19 Nov 2010 Experiences To Enjoy When Staying In Low Price range Bangkok Hotels Thailand
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There can be totally different shapes and sizes of accommodation ad completely different lodges primarily based in their city. There’ll b something for everybody’s taste. Your visit will be a trip to recollect even when you solely there for a holiday, exploring or business.

There are dinner cruises on the Chao Phraya River or rooftop bars on one in all hundreds of excessive-rise skyscrapers. Traveling in and across the city and countryside in direction of different components of Thailand is quite effortless. There are ample taxis and conventional tuk-tuk available. One of the faster means of transport is the Sky practice and the underground train.

There are area guides that may help you getting your method round Bangkok. If you were a primary time visitor the busy streets can be fairly overwhelming, make sure you make use of the guides. There’s a vast quantity of hotels available.

Thailand gives wonderful sightseeing opportunities. Gleaming temples such as the Grand Palace, the Siamese Ruins and the Ruins of Ayutthaya are only a few. There’s a floating market and bike trails by the attractive villages. The choices of lodges are simply as huge as the places to see. There are 5 star motels for the rich and leisure searching for visitors and there are funds accommodation catering for business and family oriented customers.

There are a selection of fantastic places to visit round Thailand. There are numerous gleaming temples such as the magnificent Grand Palace. You can take a river cruise and study concerning the historic Siamese and ruins of Ayutthaya. You might get pleasure from a beautiful time at a floating market. There are bike trails that could let you explore the beautiful villages. Be assured when visiting Thailand you might simply find budgeted lodging in Thailand.

30 Aug 2010 Nutritional benefits of kiwi fruit

Although it grows well in warm and gentle climates, kiwi, the fuzzy, green, exotic and tasty New Zealand fruit actually originated in China, where it was regarded as a delicacy and called the Chinese Gooseberry or Yang Tao.

The fruit itself was exported from China to New Zealand only relatively recently, at the turn of the 20th century, when a New Zealand native, Isabel Fraser, took kiwi seeds home with her from China and planted them in New Zealand.

After the fruit’s exportation, its name naturally then changed from Gooseberry to kiwi, after the national bird of New Zealand, the Kiwi. The fuzzy texture of the kiwi fruit is thought to resemble the national bird’s sparse coat of hair.

NUTRITIONAL COMPOSITION

The kiwi fruit is synonymous with summer and fruity cocktails and concoctions, and is nutritionally dense, packed with vitamin C. The green fruit as well as its black seeds contain protein, vitamins C and E, potassium, calcium, iron as well as soluble dietary fiber. Kiwi is also sodium-free, and is a dieter’s dream food, since it not only offer tons of vitamins and nutrients, but is tasty and nutritious.

HEALTH BENEFITS

Medical studies indicate that eating kiwi regularly not only supplies the body with vital vitamins and minerals, but can help prevent or treat various ailments.

SO WHY EAT KIWI?

*Eat kiwi to repair damanged DNA and reduce the likelihood of blood clots.

Studies from AUT Universitt in Auckland, New Zealand reported that cancer patients who ate two or three kiwi fruits a day kept spreading cancers in check, as the fruit played a significant role in repairing damaged DNA. The same clinical participants who consumed 2 to 3 kiwi fruits a day reported less incidences of blood clotting. Properties in kiwi protect DNA in the cell’s nucleus from oxygen-related damage. The possible link between kiwi and reduced incidences of heart disease and stroke is also currently being studied.

*Eat kiwi to help improve sleep and alleviate constipation.

Taiwan Medical University revealed that kiwi helps stimulate intestinal movement, thus relieving constipation. Likewise, the School of Nutrition and Health Science at Taipei Medical University also documented a noticeable increase in sleep quality, by as much as 40%, in participants who regularly ate two pieces of kiwi for five months before bedtime.

*Eat kiwi to lessen wheezing and asthmatic symptoms.

