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Contents FIRST THINGS FIRST 4 Stuff we love 5 Dream spot 6 On our ‘Traveldar’ now

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U P DAT E YO U R BUCKET LIST 9 Must-see Africa 12 Bucketlist cruises 14 The villa of your dreams 16 Eating through Europe INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES 19 Meet Mexico 20 Go beyond O'ahu 22 Ski the world 24 Banff for every skier 27

JUST GO 27 Aussie for the serial visitor 28 Why we love Bali 30 Adventurous Asia 32 A vroom with a view END NOTES 34 My best travel story

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HOUSE OF TRAVEL CONTRIBUTORS Editorial Director ANNA SARJEANT Designer BETH ALLISON Australia TELESIA FONOTI South Pacific SHARMA SMITH North America GABRIELLE BROWN Asia JON GWIN UK & Europe ANGELA WEBBER Touring JOHN CROUCH Adventure SHELLEY ADKINS Cruise JEFF LECKEY Contributors Helen Jackson, Mel Hubber,

Charlotte Campbell, Jody Krivan, Katrina Barnes, Sarah Headifen, Antony Boomer, John Shillibeer, Lance Brown, Shane Ogg, Susie Bernard, Danielle Scott, Amber King, Nicola Lynch, Sam Hepburn, Dalwyn Sinclair, Fernando de Rito

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS GENERAL CONDITIONS: Prices are correct as at 22 March 2018 – costs may vary due to subsequent tax surcharge increases, currency exchange rates and/ or unforeseen circumstances. Valid for new bookings only as specified or sold out. For travel commenced and completed as specified. Min/max stays apply. Prices are per person share twin in NZ dollars subject to availability at time of booking, based on payment by cash or cheque. Booking deposits and payment requirements may apply. Bedding configurations may vary. Credit card fees will apply. Some closeouts apply. For travel outside the dates specified, ask your local House of Travel consultant. Amendment and cancellation fees apply. Accommodation ratings are based on House of Travel ratings and are a guide only to the overall quality of the property. Flights are additional unless specified otherwise. Ask us about the best available flights to your chosen destination. Further terms and conditions may apply. See www.houseoftravel.co.nz/inspire for more details.


STUFF WE LOVE

Dazzled by the power of nature.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s in New York City. What’s a tired tourist to do? Channel Holly Golightly, of course! Admire the jewels downstairs, then recharge above at the Blue Box Café on the fourth floor of Tiffany & Co.’s famous flagship store.

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“The dominant force on Tanna is Mt. Yasur Volcano, a great rumbling mass of beauty and destruction. Taking a trip to the crater of this constantly active volcano is a true insight into the forces of Mother Nature. As the sun sets, fireworks of lava erupt and create an indescribable and humbling sight to witness.” HELEN JACKSON, House of Travel Remuera Photo and tip from Helen’s own travel blog. FInd it at Inspiredtwoescape.com.

Upgraded tech includes enhanced antennas and worldwide coverage, allowing you to track your suitcase wherever it is via GPS and 3G technology. (I.e, no more lost luggage!)

An Italian foodie theme park Eataly World in Bologna, Italy, is the world’s biggest food park, with over one kilometre of shops, sampling stations, cafés and factories, including an Italian craft brewery. At the food court, stands offer obscure delicacies like Florentine lampredotto (cow stomach stuffed in a panino) and plates of fresh lasagna. Pizzaiolo with thick Neapolitan accents toss pizza into foldable feasts for the road.

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Let’s Mon-go-lia! The romance of rail. Ask us about train travel across Genghis Khan’s former stomping ground, Mongolia. With a wealth of tours using the regions’ iconic railroads, cross through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia.

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“Six Senses resorts create sublime yet sustainable experiences, where the protection of the environment is as important as the guest experience. Six Senses Fiji opens April 2018 on Malolo Island, debuting 24 pool villas and several larger dwellings in a sheltered bay. As Fiji’s ultimate wellness retreat, the resort uses fresh ingredients from the garden to blend house-made tonics, bitters and probiotics. Indigenous flora is also prepped in the Alchemy Bar, by guests themselves, in hands-on workshops to create personal body scrubs, soaps and oils.” SHARMA SMITH, House of Travel Product Ready to dive into a Fiji holiday? Pop in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit houseoftravel.co.nz to start planning your stay.

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AROUND THE WORLD / TO DO LIST

Trending destinations to put on your travel-dar. *

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4 / ENTICING SRI LANKA More desirable than ever, Sri Lanka has transformed into the complete holiday destination. Offering affordable luxury in just-opened hotels and villa rentals, it’s also home to an impressive eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and a culinary scene that’ll electrify your taste buds.

1 / BY F O OT O R P E DA L P OW E R Walking and cycling holidays are for those who enjoy travelling at their own pace. Uncover Spain's secrets on the Camino, explore Italy's Cinque Terre or Canada’s colossal ‘Great Trail,’ which covers the entire country, from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans. Who’s game?

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2 / H AWA I ‘ I – A N D T H E N S O M E ! Everyone loves O‘ahu and the bright lights of Honolulu and Waikiki. Now Hawai‘i’s neighbour islands are also attracting attention. Described as the ‘genuine’ island paradise we all dream about.

5 / CRUISE H O L I DAYS Covering almost every body of water, cruises access some really unique places. Even the ice-cold regions of Antarctica. Sailing from Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, get set for extraordinary.

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3 / A F R I C A N S A FA R I S ARE BOOMING… Because travellers are drawn to the pursuit of the ‘real’ Africa. To explore the landscape at a slow pace, while witnessing the planet’s most awe-inspiring wildlife and staying in diverse accommodation such as luxury safari camps and treehouse sleep outs. Read more on page 9.

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7 / KO N I C H I WA , J A PA N ! Nowhere else will you find sushi vending machines and sumo wrestling, Japan is like no other country on earth. With a distinctive culture and unique traditions, it’s always mesmerising.

6 / BALI CONNECTIONS From June, Emirates will fly direct daily from Auckland to Bali’s Denpasar Airport, allowing 130,000 more passengers per year to touch down in beautiful Bali. Top that with stunning beaches, excellent cuisine, a sense of spirituality and daily massages at incredibly low prices — what’s not to love? Ask us about our villa stay options. Read more on page 28.

8 / M E E T O R A N G U TA N S IN BORNEO For those seeking a rainforest adventure with the opportunity to observe orangutans in their natural habitat, Borneo’s Conservation programmes ensure both animals and travellers are in good hands. Read more on page 34.

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9 / M A L A M A L A B E AC H C L U B F I J I Take a day trip to the world’s first island beach club. Departing every day at 10am from Port Denarau, by 10.30am you’ll be sitting on a beach lounger with a chilled drink. Return to the port at sunset.

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10 / VIETNAM WITH THE KIDS Whether you fly direct from Auckland to Ho Chi Minh City in just 12 hours, or transfer in Singapore, families can’t get enough of Vietnam. From culture shocks to huge bowls of Pho, Kiwi kids are left with wide eyes and broad grins. Read more on page 30.

