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See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand

See the All Blacks’ Haka in New Zealand
Most sports fans (and even non-fans) know who the New Zealand All Blacks are – and recognize the fierce and electric haka that they perform prior to a match. Now, there is a chance to see the All Blacks play in their home country of New Zealand. The world-famous All Blacks are set to play several matches throughout New Zealand this year. And this is an iconic New Zealand experience.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, June 18, 2018 - Full Story

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons

Restaurant Offers Maori Language Lessons
Popular Christchurch, New Zealand seafood restaurant Fush has introduced free Maori language classes on Monday nights and the first event attracted over 600 people.

“We expected probably a dozen or so people to turn up, but when we put it online the feedback and demand for the lessons was overwhelming,” says co-owner Anton Matthews.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Full Story

Jackson’s New WWI Trench Experience

Quinn’s Post Trench Experience
An extraordinary sensory experience opened at The Great War Exhibition in Wellington in April. Created by Sir Peter Jackson, The Quinn’s Post Trench Experience combines his world-acclaimed storytelling artistry with a personal passion for World War I military history and stories of the experiences of New Zealand soldiers.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, June 7, 2018 - Full Story

Lose Yourself in the Streets of Paris

Lose Yourself in the Streets of Paris
“For the history, for the little gems to discover, for the fact that you can almost walk everything from a point to another – Paris, France, is a world unlike any other.” –Vanessa de Montigny, Journal de Montréal  

Streets of ParisWhether you consider Paris the city of love or the city of light, this epicentre of cultural innovation, rich history and stunning architecture will forever champion as a top bucket list destination. Paris pleases all her visitors with delectable food, award-winning wine, and whimsical culture blended with aesthetic appeal. Travelers craving a cultural experience can simply stroll through the Parisian streets and find all of their desires.

By Travel Bucket List - Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - Full Story

Sail the Galapagos Islands

Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
“Enter the Land Before Time, and you will understand why Darwin found his remarkable dreamland here. Bountiful flora and fauna and amazing species color the environment in excitement meant to exhilarate you on your adventure.”—Paul Rubio, Paul Rubio Travel

By Travel Bucket List - Wednesday, May 23, 2018 - Full Story

Trek to Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu
Machu Picchu: the famed 15th century Inca citadel which still remains as a shining hallmark of classical Inca civilization, fills you with awe at the true beauties of a past culture. Machu Picchu was home to the Inca emperor Pachacuti and is inundated with the holiness this place calls for. This bucket list destination is a UNESCO’s World Heritage Site and attracts the attention of 400,000 tourists every single year.

By Travel Bucket List - Monday, May 21, 2018 - Full Story

See The Northern Lights Iceland, Sweden, Canada, Norway

The Northern Lights
The Northern Lights are one of the most awe-inspiring natural phenomena on our planet. Dancing across the sky in otherworldly colours, this all-natural light show reminds us that our planet is filled with an abundance of wonder.  Because of this, witnessing the Aurora Borealis firsthand is meant for everyone’s bucket list. The greens, blues, reds, and purples which light up the sky—performing a passionate tango with each other—is one of nature’s moments of pure beauty unlike any other.

By Travel Bucket List - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Full Story

Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica

Embark on an Expedition to Antarctica
“Imagine a whale surfacing beside you to say hello as penguins leap at the bow of your boat all while you circumnavigate an iceberg by kayak. This is kayaking in Antarctica, the ultimate Bucket List experience.” – The Planet D

Antarctica: a land of untouched beauty, frozen plains twinkling with icy frost and glaciers—a destination visited by so few. For its sheer magnitude and remoteness, this continent is a bucket list item for the world’s most adventurous travellers. But, you can’t visit this icy continent year-round. You’ll need to join an experienced crew and travel in the spring, from November to March.

