ANTARCTICA –
• Explore Macquarie Island, described as one of
the ‘wonder spots’ with its scenic diversity
and prolific wildlife.
• Be one of the few - numbers are strictly
limited to preserve the fragile environment.
• Visit to Mawson’s huts from his historic
1911-1913 expedition, a time capsule from a
great era of exploration.
• Get close to penguins and seals, schools of
whales, and thousands of icebergs.
• Interaction with our specialist expedition team
who will be travelling onboard Orion.
Departs: Bluff to Bluff 20 December 2012,
Bluff to Hobart 7 January 2013
10 nights from NZ$21,999 * pp twin share
After exciting days in wild and unusual locations, nothing beats a small
luxury hotel in which to end your day. Enjoy a massage to unwind, sauna
those assaulted muscles, or have refreshments brought to you, spa side.
Enjoy an a la carte dinner in the restaurants or BBQ on deck. Try some
great wines to complement menus inspired by one of the world’s most
accomplished chefs - Serge Dansereau - interpreted onboard by executive
chefs using the finest fresh local ingredients.
To book contact your local Harvey World Travel Professionals
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From their ice-strengthened hulls
to the chilled Champagne, Orion
Expedition Cruises offer unique
experiences in amazing places,
in international-standard luxury.
Since commencing operations in 2004,
Orion Expedition Cruises has risen swiftly
to become one of the leading expedition
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region. It’s a success story based not
only on offering authentic experiences in
remote and seldom visited destinations,
but also on the highest standards of
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Orion Expedition Cruises are small enough
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inlets that larger ships can not access,
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while enjoying the company of like-minded
adventurous spirits, Orion’s current portfolio
of itineraries includes the Russian Far East,
the culturally rich Inland Sea of Japan, the
charismatic nations of Vietnam, Thailand
and Cambodia and the incredibly rich
diversity of Borneo.
Orion Expedition Cruises also take you to
New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic islands and
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and award-winning chefs and scientists,
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The onboard standard of comfort, style
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Cru se news
after the London
Cap off a trip to the London 2012
Olympics with a relaxing cruise through
Europe’s waterways on board Uniworld
Boutique River Cruise Collection’s
Departing 20 August, the 14-night
cruise wends its way from Budapest in
Hungary through Austria and Germany
to its final destination of Amsterdam in
The cruise will take passengers along three
great rivers – the Danube, the Main, and
the Rhine – and to countless UNESCO
World Heritage sites, taking in amazing
locales such as music-rich Vienna, Austria’s
lush Wachau Valley wine region and the
medieval cities of Regensburg, Nuremberg
The regal River Queen is one of the most
distinctive river cruise ships in Europe,
with her exterior resembling the great
steamships of the 1930’s. The ship was
also named one of the world’s ‘Top Small
Cruise Ships’ by Condé Nast Traveller
magazine readers in 2010.
Prices for the European River Cruise,
which includes a choice of five stateroom
categories or suite accommodation; all
meals including wine, beer and nonalcoholic
drinks with lunch and dinner;
onboard entertainment; 16 optional
land excursions and the use of bicycles,
start at $6,995* per person, twin share,
based on category 4 stateroom. (*Terms
and conditions apply.)
Rhapsody of the
Seas to undergo
Rhapsody of the Seas will return down
under next season looking better than
ever after a US$54 million refurbishment.
The Royal Caribbean line ship is currently
in dry dock in Singapore undergoing
its ‘makeover’. Originally scheduled for
a regular two-week maintenance, the
project has been extended to allow
more extensive enhancements throughout
the vessel, including the dining areas,
staterooms, entertainment and technology.
The new features include five new
specialty dining venues, bringing the
total onboard dining options to seven.
Other enhancements include a nursery,
a Diamond lounge for Crown and
Anchor loyalty programme guests and a
Concierge Lounge for suite guests.
Guests will also be able to enjoy ship-wide
Wi-Fi, an outdoor movie screen and iPads
in every stateroom providing content
about the ship’s amenities and activities.
The refurbishment will also see the ship’s
furniture, carpets and upholstery receive
Rhapsody of the Seas will return to Sydney
in October 2012 along with Radiance of
the Seas, which has also been refurbished
recently. The ships will be joined by
Voyager of the Seas, the largest megaliner
ever to be based in Australasia.
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Latest addition to MSC
fleet to launch in May
MSC Cruises is counting down to the
launch of the latest addition to its fleet,
The long-awaited launch of the ship is
scheduled to take place in Marseille,
France, on May 26 following her first sea
trial which will take place in April. The
ship will be christened by screen legend
Sophia Loren, who has been chosen as its
By the time MSC Divina emerges for her
debut ‘Grand Ball’ on 26 May, over 2.2
million hours will have been spent on her
construction and an extra one million
hours of work will have been devoted to
meticulously applying the finishing touches.
MSC Divina will be the 12th ship in
the MSC Cruises fleet and the most
magnificent. The ship will boast a
mythological Greek influence, with 13 of
the new luxury ship’s 18 decks named
after the gods and goddesses of ancient
MSC Divina will boast 1,751 cabins, 25
lifts and 27,000 square metres of public
spaces which include restaurants, bars, a
casino, four swimming pools, including the
new Garden Pool, a bowling alley, a gym
and the superb MSC Aurea Spa.
After its six-night maiden voyage from
Marseille to Venice, the MSC Divina will
undertake a series of seven-night Eastern
Mediterranean round-trip cruises
from Venice to Italy’s Bari, Greece’s
Katakolon, Turkey’s Izmir and Istanbul
and Croatia’s Dubrovnik.
Avalon Waterways is adding a fourth luxury
vessel to its European fleet following the
unprecedented success of its ‘Suite Ship’
concept during the last year. In April 2013,
the 64-cabin Avalon Artistry II will join
the river cruise operator’s Avalon Vista,
Avalon Visionary and Avalon Panorama
Suite Ships in offering a new benchmark in
onboard space and luxury.
Like its sister Suite Ships, Avalon Artistry
II will offer two entire decks of all-suite
accommodation and wall-to-wall
panoramic windows that turn the entire
cabin into an open-air balcony. Avalon
Artistry II’s debut itinerary will be the
company’s popular eight-day ‘Romantic
Rhine’ river journey between Amsterdam
To mark the early release of its 2013
preview brochure, Avalon Waterways is
offering savings of NZ$1300 per couple
on select 2013 European river cruises until
30 June 2012 or until sold out, subject to
availability and conditions. These include
the eight-day ‘A Taste of the Danube’
between Vienna and Budapest; the
15-day ‘Magnificent Europe’ between
Amsterdam and Budapest; the eight-day
‘Romantic Rhine’ between Amsterdam and
Zürich and the 11-day ‘Burgundy and
Provence’. Savings of NZ$650 per couple
are also available on all other European
cruises until 30 June 2012 subject to the
same terms and conditions.
The 2013 Avalon Waterways preview
brochure is the first offered exclusively
online as an e-brochure and allows
readers to browse more than 20 different
cruise itineraries on the Rhine, Danube,
Main, Moselle, Rhône and Seine rivers. It
also features Avalon’s popular selection of
Christmas cruises and its exotic itineraries
on the Nile, Yangtze and Mekong rivers
and among the Galapagos Islands.
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For frequent travellers John & Margaret Gozdz, a
European and transatlantic cruise holiday on three
great Cunard liners was the experience of a lifetime.
In February 2011 we went to see Cherie Robson, our travel agent
at Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, as we had seen an advertisement
for what we considered to be a very unique and exciting cruise. The
“Three Queens Cruise” featured three cruises – two in Europe plus a
transatlantic crossing – on the Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth and
Queen Mary 2.
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Travel agent’s note:
John and Margaret Gozdz have been clients of
HWT Dinsdale for quite a few years. They love
to travel and have been to the UK and Europe
several times, including cruising by river from
Budapest to Amsterdam. They have also taken
guided holidays and cruises in Canada, Alaska
and around South America.
