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KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Holiday planning for parents HOW TO ENJOY

YOUR STOPOVER

WHICH ISLAND is right for you?

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6 tips for planning your 2016 holiday Cover style steal

R  ELAX & UNWIND Which island is right for you? Sun, sea and a bottle of Asahi Hawai‘i i for active relaxers The lap of luxury: 2016 HOT list

FAMILY TIME Know before you go Top children’s apps

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THE ART OF ADVENTURE Adelaide. And what to wash it down with Argentina: Spotlight on Buenos Aires Thailand: Keep calm and curry on USA: Born to be wild

HOUSE OF TRAVEL CONTRIBUTORS Editor JODINE SMALL Writers ANNA SARJEANT & TOM RICKETTS Designers KYLIE MILLAR & SARAH LOUGHRAN Brand PAULA SUNDIN

Canada: Spin your adventure dial

Australia & South Pacific RACHEL MANCINI

The Netherlands: By bike or boat?

North America GABRIELLE BROWN

32 How to enjoy your stopover 34 Save the date

Asia & Touring PAULA WATSON Europe ANNE GRAHAM South America SHELLEY ADKINS Printer WEBSTAR

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6 TIPS

FOR PLANNING YOUR

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CHOOSE THE DESTINATION

DECIDE ON A PURPOSE

SETTLE ON A BUDGET

Sounds obvious, but give your brain half a chance and it’ll become increasingly indecisive. One minute it’s daydreaming about bagels in New York, the next it’s envisaging tropical starfish in Fiji.

Which might also help you settle on a destination. Are you after the classic unwind and de-stress, or a life-changing experience that completely removes you from your comfort zone? Maybe you’re purely seeking the sun, or a few energetic weeks in the snow.

And stick to it. Is this the big trip you’ve been foregoing coffees to save for? Or a quick dash across the ditch for a fee that won’t bruise your bank account?

In some ways choosing a destination is the hardest decision, so think about what’s been on your hit-list for a while. The world’s most enticing locations all have their pulling power, but for most people there’s always that one place that trumps the lot. Finalise your choice by jotting down three wish-list destinations and write a pros and cons list for each. Not only is this fun (Brazil: Pros. Caipirinhas! Cons. Caipirinha headaches.) it’ll also highlight the best from the rest.

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Make a list of the top 3-5 things you’d like to get out of your next trip and present it to your HOT travel consultant. This could be anything from a physically gruelling personal achievement, to finding those NYC bagels you’ve been fantasising about. Consultants’ recommendations may surprise you; powder hounds hell-bent on Aspen often leave with flights booked to Niseko, for its abundant snow and longer skiing hours.

Either way, tally up the cost you’re willing to fork out and write it down. Remember to add an extra few hundred for unforeseen expenditures, the fussy ones such as hotel parking, data roaming and restaurants that add a gratuity. Seeing it visually will help you stick to the budget, whereas having a ballpark figure rolling around your head will instantly permit your brain to say “ahh let’s add a grand on – YOLO!” Write that figure directly under your top three preferences and leave it with your HOT consultant, they’ll sort the rest.


CHOOSE YOUR AIRLINE

PICK YOUR ACCOMMODATION

RESEARCH YOUR ACTIVITIES

It’s all very well throwing caution to the wind and booking with an airline that offers the cheapest seat, but in reality all airlines offer a different perk, some of which will be more aligned to your needs.

For some travellers, accommodation is as important as the destination, for others it’s merely a pillow to rest a weary head. Are you happier spending $100 on a hotel room where you only intend to sleep, or thrice that price for a breath taking view, Jacuzzi, L’Ocittane toiletries and a fluffy white robe?

Winging it – sometimes referred to as spontaneity – can be fun. What’s not so fun is returning from Hawai’i and realising you visited a mediocre flea market located opposite Pearl Harbour. And you never even realised Pearl Harbour was there. True story. Happened to this author.

Holiday-makers with children usually prefer airlines offering child-appeasing activities. Ever seen a kid preoccupied with a virtual pinball machine? No. That’s because they were so quiet you didn’t even notice they were there. Fly Emirates and “it’s free to blog, post or tweet from your seat” with complimentary on-board WiFi, and then there’s Air New Zealand’s SkyCouch, affectionately known as the ‘Cuddle Class’ because their seats convert into a flat, two-person bed.

Holiday accommodation is often integral to the experience, such as romantic overwater bures or a classic French townhouse ‘au centre-ville’, complete with boulangerie beneath your balcony and a next door neighbour called Antoine. If accommodation is priority, pop it at the top of your budget breakdown, this’ll ensure you’ve allowed for sufficient funds and you won’t have to settle for second best.

Make peace with organisation and pencil-in an afternoon with the internet. Offering countless blogs, logs, apps, Lonely Planet features and newspaper editorials – not forgetting HOT’s very own Inspire webpage – you’ll find a plethora of mustdo things to see, discover and partake in. You can then ask your HOT consultant for answers to all the niggly questions, such as how to get there, transport options, pros, cons and prices.

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RELAX & UNWIND

Relax and Unwind To rest and recuperate, it differs from person-to-person. Whether you crave idle hours spent on exotic isles, or outdoor pursuits from dawn until dusk, read on for tips, tricks and offbeat trips.

I SL A N D T IM E Finding your perfect beach holiday

GE T ACTI V E Hawai‘i for active relaxers

INDULGE Lap of luxury The 2016 HOT list

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WHICH ISLAND IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

COOK ISLANDS

PICKING THE RIGHT PARADISE, IT’S NO EASY FEAT. IN AN ATTEMPT TO MAKE LIFE THAT LITTLE BIT EASIER, HERE’S A HANDY INFOGRAPHIC TO HELP.

VANUATU

TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R:

TH E ULT IMAT E HOL IDAY FOR:

Adventure junkies who want to fill their days with action packed activities like diving, zip-lining and off-road 4WD tours.

Chilled out families and couples looking for beautiful, tropical beaches and a great range of activities and dining.

BEAC H ES

BEACHES

DI VI NG / SNO RKELLI NG

DI VING / SN ORK EL L ING

C ULTURE

C ULT URE

FA MI LI ES

FA M IL IES

DI NI NG

DI NING

TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R: Beach bunnies (head to the islands for beautiful beaches and snorkelling) and families (head to resorts with great kids clubs & action!)

FIJI

BEAC H ES

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TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R:

TH E ULT IMAT E HOL IDAY FOR:

History buffs who are after a relaxing holiday in a beautifully serene setting, surrounded by majestic pine trees.

Outdoorsy types looking for a myriad of activities including fishing, whale watching, cavern diving and hiking.

