The Côte d'Azur Wind Surf - Harvey World Travel

The Côte d'Azur Wind Surf - Harvey World Travel




Winter 2012


experience all the best spots on the planet

The Côte d’Azur

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Wind Surf


Tiny turtle magic on Lady Elliot Island

Sailing the River Seine and beyond

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cruising from

Nice to Rome


Tiny turtle

magic on

Lady Elliot



Judy Bailey’s

South Australia




top tips


Sailing the

River Seine

and beyond





Judy Bailey’s


from Australia


Cars Land full

throttle ahead

at Disneyland




Regular Spaces

10 What’s hot

16 Around New Zealand

22 Cruise news

24 News

26 Romantic Moorea honeymoon

30 Experience this

33 Cooking on location

at Club Med Phuket

34 Airline update

40 Gadgets to go

41 Favourite spot on the planet

- Hawaii

42 Travel tips

- Travelling with teenagers

43 Business traveller

44 What’s on

46 On tour


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EDITOR Tracey Mehrtens

NEWS EDITOR Stephanie Williams

SUBEDITOR John Corbett

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Setting Sail

from the

Côte d ’Azur

Teak-lined decks.

Towering white sails.

Luxurious amenities

and gourmet cuisine.

Moira Walker of

Harvey World Travel

Howick says sailing on

a Windstar cruise from

Nice to Rome was

like having her own

private yacht.

W hat could be better than spending five

days on the world’s largest five-masted

sailing yacht? Windstar Cruises’ Wind Surf,

previously known as Club Med 1, recently

underwent a sleek, modern transformation

along with a name change and now cruises

to some of the most glamorous destinations

in the Mediterranean, northern Europe and

the Caribbean. The itinerary I embarked on

took me from Nice to Rome, with calls at two

ports in Corsica.

From the minute I boarded I had the feeling

that Wind Surf was my own private yacht –

and with a total complement of 312 guests

at any one time on the 187-metre vessel, it

was easy to pretend that it was. The stylish,

contemporary design of my stateroom –

each of the 154 staterooms and suites on

the Wind Surf is ocean-view – increased

that feeling. The stateroom appointments

included a plush queen-size bed, plenty

of storage space and all the creature

comforts and entertainment you expect,

including a flat-screen TV, DVD player and

Bose SoundDock speakers for iPods. The

bathroom was cleverly designed with good


After unpacking I ventured out

to explore the vessel’s seven decks and

then made my way to pre-sail cocktails

at the Pool Bar. As Wind Surf made

her way out of the port of Nice, to the

8 on location

accompaniment of arias sung by a

husband-and wife musical duo, it was

quite an emotional farewell.

For my first dining experience at sea I

chose The Restaurant, one of several

dining spots onboard Wind Surf. In

addition to The Restaurant, which offers

gourmet, course-by-course cuisine in the

evenings, The Veranda offers casual

dining for breakfast and lunch. For dining

under the stars, two alfresco eateries

on the top deck include Candles, for

steaks and skewers, and Le Marché, for

seafood. The premium onboard restaurant,

Degrees, is by reservation only and

features an alternative menu of seasonal

Mediterranean cuisine.

Our first port of call the next morning was

Calvi, a city on the northwest coast of

Corsica. Seen from the water, Calvi is a

beautiful spectacle, its three immense

bastions – one of them dates from

the 13th century – topped by a crest

of ochre buildings against a hazy

backdrop of mountains.

After breakfast on the deck I took the

ship’s tender to the shore for one of three

excursions on offer. The Calvi Panorama

tour takes you up into the hills along

narrow unsealed roads to a fascinating

landscape of granite rocks and flora that

includes wild lavender and other herbs

used for essential oils. At a refreshment

stop a cappuccino was the order of

the day, along with a sandwich brought

from the ship: the breakfast stewards had

recommended we take one with us as the

venue’s snacks were being sold at very

inflated prices. Back in Calvi, I walked to

the Citadel to take in the wonderful views

of the harbour. Dinner that evening was

at Candles, where I enjoyed the best filet

mignon I have ever tasted.

I awoke early next morning for a glimpse of

our arrival at Monaco. It was the day after

the Monaco Grand Prix so many of the

rich and famous had already sailed out of

the harbour to the next hot spot, but when

I went ashore I was still able to venture

through what had been the circuit and

pit areas with their multitude of electrical

cabling, safety barriers and grandstand


As you can imagine, Monaco is like a city

of gold. From the wonderful yachts parked

in the harbour to the fairytale-like palace

of the Grimaldis, everything looks and feels

expensive, exciting and opulent.

I bought an all-day pass on the hop-on

hop-off bus for 17 euros and after doing

the circuit twice stopped off to see the

Changing of the Guard outside the

palace and an exhibition of Napoleon

artifacts at the Museum of the Grimaldis.

Our next day at the port of Villefranchesur-Mer

started out grey and rainy and

the crew were their usual solicitous

selves, handing guests umbrellas as they

boarded the tender so they could stay

dry. As our group of wanderers explored

the cobbled streets of Villefranche, we

found a small fish market selling the last of

the supplies that had arrived at first light.

Our visit was on a bank holiday so most of

the shops were closed, but I still managed

to find a few intrepid establishments

selling unique jewellery and exquisite linen

clothes. After a visit to the town’s lovely

botanic gardens I headed back by

tender to the warmth of the ship.

Once back on board, the lure of the sea

enticed some of us to take a dip in the

Med. When at anchor, Wind Surf has an

aquatic sports area that opens up on its

stern and the water that day was really

cold and invigorating. Most of the other

passengers thought we were crazy and

a dip in a warm spa was a very welcome

step after that.

Dinner that evening was at Le Marché,

where tables were set outside on the deck

so we could watch the sunset. Crab, shrimp

and tuna hors d’oeuvres were followed by

a cream, shrimp and brandy bisque and

a main course of lobster with prawns and

mussels. It was a feast fit for a king.

I awoke on the morning of the last full day

of the cruise feeling sad that this wonderful

excursion was coming to an end. Our last

port of call was Porto Vecchio on the

southeast coast of Corsica. As well as

being a seaside resort, Porto Vecchio

offers mountainous landscapes and rivers

and lakes in its hinterland to explore. The

beaches and coastline to the south

of the town are also renowned for their

beauty and in Porto Vecchio itself there

is an attractive marina area with plenty

of cafés and restaurants. In the old town

around the main square of Place de la

République, lovely old buildings give you

a sense of times past. On summer evenings,

the streets of the old town come alive with

music and entertainment.

The next morning, with a sigh of regret, we

arrived at Civitavecchia, the port of Rome.

Looking back, I have to say that as a

cruising experience my journey on Wind Surf

was exceptional. From the accommodating,

191-strong international crew to the high

levels of onboard maintenance and safety,

it was a relaxing, elegant and luxurious

way to travel. In my mind’s eye too I can still

see the beautiful, majestic sight of Wind

Surf’s sails fully unfurled as we crossed the

sparkling Mediterranean. Truly wonderful.

Cruising on Windstar

Cruises’ Wind Surf

The largest yacht in the Windstar fleet – and

the largest sailing ship in the world – the

14,745-tonne Wind Surf accommodates

312 guests in 123 deluxe oceanview

staterooms, 31 deluxe suites and two

Bridge Deck Suites. Wind Surf suites include

an extra bath and TV along with a sitting

area and his-and-her bathrooms. The new

Spa Suites include lush spa robes, tea

service and credits for certified organic

spa services and fitness classes in WindSpa.

Wind Surf Bridge Deck Suites give guests

the additional luxury of a spacious private

living room and relaxing whirlpool spa.

Wind Surf offers extensive fitness and spa

facilities. Additional amenities include a

casino and lounge, salon, water-sports

platform, two pools and two hot tubs.

The Yacht Club is the ship’s ‘living room’

and library, decorated with comfortable

couches and chairs perfect for reading,

catching up on news, browsing the internet,

or enjoying good conversation with friends.

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8 days onboard Wind Surf

from Lisbon to Portsmouth (or reverse)


in 2013



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Halong Bay means one thing: seafood!

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Hard Rock

Penang launches

Lil’ Rock Suites

The Hard Rock Hotel Penang has launched

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South Australia – full of surprises

Epic landscapes, unique wildlife and unforgettable characters…

Like the rest of the journeys chronicled in the memorable

TV One series, Judy Bailey’s Australia, this one was full of

discoveries for the iconic Kiwi broadcaster.

Who would have thought that just an hour

from Adelaide you would find a wildlife

park to rival the African savannah? Where

you can drive among herds of buffalo,

giraffes and lions, and watch packs of wild

African dogs roam the grasslands. I stand

in a cheetah’s den, tickling him behind

his ears for all the world as if he were the

family moggy. He is of course a wild animal,

the speediest in the animal kingdom –

nothing moggy about him! To be in the

presence of such an animal is something

truly special. Monarto Zoo is the largest

open-plan zoo in the world and it is home

to a number of highly successful breeding

programmes for endangered species.

It is in South Australia that I first learn to

truly appreciate the Australian bush, in

particular the gum trees, for it is here, near

the town of Hahndorf, that I first encounter

the work of the revered Australian artist,

Hans Heysen. His home and studio are

a living memorial to the man who turned

an entire nation on to the beauty of its

landscape. It’s a fascinating place, full of

history. Heysen’s family still uses the house

as a weekend retreat but it is furnished

exactly as it was in the early days of the

last century. Heysen’s home was a magnet

for the glitterati of his time. It was here he

entertained the legendary ballerina Anna

Pavlova. Dame Nellie Melba sang here

and Sir Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh

were frequent guests.

I spend a morning happily wandering

around Adelaide’s delightfully

cosmopolitan Central Market. It’s the

bustling heart of the city. The locals shop

here regularly and hang out in the market’s

numerous eateries. Many of the stalls

here have been in the same hands for

generations. Check out Lucia’s, owned by

the same family since 1957. They make

great coffee and are still producing their

famed original Mama Lucia’s Bolognaise.

And don’t miss The Smelly Cheese Shop!

The Eyre Peninsula is a forty-minute flight

from Adelaide. It’s one of the lesser known

jewels of South Australia. We land at Port

Lincoln on the southern tip. They call this

place the seafood frontier. The town has

long been an agricultural port but now

it is also home to a thriving tuna fishing

industry. The bay is dotted with tuna farms.

You’d think the tuna would be perfectly

happy without having humans leaping

in and joining them – but that’s what you

can do here, swim with the tuna. It is an

extraordinary experience. These are

big fish, and powerful. They accelerate

through the water faster than a Porsche. I

slip gingerly into the deep and my cheery

guide begins lobbing sardines at me. I’m

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Port Lincoln



now a fishy beacon for hundreds of giant

bluefin. Despite my initial trepidation, I find

myself holding the sardines and handfeeding.

A word to the wise: watch your

fingers. Tuna have very sharp teeth!

It’s in Port Lincoln that I meet my outback

host, Geoff Scholz. Before we reach his

camp in the foothills of the Gawler Ranges

he has another marine encounter lined

up for me. Geoff takes me to Baird Bay

on the western side of the peninsula to

meet his old mate, Alan Payne. Alan is an

extraordinary man. A former sheep shearer,

over the past twenty years he has become

friends with the local sea lions, so much so

that he is able to take tourists to swim with


We head out on Alan’s boat to a rocky

cove on the bay. The water is relatively

shallow and crystal-clear. The sea lions are

sunning themselves on the shore and show

no sign of wanting to swim. And then an

extraordinary thing happens. Alan leaps off

the boat and almost immediately the sea

lions fall over themselves to join him. He’s like

the Pied Piper. Where he goes, they follow.

They’re obviously pleased to see him and

are keen to play. They frolic around him,

swimming through his legs, brushing against

him, ducking, diving and leaping out of

the water. These are wild animals. Alan has

never fed them or allowed tourists to touch

them. Any encounter that happens is entirely

on the animals’ own terms.

That’s what’s so magical about it. The

sea lions choose to play with you. I slip

over the side of the boat to join them.

They’re curious. They come almost nose

to nose with me, gently checking me out.

I must have passed muster because then

they perform a kind of water ballet for me,

chasing each other in circles, spinning and

swirling, so effortlessly graceful. We play

together for ages. It is, without a doubt,

one of the most wonderful experiences of

my life.

As we drive into the outback I’m amazed

at how green it is. I have a huge sense of

anticipation. I’ve wanted to come to the

outback ever since I read A Town Like

Alice as a child. And now I’m here.

We reach Kangaluna Camp at sunset.

