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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.

16 Aug 2010 Finding Cheap Holiday Offers Through British Travel Agencies

If you are looking for UK holiday deals, you can rely on the British Travel Agencies to find you the right package deals that have everything you need to have an affordable trip and do some adventurous sightseeing. Most people like to save money and when traveling to the UK for a vacation, you want to find something that allows you to have money for doing some fun things once you arrive at your holiday destination. UK holiday deals can be found for many different locations. Some of the agencies that have affordable travels deals are British Airways, Thomas Cook and Virgin.

There are many different UK holiday deals and destinations including England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These areas have many attractions to make you trip enjoyable. The best UK holiday deals might take you to England where you would see the Auckland Castle or the Lancaster Castle. England also has a beautiful countryside and prehistoric sites. Ireland has museums, historic buildings and historic houses. If your UK holiday deals land you in Scotland or Wales, you will want to see the Castles and the old Roman sites. Any of the British Travel Agencies can arrange your accommodations and airfare.

Virgin and Thomas Cook always have UK holiday deals with a tour of the many different attractions and places to stay near the attractions. British Airways also has UK holiday deals that will make you want to travel to the UK every year. If you love beautiful gardens and want to see the changing of the guards, then planning a holiday destination to the UK what you need to do.

The UK holiday deals might include theme park tickets or other attraction tickets. If you find the perfect vacation travel package, you can and will save money. Once you find the best UK holiday deals, you can then plan your stay around the attractions. Do not forget about the nightlife in these fabulous destinations. You can celebrate with Irish whiskey or a fine wine of England. There are so many different things to do when you find the best UK holiday deals.

11 Aug 2010 New Zealand Water Rafting

The vast majority of travellers who visit New Zealand come away with a memorable experience, and the vacationers who partake in water rafting are no exception. New Zealand is hailed as one of the most pristine and picturesque counties in the Pacific region, and this is clearly evident to those who go rafting through the country’s truly awe-inspireing rivers and byways.

Thousands of tourists travel to New Zealand to water raft each year. The New Zealand Rafting Association (NZRA) was established in 1996 in order to promote the sport of water rafting. The association is made up of tour guide operators and afficcionados who specialize in this thrilling sport. The code of conduct that the New Zealand Rafting Association follows is endorsed by the New Zealand government. Thanks to government support, the country is known as having one of the highest standards for safe water rafting activities. The association conducts training workshops and rescue operations as well.

Water Rafting in New Zealand: Where to go?

Even though New Zealand is a relatively small country with a population of roughly 4.1 million, the areas for water rafting are numerous. Adventuous vacationers have a choice of Rangitikei, Shotover, Upper Buller Mohaka, Motu, Gowan and several others. Tourists are rarely disappointed by the beauty of the landscape and the variety of rivers and byways. If you enjoy incredible natural scenery, New Zealand has a sparkling breathtaking environment. From the fjords and mountains in the south island, to the native forests and white sands of the north, New Zealand has diverse, pristine and beautiful natural surroundings.

In the north, you can experience the Karamea and Buller rivers while the west has the Waiho and Arnold rivers. Both rivers offer superb rafting trips.

The truly adventurous traveller can sign up with tour operators who provide guided tours of a total of eleven rivers. In just over two weeks, all eleven rivers can be travelled, some so remote that you feel there is no one else on the island besides you and your travelling companions. White water entusiasts have spoken of one place which the natives call “Chinese dogleg”. Other rafters experience blasting through a historical mining tunnel and then ending up in the rapids.

It is important to note that New Zealand has seven major regions: Auckland, Central Plateau, Hawkes Bay, Wellington, Nelson/West Coast, Canterbury, Otago/Southland. These regions have water rafting facilities and they each have magnificent rivers and breathtaking panoramic views.

Water rafting in New Zealand is truly a sublime experience. The adventure sport turned national industry has become incredibly successful, mostly due to the amount of challenging and beautiful rivers and byways. Tim Alpe says that New Zealand is country known for its rapid and free flowing rivers, and the rapids come straight from the mountains. They snake their way through thick and lush forests and pour into the sea.

Be Safe: Watch that Raft and the River!