BEAC H ES

BEACHES

DI VI NG / SNO RKELLI NG

DI VING / SN ORK EL L ING

C ULTURE

C ULT URE

FA MI LI ES

FA M IL IES

DI NI NG

DI NING


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TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R: Laid-back travellers who are after a pure Pacifica experience with plenty of beach time and a chance to go whale watching!

TONGA

NOT TO MISS IN 2016

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TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R: Active relaxers who like culture, eating and shopping – with the option to get into watersports like windsurfing and kitesurfing.

NEW CALEDONIA

BEAC H ES

COOK ISLA NDS

AITUTAKI LAGOON RESORT & SPA A luxurious adult-only resort, situated on the world’s most beautiful lagoon. FROM $399PP PER NIGHT twin share in a Beachfront Bungalow

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TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R: Couples (honeymooners...even better!) who want to soak up the sun in luxuriously beautiful surroundings.

TAHITI

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FIJI

SHERATON RESORT & SPA TOKORIKI ISLAND Enjoy a truly unforgettable getaway in the idyllic Mamanuca Islands. FROM $269PP PER NIGHT twin share in an Island Breeze Room

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TH E ULTI MATE H O LI DAY FO R: Off the beaten track travellers who are after amazing culture, deserted beaches and even a spot of surfing if you're keen!

SAMOA

BEAC H ES DI VI NG / SNO RKELLI NG

SAMOA

C ULTURE

SALETOGA SANDS RESORT & SPA

FA MI LI ES

Combining luxury and comfort with the natural splendour of the beautiful island of Upolu.

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CLOSE YOUR EYES AND ENVISAGE THE BEACH. IS IT GOLDEN, SUN-SOAKED AND RESIDING SOMEWHERE IN THE SOUTH PACIFIC? NOW HEAD A LITTLE NORTH, SWING WEST AND DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU REACH JAPAN. PARADISE AWAITS, WE PROMISE.

hinking about beaches, you’d be forgiven for

Motobu Peninsula’s crystal-clear waters. Favoured

as the brochures promise, Ishigaki Island, in the

not instantly picturing Japan. But don’t hoo-

for its beauty as well as its amenities, which include

Yaeyamas, boasts the formidable Kabira Bay

ha the notion just yet, the Land of the Rising

bathrooms, snack bars and sun-drenched picnic

beach. One of many Ishigaki dazzlers, combine it

spots, the sand is platinum white and the namesake

with an entire day of island-hopping, made easy

Sun is also the land of impeccably pretty islands.

emerald sea is perpetually inviting.

TH E O K IN AWA ISLA N D S

with multiple ferry excursions.

Atsui. A word you very much get to grips with in

A SH O RT FERRY RI DE AWAY

Japan, and one of the main reasons the Japanese

If you’re after something a little more remote - void

steer clear of the beach. Atsui means hot, and

of sun-seekers and occupied completely by nature

when the sun comes out, Japan can be very, very

- travel by ferry from Motobu town to the island of

atsui. Fortunately that’s where the azure waters

Minna-Jima, arriving in the utopian paradise just 20

of Okinawa Island come into play. Located three

minutes later. In Okinawa you’re never more than

there’s a marked cultural reference to reaffirm you’re

hours south of Tokyo and with year-round high

a short trip from startling uninhabited islands and

in Japan. Bikini-clad girls in sky-high heels, rentable

temperatures, the shallow cyan waves provide

Mina-Jima tops the lot. With metres of white beach,

shade sections (complete with hammock and

instant relief.

an underwater snorkelling odyssey and a verdant

tables) and the customary tradition to Suikawari;

forest of palms, prizes are discovered both above

break watermelons with a long wooden stick.

and below the water.

Famed for pale swathes of sand, lush

backdrops and very little else, tiny fish will encircle your feet and stare at your alien body perplexed. Beach-goers aren’t common here, and yet with

BEST O F TH E REST

so many idyllic coastlines to discover, it makes

Like Nirvana origami, in Japan you’ll find exotic isles

sense to enjoy your very own Sir Richard Branson

wrapped within other spectacular islands. From

moment; for a short time at least, parts of Okinawa

Naha, the three islets of the Kerama Islands (still

Island could quite easily be your own.

within the Okinawa Island prefecture) lie just 35-60 minutes away by ferry. Snorkelling enthusiasts will

LO CAL VIB ES A steaming hot bowl of curry and a bottle of Asahi. For every inch of impossibly perfect white sand – the type that will remind you of the South Pacific –

When you’re done exploring the cultural

differences, there’s always that one beach activity that satisfies the soul wherever you are in the world; watching the sun go down. Grab your Bento box, forge a seat into the sand and absorb the famed Okinawa sunset.

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revel in the transparent waters of Aharen Beach;

Soak up a little island sunshine in Japan. To find

As one of the more populated locations in Okinawa,

with crystal-clear depths of up to 60 metres, turtles

out more visit houseoftravel.co.nz/inspire, give

Emerald Beach affords sweeping views across

are frequently in eyeshot. For water as turquoise

us a call on 0800 838 747 or come in-store.

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HAWAI‘ I FOR ACTIVE RELAXERS

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CHAPTER ONE. PAGE FOUR. SIX CHARACTERS IN AND THE ONLY CERTAINTY IS THIS, YOU’RE BORED.

orizontal holiday lounging isn’t really

kind) start with a brisk Kaua‘i coffee before

and water crossings, lush green ferns and narrow

your bag; sleepy, sandy, sun-soaked or

commandeering a kayak and setting off along the

mantle walkways. You’ll be rewarded with Kaua‘i’s

otherwise. Regardless of best-selling

Wailua River. Book with one of the local adventure

not so best-kept secret; Secret Falls. Plunge into the

books, tableside mojitos or shameless people-

companies and you’ll benefit from an expert-

surrounding lagoon and cool-off beneath its haze.

watching, you’re a different breed of relaxer,

led tour, sights of interest and a history lesson. As

you’re an active relaxer.

Hawaii’s largest tropical river, the Wailua is flanked

of physical exertion, but don’t fret, it doesn’t end

Introducing Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i’s ‘Garden Isle’. The

By this point you’ll have endured four hours

by dense foliage and lush mountainside; the

there, you still have to kayak back to base. Hawaii’s

fourth largest in the archipelago and geologically

distinctive smell of balmy downpour heavy in the

the dream destination for sun, sea and serenity.

the oldest. It’s shrouded in dense jungle, defined

air. Undisputedly breath taking, it’s also acoustically

And for some, it’s just as satisfying for sun, sea and

by water - whether that’s rivers, waterfalls or mist

astounding, with animal chatter, birdsong and

sweaty excursions.

– and boasts a plethora of movie accolades,

insect chants resonating throughout.

