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13 Aug 2010 Bird facts: Blue duck

A native to New Zealand, the Blue Duck (in Latin Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)

is endangered, on the IUCN endangered chart they are Vulnerable’. To identify the duck, it is mostly Grey in color with a chestnut brown breast; it’s beak is pinky white with two flaps of skin hanging down from the tip to help them scrape insect larvae off rocks. An average of fifty four centimeters long, the Blue Duck is a strong swimmer yet a weak flier. It’s streamlined head and large webbed feet help them to maneuver quickly in white water rivers.

Their numbers decreased significantly when mammals were introduced to areas of New Zealand and unlike many species in the country they cannot be moved to other areas due to their specific habitat; now they only nest in central areas on the North Island and western parts of the Southern Island. It is estimated that 640 pairs live in the north and 700 pairs in the south.

Blue Ducks build their homes in hollow trees and small caves, close to clean fast flowing rivers through forested areas of the islands; the presence of these ducks indicates the good health of the river. Their nests are built with twig, grass and down, due to the low height, Spring flooding is a high risk and makes their numbers vary widely each season.

Mating pairs nest in the same stretch of river every year, they do not migrate. Their nesting period is between August and October where an average of four to nine eggs can be laid. The female incubates the eggs for around thirty five days; during this time the male stands guard. The ducklings limited flight develops about seventy days after hatching.

For bird watchers the best time to spot the Blue Duck is early morning or late evening when they venture out on the river to feed, during the daytime they hide away from predators. The rockery section of the river, the more likely they are to nest.

The Maori name is Whio Whio which derives from the sound of the male’s call; the females contrasts like a rattle. There is restoration work being completed by the National Blue Duck Trust and Auckland Zoo to help reintroduce the Blue Duck to New Zealand.

22 Apr 2010 New Zealand Is A Dream Destination

There is no lovelier place to visit than New Zealand; it is a dream destination. New Zealand is filled with opportunities for vigorous outdoor activities or lazy relaxed snoozes on sandy deserted beaches. New Zealand is comprised of two large islands located in the South Pacific about 7,000 miles from Los Angeles. The best way to get there is to find which airlines fly to New Zealand. It is about a twelve hour non-stop flight from the West Coast of the United States to Auckland, New Zealand. Most flights take off for over night flights. Travelers can sleep through most of their travel time.

Once there, visitors can enjoy the Southern Alps on the South Island and skiing, or the beaches and surfing on the North Island. There are swift-flowing rivers that beckon fishermen and rafters alike. Stunning hiking trails with waterfalls, clear alpine lakes, and abundant greenery entice nature lovers from around the world. Volcanic mountains dot the North Island as well as tropical rainforests. For those seeking solitude with spectacular scenery, they can find it in New Zealand. The population is only four million; one of the least densely populated countries in the world. However, the cities of Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch do offer all the modern amenities of any large city with plenty of activities and nightlife excitement.

One of New Zealand’s best attractions is the fact that its glorious summers of warm temperatures and dry humidity occur at opposite times of those in North America. If visitors are longing to escape the cold of winter, purchase air fares for New Zealand and enjoy summer all over again. One thing to consider, though, airfares to New Zealand are discounted, sometimes heavily, in the off season months of June, July, and August. The north island has a subtropical climate and the temperature is only about 10 degrees cooler during the winter, so it can be enjoyed year around. The South island is a little colder, especially in the mountains. However, this works out great for avid skiers. They can purchase cheap airfares to New Zealand and enjoy winter all over again in the Southern Alps.

Another attraction of New Zealand is its friendly people. With its high diversified population, New Zealanders, or Kiwis as they refer to themselves, are individualistic and are happy to welcome all who visit their country. Maoris are the natives to the land, and their arts and crafts are colorful reminders of their Polynesian Heritage. Visitors can also watch a game of Rugby, the national sport. Each game begins with Haka, a Maori Dance, which is meant to inspire fear in opponents. Also travelers should enjoy some of the local cuisine which focuses on lamb and fish.

Air fare to New Zealand can be found which is reasonably priced, so don’t let the fear of high priced air fares to New Zealand stop any one who wishes to enjoy the beauty of this remarkable country. New Zealand is a dream destination that will keep cameras busy and will create lasting memories. Check out airfares to New Zealand soon and enjoy a dream come true.