1 1 / SY D N E Y ’ S L AT E S T U R B A N DA Z Z L E R Discover a mecca of worldclass dining just four minutes from Wynyard Station. Fresh for summer 2018, Barangaroo tickles the harbour and bulges at the seams with dining venues. ​ From cocktails at rooftop bars to fine French dining.

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EXPLORER’S GUIDE

Update your bucket list. Bucket list travel isn’t just about ticking off one great destination after another, it’s about collecting memories. Those incredible experiences you will talk about for a lifetime. Update your bucket list with travel that’s guaranteed to change your life.

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In October 2017, Mel Hubber from House of Travel Ferrymead spent 12 days in Kenya and Tanzania. She shares her memories of this lifechanging adventure to inspire you to plan your own.

What was the main reason for going to East Africa? We were going to see the legendary Great Migration, described as the greatest wildlife show on earth, a cycle that has been going on for thousands of years. The largest movement of animals on the planet where around two million wildebeest, zebra and gazelles cross the crocodile infested Mara River between Kenya and Tanzania seeking greener pastures for fresh grazing and to have their young.

When is the best time to see the migration? You can always see the animals moving between Kenya’s Masai Mara in the north and Tanzania’s Serengeti in the south. Both national parks are unfenced and animals can move freely. Typically, around July the massive herds start to move north, with river crossings between July and October. Usually at its peak by November, when driven by the rains, the animals make the hazardous return to the Serengeti.

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By MEL HUBBER, House of Travel Ferrymead

“After a safari in the wilderness, you’ll welcome a decadent high tea served in The “T” Lounge at Fairmont The Norfolk Hotel in Nairobi. It’s very refined. Just make sure you remove your khaki stubbies — no shorts here!”

How did you get around? We took a variety of scheduled small domestic flights and drives between camps. Some of the lodges have their own landing strips close by with flights linking them together. After our first flight into the Mara we were greeted by our driver/guides with morning tea, strong Kenyan coffee and freshly made biscuits. Then we had a 4x4 game drive on the way to our luxury camp. Some roads can be bumpy, hot and dusty and we had a couple of longer drives. Flying between camps took the edge off what would have been some long, more arduous drives.

Where did you stay? We stayed in stunning lodges and luxury tented camps. They hark back to the golden age of safari exploration but with modern day 5-star service, luxury accommodation, huge king beds and lavish showers. A favourite of mine was a baroque château

perched on the edge of the famous Ngorongoro Crater overlooking 8,000kms of pristine African wilderness.

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How long are the flights? Closer than Europe — flying from Auckland via Australia you can land in Johannesburg in just over 16 hours (and another four hours up to Nairobi). Nairobi has so many top-class hotels and is one of the most cosmopolitan African cities.

What was the food like? Food was fresh and abundant and beautifully prepared. These were luxury camps after all! At one of the camps all meals were in the main dining area which looked out onto their own organic gardens. Drinks from the wellstocked bar flowed freely as we lazed around on comfy sofas reading inspiring books from the camp library about the Mara and the Serengeti.

Find the African country that’s calling you. Visit your local House of Travel store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit www.houseoftravel.co.nz.

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browns, beiges and khakis to help you blend in with the surroundings. DO wear a wide brimmed

hat during the day, but not a pith helmet. DO wear shoes to dinner in the lodge and remember it’s informal, so smart casual pants or skirt and a shirt or blouse at dinner time is fine. Shorts and t-shirts during the day. DON’T wear socks with sandals at any time, it is illegal (not really). DO cover up with light coloured

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Aspiring to a safari? If you consider instant coffee “roughing it,” we can help. This is exploration at its finest.

NGORONGORO CRATER

Stay in a luxury all-inclusive lodge perched right on the rim of the earth’s largest intact crater.

TARANGIRE N AT I O N A L PA R K

Stay in the heart of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania. Highlights include enormous elephant herds and abundant wildlife, even in the dry season.

TENTED CAMPS

“Africa did not disappoint — Hearing a lion roar and wondering how far away it was, sitting on your balcony watching an elephant silhouetted by the setting sun — everlasting memories.” MEL HUBBER HOUSE OF TRAVEL FERRYMEAD

What were your highlights? A hot bath filled with rose petals overlooking the Ngorongoro crater from our private thatched suite after a long day of driving was something I will never forget. A heart-warming welcome song from the staff brought tears to my eyes as we arrived at one incredible camp. Everywhere we went we were met and warmly greeted with fresh coffee and morning tea, or in some cases, Champagne and roses. The game drives were outstanding and by day two we had seen four out of the Big Five! ■

On the western border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve you can choose to stay in one of the finest “tents” on earth.

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Glamping provides an option to get close to the Great Migration without forgoing a little bit of luxury.

H E M I N G W AY S NAIROBI

One of Mel’s favorite boutique hotels in Nairobi, with personal butler service and spacious suites overlooking the Ngong Hills.

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MARINE LIFE

By FERNANDO DE RITO, House of Travel Newmarket

Bucket list cruises. Exceptional destinations you must cruise at least once in your lifetime.

“Why is Antarctica a bucket-list destination? It is by far the most pristine place on earth and you really get the feeling you’re at the end of the world. There are icebergs two times the size of Auckland here!”

1 / T H E EN D OF T H E E A RT H I N A N TA RCT IC A The Great White Continent has mesmerised explorers and a privileged few tourists like no other place on earth. Gobsmacking, awe inspiring and wrap up warm magical. Explore aboard Expedition cruise ships designed to navigate the ice or catch some luxury on a cruise ship like Scenic Eclipse. Accompanied by inspiring naturalist guides and guest experts. L E T M E AT I T !

Icebergs bluer than any blue you’ve ever seen, and setting foot on this extreme land to be greeted by tens of thousands of penguins.

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See the world on Princess Cruises’ 106-night global voyage, departing and returning to Auckland. The itinerary is vast; sail to Aussie, Asia, the Middle East, and Europe — from the UK and the Med, Iceland and Scandinavia, then Russia, Canada and the USA; down to South America and back to NZ via the Pacific Islands. The next departure aboard Sea Princess leaves 10 May 2019. Register your interest now. 3 / PAC I F I C PA R A D I S E

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We are fortunate to live on the doorstep to destinations so exotic, they’re lusted over by the entire world. Luckily for us finding paradise couldn’t be easier. Discover multiple desert islands with a P&O Pacific Island cruise.

Charles Darwin wrote his book On the Origin of Species in 1859 having earlier visited the volcanic and uniquely beautiful Galápagos Islands, 1000 kilometres west of Ecuador.

Intimate river cruises on-board Avalon’s Siem Reap forge a route through Vietnam and Cambodia via both the Saigon and Mekong River.

L E T M E AT I T ! Take a 16-passenger luxury catamaran or yacht with expert guides and crew to one of the top places in the world to witness extraordinary wildlife.

L E T M E AT I T ! To complement Siem Reap, Avalon Saigon will launch in September 2018. Said to be the most luxurious river boat to grace the Mekong, it’ll carry just 36 guests.

L E T M E AT I T ! Remove the hassle of airports, flights and transfers, simply head to Auckland port and jump aboard P&O’s Pacific Jewel. H I G H L I G H T S O N T H E H I G H S E A / If you’ve never drank Kava with a Fijian village Chief, or snorkelled in waters teeming with exotic fish, tick off all the island must-dos with a South Pacific cruise.