Jurassic Park included. If there’s one place you want to go to get active, it’s Kaua‘i. Early mornings (as if there are any other

An hour’s paddling should work up your adventurous appetite for a muddy jungle trek. Navigate a track through low-lying branches

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THE LAP OF LUXURY: 2016 HOT LIST FROM A HOTEL BUILT IN A HISTORIC CAPE TOWN GRAIN SILO, TO A SWANKY NEW BEACHFRONT RESORT ON THE STRAITS OF MALACCA, THERE ARE PLENTY OF HOT NEW HOTEL EXPERIENCES TO GET EXCITED ABOUT IN 2016.

THE BEEKMAN NEW YORK A historic landmark building being transformed

THE SILO A British architect saved Cape Town’s derelict, yet iconic grain silo from

ST REGIS LANGKAWI Saved a dollar or two on flights thanks to AirAsia’s new

AROVADA BY AKARYN Cambodia’s first private island wellness retreat mixes

into a luxury hotel featuring a spectacular nine story pyramid shaped atrium.

service to Auckland? Put them to good use at the brand new St Regis Langkawi, where all rooms boast stunning views over the Straits of Malacca. 12

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demolition and has plans to develop it into a waterfront hotel and African art museum.

modern medical know-how with traditional wisdom in the nation’s pristine and unexplored (by tourists) tropical islands.


Family Time

Families spending quality time together, it’s never a doddle. But we’re making it easier with handy ‘know before you go’ guides, child-friendly apps and an insight into different holidaying styles.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO Holiday planning for parents

TOP CHILDREN’S APPS Staying sane on the plane

WHERE TO TAKE MY FAMILY Making it memorable

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FA M I LY T I M E

Know before you go: Holiday planning for parents FA M ILY HOLIDAYS CA N S O M E T I M E S R E S U LT I N T E AR S, TAN T R U M S AN D S TO M P I N G F EET. AND TH AT’ S JUST MUM AND DAD. ASK YOUR T R AV E L CO N SU LTA N T T HE S E T W E LV E S I M P L E Q U E S T I O N S F O R A S MOOTH ER, STRESS-FREE GETAWAY.

>> What’s the flight time?

How long is the flight? Because kids aren’t renowned for their love of long haul. The trick here is to make sure everything is time-consuming. Pack zip lock bags with tiny crackers and halved grapes; anything that’s fiddly and takes an absolute age to eat. You can apply the same trick to games, with separate bags of Lego pieces, foam stickers and pipecleaners etc. Reveal one pack at a time so playtime’s prolonged.

>> What’s the time difference? Are you crossing the date line? Which can make

all the difference between being on the same time zone as New Zealand, or an entire 12 hours behind. Will it disrupt your children’s sleeping patterns (let alone your own) and overall likelihood of having a fatigue-induced tantrum?

>> Which airline should I fly with? Which airlines are the most child-friendly?

To reduce airport boredom in stroppy toddlers, opt for ones that let you check in online. Many airlines don’t charge for checked-in strollers and car seats, as long as they’re listed as ‘fragile’, but this usually takes extra time at the airport. 14

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Ask about entertainment facilities on-board. Are they built in? Or do you need to rent devices? Airlines such as Virgin have an app that can be downloaded to your own gadget, eliminating all on-board fees for screens. Always pack child-friendly headphones so you aren’t stuck with ones that don’t fit little heads.

>> Where should I ask to sit? Which seats will aid the journey? Many parents request

to be seated at the very back of the plane; closer to the toilets, the air stewards and fewer people. If you’re breastfeeding, window seats provide extra privacy and if you want to take a bassinet, be aware these spaces fill up way in advance. Find out how early you should place your request with the airline.

>> What should I take on-board? As well as games and snacks, are there other

practical issues to consider? Sticky fingers are a dead-cert so every parent loves a wet wipe. Take a few plastic bags to use for rubbish and some lollies or a dummy for take-off and landing - to help equalise little ears. If you are formula feeding, decant a few feeds into separate snap lock bags, then buy a bottle of water through customs to mix it on-board. Ask the cabin crew to heat it up for you, or request boiling water and mix it to the right temperature yourself. Also consider the weather on arrival and pack your carry-on accordingly. We all know what happens when a child gets too hot or too cold – all out pandemonium. And don’t forget their favourite teddy!

>> How convenient are transfers? How quickly and easily can it be done? You’ll want

to know the transfer time between the airport and your resort, as well as the distance and time from your accommodation to local attractions and dining establishments. It would pay to check if you are required to bring a car seat for any transfers.

>> When’s check-in and out? What time is check in and check out? Arrive too early and you’ll have nowhere to go. Equally, if check-out is 10am and you have a return night flight, that’s an entire day without access to showers, beds and proper respite from the sun. Enquire about late check outs and flights that accommodate your needs.

>> What can I expect from the resort’s nanny service? What’s the staff

to children ratio, times available and of course, hourly charges (some resorts do offer a complimentary nanny service). It’s common for nannies to work between 8am - 9pm but you can always ask if extended hours are available. It’s fine to ask for the resort’s child protection policy, formal training and police checks before using their services.

>> Does the resort have a kids club? What’s on offer, what will they be doing and does it cost extra? Some resorts are hard-out water obsessed, with classes in windsurfing, kayaking and snorkelling, whereas others offer art classes, face painting and hair braiding. While some resorts will charge, many boast complimentary kids’ clubs. Also check the minimum age for children attending and find out if younger children need a supervising nanny.

>> Are my children safe? Can you fully relax knowing your children are safe? It makes

sense to ask about child-safe play areas, child-friendly furniture and if there are locked gates around the swimming pool. Some resorts build separate kids sections designed entirely with children in mind. Ask for the address of your closest hospital and buy travel insurance ahead of your trip.

>> What bugs (both germ and insect) should I be wary of? What are the

hazards? Every destination differs but it’s worth asking about drinkable tap water, the likelihood of mosquitos and other risks such as flea-ridden stray animals and rabies. A miniature First Aid kit will serve the entire family well. Pack plasters, antihistamines, painkiller syrups and of course, Imodium! Before you book, check any travel warnings in place around diseases on this site: www.safetravel.govt.nz.

>> What are the food options for my children? Is there enough variety to avoid

pouty lips at the dinner table? Many resorts offer specially designed children’s menus, some of which are complimentary. Others boast fun kids-style buffets. Take some snacks with you too; ask what to avoid (meat, fruit and veggies are usually a no-no) but chips, cookies and crackers are good to have on-hand. Quarantines can have some funny rules so ask about peculiarities before you go.