The Gozdzes love to travel in luxury and
cruising is their favourite way to see the world:
in fact, if Margaret had her way she would live
on a cruise ship! In the future, they are thinking
of heading to Sweden and Norway to see the
Northern lights. They are an absolute pleasure
to deal with and have become very good friends
of the team at Harvey World Travel Dinsdale.
– Cherie Robson.
Business Class airfares to London, and
home from New York were included, along
with a two-day car hire in Southampton
and accommodation in two very beautiful
English hotels. The cruise dates also gave
us free time between the first and second
cruises to visit family in England. All up,
we thought the pricing was extremely
reasonable because many meals,
entertainment and other amenities are
inclusive on cruises. In due course, we were
ready to go.
We flew out of Auckland on Air New
Zealand, switching to a Lufthansa flight for
the journey from Los Angeles to London.
We were met on arrival and escorted to
Southampton where we stayed for a night
at the lovely, well-located De Vere Grand
Hampton Hotel before embarking on the
Queen Victoria for a seven-day cruise
to Dublin, Cork, Bilbao in northeast Spain
and Brest in western France.
Boarding was very quick and efficient and
our luggage arrived in our Balcony Cabin
even before we did. After unpacking we
explored the ship, which is beautifully fitted
out with elegant timber panelling and
chandeliers and very comfortable seating
in the leisure areas and restaurants.
Our first dinner on board was of 5-star
quality, with silver service – a foretaste of
the excellence we were to experience
for the next six nights. In Dublin we visited
a Guinness warehouse and sampled the
local beer while looking at a pictureperfect
view across this wonderful city.
In Cork we went to Saint Fin Barre’s
Cathedral, a fine nineteenth-century
cathedral commemorating the patron saint
of the city. A highlight of our time in Bilbao
was a visit to the famous Guggenheim
Museum. Brest is now a modern French city
but its ancient maritime traditions are still
On arrival back in Southampton, we
collected our rental car and drove to
the New Forest area in Hampshire where
we stayed for two nights at the Rhinefield
House Hotel, a grand 1887 country house
built in a blend of Tudor and Gothic style
and set in 40 acres of manicured grounds.
It was a delightfully peaceful and relaxing
place in which to stay.
We then drove back to Southampton to
board the brand-new Queen Elizabeth
for a 14-day cruise to Scandinavia and
Russia. This ship is truly majestic as well as
very relaxed and comfortable. Our first
ports of call were Kristiansand and Oslo
in Norway, then Copenhagen in Denmark,
Stockholm in Sweden, Helsinki in Finland, St
Petersburg in Russia, Tallinn in Estonia and
Zeebrugge in Belgium. We then returned
This cruise was a wonderful experience
for both of us as we had never visited
this part of Europe before. We visited
palaces and museums and cathedrals
and walked along cobbled streets
exploring the fascinating blend of old and
new these places offer. We didn’t have
a favourite among the ports we visited
because culturally and historically they
are all unique and wonderful. It’s a truly
spectacular part of the world and we
enjoyed our time on the Queen Elizabeth
As we then had ten days before our next
cruise, Cherie had arranged for us to
explore Paris – and explore we did. It is
certainly one of the loveliest cities in the
world, with much to see and do. We had
a lot of fun on the hop-on hop-off bus
seeing exactly what we wanted to see
and the shopping was also great – at
least Margaret kept on saying so. We then
spent a few nights with family in the UK
before heading back to Southampton for
the last leg of our cruise.
The Queen Mary 2 is one of the most
impressive ships we have ever sailed
on – timeless and elegant are two very
apt words to describe her. Once again
our embarkation was effortless and sitting
on our balcony enjoying a drink as we
departed Southampton was a wonderful
experience, as so many people always
turn up to say farewell to the ships leaving.
It was a real party atmosphere.
Our seven-night voyage to New York was
smooth all the way. Again the meals were
5-star, the variety of foods was endless and
the staff were always friendly and smiling.
We took part in many onboard activities
such as bingo, craft lessons and cooking
demonstrations – in fact there was so much
to do that we did have the odd day when
we simply read in the Library or joined
some of our new-found friends for a chat or
afternoon tea or drink before dinner.
The Three Queens Cruise was a holiday
of a lifetime for us and we would highly
recommend cruising to anyone. It can
be as busy or as relaxing as you want it
to be. And by the time you read this we
will have taken another cruise, this time
on the Queen Elizabeth from Sydney to
Southampton, which began in February. It’s
a big world out there and we are going to
explore it as much as we can!
Cruising with the
Three Queens in 2012
Cunard, the cruise line with the closest
ties to the British royal family, will mark the
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee with a special
event in Southampton in 2012. All
three ships in the fleet, all of which have
a member of the royal family as their
godmother, will mark the occasion with a
Three Queens event on June 5, the bank
holiday to celebrate the Jubilee.
In total, the three ships in the fleet,
Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and
Queen Elizabeth, will sail 84 voyages
in 2012, visiting 129 ports and 48
Queen Elizabeth will spend the first
half of the northern hemisphere summer
sailing out of Southampton before
an inaugural Mediterranean fly-cruise
season from Venice, Civitavecchia
(Rome) and Athens, offering a series of
Queen Victoria will spend the northern
hemisphere summer sailing out of
Southampton to northern Europe
and Mediterranean destinations. A
new feature will be overnight stays
in Amsterdam, Hamburg, Istanbul, St
Petersburg, Madeira and Venice
Queen Mary 2 will cross the Atlantic
20 times during 2012 on her popular
transatlantic voyages between
New York and Southampton. Queen
Mary 2 will also offer voyages to
Northern Europe, Canada and New
England and a new 16-night central
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as a Manta ray
Seaworld San Diego’s ‘Manta’ is a new
mega-attraction that will seamlessly take
riders from the awe of watching rays in
underwater flight to the sensation of
actually being one. It’s due to open in May.
Swooping over sea and sky, Manta will not
only inspire riders with views of amazing
underwater animal habitats, but also take
them on an exhilarating ride on a coaster
shaped like a giant manta ray. The ride will
reach speeds of up to 43 mph (69 kms/
hr) and include a thrilling 54-foot (16.4
Gliding, flying and diving through more
than a dozen twists and turns, riders will
feel as if they are a ray – at times the
will skim the
will also feature
a unique ‘launch
will start the
in a launch
images of rays
Riders and nonriders
enjoy the graceful beauty of bat rays and
fishes. Forbidden Reef, a former SeaWorld
attraction where guests could feed and
touch bat rays, will be incorporated and
enhanced as part of Manta.
‘With Manta, our guests will be able to see
and interact with 65 bat rays, ten guitarfish
and hundreds of other fishes,’ says
SeaWorld San Diego Curator of Fishes,
Thad Dirksen. ‘The below-water viewing
area will include eight acrylic windows
and a reef design. The above-water
interaction area will allow our guests more
opportunities to touch and feed the rays.’
A global leader in animal care and
conservation, SeaWorld Parks &
Entertainment cares for more than 60,000
animals, including 200 endangered
or threatened species. SeaWorld has
rescued more than 18,000 orphaned,
injured or ill animals over four decades.
Bookings are now being taken for the new
Madame Tussauds Sydney and can be
made for visits from 1 May onwards.
Australia’s most popular stars, including
Danii Minogue, Nicole Kidman Hugh
Jackman, and even Home and Away’s
Alf Stewart, have all been intricately
recreated in wax, lending a distinctly
‘down under’ flavour to the celebrity
experience at Madame Tussauds Sydney.
Costing over A$14 million, the museum will
feature more than 70 figures, including
A-list celebrities, literary figures, sports stars
and politicians. Figures of Lady Gaga,
Einstein, Angelina Jolie and Michael
Jackson are just some of the attractions
that will blow visitors away with their
likeness to real life.