13 Apr 2010 South Pacific Trip – How To Get The Cheapest Flights

Speaking about this region makes me feel inspired. At same time, speaking about finding cheap flights to go there is completely another world, and probably if somebody asked me to find a cheap flight to the South Pacific, I would make them pay for that. That is due to the amount of hours I have spent doing research on the options to go there, only to realize that it really does not exist this deal we are all looking for.

On the other hand, it exists thousands of possibilities where you can get an astronomic fee to get there, when you could have reached the zone for a lot less. So, the first thing to set is: how much should you be paying to get there? Let’s be sincere. If you travel from Europe, everything that goes up from 1500 euros the round trip… let it be, this will not be your flight, I promise. From Asia and from America, you could probably find some deals for around 700 euros, that should be a price to look at. And from Africa, there are really thousands of options, but seriously i wouldn’t take anything for more than 1500 euros also.

The second step is to look at how many flights will you need to take. One golden rule applies nearly always. The higher the number of times you change from plane, the higher the cost involved, so try to keep it simple. After this, one thing has to be considered. Believe me or not, but I can promise to you that low cost has not arrived to this part of the world. It simply does not exist. Trying to be a bit more positive, I am going to mention a couple of things that can be useful. Always use the search engines for arilines to find names that cover the route you want, but never book through them. Instead, go to the mentioned airline, and scan it to the very end until you find this low fare. I promise it will always be cheaper.

In the end, the possibility to get cheap flights to the zone turns around two airlines. One of them is Zoom Airlines, and the other Oasis Hong Kong. The first one is possibly the first low cost airline that crosses the Atlantic that has ever existed. It means it allows you to go from London to New York for just 350 euros (about 450 dollars) the round trip, and it specially connects all European destinations with Canada, and we are looking specially at the flights to Vancouver, that is placed on the eastern coast of North America. From there, you could find good options to travel to the South Pacific, but do not expect any great deal. It is simply the best you can find. Also Alitalia has normally the cheapest flights to reach America.

If you are US resident, of course this would not make sense. Your first step will be to reach Los Angeles or San Francisco with a low cost carrier, and from there take the best option.

When looking at the other side, an airline that appeared just 1 year ago, Oasis Hong Kong, is bringing low fares to the route between Europe and Asia. From London to Hong Kong you can find it for 500 euros (725 dollars) which is pretty good compared to the competition. At the day of writing this article, this option is something that will probably close you in front of some airlines that will make you pay a lot to get to Australia or New Zealand from there. But, this is about to change, as Oasis Hong Kong is already developing to get specially a new route from Hong Kong to Sydney and Canberra, which will be a real hit to competition, specially to Cathay Pacific, as they will make the cost of this trip for the half of what this last ones actually offer. We will see.

Let me now tell you about the possibilities within South Pacific, studying specially Australia and New Zealand, top touristic destinations. Still there is no way to cross the sea between them for a reasonable price. A European trip of the same distance with Ryanair would be more than 10 times less the price those guys charge to cross. Still no solution to this problem. The good news is that within the countries themselves, it does exist some low cost companies that can make the national trips affordable. For instance, the Auckland – Christchurch can be made for 40 euros, about 80 kiwi dollars, or 60 US dollars. Still it is a terrible amount compared to the distance, but I will not complain.

Finally, a last deal found at the time of writing. The airline Qantas has very good options to travel from Europe to the area. Check their prices at their web-site, specially the Hot Deals section, and you will find some good discounts, reaching the 1300 euros barrier. They are also one of the favorites between America and South Pacific.

07 Apr 2010 Skyjump

 

Jumping off a 192 meter building has its own appeal, because it’s maximized thrill with a healthy dose of screaming and adrenaline added into the experience. SkyJump is not to be missed when you are in Auckland and you can visit Auckland’s famous Sky Tower anytime to watch others who are partaking the experience. Nothing compares to the thrill and excitement of jumping off a building when you know you’ll be safe afterwards.

 

The SkyJump activity is just like Base Jumping with a strong and steady rope attached. If you’ve pondered how stunt men escape unharmed after falling off a 100-story building, you now have your answer. The falling takes place at a very high speed, about 85 kmph and will take approximately 11 seconds of free falling. Intriguingly, the landing is always secure, safe and smooth, right on the plaza below. The SkyJump is approved by the OSH (Occupational Safety & Health) and upholds very strict safety standards. As a high-risk adventure activity, SkyJump starts from the 53rd level of the Sky Tower.