As we drive into the camp I can see a

huge dining table set for dinner. It looks

magnificent. There are candelabra lit and

glowing. The dining room itself is made of

recycled corrugated iron and old wooden

beams. It is open on three sides. The food

is all prepared here, miraculously, by Geoff

and his wife Irene. They chat to me over

the kitchen bench while they whip up a

veritable feast – simple, fresh and delicious.

Their idea is that people who come to

Kangaluna should feel part of the family.

They eat with me. I feel perfectly relaxed

and at home. The accommodation here

is tented, but what tents they are! Mine

has a master bedroom complete with a

queen-sized bed and mosquito net. The

second bedroom has two singles and

then, joy of joys, a bathroom equipped

with hot and cold running water, a shower

and a flushing loo. What could be better

than that? I fall asleep to the sound of

kangaroo tails thumping on the dirt outside

and wake to the call of flocks of galahs.

As we breakfast, we watch emus sharing

a drink with a swarm of tiny finches. It’s

peaceful and beautiful.

Geoff is a mine of information, both about

the ancient geology of the place – the

Gawler Ranges are more than one and

a half billion years old – and the flora

and fauna and aboriginal sites to be

found here. Geoff takes me to spectacular

Lake Gairdner, a fifty thousand squarekilometre

inland sea of salt. You have to

see it to believe it. It’s so blazingly white

that apparently NASA uses it for satellite

navigation from space. Geoff grew up

here, the place is in his blood, he loves it

and he communicates that love so easily.

Kangaluna is my last stop in South

Australia. Not that many Kiwis visit this state,

but those who do return on average, four

more times. That’s quite a statistic, and it’s

a real testament to the characters I’ve met

there and the places I’ve been.

Getting there

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia

offer codeshare services from Auckland

direct to Adelaide several times a week.

Qantas and Jetstar also offer daily

services from Australian main centres.


South Australia has mild winters and

warm, dry summers. Northern parts of the

state, including the outback, experience

very hot conditions during the summer.

Average daily temperatures throughout

the state in December to February

average 28 degrees C. but often soar

above 30 C. South Australia gets most

of its rainfall during the winter months

of June, July and August. Average daily

winter temperatures in Adelaide range

between 8 and 16 degrees C.

What to see and do

From coastal explorations to wildlife

tours, outback adventures, art,

culture, superb food and wine and

sophisticated urban experiences, South

Australia offers a wealth of things to see

and do for visitors of all kinds. Visit one

of the state’s world-famous wine regions.

Take a houseboat cruise on the river

Murray. The possibilities are endless.

For more information

South Australian Tourism Commission

Monarto Zoo

Gawler Ranges Wilderness Safaris

Adventure Bay Charters – Tuna Swim

Baird Bay Ocean Eco Experience

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In an

octopus’s garden

Stephanie Williams revels in the

many pristine natural wonders of

Queensland’s Lady Elliot Island.

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‘Come quick, there’s a turtle nest hatching!’

exclaimed the Lady Elliot Island staff

member. We ran over to see the sand

bubbling as dozens of tiny turtles

clambered their way out of the nest and

made their way down the beach.

Usually, the baby turtles use the moonlight

to navigate their way to the ocean, but to

help these hatchlings on their way, we were

instructed on how to make a ‘turtle tunnel’.

We formed a line and, using the lights on

our torches, phones and cameras, created

a luminescent path that the turtles eagerly

followed all the way down to the crashing

waves. I felt blessed to have been part of

such a beautiful event, even more so when

I discovered how unseasonably late the

nest hatching had occurred.

Located 85 kilometres offshore from

Bundaberg in Queensland, Lady Elliot

Island is the southernmost coral cay

of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The

40-hectare island, named for the vessel

that officially ‘discovered’ it in 1816,

is in the highly protected Green Zone

classification of the Great Barrier Reef

Marine Park and teems with marine and

bird life.

Lady Elliot Island is a key part of one

of the world’s most important sea turtle

habitats and is located close to a

popular breeding ground for humpback

whales at Hervey Bay; almost daily during

the season from June to October, whale

songs can be heard under the water while

swimming around the island. The cay is also

a haven for over fifty species of tropical

seabirds and wading birds, including

boobies, terns, shearwaters and egrets.

It hasn’t always been that way. For one

very destructive decade in the midnineteenth

century, the island was mined

for its substantial deposits of guano, which

saw virtually all of its vegetation, along with

three feet of topsoil, removed. It wasn’t until

1966 that a revegetation programme was

undertaken, but it was quickly rewarded,

with the island re-emerging as a haven for

all types of sea birds.

Today, Lady Elliot Island is home to a small

eco resort offering a range of comfortable

accommodation options, with each suite,

room and cabin designed to minimise

impact on the island while enriching

guests’ experience of the environment

and seasonal wildlife. The staff are warm

and welcoming, the food is hearty and

the rooms are simple but right on the

beach. To protect its now-flourishing

natural environment, Lady Elliot Island is

accessible excusively by Seair Pacific’s 9-

and 13-seat aircraft, which proved to be

an exciting and spectacular way to arrive.

The island boasts some of Australia’s (and

probably the world’s) most impressive

diving and snorkelling, with warm, crystalclear

water and an abundance of bright

corals and marine life. On one brief dive,

just a couple of hundred metres from

the shore, we encountered an array of

tropical fish including the mighty Maori

wrasse, curious turtles, a harmless reef shark

and two huge manta rays. The manta

rays, some of the several dozen that are

resident around the island, seemed to

enjoy our company as much as we did

theirs. They circled gracefully above us,

providing a spectacular view of their

impressive wingspan.

One of the many beauties of Lady Elliot

Island is that you don’t need a diving

qualification, or even to go far out to sea,

to witness the amazing marine life. It is all

right there on the doorstep of the resort

and visitors can simply wade a few metres

out from the beach and dive straight into

the underwater ‘garden’.

One thing that really struck me was how

unperturbed the animal life was at Lady

Elliot Island. The turtles and manta rays

swam right up to me and the fish were slow

to dart away. On land, even the birds just

stared at me when I walked right up to

them. It was obvious that the life here has

never felt any kind of human threat. There

is no fishing, development is limited and

animals are treated with respect and care.

It is their home, and people are privileged

to be able to visit it.

Getting there

Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia

operate direct codeshare services from

Auckland to Brisbane several times daily, as

well as a new direct service from Auckland to

the Sunshine Coast Airport at Maroochydore

until September. Qantas, Qantaslink, Jetstar

and Virgin Australia offer frequent domestic

services from Australian main centres to

the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore,

Hervey Bay and Bundaberg. Seair Pacific

flies exclusively to Lady Elliot Island from

the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Maroochydore,

Hervey Bay and Bundaberg.

Language and currency

The official language of Australia is English.

The currency is the Australian Dollar. A wide

variety of credit cards (American Express,

MasterCard, Visa, JCB etc) are accepted for

payments as well as cash in local currency.


Lady Elliot Island has a pleasant

subtropical climate, with more rain and

warmth in the summer. Daytime temperatures

average in the high 20’s C during summer,

and low 20’s during winter.

Where to stay

Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort offers a range

of comfortable accommodation options, with

each suite, unit, room and cabin designed to

minimise impact on the island while enriching

guests’ experience of the environment and

seasonal wildlife. The resort includes a fully

licensed bar and café.

What to see and do

Beach snorkelling, beachcombing, historical

tours, bird watching, reef walking, fish

feeding, glass-bottom boating, swimming

and scuba diving are just a few of the

options. A reef education centre, featuring

information boards, interactive displays and

videos enables guests to learn about the

marine life and history of Lady Elliot Island.

A PADI dive resort shop caters for visitors’

snorkelling and diving requirements.

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New Zealand

Boutique Nelson

property earns

international accolades

The Bishop’s Suites, a new luxury boutique

accommodation property in Nelson, has

already achieved international acclaim.

Well-known magazine, Condé Nast Traveller, has just

released its 2012 Hot List, which features 121 hotels across

49 different countries, with The Bishop’s Suites being included

in a list of the world’s best new hotels by impressing the

magazine’s anonymous travel reviewers.

Condé Nast Traveller says, ‘This gracious, secluded home

feels like a country retreat, and being greeted like long-lost

friends is just the beginning.’

Built in 1875 for the first Bishop of Nelson, the grand Victorian

homestead is part of The Bishopdale Estate, a privatelyowned

estate on the fringe of Nelson City. Its eight hectares

of park-like grounds include a garden of magnificent old

specimen trees, lawns and a large swimming pool.

Annexed to The Bishop’s Estate homestead, The Bishop’s

Suites comprise luxury stand-alone apartments, each with

an elegant classical style of its own. The Bishop’s Suites is a

member of Boutique Hotels & Lodges.

Big win for Novotel

Auckland Airport

New Zealand’s premier

airport hotel – Novotel

Auckland Airport – has won

a prestigious architecture

award acknowledging its

unique design.

The stunning building,

designed by Warren and

Mahoney Architects,

has won the 2012 New

Zealand Architecture

Award for Best Commercial


Because Novotel

Auckland Airport is the

first and last building

that many international travellers

see when they visit New Zealand, it was deemed

that the hotel needed to be aesthetically pleasing, with a

distinctly New Zealand flavour.

The final result certainly fitted the bill, with V-like steel supports

that replicate the bow of traditional Maori waka canoes,

and a graceful pohutukawa tree flanking the entrance to

the hotel. Inside, the colour scheme is quintessentially New

Zealand, with the use of natural tones and greenery. Artworks

by local designers are incorporated into the interior and the

bedheads in each room feature images of toetoe grasses.

Novotel Auckland Airport transcends the visual with many

of its features being highly practical for its location and the

needs of travellers. Windows are double-glazed to block out

noisy takeoffs, advanced technology streamlines the check-in

process for late-night arrivals and the hotel restaurant even

features specially designed individual dining pods with

private television screens for solo travellers.

The 4.5-star hotel opened last year and has proved a

welcome addition to the airport vicinity, offering travellers

a stylish and comfortable place to stay when transiting or

before an early morning flight.

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Tranquil Awaroa

Lodge joins the

Peppers luxury portfolio

Luxury-styled Peppers Retreats and Resorts

has added the multi-award-winning Awaroa

Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park to its

expanding New Zealand portfolio.

Five-star Sofitel luxury

arrives in Auckland

The five-star Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour

Hotel is open for business. It is the second Sofitel

hotel in New Zealand, joining the pioneering Sofitel

Queenstown Hotel & Spa, which was the first five-star

hotel to launch in New Zealand’s premier resort


Sofitel Auckland Viaduct Harbour commands a unique

and very special maritime location facing the waters of the

Waitemata Basin in the bustling Viaduct Harbour. Bold, stylish

yet elegantly understated, the hotel’s dramatically designed

lobby, chic interiors and tranquil private marina are perfect

complements to a city popularly known as the City of Sails.

To be known as Peppers Awaroa Lodge when it reopens in

spring, the new addition is one of six stunning Peppers resorts

and retreats located across New Zealand.

The four-star wilderness lodge is the sole provider

of luxury accommodation in the National Park, which

is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite

cliffs and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Part of the lodge’s charm is its remote location and

tranquil surroundings. With no road access available

to the property, guests can either walk the famous Abel

Tasman track from either Marahau or Totaranui, kayak

the Abel Tasman coastline from Totaranui, take a water

taxi from Kaiteriteri or Marahau, or, for a truly memorable

experience, charter a helicopter or light aircraft from

Nelson, Motueka or Wellington.

Inspired by New Zealand’s landscape and culture and

boasting panoramic views of Waitemata Harbour, this

beautifully designed hotel is a true landmark destination. All

of its luxuriously appointed bedrooms and suites have private

balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and feature oversized

bathrooms with separate rain showers and deep bathtubs.

Sofitel’s luxury day spa is scheduled to open at the end of

August and will offer six treatment rooms with a wide range

of beauty and wellness treatments. Guests can also make

use of a sauna and steam room and adjacent gymnasium. A

20-metre indoor lap pool and spa pool are also available.

Just two hours from Nelson’s town centre and located in

an incredible wilderness setting, Peppers Awaroa Lodge’s

26 contemporary villas strike a perfect balance between

natural comfort and contemporary style, and offer views of

picturesque wetlands and native bush. The lodge includes

12 Superior Suites, which have been designed with a focus

on the environment by Wellington architect Ian Athfield.

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When in Taupo

No stranger to the culinary and other experiential delights

of the Great Lake region, food writer Richard Till offers his top tips.