H I G H L I G H TS O N T H E H I G H S E A / Weird and wonderful forms of life including the blue-footed booby, giant tortoise and iguana. You’ll also come across sea lions, hammerhead sharks, whales and dolphins.

H I G H L I G H T S O N T H E WAT E RWAYS / You’ll see very few other commercial craft. Due to the small design of Avalon’s ships, they are one of only a handful of companies that can sail the full length of the The Mekong.

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Sail with Disney Cruise Line and discover Disney play areas, planned events and spontaneous encounters with characters. Entertainment includes live musical shows, 3D Disney movies and pirate-themed deck parties complete with fireworks. Not solely for children, grown-ups get adult exclusive dining venues and adultsonly pools. ■ Go ahead and make waves. Let one of our cruise experts find the perfect voyage for you. Visit your local House of Travel store, call us on 0800 468 278 or visit www.hotcruises.co.nz.


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D R E A M S TAYS / L I V E L I K E A L O C A L I N E U R O P E By HELEN JACKSON, House of Travel Remuera

"If you’re intending to book a beautiful Italian villa, start by marking on a map all the places you want to visit, then ask your consultant to find a villa right in the middle. Don’t forget to include plenty of local trattorias!"

10 ways to find your villa soul mate.

SOME OF OUR FAV O U R I T E VILLA S TAY S

A SHADED PERGOLA IN SAINT-TROPEZ

A SECLUDED VILLA IN CHIANTI

On a hilltop within an easy drive of St Tropez, elevated views soak up verdant highland. With openplan living, an oval pool, built-in barbecue and a large pergola, it’s the baby blue shutters which make this one quintessentially French.

A restored 16th century farmhouse on its own wine estate. Enjoy a private sun terrace and marble-paved pool. Inside there are tiled floors and wooden beams. Like everything Italian, it’s a looker.

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Villa holidays are the best way to experience local life in gorgeous European countries. Your House of Travel expert will find you a match made in villa heaven, but here are 10 considerations to mull over first. Ask yourself where you want to go and get specific. Sounds obvious, but the South of France spans seven regions alone. Start with must-see landmarks, cities or a preferred landscape. Do you want to be close to the coast, the capital, or châteaux?

Are you taking the kids? Look for villas with living spaces well away from the kids’ bedrooms — for when the younger guests have been put to bed. Preferably close to the wine cellar. Consider how isolated you really want to be. The rural lifestyle is dreamy; stone cottages surrounded by nothing but sunflowers — lovely. But do you really want to get the car every time you need bread? Ask for villas in walkable distance of local shops.

Get savvy with your expenditure. You might be drawn to Lake Como or the Côted’Azur, but so is everyone else. Foreign visitors go gaga for these areas and it has an eye-popping effect on the price.

Go inland to push down the price. You’ll lose the sea views, but you’ll gain more Euro for other indulgences, such as a swimming pool, or daily croissants from the patisserie. Book several months in advance. Villas fill even faster than you might think. When you consider the French mostly holiday in their own country, you’re not just competing against foreign visitors, but residents too. Ask about shoulder months. Villa prices can drop by at least 15-20 per cent in April, May and September, with weather staying mostly fair. Worth bearing in mind if you

aren’t restricted by school terms.

LOCALSPEAK

Always dreamt of a palace abode? An Italian villa may be just that, a country retreat, but there are also farmhouses, palaces and monasteries that have been converted into hotels and apartments and sit under the ‘villa’ category.

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Ask about all the local experiences. You’ll

The French equivalent of a dairy, perfect for quick shops and snacks. A supermarché is big, but don’t pass up the boucherie (butcher), charcuterie (deli) or boulangerie (bakery)!

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love interacting with the neighbours. The owners of the local bakeries and food shops will eagerly talk to someone they see every day, and you’ll go home with a better feel for the culture and rhythm of the country.

Avoid sharks. Not literally. But by booking through House of Travel you’ll avoid any possibility of online scams. You’ll benefit from assistance before and during your trip, and if anything does go awry, your consultant is just a phone call away. ■

A RUSTIC FARMEHOUSE IN THE DORDOGNE

HISTORIC SPLENDOUR IN TUSCANY

Perfect if you’re looking for grand French aesthetics, with four-poster beds and antiques. This medieval charmer is set in 20 acres of vineyards. The village of Saussignac, complete with patisserie, is just 1.5km away.

In a little Italian town and boasting two swimming pools, an immaculate garden and two restaurants serving traditional Tuscan cuisine, get swept up in 14th century charm. Plus, fresh oil and wine is made on site.

Villa you come by for a chat? Pop in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit houseoftravel.co.nz and talk to our travel experts today. We’ll match you with the villa stay of your dreams.


MEAL PLAN

What’s on your plate, Europe? Planning a trip around meals? Not a bad strategy. WHERE / FRANCE

Crêpes Holy crêpe! Brittany’s most famous culinary export, the crêpe, is everywhere in Paris, and for roughly €5, it doesn’t cost you a pretty penny. Strangely hypnotic, stand and watch a street-side vendor masterfully swirl the batter across the stove. Sweetness engulfs the air and lashings of delicious fillings are applied. Bon appétit!


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Brunost cheese It looks like laminate flooring, in both colour and texture, but it melts in your mouth and has a subtle caramel flavour. Brunost tastes even better with Scandinavia’s signature preserve, lingonberry jam.

I TA LY, T H I S D I S H B O LO G N A TO YO U ! WHERE / GERMANY

Prinzregententorte A devilishly delicious knockout, this Bavarian torte has up to seven thin layers of sponge cake interlaced with chocolate buttercream. Topped with lashings of apricot jam and coated in a thick dark chocolate glaze.

Said to be inspired by Lucrezia Borgia’s navel button (she was the daughter of Pope Alexander VI) Tortellini is best eaten in Bologna. As famous as its bolognaise, keep your peepers peeled for La Traviata — a family run trattoria serving all of the city’s finest creations.

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Jamón ibérico

Michelin fine dining

Stroopwafel

When in Rome (but clearly we mean Barcelona). Jamón ibérico is the silkiest of all Spain’s cured ham. From the Black Iberian Pig (cerdo negro), the only breed to feed on acorns. This gives rich flavours to the meat. Try it at one of two specialised stores in Barcelona called Jamón Jamón.

Eat Michelin on the cheap! At lunchtime at least. Paris’ one-star establishment, L’Agapé (17th arrondissement) serves a set four-course lunch for €35pp, and the three-star l’Astrance (16th arrondissement) has a three-course option for just €70 per head.

Stroopwafel is a simple dish, comprising two very thin waffles glued together with a gooey caramel filling. The Stroopwafel stand at Amsterdam’s Albert Cuypmarkt (market) uses a traditional recipe from the city of Gouda. You won’t find better.

Come in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit hot.co.nz and we’ll build a gastronomical getaway that’s just to your tastes.