Top Children’s Apps LEGO ® DUPLO ® TRAIN

(ages 18 months +) Toddlers love driving the colourful LEGO DUPLO train from one station to the next. Loading wagons, building bridges and laying new tracks in the rocks. MONKEY PRESCHOOL LUNCHBOX (ages 2-5)

Comprising seven educational games, children learn colours, letters, numbers, differences and matching skills while helping the monkeys pack their lunch. SNAIL BOB (ages 3+)

Guide Bob to the right exit as quickly as possible in this physics-based strategy game. Slow enough for younger children too, it’s fun and imaginative. MAKE ME A SUPERHERO

(ages 4+) Children design their own superhero. Choosing costumes, weapons, skin colour and an alter-ego. Inspired by flying, they’ll also get to pick a cape or wings. TOCA LIFE: CITY (ages 3-8)

Customise characters, explore exciting locations and find hidden treasures - there’s something in every corner! STACK THE COUNTRIES

(ages 8-12) Test their geography skills! Try to stack scale country outlines on top of each other without the pile falling over (adults like this one too!) MINECRAFT (all ages)

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WHERE TO TAKE MY FAMILY? Q UA LITY TIME

Fiji

FUN FOR EVERYONE

Gold Coast

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FA M I LY T I M E

WHAT MAKE S A GR E AT H O LI DAY F O R O N E FAM I LY, M I G HT N OT BE S U I TABL E F O R ANOTH ER. SO H ERE ARE A COLLE CTION O F F R E S H I D E A S TO H E L P YO U C R E AT E T HE BE S T VACAT I O N Y E T.

VISIT

TRY

EAT

A traditional Fijian village. For a

Stand-up paddle boarding with the

In Denarau. With a family-friendly

unique insight into authentic Fijian

entire family. Classes are available

menu, meals at The Hard Rock Café

culture. You’ll be welcomed by the

across the islands, some on the sea,

will keep the kids happy, as will the

village chief before observing a

others grazing the river mangroves.

colouring books. There are also pizza

traditional Kava ceremony and the

Either way, you’ll enjoy picturesque

establishments, steakhouses and al

local way of life. If you take gifts for

views and safety-first leadership

fresco decks with sweeping ocean

the children, their broad smiles will

from your guide. Ask about sunset

views. The sunset vistas will beguile

melt your heart.

tours for stunning vistas across

even the most critical of guests

super still water.

(i.e. the pint-sized ones).

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FEEL

SCREAM

Aquasplash, located in the sea at

Pet and feed a giant tortoise at

Dreamworld Theme Park boasts nine

Marine Parade, is Australia’s first

Australia Zoo. These incredible

big thrill rides, eight family rides and

open water fun park. An assault

creatures love a good cuddle, as

half a dozen milder ones for toddlers.

course of water inflatables, bouncy

well as the odd slice of cucumber.

Scream your lungs out at the dips,

platforms and slippery obstacles,

Suitable for children three years and

twists and turns. The Dreamworld

family passes can be bought at the

up, you’ll pay an extra $30AUDpp

ticket is a wallet-friendly option for

gate for $44AUD. Or for something

on top of the admission fee, but

combining all the crowd pleasers:

even more extreme, check out

it’s the perfect addition to a day at

Dreamworks, ABC Kids World, Tiger

Wet’n’Wild.

Australia’s most famous zoo.

Island and more.

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How to sand surf. The dunes at Mui

Mind your head! The hanging grottos

A bicycle ride out of Hoi An to Tra

Ne have been wind carved into a

that define a leisurely row down the

Que village. Discover authentic

large rolling playground of sand

Tam Coc River are so low, you can

Vietnam while cycling through

hills. Plastic sledges (and a helping

reach up and touch the stalactites.

hill tribe villages, absorbing local

hand) are provided by the teachers,

Children love the languorous

customs and tending to the paddy

most of whom are no more than

rowboats, which are skilfully steered

fields. Watch your kids communicate

nine years old themselves. Trust us,

by Vietnamese locals and glide

with the local children; defying all

they’re most definitely the experts.

effortlessly beneath giant limestone

cultural barriers and embracing

karsts and imposing mountainside.

rural life.

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AR GE N TI N A Spotlight on Buenos Aires

THAILAND Keep calm & curry on


The Art of Adventure

To enjoy an unusual, exciting or remarkable experience is to perfect the art of adventure. And if there’s a good story to be told, we’ll tell it. From interviewing true adventurists to dissecting road trips, travel tips and worldwide cuisine, we’re experts in extracting excitement.

US A Born to be wild

CAN ADA Spin your adventure dial

T H E NET H ERLANDS By bicycle or boat?

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Adelaide. And What to Wash it Down With.

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HOUSE OF TRAVEL’S IN-HOUSE WRITER, ANNA SARJEANT, SPENT SIX DAYS IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA WITH 12 RAUCOUS TRAVEL CONSULTANTS. THE BAROSSA WATER FLOWED - THE WINE DID TOO - AND THEN SO DID THE WORDS.

y September

TA KE ME TO TH E WATER

corner and mounts the grass. A reveller from last

2015 work trip

WH ERE? Mannum: 1 hour 14 minutes

night? Alas no, it’s one half of the duo that owns

to Adelaide,

east of Adelaide City.

Unforgettable Houseboats.

courtesy of South

Australia Tourism and Air New Zealand, was in reality, an invitation to foodie heaven;

It’s 11am and we’re greeted on the banks of the

Mark Flanagan, along with his wife Lee-Anne,

Murray River by an almost theatrical display of

acquired the business in 2004 and it’s clear from

haste. Unforgettable Houseboats are conducting

the get-go that the company’s success is due, in

their turnaround; 10 luxury boats docked on the

part, to this charismatic double-act. Mark provides

world-class restaurants, rooftop bars and bustling

Mannum jetty, fresh in from last week’s adventure

all guests with a one hour pre-departure instruction

markets packed with produce and energy.

and in the midst of housekeeping for the ensuing

lesson and judging by his impish good wit, we bet

week. Departing at 3pm.

most feel inclined to invite him along.

Once fed, we went in search of the wine. And

the water. Both of which are on the doorstep, in

We’re not allowed to set afoot boat number

Kitted out with sunken spa baths and

four, on account of its shenanigans the night

heated Jacuzzis, premium bedrooms and gas

River. Comprising 12 female travellers, a lot of

before, playing host to a 21st birthday party. As

barbecues, the houseboats can cater for as

wine, a lot of food, Dallas the tour guide, two

we watch housekeeping ascend the gangplank

little as two guests and as many as 12. Choose

princes and a $10,000 bottle of port. What could

with obvious trepidation, a hoodlum on a

from a 3, 4 or 7 night itinerary and add on-board

possibly go wrong?

motorised golf buggy comes skidding around the

chefs, pre-arranged catering or as we saw, a

Photo credit: South Australia Tourism

the form of the Barossa and the beautiful Murray

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Three of the best... PENFOLDS WINERY The Grandfather Rare Tawny

Located on the outskirts of Adelaide’s CBD and an easy day trip from the city.