For a confirmed South Islander, I seem to

have spent more time in Taupo than it

would be reasonable to expect. Pretty

much every time I’ve been there it is

to do one of the handful of activities

that I call work. Most times I’ve flown in

through Wellington and the final minutes

of the flight, as the plane descends

over the steaming crater of Mount

Ruapehu, past Turangi and then over

the lake and township before landing,

offer a fantastic display of the major

geographical highlights of the area that

makes you feel excited to be there.

After such a picturesque aerial arrival

I always leave the airport with a spring

in my step, but not without watching

skydivers and parachutists either taking

off or landing at the airport. I don’t think

there is a place in New Zealand where

more people jump out of planes, so

that’s my first tip for Taupo: if you want to

jump out of a plane, Taupo is the place

to do it. You are so far inland there is

no risk of drifting out to sea. Yes, I know,

there is the lake….

There are clearly a thousand options

of where to stay in Taupo, but if there’s

a reason not to choose the Hilton, I

don’t know what it is. The second tip

is to watch the sunset over the lake

from the balcony of your room at the

Hilton. If your room is on the other

side of the building, go for a walk at

sunset because the big sky over the

lake is spectacular. The staff at the

front desk of the Hilton are incredibly

helpful. They probably won’t thank me

for encouraging more people to do

this, but they were terribly good sports

in arranging for the trout I caught out

on the lake to be vacuum-sealed and

carefully stored in the restaurant chillers

until my departure. The way I see it is

that it’s not every smartly dressed hotel

front desk staffer who welcomes being

handed a slightly wet plastic bag

containing a dead fish.

Which is a perfect segue into the fishing

experiences I’ve had in the area. Apart

from two freak and unsuccessful (in terms

of catching fish) events where I’ve had

a rod thrust into my hands at a Central

Otago lake, I’ve always been an ocean

fisherman. So it wasn’t really unfamiliar

territory when I embarked on the 50-foot

launch Waianiwa, from the fleet at Chris

Jolly Outdoors, and spent a few happy

and successful hours dragging various

lures behind the boat. I pulled several

fish from the lake, but perhaps wisely only

took one to hand to the hotel desk.

Whenever one is visiting a town by

a large body of water, it is a good

idea to get out on it. Taupo is no

exception. The sightseeing on the

lake alone is worth the trip and the

fish you catch are a delicious bonus.

My next tip is to choose one of the

larger vessels like Waianiwa, because

strong winds can come up quickly in the

region and Taupo is such a huge lake

that it can get a good chop going in

next to no time.

My other fishing experience in the

Tongariro River at the southern end

of the lake was also an incredible

experience. If you’ve never fly-fished

before you will need the guides at

Tongariro Lodge. They’ve quite clearly

dealt with lots of first time fly-fishermen

20 on location

over the years, and you’ll get the

very best education. I had the thrill

of luring three fish onto a hook on

various stretches of the river but the

fish won every time. My tip for first time

fly-fishermen is to make sure you at least

briefly take notice of the breathtaking

beauty of the bush and forest-clad river

around you. I spent four hours fishing

and was so obsessively single-minded

about getting the fly line to land where

I was aiming that I failed to take even a

single glance at my surroundings until we

started to walk out.

Tongariro Lodge is a great place to

stay, and an even better place to dine.

The restaurant at the lodge is firstclass

and strikes a wonderful balance

between formal and casual. The staff

are uniformly helpful, professional

and discreet while being friendly and

personable. My tip when dining at

Tongariro Lodge is to try and lure the

chef to visit your table to receive your

thanks. He’s a charming young Jamaican

with a thicket of dreadlocks stuffed into

his chef’s hat.

Here are my other top dining

recommendations for the area, in no

particular order. The main dining room

at the Chateau Tongariro Hotel is

worth every second of the one-hour

drive from Taupo. The dining room is a

reminder that grandeur and elegance

in restaurant settings has never matched

the golden days of when great hotels

like this one were built. The food is OK,

but the room, the setting and the views,

if you are lucky enough to get a window

table, are out of this world.

Back in Taupo, the Huka Prawn Park

is always worth a visit for lunch. For

breakfast or brunch you’d be wise

to head to Salute Delicatessen in

Horomatangi Street. For lunch or dinner,

The Vine Eatery, the restaurant at

Scenic Cellars in Tuwharetoa Street, is

my serious recommendation. The Vine

Eatery serves a great many carefully

prepared plates to share, flavoursome

mushrooms, panko-crumbed squid

and duck breast on risotto being

among those offered. They are all very

interesting dishes and there are more

than plenty of interesting wines to go

with them. Scenic Cellars is one of the

best wine shops in New Zealand. You

don’t have to be in Taupo to shop

with them, but you’d be mad not to visit

when you are in town. I came home with

a bottle of the nicest brandy (Spanish)

I’ve ever tasted, and I’d never have

known it existed had I not called in and

spent a bit of time having a chat with

the knowledgeable staff.

Still on eateries, Bistro Lago at the Hilton

is a really topnotch dining experience.

It serves some of the nicest steak you’ll

ever eat, grown, processed and aged

by a cooperative of environmentally

responsible farmers from around

the shores of the lake. And if you’ve

had enough of fancy meals in smart

restaurants I’d recommend picking up

a burger from Burger Fuel and taking

it down to the lake shore to eat while

gazing outwards.

There’s one more thing that I really

want to recommend in Taupo, and

you are just as likely to experience

it in other towns around the country.

Pasta Mia is a Taupo pasta-making

business with a café downtown. I visited

Angelo and Michelle in their factory

and saw the care and quality of their

production process. My number one

recommendation from their range is the

truffle ravioli. Once you have tried it

you will want no other. I have had

to go to all the trouble of getting a

delicatessen in Christchurch to stock

their range just so I can buy it in my

home town.

My list of tips really only scratches the

surface. As I said, I’ve always been

working when I’ve been in Taupo, so

everything I’ve done I’ve fitted in around

my commitments. There are a number of

things in my mind that I would like to go

back and spend some time doing in

the area. Foremost amongst them is The

Kai Waho Maori cultural and culinary

experience. It’s a wilderness, residential

experience deep in the Kaweka Ranges,

led by the charismatic Tom Loughlin.

I have the strong feeling that the Kai

Waho Experience is one that everyone

would benefit from. And then there’s the

sky diving and parachuting, although I’m

not so sure if that’s for me.

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to South America!

In 1975, at the tender age of 20 and

carrying a backpack, my first visit to South

America found most countries under

military dictatorship and quite unprepared

for tourists. The positive changes I have

seen in my many visits since then are

remarkable, and my annual ‘pilgrimage’

to my favourite destination is like returning

home to visit old friends. South America is

now incredibly welcoming, and the tourism

infrastructure is world-class.

Most of the continent is best visited from

April to October. This generally means

excellent clear weather and little rain

in Ecuador and Peru and Bolivia, and

pleasant, less humid weather in Argentina

and especially Brazil.

I am often asked what are my favourite

places to visit in South America and it’s

a tough question! Top of the list must be

Peru. It’s a treasure-house of amazing early

Spanish architecture and of course the

incredible Inca story found at places like

Machu Picchu. Untouched by the Spanish

conquistadores, it is best seen at sunset

or sunrise when the day-trippers are gone

and the light is a photographer’s dream.

Colourful local culture is everywhere, as

is beautiful scenery in the Sacred Valley

of the Incas where the colourful markets

attract Indians from the surrounding

mountains, still speaking the native tongue

of the Inca, Quechua. Cuzco itself

offers beautiful colonial buildings and

cathedrals, some built on original Inca

stone foundations.

If you have time, spend a while at an

Amazon jungle lodge where you’ll fall

asleep to the call of howler monkeys, or

head for Lake Titicaca which separates

Peru from Bolivia and has the Andes

mountains as its backdrop.

I love South America. It is historic, fun,

colourful, eye-opening, and will transport

you to landscapes and cultures so

different from our own.

Chris Lyons

Director, World Journeys


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the romantic river Seine – and beyond

with CroisiEurope

Of all the ways to explore the many

bountiful charms of the Continent, river

cruising is one of the best. I was lucky

enough to experience a cruising journey

with the river cruise company, CroisiEurope,

during the northern spring – a fabulous

time to visit when the daily mercury across

Western Europe tops out at a comfortable

20 degrees C and there are no tourist


French-based, family-owned CroisiEurope

is Europe’s largest river cruise operator

and has been plying Europe’s storied

waters for over 36 years. Its fleet of 27

vessels offers a dazzling range of tours

and destinations spanning over a dozen

nations and ranging in duration from three

to 15 days.

What I particularly like about CroisiEurope

is its exceptional value for money. As a

general rule, CroisiEurope cruises are only

half the price of their competitors, making

them an accessible and affordable

choice for mainstream travellers. The

standards of accommodation and

onboard facilities are those of a good

three-star hotel, with bright, spacious

and comfortable cabins complete with

air-conditioning, satellite television,

panoramic window views and an ensuite

bathroom. In true French style, the onboard

dining is exemplary, with a tempting menu

of dishes. All meals are included in the

cost of the cruise, and a very nice touch

is the complimentary wine service that

accompanies lunch and dinner.

With no more than 180 passengers

on each vessel, there’s a wonderful

sense of warmth and intimacy. The

multilingual staff combines relaxed

professionalism with genuine friendliness,

making the atmosphere throughout the

cruise very convivial.

If you are new to river cruising and want to

dip your toes in, so to speak, the five-day

excursion I took down the river Seine from

Paris is a very appealing sampler. As we

set sail in the early evening, the twinkling

city lights and famous landmarks made

for a memorable departure. Our first stop

the next day was in the fairytale-pretty

village of Les Andelys, once a stronghold

of Richard the Lionheart, where our tour

group ascended the hill overlooking the

village and marvelled at the glorious views

across the rolling countryside and down to

the curving beauty of the Seine.

A short drive from Les Andelys brings

you to the Château of Vascoeuil,

a stately manor built between the 14th

and 16th centuries and now restored,

thanks in part to support from the former

French President, François Mitterand, as a

museum and art gallery.

Back on board the river boat, we

arrived several hours later in the medievalera

city of Rouen. The former capital of

Normandy, Rouen boasts one of Europe’s

largest Gothic churches and its market

square, the Place du Vieux Marché, is

where Joan of Arc was burnt at the stake

in 1431. The square is flanked by an

enchanting cluster of brightly painted

half-timbered buildings that will give your

camera a serious workout.

From Rouen, my cruise headed further

down the Seine and under the mighty

Normandy Bridge before docking in the

enchanting port of Honfleur. This colourful

fishing village is a hotbed of painters, with

hordes of wannabe Impressionists, armed

with easels and paintbrushes, beating

a path to it from all over the world. It’s

a wonderful place to explore on foot

and admire the tall and slender historic

buildings. Be sure to stop by St Catherine’s

Church, which is the largest church made

out of wood in France.

From Honfleur, the cruise returned upstream

to Paris, with the final day of the journey

providing a great opportunity to lap

up the passing scenery of woodland

and picturesque riverside villages. As an

early riser, one of the biggest highlights

of the cruise for me was heading out

on deck before breakfast. At dawn,

the Seine was like a millpond and the

peace and solitude, with a veil of mist

often hanging just above the river, was

something to behold. I half-expected The

Phantom of the Opera to make a sudden

appearance. – Mike Yardley.

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Windstar fleet

adds spectacular

new voyages

Everywhere you look, Windstar is new

for 2013. Elegant new finishings and

furnishings throughout each graceful

sailing yacht add a whole new level

of elegant style. All-new staterooms

and suites, beautifully redesigned

public spaces, and to cap it off,

seven spectacular new voyages on

the Windstar 2013 calendar.

There’s also an addition to the fleet.

The graceful four-masted sailing

yacht, Wind Star, is now completely

renovated and under sail, the first of

Cruising the Fiji islands

is now even more luxurious

Cruising the tranquil Fiji islands on

board Captain Cook Cruises’ MV Reef

Endeavour is now even more luxurious.

Following last year’s extensive renovation,

which included the addition of spacious

new suites, interconnecting family rooms

and a refurbished spa and gymnasium, the

ship’s indoor and outdoor furnishings now

have a contemporary new look.

Modern alfresco dining furniture around

the pool and new sun loungers, carpet

and furniture in the ship’s lounge and

dining room complete the makeover.

In addition, all staterooms have new


In 2011, the ship’s top-deck Tabua

Staterooms were transformed into luxurious

and much larger one-bedroom Tabua

Suites, featuring separate bedroom and

lounge areas, two ensuite bathrooms, a TV,

minibar and tea and coffee facilities.

