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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.

For more information on Orlando World Center Marriott, call 800.380.7931 or visit worldcentermarriott.com

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

“Polling for Cocktails”

Riding the coattails of the first Presidential debate, our team would like to reach out on behalf of Omni Amelia Island Planation to introduce the “Polling for Cocktails” menu — featuring seven handcrafted cocktails that are as unique and flavorful as the Presidential parties and candidates they represent.

In an effort to see if guest consumption habits can predict the outcome of the upcoming Presidential Election, Omni Amelia Island Plantation invites guests to cast their vote at the property’s elegant Seaglass Lounge now through Election Night. Visit us HERE every week for an updated tabulation of votes.

Elect to enjoy specialty libations while enjoying sweeping views of the Atlantic, including the tantalizing Trump-Tini, refreshing Hilla-Rita and playful POTUS Punch.

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

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