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Move Over Cinco de Mayo…

While traditionally May 5 is celebrated by raising a glass of Mexican beer (or tequila), there is a different option for wine lovers – May 5 is also International Sauvignon Blanc Day.

The French may have given us the term terroir – the wonderful alchemy of influences from soil, aspect and climate that creates the unique character of a wine – but on the other side of the world, New Zealand winemakers have also shared their own kind of “magic” with the world and it has a distinctive New Zealand name.


Turangawaewae (pronounced: too-runguh-why-why) means “my place” in Maori. It describes a uniquely New Zealand approach to winemaking that includes terroir and also embraces the surrounding landscape, the characteristic weather, and the history and spirit of a place and the people who make it their home.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - Full Story

Get Dirty at Mudtopia in Rotorua, New Zealand

Festival fans are set for an epic new mud and music experience later this year, with the announcement of the southern hemisphere’s first Mudtopia Festival, to be held in Rotorua, from December 1-3.

The three-day, high-energy festival in Arawa Park is designed to create a playful sensory experience that will awaken the world to Rotorua and the wonders of mud, by enabling people to get muddy and unleash their inner child.

Rotorua mud is extremely high in minerals, particularly silica, due to its contact with natural geothermal and mineral waters that come from deep within the earth. This high mineral content ensures that the mud stores heat easily when warmed, making it ideal for wellness treatments, as well as for the activities planned for Mudtopia.

By News on the Net - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Full Story

A slower pace of life can be found in Suffolk

This comes as quite a surprise when you think that it is only 80 miles from London. In Suffolk there is great support for local produce and the independent trader. So much so that I am told even a well known supermarket chain has been unable to secure planning permission to build a store in Halesworth.

“The owner of the wine shop here has been trading for over 30 years,” one local entrepreneur, who has relocated from Surrey, tells me. “I was an accountant for BP for 30 years and every day as a commuter I used to leave my house in the dark and return in the dark and did not even know my next door neighbour. It’s different here; it takes me twice as long as it should to walk up the street in the morning because I’m talking to so many people.” In Suffolk there is plenty of farmland and house prices are comparatively low compared to the built up south of England, making homebuyers contemplate a move here.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, April 13, 2017 - Full Story

Travel: Wiltshire

More of us are holidaying at home and this becomes apparent during a trip to Devizes, which is experiencing a booming tourism trade.

“We’ve already beaten last year’s bookings and we’re not even half way through the year,” reveals Michael Messam, volunteer at Kennet & Avon Canal Trust, which has just received the Queen’s Voluntary Award.

By Tim Saunders - Saturday, March 4, 2017 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Hot New Vantage Point for Stargazing

Beginning on March 3, 2017, at Tekapo Springs, on New Zealand’s central South Island, visitors can soak in a natural hot pool while stargazing into one of the clearest night skies in the world. This stargazing tour incorporates a 40-minute guided night sky tour with trained star guides, followed by a 40-minute soak in the hot pools.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - Full Story

Luxury Escapes for All the Family

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.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - Full Story

CRUISING THE RIVER SEINE ON FRED.OLSEN’S CRUISE SHIP BRAEMAR

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.

By David Powell - Monday, February 6, 2017 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Best Places to Pop the Question

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.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - Full Story

New Tourism Adventure - Redwoods Nightlights

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.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - Full Story

New Zealand’s Art Deco Festival Offers Up New Events

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.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Full Story

Queenstown Goes Back to the Future

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.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, December 28, 2016 - Full Story

Mutt Lange Offers New Zealand Luxury High Country Stay

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.

By News on the Net - Monday, December 26, 2016 - Full Story

BOOK NOW: Be the First to Uncover UNICO 20°87°  Hotel Riviera Maya

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.”

By News on the Net - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Full Story

New Zealand - 15 Years as the Real Middle-earth

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.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - Full Story

The Greek Sponge Divers of Florida

“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.

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Friday, December 2, 2016 - Full Story

International Mountain Day - New Zealand’s Peaks

On December 11, 2003, the first International Mountain Day was celebrated worldwide. Every year, Mountain Day creates awareness about the importance of mountains to life and pays tribute to these incredible natural formations. New Zealand has some of the most beautiful and accessible peaks in the world, with some playing starring roles in blockbuster movies and others standing guard over some of the most spectacular scenery in the world.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - Full Story

A Toast to New Zealand’s Wine - with Map

Below is information on the wine regions of New Zealand, with a focus on travel in autumn (Canada’s spring). Autumn is when the grapes have been harvested, and the winemakers are relaxed and ready to chat vintages and vines – and to taste their work. New Zealand wine regions are at their most spectacular in fall, when the days are long and bathed in late sunshine – it’s the perfect time to sip, savour and enjoy the country’s spectacular Sauvignon Blancs, alternative Albarinos and zesty Rieslings.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, November 9, 2016 - Full Story

Exciting New Adventures in Wanaka, New Zealand

Queenstown may be the adventure capital of the world, but their nearby neighbour, just 62km to the north, also has a lot to offer adventurists. Below is a roundup of the newest activities in the area.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - Full Story

WINTER TRAVEL DEAL: Seek the Weekend at Orlando World Center Marriott

We wanted to make your Canada Free Press readers aware with Orlando’s average year-round temperature sitting at 78 degrees, Orlando World Center Marriott is inviting travelers to soak up the hot Florida sun with a “Seek the Weekendescape with rates starting at $167/night, bookable for stays now - March 31, 2017. Offering 20 percent savings and a $25 nightly resort credit, guests can reclaim their weekends with great rates and added value at this exclusive Orlando resort when using promo code P91.

Whether getting away from the hustle-and-bustle of real world stressors or making the most of a weekend with good friends, vacationers can relax daydreaming by the Falls Pool Oasis, enjoy rejuvenating treatments at the full-service spa, wine-and-dine at an array of taste tempting restaurants, beckon birdies at an 18-hole championship golf course and slide down the tallest and fastest resort slides in Florida.

With new attractions including everything from Universal’s Skull Island Reign of Kong (now open), Volcano Bay (opening spring of 2017) and Animal Kingdom’s Pandora - The World of AVATAR (opening spring of 2017), Orlando World Center Marriott gives travelers the perfect excuse to head to the Sunshine State for a weekend of sun and savings.

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By News on the Net - Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - Full Story