New Caledonia - Harvey World Travel

New Caledonia - Harvey World Travel




Autumn 2012


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Tour de Force

the diversity of

New Caledonia


Mountain high in Nepal

Cruising the Murray River

Relax at Club Med Bali

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The diversity of

New Caledonia

- cover story



Club Med








High in







Sailing the

high seas

with the

three Queens







on the

Murray River



Regular Spaces

10 What’s hot

16 Around New Zealand

20 Cruise news

24 News

26 Honeymoon bliss in Phuket

28 Experience this

33 Cooking on location

at Western Australia’s

Cape Lodge

34 Airline update

37 Favourite spot on the planet

- Burma

40 Gadgets to go

41 Travel tips - travelling with children

42 Rainbow Springs - dinosaur fun

43 Business traveller

44 What’s on

46 On tour

Club Med

Bali - true



Cover caption: The Riviera meets the tropics at glamorous Anse Vata Beach.

The over-water Bar Bodega and Le Roof restaurant (pictured) are one of

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Noumea’s premier hotel district.



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London prepares for 2012 Olympics

London is gearing up for the 2012 Olympic Games and what a

spectacle it will be! For Kiwis, it’s the perfect opportunity to not

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

sales taking a huge surge over recent months. And on that

note Harvey World Travel has a special post-Olympic river

cruise on board Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection’s

River Queen. Departing 20 August 2012, the 14-night cruise

wends its way from Budapest in Hungary through Austria and

Germany to Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

So pop into your nearest Harvey World Travel store and check

out the river cruise deal, as well as the hot UK/Europe airfares

and accommodation packages on offer.

EDITOR Tracey Mehrtens

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.

Getting there

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

and comfort.

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

ethnic eateries.

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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mountain scenery

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

international visitors.

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

potato patties.

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

provincial town.

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

in China.

“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.


Hong Kong


Getting there

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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what’s HOT

Intrepid Travel

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

military dictatorship.

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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

to Burma.

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

the world.

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.

Cradle Mountain

Tasmania joins

Peppers luxury

retreat brand

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

from Launceston.

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

Disneyland California

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

Ornament Valley.

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.

on location


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

day bed.

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.

Getting there

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.

14 on location

Mountain high

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

the journey.

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

on location


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

were surrounded

by the Himalaya




1 (8,091







III (7,555

metres) and


(6997 metres).

They have

been described

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.

Another two

days saw us

back in Pokhara

where we said

goodbye to what

had become our

‘extended family’.

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).

Getting There

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.

16 on location

Travel the Silk Road

to Cappadocia’s

ancient stone city

of Goreme

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.

On a journey with the Innovative Travel

Company to Goreme and Cappadocia,

unforgettable memories are guaranteed!

Carol Wisker

Innovative Travel

National Sales & Marketing Manager

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New Zealand

Kiwi chick number 1,000

released back to the wild

Cycling gears up

in Queenstown

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.

18 on location

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

Bungle Range.

• 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




• 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

entire island.

• 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





• 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

* Fares are cruise only, per person based on twin share in New Zealand Dollars. Savings are subject to availability and vary by category type and sailing date. Fares are correct at time of print. The Kimberley Expeditions are made up of

two separate international sailings and will be ticketed as such. One way pricing to/from Com is also available on request. Conditions apply, contact your local Harvey World Travel agency for more information. Prices are based on the

exchange 20 rates at 23 March 2012 and subject on location to change


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Cruise Europe

after the London

2012 Olympics

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

River Queen.

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 Netherlands.

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

and Bamberg.

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

a refresh.

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,

MSC Divina.

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

expands European

luxury fleet

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

and Zürich.

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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with royalty

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

carefully preserved.

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

to Southampton.

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

12-night voyages.

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

Mediterranean voyage.

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Experience life

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

metres) drop.

Gliding, flying and diving through more

than a dozen twists and turns, riders will

feel as if they are a ray – at times the

Manta’s wings

will skim the

waves. Manta

will also feature

a unique ‘launch

station’ where

the passengers

will start the

ride enclosed

in a launch

tunnel, with


images of rays

projected on

a 270-degree



Riders and nonriders

alike will

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.

Hollywood stars

come to

Darling Harbour

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

open worldwide.

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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for landmark

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

Beach night.

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

fitness centre.

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.

New offerings

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

around Japan.

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 London.

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

Debbie Howard.

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

come true!

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

look great!

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

Gift Registry

Getting Married?

And have everything but the honeymoon? Harvey World Travel will take the stress out of

planning your holiday with our unique Gift Registry service.

How does the Gift Registry Work?

We will provide you with professional personalised gift registry

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

cards invite guests to contribute to your Harvey World Travel

Gift Registry as their wedding present to you.

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

is contact your chosen Harvey World Travel store to make

their donation.

