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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Auckland.

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

30 Jul 2010 Important Historical Landmarks of New Zealand

New Zealand is considered to be one of the youngest countries in the world, as it was the last major land mass to be discovered by Europeans. For a young country, New Zealand boasts many fascinating and important historical sites, a legacy of its original inhabitants, the Maori and also its years as a British colony.

The most important historical site in the country is at Waitangi on North Island, where a treaty was signed in 1840 between the Maori and the British, the site is considered to be the birthplace of New Zealand as a nation. The grounds cover 1000 acres and were a gift to the people of New Zealand by the governor at the time, Lord Bledisloe.

There are several highlights of any visit to Waitangi. Not to be missed are the Treaty House, the country’s oldest home, and built for New Zealand’s first resident. Te Whare Runanga is an elaborately carved Maori meeting house; and you can also marvel at one of the world’s largest ceremonial war canoes. Many visitors simply enjoy strolling around the beautiful grounds. If that inspires you, you can even get married at Waitangi.

Two of the oldest towns in New Zealand are situated in the area of the country known as the Bay of Islands, Russell and Kerikeri. Russell boasts an excellent small museum offering an overview of contact between the Maori and Europeans; as well as Christ Church, the oldest wooden church in New Zealand. Russell is also the site of one of the most infamous incidents in the country’s history, the chopping down of the ceremonial British flagpole by the Maori chief Hone Heke.

Kerikeri has the distinction of being the oldest European settlement in New Zealand. A stroll through the quaint streets of the town will show you both the oldest wooden building and the oldest stone building in the country. A couple of nearby historical sites give an insight into New Zealand’s history. Kororipo Pa is a well-preserved Maori fort; Rewa Village is a full scale reconstruction of a Maori fishing village.

Throughout New Zealand, there are many other reminders of the Maori, such as burial grounds, sacred sites and tribal meeting places. The area around Taranaki on the North Island is a particularly good place to visit if you want to learn about the Maori culture, the small settlement at Parihaka was the largest Maori village in the region during the 19th century. There is also a monument to the Maori leader Maui Pomare, as well as the remains of several Maori forts, known as pa.

Wellington has been New Zealand’s capital since 1865 and boasts several historic buildings and sites, many dating from its days as an early European settlement. You can take one of several walking tours of Wellington which take in such historic sites as the birthplace of Katherine Mansfield, the country’s most famous author; and the Dominion Observatory, which once kept the time for the entire country.

Much of the country’s more recent history has been shaped at the Parliament buildings complex. Not to be missed if you are in Wellington are the Old Government building, the second largest wooden building in the world, and the National Library of New Zealand, with its books, maps and other documents. Also, not too far away, you can see one of the country’s most important and famous documents, the actual Treaty of Waitangi, on display at the National Archives building.

Nearly all visitors traveling to New Zealand by air arrive in Auckland, the country’s largest city. Although Auckland is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city, it is worth taking the time to seek out some of the area’s historic sites. One of Auckland’s most beautiful buildings is Alberton, an ornate Victorian mansion dating from 1863, which offers a glimpse into how the wealthy lived 150 years ago.

Another historic home in the Auckland area is Highwic; a wooden house built in the Gothic style and filled with antiques. In order to gain some insight into the important role the sea has played in the lives of New Zealanders, visit the National Maritime Museum. Not only can you look at exhibits spanning 1,000 years, you can sail on them. The historic ship Ted Ashby offers rides several times a week.

Admittedly, many people visit New Zealand for the spectacular and dramatic scenery, and the chance to experience the great outdoors at its very best. However, if you are lucky enough to visit New Zealand, do not overlook the country’s proud and fascinating history.

24 Jul 2010 Factors to Consider When Obtaining A New Zealand Working Holiday Visa

New Zealand, located across the continent of Australia, is a relatively small, rugged but very scenic and tranquil nation. It’s just about three hours by plane from Australia, and has a population of around 4 million people. The country’s European settlers began to settle here in 1642, and today compose the majority of residents. The Maoris, or New Zealand’s indigenous people, currently compose around 11% of the total population, and the rest are either Asian or Pacific islanders. It offers one of the highest living standards in the developed world, and has a thriving agro-industrial economy. Those who wish to travel and work in this lovely part of the South Pacific may now be able to do this, through applying for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa.