Madame Tussauds Sydney is the
first museum of its kind in Australasia,
and the 13th Madame Tussauds to
The museum will open its doors in Darling
Harbour alongside some of Sydney’s most
popular attractions including the Sydney
Aquarium and Wild Life Sydney.
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Las Vegas hotel
In the true lavish and opulent style that
Las Vegas is renowned for, the landmark
Tropicana Las Vegas hotel has emerged
from a US$180 million transformation.
The look and feel of the new Tropicana
is vibrant and exciting, filled with the
casual and sultry rhythm of a hot South
Offering a true resort experience in the
heart of the Las Vegas strip, the South
Beach-inspired hotel exudes Miami rhythm
and vibe. The stylish transformation of the
hotel, resort and casino – originally built in
1957 – includes a redesign of every room
and suites, the casino, the conference
centre and exhibition hall, several new
restaurants and bars, a new poker room
and a spa and
The hotel’s pool
has been voted
the ‘Best Las Vegas Pool’.
Set on almost two acres,
it features an expansive
deck with lush landscaping,
waterfalls and private
lounge spots. Guests can
lounge poolside on luxurious
recliners, while several
connected lagoons provide
the ideal place to refresh
in the water. Exclusive
cabanas are also available
for day rental.
in Rail Plus 2012 brochure
Rail Plus has released its largest ever
‘Your World on Track’ brochure for 2012,
featuring a wide range of inspirational new
products around the globe including a
Harry Potter Tour in London, a rail pass in
Slovakia and a train enthusiasts’ journey
Slovakia’s inclusion in ‘Your World on
Track’ allows Kiwis to explore this stunning
destination more easily with a Slovakia
Rail Pass that provides up to eight days
of travel in a one-month period. Slovakia
is now also an eligible country for Eurail
Global and Eurail Select Passes.
Bosnia-Herzegovina has been added
to the Balkan Flexipass, giving travellers
better access to eight countries: Bosnia,
Bulgaria, Greece, Romania, Macedonia,
Montenegro, Serbia and Turkey.
This year’s brochure also includes an
expanded range of city sightseeing tours
and passes in Europe and North America,
including the new behind-the-scenes
walking tour, ‘The making of Harry Potter’
In Japan, Rail Plus has introduced its first
ever fully escorted ‘Japan Rail Enthusiasts
Tour’. This unique 14-day tour takes
participants on a range of epic train, boat
and tram journeys while visiting cultural
attractions like the Ise Jingu Shinto shrine
near Ise City and the renowned Kotoku-in
Buddhist temple in Kamakura.
These are just some of the exciting new
offerings in the Rail Plus ‘Your World on
Track’ 2012 brochure. See your local
Harvey World Travel agent for a copy.
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A dream honeymoon in Phuket
The beautiful Thai resort was
the perfect post-wedding
destination, writes newlywed
On the 2nd of April, 2011, Glenn and I
were married in Auckland and booked
our honeymoon through Harvey World
Travel Mairangi Bay. As I work for the New
Zealand Breakers basketball team, we
scheduled our wedding around the end
of the regular season and the beginning
of the playoffs, but with the possibility of
the team looking like it would go all the
way (which it did!) we decided to delay
our honeymoon until August. This allowed
us to spend time with the guests who had
travelled from all round the world to share
our special day and gave us a winter
escape to look forward to. The week we
were away was the week it snowed in
Auckland, so we timed it perfectly!
We arranged our honeymoon registry
through our travel agent, Len Carpenter,
and wanted to do things a little differently
than the traditional travel gift registry. We
didn’t like the idea of people just giving
money so we came up with a list of things
that we wanted to do during our time
in Phuket and requested them as gifts if
people were stuck for ideas. Some of the
gifts we received included spa treatments,
day trips, candlelight dinners, tuk-tuk rides,
snorkelling and sightseeing excursions –
and of course an elephant ride!
We spent seven nights at Club Med
Phuket at Kata. The resort is set among
lush gardens overlooking the turquoise
waters of the bay and is beautiful. From
the moment we arrived we were treated
like royalty and everyone went out of
their way to make our stay enjoyable.
As Club Med is an all-inclusive resort,
we didn’t need to worry about what our
food and drink bill would be like after a
week’s stay. The food was always fresh
and different, with something to suit even
the fussiest eaters like me, and the endless
supply of cocktails was a girl’s dream
Since Glenn and I are the type of
people who can’t sit still, we needed
things to go and do instead of just lying
under a beach umbrella. We took an
unforgettable day trip to Phi Phi Island,
we snorkelled and saw the most amazing
fish and corals, had golf lessons, swam in
the warm waters of the bay and indulged
in luxurious spa treatments. I don’t think
a day went by that we didn’t have a
spa treatment! The spa at Club Med is
beautiful and really made us feel like we
were on our honeymoon. The treatment
rooms were huge and clean, with
traditional Thai décor and charming lady
therapists who knew exactly what they
were doing. We took full advantage of
the complimentary honeymoon package
and thought it was a great bonus!
When our stay at Club Med came to an
end, we moved to the Malisa Villa Suites
in Kata Beach. This was our honeymoon
present to ourselves and we felt like
celebrities in our villa with our own private
lap pool. We couldn’t fault the facilities in
our villa, which included a huge king-size
bed in an air-conditioned room with
complimentary in-room internet, an indoor
and outdoor shower, a spa bath and a
full kitchen (a chef could be provided
if you so desired). We also loved the
resort’s great position in Kata Beach, with
shops and restaurants close by, and staff
who were only too happy to help. It has
to be one of the most beautiful places
we have experienced.
We felt very safe in Phuket and I often
went out shopping on my own while
Glenn went scuba diving. I was hesitant
about bartering at first but once I got
the hang of it, it was fun! The Thai people
are so friendly that it’s always done with
a smile on their face and I had a smile on
my face about the bargains I got! I also
had two coats tailor-made, which fit and
We wouldn’t hesitate to go back to
Phuket and would highly recommend it to
anyone looking for a place where you
can indulge. Whether it’s spa treatments,
food, or culture you love, you can enjoy
them all in Phuket at a price that is
affordable for anyone.
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The Harvey World Travel
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
touring the USA
– and worldwide
In 1992, USA-based company, EagleRider,
pioneered the Harley-Davidson
motorcycle rental concept and guided
motorcycle tour business.
From a small, backyard business
EagleRider has grown into the world’s
largest motorcycle travel and tourism
company, offering more than 4,000
perfectly maintained Harley, Honda,
BMW, Triumph and many other motorcycle
models in more than 100 locations
The vast network of EagleRider locations
gives the company the unique ability
to offer one-way rentals, guided tours
and self-drive tours in some of the most
desirable tourist destinations in the world.
The USA is obviously the heart of
EagleRider and Marketing Director,
Shannon Diem, says: ‘We have had over
250,000 travellers take our tours, from the
Florida Keys to the Wild West Tour. Our
most requested one, the famous Route
66 Tour, is one of the most exhilarating
and life-changing tours any motorcycle
adventure traveller can take.’
Gourmet cycling for softies
Luxury safari specialist, Air Adventure
Australia, has released a new Cycling for
Softies itinerary showcasing its guided
cycle tour concept through Australia’s
Departing from Melbourne, the five-day
itinerary sees participants cycle their way
through the rail trails and country lanes of
Victoria’s wine country, including Milawa,
Myrtleford and the Ovens and Buckland
Valleys. Throughout the journey, guests
are treated to the region’s best food
and wine and stay in luxurious boutique
Unlike many cycling tours, Cycling for
Softies is all about relaxation and is suited
to almost all levels of fitness. Guests have
the freedom to enjoy the scenery and
cycle as much or as little as they please. A
back-up vehicle is provided which people
are free to hop into when they fancy a
break. Keen cyclists who want to up their
kilometres have the freedom to go off and
Highlights of the tour include a twonight
stay at the boutique Lindenwarrah
Country House Hotel set in its own
vineyard, a private cheese tasting at the
famed Milawa Cheese Factory, and a visit
to EV Olives, as well as meals and tastings
at some of the region’s most popular
A previous Cycling for Softies guest, J.