Families now have the choice between

the new interconnecting family rooms,

which sleep two adults and two children,

or the inside family cabins, which sleep

four people in bunk-style accommodation.

Additional Tabua suites and

interconnecting family rooms are planned

to be built in 2012.

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three sailing yachts to complete what

will be an $18-million full renovation of

the fleet. (Read more about cruising

on board Wind Star’s sister ship, Wind

Surf, on pages 6-7).

This landmark renovation brings the

Windstar fleet to the pinnacle of

luxurious contemporary style, its vessels

offering a vacation experience that is

‘180 degrees from ordinary’: intimate,

elegant, relaxed and unique.

Now you can experience an entirely

new level of Windstar style. Soft,

seascape tones that provide a

beautifully soothing colour palette.

All-new teak decking and brilliant

white canvas sails. Custom-designed

upholstery. Stunning artwork and

design. From furnishings to finishes. From

headboards to handrails.

Avalon river cruise

fleet expands

Avalon Waterways will expand its

European river cruise fleet to 12 ships

next year, announcing plans for another

luxury Suite Ship as its bookings in the New

Zealand market reach an all-time record.

Having already announced the 64-cabin

Avalon Artistry II to join the fleet in April

next year, Avalon has now confirmed

another new Suite Ship for 2013 with the

launch of the 83-cabin Avalon Expression

the following month.

Both ships will be modelled on Europe’s

first Suite Ship, the Avalon Panorama,

which has been a sell-out success since its

introduction last year. It will be joined this

year by fellow Suite Ships, Avalon Vista,

and Avalon Visionary, which have just had

a double christening.

Designed with Australasian travellers

in mind, Avalon’s Suite Ships have

revolutionised river cruise ship standards

with two entire decks of all-suite

accommodation. They offer 30 per cent

more cabin space than the average

competitor and feature wall-to-wall

panoramic windows that draw back to

transform each suite into an open-air


Avalon Waterways already operates the

most modern fleet of river cruise ships in

Europe, with an average age of just under

three years. The introduction of Avalon

Artistry II and Avalon Expression in 2013 will

give Avalon five Suite Ships and an overall

European fleet of 12 luxury vessels.

New Zealand cruise passenger

numbers surge to new high

Cruise holidays are soaring in

popularity with New Zealanders, with

the South Pacific the most popular

cruise destination, attracting nearly

half of all cruise passengers.

According to annual International

Cruise Council (ICCA) data, cruising

local waters is surging ahead in

popularity, with short-break cruises

from Auckland selling fast and river

cruising sales also climbing.

ICCA General Manager, Brett Jardine,

says the latest figures underline the

strength of the New Zealand cruise

market. He attributes the impressive

growth to the broadening range

of cruise ships available locally

and overseas, as well as increasing

awareness of the great value that

cruise holidays offer, with all-inclusive

fares covering accommodation,

transport, entertainment and meals.

‘Every year we are seeing more

cruise ships sailing New Zealand

waters, taking the profile of cruising

to new heights and prompting an

unprecedented number of Kiwis to

take to the seas for their holidays,’

Brett says.

Overall, the number of New

Zealanders taking a cruise holiday

has reached a record high of more

than 56,479 in 2010-2011, up a

third from 2009-2010.

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with AAT Kings

AAT Kings’ new 2012-13 Best Buys

Tasmania guided tours provide the

ultimate in food and wine, wildlife,

national parks and history, allowing for an

unforgettable holiday experience without

breaking the bank balance.

Offerings include guided tours ranging

from four to ten days. These are special

experiences showcasing the beauty of

the state including cruising on the Gordon

River, a guided ranger walk through

Freycinet National Park and a visit to Port

Arthur’s historic site. All itineraries

include comfortable accommodation,

luxury coach travel, expert tour directors,

many included meals and plenty of free

time to explore.

On the ten-day Tasmanian Wonders Best

Buys Guided Tour, explore Hobart and

Launceston, discover Mt Field National

Park, see the three-tiered Russell Falls,

admire Lake St Clair, cruise on the Gordon

River, explore Cradle Mountain National

Park, see Waldheim and Dove Lake, enjoy

views of Bass Strait, taste-test at

Ashgrove Farm Cheese Factory,

explore Freycinet National Park,

experience historic Port Arthur, see

Tasmanian Devils and visit Richmond.

Tour departures are available from

18 September, 2012 to 31 August, 2013.

Early Bird Savings of up to $350 per

couple are available for clients who

book and pay in full six months prior

to tour departure. Book at your local

Harvey World Travel agent.


school holiday boredom

in Queensland

Why not pack the kids up and take

them on a holiday with a difference

– an educational difference?

If you have budding MasterChefs

instructing you to ‘plate up’ and ‘step away

from the benches’, get them to a Kids in

the Kitchen cooking class at the renowned

James St Cooking School in Brisbane.

Farm stays are one of the best ways to

teach kids new skills while broadening

their horizons. A few nights in a swag will

certainly have them appreciating their

comfy beds! Kroombit Park at Biloela offers

whip cracking lessons, horse riding, quad

bike tours and even goat lassoing. Kids

are encouraged to get as involved in the

working farm as possible and even help

prepare the home-cooked Aussie meals.

There will be no complaints about going

to school when it’s a circus school. Cirque

Espace operates a dedicated circus

school in the grounds of the Novotel Twin

Waters Resort on the Sunshine Coast,

giving kids the chance to master circus

skills like juggling, static trapeze, flying

trapeze, tightwire and bungee trampoline.

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Disney theme-inspired

Family Suites

open at Holiday Inn Hotel

& Suites Anaheim

An Anaheim, Los Angeles hotel that’s

a Kiwi holiday favourite now has two

exciting Disney theme-inspired Family Suites

in its repertoire.

The Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites – located

less than 10 minutes’ walk from the

Disneyland gates – has just transformed

two of its Family Suites into a kid’s dream,

themed with a combination of the Disney

movies Toy Story, Monsters, Inc. and Cars.

Another two of the two-bedroom/twobathroom

Family Suites will become piratethemed

in spring this year.

Kelly Guinn, Director of Sales at Holiday

Inn Hotel & Suites, says: ‘We know the

themed Family Suites will be hugely

popular and we are excited about

getting them all completed. Once these

take off, there is a chance we will then

convert a few more of our Double Suites.’

More theming will continue throughout

the hotel with the restaurant joining in the

Disney-inspired fun.

‘Last but not least, in September we hope

to start on our Kids Splash Zone, which is

due for completion by the end of the year.

This will add that extra element of familyfriendly

we are aiming to achieve at the

hotel,’ Kelly says.



What better excuse do you need to go

to Sydney than for a food festival?

Some of the highest-ranked chefs in

the world are heading down under in

October for the annual, month-long,

Crave Sydney International Food Festival.

They include two of the top five chefs from

the recently announced World’s 50 Best

Restaurants list as well as a host of local

and international superstars.

Key events

and dates


Barbecue Madness

(Oct. 6)

The festival starts with a sizzle,

with brilliant barbecues across

Sydney, including a fresh

produce-themed extravaganza

at the Sydney Morning Herald

Growers’ Market, right by beautiful

Sydney Harbour.

World Chef Showcase

(Oct. 6-7)

The big names from the

international culinary circuit

share their secrets and skills, in

partnership with Australia’s best.

For tickets, see

Night Noodle Markets

(Oct. 8-12 and 15-19)

An authentic Asian hawker market

in Sydney’s Hyde Park, and the

iconic festival event.

Other must-do activities for food lovers

include Let’s Do Lunch and Hats Off dinners

at leading Sydney restaurants, special

offers in hidden small bars, dozens of

community festivals across Greater Sydney,

one-off Showcase Dinners with visiting chefs

– including this year’s spectacular Italian

Showcase gala (October 7) – food tours,

and hands-on cooking classes.

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Honeymooning on the Island of

Turquoise-blue waters, white sandy beaches, volcanic mountains and fabulous islands. The picture-perfect

setting of Moorea brought a long-held dream to life for Jo Robinson of Harvey World Travel Thames.

Ever since I started travelling I had

dreamed of visiting Tahiti and her Islands,

but I really wanted to go with someone

special and feel the romance of the

islands. For my new husband Zane and

I, Moorea proved an easy choice as a

honeymoon getaway.

We flew direct to Tahiti from Auckland,

landing in tropical temperatures of around

27 degrees, and just over an hour later

were cooling down and quenching our

thirst in the swim-up bar at the Manava

Suite Resort. Because of the flight timings

from New Zealand and the local transfer

schedules, you generally need to spend

a night in Papeete before and after

heading out to the islands, and it’s a

good excuse to check out a bit of the

mainland as well. There is plenty to see

in the way of local markets, pearl farms,

4WD exploration tours, day cruises, history

museums, shopping and more.

The Manava Suite Resort is also within

walking distance of the local roulottes,

a generic term for Rolling Food Trucks,

which is just what they are. They sell fresh

and local foods at a fraction of the hotel

and resort prices and there are pizza,

barbecue, crepes, chicken and Chinese

offerings and more. The big, generous

portions will set you back about NZ$15

each and the roulottes are clean as well

as cheap. They are also scattered around

Papeete, so you are bound to find one

close by no matter where you stay.

The next morning we headed down to the

port to board our ferry to Moorea. During

the 45-minute journey – you can also go

by plane or helicopter – we took in the

views of the city and mountains and the

ocean, which got better and better as we

drew closer to Moorea. The island is frankly

breathtaking with its lush green mountains

shooting straight up out of the sea.

During the 40-minute drive to the Hilton

Moorea Lagoon Resort & Spa on the

northern side of the island, our transfer

driver gave us plenty of handy advice.

He stopped obligingly at a minimarket so

we could buy cold beer, snacks, cheeses,

baguettes and bottled water as “these

are very expensive at the resorts.”

The warm welcome we received

at the Hilton Moorea, which is set

on a four-hectare lagoon between

historic Cook’s Bay and Opunohu Bay,

matched its physical beauty. The luxurious

bungalows are either set overwater

above crystal-clear waters that teem

with friendly tropical fish, or amongst lush

tropical gardens. Our bungalow, with its

own plunge pool and huge deck, made

us feel as if we were in a private oasis. We

couldn’t see or hear anyone and it was a

perfect honeymoon retreat.

Because the island lacks frequent local

buses and cheap taxis, we booked a

full-day tour to go exploring. Hiro’s Tours

took us on a memorable boat trip where

we snorkelled, swam with the reef sharks

and stingrays and enjoyed a barbecue.

I have to admit that when we got to the

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actual shark and stingray bit it was a bit

daunting, but we took a deep breath, put

on our goggles and snorkels and went in.

The water was so clear that the view of the

sharks and rays was unbelievable and they

seemed pretty unperturbed by us. We were

warned though not to touch the rays, and

when you locked eyes with the beady stare

of a shark it took a bit of getting used to.

The next day we decided to hire a motor

scooter, again through Hiro’s, for about

NZ$75. We followed the 60-kilometre

road around the island, turning off where

we wanted to explore. We saw the sacred

Mount Rotui, Cook’s Bay and Opunohu

Bay and the ruins of an ancient temple

located along the road to the Belvedere

Lookout. Getting up to the last with two on

a scooter was a bit of a mission but the

views were stunning.

Another place to visit on a scooter trip

is Jus de Fruits de Moorea, a pineapple

juice factory and distillery whose gift shop

offers free samples of various liqueurs. At a

local supermarket we stocked up again on

cheese, baguettes and other fare, some of

which we enjoyed on a hilltop above the

Sofitel resort at Maharepa, taking in the

beautiful views back towards Tahiti.

It has to be said that the food on Moorea

is truly amazing. The French influence

enhances the wonderful local produce

with attention to detail, freshness and fine

flavours. Seafood is especially abundant

and the catch of the day is always

something special.

To work it all off, we went snorkelling

frequently. The water is so warm, inviting

and blue it just draws you in and the calm

clear waters teem with tropical marine

life. There are many access points for

snorkelling on the island, the best ones

often being front of a hotel waterfront or

in places you will need to be shown by

a local. Most resorts and tour companies

have supplies of gear for you to use, but

my recommendation is to take your own.

All too soon of course our time in Moorea

came to an end, but we loved every

moment of our stay and the island will

remain special to us forever. It is such a

beautiful, warm, friendly destination that

we can’t wait to go back.