The country remains an integral part of the British Commonwealth, and has strong cultural and economic ties with the United Kingdom. In this part of the world, apple trees, sheep, kiwi fruit, olives and grapevines are common sights, and the landscape has a tranquil English countryside feel. New Zealand has three major cities. Auckland, located in the North Island, has a population of almost a million residents. Located in the North Island is the city of Wellington, which is the nation’s capital, and situated across the Cook Strait in South Island is Christchurch, which is the nation’s largest city. It has a population of 300,000 and is famous for resembling an ornate English town complete with elegant stone buildings, wide green gardens and a lovely river that cuts through the city’s central commercial district

Living costs in this country are relatively lower compared to the United States or Canada; however the wages are a bit lower than those two nations. The economy here thrives around agriculture, the services sector, and the farming/mining industry. For those wishing to travel and work at the same time, the most common visa issued to these types of travelers is the New Zealand Working Holiday Visa (WHV). This work and travel visa is however, only limited to persons who live in countries that have reciprocal arrangements with New Zealand. Among the nations that have this arrangement with New Zealand are Canada, Argentina, Chile, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Ireland, France, Korea, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Singapore, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Uruguay and the United Kingdom.

In order to qualify for a New Zealand Working Holiday Visa, the residents of the following countries mentioned earlier need to be between 18 and 30 years old, are able to prove that they have access to sufficient funds to support themselves while in the country, do not have any dependent children with them while traveling, have not yet experienced working in New Zealand before, and can show evidence of adequate medical insurance for the duration of their visit. To legally work here, travelers also need to apply for an IRD number from the country’s Inland Revenue bureau, for taxation purposes. In order to get an IRD number, all you need to do is to download and fill up the application form from the IRD Website and send these to the New Zealand Inland Revenue office. You may also download an IRD form while overseas. In addition, some of the nation’s employers may require that you directly open a bank account, for the proper delivery of your salary and other temporary benefits. Although some banks here are quite wary of allowing foreigners to open a bank account, showing your working holiday visa and explaining that you are here for a year would help speed up the process.

17 Jul 2010 Holidaying in Southern Australia: Melbourne and Adelaide

Southern Australia is an vast area of great contrasts with the land ranges from desert to plains to fertile wine-growing areas set amid rolling hills.

Melbourne

Capital of Victoria and Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne is often voted the most livable city in the world. For one thing, it’s sited on the Yarra River and scenic Port Philip Bay. Plus, it’s Australia’s vanguard city for sport, fashion, shopping, cuisines, music and nightlife, and is home to a host of museums, galleries and theaters, and large parks and gardens.

Transport:getting there and getting away

Melbourne’s centre for domestic and international flights is Tullamarine Airport. It’s located 14 miles northwest of the city center and accessible by skybus.

Spencer Street Railway Station is served by interstate trains. The Sydney-Melbourne XPT runs between Australia’s two largest cities daily. The trip takes 10 1/2 hours. The Overland connects with Adelaide daily. The trip time is 12 hours.

Bus services connect Melbourne with other major cities and regional areas of Victoria.

Melbourne’s public transport system, known as Metlink offers a wide range of options for getting around the city. These include trams, trains, and buses. Melbourne has the world’s oldest tram network which now runs over 200 miles of track. Trams are the most popular with tourists and locals alike for travel around the city and inner suburbs. Taxis are plentiful and Melbourne has an excellent network of bike paths.

Climate:

Melbourne has a capricious climate. It ranges from rainy to gusty and it often oscillates between warm and chilly in the space of one day. However it seldom gets really too hot or too cold. Winter temperatures range between 6°C and 13°C. In summer, it rarely gets above 35°C.

Accommodation:from cheap stays to luxury resorts

Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of hotels in Melbourne

Melbourne accommodation is varied and good value.

Events:what’s on and what’s hot

Melbourne’s social calendar is comprises equally of sporting and cultural events.

*The year kicks of with Midsumma Melbourne, an annual pride event in January. It’s a three-week bash featuring a music, cabaret, and drag acts.

*Australian Football League Grand Final in September is the annual showcase of Aussie Rules Football.

*Melbourne Fringe held annually in September and October is the city’s exuberant art fest.

*LIVID Festival held in October is one of the country’s largest rock festivals.

Adelaide

Much of Adelaide’s charm comes from its location. It sits on the narrow Adelaide Plains between Gulf St Vincent on the Southern Ocean and the eucalyptus-covered hills of the Mount Lofty ranges. Today’s Adelaide is famous for its festivals, arts, sports events and wine from nearby vineyards.

Transport:getting there and getting away

Adelaide’s spanking new airport offers international connections to Auckland, Hongkong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. On the domestic front, it’s just an hour’s hop to Melbourne and less than three hours to Sydney, Brisbane, or Canberra. There are also buses and interstate trains.

Getting around the city is easy via train, tram and bus services that use the Metroticket unified ticketing system. The compact city center is fine for walking and there are two free bus services for the footsore. There’s also a tram that runs from Victoria Square to the seaside suburb of Glenelg.

Climate:

In a word, Mediterranean. Summer in Adelaide is scorching with temperatures leaping to 40°C and above. Winters are damp and miserable but never really cold. Spring and Autumn are the most pleasant seasons, balmy and temperate.

Accommodation:from cheap stays to luxury resorts

Check on the internet for the range, location and cost of Adelaide hotels.