An Italian study that followed over 18,000 children

29 Aug 2010 Stroke Prevention. The 7 Major Risk Factors

Stroke is the number one cause of adult disability in the world’s wealthiest countries and the third leading cause of death after heart attack and cancer.

That’s the bad news. The good news is that simple lifestyle changes can dramatically reduce your risk. Read on to discover the 7 top risk factors for stroke and what you can do to prevent them.

But first, what is a stroke and what are the warning signs?

A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted and brain tissue is deprived of oxygen and nutrients. Most strokes are ischaemic strokes caused by blood clots blocking an artery to the brain.

About one out of five are caused by a haemorrhage in a blood vessel to the brain. This is a haemorrhagic stroke. It can occur when an artery ruptures causing bleeding into the brain.

A stroke can also happen when a clot from elsewhere in the body becomes dislodged and blocks an artery in the brain {embolic stroke}.

The common symptoms are:

Numbness, weakness or paralysis of the face, arm or leg on one or both sides of the body.
Loss of vision in one or both eyes.
Speech difficulty.
Vertigo, loss of balance.
Sudden, severe headache.
Confusion and memory problems.
Difficulty swallowing.
Seizures or blackouts.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 1.

High blood pressure or hypertension.
Defined by the US National Institutes of Health as a blood pressure reading of 140/90 or higher.
Factors such as a high fat diet, stress and being overweight can narrow arteries. The resulting pressurized blood flow damages artery walls, making the formation of fatty plaque more likely. Plaque can break off and cause blood clots to form according to studies at the Stroke Prevention and Atherosclerosis Research Centre at Robarts Research Institute London, Ontario, Canada.

Normalizing blood pressure cuts the risk of stroke in half. No other preventative measure is as effective. The Mediterranean diet can lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of stroke by up to 60%.This diet calls for five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. It also emphasizes the importance of whole grains, beans, fish and poultry. It suggests replacing butter and cream with olive oil or oils rich in alpha-linolenic acid.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 2.

Smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke.
Cigarette smoke is a bigger risk factor than previously thought. Research conducted at the University of Auckland New Zealand divided people into three groups: smokers, non smokers exposed to secondhand smoke and non smokers not exposed to secondhand smoke.

Researchers discovered that smokers had six times the stroke risk of non smokers and non smokers exposed to secondhand smoke had almost double the risk of other non smokers.

The obvious prevention is to quit smoking. Some success has been achieved with nicotine patches, anti smoking medication and hypnosis.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 3.

Sticky blood or platelet aggregation.
In this process, microscopic components of blood stick together, leading to clot formation. To prevent this, talk to your doctor about taking a low dose aspirin daily. Aspirin inhibits platelet aggregation and can reduce the risk of stroke by up to 30% in some people. Vitamin E can improve blood flow and prevent blood clots. It is possibly the most important vitamin for promoting normal blood circulation, healthy arteries and heart.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 4.

High cholesterol level.
High total and/or high LDL ["bad"] cholesterol levels contribute to the narrowing of arteries.
Prevention: Have a blood test. If your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol are high, ask your doctor to discuss options with you. A number of natural options are available. These include a high fiber diet. Psillium husks and ground flaxseed are particularly high in fiber. Garlic can lower cholesterol levels as well as clean the arteries of accumulated fats.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 5.

Ministrokes.
Before a person has a stroke, he/she might have one or more “ministrokes”, or transient ischaemic attacks [TIAs}. The symptoms are the same as a stroke.

Though TIA symptoms go away, those who have had a TIA have about a 30% risk of having a stroke within the next two months.

Prevention: If you think you have had a TIA, see your doctor without delay. It is possible that you have symptomatic carotid stenosis, a severe narrowing of the carotid artery, the main artery leading to the brain. Endarterectomy, a procedure to clear this blockage, reduces the risk of stroke to 9%.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 6.