If you are not familiar with New Zealand’s rivers, it is strongly encouraged that you not venture out on your own. Even if advances in technology have led to improvements in raft design and construction, the amateur rafter should be accompanied by a licensed tour guide. Some people who are new to the sport are not aware that the flow of the river necessitates a certain kind of raft.. Rivers are graded from class 1 to class 5, and each class requires a different kind of rafting equipment.

When you engage the services of a rafting guide in New Zealand, you are assured that he or she possesses a high degree of expertise and knowledge about safe water rafting in that particualr country. They are familiar with rivers whose flows change from one moment to the next. They know about the international river grading system and what each grade means.

Since rafting is a year-round sport in New Zealand, vacationers have plenty of flexability. Rafting is common during spring, summer and fall. There are approxamitly 50 rafting operators that are spread out across New Zealand, so, if you find yourself in one rafting spot, you are bound to find another within a few miles.

If you are travelling with a group, you need to decide on a river that is appropriate for everyone. Decide how long you and your travelling companions want to go rafting. Some raft for only one day, others an enitre weekend, or even a week or two. Also, choose which level to persue. Are you looking for an adrenalin adventure or a moderate rafting trip so you can also take in the scenery. These are imortant coices to make. Depending on your preferences, your New Zealand guide can put a package together. Some operators will offer meal stops and will add in sightseeing on land.

05 Aug 2010 Unforgettable Travel Experiences in New Zealand

The islands of New Zealand were the commencement inhabited by Polynesian maori. The British colony was established in the country in 1840. In 1907, New Zealand became independent. The rugged mountains and large coastal plains are the main geographical features of the country. According to the 2006 census, the population of New Zealand had 41.43.279 years. In December 2007 it was estimated that the country’s population is approximately 42.68.000.

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, where the population is counted for 1.69.000. However, Auckland is the largest city in the country. The English, which employed 98% of the population is the official language of New Zealand. Maori, used by 4.2% of New Zealanders was also given the status of a country’s official language. Religions, which are followed by inhabitants of New Zealand, are Anglican, Presbyterian and Catholic.

The presence of high mountains, glaciers, tropical forests, fjords, geysers and beaches still unknown has resulted in the remarkable growth of the tourism industry in New Zealand. The country enjoys a huge step each year.

You can use the following links to get different variations map of New Zealand. You can also collect general information and travel on to New Zealand links given below. From history, geography, information economy, people, culture and flag of the New Zealand here you will get every bit of critical information on the country.

The tour of New Zealand offers you the wealth of things to enjoy for as New Zealand is a land blessed with glacial mountains, rivers fluids, ice mountains, lakes and many wonders normal. He ‘s a country where you can engage in many outdoor activities. Whether it is not marked walk (up), skiing, transport and bungee jumping by raft.

The tour of New Zealand are a lot to choose from. There are many categories of excursion such as command and in addition to 4-wheel drive excursions, adventure trips, excursions age category, the tour’s agricultural and farmland of New Zealand, Tour boat and navigation, the tour bus from New Zealand, camping and outdoor tour of New Zealand, cruises, day trips and overnight excursions and cultural, made to order and personal travel stung, Eco and nature travel, educational excursions, expedition crosses, film and theme travel, gay and lesbian travel, heritage and historical excursions, lord of the ring travel, motorcycle travel package tours and planners vacation trips photography and art, and private guiding service, tour of New Zealand sports and golf, surfing and personal Kitebarding Tours and geothermal and volcanic tour of New Zealand.

The bus tour of New Zealand travel by the beautiful landscape and an expert driver would also be there to tell you about places to be visited. The best thing about the bus tour of New Zealand is that you can have unforeseen cuts when we love.

The command of 4 wheels and also road trips are adventurous and take you by the landscape staggering. There are road trips to Edoras, Canterbury, Wanaka, Twizel, New Zealand, Queenstown, Christchurch, Glenorchy, Lake Coleridge, Canterbury; excursions apart adeventure of Taupo. are offered the caves of Waitomo, to the west coast, Christchurch, Blenheim, Methven, compartment islands, the new Zealnad away, Westport, South Island, Twizel, Kaikoura, Christchurch, Canterbury and to the island’s north.