Additionally, we can provide your guest with a congratulations

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

This card states that they have contributed towards the

gift registry, but does not specify the amount.

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

tally of the donations for you to put towards your dream

honeymoon and the memories that will last you a lifetime.

Should you have any questions about this service,

please contact your local Harvey World Travel

Professional on 0800 08 88 08

experience this


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

wine regions.

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

explore alone.

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

coming years.

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

exceeds 1:3.

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

unforgettable adventure.

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

in Jodhpur.

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Ocean Meets


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

Eco Experience.

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

32 on location

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

its spell.

- Stephanie Williams

34 on location


on location

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.

Beetroot Ceviche

Serves 2-4

Beetroot marinade

• 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

until smooth.

Taste for seasoning (salt and sugar).

Beetroot reduction

• 200ml beetroot juice

• 75ml glucose.

Place both in a pan and bring to the boil,

then simmer until the mixture reaches a

thick consistency.

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.

on location


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

and Denpasar.

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.

36 on location

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

opens lounge

for everybody

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

they fly.

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.

on location


Sail away

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

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38 on location

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

favourite sights?

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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40 on location


is back!

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.

Getting there

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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to go

One for the boys

Bread&Butter Skincare is a new

range of products formulated for

the sensitive skin that men get

from shaving.

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

www.breadandbutterskincare. A 3-piece custom kit is

$49 incl. GST and a 5-piece

custom kit is $69 incl. GST.

Florian folding

travel bag

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

they take.

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

brass clasp.

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

from $19.99-$29.99.

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New Ride Thrills

Park Visitors

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

bird aviaries.

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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

5 no

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

to go.


Take an EMPTY

(you can’t take

liquids through

Customs) drink bottle

for each child and fill

once on board the

plane. This saves spills

from airline cups.


When booking


boat trips and

tours, check that

children’s life jackets

are available.

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

small children.

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

of them.

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Business Traveller

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

for business?

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,

and why?

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

amenities in-flight.

What is your favourite place

on the planet to do business,

and why?

Japan, because of the honest approach

people have to business there once the

business relationship is established.

What’s your top travel tip for

business travellers?

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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What’s on

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.

14 April

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



Open Door

Architectural Festival


A far-reaching architectural

event providing access to

architecturally or historically

significant buildings and areas

that are generally not open to the



Autumn Festival

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

community-based events.

6 May 2012

Baisakh Poornima

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.

12-16 April

Guizhou Azalea Festival

Qianxi & Dafang counties Guangdong, China

Bellini, Titian & Lotto

Metropolitan Museum of Art

New York City

Hellenic Festival




of Flavours


A culinary festival with

cooking demonstrations,

guided tours of markets

and orchards and

opportunities to taste

Mauritian cuisine.


Adventure Race


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.

20-23 April

Sarajevo, Bosnia-


A celebration of cultural history

and multiethnicity though

traditional foods, music, dance,

costumes and handcrafts.

26 April-3 May

Tasting Australia

South Australia

One of Australia’s premier

annual food events, with 80+

public food and drink festivals

held in Adelaide and across the


New Caledonia




Take part in this major

event in the Caledonian

sporting calendar.

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.

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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:

Reused Canvases

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

1 July-30 August

Film and Food Festival

on Rathausplatz


A highlight of the Vienna tourism calendar,

with food stalls selling dishes from around

the world and opera and concert films

screened outdoors.

Molde International

Jazz Festival


Norway’s largest annual jazz

festival attracts some of the

biggest worldwide names in jazz.

Many of the 100 concerts are


3 June

3D Rotorua Off-Road

Multisport Festival


A showcase of Rotorua as a playground for

the nation and the world, with 10 events

featuring walking, running, biking and


6-14 July

Fiesta San Fermin &

Running of the Bulls

Pamplona, Spain

This world-famous week-long

celebration includes music,

fireworks, all-night partying and

many other events.

18-22 July

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


What’s on

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee


Join in the festivities marking HM the Queen’s

60 years as Britain’s monarch.

Shwe Kyet Yet Event

Amarapura, Burma

This busy festival sees crowds of people

pouring water for the sacred Bo tree.

Zurich Festival


A unique annual combination of opera, concerts,

dance, theatre and art.

Zengcheng Litchi


Guangzhou, China

A celebration of the lychee

harvest with singing and

dancing performances,

exhibitions and sports


Bastille Day

New Caledonia

Escape the NZ winter and join the festivities

celebrating France’s national day.

27 Jul-12 Aug

London 2012

Olympic Games


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

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

collectable taxes.

HIGHLIGHTS Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Backwater

Cruise, Kovalam, Colombo, Pinnawala, Habarana, Anuradhapura,

and Kandy.

Departs New Zealand 04 Nov 2012.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Howick, 63 Picton Street

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit

*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,

airport transfers.

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 &

Siem Reap.

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

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

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

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