High Homocysteine level.
Homocysteine is an amino acid used by the body for many functions including detoxification. Normal blood levels are about 6-8mm for women and 8-12mm for men. As long as the body keeps these levels in check,it is not usually a problem.
According to Dr Kilmer McCully, author of “The Homocysteine Revolution”, this amino acid may be toxic and inflammatory when in excess and can lead to serious consequences including heart disease and stroke. It causes cholesterol to “catch” onto ridges in your artery walls. These cholesterol “traps” are the cause of a fatty build up called “plaque”, thus reducing the flow of blood and causing high blood pressure.

Some research studies have suggested that high homocysteine level is a more critical marker for heart disease and stroke than cholesterol levels.

Prevention: A blood check will determine your homocysteine level. If it is high the dietary supplement folate {folic acid} combined with vitamins B6 and B12 should help. Dietary improvements also help reduce homocysteine levels. Eliminate processed foods, including flour and sugar and eat more fresh vegetables, fresh fruits and whole grains.

RISK FACTOR NUMBER 7.

Heavy Drinking.
This can increase your stroke risk threefold, so it’s vital to limit your intake.
Prevention: A moderate intake of one or two standard drinks daily, may actually decrease your stroke risk.

FINALLY: DON’T IGNORE THE WARNING SIGNS AND RISK FACTORS!

My father died of a stroke at the age of 35. He was strong, physically fit and thought he was indestructible. His warning sign was a severe and persistent headache. Despite requests from my mother to visit a doctor, they were ignored. He rarely suffered from headaches and dismissed it as a passing inconvenience.

John Newcombe, Wimbledon Tennis Champion and former captain of the Australian Davis Cup team, is a stroke survivor.

In his inspirational book “No One’s Indestructible”, he describes how he believed he was “bulletproof”. He had many warning signs and risk factors. He was a smoker, drinker, had high blood pressure, high cholesterol and was regularly under stress. He ignored them. His description of events leading up to and following his stroke, including his recovery program, makes compulsive reading.

Never start a new treatment before consulting your doctor, especially if you are currently taking medication. The information published in this article is not intended as a substitute for personal medical advice from your physician or other qualified health-care practitioner. It is for information only.

29 Aug 2010 Why polar bears are disappearing

One of the signs of global warming and an oft quoted example is the fact that polar bears are drowning in the arctic. Polar bears are at the top of the arctic food chain and feed mainly on seals although they do adapt to being omnivores particularly when around places of human activity – like garbage dumps.

The largest of the bears a large white polar bear is a site to behold. A polar bear will sit for hours above a seal’s blow hole waiting for a sign of a seal at which point it will use its huge weight to smash through the ice to catch, kill and eat a seal. Polar bears are also known for swimming huge distances between ice berges and ice packs. The problem with the great melt in the arctic circle it that these distances are know becoming even too great for the once mightly polar bear.

Many would say the only solution to preventing the polar bear from extinction is to breed them in captivity in zoos and the like. Whilst polars bear will live in zoos this poses many problems. Use to ranging over such a large area polar bears are quickly bored being locked up in a small enclosure. There are numerous examples of bears going quite mad in zoos. I remember one in Auckland zoo that spent most of the day pacing back and forth like a prisoner. Zoos and theme parks have improved the way they look after their polar bears including packing their food in ice (to make them work for it), hiding food in different ways to give the bears something to do. They also include more ‘toys’ to keep the bears busy. But even if this is better for the bears mental health genetically you need a population of at least 5000 bears with a highly skilled breeding program to ensure the health of the species.

Perhaps a radical solution would be to move some polar bears to the antarctic. The south pole is not going to melt anytime soon (but give mankind time to stuff it up). The polar bears would have plenty of prey – penguins, seals, birds, etc. Of course the huge risk of introducing a new species to this environment is the destruction of other species. Whilst seals would be fine giving that polar bears haven’t over hunted them up north penguins might be a different story – especially ones like the emperors that collect in huge groups to brood – a sitting ‘duck’ for a hungry polar bear. Perhaps a solution would be to tried them on some islands near the antarctic first and see how they went and whether other species could adapt to having a new predator.