03 Aug 2010 Travel destinations: North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand is the most inviting, fun, exiting and diverse country in which to take a vacation. To explore the opportunities for a visitor to both islands is such a vast topic, therefore I have narrowed my recommendations to the North Island. There are so many opportunities on offer from viewing the amazing scenery, to experiencing the geological formations of this volcanic island. The people of New Zealand and the Maori culture really make for a warm and friendly experience. Well known for its adventure and sporting opportunities, everyone from the novice to experience outside enthusiast will take home some unforgettable memories of time spent there. The following are recommendations from my 10 day driving tour of the North Island, made a few years ago.


Although Auckland is a warm and welcoming city, with so much to do, if you only have limited time I would recommend the following; drive up Mount Eden or One Tree hill, for an unusual view of the city, have breakfast up the sky tower, take a walk around the harbor and marvel and some of the huge sailing vessels. With slightly longer, try a trip to one of the islands located just across the water from the city; Great Barrier, Tiritiri Matangi, Kawau, Rangitoto, Motutapu and Waiheke islands offer something for everyone from bird watching, geological exploration of the volcanic islands to amazing beaches. Piha beach on the coast North West of Auckland about an hour’s drive is a fantastic wide expanse of almost black sand with rolling surf, a great location to spend a few hours. Try www.aucklandnz.com for as much information as you can handle on this location.

Bay of Islands

Approximately 230kilometers north of Auckland you will find the Bay of Islands. You could easily spend your whole holiday here, with diving, sailing trips, fishing, golf, and numerous cultural attractions on offer. No holiday here is complete without a sailing trip out around the bay to see the numerous islands and hear about their history. Options range from dolphin viewing aboard a catamaran skippered by one of New Zealand’s leading lady racers, to a more sedate trip following the old cargo route around the island on Fullers’ Cream trip. Located in Paihia is the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the location where New Zealand’s founding document was signed. Cultural tours and shows are available to explain the relevance of this document in New Zealand’s history. Paihia is the busting tourist center of the islands, however it has

31 Jul 2010 The city of sails

Auckland Harbour also known as Waitemata Harbour is a 70 square mile harbour and is the main access by sea to Auckland, New Zealand. It connects the city and port to the Hauraki Gulf, and thus to the Pacific Ocean.For this reason it is often referred to as Auckland Harbour, despite the fact that it is only one of two harbours surrounding the city. The Waitemata forms the north and west coasts of the Auckland isthmus. It is matched on the south by the shallower waters of Manukau Harbour.

The name is from the Māori language, with Wai te Mataa referring to obsidian glass. The ‘sparkling waters’ (a later translation of the meaning) of the harbour were said to glint like the volcanic glass prized by these early arrivals to the harbour. Auckland is often known as the “City of Sails” for the large number of yachts that grace the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf.

Some of the attractions of the harbour for travelers include the breath taking view across the sea with the Auckland Harbour Bridge in the background. Auckland’s vibrant waterfront is also home to the New Zealand National Maritime Museum. A visit promises a broad overview of New Zealand rich maritime heritage.As its Maori name, Te Huiteanaui-A-Tangaroa (holder of the treasures of Tangaroa – of the Sea God) suggests, this museum stores many of New Zealand’s treasures. Visitors may also get the opportunity to cruise across the harbour on a heritage vessel.

For travelers that wish to experience a little bit more adventure and excitement on their holiday a good excursion would be climbing Auckland Harbour Bridge. An Auckland hotel that offers easy access to the waterfront is the Copthorne Hotel which is situated near the Auckland Harbour the all of the rooms at this hotel offer beautiful views of the Harbour and also gives easy access to other areas of interest in the city.

01 Jul 2010 Must see sites in New Zealand

New Zealand has to be one of the most diverse countries on the planet, where else can you explore a live volcano, hike on a glacier, swim with dolphins in the sea and see snow capped mountains all during one short vacation? Whilst it would be great to see everything this amazing country has on offer, this is unlikely to be possible unless you have months on end to go exploring.

Every individual will have different expectations from their vacation and desire varying experiences. However, I believe that most visitors to New Zealand are looking to experience the following for themselves; some of nature’s wonders- volcanoes, glaciers and geothermal wonders. See the beauty of a country with huge areas of untouched wilderness. Experience the culture of this fairly young country. Take in an adventure or two!

With these experiences in mind, the following are what I consider to be the must see sights of New Zealand. Listed moving from North to South across both the islands.