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EXPLORER’S GUIDE

Incredible adventures. Allow us to showcase some of the most extraordinary experiences from across the globe. For anyone looking to get off the beaten track, these adventures are suitable for every style of traveller. You just need an appetite for incredible.

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By CHARLOTTE CAMPBELL, House of Travel Papamoa

DESTINATION SP OTLIGHT / MEXICO

Why Mexico? Because the Caribbean Sea is impossibly blue. Because ancient Maya civilisations left their glorious stamp, and because well, burritos! House of Travel’s Charlotte Campbell spills the Mexican beans… W H E R E D O K I W I S STAY ?

W H AT A R E T H E B E ST T H I N G S T O D O?

A trip to Mexico offers some amazing fully inclusive luxury stays — with both couples-only or family-friendly resorts, there is something for everyone.

5 / ANCIENT CANCÚN TEMPLES The Ek Balam temple is a little less visited than its famous neighbour, Chichen Itza, but rises out of the jungle like a Mayan beacon. You can make the relatively easy climb to the top of the Oval Palace, or if you like a challenge, hike up the steep steps to the acropolis — the views are staggering.

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Air New Zealand (with partner airlines) will get you to Mexico City in 17h 35m with one change in Houston. TRAN SP ORT.

1 / CANCÚN F O R : Sun soaked beach resorts Sometimes you just need a beach, especially when it fronts the Caribbean Sea. Cancún is a busy tourist town with a great shoreline, warm water, plenty of shopping and a heaving nightlife. 2 / CABO SAN LUCAS F O R : White sand, yachts and water sports A resort city in Baja California Sur, Cabo boasts a slew of water activities, from jet-skiing to parasailing. The wharf’s pedestrian walkway is lined with trendy hangouts. 3 / TULUM F O R : Boho chic Just 90 minutes south of Cancún is the bohemian town of Tulum. Between the laid back beach clubs and shabby-chic cafés, there’s a mesmerising cliff-clinging Mayan temple and miles of pearly white beaches. 4 / SAN JOSÉ DEL CABO F O R : Indulgence favoured by celebrities The Hollywood elite (and in-the-know Kiwis) flood here for an all-round hedonistic lifestyle. With a bevy of plush bars and decadent dining.

6 / S W I M M I N G I N U N D E RWAT E R C AV E S The Yucatán Peninsula is well known for its ‘cenotes’ — beautiful sinkholes suitable for swimming. Go for a dip at Ik Kil, and climb down the natural limestone stairs before jumping into its teal water. 7 / A F O O D L O V E R ’ S H AV E N As well as the infamous guac, don’t miss delicious carne asada in Mexico’s north (beef marinated, grilled and then sliced into burritos), Pacific Coast seafood, and for die-hard foodies, the central city of San Miguel de Allende boasts Hotel Matilda. Its restaurant, Moxi, is overseen by Enrique Olvera, one of the country’s most celebrated chefs. 8 / B E AC H , P L E A S E But of course. Mexican beaches offer swathes of platinum sand and clear blue water. In Cancún, Playa Tortugas is the beach favoured by locals, while the sleepy isle of Isla Mujeres, 12km off the Yucatán Peninsula, is home to the pristine Playa del Norte. ■

It’s best to prebook transfers and tours. Ask about cheap airline options in between cities. VI S I T.

Mexico is vast. 7-10 days in the Yucatán Peninsula will give you a nice balance of beach and Mayan Pyramids. There are also tour options from Mexico City to Cancún in 10 days. VI SAS.

Tourists can stay up to 180 days on an NZ Passport. You will need an ESTA for transiting the USA. WHE N TO GO.

Mexico is yearround hot, but December to April is a little cooler.

TRAVEL SMARTS / IS IT SAFE?

Like anywhere, you must be aware of your environment. We strongly recommend sticking to the tourist areas. We also encourage you to register with safetravel.govt.nz before departure for key travel advice and information.

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Go ahead and broaden your Hawai‘i horizon. Stay on O‘ahu for glorious beaches and a Waikiki buzz, then escape to a heavenly neighbour island. All yours within a 35 to 45 minute flight, add some extra dazzle to your island dream. Getting to Hawai‘i’s neighbour islands is easy with House of Travel. We’ll put you exactly where you need to be with zero fuss. Basically, you’re just one House of Travel booking away from Utopia.

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Best for pressing the pause button.

Best for beaches, roadies & adventures.

Best for chasing lava!

WA N D E R L U S T M O M E N T / Nicknamed ‘The Garden Isle’ due to a dense backdrop of rainforest, Kaua‘i is the oldest island in the archipelago. Proudly lacking in commercialism, here you can swim along the coastline with nothing but sea turtles.

WA N D E R L U S T M O M E N T / The 102km Hana Highway along Maui’s stunning coastline connects Kahului with the town of Hana. Bountiful with waterfalls, ocean views and rickety road shacks selling coconuts, it’s a lush sliver of unspoilt Hawai‘i and feels like the real deal.

WA N D E R LU S T M O M E N T / Kilauea is the island’s most active volcano. When it’s flowing, you can stand within metres of bubbling lava by booking a hike or boat tour. See where red-hot lava spills into the ocean, a mixture of steam, fire and scorched water.

S E C R E T F I N D / Climb down the steep track to Wailua Falls. It’s quite a scramble to get down; holding onto ropes as you descend the muddy tracks through tangled tree roots, but what a fabulous treat there is at the bottom. A beautiful swimming pool at the base of the waterfall. M U ST- DO / Hawaii Sea Spirits Organic Farm and Distillery Tour showcases OCEAN Organic Vodka. They utilise fields of sugar cane grown on rich, volcanic soil and an eco-friendly manufacturing process using solar-power. I N S I D E R KN OW LE D G E / Waimea Canyon has been dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ and the best way to see it is by helicopter.

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S E C R E T F I N D / The delightful township of Makawao is home to the T. Komoda Store & Bakery. Load up on butter rolls and cream puffs. Ask for the rolls warm! M U ST- D O / The award-winning Maui Wine estate in the town of Ulupalaku crafts pineapples into their signature Hula O Maui; sparkling pineapple wine. Enjoy complimentary tastings and cellar tours. I N S I D E R KN OW LE D G E / Molokini Crater is heaven for snorkellers. With water clarity up to 150km, it’s most crystal-clear first thing in the morning.

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S E C R E T F I N D / The populous beach of Coconut Island isn’t so much a secret but the community events and barbecues held on its grassy knoll are more hush-hush. The island, officially known as Mokuola is connected from Hilo’s Lili’uokalani Gardens via a footbridge. M U S T- D O / Always topping the ‘Top Ten’ lists for the planet’s best beaches, Hapuna Beach State Park enjoys expansive white sand, black lava flows and the cleanest of water. I N S I D E R K N OW L E D G E / Uncle Robert’s Night Market is a Wednesday night treat. With live music, food stalls and more locals than tourists.


QUICK GUIDE / HAWAI‘I HOT TIPS

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ADD-ON ISLAND MUST-DOS / HAWAI‘I

“Waikiki is great, but to really unwind, an outerisland stay is a must. I’d say four days in Waikiki then maybe another four on a neighbour island is ideal.” KATRINA BARNES, House of Travel Wanganui 3

I C O N I C T R E K K I N G / O ‘A H U

4 / O`A H U Best for surfing, shopping and snorkels.