Whatever the solution with the way the arctic is going time is running out for the polar bear (but not for property developers of nice warm arctic real estate!)

26 Aug 2010 How to Hire a Motorhomes in New Zealand

How To Hire a Motorhome in New Zealand

Tips On Planning Your Next Wonderful New Zealand Motorhome Trip

Hiring a Campervan/Motorhome (I’ll refer to them as vans from now on) is the best way to see the stunning scenery of New Zealand. You can travel independently, at your own pace, in whichever direction takes your fancy.

By following a few simple guidelines, the experience can be both rewarding and affordable.

Getting Started = Try to plan as far ahead as possible to get the best selection of van sizes, layouts and prices. This is especially important over the December/January period when everything is totally booked. Planning six months ahead is usually ideal.

When to go= Anytime is great, although winter weather is variable and temperatures can get to below Zero with snow and icy conditions. On the plus side, there are some spectacular snowy scenes on a crisp, sunny winter day. The vans are also half the price that they are in the summer and some excellent specials are usually offered. December/January is the busiest time of year, with the Kiwis on holiday as well. The roads, attractions and campsites are filled to breaking point. February/March is the best time to come, as the weather is settled, the vans are slightly cheaper and the Kiwi kids have gone back to school. Spring and Autumn can also be nice, with the changing foliage colours.

How long do you need? =Try and spend at least two weeks in the South Island and one week in the North. Everyone returns saying they wish they had booked for longer. You can either start your trip in Auckland and drop off in Christchurch or vice versa. Book the ferry to cross between Islands. If you’re on a limited time frame, just stick to one island.

Booking direct or using an agent= It depends whether you enjoy spending your spare time on the internet, sifting through mountains of info, or sending your details to an agent, who can do the shopping around to get the best deal for you.

Some other tips= Kiwis drive on the left and most vans come with manual transmission, so make sure you have some sort of travel insurance. You may need to leave a bond on your cedit card on pick up, so check this out before you get to the rental agency. You need a valid driver’s license. Check with your agency to determine whether your current dirver’s license will work or you need to get an international one.

There are a few areas where you can free camp if you have a toilet on board, but these are slowly disappearing as some travelers ruin it for others, leaving litter, etc. Motorcamps and Campgrounds are the safer alternative. They cost around NZD 30.00 per night for the van and two people, have great facilities and are very, very social. Happy Camping.

23 Aug 2010 Bistro Tables: Style Icons, Not Just Furniture

Bistro tables and chairs are without a doubt the most popular restaurant dining furniture in the world today. The global accessibility to information provided by the Internet means that people anywhere can tune in and turn onto cultural and design innovations and trends from all over the world.

Like Toadstools

Although bistro tables and dining furniture have been around for well over a hundred years, they are like all evergreen design classics. They find new audiences all over the urbane and not so urbane world. In fact, bistro tables are wherever restaurant dining is to be found – from Paris, France to London, England; from Bangkok, Thailand to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and from Sydney Australia to Auckland, New Zealand. Bistro tables have been popping up for years on sidewalks and street corners everywhere. They pop up so frequently and commonly, in fact, they are like mushrooms in the rain.

The original bistro tables could be folded up and stacked beside each other along a wall. The popularity of the bistro table isn’t only due to its efficient use of space and its portability. The bistro table is highly in demand also because of its versatility and economic good looks. In fact, probably the only countries in the world where you won’t see the coffee hounds strategically sitting by their bistro tables placed on the sidewalks are Japan, Korea, and China. It’s just too damned crowded there, too damned busy, and unless you want a face-full of carbon monoxide with your latte, then it’s not a very good idea.