Events:what’s on and what’s hot

*Womadelaide, an outdoor festival of world music and dance, is held every February to March.

*The jewel in Adelaide’s social crowd is the Adelaide Arts Festival held at the beginning of March in even-numbered years. It features drama, dance and music, along with a writers’ week, poetry readings and art exhibitions. The Fringe Festival runs at the same time.

*Adelaide International Guitar Festival is in November.

06 Jul 2010 Navigating Through Your New Zealand Travel

New Zealand travel is quickly becoming one of the absolute coolest things to be able to say that you have done. This country is the best kept secret in the entire world, but more and more people are discovering it everyday. There are seven different climatic regions in the entire world and New Zealand has six of them. New Zealand travel is the best way to see golden sand beaches and marine parks that are protected that you can view them from on or below the surface. You will also be able to get up close and personal with active volcanic areas, but do not worry because they are completely safe. The Australian Alps are unlike anything else with their pristine snow caps where you can ski or climb depending on the time of year.

Australia is full of tours that allow you to explore the forests and amazing plant life that is all around. There are basically two different parts of New Zealand: the North Island and the South Island. The North Island is home to Auckland which is the largest urban and suburban area in the entire country. This suburban area has a population of almost two million people and it is surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery with harbors and beaches that are to die for. If you are a surfer then you will find this area to be especially unique because there a so many different undiscovered surf areas that will truly open your eyes to a new world of surfing that you never thought imaginable. To the west of Auckland, you can find some rather large vineyards, so if that is what you are in to then plan to be there for the entire day. Auckland has a very strong reputation as being a Mecca for sailors and that has been reaffirmed again and again over the years. It actually has more boats per capita than any other city in the entire world.

Do not worry if you are not a surfer or an avid boater because this city boasts some of the best shopping, galleries and museums in the world. These areas are great because they provide a multicultural environment blending European, Asian and Polynesian cultures. There are many other great tourist attractions so whether you are traveling alone or on a family vacation you will have no problem finding something for everyone to enjoy.

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

12 Jun 2010 Travel experiences: Road trip horror stories

One might read this article and not see the terrible horror behind it but in the state and experience of what actually happened I’m sure the reader will understand.

My story begins 12 years ago on the road when i first applied for a Delivery Driving position with a firm called Mico Plumbing & Electrical, Onehunga, Auckland, NZ. My first week consisted of meeting colleagues learning the job and getting to know how the business operates. At the same time i was a Christian Musician attending fellowship three times a week quite a busy schedule.

Overtime at work i progressed on to become the truck driver for the firm which meant larger deliveries and also meant having to work harder. As time passed i found myself settling into the position and enjoying the job very much. Also production at work went up therefore more deliveries going out, now there’s overtime an hour here an hour there.

On one particular day the time was about 1 to 2 o’clock in the afternoon heading to the depot after dropping a load to a customer. I realised i was slightly tired and needing a rest, the traffic wasn’t that busy although there were still vehicles close by. Then it struck, “Wooh!” I Shouted, i couldn’t believe what just happened, one minute my eyes on the road and next minute black. I have never experienced such an event and all i could think was what an awful horrible feeling when you’re driving along and WHAM! all sight goes due to fatigue.

Have you ever heard of such a road trip horror story well this is one of my horror experiences with fatigue. I know there are some who have lost their lives in their battle with fatigue due to a black and not awakening from it. Many think fatigue is caused by lack of sleep and tiredness but i don’t believe it is maybe in some instances. There are many causes of fatigue and i must say from experience weariness, due to a lot of physical work during the day, is a major contributor to fatigue.

Just lately i was the Driver for a Meadow Fresh Franchise owner in Whangarei. I would start work at 4.am every morning and for the first hour and a half i was loading the milk on to the truck. During this time I’m physical, perspiring (sweating) and accomplishing quite a work out. After the truck is loaded and i head of to my allocated area which is an hours drive from the depot. Its not till about the 45 – 50 minute that it strikes and I’m fighting fatigue to stay awake till i get to my first drop cause i know once i get there I’ll be sweet.

Once i get that first drop done most of the rest are within a 5km radius and fatigue has no effect. Till i have to head south which is another 45 minute drive to the next town, then another 45 minutes to the next one and 45 minutes on the drive home.

Within one or two of those in between trips again fatigue would strike more than once and it is a horrible feeling.

If you have never experienced fatigue this is the closest i could get to explain it, while driving along at 100km shut your eyes for 1-1000 2-1000 seconds then open them again. The difference between the two is fatigue has the drowsy weary feeling behind it before you black out, and what i described above you still have a sense of control.

MY REMEDY FOR FATIGUE IS STOP GET OUT OF YOUR VEHICLE HAVE A STRETCH & TAKE A WALK AROUND OR CHECK THE VEHICLE AND HAVE A DRINK IF YOU HAVE ONE.