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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Three Reasons to Visit New Zealand in 2018

Rotorua is New Zealand’s first bilingual city
With 2018 just around the corner, many travellers are thinking about where to go next. Now is a great time to start planning a trip to New Zealand. Renowned for its cinematic landscapes, kilometres of pristine coastline and welcoming locals, the Land of the Long White Cloud also offers a great deal to do, see and experience. And whether you’re visiting for adventurous pursuits or have more refined pleasures in mind, you’ll find these three reasons to start planning a trip to New Zealand to be more than a little compelling.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, December 28, 2017

Celebrate 150 years of beer on the wild West Coast

Monteith’s celebrates its 150th anniversary of bringing beer to Kiwis
One of New Zealand’s wildest destinations, the rugged West Coast of the South Island, has traditionally been the haunt of tough mountain men, women and miners. Back in the day, one of the main things that kept the early pioneers happy was beer. Monteith’s Brewing Company has been there from the beginning, refreshing the thirsty throngs who were hardy and adventurous enough to call the West Coast home.

In 2018, Monteith’s celebrates its 150th anniversary of bringing beer to Kiwis. It has quite a few parties planned and will introduce a few new beers, specially brewed to mark the occasion.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, December 21, 2017

Rich & Famous-Style Accommodation in New Zealand

Lodge at The Hills
Luxury homes in New Zealand’s most idyllic locales offer those with a lot of discretionary income to experience a slice of Kiwi heaven. They attract both famous (from Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga) to more low-profile visitors. What all of the guests have in common is the wish to rest and relax in luxurious comfort on their vacation.

Southern Paradise

Justin Bieber and Katy Perry have both taken time out from their schedules (not together) to soak up the southern splendour of Queenstown at Lodge at The Hills. Located in The Hills golf course – and owned by Kiwi jewellery king Sir Michael Hill – this spot is worthy of such high-profile guests. The six-suite estate includes an art studio, music and media room, and a wine cellar dining room. It boasts a heated infinity pool, spa pool, sauna, private golf course and outdoor fireplace. Sound good? It should – the high-season rate is $32,250 NZD (approx. $28,150 Cdn) per night.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, November 24, 2017

New Zealand Tour Operators Celebrate Milestone Anniversaries

TranzAlpine train journey
TranzAlpine Train Celebrates 30th Anniversary

One of New Zealand’s most beloved tourism experiences, the iconic TranzAlpine train journey is celebrating 30 years of operation. Named one of the most scenic train rides in the world by international publications such as National Geographic Traveler magazine, the TranzAlpine is one of New Zealand’s three great rail journeys operated by KiwiRail.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, November 17, 2017

CRUISING THROUGH BURGUNDY

CRUISING THROUGH BURGUNDY
David Powell spent a week on the luxury hotel barge L’Impressionniste cruising through Burgundy. The Burgundy canal is one of the most attractive canals in France, winding its way through the heart of renowned vineyards, medieval towns, elegant chateaux, magnificent cathedrals, picturesque villages and wonderful local markets.

Monday mornings don’t get much better than this. I’ve had a lovely breakfast, the sun is shining and our luxury barge is about to set sail. There are 48 locks to navigate during our week on L’Impressionniste and I’m looking forward to every one!

By David Powell - Wednesday, November 15, 2017

New Short Walks and Day Hikes in New Zealand

New Short Walks and Day Hikes in New Zealand
Cape Foulwind Walkway
Get your hiking shoes on. New Zealand’s profile as a walking and hiking destination has been amplified with two new networks of walking tracks known as short walks and day hikes. Alongside New Zealand’s highly popular Great Walks network of nine multi-day trails (soon to become 10), these 14 short walks and 5 day hikes provide a great new (and complementary) offering for walkers looking for shorter, more manageable experiences.

By Travel New Zealand - Friday, November 10, 2017

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Travel Deals

Grand Lucayan--Grand Bahama Island
With the holidays quickly approaching, readers don’t need to conquer the crowds to treat themselves with the season’s hottest deals—these 15 properties, from Mexico and China to Florida, Texas and West Virginia, invite travellers to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday with exclusive offers, creating up to 50 percent savings.