Getting There

Air Tahiti Nui flies direct from

Auckland to Papeete several

times a week. Codeshare

partner Air New Zealand also

offers regular services. New

Zealand passport holders are

entitled to a one-month stay in

Tahiti without a visa.

Language and Currency

The official languages of

Tahiti and her Islands are

French and Tahitian. English

is spoken in virtually all tourist

locations. The official currency

is the French Pacific Franc

(CPF). US currency is widely

accepted and New Zealand

currency can be exchanged

at most hotels and banks. It is

recommended to exchange

some money before departure.

A wide variety of credit cards

(MasterCard, Visa, JCB etc)

are accepted for payment as

well as cash in local currency.

C limate

Tahiti has a mild tropical

climate with two seasons: Wet

from December through March

when the climate is slightly

warmer and more humid, and

Dry from April through August

when the climate is slightly less

humid and drier. The average

year-round temperature ranges

between 21 and 31 degrees


Where to Stay and Eat

Tahiti offers a wealth of

accommodation at all levels

of comfort, from exclusive

six-star resorts to backpacker

lodges. The wonderful local

produce, especially seafood,

is accentuated with French

culinary flair.

What to See and Do

Snorkelling, scuba diving,

four-wheel jeep safaris, shark

feeding, bike riding, water

sports, tennis, horseback

riding, deep-sea fishing,

lagoonariums, sailing,

windsurfing, island tours,

helicopter rides, and various

cultural tours including

museums and ancient marae

(temples). Most resorts provide

complimentary snorkelling

equipment. Don’t forget the

shopping! Le Marché, the

bustling public market in

Papeete (Monday-Saturday,

4am-4pm; Sunday, 4am-8am),

is the ideal place to find all

the typically Tahitian arts,

crafts and souvenirs, including

the colourful pareus, coconut

and tiare soaps, monoi oil,

vanilla beans, Hinano beer,

shell leis, wood carvings and

woven hats and baskets.

And remember, Tahiti is

internationally renowned for

the best quality black pearls in

the world!




To the eternal, seductive charms

of Fiji, a new wave of travel

experiences is being added.

Lynne Moore of Harvey World

Travel Dinsdale reports.

Whether it’s for a holiday or

accompanying a wedding party or a

conference group, there is one place in

the world I will always continue to travel to,

and that’s Fiji. I am well known in the travel

industry for having been there many times

– 80 in fact, and my next trip in November,

2012 is already booked – and I have

seen and experienced a lot of what Fiji

has to offer.

For me, its attractions are eternal: the

beautiful weather, the white sand beaches,

the friendly resort staff, the relaxing and

swimming – and what also makes Fiji such

a great holiday destination is that it is just

under three hours away from Auckland

by plane. For visitors of all kinds, from

honeymooners and couples to single

travellers, families, backpackers, devotees

of five-star resorts and wedding and

conference groups alike, there’s something

to suit everyone’s taste and budget.

In my recent trips I’ve noticed that

the range of travel experiences in

Fiji available is steadily expanding.

To the eternal, seductive attractions

of its warm, sun-filled days, crystal-clear

waters and luxurious resorts are being

added an increasing number of soft

adventure products including 4WD and

jet-ski safaris, hot-air ballooning, cultural

experiences that offer travellers an

experience of the ‘real’ Fiji, and a range

of luxury small-ship cruises.

There’s also an increasing realisation that

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there are many islands to explore beyond

the main island of Viti Levu, and almost

all of them are accessible by scheduled

flights, sea planes, helicopters or boat.

These outer islands have a beauty all of

their own, and the majority offer fabulous

diving and snorkelling.

Fancy some real-life adventure? A

4WD safari will take you north from Nadi

through rainforest trails in the beautiful

Sabeto Valley to the Gardens of the

Sleeping Giant, which house the largest

and most varied orchid collection in Fiji.

There’s also the opportunity to visit an

authentic Fijian village and take part in

a kava ceremony. Other tours let you

experience Fiji’s lush, tropical beauty even

closer-up with bamboo raft rides down

rivers and treks through the rainforest to

secluded waterfalls.

The only hot-air-balloon operation in the

South Pacific now lets you marvel at the

sunrise and panoramic views over the

Nadi hills. It involves a bit of an early start

at 4.30am but the sights, as you drift over

plantations and cane fields and villages

that are just waking up with the dawn,

make for the memories of a lifetime.

Like even more adrenalin? Take a jet-ski

ride around a set beachside course in

front of the Sheraton and Sofitel Resorts

on Denarau Island, or for a bit more

action-adventure, book a jet-ski safari and

be led offshore by experienced guides

around a Mamanuca island route. The

2.5-hour safari includes snorkelling and a

brief stop at an idyllic island.

To the south of Nadi, Sonaisali Island also

offers jet-ski safaris to the resort’s favoured

snorkeling spot at Turtle Rock, and an

exhilarating zip by jet-ski each morning

across the Momi Passage to the sheltered

waters surrounding Mociu Island.

If there is an adjective that describes the

new wave of travel of travel experiences in

Fiji, it’s interactive. For travellers who seek to

venture further from the main island, there

are now great packages to some of the

smaller islands in the Yasawa group, which

are all accessible by boat and generally

include boat transfers, accommodation

and meals. These packages are really

good value and the islands stayed at are

absolute picture-postcard destinations.

They are generally very small resorts

located on the absolute beachfront,

powered by generators and with staff from

the local village. This is the real Fiji!

Speaking of interactive, it’s worth noting

that Fiji has a number of legendary

surfing breaks, with the most popular

and consistent being found on the reef

passes of the southernmost islands of

the Mananucas offshore from Denarau

and Nadi. The diving on the east coast

islands offshore from Viti Levu is also worldrenowned,

and there are now a number of

very good dive resorts.

Cruising in Fiji has always been

a great option and again, the

choice of packages with operators

like Captain Cook Cruises and Blue

Lagoon Cruises continues to expand.

Whether it’s a day out on the water in

the Manamuncas or a week or so spent

sailing and snorkelling off uninhabited

islands in the Yasawas Islands, cruising is

a fabulous way to go. The dining on the

new generation of small ships that cater

for a maximum of 60 or 70 passengers is

fabulous – they use a lot of local products

and the freshest foods available.

And when, on one of the timeless,

languid days of your cruise, the Captain

makes a call over the PA system saying

that they are going to ‘tie up to a

coconut tree’ – that is exactly what

happens. One of the staff dives over the

side of the ship, grabs the rope and drags

it onto the beach where he ties it around

a palm tree. Where else in the world would

you see this happen?

Getting there

Fiji Airways and Air New Zealand have

daily services to Nadi from Auckland.

Fiji Airways also flies twice-weekly from

Auckland to Suva.

Language and currency

English is the main language in Fiji and

is used for government, commerce and

education. Fijian and Fiji Hindi are also

official languages.

The currency is the Fijian Dollar.

A variety of credit cards (American

Express, Visa, MasterCard, Diners,

JCB etc) are accepted as well as

cash in local currency.


Fiji has a warm tropical marine climate and

maximum temperatures rarely vary from

26 degrees C. to 31 C. all year round. A

cooling trade wind blows from the eastsoutheast

for most of the year.

The warm season is from November to April

and the cooler season (the best months

for holidaying) is from late March to early

December. Rainfall is variable and is

heavier in the warm season.

Where to stay

Fiji offers a wide range of accommodation

for all levels of comfort and budget.

What to see and do

You can do as much or as little as you

want in Fiji. From lazing on the beach or

beside the pool to the most challenging

pursuits, there’s an activity for everyone.

Fiji’s unique cultural heritage is also worth


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in Dubai

Experience sheer luxury at one of the

world’s most opulent hotels, the Burj Al

Arab in Dubai.

Located on the shores of Jumeirah Beach

on the Dubai coastline, the distinctive

architecture of the 321-metre high hotel,

which is nearly as tall as Auckland’s Sky

Tower, evokes the billowing sail of an

enormous yacht.

At night, choreographed lighting that

simulates water and fire dances across the

hotel’s exterior as it sits majestically on its

own man-made island. Evening cocktails

take on a whole new meaning in the Burj Al

Arab’s Skyview Bar located a stunning 200

metres above sea level.

The all-suite luxury property has 24-hour

butlers on call and a reception desk on

each floor. Each suite features ceiling-tofloor

glass walls offering breathtaking views

across the Persian Gulf.

This iconic hotel has attracted

international attention since it was built in

late 1999, ensuring its place as one of the

most photographed structures in the world.

It is also consistently voted the world’s

most luxurious hotel.

Small Group tours to

South and Central America

Small group escorted tour operator, World

Journeys, is offering three tours to South

and Central America in 2013. These

seamless travel experiences include flights,

sightseeing, comfortable hotels and plenty

of meals. Having a host with you to smooth

the way means you can just relax and

enjoy the experience.

The aptly named ‘Wonders of South

America’ tour in May 2013 is a perfect

introduction to South America, visiting the

Andes, the Amazon and the Atacama

Desert. Stay in an historic hacienda in

Ecuador, an Amazon lodge in Peru and

an ecolodge in Chile’s high-altitude

desert. Highlights include the Incan ruins of

Machu Picchu, the Spanish-colonial city of

Cuenca in Ecuador, and a walk through

the Amazon jungle.

Those with more time will enjoy ‘The Grand

Tour of South America’ in July. Cruise the

Galapagos Islands and explore the

Amazon. Visit Machu Picchu, cross Lake

Titicaca and see the mighty Iguazu Falls.

Experience incredible history, cultures,

colours and sights, including the vibrant

cities of Quito, Buenos Aires and Rio de

Janeiro – all in comfort and style.

Head for Mexico and Cuba in October,

where colourful cultures, verdant jungles

and ancient histories await. The crumbling

charm of Havana, Mexico’s annual Day

of the Dead festival, and the stunning

beaches of Playa del Carmen in the

Yucatan will delight. Just add Guatemala

for the colourful markets and pyramids of

Tikal, rising through the jungle.

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Barossa’s new luxury

homestead accommodation

A stunning new homestead

accommodation in South Australia will

open in July, following a major refurbishment

to the property which has previously

featured in the McLeod’s Daughters

television series.

Kingsford Homestead will offer guests a

luxurious boutique retreat in the famed

Barossa wine region, less than one hour’s

drive from Adelaide.

The homestead offers intimacy and

exclusivity, with just seven bedroom

suites and a range of relaxation

and dining areas including an

underground cellar, a spa room and

an all-weather pool house. Breakfast

and dinner will be included in the room

rates, allowing guests to sample the

region’s sumptuous cuisine accompanied

by award-winning local wines.

The homestead is surrounded by 91

hectares of stunning South Australian

countryside, with rolling hills, stone bluffs

and rivers to explore. With a multitude

of pretty picnic spots in the area, guests

need only ask and staff at the homestead

will whip up a delicious hamper to take

along. Alternatively, guests can join a

guided tour and learn about the history

and wildlife of the property.

The homestead is also the perfect base

from which to discover the vineyards of the

Barossa and the Clare Valley wine regions.

A signature Kingsford Homestead

experience, which is not to be missed, is

the opportunity to take a bath alfresco

in a private corner of the property

overlooking the river. The bath can be

enjoyed by one or two people and is

best enjoyed with a bottle of bubbles.

Noumea’s iconic Chateau Royal transformed

Thousands of Kiwis have fantastic holiday

memories of the iconic former Club Med

in Noumea, Chateau Royal. After sitting

vacant for a decade, the beachfront

hotel has emerged from a sparkling

$46 million transformation into a stylish

apartment-style resort.

Now called the Royal Tera Beach Resort

& Spa, the hotel reopened in February

last year to glowing reviews. Located on

the white sand beach of Anse Vata Bay,

the resort offers one and two-bedroom

accommodation overlooking the lagoon

and islets of the bay or the lush hillside of

Mount Ouen Toro.

Have a dip in the lagoon-style pool, enjoy

a game of tennis or unwind in the Aqua

Royal Spa located beachside. The luxurious

Aqua Royal Spa offers treatment rooms

for couples, specialised water treatments

(including the Vichy shower), private

treatment rooms and one room dedicated

to Oriental face and body scrubs.

If you explore more of New Caledonia

during your holiday, there are other Tera

properties including the Oure Tera

Beach Resort on the Isle of Pines, the Tieti

Tera Beach Resort at Pondimié in the north

of the main island of Grande Terre, and

the Kanua Tera Ecolodge at Port Boisé in

the south.

