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International Hobbit Day Celebrates at First Light

International Hobbit Day also happens to mark the birthdays of both Frodo and Bilbo Baggins. The famous Hobbiton Movie Set – in the beautiful Matamata Waikato countryside – will awaken to the inaugural sunrise tour and breakfast birthday banquet in the hobbit village.

The birthday party will begin at 5:30 a.m. so that guests can look forward to an exceptional otherworldly experience on the 12-acre site. Costumes are welcome and each early morning partygoer will get to carry a lantern as they follow their guide along illuminated paths while listening to fascinating stories of how the Hobbiton Movie Set was created and the making of the movies.

For those not at the spot on International Hobbit Day, the 100% Pure New Zealand Facebook Page will live-stream from Bag End Road as first light reveals the green of The Shire and the surrounding Matamata hills, one of the first places in the world to see the light of a new day.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, September 21, 2016 - Full Story

Aruba invites travelers to “vote happy” this election season

Oranjestad, Aruba – With the Presidential race heating up, Aruba invites U.S. travelers to “vote happy” this election season through an irresistible campaign to visit the One happy island. This is one decision Americans won’t have to debate – as more than 10 hotel candidates are offering a $200 resort credit for all trips booked Sept. 1 – 14, with travel occurring from Sept. 1 – Dec. 20.*

“Whether you’re from a red state or blue state, Aruba wants to help voters escape to a happy state of mind,” said Ronella Tjin Asjoe-Croes, CEO of Aruba Tourism Authority. “Aruba’s award-winning beaches, constant sunshine, friendly locals and diverse land/sea activities make it appealing for all parties to ‘vote happy.’”

By News on the Net - Friday, September 9, 2016 - Full Story

Real Dragon Tales from New Zealand

New Zealand is home to curious creatures big and small – penguins, kiwis, whales and dolphins, to name a few. But hidden in the bush, deep inside caves and often out of sight,

New Zealand’s rarest creatures can be difficult to spot if you don’t know where to look. New Zealand is the home of dragons. Yes, Elliot from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon and Smaug from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug could be seen here, but there are others that you may not know about.

By News on the Net - Friday, September 9, 2016 - Full Story

River Cruising in Europe on … AmaSerena

Spring and early summer is an ideal time to visit Holland and with miles of tranquil scenic canals to explore I was looking forward to a weeks cruise on the luxurious AmaSerena. This was my first river cruise and what impressed me from the start was AmaWaterways’ attention to detail and personal approach, which made my wife and I feel valued and special guests. Two weeks before the cruise all the information needed arrived by post including the transfers in Amsterdam where our exciting journey was to begin.

After the short flight from London Gatwick to Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport we were immediately met by Chris from AmaWaterways who escorted us through arrivals to our comfortable coach for the short journey to the port. For passengers who prefer not to fly, Eurostar are launching a direct service from London to Amsterdam in late 2017. Until then passengers may travel from London to Brussels and with a simple change of trains enjoy a high-speed journey direct to Amsterdam Central. There are of course direct international flights to Holland

By David Powell - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - Full Story

Take Off to the Real New Zealand Locations from Disney’s Pete’s Dragon

Disney’s classic family film Pete’s Dragon has been brought back to life using spectacular New Zealand locations as the backdrop. The film was shot over both of New Zealand’s main islands, the North and the South, showcasing diverse landscapes. The story about an orphaned boy and his best friend Elliot the dragon is directed by David Lowery and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, New Zealand’s own Karl Urban, Oona Laurence and Robert Redford.

Disney’s Pete’s Dragon fans who want to transport themselves into the film by visiting the real locations used in the movie can explore New Zealand and go on their own adventure:

By News on the Net - Wednesday, August 3, 2016 - Full Story

Get Dirty in Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua, well known for its Maori cultural tourism and natural hot springs, is now earning a reputation for being a dirty, dirty destination (that’s great for your skin!) – with its brand new Rotorua Mud Festival!

Starting in early December 2017 – the Rotorua Mud Festival will celebrate the city’s distinctive and unique geothermal and volcanic environment by inviting the world to a completely immersive experience with Rotorua’s one-of-a-kind mud – to get neck-deep in mud, so to speak.