Long, describes the concept as “a great
combination of exercise and luxury.”
The scheduled tour departs on October
29, 2012 and additional departure dates
will be released as demand increases.
The tour is all-inclusive of accommodation,
meals, drinks and all trips, tours and
transfers as outlined in the itinerary.
‘Our mission,’ Sharon says, ‘is to “change
peoples’ lives” by allowing them to live
their dreams on one of our guided or selfdrive
tours.’ EagleRider tours cater for all
adventure levels, from everyday riders to
celebrities who want the thrill of living the
dream of a lifetime.
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Kimberley Coastal Camp in Australia’s
northwest receives makeover
Western Australia’s iconic Kimberley
Coastal Camp has reopened for the
season, having received an A$1 million
makeover. Improvements include a new
solar power system, handmade timber
furnishings, ocean and earth colour
themes, a custom-built boat, a unique
Outback Bar and a new jetty. Further
upgrades are planned for the
Kimberley Coastal Camp is open from late
March to October annually. The property
boasts a reputation for high quality
hospitality, with no more than 12 guests
and a staff-to-guest ratio that never
Located on the pristine shores of
the Admiralty Gulf in the heart of
the great Kimberley wilderness, the
property is isolated even by Kimberley
standards and the journey to it is an
Guests are first flown by light aircraft
across breathtaking gorges, waterfalls
and islands to reach the famous Mitchell
Plateau. From there, the final leg of the
journey is by helicopter.
The gorgeous, rustic-style Kimberley
Coastal Camp has a minimal impact on
the environment while offering a high level
of service and amenities. Each private
gazebo is simple yet stylish and has
stunning views over the Timor Sea. The
Camp also features a swimming pool and
a spacious dining room and lounge.
There is plenty to keep guests busy in this
little slice of coastal paradise, including
exploring the local wilderness, fishing for
barramundi and other local specialties, or
viewing awe-inspiring aboriginal rock art.
Insight Vacations introduces destinations
in India and Nepal
Luxury escorted tour operator Insight
Vacations has announced 12 new
itineraries in India, Nepal, Bhutan and
Sri Lanka, with destinations available for
travel from August 2012.
Two deluxe Gold tours – Splendours of the
Taj & Tiger and Imperial Treasures of India
- offer ten and 11 days of indulgence
respectively, with accommodation in
famous historic palaces, exotic resorts and
leading luxury hotels such as The Leela
Palace in Bangalore, The Imperial Hotel
New Delhi and Oberoi and Taj Hotels.
Four Premium itineraries range from the
eight-day Essence of India journey through
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Samode, to the 14-
day Imperial Rajasthan along the heritage
route of Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Bikaner,
Jaisalmer, Rohet and Udaipur.
Gold and Premium itineraries alike
will bring their vibrant destinations
to life with experiential activities
including a visit to the walled city
of Old Delhi, a desert camel trek
in Jaisalmer, textile and handicraft
demonstrations and yoga sessions.
Optional three- to five-day excursions to
Bhutan, Amritsar, Sri Lanka and many other
destinations are also available.
The dining experience on Insight Vacation
tours will complement their best-in-themarket
experience, with sumptuous daily
buffet breakfasts, interactive cooking
demonstrations and Highlight Dinners
including a meal under the stars on the
rippling Lakhmana Sand Dunes in Jaisalmer,
a gala dinner at Jaipur’s Royal Palace
and dinner at a desert wilderness retreat
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Stephanie Williams explores the natural wonders
of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula.
The great Australian outback, with its
promise of spectacular landscapes,
contrasting colours and vast distances is
an experience that rates on most travellers’
bucket lists, but is often overlooked
as a holiday destination in favour of
more relaxing and temperate locations.
However, in South Australia this is a
compromise that needn’t be made.
South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula is famed
for its coastal landscapes and its seafood
industry. I soon discovered that for every
southern bluefin tuna splashing about in
the region’s pristine blue ocean, there is
a kangaroo bounding across the red, hot
desert not too far away.
The Eyre Peninsula is easily accessed on a
40-minute flight from Adelaide that takes you
right to the Seafood Capital of Australia,
Port Lincoln. Within an hour of landing I
was already sitting down to a plate of
Eyre Peninsula specialties: tuna sashimi,
kingfish, Coffin Bay Oysters and prawns,
washed down with a dry local Riesling.
I often say I could live on tuna, and in
Port Lincoln this was almost the case. Tuna
sashimi, Nicoise salads, seared tuna; it
was always fresh and always delicious.
Soon, I was about to gain a whole new
perspective on my favourite food.
Port Lincoln is one of the world’s
great tuna fisheries, accounting for
25% of the market share in Japan. 95%
of Australia’s Bluefin Tuna quota is farmed
here. It is a very exciting and a very
lucrative industry which has become the
lifeblood of the region.
Southern Bluefin Tuna can weigh more
than 100 kilograms, grow more than
two metres long and swim at up to 70
kilometres per hour. And I was about to go
swimming with them.
Adventure Bay Charters operates a range
of marine encounters, including a tuna
swim experience where guests can snorkel
around a tuna farm in Boston Bay.
The tuna dart around in a feeding frenzy
as Adventure Bay Charters staff throw
handfuls of pilchards into the water. I
tentatively dangled a pilchard on the
surface and a lightning fast tuna snatched
it right out of my hand. When I hopped
into the water, tuna flashed in front of
my face, whizzed beneath me and sped
towards me before gracefully darting out
of the way.
A few days later and a bit further up the
coast I had my next incredible swimming
encounter: swimming with the sea lions
thanks to Baird Bay Ocean
It wasn’t long before we reached
the sea lion community on a secluded
stretch of rocks in Baird Bay. The sea
lions, unperturbed by our presence
continued to laze about in the sunshine,
chase each other around the rock pools
and waddle around the rocks. Then, as
the tide filled the lagoons, the sea lions
flopped into the water and we were
invited to swim with them.
Playful, inquisitive and oh-so-cute, no
wonder the sea lions are likened to
puppies in the ocean. The interaction was
mind-blowing. I hovered on the surface,
watching. A sea lion darted up towards
me and stared me right in the eye. I duckdived,
and one copied me. I even played
tug of war with a sea lion and a rope.
The best thing about the experience is
that it is all on their terms. The sea lions are
not incentivised with food, it is in their own
habitat and they choose if they want to
play. It was quite honestly the best thing I
have ever done.
Next stop: the outback with Gawler
Ranges Wilderness Safaris. Our base for
the next few days was Kangaluna Camp
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where we would be ‘glamping’ (glam
camping). Each luxurious yet rustic
safari tent is five by seven metres,
with two rooms and an ensuite with
a flushing toilet and shower.
Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris offers
the opportunity to experience the best
of the outback, but in utter comfort and
style. For me, however, the most special
thing about my experience was the
opportunity to truly get back to nature,
and to experience it with guides who were
inspiringly passionate and knowledgeable.
The safaris are the brainchild of Geoff
Scholz, who grew up in the region and
has lived there for most of his life. Geoff
designed and built Kangaluna Camp with
his bare hands with the vision of sharing
the outback with other people, but without
any negative impact on the land.
The camp features a stunning communal
lounge and dining area that is open to
the wilderness. A water trough rests nearby
where an array of birdlife gathers including
budgies, galahs and Port Lincoln ringnecks.
As we sat enjoying lunch, a family of emus
tentatively emerged from the scrub and
drank from the trough just metres away from
where we sat.
