Multi-generational travel is a growing trend. Grandparents, mom and dad and the kids are taking the time to visit new places and spend quality family time together.
When it comes to travelling in a family group, often a key element to success (and peace and quiet) is to include activities to suit everyone. Luckily, in New Zealand, you can do this in style by booking luxury accommodation with memorable experiences tailored for the whole family.
Fred.Olsen Cruise Lines are always offering special cruise experiences for their guests and a long weekend cruise along the Seine on their ship Braemar sounded idyllic. Fred.Olsen have a fleet of 4 ships visiting many fabulous destinations around the world. Having experienced a wonderful Norwegian Fjord cruise on Balmoral last year, my wife and I were eagerly looking forward to this river cruise.
Braemar is how a ship should look; traditional design, elegant and stylish. She’s a firm favourite with many of Fred.Olsen’s regular cruisers. Onboard you won’t find rock walls to climb, zip wires, surf rides or waterslides, you will however find a smaller intimate ship with plenty of lounges and public areas to relax in, fabulous food and all the favourite facilities you would expect from a cruise line with over 160 years of history.
Love is in the air as Valentine’s Day draws near. Lush landscapes, star-filled skies and the breathtaking beauty of some of the world’s most untouched natural wonders and pristine beaches all make New Zealand the perfect place to propose to the love of your life.
Below are some of the most romantic spots in New Zealand.
Located within Rotorua’s Redwood Forest, which attracts more than 500,000 visitors annually, the Redwood Treewalk is the world’s longest suspended walkway. The walk, consisting of 23 elevated swing bridges and living platforms, showcases one of Rotorua’s most visited natural attractions.
Held each February, the Tremains Art Deco Festival attracts more than 40,000 visitors who dress up in vintage clothing, pose by the glamourous antique cars that line the streets, and step into a moment in time – the Gatsby era. It’s all brought to life throughout Napier, New Zealand, one of only two preserved Art Deco towns in the world.
At the height of Art Deco’s dominance in 1931, North Island’s Napier underwent massive reconstruction after an earthquake and fire. Today, walking around Napier’s downtown is like getting into a time machine set for the 1930s.
Real Journeys’ latest tourism attraction takes day-trippers from a cruise aboard one of the world’s oldest forms of conveyance, a coal-powered steamship, to an off-road adventure on the latest mode of transport – the Ubco electric trail bike.
The Walter Peak Electric Trail Bike trip begins by crossing beautiful Lake Wakatipu on the 104-year-old restored steamship TSS Earnslaw. Disembarking at Walter Peak high country farm, groups of up to 12 join a nature guide and put on protective clothing to ride the electric bikes. Riders enjoy uninterrupted views from the paddocks and hills.
Launching this summer (Canada’s winter), the Launching this summer (Canada’s winter), the Mahu Whenua Ridgeline Homestead & Eco Sanctuary will put an authentic stamp on a luxury New Zealand high country experience. The exclusive luxury accommodation, eco and wildlife experience will be on a vast high country property near Wanaka, in New Zealand’s Southern Lakes region. The property is set on over 550 square km (200 square miles) of South Island high country that extends across four working sheep stations owned by music producer Robert “Mutt” Lange.
Know we’ve just made it through the craziness of Black Friday/Cyber Monday, but I wanted to reach out regarding UNICO 20°87° Hotel Riviera Maya, as the hotel has officially started accepting bookings in anticipation of welcoming guests in March 2017.
To toast to this exciting milestone, we invite vacationers to give the gift of travel this holiday season and meet Mexico face-to-face with the “Pre-Opening Special” sale — offering rates starting at $186 per person, per night. Bookable now through December 31, 2016, for travel March 1 through Dec. 22, 2017. Let’s toast to this milestone and your chance to be the first to “arrive as a tourist and leave as a traveler.”
The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies have had huge appeal and attract thousands of visitors annually, with international tourism contributing $14.5 billion NZD to the economy last year. The International Visitor Survey in June showed 16 percent of international tourists last year cited The Hobbit Trilogy as the initial reason they considered a trip to New Zealand.
“Give me a word and I will show you that it comes from Greek.” —Mr. Portokalis, character in “My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding”
Having experienced the excruciating ear pain from failure to equalize the pressure change underwater, I am in awe of any scuba diver who goes underwater to explore the depths of our oceans or, as is the case of pearl divers, to find exquisite pearls that adorn rare and expensive jewels.
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