By News on the Net - Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - Full Story

The Levin Hotel London- The world’s closest hotel to Harrods

If you are looking to visit the U.K. then I imagine a visit to London will be at, or at least near, the top of your list. When looking for somewhere to stay a unique, boutique hotel could be the ideal place for you!

The Levin Hotel does not disappoint. Located just a stone’s throw away from Britain’s popular and famous department store, Harrods, The Levin has an enviable location that is in my opinion perfectly placed for whatever you decide to do whilst in London, especially with Knightsbridge Tube Station on your doorstep. As well as the famous department stores London has to offer (including Harvey Nichols and the chic boutiques of Sloane Street and Beauchamp place), Hyde Park and the stunning Kensington Gardens are near by, as well as the V&A and Natural History Museum, which are just a 10 minute walk.

By David Powell - Thursday, June 2, 2016 - Full Story

Cheese-y New Zealand

Hit the trail and see why New Zealand’s artisan cheese industry is blooming as a new generation of cheese makers return to age-old ways of crafting the tastiest cheeses.

By News on the Net - Thursday, May 26, 2016 - Full Story

Enjoying New Zealand’s Underwater Worlds

New Zealand’s serpentine coastline is almost as long as that of the continental United States, offering superb diving and snorkelling locations. Due to the foresight of conservationists, 44 marine reserves have been created for everyone to enjoy.

By News on the Net - Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Full Story

Slow Travel in New Zealand

To really get to know New Zealand, you have to do less and take in more… New Zealand is the indisputable thrill-seeking capital of the world. And if you want a rush, there’s no place better on the planet. But if you want to get off the bus, smell the native flowers and eat kai (food) fresh from the river or bush, you will be the richer for it.

By News on the Net - Monday, May 2, 2016 - Full Story

Ready, Set, Go - New Zealand’s Vineyard Marathons

The combination of great landscapes and award-winning wines is hard to resist – and what better way to earn that indulgent glass or two than with a vineyard marathon? Whether you’re a “social” runner or a serious athlete, you’ll find a trail for every fitness level. Each marathon or half marathon provides a way to experience the regions, from cellar doors and across beachfronts to winding island roads. With a flagship vineyard at the end of each run, you’ll also have the perfect motivation to reach the finish line.

By News on the Net - Monday, April 18, 2016 - Full Story

Clean Eating in New Zealand

You would expect New Zealanders to eat well. The country’s rolling pastures, ample rainfall and isolation have always created plenty of seasonal produce and the traditional food culture was based on whole foods, home baking and preserving. In recent years though, Kiwis have gone further, embracing clean eating, organics and artisan producers as part of their daily routine.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - Full Story

Travel feature: Bridport and Lyme Regis

Holidays are sacred.  So when a bank holiday arrives you don’t really want to be stuck at home doing the chores. Much better to explore the great British countryside. That’s what I did when I visited Dorset with my wife Caroline and baby daughter Harriett.

By Tim Saunders - Friday, April 1, 2016 - Full Story

Barbequing, Kiwi Style

As Canadians, we are sweeping the snow or, on the West Coast, dusting the pollen off our barbeques this time of the year, but New Zealand is knee deep into their barbequing season.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - Full Story

Falling for New Zealand - Autumn Invigorates the Body & Soul

If you are looking to engage all five senses while on vacation, New Zealand in autumn has it all. A real feast for the senses, autumn is a time of plenty in every imaginable way. During the months of March, April and May, skies are blue and foliage is ablaze with golden colours. Fruit harvests are underway and New Zealanders are heading out on weekends to play and enjoy a jam-packed calendar of events.

By News on the Net - Friday, March 11, 2016 - Full Story

Pete’s Dragon Trailer - Real New Zealand Locations

From the land that was the backdrop for blockbuster movies such as The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Hobbit Trilogy, King Kong and many others – New Zealand is once again front and centre on the big screen.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Full Story

TRAVEL FEATURE: Hampshire: Shawford and Winchester

The little known village of Shawford on the outskirts of Winchester is famous for two things. Firstly, it has the longest railway viaduct of over 2,000 feet in length and 40 feet in height. Secondly, its village pub The Bridge Inn was chosen as the location of the cantankerous Victor Meldrew’s hit-and-run death in the final episode of BBC comedy One Foot in the Grave.

By Tim Saunders - Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - Full Story