I could have sat at the camp for hours
enjoying the wildlife, but we had an
outback to explore. We bundled into
the camp’s four wheel drives and started
roaring along the dusty red roads. I had
always expected the outback to be
barren so I was amazed to see such
changing landscapes and such a wide
variety of plant life, birds and animals.
“The bio-diversity out here
is as rich as a rainforest,”
our guide informed us.
“There are more than
140 species of ant alone!”
Every so often the jeep came
to a roaring halt and we all scrambled
out to investigate something on the side
of the road. We come across docile
lizards, wombat burrows, kangaroos
and my favourite discovery; procession
caterpillars. At first, the caterpillars looked
like a very long, very thin snake winding
its way along the side of the road. On
closer inspection it was dozens of fuzzy
caterpillars all following each other in a
chain and moving as one entity.
We trucked on, winding our way through
the red desert and suddenly, in the
distance the land was white: vast,
glistening, flat and white. It looked like
snow, but it was 35 degrees and it felt
like my eyes were playing tricks on me. We
approached Lake Gardiner, a dry salt
lake, and it was absolutely spectacular.
We ran down on to the lake and
admired its perfectly flat surface that
glittered from the tiny salt crystals. The
snow-white lake contrasted spectacularly
against the red rocks surrounding and
the bright blue sky. The lake faded into
the distance and heat rose up off it,
distorting the horizon.
The sheer size of the lake was impressive,
even more so when we saw it on a map
and learned that it is over 160 kilometres
long. I tried to put that in perspective
and realise that it is larger than Lake
Taupo and longer than the distance from
Auckland to Whangarei.
We drove back to the camp at dusk as
the setting sun sent spectacular colours
sprawling across the sky and kangaroos
bounded across the open plains. It was
a magical time in the outback, a perfect
culmination of place and time and a sight
that you cannot see in any other country
in the world.
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South Australia’s Murray River is fast
becoming a ‘must-do’ destination due to
its stunning landscapes, wildlife, activities
and proximity to Adelaide. The best way
to experience the river is on a houseboat,
allowing you to explore the river at
your own pace and enjoy the fun and
relaxation of your own ‘floating bach’.
We embarked on our houseboating
adventure from Mannum, just an hour’s
drive from Adelaide. Mark Flanagan from
Unforgettable Houseboats greeted us at
the wharf and after a brief lesson we were
ready to set off on our river adventure.
Unforgettable Houseboats has an
extensive fleet of boats catering for two
to twelve guests. Each houseboat is very
spacious and fully equipped so guests
can enjoy all of the comforts of home
including microwaves, dishwashers and TV.
Some houseboats even have a Jacuzzi.
The beds are large and comfortable and
each cabin has its own en-suite bathroom.
You can arrange for the houseboat to
be stocked with food, but with all of the
fantastic produce available in the region
it’s a fun activity to stock the boat yourself
(and don’t forget to pick up some superb
South Australian wine).
As the houseboat glided slowly but
steadily along the mighty Murray River,
which snakes its way through the rugged
South Australian outback, I was amazed
at how varied the scenery was. We
cruised past willow trees mirrored in the
glass-like water, quaint riverside towns
and ochre-coloured limestone cliffs.
Each morning I awoke to the sound
of the dawn chorus as hundreds of
galahs and other native birds flew
in spectacular fashion across the river.
In the evenings I relaxed in a Jacuzzi
on the deck of the houseboat and
watched as the birds returned to their
trees for the night. In between these
precious moments I embarked on
experiences ranging from wine tasting
trips to the famed Barossa region to
walks along the riverbank and kayaking
adventures through the backwaters.
One memorable afternoon, we ventured
out on a Big Bend by Night Eco
Adventure. We boarded a small runabout
boat on which we cruised the backwaters
of the Murray River with a glass of bubbles
in hand. It was a stunning time of day and
the only sounds I could hear were the hum
of the motor and the birdlife.
We pulled up at a secluded riverside
location, our ‘restaurant’ for the evening.
I sat on the river’s edge and enjoyed the
sights and the sounds of dusk on the river.
The water was glass-like and opposite
us, the setting sun hit the limestone cliffs’
creating a brilliant red glow. I felt awed by
the beauty and the tranquillity of the river.
The magical Murray River had me under
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From Executive Chef Tony Howell of Cape Lodge
comes a signature dish that showcases the superb
seafood and produce of the Margaret River.
Culinary legend Tony Howell is the
Executive Chef at Cape Lodge, an iconic
5-star accommodation offering in the
Margaret River region of Western Australia.
Tony has worked at Cape Lodge for
an impressive 13 years, where he has
perfected the art and science of using
fresh and seasonal produce from the
Margaret River region. Tony’s creative
endeavours have helped Cape Lodge
gain international recognition for its fine
dining restaurant, including being named in
the Top Ten in the World for Food in Condé
Nast Traveller magazine’s Hotel Gold List.
Here, Tony shares one of his signature
dishes, Beetroot Ceviche, with on location.
Tony usually uses Jewfish (aka Mulloway) in
his Ceviche but says you can also substitute
Snapper or any similar white, fleshy fish.
• 6 tomatoes, blanched and skinned
• 1 clove roasted garlic
• 2 tsp beetroot reduction
• Juice of 6 limes
• Salt and sugar to taste.
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix
Taste for seasoning (salt and sugar).
• 200ml beetroot juice
• 75ml glucose.
Place both in a pan and bring to the boil,
then simmer until the mixture reaches a
Squid ink aïoli
• 250ml-350ml vegetable oil
• 2 whole eggs
• ½ tsp Dijon mustard
• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• Salt and pepper
• 2 cloves roast garlic
• 1 tsp squid ink.
Whisk eggs with mustard, vinegar, lemon
juice and garlic. Then whisk quickly while
adding the oil slowly until the mixture
reaches a thick consistency. Season and
add squid ink.
Tear a brioche into bite-sized pieces and
pan-fry to a golden brown in clarified
butter. Place on a paper towel to drain.
Confit cherry tomatoes
• 1 punnet cherry tomatoes
• Olive oil
• 4 basil leaves
• 1 clove of garlic, crushed.
Place cherry tomatoes (score a cross on
the top of each with a knife) in a pot of
salted boiling water for about 10 seconds.
Then place the tomatoes immediately in
iced water. Drain, remove their skins and
cover with olive oil, the basil leaves and 1
clove of crushed garlic.
Plating up the dish
Take your best sashimi-grade, line-caught
fish and fillet it. Cut each fillet into 4-5
pieces for each person. Marinate the fish
for 2 minutes in the beetroot marinade.
Brush the plate with a strip of beetroot
reduction then place the fish, aïoli, brioche
and cherry tomatoes around the plate.
Top with some micro-herbs and serve.
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Direct Bali flights for Kiwis
Air New Zealand is reintroducing direct
flights to Bali, making this much-loved
holiday destination even more accessible
for Kiwi travellers.
The service will operate seasonally over
the peak season of June to October, but
has the potential to operate year-round if
there is sufficient demand.
A Boeing 767-300 aircraft will service
the twice-weekly route between Auckland
Despite Bali’s popularity as a
holiday destination for Kiwis, there
have been no direct flights from New
Zealand since the 1990’s.
The flight time of eight and a half hours
will be a significant improvement on current
options which typically have long layovers,
making the total journey time at least
14 hours and often much longer.
The route has been available for sale from
23 February and the inaugural flight will
take place on 20 June.
Air New Zealand will be offering its ‘Seats
to Suit’ fare structure on the Bali route,
giving passengers the ability to select their
level of inclusions on the flight based on
their budget and needs.
Fly to the USA via friendly Fiji
Take the friendly South Pacific route to Los
Angeles via Fiji with Air Pacific, the island
nation’s national carrier.
Air Pacific offers up to five weekly flights
from Auckland (daily except Wednesday
and Friday), and one per week from
Christchurch to Los Angeles via Nadi, Fiji.
