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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

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

TRAVEL FEATURE: Sidmouth, Devon

In 2009 over £1m was raised to save a dilapidated Regency mansion in the heart of Sidmouth.

By Tim Saunders - Monday, May 9, 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