 

The SkyJump activity is so flexible that anyone can experience it. The minimum age is 10 years, but there’s no maximum age and the oldest jumper on record up to ow is an 86-year old lady. Anyone with prevalent bad health conditions is advised to avoid SkyJump. The maximum weight allowed is 120 kg, so just about anyone with a penchant for adventure can experience SkyJump. A special coverall-style flying suit and a full body harness are provided, but you need to wear suitable, close-fitting shoes. Sneakers would be ideal.

 

Unlike bungy jumping, the SkyJump is what can be called a “smooth sail.” There’s no hanging upside down or bouncing around, just a direct fall down the height of the tower. The Sky Tower in Auckland is the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere and now you have the opportunity to take a leap off it! Other than the SkyJump, you can also experience the SkyWalk, where you walk the 1.2 meter-wide ledge around the Sky Tower while attached to a beam located above.

 

The Sky Jump experience won’t take more than 30 minutes from registration to landing on the platform below. But, Auckland is a wonderful place to tour and visit various places with your friends and family, so why not stay at one of the stylish Auckland hotels for a few days? If you need luxury accommodations, check out the

Langham Hotel Auckland, one among the best Auckland luxury hotels.

 

29 Mar 2010 Italian Air Travel Booking Tips

The cost of flying within Italy is often comparable to the cost of train travel, although be sure to include the expense of getting to and from the airport. When flying out of Italian airports, always check with the airport or tourist agency about upcoming strikes, which are frequent in Italy and often affect air travel. The work stoppages are called by trade unions over contractual disputes, and can also ground or delay flights to and from Italy operated by several European carriers, including British Airways and Air France.

Things to Think About when booking

When you book, look for nonstop flights and remember that “direct” flights stop at least once. Try to avoid connecting flights, which require a change of plane. Two airlines may operate a connecting flight jointly, so ask whether your airline operates every segment of the trip. You may find that the carrier you prefer flies you only part of the way. Check web sites to find more booking tip, to check prices and to make online flight reservations.

When flying internationally, you must usually choose between a domestic carrier, the national flag carrier of the country you are visiting (Alitalia for Italy), and a foreign carrier from a third country. National flag carriers have the greatest number of non stops. Domestic carriers may have better connections to your hometown and serve a greater number of gateway cities. Third-party carriers may have a price advantage.

On international flights, Alitalia serves Rome, Milan, and Venice. The major international hubs in Italy are Milan and Rome, served by Continental Airlines and Delta Air Lines. American Airlines flies into just Milan. US Airways serves only Rome.

Alitalia and British Airways have direct flights from London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports to Milan and Rome. From Manchester, British Airways has daily flights to Milan and Rome. Smaller, no-frills airlines also provide service between Great Britain and Italy.

EasyJet connects Gatwick with Bologna. British Midland connects Heathrow and Milan. Ryanair, departing from London’s Stansted Airport, has daily flights to Milan, Rome, Pisa, and Venice. Meridiana has two or three direct flights each week between Gatwick and Olbia on Sardinia in summer, and daily flights to Rome and Florence throughout the year. From its hub in Brussels, Virgin Express files to Milan, Catania, and Rome.

Alitalia connects Canada and Italy. Air Canada flies to Munich for connections to Rome, Florence, and Milan via Lufthansa. Qantas flies from various cities in Australia via Bangkok, arriving in Rome. Alitalia and New Zealand Air fly from Auckland to Rome with a stop in London. Another option if you’re coming from Australia or New Zealand is Thai Airlines, landing in Rome via Bangkok.

When buying tickets for flights within Italy, on Alitalia and small carriers such as Meridiana and Air One shop around for the best deals. Tickets are frequently sold at discounted prices, so check the cost of flights, even one-way, as an alternative to train travel.

27 Mar 2010 Flying in the Rings for the Bride and Groom

The Queensland capital was a goldmine for the flamboyant televangelist who left with cash, cheques and the bank account and credit card details of more than 50,000 Australians fans. After he proposed to me, we went shopping for wedding rings. He left, 28 hours and three shows later, an estimated $800,000 richer. 24 is the year of freedom, the year of self celebration! Some attendees, who travelled from as far away as Hong Kong and Perth, handed over gold earrings and wedding rings instead of cash.