Noumea is just a two-and-a-half-hour flight

away, with a one hour-time difference,

making it one of New Zealand’s closest

South Pacific destinations. It has a warm

subtropical climate with temperatures

in July, August, September and October

ranging from 20-23 degrees.

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Judy Bailey’s

postcards from Australia

Judy recommends always trying something new when you

are on holiday. Pictured prepping up for a leap into the

icy waters of a canyon at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania.

Judy takes in the vast and diverse natural wonders

of the Northern Territory atop an escarpment

in Kakadu National Park.

Judy perches on the edge for a bird’s-eye view

of this incredible coast. Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

Pictured with Sean Blocksidge from the Margaret River

Discovery Company, Judy gives this one a double thumbs-up.

Feeling like a ‘blip on the landscape’,

Judy takes in the natural majesty

of the Blue Mountains

in New South Wales.

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Tom Kah Gai - Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup

is a favourite dish of Southern Thailand and a perfect

winter warmer. Here, Sous-Chef Wilbert Deisher

of Club Med Phuket shares this delicious recipe with

on location readers.

Club Med Phuket’s new specialty fine dining restaurant, Chu Da, is

tucked away at the northern end of the resort, overlooking a tranquil

pool area and Kata Bay. The restaurant’s Thai-inspired décor

lends an elegant touch, the ceiling clustered with traditional-style

Thai lanterns. Chu Da is open daily for late lunch and dinner and

features a Thai fusion menu that includes Tom Kah Gai.

Tom Kah Gai – Thai Chicken and Coconut Soup

Serves 4


• 2 cans coconut milk

• 2 cups chicken stock

• 2 stalks lemongrass*, outer leaves

discarded and roughly chopped

• 3 shallots, finely chopped

• 2.5cm piece of galangal*, sliced or

coarsely grated

• 1 tsp finely chopped palm sugar

• 1-2 red chillies, finely sliced

• 1 cup sliced button mushrooms

• 1 cup cherry tomatoes

• 2 kaffir lime leaves, sliced

• 2 tsp lime juice

• 2-3 tbsp fish sauce

• 2 chicken breasts, sliced

• Coriander leaves


Place coconut milk and chicken stock in

a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add

lemongrass, shallots, galangal, palm

sugar, chillies, mushrooms and kaffir

lime leaves. Simmer for 10 minutes to

allow flavours to infuse.

Add tomatoes and chicken, simmer

until chicken is cooked through.

Add fish sauce and lime juice, taste

and adjust flavours if needed. The soup

should be a balance of salty, sour, sweet

and spicy.

Sprinkle with coriander leaves prior

to serving.


Lemongrass is available

fresh in specialty

greengrocers or can be

purchased in jars from the



Galangal is available

frozen from Asian specialty

stores. It has no substitute

so it is worth buying when

you find it. Keep it in the

freezer for slicing or grating

as needed.

Young green coconuts

make excellent serving

bowls for soup. Remove the

cap, drink the water and

then fill with soup.

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Image Credit: Tourism Queensland

Innovative airport

design floated

for Jakarta

An innovative new airport is being floated

for Jakarta, Indonesia.

Air New Zealand’s

Sunshine Coast

service takes off

Air New Zealand’s direct service into

Sunshine Coast Airport touched down for

the first time in July, amid keen interest from

New Zealanders looking for an escape

from winter weather.

Flights are currently operating on Tuesdays

and Sundays until 18 September, and

Air New Zealand will possibly extend the

service if there is enough demand.

The airline says that bookings have been

flowing in solidly, with flight capacities

sitting at a higher load level than the

Tasman average for the winter months of

July, August and September.

The service is the first international service

to and from the Gold Coast Airport, which

underwent an A$1.28 million upgrade in

preparation for it.

The city’s Governor claims that an

actual floating airport could help solve

congestion problems in the city. Speaking

after a recent exhibition on urban

planning, Governor Fauzi Bowo said that

a new air hub could be developed in

the Thousand Islands archipelago, facing

Jakarta Bay.

While a floating airport sounds tempting,

Indonesian authorities would have to look

closely at the problems faced by Osaka’s

Kansai International Airport. Despite being

praised for its design, the airport, which is

located on artificial island in Osaka Bay,

went significantly over budget in an effort

to stop it sinking into the seabed.

While current expansion plans for Jakarta’s

existing Soekarno-Hatta airport will lift the

airport’s capacity to 62 million passengers

a year by 2014, the current rate of traffic

growth at the airport will mean that it will

be at overcapacity by the time work is

completed. The Indonesian government

is considering plans for a new airport.

Numerous locations are being looked at.

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Changes afoot at Air Pacific

Fiji’s national carrier, Air Pacific, has

announced that the airline will be

rebranded back to its original name,

Fiji Airways.

Fiji Airways was the name of the carrier

between 1958 and 1970. The name

was changed to Air Pacific in 1970

to reflect the airline’s expanding

international routes. Now, the company

has decided to revert back to the

original name to better associate the

airline with its proud Fijian heritage and

to reflect its role as Fiji’s largest inbound

and outbound airline.

The new brand and logo will be

unveiled in July, 2012, with the branding

and colour scheme being rolled out

across the marketplace, website and

airports in the coming 18 months.

The rebrand is just one element of the

airline’s revitalisation strategy that also

includes increased frequency, new

aircraft, a new airport lounge and an

improved product as Air Pacific strives to

become a best-in-class airline.

The airline has also just announced

an enhanced in-flight experience with

world-class Panasonic entertainment

systems, and seats that will include USB

power outlets for computers and handheld


The entertainment systems will be

available in Economy and Business

Class and will be rolled out across the

airline’s new Airbus 330-200 fleet that

will take to the skies in June next year.

See the USA,


Air Tahiti Nui has announced that it will

soon codeshare with American Airlines to

offer access to 15 US destinations.

The new partnership, which is subject to

regulatory approval, will open a wide

range of new holiday options, combining

the USA with an optional Tahiti stopover.

Economy Class fares from Auckland to Los

Angeles start from just $1,795 return, with

the option to stopover in Tahiti and Her

Islands from just NZD$99 per person, per

night at the beautiful Manava Suite Resort


This modern lagoon-front resort features

lovely sunset views, a poolside bar, a lively

and contemporary evening bar, a full

restaurant, a fitness centre and spa, and

the island’s largest infinity swimming pool,

with waterfalls and beautiful views of the

lagoon and nearby island of Moorea.

Fares and stopover rates are priced per

person, including taxes and are correct as

of 17 May 2012. Some conditions apply.

To book, contact Harvey World Travel on

0800 80 84 80.

Air Tahiti Nui is the international airline

of Tahiti and Her Islands and offers two

one-stop flights each week to the USA (via

Tahiti), departing Thursdays and Sundays

from Auckland. Air Tahiti Nui’s fleet consists

of spacious Airbus A340-300 wide-body

aircraft configured in three cabins – First,

Business and Economy. Economy clients

are never seated more than two seats

from the aisle.

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Where imagination is the destination

For Lynley Baker of Harvey World Travel Mt Maunganui, a visit to the fabled Disneyland Resort in Anaheim,

California was a childhood dream come true.

It was October 11, 2001 when my dream

finally turned into reality.

Once I arrived at the Disneyland Resort

in Anaheim, it was full steam ahead to do

and see as much as possible. From the

entrance of Disneyland Park I headed

straight down Main Street, USA to The

Mad Hatter for the obligatory pair of

‘ears’, then fast-tracked to Mickey’s

Toontown to meet the ‘Mouse of my


But let’s start at the beginning of the

extraordinary collection of Lands that

make up the Disney Resort. Main Street,

USA is the perfect introduction. Here you

can stroll down the street soaking up the

nostalgia of a small Midwestern American

town in the 1900’s. Take a ride on a

vintage vehicle or a horse-drawn street

car. Main Street, USA is ‘Home, sweet home’

in the park and the gateway to the resort’s

many other ‘Lands’.

It is also the home to Walt’s Apartment,

which is located on the second floor

above the firehouse. It has been

preserved in just the order he left it and

an antique-style lamp burns in the window

year-round in honour of his memory.

Next on the list for me was Adventureland,

where you can jump straight into the

action with the Indiana Jones Adventure,

sail along the river on the Jungle Cruise

or take the climb into Tarzan’s Treehouse

to give you spectacular views of the

surrounding wilderness. At the marketplace

you will find a selection of exotic shops

and dining options to suit all tastes.

From pixie dust to the March Hare,

Fantasyland is the Land where you can

meet the heroes and villains from your

favorite Disney stories. Race down the

slopes of the Matterhorn Bobsleds, spin

in the tea cups at the Mad Tea Party or

experience ‘It’s a small world’, the cruise

that brings the nations together in a

whimsical way.

You can also visit Sleeping Beauty’s

Castle and meet the Disney princesses or

enter Pixie Hollow to get a glimpse of one

of your favourite Disney fairies.

From Fantasyland, forge onward into the

rugged region of Frontierland, celebrating

the trailblazers, settlers and other heroes

of the Old West. Frontierland is the home

of the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

where you can ride a ‘runaway’ railroad

car for a thunderous thrill. For the more

mild-mannered, perhaps a cruise on the

Mark Twain Riverboat or the Sailing Ship

Columbia fits the bill.

In Tomorrowland, the future is today.

Blast off from Space Station 77 to the

outer reaches of the universe on Space

Mountain. Help Buzz Lightyear combat the

Evil Emperor Zurg as a Space Ranger on

Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters. These are just

a few of the adventures awaiting you in

this land of futuristic fun.

As you will have realised by now, you need

much more than a day or even a weekend

to see and enjoy everything that is on

offer. In addition to the original Lands that

many of us grew up with, there are now the

fascinating experiences of Critter County,

Mickey’s Toontown and New Orleans


Previously known as Indian Village and

then Bear Country, Critter Country

resembles the great American Northwoods,

with its towering pines, waterfalls and rustic

buildings. Amongst other adventures it

celebrates the stories of Brer Rabbit and

Winnie the Pooh and you can climb into

Davy Crockett’s Explorer Canoes for a

paddle around the Rivers of America. A

must-do is a ride inside the logs of Splash

Mountain, where you’ll hurtle five stories

with Brer Rabbit and his friends into a

pond full of briars.

Full of topsy-turvy architecture and screwy

sculptures, Mickey’s Toontown is the

home of Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Pluto and

Donald. Here you can take a spin in Roger

Rabbit’s Car Toon Spin or perhaps zip

around on Gadget’s Go Coaster. And of

course no visit is complete without a photo

with Mickey in his Barn.

The sights and sounds of the historic

French Quarter of New Orleans are

just part of the amazing line-up of

experiences at New Orleans Square.

As well as the grinning ghouls at the

Haunted Mansion, there are experiences

inspired by the Pirates of the Caribbean

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films such as sailing down into the misty

pirate caverns to discover the curse

of Davey Jones. New Orleans Square

is also the home of Club 33, Disney’s

‘secret’ restaurant. The only restaurant

in Disneyland that serves alcoholic

beverages, it is often frequented by

actors, presidents and other celebrities.

The joining fee is a mere US$10,000 with

an annual fee of approx US$3,000 after

that, not to mention a ten-year waiting list!

Once you think you have exhausted

the endless possibilities of Disneyland

Park, head right across the road to the

Disney California Adventure Park, which

reopened on June 15 with a new line-up

of attractions and entertainment that

includes the brand-new Cars Land, based

on the hit Disney movie, Cars.

Cars Land is 4.8 hectares of high-octane

fun for the whole family, featuring the

Radiator Springs Racers, Luigi’s Flying Tires,

Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and shopping

and dining at Ramone’s House of Body

Art, Radiator Springs Curios, Flo’s V8 Café

and Fillmore’s Taste-in.

What more can I say? As I’ve mentioned,

visiting the Disney Resort for the first time

was a childhood dream come true. It’s

a magical place, whose charm and

attention to detail and first-class service

make it a wonderful destination for both

young and old.

From the time you enter in the morning

until the park closes late at night, the

characters and rides and dining and

shopping and shows make it truly the

happiest place on earth.

How to maximise your Disney holiday

Grab a FastPass

A FastPass is a printed ticket with an

appointment to go on a ride at a later

time in the day without having to wait in

the long stand-by line. FastPasses are

free with your entry ticket, so there is no

reason not to use them during busy times.

FastPasses are offered only on certain

popular rides where there is often a long

wait, and which can accommodate a

separate FastPass entrance.