“Diamond Head, the volcano crater which is as iconic to Waikiki as the Empire State Building is to NYC, makes the most rewarding O‘ahu hike, with 360 degree summit views. Reaching that takes about 1 hour, but the track’s exposed to sunshine so aim for a morning departure and take ample water.” DALWYN SINCLAIR, House of Travel Upper Riccarton THE LOCAL WATERING HOLE

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“For secret recipe mai tais, live local music and food raved about by locals, check out Kaua‘i’s Tahiti Nui restaurant. Island-famous pizzas, burgers, steak and seafood, the food is as addictive as the laid-back vibes.” SAM HEPBURN, House of Travel Masterton

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WA N D E R LU S T M O M E NT / Hanauma Bay is a gorgeous snorkelling spot. The sea is calm and the water boasts O‘ahu’s largest fish population. Accessible from Waikiki via round-trip shuttles running four times per day, except Tuesday, when the bay is closed. S E C R E T F I N D / Loco Moco is entwined with Hawaiian culture. A burger patty served with rice, egg and gravy, you can find a classier version at Yamaguchi’s Eating House 1849 in Honolulu. Proudly made with 100% freerange Makaweli beef. M U S T- D O / After Pearl Harbour, drive just 30 minutes to The Dole Plantation. Home to the world’s largest maze (a pineapple one no less). I N S I D E R K N OW L E D G E / SKY Waikiki is 19 stories above Hawaii’s most famous beach. Honolulu’s ultimate rooftop bar, it features an open-air deck, impressive cuisine and talented drink mixologists. ■

“Spoil yourself with a day of pampering. The Willow Stream Spa at Fairmont Kea Lani Resort boasts an exceptional ‘experience shower’ inspired by Maui rain.” AMANDA CURNOW, House of Travel Calder and Lawson

A HIDDEN GEM OF A BEACH / BIG ISLAND

“Big Island’s Green Sand Beach is a bit of an adventure but worth it. You have to drive to the isle’s southernmost tip and then walk 4km to the beach. But the sand is indeed a dazzling green.” JODY KRIVAN, House of Travel Product Christchurch

S E E T H E I S L A N D S BY S H I P / H AWA I ‘ I

“Norwegian Cruise Line will take you to all the islands with two overnight island stays in seven days, sailing year-round.” NICOLA LYNCH, House of Travel, Wanganui


POWDER REPORT

Ski the world. See the world. Our beginner’s guide to the world’s most desirable ski destinations. By SARAH HEADIFEN, House of Travel Newmarket

USA

CANADA

From California, Wyoming, Utah to Colorado, skiing and boarding in the USA offers views over lakes, cowboy ranches and mining towns, huge terrain, tree runs, powder stashes, jaw-dropping couloirs, celebrity havens and casinos. The ski scene is as diverse as the powder’s vast. With charming towns and atmosphere both on and off the slopes, as well as après-ski activities ranging from dog sledding to cat skiing, guests benefit from world-class resorts with world-class facilities. Take advantage of complimentary snow host tours, cat skiing, and even hot drinks for post-powder warmth, or add on a stopover in an iconic US city, such as Los Angeles, San Francisco or glitzy Las Vegas.

Everyone knows Canada is a haven for snow lovers, but why? The biggest wonder about skiing here is the diverse selection of resorts. From vast slopes to cosy ski-in ski-out accommodation, rustic towns and areas with breath-taking scenery, there is a spot to suit everyone. Find gentle groomers, designated beginner areas, off-piste, tree runs and exhilarating heli-ski drops. More pros include free snow host and/or ambassador programmes in every resort, some of the best-recognised race training and children’s ski schools on the ski-scene, and a distinct lack of queues. And with direct flights from Auckland straight into Vancouver, Canada ticks a lot of boxes.

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COLORADO

Distinctly western – snow, cowboys and ranches! One of Colorado’s largest ski resorts with 2,965 acres of terrain, six peaks, 18 lifts and six chairlifts.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Quick to get on the slopes. Consisting both Whistler Mountain and Blackcomb Mountain, discover a staggering 8,171 acres of skiable terrain.

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BRITISH COLUMBIA

Copper mine origins. The landscape has naturally created a terrain for all abilities, with 2,465 acres served by 15 chairlifts.

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HOT TIP

By SARAH HEADIFEN, House of Travel Newmarket

JA PA N

There is something magical about skiing in Japan. With over 600 resorts from the mainland of Honshu, to the Island of Hokkaido, small parks, knee deep powder, quirky resorts (some with amusement parks) and the charm of resorts such as Nozawa Onsen which are steeped in tradition and history, it’s also home to Niseko, one of the snowiest resorts in the world, with an enviable 16 metres of annual snowfall. On the mountains you’ll enjoy light, dry powder and off them you’ll find remarkable culture and Japanese cuisine. As NZ’s closest country for a Northern Hemisphere snow season, ski December through to April without suffering the dreaded jet lag.

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Caters for all ages and abilities. Packs some of the highest rates of snowfall, averaging 15 metres of the lightest and driest powder. Family friendly ............. Of f-piste .................... B a c kc o u n t r y . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pa r k . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Après/nightlife ...........

Visit hotski.co.nz for more information on our ski holidays.

“Did you know that every ski resort we sell offers free guiding? Get the best insider ski tips from the real locals in the resort.”


POWDER REPORT

Ski the Canadian Rockies. Banff National Park is home to three resorts: Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay, collectively known as SkiBig3. With one of the longest ski seasons in North America, there’s a slice of white for every snow-lover.

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Fly to Vancouver and connect with a domestic flight to Calgary. T RAN SP ORT.

The drive from Calgary Airport is 90 minutes to Banff National Park. There are regular resort shuttles. FAMILIES. All three resorts are familyfriendly but we recommend Banff Sunshine as the best area for families. V ISAS. All New Zealand citizens need an Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) costing approx. NZ$7.50. Apply online or consult your agent. W H EN TO G O.

The season runs November through to mid-April. LIF T PASS. Your lift pass allows you to ski/ride Mt Norquay, Sunshine Village and Lake Louise.

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FOR THE

FA M I LY S K I E R S

Great family holidays are made in Banff and Lake Louise. It’s all about getting cosy and making the most of the snow. Bundle the kids in a warm sleigh and go dog sledding through the forest with Banff’s Warner Stables — hot chocolate and marshmallows included — or glide across a frozen Lake Louise. One of the best value activities is Banff Gondola, while those eight years and over can give snowshoeing a shot. Ice-skating at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise is right on the lake, and scores top points for magical scenery. I N T H E S ’- K N OW / Winter night tubing at Mount Norquay delights older kids.

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There are endless possibilities for the non-powder hound. Imagine breaking through a gap in the treeline and emerging onto a huge clearing of untouched snow. Snowshoeing is like hiking, but with nine metres of snow beneath your feet. It promises a great workout, fantastic landscapes and typically runs December to April. Take a guided excursion for unmatched local insight. For something less energetic, try dogsledding. Snuggle under a blanket and let a team of cheery Alaskan Huskies show you the sights. Or find a middle ground and book an ice walk. Explore frozen waterfalls via suspended catwalks on a guided tour of Johnston Canyon. I N TH E S ’- KN OW / Budding photographer? The crystal-clear skies are total snap-bait.