A Titan of a Table

A bistro table is versatile. Okay, so you’re thinking…versatility? How versatile can a bistro table possibly be? I mean, you use it for putting your food and drink, and then what? Do you use it for a miniature helicopter landing pad? Does it double as a radar dish? Of course not! Bistro tables are versatile in such a way that not only can you use it as a surface to display your steaming cup of java while you try to look intellectual, you can also use it for a score of different – albeit unconventional – purposes. Bistro tables have been habitually used as substitutes for magazine racks and have played hosts to many a poker game. Bistro tables have endured bottles being slammed on its surface in bachelor parties, stilettos scraping its glossy veneer as a woman dances atop it in the same bachelor parties, and the occasional spray of the contents of somebody’s stomach. Bistro tables have played Prometheus countless of times with the world literally on its shoulders – or in this case, table top.

The Princess Diana of Furniture

Bistro tables enjoy longer lives than the average furniture, thanks in part to the fact that owners of bistro tables appreciate what they have. Indeed, they know that they have a gem in their hands, or wherever it is that they keep their bistro table. Bistro tables have been known to undergo drastic changes in their looks, from drab to fab, tacky to classy, and dazzling to nondescript, while still maintaining a quiet elegance and sophistication that only a confident piece of furniture can pull off.

Wouldn’t you love to have one sitting in your kitchen as well?

21 Aug 2010 This Christmas, Be Pampered at Chuan Spa – Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong

11 December 2006, Hong Kong —- This Christmas, Langham Place Hotel’s Chuan Spa launches an array of indulgence packages and festive offers, perfect as a pampering treat for yourself or a festive gift for your loved ones.

Christmas Indulgence Packages
Relax and refresh for the festive season with our special Christmas packages featuring holistic spa treatments complemented by all the festive trimmings, including a cheerful glass of champagne, a Thalgo gift set, and even a complimentary health club membership! The Packages start from HKD$1,300.

*See Appendix 1 for more details on the packages.

Christmas Gift Ideas
Purchase gift vouchers and receive a free spa treatment
Chuan Spa offers a variety of treatment and cash vouchers, perfect as gifts for all occasions.
In the month of December, you can enjoy a complimentary 30-minute Back and Shoulder Massage or a complimentary 30-minute Thalgo Express Facial upon purchase of Chuan Spa gift vouchers valued over HKD$1,200.

Glittering Thalgo Gift Boxes
This Christmas, Thalgo launches a collection of glittering gift boxes inspired by sparkling diamonds. Packed with skincare products with all the benefits of marine ingredients, this collection is an ideal gift to pamper your loved ones.

*See Appendix 2 for more details on the collection of gift boxes.
12 Days of Christmas at Chuan Spa
To celebrate the 12 days of Christmas, Chuan Spa will give you a nice little surprise every day from 25 December 2006 to 5 January 2007.

Date Promotion
1 25th December 06 A complimentary Thalgo gift set and a glass of champagne with any treatment over HKD$1,200
2 26th December 06 20% off all Chuan signature lifestyle retail items
3 27th December 06 25% off all Chuan Escape Packages at off-peak hours
4 28th December 06 30% off Thalgo Oceanic Enhancement Facial
5 29th December 06 1 month complimentary Chuan Spa Health Club membership with any treatment over HKD$1,200
6 30th December 06 All guests will enter a lucky draw to win a night stay at Chuan Residence with 1 hour 30 minutes of spa treatment time
7 31st December 06 All guests will enter a lucky draw to win a night stay at Chuan Residence with 1 hour 30 minutes of spa treatment time
8 1st January 07 30% off Tao Of Detox Package and a complimentary detox juice
9 2nd January 07 A complimentary hydrotherapy session with any 90 minutes signature massage
10 3rd January 07 Complimentary personal training session with any treatment over HKD$1,200
11 4th January 07 20% off Chuan Energy Package
12 5th January 07 A complimentary 30 minutes Back and Shoulder Massage or a Thalgo Express Facial with any treatment over HKS$1,200

Chuan Spa
Address: Level 41, Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong
555 Shanghai Street, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Reservations: 3552 3510
Email: hkg.lph.info@chuanspa.com
Website: www.chuanspa.com