By Travel Bucket List - Friday, May 4, 2018 - Full Story

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa

Take a Wildlife Safari in Africa Gambia, Kenya, Tanzania, Africa
“A wildlife safari is a moment of pure adrenaline. You feel called back to nature as herds of elephants and packs of lions roam freely around you. This experience is absolutely worth every second and an adventure meant for a lifetime.”—Robin Kawakami, Today.com

Wildlife Safari in Africa

Nothing could be more breathtaking and awe-inspiring than surrounding yourself by the free spirit of majestic animals which make up the African landscape. Championed as one of the most rewarding adventures one can experience, a wildlife safari in Africa will transport you far from everyday life into a world of uninhibited nature. Feel the very ground beneath you quiver while the wildebeest migrate to more verdant land in Kenya.

By Travel Bucket List - Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - Full Story

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo

Travel - day out - Marwell Zoo
Birds have four types of feathers. I never realised this until I visited Marwell Zoo in Hampshire. Wing feathers help the bird fly, tail feathers help to balance and steer, body feathers give protection as well as streamlining while down feathers keep the bird warm.

For me the sign of a good day out is walking away with a few interesting, useful facts like this. A nice sunny weekend is an ideal opportunity to visit this attraction, set in 140 acres of Hampshire countryside near Winchester. It’s home to 1,200 animals and there is an emphasis on African wildlife ranging from giraffes and zebras to rhinoceroses, pygmy hippopotamuses and meerkats as well as some colourful birds. Founded by John Knowles, who opened it in 1972, Marwell soon became a leading zoo in Europe to carry out important animal conservation work.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, April 5, 2018 - Full Story

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild

Releasing Kiwi Chick into the Wild
An only-in-New-Zealand experience has left one international sailing crew much wiser about a unique conservation challenge – saving the emblematic flightless kiwi. After a day out in the Hauraki Gulf during their Auckland stop-over, the Volvo Ocean Race sailing team “Turn the Tide on Plastic” will leave a living legacy in New Zealand – a young kiwi chick that they named Mohio (meaning wisdom, in Maori) before releasing it into the wild.

The United Nations team is carrying the sustainability message on their year-long round-the-world voyage. Along with the competition to win the race, this team is on a mission to promote ocean health by highlighting the global issue of single use plastic.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, March 16, 2018 - Full Story

Snowbirds Escape Winter in The Palm Beaches

Snowbirds Escape Winter in The Palm Beaches
Visitors looking for a sunny and exciting break from snowstorms, icy roads and freezing temperatures will find their happy place in a T-shirt-and-shorts getaway to The Palm Beaches. With more than 75 kilometres of pristine beaches, an expansive selection of luxurious accommodations and restaurants, as well as cultural, entertainment and family-friendly activities, The Palm Beaches is a picture-perfect destination that invites Canadian snowbirds to migrate southward and embrace their sense of adventure. From basking in the sun on the soft sands of Juno Beach Park, to climbing a lighthouse in Jupiter, to enjoying a day of luxury outdoor shopping in Boca Raton, there are plenty of memorable ways to trade winter’s icy grip for sunny warmth in The Palm Beaches.

See below for some suggestions on how to escape winter in The Palm Beaches:

By News on the Net - Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - Full Story

Bryce Dallas Howard’s New Zealand Escape

Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean
Cape Reinga – Bryce Dallas Howard walks along Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.

For Bryce Dallas Howard, an escape to New Zealand’s sub-tropical Northland offers the chance for self-discovery and reflection. Bryce, who has had a close connection with New Zealand since childhood, says she finds the epic coastal landscapes on the narrow northern tip of New Zealand to be transformative. Sandwiched between the mighty Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, this has been home since ancient times to the Maori tribe that first settled the shores of New Zealand.

“Visiting Northland gave me a different appreciation of New Zealand because that’s where I discovered how special and unique Maori culture really is. Meeting the locals has given me a deep sense of connection to the spirit of the land.”

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, February 14, 2018 - Full Story

Auckland Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights

Auckland Harbour Bridge Transformed by Lights
Auckland’s iconic harbour bridge has been brought to life in a world-first battery and peer-to-peer powered light show.