HENTLEY FARM WINERY ‘The Beast’ Shiraz

2015 winner of Best Winery. A ‘must visit’ when in the Barossa.

SKILLOGALEE WINERY Riesling

Enjoy one of the best – and most crisp - Riesling in the Clare Valley. billowing plume of balloons. With Lee-Anne and

vineyard’s historic grounds, framed by gnarly

her extended team diligently seeing to every

looking vines, extensive acreage and sweeping

need – a few buggy wheelies from Mark demoed

panoramas over Seppeltsfield itself. Fortunately for

against Prince Harry and asked him for a taste,

in the process – it’s little wonder Unforgettable

the serpent (or us?) it slinked into the sun-soaked

but it was met by wooden silence. Both princes

Houseboats are the most awarded houseboats in

undergrowth and our group of 12 newly qualified

– or a barrel bearing their names at least - have

South Australia.

Segway pilots continued on course, spurred by

been sitting in Seppeltsfield’s cellar since the 80s;

the promise of wine.

bottled on the birth date of each royal sibling and

TAKE M E TO TH E W IN E

out with Prince Harry, his brother William and a

north of Adelaide City.

$10,000 Lalique-made decanter of tawny port;

left to age into delicious tawny royalty. Chin chin to that. Thank you South Australia Tourism for a week of overindulgence and delicious debauchery. We

strolled through rows of age-worn barrels in the

will be back.

Seppeltsfield Winery, the famed South Australian

Centennial Cellar, the oldest of which stems from

estate just over an hour outside of Adelaide.

1851, we stopped to take a sip from our very own

For a similar experience, escape to South Australia.

birth year barrel. NB, try to visit with someone

To find out more visit houseoftravel.co.nz/inspire,

‘mature’ in years; like gloopy, syrupy elixir, if it’s long

give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come in-store.

Set in the heart of the Barossa Valley, guided

Photo credit: South Australia Tourism

part of the estate’s famed Centenary Tour. Having

fate of the snake that lay across our path at

Segway tours carve a new-age route across the

Photo credit: South Australia Tourism

Some of the more vivacious in the group leant

Back at Seppeltsfield homestead, we chilled

WHERE ? Barossa Valley: 1 hour 10 minutes Death by Segway. That was (almost) the

in the tooth, it’s better in taste.

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- ARGENTINA -

S POTLI GHT ON BUENOS AIRES IT’ S E ARLY D E C E M B E R A N D 2 6 H O U S E O F T R AV E L E X P E R T S AR E L E T LO O S E I N T HE URBAN MET R O P O LI S O F BU E N O S AI R E S. BU T I N A C I T Y FAM E D F O R I T S S O C CER, STE AK A N D S E D U CT I V E DA N C I N G, W HAT L E F T A L AS T I N G I M P R E S S I O N ?

What were your first thoughts of Buenos Aires? Tanya: We arrived on the same day that the national soccer team left for Japan and just about every local was out on the street cheering them on; sports fanaticism at its best. Colour, passion and excitement embraced the city. Tony: What a massive city! It certainly has the European look and architecture. Ken: Such energy. Buenos Aires is a city on the move and it feels very young. What was the biggest culture shock? Tanya: Unlike Europe, very few Argentines speak English. Hand signals were definitely necessary. Tony: Probably the dress sense (or lack of!) but there are plenty of unique shopping hubs to be found here, as well as lots of markets. Ken: The architecture is fascinating, and so different to New Zealand. What inspired you the most about Buenos Aires? Tanya: French influence is everywhere. With beautiful buildings, promenades and avenues, you could easily be in Paris. Tony: The country has been through various financial and governmental changes, but the residents always speak with pride and patriotism. Ken: The different international influences. Locals say that

Porteños see themselves as Italian, speak Spanish, think they are French and would secretly like to be British. What advice would you give a first-time visitor? Tanya: Be prepared, make a plan of what you wish to see and do; engage in tours and off-the-beaten-track excursions. Most importantly, take US dollars, which are much better value than the local currency. Tony: Learn a bit of Spanish! Ken: Pre-book an airport transfer so that you aren’t stung with an overpriced taxi. Iguazu Falls. Is it worth the trip? Tanya: I have travelled the world and Iguazu Falls completely blew my mind; the grandeur, beauty, wilderness and wildlife. The helicopter ride above the falls was the highlight of our trip. Tony: Most definitely, it’s truly a spectacular natural wonder of the world. Spend a couple of days wandering through the National Park and book a boat ride to the base of the falls. Ken: Absolutely. Iguazu Falls is one of the most incredible places on earth and very different to other great waterfalls. Take a walk to the edge and peer over. Truly amazing! Top ‘must-do’ you’d recommend for anyone visiting: Tanya: Eva Perones burial site is an incredible experience and of course a tango show and a little leather shopping are both must-do’s. Visit La Boca stadium and you’ll get a true sense of what soccer really means in South America. Tony: Take a day trip to Colonia – a quaint Portuguese city across the water in Uruguay. Cobblestone streets with great views out to the water, with plenty of local art and crafts. Ken: Walk everywhere. Many of the best sights are within comfortable walking distance, and you’ll also come across highlights that aren’t in the guidebooks. What was your favourite Buenos Aires neighbourhood and why? Tanya: San Telmo. A very hip area for antiques and history and it’s also the home of tango. Hire a bike in the San Telmo area for only USD15 for three hours.

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T H E A R T O F A DV E N T U R E Tony: La Boca is the most colourful part of the city, with lots of arts, crafts, street stalls and restaurants. A visit to Boca Juniors Football Stadium is also worth a visit – the home of Maradona.

Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Photo credit: Air New Zealand

Ken: The suburb of Recoleta is home to Cementerio de La Recoleta. It’s filled with amazing mausoleums and is where many of Argentina’s most notable citizens are buried. What is Buenos Aires’ best-kept dining secret? Tanya: Japanese cuisine at Osaka. Although it’s not South American food, it’s one of the most incredible dining experiences, even for the most discerning foodie traveller. Tony: Floreria Atlantica – a wonderful bar with access via a florist. You go through a large green freezer door and end up one floor underground. Cocktails are a work of art, with great culinary options too. Rated in the world’s top 50 bars. Ken: Buenos Aires is known for its puertas cerradas, or closed door restaurants, where dinner is prepared in a chef’s private home. Do your research and ask around for recommendations. What Argentinian souvenir(s) did you take home? Tanya: A leather jacket or two! Tony: A great bottle of Malbec. Ken: A pair of Havaianas from the Brazilian side of Iguazu Falls. Describe Buenos Aires in one word: Tanya: Vibrant. Tony: Relaxed. Ken: Colourful.