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Newbies will excel at Sunny Side because it’s as beginner-friendly as it sounds, with wellgroomed snow and a wide terrain for practicing turns. Mt Norquay’s Cascade Chair is also favoured by families finding their ski feet. An easy yet varied landscape exists at Rock Isle Road in Sunshine Village while more confident beginners should try Meadow Park. There’s even a few trees to test your skills. Ready for a green run? The Lake Louise Ski Resort offers the perfect powder to boost your confidence.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could ask a die-hard ski expert where to go and what to expect? The inside scoop, so-to-speak. Well now you can. New for 2018, SkiBig3 will debut ‘Guided Adventures’. Experience the very best of Banff Sunshine, Lake Louise Ski Resort and Mt. Norquay with one guide. Suitable for skiers, intermediate and advanced, certified snow guides will showcase every inch of the three resorts. From hidden powder stashes to secret views, you get expert advice and unmatched silky soft snow.

I N TH E S ’- KN OW / Newbies love Lake Louise because there is a green (beginner) run from every chair lift.

I N T H E S ’- K N O W / Guided Adventures’ groups are divided by skill level and terrain choices, from relaxed to adventurous.

FOR THE

A DV E N T U R E S K I E R

Alighting the helicopter, atop a vast expanse of white snow meets sky, leg wobbles are normal when you’re heli-skiing. It’s the adrenalin surging through your body and all part of the unforgettable experience, and multi-day trips are the ultimate addiction. With a range of packages available and certified mountain guides on hand, you’re guaranteed a thrill a minute. Adventurists never say no to cross-country skiing either. With both single and double tracksets, ski across frozen Lake Louise, explore old pioneer log cabins or enjoy extended ski hours with tracks lit from dusk until dawn. I N TH E S ’- KN OW / Heli packages are available outside Banff National Park — helicopters aren’t permitted to land in the park itself.

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ANTI-SKIER

In it solely for the log fires, hot poutine and après ski scene? Anti-skiers won’t go bored in Banff and Lake Louise. Between the hot toddies and toasted mallows, seek the steaming hot waters of the region’s natural hot pools. Heat emitting from three kilometres below the earth’ surface, The Banff Upper Hot Springs are open early morning to late in the evening. Admire sunsets and sunrise, or climb in come nightfall; when snow falls on the surrounding mountains and the night’s sky is speckled with starlight. Magic. I N TH E S’- KN OW / Tucked deep in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, Emerald Lake Lodge is the cosiest of hideaways, complete with hot pool. ■

Banff offers something for everyone. Pop in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit hotski.co.nz to make tracks.

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EXPLORER’S GUIDE

Just go. Turn away from all the distractions preventing you from booking your dream trip. It’s time to experience something that will enrich your life, for the rest of your life. The world is full of surprises and the greatest explorations all start with travel. BEAUTIFUL BALI / 28

ADVENTUROUS ASIA / 30

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DESTINATION SP OTLIGHT / AUSTRALIA

So you think you know Australia? Australia is forever updating its list of must-do attractions, so there’s always a new Aussie experience to surprise you.

1 / ROT T N E S T I S L A N D, WEST AUSTRALIA Go off-grid. This car free nature reserve is 19km offshore from Perth and a big hit with families.

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6 / A AT K I N G S , T H E C O LO U R O F R E D I T I N E R A RY As part of AAT Kings’ itinerary from Ayers Rock to Alice Springs, Uluru and Tjuta Anangu, you’ll also explore a little-known site where an immense meteorite struck the earth more than 5000 years ago.

2 / S W I M M I N G W I T H W H A L E S H A R KS , EXMOUTH Safely swim with almighty whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef. Once the spotter plane finds these beauties, you’ll head out to their exact position by boat. The season runs from March to the end of July. 3 / P E P P E R S S O U L , G O L D C OA S T Enjoy the perks of a five-star hotel with all the advantages of an apartment. Peppers Soul is a 77 level complex just 100m from Surfers Paradise Beach. With a heated pool, sauna and hatted Seaduction Restaurant, the 1-3 bedroom apartments all feature uninterrupted views of the ocean.

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4 / G R E AT O C E A N ROA D S E L F - D R I V E Hire a car for the 12 Apostles. Native koalas, coastal drives and cosy hotels await. 5 / S TA I RC A S E TO T H E M O O N , RO E B U C K B AY When the full moon rises across the tidal flats it creates the illusion of a lunar staircase.

7 / T H E G H A N , A D E L A I D E TO DA RW I N Very few have ventured into the heart of Australia’s interior. To experience the internal lands that are arid and endless, jump aboard The Ghan. From Adelaide to Darwin, enjoy Outback sunrises and barbecues under starlit skies; soar over Katherine Gorge by helicopter and have an unconventional lunch in an underground mine. Flying may be fast, but train journeys stay with you forever. 8 / M U R R AY R I V E R By historic paddle boat, just like Mississippi. Take a languid voyage fuelled by steam and cogs. 9 / B L U E D E R BY P O D S R I D E , TA S M A N I A This guided three-day mountain biking experience explores Tasmania’s Blue Derby Mountain bike trails. Forge a path through the rugged beauty and come nightfall, stay in unique, nature-inspired pods. From alfresco picnic lunches to fine Tasmanian food and wine, it’s the perfect blend of activity and relaxation. ■

There’s always a reason to visit our neighbours across the ditch. Pop in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit houseoftravel.co.nz and see what Australia holds for you.

TRAVEL TIP

“Good planning is important. I’ve also regarded a sense of humor as one of the most important things on a big expedition. When you’re in a difficult or dangerous situation, or when you’re depressed about the chances of success, someone who can make you laugh eases the tension.” Kiwi legend Sir Edmund Hillary

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ISLAND HOPPING

Bali. Made easy.

With direct flights from Auckland and no visa requirements for NZ passport holders, Bali is one of the easiest holiday option for Kiwis. 5

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Why Bali? K I W I S L I K E TO S TAY S O U T H , B E C A U S E S O U T H I S W H E R E I T ’ S AT: V I L L A S . With private pools and kitchen facilities, standalone villas offer luxury and seclusion. When costs are split between a group, they can work out cheaper than a hotel.

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L U X U RY. Villas offer all the comforts of refined living at a low cost, while many beachfront resorts boast balconies and ocean views. VA L U E . Food and drinks are a third of NZ’s prices. A 60-minute massage starts from NZ$10 with all gratuities included and Bintangs (the local beer) are as cheap as NZ$2 each. A F O O D H AV E N . Often described as a mini Melbourne, with internationally acclaimed chefs arriving from across the globe, the result is high-calibre dining.

1 / KU TA . I S F U N The backpackers’ fave, chaotic but charismatic, bar-hoppers and surf dudes hit the wide, white-sand beaches in (almost) equal numbers.