The Bay of Islands. If you have ever dreamed of seeing dolphins up close or swimming with them in their natural habitat, you just cannot miss a trip here. Every day scores of vessels ranging from fast thrill jet boats to day tripping catamarans take to the waters, offering visitors a chance to experience the crystal clear waters, beautiful beaches and marine life of this area.

Auckland. Affectionately known as the city of sails, this city, although not the capital, is the largest in the country. With the harbour to explore, take a walk on the quay, or tour the harbour and surrounding waters on one of the America’s cup yachts; this is a trip you will never forget. The city its self offers great shopping and a trip up the sky tower offers 360 degree views of the city. With museums, an aquarium and so much more, this is somewhere to take in on your visit to New Zealand.

The Coromandel Peninsula. Now I would be biased toward this having lived there many moons ago. However, this beautiful peninsula only an hour south of Auckland offers beautiful beaches, rainforest and a fantastic scenic drive along the coast. Take a drive across the peninsula on one of the unsealed logging roads and you will be rewarded by a drive though untouched rainforest and virtually no other tourists to share this experience with!

White Island. The most active volcano in New Zealand can be visited in a day; prepare to don gas masks and hide behind a boulder if she decides to blow! A tour of this volcano is an

30 Jun 2010 Weird travel stories
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Cruising at about 35,000 feet, the woman calmly finished her economy class airline dinner. Her husband sat in the adjoining seat, blood seeping through his trousers. He excused himself to use the lavatory. Returning in a fresh pair of britches, he once again took his seat. “Don’t worry Jacques”, his brother-in-law seated across the aisle counseled. “We’ll be landing in Papeete soon and then we’ll be home in a short while. You’ll be okay there”. I had my doubts.

They had boarded the plane in Auckland, New Zealand. I had first noticed them in the passenger lounge; an elderly man and his wife accompanied by her brother and sister-in-law. The group of four stood near the water fountain. The older man was dressed in summer whites. He had just made his way out of the men’s room. I couldn’t help but stare at the blood on the front of his pants thinking “What the? Something must have broken loose. Has he had surgery”? Countless thoughts raced through my mind. The biggest question was Why aren’t they getting medical assistance for him”? His wife and relatives looked at the mess and then took a sweater and wrapped it around the front of him like an apron, effectively covering the blood. My companion noted, “They’ll never let him fly like that”. I had misgivings. With the front of his trousers covered, the gate attendants would never notice.

We made our way to the gate, without further incident. Finding our seats I noticed that I shared the same row as the elderly gentleman and his wife. Great, I already felt queasy. After we had reached cruising altitude, the old man headed for the lavatory in what would be the first of many trips. I noticed that he carried a pair of trousers under his arm. After a short interlude, he returned, carrying a bloodied pair of pants with him. His wife noncommittally took them from him and stuffed them into a carry on. My eyes were drawn to the gruesome packet. This was going to be a long and unnerving flight.

More trips to the restroom were in store. I was shocked by the wife’s nonchalance with her husband’s condition. By the end of the flight, the gentleman was out of clothing. He had wrapped a blanket around his waist and quietly waited in a seat saturated with blood. The flight attendants were never the wiser of the drama being played out.

As the plane approached the landing strip at Papeete, Tahiti, the foursome secured their seat-belts. After landing, they waited while the rest of us deplaned. That was the last I saw of them. After a brief stopover in Tahiti we were to continue with the same plane to Los Angeles. We were on the ground longer than anticipated due the airline’s need to change out the seat the gentleman had occupied.

With thoughts of his prognosis going through my mind, we re-boarded the aircraft. Selfishly, I was relieved to think that I wouldn’t have to be made an unwilling party to an old man’s dire medical problem. The next set of passengers couldn’t possibly be as bad. I smiled as a beautiful young Tahitian couple and their toddler approached my row. They returned my smile and took their seats. I started to breath in a sigh of relief, but then realized something. They weren’t wearing any deodorant.