Keen to start your own Latin love affair with Buenos Aires? To find out more visit houseoftravel.co.nz/ inspire, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come in-store.

Photo credit: Air New Zealand

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- THAILAND -

F

KEEP CALM & CURRY ON

H E R E ’ S A S TAT E M E N T T H AT ’ S P R OV E N E V E RY T I M E YO U T W I R L A PA D T H A I N O O D L E A R O U N D YO U R C H O P S T I C K : THAI DINING IS DIVINE.

rom regionally diverse curries to bowls of

expect the capital’s culinary flavours to be equally

aromatics, Thai households often refer to it as a

street-side noodles, Thai cuisine makes every

gutsy. To the contrary, it’s central Thailand where

‘training curry’. Top choice for the spice shy.

mealtime an indulgence. Take a culinary

you’ll find the sweet (and sort of spicy) Thai Green

journey across the country, from spicy hot-spots to

Curry. Made with fresh, young green chilies, it’s the

TH E ST REET IS YOUR D INING ROOM

back alley delicacies and culminating in an exotic

curry crowd-pleaser; creamy, flavoursome and

When it comes to food, if you possess a ‘try

Thai cooking class.

unlikely to make you sweat.

anything’ attitude, then Thailand - with its unique

Now that you’ve dipped your toe in, go

and unexpected street food - is your calling.

A DI SH BE ST SE RVE D C HI LI

full throttle and fully immerse the taste buds.

In Thailand, the food’s akin with the temperature. Hot.

Head north and order Kaneg Pa – Jungle Curry.

embrace everything and regret nothing. Pick your

Curries are served the length and breadth of the

Concocted in the forested hinterland of northern

vendor, take a seat on the curb – a plastic seat if

country with some variations boasting an almighty

Thailand, this one’s a real brute. With double

you’re lucky – and chomp your way through an

sixty chilies per serving, so there’s little surprise the

figure chilies, a distinct lack of coconut milk and a

unidentifiable feast that has so much flavour it’s like

nation’s flavours have tongues puffing and brows

merciless heat, prepare to feel your ears steaming,

taking a Mike Tyson punch to your taste buds. You’ll

sweating. Foodie aficionados embarking on a trip

eyes watering and your face reddening to a deep

be engulfed by the heady aroma of fried garlic,

from one Thai region to the next will experience all

shade of crimson.

accompanied by roasted duck, bubbling curries

manner of culinary – and curry – revelations. With most long haul flights landing in

Too much too soon? Make a U-turn and travel

The best mindset is to lose all inhibitions,

and steaming dumplings. Follow your nose down

south. Masaman is signature to the southern

the next alleyway for another excessively sized

hedonistic Bangkok, visitors can ease into Thai

regions of Thailand, arriving some sixty years back

portion of delicious (and incredibly affordable)

spice with a mild, Bangkok-style curry. In a city

from India. It’s now considered one of the nation’s

Thai food. Find yourself a roadside ‘Pancake Man’,

where everything else is alarmingly feisty, you’d

sweetest curries. Offering low spice levels and mild

they are the masters of pancakes and can whip

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+

C H I ANG R AI

+ +

CH I ANG MAI

+ up the most delicious banana crepes in less than

multiple courses mid-morning and devour

than a dollar. From desserts available before and

them for lunch, working up an appetite to

after the sun comes up, to an entire assortment

craft a few more delicacies in the afternoon.

of sizzling obscurities, you can’t call Thai cuisine

Once in the kitchen your Thai teacher is on-

predictable, it’s a Pandora’s Box of unknowns, but

hand to guide, advise and to bat you with a

delicious unknowns all the same.

large wooden spoon. Cooking classes aren’t

WHEN STUDENT BECOMES MASTER Having successfully navigated Thailand; tasted every coloured curry under the rainbow and chomped on deep fried insects as casually as you would a pack of chips, it’s time to learn your Tom Yam Kai from a Tom Yam Goong. It’s time to take a traditional Thai cooking class. Authenticity is key, so on the morning of your lesson, aspiring chefs are led to the local food market to source fresh ingredients for the afternoon

T HA

Arriving hungry is paramount. You’ll cook

thirty seconds and at any time of the day, for less

SU KHOTHAI

D N A IL

+ AYUTTHAYA

KANC HAN ABURI

+

just an introduction to authentic Thai cuisine, but also the playful nature of the Thai people. Divert

+ BAN GKOK

from instructions at your own risk. The style and number of dishes depends entirely on the class you attend, but are likely to include specialities such as Green Curry, Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice. One thing’s for sure, you’ll

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leave school with a rounded belly, a learned mind and a deep desire to replicate every recipe back at home.

ahead. The mornings are mild but early humidity coaxes the rich market scents to rise and mingle in

A culinary haven, Thailand dishes out all

the air. Absorb the intoxicating mix of exotic fruits,

the best flavours. To find out more visit

pulses, nuts and fragrant herbs that will dart up

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your nose and encourage your stomach to rumble.

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- USA -

BORN TO BE WILD WH AT’S TH E BI G G EST H I G H LI G H T?

MIKE BARRAGAN IS A MOTORCYCLIST AND BRAND AMBASSADOR FOR BIKE APPAREL, SAINT. THE AMERICAN ROAD IS HIS LIFE. HERE HE TALKS ABOUT HIS GREATEST USA ROAD TRIPS, THE ONES THAT PUT WIND IN YOUR BEARD, DIRT ON YOUR FACE - AND WISDOM IN YOUR WORDS.

WH I C H U SA R O U T E ‘ TO P S T HE LOT ’ ? Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) also known as Highway 1 in California.

WH AT ’ S SO SP E CI A L A B O U T P C H? The water is there the whole time. I love the ocean, I love the trees. It’s mellow, at times you’re completely alone, almost eerily alone. At other times you can wander into a miniature little town with a really great restaurant and a river running under the chair you’re sitting in. I’ll always choose a coastal route over a desert route, but it really doesn’t matter where you’re going as long as you’re going. 26

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Breaking down, thinking you’re in trouble and then meeting some random strangers that help you get your bike back on the road. Getting caught in a monster thunderstorm and all the things that happen on the way to your destination that you’ll remember for a lifetime and talk about. You rarely remember a ride where nothing went wrong.

DO YO U H AVE YO UR FAVO URI TE ROA D C O MPA NI O N(S), I F SO WH Y ? I really don’t. I definitely like people that ride at the same pace and can just stick with it when the going gets tough. I once bickered with my buddy all the way to NYC from California but we never stopped. Lately my favourite riding partner is my fiancée, Cassandra. She’s got completely the right attitude and moves along at the pace I like to jam at. She loves motorcycles more than I do.