A distinguishing physical characteristic is that their irises are totally black. While their fathers wear 14kt gold or the more expensive platinum, the Generation X’ers are gravitating in large numbers to tungsten carbide, titanium, carbon fiber, and stainless steel. (AP)- Donnie Register has a new reason to be thankful he’s married police say his wedding band deflected a bullet and probably saved his life. (A section of the Quilt measures 12 by 12 and usually contains 8 individual panels.) Techniques used included patchwork, applique, embroidery, fabric painting, collage, spray paint and needlepoint Items and materials included in the panels: Fabrics, e.g. This web provides the 3-D view of the rings in display. Interesting nut and bolt wedding ring combo. Jewellery, particularly when made with precious materials, is generally considered valuable and desirable. Or who said wedding rings are worn on the left hand on the ring finger? Information on the meaning of Celtic Warrior Shield wedding rings.

Had a brilliant time at Brila 88.9fm yesterday (no pun intended). An Australian Taxation Office spokeswoman sa. Costume jewelry is made from less valuable materials. PROSPEROUS pastor Benny Hinn flew into Brisbane a multimillionaire. Make this Valentine’s day an unforgettable one by giving precious diamonds to you.

Getting to know the love of my life, not just how she kisses, or what her favourite colour is, or other shallow things; getting to know her real, beating, honest beautiful heart, finding out wh. This term refers to white used in the wedding dress, which symbolises virginity and innocence. Visiting journey tourism can associated to places like Auckland, Rotorua, Wellington, Christchurch, Queenstown, and other locations in the North Island, South Island and Stewart Island. Many a jilted lover has wondered what to do with a leftover ring, which is why I was entirely unsurprised when I stumbled upon I Do Now I Don’t, an auction site created to match those “who are looking to sell engageme. According to tradition, the wedding ring is worn on the left ring finger because the vein in the left ring finger, referred to as the ‘vena amoris’ was believed to be directly connected to the heart, a symbol of love. Just to let the world know about the blog dedicated to The Claddagh. He left, 28 hours and three shows later, an estimated $800,000 richer.

It’s bad enough to have to do those shows without writers (how many times can Conan entertain us by spinning his wedding ring on the desk?), but what’s worse is the lack of guests. The Queensland capital was a goldmine for the flamboyant televangelist who left with cash, cheques and the bank account and credit card details of more than 50,000 Australians fans. They have been best friends since the second grade. Leaves Australia $800K richer: PROSPEROUS pastor Benny Hinn flew into Brisbane a multimillionaire. Wedding band A wedding band is the traditional European token of marriage worn by a spouse to indicate a marital commitment to chastity. White wedding A white wedding is a traditional British wedding. So we (I) decided (why did I do this?) to check out the rings at the ever popular Tiffany & Co.

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26 Mar 2010 Cheap Flights to Australia

In general, the cost of airline tickets from the United States to Australia is not really cheap even if advertised that way. After all, it’s a long, long trip that takes anywhere from 14 to 20 hours each way even on non-stop flights. This being said, it is still possible to enjoy a substantial savings by shopping air carriers carefully and purchasing a ticket as far in advance as you can. This is easier by far if you do so online via the Internet where all the carriers and travel agents stand ready to provide you with both a quote and your reservation quickly with a credit card payment.

The price for a round-trip ticket from Sydney Australia to Los Angeles, California and visa versa, price quotations were obtained for a one way ticket on September 20th with a return 7 days later. Ticket prices for nonstop flights varied from $1,324.60 to $2,211.60 from Qantas; $1,701.60 to $2,336.60 on American and cost $1,619.60 for the single United flight given for that date set. Qantas showed other flights with one or two stops in Nadi and Auckland that were actually six dollars more than their lowest non-stop flights. American’s flights with a single connection stop in Auckland were priced the same as their lowest non-stop fare and a few dollars higher with a stop in San Francisco only. Air Canada also provided fare information showing that their non-stop flights with stops in either San Francisco or Vancouver varied between $1,733.60 and $2,031.50 for a round trip ticket. Finally, Air New Zealand offered a round trip fare with stops in Nadi, Auckland or Christchurch for $2,247.00 while Air Pacific came in with a one-stop price of $2,031.70 for a round trip fare. Extending the return trip time from 7 days to 30 days showed about a 20-30% reduction in these prices.