Single Property Deals (Listed by Location)

By News on the Net - Saturday, November 4, 2017

A New Zealand Tree Goes Viral

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
A lone tree that grew from a fence post in the South Island of New Zealand has become an unlikely and incredibly popular social media sensation. The straggly crack willow tree on the shores of Lake Wanaka is thought to be at least 80 years old. Recently, this tree has stepped into a global spotlight and become a social media star – with some staying power. Known as #thatwanakatree, it is attracting both professional and amateur photographers from around the world, looking for that perfect shot of the tree – that often looks like it is growing right out of the lake.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, November 2, 2017

Sidmouth, Devon

Sidmouth, Devon
On a trip to Sidmouth it becomes apparent that there is a huge amount of bed and breakfast accommodation available.

We experience two quite different offerings at Travelodge, Sampford Peverell Service Area, Sampford Peverell, M5 (Junction 27), near Tiverton and at The Barn and Pinn Cottage, near Sidmouth.

By Tim Saunders - Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Estates in Fort Myers, Florida (Part II)

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Estates in Fort Myers
Thomas Edison and Henry Ford met in 1896 at a convention when Ford was working as chief engineer at the Detroit Edison Illuminating Company. “Sixteen years later the two men would meet again to discuss using Edison’s storage battery for the Model T.”

Edison invited Ford and his family to go camping in the Everglades in 1914; it was the first time Ford visited Fort Myers. He was so enchanted with the area that he purchased three acres of riverfront property adjacent to his friend’s estate and a Craftsman-style bungalow, The Mangoes, for $20,000, which he sold in 1945 for the same price.

The two industrialist friends spent many winters exploring Florida, relaxing, bird watching (one of Clara and Henry’s favorite activities), fishing, and planning business strategies, new inventions, and innovations. Their lengthy discussions and planning yielded products and innovations that would change the world.

Thomas Edison and Henry Ford’s Estates in Fort Myers, Florida (Part 1)

By Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh - Monday, October 30, 2017

Top Immersive Wine Experiences in New Zealand

The Brancott Estate Heritage Centre overlooking Brancott Vineyard -- Photo: John Doogan
What do oysters, bicycles, helicopters and foraging for local ingredients have to do with wine? So much! While visitors and locals alike can expect great wine in New Zealand, the new, experiential offerings below – which range from luxury to affordable – provide an exceptional opportunity for wine lovers, of all budgets.

By Travel New Zealand - Monday, October 30, 2017

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Top Five Essential New Zealand Pleasures

Bryce Dallas Howard’s Top Five Essential New Zealand Pleasures-- Queenstown Ridge
My early memories of New Zealand from when I was quite little are of a magical, kind-of mystical place. I’ve been so fortunate to return, thanks to my career, and every time I come back, the more I discover and my love for this place just grows deeper.

To truly experience New Zealand, you have to get out: first, to meet the people and feel the vibe; then, to get off the beaten track to immerse yourself in the landscape. It’s about the same size as California but there’s this extraordinary variety from one place to another.

By Travel New Zealand -- Bryce Dallas Howard- Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bahama Beach Holiday at Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan

Bahama Beach Holiday at Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan
With the holidays quickly approaching, and paychecks quickly disappearing, wanted to share Lighthouse Pointe at Grand Lucayan’s “Bahama Beach Holiday” offer – created to make giving the gift of travel easy and affordable. With savings up to 35 percent, one might just be tempted to “gift a getaway” to themselves, as well as someone else.

By News on the Net - Thursday, October 19, 2017

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail

In Central Otago, New Zealand’s pinot noir heartland, you can stroll through several exceptional vineyards on a new walking wine tour: The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail. The self-paced, independent tour takes those interested in learning more about the wines of the region to visit four premium wine-tasting rooms. The 8-kilometre loop trail includes Misha’s Vineyard, Aurum Wines, Scott Base and Wooing Tree Vineyard, as well as captures some wonderful scenery through orchards and around Lake Dunstan.

The walking time on the trail is approximately 90 minutes in total (at an average pace) and can be completed in 3.5 hours, including tasting stops. At three of the tasting rooms, there are lunch platters available – or you have the option of bringing your own picnic and finding a scenic spot. As well as tasting Central Otago’s famous pinot noir, wine selections include pinot gris, rosé, Chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, gewürztraminer, riesling, sparkling and dessert-style wines and port. For those who prefer hops over grapes, there is a beer option at one of the tasting rooms.