From Los Angeles there are convenient
connections to most large cities in
the USA, Canada, and Mexico (San
Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC,
Miami, Las Vegas, Dallas, Boston, New
York, Vancouver, Toronto, Mexico City,
and many others).
For Qantas Frequent Flyers (as well as
AAdvantage and Alaska Mileage Plan
members) there is the added bonus of
earning points on Air Pacific flights, as well
as on onward flights with American Airlines
and Alaska Airlines.
A few days in Fiji offers a convenient
and relaxing end, or beginning,
to a USA holiday.
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Old airport building transformed into café
Wellington Airport is preserving an
historic terminal building by moving it
to the eastern end of Lyall Bay and
transforming it into a café.
The new site will have direct views of
the runway touchdown zone and the
Lyall Bay surf break.
‘We expect this new
community facility to be
hugely popular with families
and the many people
interested in the airport
and Wellington’s signature
surf beach,’ says Steve
Sanderson, Chief Executive
of Wellington Airport.
The Aero Club previously occupied
the building, which was the Club’s
headquarters since 1933. The Aero
Club now operates from a nearby
hangar and it is proposed to
incorporate a display of the building’s
long history into the new development.
Wellington Airport is also pleased to
announce that April 1 signifies the end
of the International Departure Fee.
‘Improving the traveller experience
is important to us and removing
the departure fee will make it
easier for all passengers travelling
internationally,” says Steve.
Taking away the need to join the queue
and pay the fee is a big step forward.’
Auckland Airport has opened New
Zealand’s first premium lounge facility
that caters for all international travellers
regardless of the airline they are flying with.
The new Emperor Lounge at Auckland
Airport provides choice for passengers
who don’t have an airline lounge
membership but would like to access a
premium lounge facility.
Entry to the lounge is available from
$49 per person and includes all the
services and conveniences of a regular
travel lounge. The Emperor Lounge is
conveniently located close to other airline
lounges and the retail area.
The lounge will be a welcome addition to
the airport, providing passengers travelling
internationally, either on departure or in
transit, the choice to relax in style before
The lounge features freshly made light
meals and snacks (including halal options),
complimentary drinks including wine, beer
and coffee and a range of teas.
There will also be shower and bathroom
facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi access and
secluded study areas.
The lounge is also used by international
airlines that don’t have a dedicated
on-site lounge but who want to offer this
service to their Business Class passengers.
Malaysia Airlines, for example, currently
uses the lounge for its premium customers.
Entry to the Emperor Lounge can be
prebooked online. Opening hours
are from 6.00am-11.00pm.
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on the beautiful Andaman Sea
At Intrepid Travel, we simply love real-life travel
experiences. The romance of the road, the
wonder of the unknown and the thrill of discovery
– that’s what we’re about.
So if you are someone who wants to be amazed,
to see the unseen and follow the road less
travelled, there’s an Intrepid Travel experience
waiting for you.
Just imagine seven fabulous days experiencing
one of the most stunning regions of Southeast
Asia at sea level, enjoying sublime seascapes
of shimmering turquoise water, white sandy
beaches and craggy limestone peaks. That’s
exactly what you get on one of our new Intrepid
Travel small group sailing adventures in the
beautiful Andaman Sea. With a high quality boat,
experienced crew and meals and snorkelling
equipment included, passengers are free to swim,
snorkel and kayak while at sea, and hike, rock
climb, dine and relax while on land. The itineraries
may be fixed, but flexibility is a key feature.
An Intrepid Travel sailing adventure is a chance
to experience the region with the wind in your
hair, looking out across blue seas from the hilltops
of Ko Racha, getting involved in the lively nightlife
of Railay, exploring the mysterious caves of Ko
Hong, relaxing on the idyllic beaches of Phi Phi
Don, and drifting off to sleep to the sound of
the gently lapping ocean. All this, plus plenty of
time to swim, snorkel, explore or simply chill-out on
deck. What a great way to travel!
Discover what’s new at Intrepid
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To book your own Intrepid Journey, contact your local
Harvey World Travel Professional on 0800 088 802
or visit harveyworld.co.nz
For enquiries visit your local Harvey World store.
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Favourite spot on the planet
Jamie Pickford from Harvey World Travel Dunedin is
enchanted by Burma, a tranquil, untouched gem of a
nation now emerging from decades of isolation.
What is your favourite
spot on the planet?
Burma! A country with very few
tourists and many doors that have been
left unopened for several decades.
It’s a treasure-trove of entrancing
places, experiences and fabulous
people. A place where time seems
to have stopped.
Where in the world is it?
Burma (also known as Myanmar) is a
mainland Southeast Asian nation bordered
by China to the north, Laos and Thailand
to the east and India and Bangladesh to
the west. Its long coastline on the Bay of
Bengal and the Andaman Sea is virtually
unspoilt. Travellers should be aware though
that the tourism infrastructure is rudimentary,
traveller’s checks and credit cards are
rarely accepted and ATM’s are nonexistent.
What’s the best way to get there?
From New Zealand, fly to Bangkok or Kuala
Lumpur with Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines or
Air Asia and then on to Yangon (Rangoon).
What makes it your favourite spot?
There are no tourists – so far. It also has
the most extraordinary array of Buddhist
temples and colonial architecture and its
people are the most hospitable you will
find anywhere on the globe.
Where did you stay?
At a backpacker lodge in Rangoon; in
guesthouses with other locals and on a
school floor in the depths of the jungle. And
in a small but beautiful hotel that was much
needed after a bruising 12-hour journey on
a local bus!
How do you while away
your time there?
Grab a pot of tea at a teahouse on the
side of the road and just take in the Burmese
people going about their daily lives. It’s like a
BBC documentary, except you’re in it.
What are some of your
I’d have to say the temples. The ancient
city of Bagan (a must-see in the Mandalay
region) has over 3000!
Inle Lake, in the Shan Hills region, is a
wonderful world of floating gardens and
What are the tourist “must-do’s”?
floating markets. To add to it there is a
floating monastery where the monks have
taught their cats to jump through hoops!
What’s the food like?
Burmese cuisine is a mix between Thai and
Indian, with the slightest hint of Chinese
as well. Pork and chicken are the most
prominent meats on the menu but the
amounts served are typically small. Water
buffalo is a must-try – it’s out of this world!
What are the essential
items to pack?
Mosquito repellent, mosquito repellent and
mosquito repellent. A pair of waterproof
walking shoes, a good rain jacket and
maybe another bottle of mosquito repellent.
When is the best time to visit?
Now, before this untouched gem of
a country is flooded by tourists and
influenced by the Western World.
Catch a local 22-seater bus with 45 on board!
Visit a working elephant camp. Each elephant is extremely well looked after by its
elephant master who stays with his “workmate” for an average of 50 years. It’s a touching
experience to see man and beast working together in such a natural way.
Stop and talk to a monk. Not only are these friendly robed locals full of knowledge
that you can’t find in a guide book, they will also more than likely invite you to visit their
monastery. If you’re really after an experience while you’re in their world, get your head
shaved – my travelling partner did!
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With new direct flights putting
a top holiday destination back
in easy reach, Louise Sneddon
relishes the thought of returning
to her favourite Bali resort.
From June 20, Kiwis will have one more
reason to smile, as Air New Zealand
launches its new twice-weekly, non-stop
service between Auckland and Denpasar.
The Boeing 767-300 service, with 24
Business Class seats and 204 Economy
seats, will operate seasonally over the peak
demand period of June to October, with
the potential to operate year-round if there
is sufficient demand.
With a flight time of nine and a half hours,
it’s hard to see why the route won’t be
popular. In the absence of a direct service,
Kiwi travellers have had to ‘hop, step
and jump’ to get to one of their favourite
destinations, with layovers sometimes
stretching the journey to a gruelling 24
hours. Air New Zealand will also be offering
its flexible ‘Seats to Suit’ fare structure
on the route as a further incentive for
travellers, but with blissful memories of my last
Balinese holiday, I certainly won’t need any
encouragement about making a booking!