WH AT’S WO RTH PH OTO G RA PH I NG A LO NG TH E WAY ? I love California. Riding next to the ocean the entire time is unreal. When I’m on the 1 I feel like I’m going to ride off a cliff because I’m so distracted trying to watch the waves. The trees in Big Sur are unbelievable. We always stop at Bixby Bridge to take pictures and when you get up past San Francisco you can take a 10 minute detour up to a lookout point called Hawk Hill. The fog rolls over San Francisco like a giant blanket from across the bay.

WHAT GEAR D O YOU RECOMMEND FOR TRAVEL ON T HE ROAD ? The warmest knee-high Stance socks you have, Calvin Klein boxer briefs, military jump boots, super thick denim or Saint Kevlar pants, t-shirt and a merino wool base layer by Saint in case it gets cold, and then I just layer up on the Saint stuff. I like being on the coast which means it gets cold at night so I bring my waxed Filson to top it all off. Don’t forget your tools, cell phone, camera, full face 60s style helmet - no visor - and some clear and dark shades.

WHAT ’S T HE B IGGEST T HING YOU GET OUT O F B EING ON T HE ROAD ? It’s like meditating. You’re free from everything that usually grinds. You really don’t think of anything else except that you’re riding.

WHERE ARE YOU OFF TO NEX T ? The shop to fix my bike and Cassandra’s bike so we can go on a bike road trip. We want to go to Yellowstone, we’re going to add it onto whatever trip we take next.

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- CA N A DA -

SPIN YOUR

ADVENTURE DIAL ADVENTURE NEEDN’T BE DARING. ADVENTURE NEED ONLY BE EXCITING. FOR ACTIVITIES ON EVERY LEVEL OF ENTHRALLING, CANADA’S CAPITAL OF ADVENTURE GOES BY THE NAME OF BRITISH COLUMBIA.

For the

For the

For the

MILD AND MELLOW

TA M E BUT GA M E

F U N A N D F E A R LE S S

NHL ICE-HOCKEY MATCH

DISCOVERING STANLEY PARK

NORTH SHORE MOUNTAIN BIKING

It’s just hockey. In Canada, you don’t

By wheel or hooves. That’s how you want to explore Vancouver’s Stanley Park. Because four-hundred acres is no easy distance on foot. Not unless you have a hankering for a heel blister. Rent a bike, re-live your roller blade days or partake in a horse-drawn tour with two handsome shire horses. Navigate the 8.8km seawall – and dedicated bicycle path – that flanks the city waterfront; absorbing ocean views and shiny skyline vistas. Alternatively, join 20 others onboard a vintage horse and trap. You’ll trot by the cluster of eight First Nations totem poles, rose gardens and urban green spaces frequented by Canadian geese and ring-necked ducks. With mountain peaks standing steadfast in the distance and gleaming rockstudded water, don’t worry about your wheels or your ride, just settle your gaze on that view.

Start with the Boogieman, tackle Stupid Grouse and then conquer Severed Dick. Boasting a showcase of leading – and unusually named - mountain bike trails, Vancouver’s North Shore harbours some of the most challenging off-road mountain-biking in the world. Trails are cut from age-old logging routes and die-hard mountain bikers forging their own clandestine routes in the forest. From easy cross-country paths to technical downhill, the terrain is a natural labyrinth of logs, boulders and ravines, combined with man-made obstacles and muddy gullies. The Boogieman is a difficult beast, hindered by rock faces, whereas Stupid Grouse, albeit obstacle-ridden, enjoys a grazedeterring mossy forest floor. But if you’re looking for something a little rowdier on your wheel rubber, venture further into Mt Seymour; confronting Severed Dick if you dare.

need to specify the ice; it’s a national given. It’s also a national obsession. Imagine 18,000 passionate fans screaming in your ears, the thwack of puck on stick and the constant hiss of razor-sharp blades slicing through ice. If you’re lucky enough to be in Vancouver at the same time as the Vancouver Canucks, throw down your Canadian bucks and buy tickets to a game.

At the Rogers Arena, the

atmosphere is guaranteed electric, with erratic bursts of 80s rock music, bellowing fans and a heady mix of popcorn, beer and hot dogs. Gather rink-side 30-minutes prior to opening face-off and watch the players go through their warm-ups. If you hear the sudden ‘thfffft’ of a wayward puck, you better dive behind the perspex.

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THE TRA VELL ER ’ S DIAR Y GRIZ ZLY BEAR ENCO UNTE RS: KNIG HT INLET LODG E, BC Firstly, WOW, this place is an actual floating lodge. Sitting atop the water and only accessed by seaplane, it’s amazing! We’ve been here two days already, so we’re getting used to the set-up. Every morning the guys kit you out like a human river dredger. We’re talking gum boots, life vests, rain pants, coats, binoculars – the lot! But that’s not a bad thing, because you might get soaked.

For the

For the

B OL D AN D GUTSY

DARING AND RARING

GROUSE GRIND HIKING TRAIL

HELI-SKIING IN WHISTLER

The Grouse Grind challenge. Are you game? Or deranged? Because either works. If you possess equal measures madness, muscle and fitness, Vancouver’s Grouse Mountain hike is infamous for being one of the cruellest workouts in the city. A near-vertical 2.9km climb, comprising 2,830 steps, your heart will be pounding within minutes. Two hours later, sweat drenched, thighs shaking and face grimacing, you’ll reach the mountain’s summit. Hopefully! There’s a reason The Grouse Grind is referred to as ‘Mother Nature’s Stairmaster’ and that’s because Mother Nature is a merciless wench. Thankfully, humans built the SuperSkyride Aerial Tramway. A downhill descent is strictly forbidden, so you might as well hitch a lift back to the city. Soak up the views of downtown Vancouver and the surrounding islands. There’s a cold beer

The pinnacle of any high-octane ski

at the bottom and you’ve earned it.

in the Northern Hemisphere.

experience, heli-skiing combines the very best of two adrenalin-pumping experiences; high-altitude helicopter flights with off-trail skiing. So if the snowshrouded mountain scenery doesn’t steal you of breath, the fast descent down its freshly powdered slopes surely

It’s late April so the bears are emerging from hibernation and there’s loads of them! Today we must’ve seen at least 10, including an angry mother bear with three bashful cubs. She was teaching them how to flip stones and find mussels, but we were laughing because those cubs were not in the slightest bit interested. They just wanted to play and fight with one another and she was getting irate. Then we spotted even more grizzlies and one of them started to itch his back against a tree – we couldn’t believe it, talk about key moments! It was just like watching Baloo from the Jungle Book. I won’t be forgetting that for a while! An adventure for everyone awaits in Canada. To find out more visit houseoftravel.co.nz/inspire, give us a call on 0800 838 747 or come in-store.

will. High in Whistler’s backcountry, where there’s nothing but virgin snow and hairraising gradients, heightened senses are a given - get ready for the rush.