The 4 Barrels Walking Wine Trail is free. The only costs that may be incurred are wine-tasting fees, as well as optional food purchases.

By Travel New Zealand - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

New Waterfall Climb in New Zealand

Wildwire Wanaka’s Lord of the Rungs experience needs to be seen to be believed. It adds a new high to New Zealand’s adventure tourism experiences.

Wild, wet and 450 metres high – Wildwire Wanaka’s Lord of the Rungs is the world’s highest via ferrata waterfall climb and New Zealand’s newest adventure thrill. It opened in September.

Alongside the spectacular Twin Falls shooting down a sheer rocky hillside, near the South Island alpine resort town of Wanaka, the via ferrata system of rungs and cables rises a near perpendicular 450m above the valley floor, taking climbers on a six to seven-hour adventure that ends with a heli flight descent.

By Travel New Zealand - Thursday, October 5, 2017

Magnificent and a memorable family holiday awaits you at Tehidy

Tehidy is a small village in Cornwall, near Portreath, St Ives and the coast. It is a magnificent part of the world and a memorable family holiday awaits you at Tehidy Holiday Park.

“I have ploughed everything I have made back into the holiday park,” explains director Richard Barnes, who purchased the five-acre site 10 years ago and runs it with his family. “It was pretty run down then and I set about updating it, even adding tarmac roads.” We speak during the height of the holiday season when he has 350 guests staying on site: camping, static caravans and in his selection of self-catering holiday cottages. “We keep being asked for larger cottages so we are renovating another one at the moment which will have all the bells and whistles.”

By Tim Saunders - Monday, October 2, 2017

Experiential Travel: Artisanal Escape at Mahekal Beach Resort

As you may know, the Frida Kahlo Museum recently opened its second location in the world on Playa del Carmen’s bustling Fifth Avenue. To celebrate, Mahekal Beach Resort crafted an experiential “Artisanal Escape” for culturally-minded travelers looking to awaken their creative spirit - available now and starting at $460/night.

For a glimpse into the brilliant mind of one of Mexico’s most iconic artists, guests enjoy a self-guided walking tour Fifth Avenue, complete with an exploration guide outlining must-see stops, ending at the Frida Kahlo Riviera Maya Museum where VIP passes await. Enthusiasts return to Mahekal to discover their artistic talents through a hands-on painting lesson at the Artisan Palapa with a local master of her craft before indulging in an interactive culinary adventure at the Mayan Culinary Casita.

By News on the Net - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Celebs Love to Dine in New Zealand

With fresh, farm-to-table produce, innovative chefs and some stunning restaurant settings, it’s no surprise that international celebrities love dining in New Zealand. From pop star Taylor Swift to action man Jason Statham, check out the favourite foodie haunts of visiting celebrities.

By Travel New Zealand - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

“Slide Through Summer” escape.

With summer officially upon us, we wanted to reach out to share this amazing staycation as the world’s largest Marriott - Orlando World Center Marriott - invites friends and families to stop squandering vacation days and live it up with a “Slide Through Summer” escape. This amenity filled, all-inclusive two-night stay starts at $1,200 for travel now – Sept. 4, 2017, and includes two connecting guest rooms along with premium perks and endless options for entertainment for guests of all ages.

By News on the Net - Thursday, July 27, 2017

Attractions of Snowdonia: An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

If you are planning a visit to the UK then Snowdonia in North Wales should be on your radar!

I recently visited Snowdonia to experience some of the many attractions this amazing area has to offer.

Here are just a few of the attractions I visited on my recent trip …

Covering approximately 840 square miles, the Snowdonia National Park is truly an area of outstanding natural beauty. There are unsurpassed views with Snowdon itself peaking at 1085 metres, mountain railways, historic castles galore, pretty coastal towns to explore, wonderfully restored steam trains, woodland parks and Snowdonia’s slate heritage. For the more adventurous there are pursuits such as rock climbing, hiking and mountain biking.

By David Powell - Thursday, July 20, 2017

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