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Old travel pages from 2007 and Before

New Zealand - Accommodations Fit for a King

Generations of royals have visited New Zealand since the Queen first stepped ashore in 1953, and next in line to visit is also next in line to the British Throne – Prince Charles. Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand from November 4 – 10 and will visit Wellington, Dunedin, Nelson, Westport, Ngaruawahia, New Plymouth and Auckland.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Shotover Jet Turns 50

In 1965, Shotover Jet took its first passenger and helped put New Zealand on the global tourism map. On November 13, 2015, Shotover Jet will be turning 50 years old. And on that day, it will become the first jet boat operator in the world to have operated continuously for this many years.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, October 13, 2015 - Full Story

Black Water Adventures

Stubbs is operations supervisor for The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co. in Waitomo, established in 1987 and New Zealand’s first “black water” (think underground rivers) adventure tour company.

By News on the Net - Monday, October 5, 2015 - Full Story

Travel feature: St Mawes, Cornwall

Those hunting a subtropical climate will be pleased to hear that they do not have to endure long flights to Vietnam or Taiwan. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Cornwall enjoys the very same conditions. This means that spring comes early and autumn lingers longer, allowing for a rich variety of plants to thrive. There is over 1,500 hours of sunshine annually in the county. No wonder it is such a popular tourist destination. In fact during our trip to St Mawes, which lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, we encounter visitors from Germany, Czechoslovakia, Poland and America.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, September 29, 2015 - Full Story

Holiday Like a Celebrity in New Zealand

Fancy a celebrity-style holiday? It may be much easier than you think.  New Zealand is the perfect place to get away from it all – as some of the biggest names in the world have discovered. Below are some secret celebrity vacation spots in New Zealand – and you don’t need a superstar-size bank balance or an entourage to enjoy them.

By News on the Net - Monday, September 28, 2015 - Full Story

Travel feature: Herefordshire and Wales

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”


I spy this quote in the window of one of the many bookshops in Hay on Wye during our trip to Herefordshire and Wales.

By Tim Saunders - Wednesday, September 16, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand Spring Means Food & Wine

Spring in New Zealand is a season inspired with vibrant colours and unfurling new life, brimming with the flavours of early produce and new vintage releases, and a feast of imaginative festivals celebrating everything from seafood to wine. Below are three of the most popular spring events.

By News on the Net - Saturday, September 12, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Must-Eat Seafoods

True foodies and lovers of “fruits of the sea” won’t want to miss out on trying these tasty fresh seafood delicacies while travelling in New Zealand. New Zealand has one of the world’s longest coastlines and richest marine environments. The waters of the vast surrounding oceans offer some of the best seafood on the international market.

By News on the Net Paul Holman- Friday, August 21, 2015 - Full Story

Discover New Zealand’s Best Chefs

New Zealand’s boasts a thriving food scene due to the quality of the ingredients, the innovative cuisine, the presentation, and the style and design of the restaurants themselves. Below is a list of five New Zealand chefs worth seeking out.

Fleur Sullivan

Fleur’s Place, a small and affordable restaurant, café and bar on the Moeraki Wharf, has earned iconic status in New Zealand’s cuisine heritage. After 20 years working as the owner and host of the award-winning Central Otago establishment, Oliver’s, Sullivan felt a need to connect back with a simpler lifestyle.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, June 17, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand – A Bird Watcher’s Dream

New Zealand kiwi birdNew Zealand is an amazing destination for bird watchers. The country offers exceptional opportunities for fans of our feathered friends to see some rare species.  Found only in New Zealand, the flightless kiwi is the national bird. Of the five species of kiwi – two are considered vulnerable, one is endangered, and one is critically endangered.

By News on the Net Ruth Atherley- Thursday, June 11, 2015 - Full Story

It’s A Capital Break!

Now is a good time to plan a short break to the UK and London. There’s so much to see and do in London and a visit can be perfect for all sorts of reasons ... sightseeing, shopping, visiting the museums and attractions, perhaps a West End show, to celebrate a special occasion or simply to get away and relax. For whatever reason your choice of hotel needs to be spot on and well situated. I stayed at the luxurious five star Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge, just one minute to Harrod’s and two to Harvey Nichols!

By David Powell - Thursday, May 28, 2015 - Full Story

Experience the Queenstown Winter Festival

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this year’s American Express Queenstown Winter Festival, from June 19 – 28, is sure to be the best one yet. It starts off with the American Express Opening Party at Earnslaw Park,where anyone who feels the chill of winter can grab some delicious food and hot drinks from the food stalls and watch the fireworks over Lake Wakatipu.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, May 26, 2015 - Full Story

Prince Harry Visits Ulva Island, New Zealand

NewZealand travelAfter arriving in New Zealand on May 9, His Royal Highness Prince Harry is visiting the country until May 16.

Prince Harry’s visit went off-the-beaten track and away from the crowds on Sunday, when he travelled south to Stewart Island.

This was no ordinary royal day out. New Zealand’s third and southernmost island community has a population of approximately 400 residents and most of them, along with a few extras, turned out to welcome the Prince to their piece of island paradise.

By News on the Net - Monday, May 11, 2015 - Full Story

Luxury in Bath, UK

My wife and Sir Michael Caine have two things in common. Not only do they share the same birthday but they have also both stayed at The Queensberry in Bath, UK. Not a lot of people know that…

By Tim Saunders - Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - Full Story

A Traveler’s Guide for Stays in Downtown Montreal

A Montréal travel guide would be several books long, should it be complete. Montréal has so much to offer from historical monuments to outside activities. Anyone can find something fascinating, fun or entertaining, as Montréal has it all! Located in the southern portion of the Province of Quebec on the eastern side of Canada, the weather can range from comfortable to downright chilly, but there are plenty of sights to visit even during a snowstorm.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - Full Story

New Zealand is a Garden Lover’s Paradise

If your idea of a great vacation is visiting beautiful gardens that showcase beautiful flowers and diverse native greenery, New Zealand should be at the top of your travel plans. Kiwis love their gardens and put a great deal of energy and effort into them. For fans of flora, the land of the long white cloud really is a bucket-list destination.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - Full Story

FIFA¹s Youngest and Brightest Stars Descend on New Zealand

New Zealand is the host country of one of FIFA’s most important international tournaments, the FIFA U-20 World Cup. From the beautiful northern white beaches of Whangarei where Maori culture is ever-present, through the cultural capital of Wellington, and down to the wildlife area of Dunedin, the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup will make its mark as one of FIFA’s most diverse and beautiful tournaments.

By News on the Net - Monday, April 6, 2015 - Full Story