If you’d like a little more time to

gather your thoughts and to appreciate Whistler’s exceptional beauty, swap the heli-skiing for snowmobiling. Novices can take lessons or picturesque mountain tours, while veteran powder hounds can book snow safaris through the most spectacular white playground

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THE NETH

By

B ICY OR

I

B ZAAN

n a city where cars are the minority, and bikes mirror the inhabitants sometimes two for one, follow the lead and peddle your way from one intriguing borough to the next.

HAARLEM

Streets are narrow and jostling with crooked 17 century th

architecture; their multi-storey facades looming – somewhat

LEIDEN

precariously – roof-first into alleyways, all vying for an extra inch of space. Street music, especially in and around Rembrandt Square, adds to the city’s ambience, with ditties ringing out like Amsterdam’s very own theme tune. Cycle through the passageway under the Rijksmuseum. You’ll glide into Museumplein, where tourists flit

DEN HAAG DELFT

GOUDA

amongst the locals and the call of Van Gogh resonates in the air; his museum’s just a five minute cycle away. Head towards The Nieuwmarkt for gabled buildings, quaint cafés and a gateway to

ROTTERDAM

the Red Light District. With unique boutiques and some of the city’s prettiest canals, Amsterdam’s most notorious neighbourhood isn’t solely about gawking at its legal taboos, nor is it about ignoring them altogether. Discover its every lure, which is as much about the sightseeing as it is about the all-embracing culture; high-brow, lowbrow, outlawed or otherwise. Avoid at your own regret. Addicted to pedal? Why stop at Amsterdam? In a country where the highest point barely breaks 320m, Holland’s notoriously flat terrain makes long-distance pedalling highly plausible. Saddle up!

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ERLANDS

CLE OAT ? AMSTERDAM

E

nvy is never pretty. Not like Amsterdam, which is always pretty. Stunning in summer, when golden sunshine spills across its canals, and breath-taking in winter, which brings steel skies and water

aglow with street lamps. Thus fuelling a growing jealousy towards all those lucky enough to live here. This is a city where stacks of photogenic bicycles lean beside

UTRECHT NIEUWEGEIN SCHOONHOVEN

bumper bouquets of flowers, where European cars flank tree lined canals and delicate stone bridges connect one bonnie residence to another. From the water, you’ll absorb Amsterdam from its most enchanting vantage point; slightly lower than street level, gazing longingly at sleek house boats and three-storey townhouses where front lawns don’t exist but narrow canals do. Boat trips run daily, skimming the city’s most majestic waterways, while those who miss their bicycle can try Canal Biking, Amsterdam’s top canal attraction since 1984. Similar to a pedalo,

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these 4-seater paddle boats are human-powered and depart from Leidseplein, Rijksmuseum and Westerkerk (Anne Frank House). One day in Amsterdam and you’ll be compelled to stay forever. Call the boss and fabricate a good reason to stay on; in a city of forgivable sins, stranger things have happened. Keen to leave the city? Dutch waterways are by no means limited to the capital. With 6,000km of accessible water routes, navigate a journey from the city to the countryside, hamlet to township and all the way back again.

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How to

ENJOY

your stopover

TO STOPOVER, OR NOT TO STOPOVER, CAN BE A TRICKY DECISION.

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decision that will have to be made if travelling to Europe, Africa, most of South America or most of North America. Do you sacrifice a few days of your onward destination to take in the sights and sounds of somewhere new? Somewhere you might not ever travel to otherwise? Or do you bite the bullet, pop the sleeping pills, and travel all the way through to your end destination? Whichever you choose, here’s a handy guide on the best places to stopover.

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Singapore’s Changi is consistently voted amongst the best stopovers in the world, and for good reason! Transferring through Singapore is a breeze thanks to efficient staff, short queues and easy terminal transfers. But it’s the facilities that really take the cake here. Chill with a drink in the rooftop cactus garden, take a dip in the open air pool, take the kids through the butterfly sanctuary, go to a movie, or even book yourself a quick nap in the in-terminal hotel.

Known simply as KLIA, Kuala Lumpur International Airport is one of the largest and most modern in the world. Most of the airlines are housed under one roof, which makes it very easy when transiting. The only exception are low cost airlines such as AirAsia, who have their very own dedicated terminal called KLIA2. That being said, both terminals are linked by an efficient train service.

Seoul’s Incheon International Airport is one of the world’s best, and has the silverware to prove it! It’s been voted the best airport in Asia-Pacific every year since 2006 by Airports Council International, the world’s best transiting airport yearly since 2013 by Skytrax, and the world’s cleanest airport in 2015 to boot. But it’s the unique facilities we really like here, including a spa, ice skating rink, casino, gardens, and even a golf course!

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The gorgeous ‘City on the Bay’ is a perfect quick stopover destination. Sights in the city include Alcatraz Island, the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Union Square, the iconic trams, and Chinatown. Further afield you’ve got the vineyards of Napa Valley, many Pacific Coast beaches, the Silicon Valley, and the world famous Yosemite National Park.

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Dubai is an excellent example of taking advantage of a stopover to explore a destination you might not ever visit otherwise. And there’s more than enough to keep you entertained in this city! Take in the view from the world’s tallest building, shop till you drop in the world’s second largest mall, hit the slopes on the world’s largest indoor skifield or 4WD over the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert.

You’ve probably never thought of Honolulu as a stopover spot, but if you’re travelling to North America then it’s a great option to split up that 14 hour flight to LA or San Francisco, as well as avoiding their busy airports. And even better, you can spend your stopover time touching up your tan on Waikiki Beach!

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B E I J I NG Another destination that doesn’t spring to mind right away, but has so much to offer! Forget the cheap shopping, Beijing is all about iconic monuments. Check out Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before heading out of the city to climb the Great Wall of China, and walk amongst the thousands of warriors in the Terracotta Army.

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Thanks to Air New Zealand’s new direct service, the Argentine capital city’s popularity is booming. Get your cultural fix by learning Spanish, checking out BA’s massive theatre scene, and maybe even mastering the tango! Then head bush to spot beautiful toucans, black panthers and monkeys of the Iguazu National Park. Complete the mini break with a night or to at Iguazu Falls, arguably the most spectacular waterfalls on Earth.

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A long time family favourite, Los Angeles still comes out tops if you have the little ones in tow. You could spend days at Disneyland alone, but once you unhinge your child from Mickey Mouse, there’s still San Diego, Santa Monica, Hollywood and the Pacific Coast right there, just begging to be explored.

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