The six-minute specially-composed light show sequence wowed crowds in New Zealand’s largest city watching and listening from different vantage points throughout the city on January 27, 2018. The bridge, which connects central Auckland and the suburbs of the North Shore lit up the Waitemata Harbour creating an audio-visual spectacle

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - Full Story

Art Deco - New Wine Bar and Old-School Prohibition Party

Art Deco - New Wine Bar and Old-School Prohibition Party

Napier, New Zealand, famous for the largest collection of Art Deco buildings in the Southern Hemisphere, now has a new occupant in the old National Tobacco Company building – The Urban Winery. Visit this iconic landmark to sample chardonnays by Tony Bish Wines. And if you don’t sample enough during the day, the winery’s cellar door becomes a wine bar three nights a week.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, January 25, 2018 - Full Story

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival
Hilton Head Wine and Food FestivalHilton Head’s wine and food enthusiasts greet the Island’s popular spring season every March with a week-long celebration to embrace the fruits of global wine partnerships, signature Lowcountry cuisine, grassroots cultural happenings and the authentic fabric of a unique community. What unfolds is an inspiring series of events that draw guests to Hilton Head Island from not only across the country, but even from far corners of the globe.

Join us as we celebrate our 33rd anniversary of this annual Hilton Head Island rite of passage at The Sea Pines Resort. Experience for yourself this year’s new schedule of events including spectacular celebrity chef showcases, intriguing wine education sessions, live entertainment and of course the famed Grand and Public Tasting events.

By Hilton Head - Friday, January 19, 2018 - Full Story

Celebrate Southern Heritage with Food & Drink

Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival
Calling all foodies! The 11th Annual Hilton Head Island Seafood Festival is a family-friendly, week-long culinary and cultural celebration showcasing the very best in savory eats, crafted cocktails, gourmet wines and more. Over the course of seven days, you’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy dishes prepared by celebrity guest chefs, barbecue from some of the best of Southern pitmasters, hands-on cooking demos, eclectic tastings, live music and much more!

By Hilton Head - Thursday, January 18, 2018 - Full Story

Penguin Info for Awareness Day

Penguin Info for Awareness Day
If you aren’t a fan of adorable penguins and their shenanigans, you should stop reading now. But who doesn’t love penguins?

With Penguin Awareness Day happening on January 20, we thought we’d update you on some of the places you can see the cute little fellas in New Zealand – and remind you about one particularly naughty penguin named Timmy.

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, January 17, 2018 - Full Story

New activities in New Zealand—The land of the long white cloud

Night Tour -- Waimarino Group
Lake Rotoiti Starlight Kayaking Experience
Bay of Plenty tourism operator, Waimarino Group, has developed an exciting five-hour kayaking experience in Rotorua that includes a lake kayak, a visit to a glow-worm cave, and a gourmet barbecue dinner for groups of up to 40 people.

Enjoy an evening adventure, kayaking out over one of New Zealand’s most stunning waterways, Lake Rotoiti. Enjoy the beautiful scenery, abundant birdlife, and learn the myths and legends linked to the area, before kayaking over to the stunning Manupirua Hot Pools. Here, you are provided with a sumptuous gourmet barbeque dinner. Then – as the sun goes behind the hills, you adventure out to the magical glow-worm cave to see the glow worms and learn about their life cycles and legends. On the way back, you can see how the lake is transformed by the moon and the twinkling Southern Sky stars above, giving you the perfect end to a memorable adventure.

The price is $235 NZD (approx. $212 Cdn) per person.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, January 12, 2018 - Full Story

Isle of Wight and surrounding areas

Isle of Wight and surrounding areas
A butterfly has a 12-week life cycle.

We learn this during a visit to Butterfly World at Newport on the Isle of Wight. It all starts with an egg, then the caterpillar, the chrysalis and then finally the adult butterfly; each a three week process. There are some magnificent butterflies and moths all under one roof. Next door Fountain World is home to a variety of koi fish, which don’t just make for an alternative investment – with some fetching up to £3,500 – but they can live for over 200 years.

By Tim Saunders - Friday, December 29, 2017 - Full Story