FA M I LY F R I E N D LY. Family resorts often have pools, slides and kids’ clubs, while villas offer private pools and extra space. Pick locations that are convenient for restaurants, beaches and shopping.

3 / C A N G G U. A L L U R I N G C OA S T L I N E A villa-filled stretch of land 30 minutes drive from Seminyak. Private villas offer a cost-effective Balinese retreat while the area mixes hip beach clubs with an emerging culinary scene.

L U M B U N G S . Mostly found on Bali’s outer islands and inspired by traditional Indonesian rice houses, lumbungs boast en-suite bedrooms and intimate verandas perched above a day bed. For total isolation, travel three hours by boat to the Gili Islands. A DV E N T U R E . White water rafting, mountain cycling and country back roads in a land cruiser. Bali is the land of intrepid opportunities. ■

W h o a re y o u t ra v e l l i n g w i t h ? M a t c h u p w i t h p e r f e c t s p o t s . F A M I LY

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2 / S E M I N YA K . A S T Y L I S H B E AC H S C E N E North of Kuta but more grown-up, saturated in restaurants, world-class resorts, all-day beach bars and endless beach. Love to shop and spa? There are plenty.

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4 / SANUR. JUST S W I TC H O F F With a relaxed feel, hotels and bars are quieter, while families particularly like the protective reef and breakwaters, with calm water for children.

Emirates (from June 2018) and Air New Zealand fly direct from Auckland to Denpasar in approx. 9h 30m.

6 / N U S A D U A . I N I T S OW N B A L I B U B B L E A plethora of groomed, gated resorts, Nusa Dua was built in the 70s for the same purpose it serves today: Upscale accommodation, solitude and all-day beach lounging.

Taxis are super cheap. Use BlueBird Taxi Group because they’re metered. Or hire a car and driver for approx. NZ$80 per day. We recommend a minimum 7 nights, but 10 nights is better for combining both exploration and downtime. FAMI LI E S.

Fly with Emirates and you’ll pay child airfares for those 12 years and under. The Balinese love children and staff will befriend your little ones. VI SAS.

No visa required for NZ passport holders. WHE N TO GO.

7 / U L U WAT U & BINGIN. S E RV E THE BEST WAV E S A dreamland for surfers, flush with cliff top resorts and villas, as well as must-see Uluwatu Temple.

8 / NUSA LEMBONGAN. ESCAPISM Take a boat from Benoa Harbour and immerse yourself in the natural serenity of Nusa Lembongan Island.

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5 / U B U D. B A L I ’ S C U LT U R A L H E A RT Cool mountains, rainforest and rice paddies, located in the uplands of Bali and in total serenity. Dotted with stunning temples, it’s naturally spiritual with an emphasis on wellness.

GUIDE TO BALI,

April to October. Temperatures average 30 degrees+ and there’s less humidity. I N AN E ME RGE N CY.

Call 211 for all emergency services. HE ALTH.

Drink bottled water. Hotels make it easy by providing 2 complimentary bottles every day.

G I N G E R M O O N , S E M I YA K Acclaimed chefs are common in Bali, with celebrated chefs swarming there from NZ, Aussie and beyond. New Zealand-born Dean Keddell will blow your mind with his refined menu of Asian and Western fusion at Ginger Moon. S I N G L E F I N , U L U WAT U Bali’s most infamous Sunday session. Clinging to an Uluwatu cliff bluff, Single Fin enjoys elevated views across endless wave breaks. Enjoy acoustic jams, share plates and Bintangs dished out like ice-cold gifts from the gods. L A L AG U N A GY P SY C I RC U S , CANGGU Nothing shy of a glorified gypsy park, this one’s littered with colourful gypsy caravans. Enjoy an extensive cocktail list, golden beach, a Bohemian vibe, and a grassy lawn fronting the shoreline. S T. R E G I S B A L I R E S O RT, N U S A D U A A popular pastime is Sunday Brunch at a five star hotel, especially in Nusa Dua. Try the St Regis and The Mulia. Both have great reputations for a lazy yet delicious Sunday start. Booking is essential. WA R U N G S , A L L OV E R B A L I You didn’t book a trip to Bali to eat burgers. Try a traditional Warung which is a small family-owned eatery serving traditional Balinese food. Gorge on bowls of Mee Goring for NZ$4 and Bintangs for NZ$2. ■

Bali is a must. Come chat with us in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit houseoftravel.co.nz and find out more about this incredible island.

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STORIES FROM THE ROAD / ASIA

Asia adventures you may not have considered. Three seasoned House of Travel consultants explain why you should.

TRAVELLING IN VIETNAM

with the kids in tow

By ANTONY BOOMER, House of Travel Dunedin

I H AV E B E E N WA N T I N G to take my boys somewhere extraordinary for ages. For a physical, emotional and sensory experience they would never forget, we decided on Vietnam. Whether you’re navigating the narrow, steep and twisty trails through the rice paddies around Sapa, or the mustard coloured walls of Hoi An; sleeping in a stilted homestay, or absorbing the sobering (and at times, knee weakening) Cù Chi

Tunnels, Vietnam is most definitely extraordinary. Observing the local way of life is key. One day we came across a chap wandering through a Mekong canal plucking prawns from the riverbank for his lunch. At the same time an elderly lady joined in with a net and started scooping fish out of the water. My boys were delighted. As was I — to take them out of their comfort zone and into something quite remarkable. ■

MY TOP TIP

Kids love the nation’s revered dish, ‘Pho’. Broth with noodles, spring onions, chicken or beef, red chillies and lime. Can there be a more delicious revitalising concoction known to man?

Feeling adventurous? Pop in-store, call us on 0800 713 715 or visit hot.co.nz to talk to our travel experts today.


SPLENDID ISOLATION

in undiscovered Bhutan

By LANCE BROWN, House of Travel Hastings

A LT H O U G H I T I S VOT E D one of the world’s top travel destinations, very few make it to Bhutan. Today it remains one of the last untouched destinations on the planet. The country doesn’t even have traffic lights! With breath-taking mountain scenes, strong Buddhist traditions, an emphasis on happiness and a carefully managed tourism policy, Bhutan was closed to the outside world until 1974, but it is quietly revealing itself to travellers. I was amazed to discover a national park created just for yetis, the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery, and a nation which gauges wealth by its citizens’ happiness levels, rather than GDP. They appreciate the simple things in life here. I was also pleased to discover the Bhutanese still dress in traditional costume. Their unique garments have evolved over thousands of years but men still wear the Gho, a knee length robe somewhat resembling a kimono, and women wear the Kira: a long, ankle-length dress accompanied by a light outer jacket. ■

MY TOP TIP

“The most direct flight from Auckland is with Singapore Airlines & Drukair into Paro Airport, an airstrip at an elevation of 2,200m.”

EXPLORING THE WONDERS

of Sri Lanka

By SHANE OGG, House of Travel Ponsonby

WHY GO TO MACAU? Racy, modern and inherently glam.

Considered the ‘Las Vegas of China’ Macau’s 65km from Hong Kong and home to the world’s largest casino, a glittering sister casino to The Venetian and one of the most demanding Grand Prix circuits in the world, held annually in November.