Chuan signature massage in VIP Suite Thalgo’s collection of glittering gift boxes

Appendix 1 – Christmas Indulgence Packages
Chuan Christmas Retreat HKD$1,500
? 2 hours 30 minutes of Chuan holistic treatments of your choice
? Upgrade to VIP Suite with 30 minutes private Jacuzzi time*
? A glass of champagne served with mince pie
? 1-month complimentary health club membership**
? Thalgo gift set
? Use of swimming pool, sauna, steam room, oriental hot tub and fitness studio
? 2-hour valet parking

Chuan Christmas Cracker HKD$1,300
? 1 hour Chuan Vitality Body Exfoliation
? 1 hour Chuan Signature Stone Massage
? A glass of champagne served with mince pie
? 1 month complimentary health club membership**
? Thalgo gift set
? Use of swimming pool, sauna, steam room, oriental hot tub and fitness studio
? 2-hour valet parking

*Subject to availability
**Terms and conditions apply

Additional 20% discount when booking Monday to Friday 10am – 5 pm.
Offer valid from 1 – 31 December 2006

Appendix 2 – Glittering Thalgo Gift Boxes

The Youthful Diamond Set $980 ( Normal price: $1,330)
- wrinkle control smoothing care
- wrinkle control smoothing concentrate
- Diamond Powder

The Exceptional Diamond Set $2,200 ( Normal price: $3,080)
- Exceptional Cream
- Exceptional Serum
- Diamond Powder

The Oriental Diamond Set $830 ( Normal Price: $1,210)
- Indoceane Sublime Cream
- Indoceane Luxurious Massage Oil
- Indoceane Herbal Tea
- Candle

The Water Diamond Set $ 980 ( Normal Price: $1,320)
- Energising Vitality Cream
- Absolute Rehydrating Serum
- Moisturising Eye Care
- Diamond Powder

Background Notes:
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance in design, innovation in hospitality, genuine service and captivation of the senses creating a truly unique hotel experience.

Langham Hotels International (LHI) features six properties with over 2,700 rooms in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (2), Melbourne and Auckland. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious “The Leading Hotels of the World” group which represents some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited, a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

For information of Langham Place Hotel, Mongkok, Hong Kong, please visit:
http://hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

For information on the The Langham Place Hotel, Hong Kong, please visit: hongkong.langhamplacehotels.com

About Langham
Langham has a legendary hotel heritage dating back to 1865 when the The Langham Hotel in London originally opened as Europe’s first Grand Hotel. For 140 years, this flagship hotel has been at the forefront of sophisticated and gracious hospitality. Today, all Langham Hotels worldwide inherit the same philosophy that reflects elegance, continuous innovation and genuine hospitality creating a truly unique hotel experience

About Langham Hotels International:Langham Hotels International (LHI) features six properties with over 2,700 rooms in five gateway cities across the four continents, namely, London, Boston, Hong Kong (2), Melbourne and Auckland. In each city Langham Hotels is associated with the prestigious “The Leading Hotels of the World” group which represents some of the world’s finest luxury hotels.

LHI is wholly owned by Great Eagle Holdings Limited a publicly listed company (HKSE: 41) which was founded in 1963 and was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 1972.

20 Aug 2010 For adventure travelers, is Australia or New Zealand the more extreme down under experience?

For adventure travelers, is Australia or New Zealand the more extreme down under experience?

Many people do not know that Australia and New Zealand are two different countries. The area of New Zealand is 268,680 sq km, and Australia is7,686,850 sq km. So if you are an adventure traveler about to plan your holidays, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to decide where you want to go even if both countries have similar activities. You do not want to travel half a day from one activity to another.