Two years ago my partner and pre-school
daughter and I stayed at Club Med’s chic
resort at Nusa Dua, which remains for me the
benchmark of how to ‘have it all’. When you
are a business owner and a parent, planning
a family holiday can require a lot of thought
and planning. On the one hand, everybody
– mum, dad and child – needs a break and
a chance to escape from the busyness and
stress of everyday life.
As an adult, you want peace and quiet,
but the kids are in tow. As a partner you
want time to reconnect with your spouse,
but resorts that cater to couples frequently
do not welcome children. On the other
hand, the idea of holidaying in a kids zone
probably stresses you out even more!
Two years ago, Club Med Bali’s
beachfront resort in Nusa Dua provided
the perfect, relaxing solution for our
family. The resort is family-friendly but
with designated quiet zones for grownups
– and ample spaces where the little
people can really have a ball. With Club
Med’s relaxed approach, where guests
(or Gentils Membres , as they are known)
can opt in or out of activities as the day
and the mood takes them, we all got the
holiday we yearned for and deserved.
Routine is good for any family, even on
vacation, and we started each day with
a pre-breakfast walk down the beach
path that winds for a kilometre along
Nusa Dua beach to a peninsula where
a viewing platform offers wonderful vistas
over crashing surf. Nearby is a small beach
that is popular with the local children
and villagers who are keen to ply their
handicrafts and beach massages. It is all in
good, well-intentioned fun and the terrific
Balinese smiles made for a great way to
start the day. The walk was also an excellent
justification for the breakfast buffet that
awaited us back at Club Med, with exotic
fruits, eggs cooked how you wished and a
big array of freshly baked French pastries.
At breakfast we planned what we felt like
doing that day – or not. Take part in resort
activities – or not. Head into the markets in
nearby Kuta – or take our young daughter
to Petite Club. Even when the grown-ups
sought the refuge of the adults-only quiet
zone, we could easily make visits to Petite
Club throughout the day and join in the
family picnic on the resort’s shaded lawns
– all the more fun when the Kids Club’s
amazing GO’s (Gentils Membres) were
doing all the work!
Dipping in and out of all that the resort
has to offer, the longed-for holiday feeling
descended upon us quickly – and a visit or
two to the resort spa also did wonders in
kneading out the last remnants of everyday
stress. The spa’s traditional Balinese
massage techniques, coupled with exquisite
balms and oils in soothing surroundings,
were a wonderful tonic. Adjacent to the
spa treatment rooms, the very grown-up
adults-only zone awaited us, complete with
billowing muslin curtains, brightly furnished day
beds and a beautiful pool surrounded by
tropical plantings. It was escapism at its best.
After a Body Blitz class in the afternoon –
or not, it was time to be reunited with our
daughter and for the grown-ups to enjoy
a pre-dinner cocktail and then the resort’s
gourmet dinner offerings. With a piña
colada in hand, family on both sides and
a day happily spent in the sun and at the
spa, it wasn’t hard to lie back and smile.
Yes, even with a busy family and working life
you can indeed have it all.
Air New Zealand commences
twice-weekly 767-300 direct services
between Auckland and Denpasar on
June 20. Denpasar is a major leisure
destination served by many of the
world’s leading airlines.
Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with
day temperatures ranging between 20 to
33 degrees C. There is a rainy season from
October to March, and drier conditions
from June to September.
Language and currency
The official language of Bali is Bahasa
Indonesia, and Balinese is also widely
spoken. English is widely spoken in hotels
and tourist areas. The official currency
of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. A wide
variety of credit cards (American Express,
MasterCard, Visa, JCB etc) are accepted
for payments as well as cash in local
currency. ATM’s are plentiful in tourist areas.
Where to stay
Bali offers a huge range of accommodation
at all levels of budget and comfort. Club
Med Bali is located in the heart of the
sophisticated and peaceful environs of
Nusa Dua. An ideal choice for families
as well as couples, the resort is set on a
private beach within walking distance to
local markets and a short taxi ride from the
shopping precinct of Kuta.
What to see and do
As one of the world’s leading tourism
destinations, Bali offers a near-infinity of
attractions and activities and experiences
for travellers of all types.
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One for the boys
Bread&Butter Skincare is a new
range of products formulated for
the sensitive skin that men get
Each of the products is 90ml in size,
making them airline carry-onapproved
and perfect for travelling.
The range was developed in
Canada and has been designed
to provide men with the ultimate
skincare routine – everything a
guy needs and nothing he doesn’t.
All products are free from irritating
ingredients such as fragrances
and parabens. The range
includes a face cleanser, shave
gel, face moisturiser, SPF 15 face
moisturiser and body moisturiser.
The products are available in
3- or 5-piece custom kits from
co.nz. A 3-piece custom kit is
$49 incl. GST and a 5-piece
custom kit is $69 incl. GST.
The Florian folding travel bag is a
stylish and extremely convenient
piece of luggage for travellers
who have a tendency to bring
home more from a holiday than
The bag folds up into a very
compact size that is easily
packed away or kept in your
hand luggage. When opened, the
bag becomes a whopping 53cm
x 39cm x 23cm, which is large
enough to hold all of your newfound
goodies but still able to be
used as carry-on luggage.
Sturdy and classy-looking, the
lightweight bag is made in New
Zealand out of weatherproofed
cotton and is finished with strong
leather handles, a zip closure and
The Florian folding travel bag
is available for $115 from
Lonely Planet’s Not-for-Parents range
Lonely Planet has launched its
first series of inspirational and
educational travel books for
The “Not-for-Parents” travel book
range is designed for 8-11-yearolds
to help them understand the
places they are visiting.
The range includes books on
London, Rome, Paris and New York
as well as the all-encompassing
“The Travel Book” that features
information and fun facts about
every country in the world.
A word of caution: the books may
cause itchy feet from a young age
and you will probably find the
little ones will want to travel much
further than the Coromandel on
your annual family holiday!
The books are available from most
major bookstores and are priced
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New Ride Thrills
Rainbow Springs’ newly opened Big
Splash ride is thrilling visitors. In keeping
with the Rotorua park’s conservation
theme, the Big Splash is a nine-minute
journey through the ecological
development of New Zealand
featuring an informative narrative,
state-of-the-art animation that brings
to life dinosaurs, moa and the Haast
eagle, and an adrenalin-boosting
plunge at the end.
The $10+ million dollar project also
includes a new 384-seat, free-flight
bird show auditorium and children’s
playground. The project is the largest
single investment made in the park
since it opened in 1932, adding to its
already popular attractions including
kiwi, tuatara, wild trout and free-flight
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Tips for travelling with children
Lisa Watson, Harvey World Travel New Plymouth
takeoff and landing to appease
Take sweets – they’re good for
sucking and chewing during
Buy small cheap toys and
giftwrap them. Once on the
flight, children get to open
one every couple of hours,
giving them something to
look forward to.
Travel in track pants,
T-shirts and sweatshirts for
comfort. Also take a spare
set of clothes for children,
matter what age.
Ask to be seated near
the toilets on the plane
so if the children are
sleeping you don’t have
to be away from them
long when you need
Take an EMPTY
(you can’t take
Customs) drink bottle
for each child and fill
once on board the
plane. This saves spills
from airline cups.
boat trips and
tours, check that
children’s life jackets
Safety regulations overseas can
be different from New Zealand.
Be mindful that swimming
pools might not be fenced
etcetera and that rooms with
pool access might not be the
best option when travelling with
Have a good medical kit with plenty of rehydration
sachets for upset tummies. Overseas chemists don’t
always have the medication your child is used to or
you are familiar with.
9If you have an adopted child, you must take their adoption
papers. And if you’re the only parent travelling – regardless
of your marital status – you might be asked for proof of
consent from the other parent for your child to travel.