At these rides, a sign will tell you how long

the stand-by wait is and what time the

FastPass Return is scheduled for, so you

can see if it will fit your schedule. Follow

the FastPass distribution sign to find the

FastPass machines where you insert your

park ticket and receive a time-stamped

FastPass ticket with your appointment to

return later in the day. You can only get

one FastPass per park ticket, but to save

time, one person can take the whole

family’s tickets to get FastPasses while the

others are waiting in line at another ride.

Go on rides during parades

If you’ve already seen the parade or you

don’t mind missing it, this is a good time to

take a ride because many people stop

riding to watch the parade.

Have an afternoon break

If you have a hotel in the area, plan

to go to the parks early, take a break at

your hotel in the afternoon and then come

back to the park for the evening. Since

most families with small children

leave early, the lines for popular kiddie

rides like Dumbo and Peter Pan are shorter

at night. This mostly applies during the

summer when the park is open from 8am

until 11pm or midnight.

See the fireworks in Fantasyland

The best view of the fireworks is from Main

Street, USA in front of Sleeping Beauty’s

Castle. Most of the Fantasyland rides

close down during fireworks and reopen

afterwards. If you watch the fireworks

from Fantasyland near Dumbo the Flying

Elephant and the Carrousel, the fireworks

will appear both in front of you and

behind you, so you have to watch in

two directions, but you’ll be first in line

when the Fantasyland rides reopen. The

Fantasyland rides outside the roped off

area reopen first, so you can ride Dumbo

and then be ready when they take down

the ropes to the rest of Fantasyland.

Otherwise there’s usually a 40-minute or

longer wait for these rides.

Make an early entry

Some Disneyland Resort packages include

early entry into Disneyland Park. This allows

you to enter the park one hour before the

gates open and ride some of the more

popular rides before the lines get long.

This can mean 7am in the summer. Early

entry offers usually apply only to guests of

the three Disney Resort hotels.

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the ultimate family holiday

Whether you’re on a budget or looking to indulge, the worldfamous

theme parks and resorts of Orlando, Florida are rewarding

destinations, says Joanne Mann of Harvey World Travel Lower Hutt.

For the average Kiwi family, the worldfamous

theme parks and other attractions

of Orlando, Florida are often thought of

as being too far away and too expensive,

but when my daughter announced she

was off to work at Disney’s Hollywood

Studios in Orlando, I took the opportunity

to experience the place first-hand.

Let me tell you right now that Orlando

is the ideal holiday destination for

anyone and everyone, with the bonus

of a beautifully warm and sunny climate

year-round. The big attraction, of course,

is Walt Disney World, and deservedly so

with its four massive theme parks – The

Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios,

Epcot and Animal Kingdom – all offering a

thrilling selection of themed adventures in

wonderfully clean and expertly managed


It is impossible to avoid getting into the

spirit of Disney World. From the famous

Disney characters you see around you, to

the dizzying number of rides and shows,

to the incredible number of restaurants

and entertainment and the million-dollar

fireworks displays at night, it’s a magical

place. Nowhere else on earth are there

so many happy tourists who are so well

catered for to ensure they have the best

time possible. I was particularly impressed

with the excellent facilities for the elderly

and disabled throughout the parks.

If Disney is not your thing, then Universal

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Studios and the recently opened The

Wizarding World of Harry Potter are

worth the trip to Orlando alone. With its

line-up of seriously thrilling experiences, this

attraction is surely the ultimate place for

Harry Potter fans to be.

For the kiddies there’s the Flight of the

Hippogriff coaster ride, the Dragon

Challenge for ‘grown-ups’, and the best

ride of all, Harry Potter and the Forbidden

Journey. Strapped into ski lift-type seats,

you fly with Harry as he battles Malfoy in

a Quidditch match, narrowly escaping

the jaws of a dragon and coming

face to face with Dementors. The ride

boasts cutting-edge technology and

huge and immersive-type screens, all

the while twisting, turning and dropping.

Even the queuing is fun; as you wait for

your umpteenth ride, you’ll wind through

Hogwart’s Castle and experience a faithful

re-creation of the Hogwart’s School of

Witchcraft and Wizardry.

For Universal Studios, you’ll need at

least two full days to experience all

the fun it can offer – so make sure you

get a multi-day ticket!

Just about everyone associates

Orlando with the Disney and Universal

mega-resorts, but there is much more

to here than theme parks. A 45-minute

drive away is the ‘Space Coast’ of Cape

Canaveral and the Kennedy Space

Centre, where the world’s most famous

rockets and space shuttles were launched,

including Apollo 11. Here you can take

part in Space Camp, experience a

simulated space shuttle lift-off and get up

close and personal with astronauts and

space-themed activities alike.

Orlando and the surrounding area are

also blessed with beautiful lakes and

waterways, and the perfect way to get out

and see natural Florida is by air-powered

boat, traversing the rivers and swamps of

the Everglades where you can experience

alligators in the wild and other great sights.

There are also many fantastic beach

destinations within a short drive from

Orlando, including Daytona Beach,

which is famous for its motorsports events

such as the Daytona 500, and Clearwater

Beach on the Gulf of Mexico, with its

dazzling white sands.

Orlando is also a shopper’s paradise, with

several large malls, two premium outlets, and

if all else fails there is always Wal-Mart!

So, take the grandparents, take the

toddlers, take the teens – there is

something for everyone. A trip to

Orlando is well worth the extra travel

involved from New Zealand, and you

should allow yourself a minimum of two

weeks to fully enjoy all the amazing

activities it has to offer.

Getting There

As a major tourist destination, Orlando is

well served by domestic flights from many

US centres as well from Latin America and

Europe. Air New Zealand has daily flights

to Los Angeles with onward connections

by United Airlines.

Language and Currency

The official language of the USA is English.

The currency is the US Dollar. A wide

variety of credit cards (American Express,

MasterCard, Visa, JCB etc) is accepted

as well as cash in local currency. ATMs are



Located in central Florida, Orlando has a

sunny, sub-tropical climate year-round, with

a warm and humid season from the months

of May to September, when temperatures

range between 23 and 33 degrees C.

The very best time to visit Orlando is in

September or October, when the weather

is perfect with little chance of rain. The

theme parks are also quieter at this time

with virtually no queues, and airfare and

accommodation specials are often


Where to Stay

The range and standard of

accommodation in Orlando is impressive,

particularly in self-catering apartments and

villas with pools, and resort facilities that

allow families to stay in very affordable


What to See and Do

As the home of some of the world’s most

amazing theme parks and other tourist

attractions, Orlando has no shortage of

things to see and do – see the main story.

Some interesting facts about Orlando

- Walt Disney World Orlando

covers 122 square kilometres

and operates its own security

force, transport system and

roads. The land is privately

owned by Disney.

- There are approximately

55,000 employees, or ‘cast

members’ at Disney World

Orlando and it is the single

biggest single site employer in

the USA.

- The Magic Kingdom has

a 3.6-hectare complex of

underground tunnels for delivery

trucks and other services.

- Regular cast members

are hand-picked for main

character roles and cannot

just apply.

- The Mickey Mouse costume

is so sophisticated that the

training required to operate it

takes four months on average.

- The Fantasmic! sound and

light fireworks display at

Disney’s Hollywood Studios

in Walt Disney World costs

one million dollars to produce

every time it operates – which

is every night in the peak

holiday season.

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to go

Bye-bye to excess baggage

Say goodbye to those nasty excess

luggage fees at check-in counters with

the help of your own handy luggage


The Salter Electronic Luggage Scale is a light,

portable scale that can weigh luggage up to 40kg.

You simply attach the scale’s strap around the

luggage handle, lift it off the floor and the scale will

give you an accurate reading of the bag’s weight.

This gadget will be particularly handy for

shopaholics who tend to go a bit overboard when

travelling. With this gadget, you can weigh as you

go to ensure your bag never exceeds the airline

luggage restrictions.

The Salter Electronic Luggage Scale is available

from for $39.00.

New Lonely Planet city guides

Lonely Planet, the leader

in travel guidebooks,

has recently released

a new range of pocketsized

city guides.

The comprehensive yet

compact guides are perfect for

quick city breaks or business

trips, providing travellers with

all the need-to-know essentials

about where to stay, what to do

and how to get there.

The guides provide easy access

to essential travel information

and include Lonely Planet’s

renowned mapping for easy

navigation. Each guide has been

extensively researched on the

ground, and features advice

on places that locals love so

travellers can get to the heart

of each city.

The initial selection of titles

includes Barcelona, Berlin,

London, Los Angeles, Paris,

Prague and San Francisco.

Additional titles will be released

over the coming months.

Lonely Planet pocket city guides

are available at major bookstores

and have an RRP of $24.95.

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Favourite spot on the planet

After several visits, Heather Blackburn of Harvey World

Travel St Heliers is still ticking Hawaii’s big list of

holiday offerings.

What is your favourite spot on

the planet?

Hawaii. From the gentle tropical climate

to the friendly, relaxed people and the

sheer abundance of things to do, it’s easy

to see why Hawaii entices visitors from all

around the world. It’s an amazing place to

have a holiday.

Where in the world is it?

The Hawaiian Islands are in the North

Pacific Ocean, 3200 kilometres southwest

of the US mainland. Hawaii is the 50th

state of the USA and has a vibrant mix of

cultures including Asian influences and its

own indigenous culture.

What’s the best way

to get there?

From New Zealand, Air New Zealand flies

direct to Honolulu several times a week.

As a major tourism hub, Hawaii also has

frequent air services to the US and other

Pacific Rim destinations. It’s also a favourite

port of call for cruise ships.

Why is it your favourite spot?

There’s so much to see and do. Each time

I go I find something new. And there is

far more to Hawaii than just the island of

Oahu. There’s the ‘Big Island’ of Hawaii,

Maui, Kauai and many more, all with their

own hidden treasures.

Where did you stay?

Trying to decide where to stay can be

a problem as there’s such a choice, from

backpacker lodges to five- and six-star

hotels. Serviced apartments are very

popular with Kiwis. Hawaii has perfected

the art of the beachside luxury hotel and

in Waikiki, most of the major hotels are set

right on the beach or a block back from it.

How do you while away

your time there?

For many travellers, a visit to Honolulu

is purely about relaxing: lying on the

golden sand of Waikiki Beach, swimming

in the warm waters or reposing by the

hotel swimming pool with a cocktail in

hand. But there’s so much else, including

excellent shopping, sightseeing,

attractions like Wet ‘n’ Wild and Sea Life

Park and opportunities to experience

the indigenous culture and traditions of


What are some

of your favourite sights?

Pearl Harbour is a must-see, as are the

famous surfing beaches on the North

Shore of Oahu including Sunset Beach,

Waimea Beach and the Banzai Pipeline.

If you want to venture further afield, try

the Volcano Tour and Lava Walk on the

main island of Hawaii – it’s an amazing

all-day tour and gives you a rich cultural

experience as well as an exciting view of

nature at work. Hear the legends of Pele,

the ancient Hawaiian goddess of fire,

lightning, wind and volcanoes and visit the

What are the tourist “must-do’s”?

• A visit to Pearl Harbour.

The big surf beaches on the North Shore

of Oahu.

• A Grand Circle Tour of the island of Oahu. ‘The

Bus’ can take you around very inexpensively.

• A visit to the ‘Big Island’ – it’s rugged,

spectacular and amazingly diverse.

many wonders of the Hawaii Volcanoes

National Park.

What’s the food like?

It’s excellent. All around Waikiki there are

lots of little places where you can get a

breakfast of bacon and eggs and hash

browns for a really reasonable price, and

the choices for dinner are abundant.

Maybe an Alii Kai Catamaran Dinner

Cruise fits the bill, or perhaps a gourmet

experience ashore at a fine dining

restaurant, followed by hitting the bars and

clubs? Also, don’t forget the ice cream

shops in Waikiki, which are on nearly every

street corner.

What are the essential

items to pack?

Sunblock. Sunglasses. A swimsuit. A good

outfit for smart places in the evening. A

good pair of walking shoes: in Waikiki you

can walk everywhere.

When is the best time to visit?

Year-round. The climate is mild and sunny

and the warm summer months from May to

October are cooled by trade winds. In

the cooler months, the daily temperatures

range between 14 to 24 degrees.

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Tips for travelling with teenagers



Check and double-check their bags before

leaving for the airport. Grumbles at home are

preferable to having items confiscated. On your

way home again, check for items that need

to be declared. Sniffer dogs zeroing in on your

bags are not the sort of welcome you want.


Make sure their cabin bags

are within the size and weight

limits. And that they include

a change of clothes in case of

lost luggage or spills.