New Zealand is famous for fun and extreme sports. The adrenaline pumping bungy was founded here by AJ Hackett Bungy. If you are pressed for time, you jump off the Auckland harbor bridge or Sky jump off the Sky Tower, the highest tower in the Southern hemisphere. All the way south, you can bungy jump at Rotorua or Queenstown if you missed the Auckland jumps. Both my two teen aged daughters bungy jumped, and they swear that it is the most exhilarating thing they had done while my heart was in my mouth when I witness them jumping.

Also in Auckland, and Rotorua, there is the Zorb. The Zorb is one big giant transparent rubber sphere. You can choose a dry ride or a wet one and you crawl into it. The Zorb spins down a slope and you spin with it. One moment the world is under you, another it is on top. It takes New Zealand to invent this fun sport which is now available in Australia and USA.

What about jumping out of the plane by yourself or with an instructor in tandem Skydive. This is available in the North Island at Taupo or near to Christchurch in the South Island. There are helicopter rides, small planes and you can fly off giant kites. You can land on a glacier and walk on it. There are not air balloons, parachutes.

On shallow water, you can go on water jet and they go so fast that they can make three hundred and sixty degrees spin. When I was in one, a friend shot into the front covered part of the jet. I understood why the jet was called a shot over jet. It gives such an adrenaline rush that the operators call them thrill therapy.

There are many rivers and waterfalls in New Zealand. Whitewater rafting, kayaking, and sledging are very popular.

At the Waitomo caves, you journey into the “centre of the earth,” and Glow worms hang from the roof like stars twinkling at you. I went with my twelve year old daughter, on a three hour cave tubing or black water rafting in the underground labyrinth of limestone caves and formations of stalactites and stalemates.

19 Aug 2010 New Zealand – Tips For A Sailing Charter

New Zealand is an isolated country located at the southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean. It is composed of two big islands referred to as North and South Islands as well as other smaller islets, such as the Chatham Islands and Stewart Island/Rakiura. Because its flora and fauna have remained almost untouched for so many years, New Zealand can give anyone the most beautiful landscapes, consisting of its sweeping coastlines, vast mountains, and clear waters that are perfect for sailing in New Zealand.

The Bay of Islands in New Zealand is about 3 hours’ drive from Auckland. There are around 144 islands that make up this charming region. It has the best kind of climate the country has to offer and is considered to be an ultimate playground because of the several outdoor activities that you can do. For example, a trip in the Hole in the Rock offers visitors the opportunity to watch and observe the abundant marine life of the bay. You can enjoy a thrilling ride on a forward trampoline as well as the high-tech catamaran. A cruise on a chartered yacht can also take you to idyllic islands during lunchtime where you can dine and enjoy kiwi barbecues.

Just outside of Auckland is the the Hauraki Gulf. This is one of the largest cruising areas in the world with 100 islands to explore and over 200 sheltered anchorages and miles of beautiful coast. The geography of Auckland, with is narrow strip of land, makes the waters of the Gulf an fascinating place to sail. The steady sea breezes compete with southwesterly winds, and in mid-afternoon, there is the heat off the land to handle.

Auckland, New Zealand, meanwhile, gives you the energy that you need to handle the stresses of everyday city life. It gratify your appetite for you without having to avail the services of masseurs. The scenic landscape itself will calm your nerves and the numerous sea activities will pump up your adrenalin. For one, if you happen to be sailing in New Zealand, especially in Auckland, you can visit the Goat Island Marine Reserve which are definitely ideal for famelies. You can enjoy some kayaking, boating, or even diving and take pleasure in being surrounded by wide varieties of fish. If you are new into the experience, numerous chartered vessels have professional diving instructors who will be happy to show you basic diving techniques.

Speak of New Zealand waters and you can instantly associate it with the wonderful beaches of Able Tasman. You can treat yourself with golden beaches, lush virgin mangroves and forests, as well as worth-exploring coves. You can spread and achieve sun-kissed skin as you board any luxurious sailing catamaran. The white sands are perfect for anyone who dares to be about upon this wonderful gift of nature. Visit the Anchorage Beach too and treat yourself to a very delectable fine lunch.