The prices mentioned above where obtained from one of the major online travel expeditors. And while there is a possibility that shopping still others may have produced a slightly lower fare, it seems unlikely when compared to fares directly from the airlines websites.

Air Travel to and from Australia and New Zealand to the U.S. has increased significantly during the past several years. This is particularly true in America’s summer months when

as more tourist vacationers consider those destinations prime. The real key to obtaining the cheapest-possible fare is to purchase well in advance of any planned trip.

20 Mar 2010 Avoid information overload when searching for airline ticket

No more information overload on travel!

The importance of avoiding information overload when searching for the cheapest airline tickets online cannot be stressed enough theses days. This article will explain how you should take your time and do your research to be able to cherry pick your way through.

What we Internet surfers don’t seem to understand is that there are millions of travel sites out there claiming they have access to the lowest airfares. When its time to book your travel plans the first thing we think about is our budget (for those of us who have a budget). Most travelers don’t want to pay more than they have to because they still need money when they get to where ever the destination is and the more the better..right!

We all want the cheap flights that are enjoyable, not too many stops, with food and entertainment, frequent flyer miles, plenty of leg and elbow room…all for the lowest and cheapest price you can afford….now that would be perfect dude! Well dream on, unless youre rich.

To avoid information overload and your bottom sticking to the chair, you start with online sites that not only give their prices but also let you compare with others. Narrow these sites down to sites that don’t waste your time by having access to just a few special airfares only when the airlines say they have deals. Everybody has a search engine for available published airfares, but the best sites consistently offer specially worked out deals available only to their customers….now thats what I am talking about maan…..

You have to find a small group of sites that can be searched on a regular basis…be persistent and start checking for deals at least a month in advance to be able to take advantage of 7-21 day advanced purchase requirements. How about sites that have done the research for you and also provide all the information you need for traveling….I call these sites “travel portals” and boy do they save you time, not to mention stress.

Some travel portals list too many sites and its like your starting all over again. They list any site that would pay commissions instead of researching and listing those that actually have low airfares consistently, so try and avoid these kinds of cluttered travel portals at all costs…they are still wasting your time.

Searching for cheap airfares does not have to be an adventure. Finding and using travel portals should get you what you need without the sales pitch. Most of us have a budget and don’t want to feel like we could have paid much less…if an airfare is out there, travel portals will help you find it……Happy Traveling!

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16 Mar 2010 Flights – New Zealand

Every year, thousands of backpackers head down under each year to work and to travel.

However, an increasing number of travellers are choosing to visit New Zealand – home of the kiwi, the Lord Of The Rings films and the All Blacks rugby team, amongst other things.

Flights to New Zealand can vary in price depending on not only the length of your stay, but the time of year in which you choose to travel.

Cheap flights can usually be found during the off-peak midwinter season – which occurs from June to July and September – but expect to pay a little bit more if you are looking to spend Christmas down under.

When searching for flights to New Zealand, consider breaking some of the journey in parts in order to save money. Popular destinations en-route includes Singapore, Hong Kong and Los Angeles.

Many travellers choose to start their excursions in the Northern Island capital Auckland, travelling down through sprawling national parks and on to the nation’s capital. Ferries from the bays around Wellington travel down through to the Southern Island, with its’ gleaming lakes and fjords.

Some companies offer the opportunity to buy ‘open jaw’ tickets – which allow you to fly into one city and out of another.

With an open jaw ticket, cross-country journeys are popular with many backpackers. So you could fly to a North Island city such as Auckland, travel and work for months at a time, before flying back home from a South Island such as Christchurch.

For travel within the country, you can get a good deal on domestic flights. However if you’d like to take in some of New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, bus services offer competitive prices – which vary during the various holiday seasons – on a range of routes, which offer door-to-door service and even a bit of driver commentary about areas of interest.

If you are looking to travel and work in New Zealand, you need to ensure that you have applied for a Working Holiday Scheme Visa (WHSV) which allows you to stay in the country for up to 23 months – with the option of working for one employer for at least 12 of those months.