24 Jun 2010 City of Sails in the Middle Earth

New Zealand or Aotearoa (what means “Long White Cloud”) is mostly known for its beautiful and diverse nature geysers, mountains, lakes, beaches and glaciers. Nowadays the rapt attention New Zealand pays to the ecology allows to keep all its natural magnificencealmost untouched even in the big cities.
One of the most isolated corners of our planet, after the shooting of the trilogy “The lord of the rings” New Zealand received mighty flow of the tourists from all over the world. Everyone wanted to see what they considered the embodiment of the fabulous Middle Earth.
The most popular places in the country are national parks Mount Cook and Tongariro. New Zealand is the unique place where you can combine alpine skiing and lying on the beach.
Auckland is the main port of New Zealand. It was founded in 1840 and till 1865 (when Wellington was built) was the capital of New Zealand. With its population of 1,1 millions, Auckland is the biggest city in the country boasting the largest University and international airport. The city in located in a very picturesque place with the views of the Pacific Ocean and Tasmanian Sea.
Auckland is often called “the city of sails” ships and yachts are the integral part of the landscape. Twice a year it houses a prestigious international regatta – America’s Cup.
It’s also a city of parks Western, Victoria, Mayers, Albert and enormous Aukland-Domain to name just a few.
What else to see in Auckland? For example, Kelly Tarlton ‘ s Underwater World a museum with the underwater tunnel and Kelly Tarton ‘ s Antarctic Encounter a place where landscapes and animals of Antarctic are presented.
Among other attractions of Auckland are Zoo, Botanic Garden, local vineyards and National Maritime Museum.
Nowadays Auckland is developing fast, its look is changing, new modern skyscrapers, luxury hotels and shops are being built.

08 Jun 2010 Around the world

The greatest opportunity to see the world, one of the things always named when somebody is asked “what you your spend your million dollars on?”, the adventure, the dream – round-the-world voyage now has become a reality for many well-to-do people.
Round the world, of course, doesn’t mean that you see all the countries, but the most interesting of them. So, there still a choice of the voyages, which can be called round the world.
Those are some of the variants
At first, you have to choose your mean of transport – plane or cruise liner. Plane trip are shorter in time and you can miss something on the way, making stops only in the major cities of your trip. There are several variant of such trips
1) Amsterdam – Singapore – Sydney – Brisbane – Auckland – Tahiti – Santiago – Buenos-Aires – Iguazu – Amsterdam. It’s a good choice if you are interested in Latin America and Australia, but you totally miss Africa and see little in Europe and Asia.
2) London – Hong-Kong – Sydney – Brisbane – Auckland – Easter island – Iguazu – London. Again, lack of Africa.
The choice of sea cruises is wider, but be prepare to spend several months on the liner.
This list of opportunities usually covers all the continents, but the duration of stay may vary. So, let’s name some variants
1) Starting in New York, cruising the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Bahama Bank, Caribbean Sea, Panama Canal Transit, then cruising Pacific Ocean , Acapulco, Los Angeles, Honolulu, Kailua Kona, Papeete, Moorea, Cross International Dateline – Lost Day, Auckland, Lyttelton, cruising the Tasman Sea, Sydney, Phillip Island, Melbourne, Adelaide, cruising the Indian Ocean, Exmouth, Padang Bay, Cruising the Makassar Strait, Cruising the South China Sea, Subic Bay, Cruising the Luzon Strait, Nagasaki, Osaka, Cruising the East China Sea, Keelung (Taipei), Cruising the Taiwan Strait, Hong Kong.
This will take about 2 months.
2) If you want to receive the most complete cover of world attractions you may need about 3 or 4 months.
You’ll depart from Los Angeles and will see Oahu, Maui, Raiatea, Bora Bora, Tahiti, Auckland, Tasmania, Melbourne, Sydney, Coral Sea, Thursday Island, Cruising the Arafura Sea, Darwin, Bandar Seri Begawan, the South China Sea, Hong Kong, a Long Bay, Hanoi, the South China Sea, Ho Chi Minh City, Bangkok, Ko Samui, Singapore, Malacca Strait, Phuket, Indian Ocean, Male, Arabian Sea, Red Sea, Luxor and Karnak, the Suez Canal, Cairo, the Mediterranean Sea , Santorini, Athens, Istanbul, Kusadasi, Venice, Split, Sicily, Naples, Sardinia, Porto Venere, Lisbon, Cruising the Atlantic Ocean, Bilbao, London.
The European part of cruise also often includes Spain with Barcelona.
As you can see all the routes have little of Africa, but except the above-mentioned Egypt they sometimes come along the South Africa.
These are the usual tours prepared by the travel agencies, but if you have different preferences, you may create your own trip plan. You can either organize it by yourself of order an individual tour in travel agency – anyway you are free to embody all your desires.