If teens want to take

along their favourite

snacks, they must

all be retail-packed or

wrapped. All food items

need to be declared.

Carry a basic first aid kit including

wet wipes and hand sanitiser.

Declare any medicines you are

carrying. What’s OK in one country

may be restricted in others.

5Make sure they dress

for comfort, especially

on long-haul trips. The

latest styles will quickly

pall if they are tight and


Make sure teens are aware of the

international roaming rates on their phones,

especially if they aren’t on a prepaid option.

If they have to take their phones, don’t let

6them forget their chargers.

8Plan your days

well, but be

flexible. Do

only as much

as teens are capable

of enjoying without

crossing over into

the dark zone. Plan

for some ‘down’ days

that you can fill up if


Portable DVD players can be a godsend if the


weather packs in. Teenagers sometimes need

downtime when on holiday and a favourite

movie also gives parents valuable time out.

9Make teens aware of cultural differences when

travelling and ensure they have clothing options

if they need to cover up.


Don’t wait until you think

they are old enough to

appreciate something.

You’ll never know until

you try and you’ll

create some amazing

memories along the way.

Liz Christiansen, Harvey World Travel Richmond

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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 tips about doing business

around the world. Richard Newell is a client of Margaret Boak

at Harvey World Travel Mairangi Bay and travels regularly to Asia,

the USA and Europe. Here he shares some of his strategies.

Where do you travel most

for business?

Hong Kong and China. I also travel to the

USA and Europe.

What is your favourite place

on the planet to do business,

and why?

Hong Kong is an easy place to do

business, in the sense that you can cover

a lot of ground in a short time. It’s a

concentrated environment, transport is

efficient and cheap and generally, if you

are there you are there to work. It helps, of

course, that out of business hours it is also

a fun place to be.

What are some of your top travel

tips for business travellers?

1. Don’t knock yourself out. In my

experience, business meetings go better

if you make sure you have enough time to

get there early, fully prepared with all the

materials you need. If possible, fly in a day

early so you are rested and feeling good.

2. If you are not familiar with the city you

are visiting, do some research so you can

cluster your meetings together in the same

locality. There’s nothing worse than having

to criss-cross a city several times, wasting

time and incurring unnecessary expense on

taxi fares.

3. Always check your seat and luggage

rack when disembarking a plane, and when

getting out of a taxi. I have lost a mobile

phone, a Mont Blanc pen, almost lost a

box of flash drives and seen a colleague

leave his wallet in a taxi.

What is the handiest gadget you

take on your business travels,

and why?

Probably a universal plug adaptor. For

comfort, my greatest luxury is a pair of Bose

noise-cancelling headphones, which have

protected my hearing on a number

of occasions.

What do you take on your carryon

bag to make the plane trip

more comfortable?

I always carry my own slim duck-down pillow,

which folds in half and fits in a cabin-sized

wheeled case.

What do you look for when

choosing a hotel, and why?

A good neighbourhood, and proximity

to public transport. In certain parts

of the world, it’s impossible to get

a taxi when it rains.

Any other tips for business


Sometimes hotel staff can be rude and

unhelpful, but most will respond well if you

are polite. If you arrive feeling angry and

harrassed, there is no point taking it out

on the hotel reception staff. Also, tipping

is a good way to reward bellhops and

concierge staff. In the US it’s expected

even when it hasn’t been earned, but on

balance I think it’s helpful in encouraging a

good level of service.

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What’s on

5 August

During Mass at the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore,

flower petals fall onto the congregation in a re-enactment

of a local fourth-century legend.

11-16 Aug

Eat, Pray, Laugh, Barry Humphries

Aotea Centre, Auckland

A “farewell” tour by one of the world’s great comedians.

August 2012

Fêtes Napoléoniènnes

Ajaccio, Corsica

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Ajaccio on 15

August 1769. Each year The Fêtes Napoléoniènnes

celebrate his birth with grand parades, period

costumes, fireworks displays and classical music.

Kalimat, Dubai, UAE

An annual exhibition capturing the elegance of

the Arabic written word and its use in traditional

and contemporary artwork.


Fête des Jardins à Paris

Paris, France

A two-day programme (dates TBC) of

varied entertainment in Paris’s green

spaces with hundreds of free events.

8 Sep

The Stampede

Brisbane, Australia

More than just a race, this epic

challenge will push you to your limits.

22-29 Sep



Sunshine Coast, Australia

The annual festival of Kenilworth,

a small 1920’s town in the Upper

Mary Valley, incorporating a visual

arts extravaganza.

Mizuno Half-


Kinloch, Taupo

One of Taupo’s iconic events,

held on the first Sunday in

August each year.

Whakapuaka Wildlife Reserve, Nelson

A community conservation project centred around

the planting of trees, with 45,000 to be planted this



22 Sep

Abel Tasman

Coastal Classic

Marahau, NZ

More than just a race, this

epic challenge will push

you to your limits.

Buenos Aires

Tango Festival

Buenos Aires

Melancholic lyrics and rhythms

flood the Argentine capital during

the annual Buenos Aires Tango


25 Aug-1 Sep

DNA Gay Ski Week QT


Hundreds of revellers come from around the world to

celebrate Gay Ski Week, the Southern Hemisphere’s largest

Winter Pride event.

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival


Culinary-focused events featuring chefs from

Hawaii and around the world.

The Royal Adelaide Show

Adelaide, South Australia

South Australia’s biggest annual event brings

with it a wealth of entertainment.

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Until 7


Floriade 2012


Horticultural Expo

Venlo, The Netherlands

The world’s leading

horticultural event includes

an exciting programme of

music, dance, theatre and

graphic art.


Edge of the World Theatre


Los Angeles

A celebration of the vibrant and diverse

talents of the Los Angeles theatre

community in various venues across the


Tahiti International Tourism Day

The people of Tahiti celebrate International Tourism

Day with traditional food, handicraft demonstrations,

sports competitions and all kinds of shows.

From 1 Oct

Crave Sydney

International Food Festival

A landmark on the Sydney

food calendar.

Leonardo da Vinci

Anatomical Drawings

The Queen’s Gallery, London

The largest-ever exhibition of Leonardo’s

remarkable drawings on view at

Buckingham Palace.

Until 31 Oct

Private Monet: Photographs by Bernard Plossu

Musée des Impressionismes,

Giverny, France

60 photos taken in winter and springtime

show Monet’s Gardens from a different angle.

3-11 Nov

Pan Pacific Masters Games

Gold Coast, Queensland

11,000 participants compete in this

biannual event covering more than

30 team and individual sports.

Lord of Miracles Festival

Lima, Peru

This Christian festival that draws thousands

of believers to follow the iconic Lord of The

Miracles painting through the streets of Lima.

What’s on

From 12 Oct

Southern Vineyards White

Wine Weekend

Hobart, Tasmania

The vignerons and winemakers

from the vineyards of Southern

Tasmania celebrate their very best

Sauvignon Blancs.

Herring Fair

Helsinki, Finland

The last catch of herring, or

‘stromming’ to the Finns, brings a

massive celebration to Market Square

at the end of each fishing season.

Strings of Autumn

Prague, Czech Republic

This well-established festival

features international

performers in a wide range

of genres.

10 Nov

Day of the Gaucho

Watch horse displays and polo tournaments, see

silverwork, ceramics and colonial carpentry and

glimpse the gaucho lifestyle of Las Pampas. www.

Kiep Bac Festival

Hai Duong Province,


Festivities and processions

and boat races centre

around the Kiep Bac Temple

near Hanoi, honouring an

ancient defender of the

people, Saint Tran.

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Australia & New Zealand Christmas Cruise

13-night fly/cruise fully escorted tour

Join Melda and Jock 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

INCLUDES: Fly from Rotorua to Sydney, transfer and 1 night’s

accommodation in Sydney, 12-night cruise on board

the five-star Celebrity Solstice superliner, 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

Rajasthan Cultural Fiesta

16-day tour & flights, fully escorted by Tracey Lynch

From $7049 * Pp

(based on twin share)

INCLUDES: Return economy airfares flying Singapore Airlines

from Christchurch to Delhi, escort from New Zealand, 15 nights’

accommodation, travel by air-conditioned coach, plane & train,

sightseeing with local guide & entry fees to selected monuments,

all breakfasts & dinners.

HIGHLIGHTS A sunrise yoga lesson in front of the Taj Mahal,

rickshaw ride in Delhi, elephant ride at Amber Fort in Jaipur,

cooking lesson & dinner with Rajput family in Jaipur, camel safari

in Jaisalmer, boat ride at Udaipur, marble inlay workshop, textile

market, visit Sadar Bazaar, jewellery bazaar, Khan Market and

Connaught Place for shopping, private dinner at stepwell, horse

safari in Narlai and jeep safari in Jodhpur.

Tour Departs Christchurch 22 March, 2013

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Mid City Nelson, 46 Bridge Street, Nelson

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit

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

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Escape to Vietnam

17-day tour escorted by Claire Barraclough

From $4869 * Pp

(based on twin share)

Includes: Return airfares from Auckland to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh

City to Auckland, transfers, 16 nights’ accommodation, sightseeing

and all meals.

Highlights: Vietnam stretches south from the Chinese border along

the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula. The country has a complex

geography with soaring mountains, fertile delta plains, winding rivers and

long sandy tropical beaches, some of which are the best in Southeast

Asia. The people of Vietnam are gentle, happy and welcoming to

visitors. Shopping in Vietnam is second to none with so much variety to

choose from. Get clothing made at unbelievable prices and pick up

a spare pair of eye glasses from NZ$35. You will sample an array of

mouthwatering foods, shop until you drop and enjoy the history and

culture and enjoy spectacular scenery along the way.

Tour departs Auckland October 2013.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Dinsdale, Whatawhata Road, Hamilton

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit

Calgary Stampede & Alaskan Cruise

14 nights’ luxury touring & 7 nights’ premium cruising escorted by Greg and Ellen Lee

From $17,395 * Pp

(based on twin share)

INCLUDES: Meet and learn about the Royal Canadian Mounted

Police and the Calgary Stampede two-day package with tickets

to the great rodeo show, a Mountain Heritage Guide walk

along the shore of Lake Louise, breakfast at Butchart Gardens in

Victoria, two days aboard the Rocky Mountaineer in GoldLeaf

Service, two nights at The Fairmont Banff Springs in Valleyside or

Mountain View rooms, overnight at The Fairmont Chateau Lake

Louise in Lake View Rooms & a seven-night Inside Passage cruise

in a Verandah Stateroom on board Holland America Line.

HIGHLIGHTS: You’ll well and truly get a feel for Calgary’s unique

identity, and the spirit of the ranchers, cowboys and pioneers

of the region with your two-day ‘Stampede Thrill Package’. Then

board your ship for a fantastic cruise through the Inside Passage.

Tour departs Vancouver 29 June, 2013. Airfares are additional.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Waipukurau, 49B Ruataniwha 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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Cambodia & Vietnam in comfort

12-day cruise/tour escorted by Ellen Lee

From $4695 * Pp

(based on twin share)

INCLUDES: 8 days cruising the Mekong River in luxury aboard the ms

La Marguerite, services of a Travelmarvel tour director, port charges

and tipping, airport transfers, excursions and entertainment, meals

as per itinerary, soft drink, local beer and spirits included at all times

during your cruise, 2 nights in Ho Chi Minh City and 2 nights in Siem

Reap either side of your Cruise.

HIGHLIGHTS: Cu Chi Tunnels, Tay Ninh Holy See near Saigon, the

floating markets and the French Gothic Cathedral in Cai Be, markets

of Vinh Long, guided tour of Sa Dec, rickshaw ride in Tan Chau,

Phnom Penh and the Royal Palace, Killing Fields, Chong Koh, Buddhist

monastery in Oudong, ox cart from Kampong Tralach, Angkor

Archeological Park, visit an ODA orphanage, see the temple of Angkor

Wat first-hand and more!

Tour departs Ho Chi Minh City on 6 April, 2013. Airfares are additional.

brought to you by

Harvey World Travel Waipukurau, 49B Ruataniwha Street

Phone: 0800 088 802 or visit

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out of the office to see the world and take our

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them with a more personalised and hassle-free

holiday experience.

Throughout our stores nationwide, we

have consultants taking escorted tours to

destinations all over the globe. From Southeast

Asia, to Canada and Alaska, sailing along the

Rhine in Europe, or trekking the Machu Piccu

trail in Peru – our consultants are everywhere!

To view more of our exciting array

of escorted tour and cruise holiday options,


and start dreaming now!

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