Indeed, sailing in New Zealand can bless you with the kind of peace and rejuvenation that you need. Moreover, because of its temperate climate, the country becomes an ideal holiday destination all year round.

19 Aug 2010 Home From Home In A Caravan

We’re Planning The Trip Of A Lifetime. The Children Have Never Travelled Anywhere Outside Of Europe And We’re About To Take Them On A Trip To The Other Side Of The World For Two Months In New Zealand.

We know this is going to be a one off but we really want to get a feel for the place. We don’t want to be stuck to a rigid timetable running from one place to another to make sure we get in all the tourist attractions. We want to be able to go off the beaten track for some of the outdoor leisure activities.

To do this we decided to use a caravan. Still at the planning stages, we were unsure whether to go for a new or used caravan but after research on the internet we found a new caravan company local to the airport and car hire company.

So, we’ve arrived in Auckland after a 24 hour flight, exhausted. After picking up our car we soon see the sign for new caravans and head for the site. The staff in the caravan sales department are very helpful and have our caravan ready for us immediately. We’ve decided to opt for a new one as we are going to be spending a long time in it and want the extra facilities that come with such a large caravan.

After a few days rest on a local camp site, we make our way to Hot Water Beach on the Coramandel Penninsula. Parking virtually on the beach we head off with our spades to enjoy the first of our outdoor leisure activities. We have spent an afternoon digging holes on the beach and bathing in the hot water fed directly from the volcano springs. As lovely as this is, we realise the small luxury of having our own shower when we are able to clean up and sleep exactly where we are.

Waking up this close to the ocean the next morning is just sheer luxury. We have a leisurely breakfast and head across to Rotorua. With this whole town built on a flat topped volcano, I’m quite glad we have the means of driving off with our home should the unthinkable happen!

We spend a happy few weeks travelling South with our caravan, stopping at roadsides, campsites and beaches – wherever takes our fancy. We get to travel off the tourist route, to see waterfalls and the most amazing natural sights that we wouldn’t have seen had we been based in a hotel. A few days in Napier gives us the chance for scuba diving. One of the main outdoor leisure activities we are here for and once again, an on hand shower to warm us up is a godsend.

Three weeks in and we’re running short on supplies so we head to a new and used caravans site and stock up. Driving a couple of miles further down the road we reach Castle Point. This is a beautiful sport with a rocky coastline and great reputation for snorkelling and diving.

Parking up, I am able to hop in the caravan and make a much needed cup of tea. This is when I hear my son shouting for me and a feeling of panic washes over me. I rush out to see that he is safe but he had been jumping about in the rocks and was now stood atop one just staring down. I picked my way across to see what he was shouting about when an almighty roar bellows out.

It’s a mother sea lion with her cub asking us to move away! Backing away slowly we realise the rocks are full of sea lions. Most are quite happy for us to have a look at them as long as we don’t get too close. The next day we are able to move a little further down the coast away from them and go snorkelling. Now it’s their turn to be inquisitive and, much happier in their own environment, they swim with us for a look.

After a week in Wellington, we begin to make our way up the island. Stopping at little villages off the beaten track we get to mix with plenty of the most sociable locals. Laying on a beach of black volcanic sand one afternoon we are joined by a couple of natives who chat to us like we have known them for years! I think if we had stayed in a hotel we would only have met foreign tourists so I am very glad we decided to use the caravan.

After another 3 weeks of relaxed touring with stops for white water rafting, waterfall jumping and seeing all the sights, we have made it as far North as we can possible go to 90 mile beach. This is where we spend the last few days of our trip sand boarding down the biggest sand dunes you have ever seen. But at the back of our minds we realise it’s time to start winding down to go home.

Despite all the excitement, we have been a little homesick at times. However, I have also become attached to this ‘home’ too. Before our flight home, we make arrangements to have our beloved caravan shipped back home. It takes six weeks but there’s no great rush. We are able to then site our caravan on a UK caravan site and have regular breaks with fond memories.