Wet wipes are great for
all ages for wiping faces,
hands and spills. Pack plenty
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Everyone knows that travel broadens the mind – but it is also enriched and enhanced by
experience. For this issue of on location we asked a frequent traveller for some personal
tips about doing business around the world. Ken Osborn is a client of Margaret Boak at
Harvey World Travel Mairangi Bay and travels regularly to the Pacific Islands, Asia and
Europe. Here he shares some of his strategies.
Where do you travel most
Fiji. I also regularly visit China, Japan and
Europe, and do some travel around New
Zealand as well.
What is the handiest gadget you
take on your business travels,
A mobile phone, as you are always in contact.
What do you take on your
carry-on bag to make the plane
trip more comfortable?
Nothing special. I’m a Gold Elite Airpoints
traveller and airlines usually provide
What is your favourite place
on the planet to do business,
Japan, because of the honest approach
people have to business there once the
business relationship is established.
What’s your top travel tip for
Where your flight is eight to 12 hours long
and goes through several time zones,
allow time for your body clock to adjust
before scheduling meetings.
What do you look for when
choosing a hotel?
Location. Price. The hotel chain. A
location that’s handy to your place of
business and easy access to transport are
important. Price is always a key factor in
major cities and the choice of hotel chain
usually gives you an assurance of quality.
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1 April to 5 August
Ukelele Jammin’ with
Pumice Valley Whoopee Band
Mole & Chicken Restaurant, Taupo
Two hours of good fun, music and a glass or two on
the first Sunday of every month. No ukulele? Just come
along and sing.
Margaret River Wine Festival
Palmers Wines, Dunsborough, WA
A day to celebrate the wonderful wines, food and
art of the Margaret River region, plus music and
A far-reaching architectural
event providing access to
architecturally or historically
significant buildings and areas
that are generally not open to the
Arrowtown, Central Otago
A superb reason to get out and enjoy the slowing pace
of autumn and the magnificent colours of the season. The
region celebrates its heritage with a street parade and
6 May 2012
Lord Buddha’s Birth Anniversary, Nepal
The triple anniversary of the Buddha’s
birth, enlightenment and death is observed
throughout the country with colourful
ceremonies and great veneration.
Guizhou Azalea Festival
Qianxi & Dafang counties Guangdong, China
Bellini, Titian & Lotto
Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York City
A culinary festival with
guided tours of markets
and orchards and
opportunities to taste
This new multi-day, non-stop,
expedition-style adventure race is
the first unsupported (no support
crews) expedition-style, adventure
race to be held in New Zealand
since the world’s inaugural event,
the Raid Gauloises, 22 years ago.
A celebration of the height of the Azalea season, with tours, bonfires, ethnic folk
performances and feasting. www.chinatravel.com
A celebration of cultural history
and multiethnicity though
traditional foods, music, dance,
costumes and handcrafts.
26 April-3 May
One of Australia’s premier
annual food events, with 80+
public food and drink festivals
held in Adelaide and across the
Take part in this major
event in the Caledonian
A series of major cultural festivals including
events at the Odeon of Herodes and Regilla
Atticus, the Lycabettus Theatre and the ancient
theatre at Epidaurus. www.gogreece.about.com
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Bali Arts Festival
One of the best times
to visit the enchanting
island is for this exciting
celebration of the arts and
culture of Bali and beyond.
Until 10 June
Van Gogh’s Studio Practice:
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
1 July-30 August
Film and Food Festival
A highlight of the Vienna tourism calendar,
with food stalls selling dishes from around
the world and opera and concert films
Norway’s largest annual jazz
festival attracts some of the
biggest worldwide names in jazz.
Many of the 100 concerts are
3D Rotorua Off-Road
A showcase of Rotorua as a playground for
the nation and the world, with 10 events
featuring walking, running, biking and
Fiesta San Fermin &
Running of the Bulls
This world-famous week-long
celebration includes music,
fireworks, all-night partying and
many other events.
Phuket Race Week
Chalong Bay, Phuket
One of the most exciting and
fastest-growing regattas in Asia
features a week of internationalstandard
yacht racing in six or
seven classes, plus fun courses
around the islands for less serious
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee
Join in the festivities marking HM the Queen’s
60 years as Britain’s monarch.
Shwe Kyet Yet Event
This busy festival sees crowds of people
pouring water for the sacred Bo tree.
A unique annual combination of opera, concerts,
dance, theatre and art. www.zuercher-festspiele.ch
A celebration of the lychee
harvest with singing and
exhibitions and sports
Escape the NZ winter and join the festivities
celebrating France’s national day.
27 Jul-12 Aug
The world’s greatest sporting event takes
place in one of the world’s greatest cities.
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Cruise into Christmas and New Year in style
12-night cruise & flights fully escorted by Melda Eddy
Join Melda Eddy from Harvey World Travel Rotorua on this fully
escorted fly/cruise holiday and celebrate Christmas and the
New Year in style!
From $4465 * Pp
(based on twin share, inside cabin)
Upgrade to Ocean view cabin for only $134*pp
Fly from Rotorua to Sydney, transfer and 1 night’s
accommodation in Sydney, 12-night cruise on board
the five-star Celebrity Solstice Super liner, all main meals,
onboard entertainment, port charges, taxes, gratuities,
professional tour escort services, transfer Auckland to Rotorua
and the enjoyment of travelling with like-minded travellers.
brought to you by
Harvey World Travel Rotorua, Tutanekai Street
Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz
Discover the beauty of Southern India & Sri Lanka
15-day tour & flights, fully escorted by Michele Taylor
From $6395 * Pp
INCLUDES: Return airfares flying Singapore Airlines from
Auckland, hotel accommodation with private facilities, travel by
chartered air-conditioned coach, group assistance & transfers,
all sightseeing as specified, meals as specified, local Englishspeaking
tour guide during sightseeing in Cochin, cooking
demonstration in Cochin, Kathakali dance performance tickets
in Cochin, spice plantation visit in Periyar, basic Ayurveda oil
massage in Kovalam, Jeep Hire at Yala National Park, all entrance
fees to monuments, all workshop visits as mentioned in itinerary, all
HIGHLIGHTS Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Backwater
Cruise, Kovalam, Colombo, Pinnawala, Habarana, Anuradhapura,
Departs New Zealand 04 Nov 2012.
brought to you by
Harvey World Travel Howick, 63 Picton Street
Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz
*Terms and conditions apply. Please contact your Harvey World Travel Consultant for full details.
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Deluxe Vietnam & Cambodia
18-night APT Tour
From $9099 * Pp
Includes: 18 nights’ accommodation, 7-night Mekong River
cruise in the luxurious RV AmaLotus, meals as stated on itinerary,
Highlights: Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hai Van Pass, Hoi An, Saigon,
Cai Be, Vinh Long, Sa Dec, Tan Chau, Phnom Penh, Chong Koh,
Oudong, Kampong Tralach, Kampong Chhnang, Tonle Sap &
Tour departs Hanoi 20 Oct 2012.
Airfares are additional.
brought to you by
Harvey World Travel Newmarket, 10 Kingdon Street
Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz
Icons of South America
25-day tour & flights
From $16,869 * Pp
INCLUDES: Return airfares flying Lan Chile from Auckland,
22-night tour, pre-tour night in Santiago, 3 nights in Rio de Janeiro
& Buenos Aires, Scenic FreeChoice & Scenic Enrich, private
weaving demonstration, visit the community and meet the children,
journey onboard the Orient-Express Andean Explorer & see the
Iguazu Falls, plus many more experiences. Plus 39 superb meals
& all tipping & gratuities.
Departs Auckland 5 Oct 2012.
brought to you by
Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, Whatawhata Road
Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit www.harveyworld.co.nz
*Terms and conditions apply please contact your Harvey World Travel Consultant for full details.
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Ask in store for details.
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