N O O N E E V E R T H I N KS of Sri Lanka, we always fly over the top en-route to someplace else. And yet it has so much to offer. For one, it’s less trodden than parts of India and Southeast Asia, and with 2000plus years of culture all packed into one small space, you’re presented with world-class sites without the world-class crowds. Achingly scenic, the eyes switch between flourishing tea plantations, dramatic mountains and verdant rainforest, and that’s before they’ve adjusted to the impossibly green landscape. Because 2018 marks 70 years of independence from British colonial rule, there’s never been a better time to experience the optimism of the ever-smiling Sri Lankans. I found them all to be friendly, welcoming and as hospitable as their land is lush. Plus, they are culinary masters. From Chinese delicacies to Indian samosas, in between my countless cups of tea, I was gorging on delectable curries, roti and ‘Hoppers’ — Sri Lanka’s answer to a pancake. Gym here I come! ■

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“The biggest highlight for me would be making it up to the top of Sigiriya (Lion Rock), one of Sri Lanka’s most striking natural monuments.”

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STORIES FROM THE ROAD / VIETNAM

A vroom with a view.

Discover Ho Chi Minh City via scooter or cyclo. We tell you how. 1

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T H E Z O O M C A F É is where this adventure begins. I’m getting ready to head out on a journey through the crazy streets of Saigon, or Ho Chi Minh as we now know it, with Vespa Adventures. A fabulous company specialising in tours on vintage Vespas. My first and lasting feeling was that I was part of a hive, humming along the streets. The journey in search of “pollen”, which is nature-speak for photos, videos, and caffeine fuelled “yeehahs” took our convoy through the tightly packed alleys of the old town markets. We visited By SUSIE a temple in the Cho Lon BERNARD, district of Chinatown and House of Travel smelt the strong incense Lakers Gore sticks loaded with the prayers of worshipping locals. Over the bridge to District 2, we looked back on the modern city of HCM with a skyline that was worth pic after pic. So many people on so many scooters. Mum, dad and their two children all on one moped, quickly darting through packed streets, but with courtesy and politeness. Scooters harmoniously blend together, with no shortage of beeps and honks that everyone seems to abide by. Dropped back at our hotel I had a smile on my face that wouldn’t go away. It’s an experience I would recommend to anyone who likes the wind in their hair (protected by a vintage helmet), their hands in the air, and a high on their mind. ■

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1 / S A PA . In the mountains of northwestern Vietnam and famed for emerald rice paddies. Beautifully dressed hill tribes make up much of the population. 2 / H A N O I . Vietnam’s capital. Haggle in the Old Quarter, where narrow streets erupt with vendors, and walk around the lake in the city’s historical centre. 3 / H Ô I A N . The grand, yellowhued architecture casts an elegant glow across this port. Traffic is nonexistent, the food is sublime. 4 / H U Ê . The former home of emperors and grand palaces, imperial Vietnam still stands strong. Explore the 19th-century fortress and Forbidden Purple City. 5 / H O C H I M I N H C I T Y. Bustling and chaotic, this city mixes traditional culture with modern commerce.


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Know before you moped. You will be riding pillion (passenger seat) with an experienced driver. Tours are approx. 4 hours, available morning and afternoon. Double check with your travel insurance provider what moped cover they offer*

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T H E CYC LO D R I V E R picked me up right outside the hotel and we headed off down the main street. It is interesting, albeit slightly unnerving, to be sitting fully exposed to the road whilst someone peddles behind you. Almost like being a passenger in a car without the framework. However, it is this very exposure which allows you to soak up every sight and sound of this spellbinding city. Every side-street we turned down seemed to be hung with fish; fish wrapped in newspaper and fish tanks full of By DANIELLE squid, crayfish and every SCOTT, other possible seafood House of Travel you can think of. Sure it smelt funky, but it was fascinating to see. You don’t get this kind of addictive mayhem in your local supermarket. We then stopped at my favourite of all spots, the flower market. My guide actually pulled up at one end of the market and then drove to the other end, to meet me once I had walked through. Every flower of every size was squished on the back of mopeds or piled high in stalls. I have never seen so much colour in the one place. Our cyclo then took us further afield to finish at the Fine Arts Museum. The perfect place to get off and duck into a local antique store for traditional Vietnamese coffee. Yum! ■

Helmets are required by law in Vietnam. Certified, open-faced helmets are provided. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and good shoes. Dresses and skirts are not recommended. Children 6-12 ride pillion with the guide or driver. Children 3-5 ride with a parent and driver. Tours run daily as long as one person has signed up. The maximum is 8-10 riders. Private tours or a customised group tour can also be arranged. *Travel insurers will not provide coverage to anyone driving a motorcycle above 49cc in Vietnam without a locally issued licence.

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Experiencing Borneo as a family. By AMBER KING, House of Travel Newmarket GE T TING THER E.

Auckland to Kota Kinabalu in 15h 55m with Malaysia Airlines. Transfer in Kuala Lumpur. TRAN SP ORT.

By AMBER KING, House of Travel Newmarket

T WO Y E A R S AG O, we took our family to Disneyland and it was everything we had hoped it would be. It really is a magical place. But for our next trip we decided to do the exact opposite. We went to Borneo, an island in Malaysia! When we told friends and family, everyone just looked at us and said, “Where??? Huh, are you sure?!” It’s not fashionable or even braggable but we were convinced it was exactly the holiday we were craving. We had an amazing ‘soft adventure’ holiday seeing the glorious near extinct orangutans in the wild, not once but twice on our two night river stay, proboscis monkeys, kingfishers, crocodiles and baby monkeys that were so close to us we could reach out and almost touch them. We stayed overnight at tiny Seligan Island where we snorkelled during the day and experienced the amazing sight of seeing the huge female green turtles lay their eggs late at night. We zip lined between two islands at Kota Kinabalu and travelled on the only train in Borneo

to go white water rafting. Gabriel was only nine years old and he whooped just as much as we did. We bartered for the crazy karaoke microphone, ate at local street stalls and better yet, the salt we had packed for the leeches was never used — much to the disappointment of our two boys! We didn’t take with us any fancy jungle clothes or have a fancy camera. The locals loved the children and simply couldn’t do enough for us. We weren’t hassled at the markets if we didn’t buy anything and we even caught Ubers in Kota Kinabalu. We stayed in all different sorts of accommodation that was appropriate to where we were: The Sukau Rainforest Lodge, which is part of the National Geographic Lodges, beach huts and the Grandis Hotel which has an infinity pool where the staff made the most amazing ice-cream drinks — and poured frosty cold beers for me! Borneo was a stunning destination for our family. A wonderful holiday and a genuine natural adventure. We feel so lucky that we have been able to travel to this wonderful island in Malaysia. ■

From speed boats, trains, minivans and Uber (in Kota Kinabalu) all feel safe and are on-time. VI S I T.

You could do the trip in as little as 5 nights but 10 would be leisurely and well-paced. VI SAS.

No visas are required with a NZ passport. WHE N TO GO.

April – October is considered the dry season. But it will be hot and humid. HE ALTH.

Drink bottled water. Try taking probiotics two weeks before your trip – a precaution to kill bad bacteria.

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