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BEYOND Egypt - 10 Surreal Places - 18 Kenya - 26 Abu Dhabi - 30 Galapagos Islands - 35 Cycling the Globe - 36 Oman - 40


Destination Beyond, Egypt

Walking With Egyptians (Part 1) Words & Images by Gary Dickson

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Rio de Janeiro

15 Must-See Surreal Places

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other Nature can sure whip up a storm every now and then, and sometimes not in a good way. She can move the plates of the earth around at inappropriate times; she can apportion rain to areas that don’t need it…and starve places of it that desperately do.

But, she can also create marvels that cause an array of “Oos” and “Ahhs” gushing from the mouths of the people that are lucky enough to cast their eyes upon. Here is a collection of locations…15

Surreal Places you won’t believe exist on earth: Gates of Hell, Derweze, Turkmenistan: The Darvaza gas crater, also known as the Door to Hell or Gates of Hell, is a natural gas field collapsed into a cavern located in Derweze, Turkmenistan. Geologists intentionally set it on fire to prevent the spread of methane gas and it is thought to have been burning continuously since 1971. The gas crater has a total area of 5,350 m2. Its diameter is 69m and its depth is 30m.

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The Turkmen government hopes that the crater will become a popular tourist attraction. The surrounding area is also popular for wild desert camping. According to Turkmen geologist, Anatoly Bushmakin, the site was identified by Soviet engineers in 1971. It was originally thought to be a substantial oil field site. The engineers set up a drilling rig and operations to assess the quantity of oil available at the site. Soon after the preliminary survey found a natural gas pocket, the ground beneath the drilling rig and camp collapsed into a wide crater


Destination Beyond, Kenya

Kenya’s Latest Luxury Resort

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lewana Collection recently celebrated the opening of Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs in Loisaba Conservancy, bringing the total number of destinations to 16 award-winning luxurious camps, lodges and boutique beach hotels in Tanzania, Zanzibar and Kenya for the luxury safari camp and lodge operator. Set on an escarpment with impressive views that reach across the magical landscape of northern Kenya stretching out to Mt. Kenya, the property expands

58,000 acres and is filled with acacia trees, succulents, mosses and evergreens native to Kenya. Designed by renowned architects, Chris Payne and Jan Allen, with landscape architecture by Jo Silvester, Elewana Loisaba Lodo Springs offers an ultra-private experience with eight individual, spacious tented rooms. Each tented room has its own signature style. An eclectic mix of antique and vintage pieces, which have been hand restored in Kenya, were selected to enhance the backdrop of clean,

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modern architectural design. includes 17th century French wardrobes, upcycled cedar posts used as panelling and Americana parlour bar stools.

Décor walnut fence 1950’s

Each tented room boasts its own colour scheme, which was selected in accordance with the colourful vintage Ghanaian Kente cloth that hangs above the master bed. Service is paramount, with every tent assigned an Elewana Guest Ambassador to serve and cater


Destination Beyond, Abu Dhabi

Sultans Of Bling Words & Images by Gary DIckson

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have been to Abu Dhabi several times and have thoroughly enjoyed every sojourn in the Emirate, but there is one place (for various reasons) I have never managed to visit, until now‌the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. This, coupled with two new places that have opened since my last visit, were to be the highlights of my recent visit.

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Destination Beyond, Galapagos

Six Senses Resorts Goes Wild in the Galápagos Islands

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he Galápagos Islands are home to some of the world’s most amazing wildlife encounters. The isolated chain of 19 islands emerged alone from the rest of the world and its ecology developed in its own unique way. Guests at the upcoming Six Senses Galapagos will therefore experience a one-of-a-kind (literally anywhere on earth) natural environment.

While final accommodations are being finalised, the master architectural direction by Hitesh Mehta Design focuses on a necessarily idiosyncratic planning philosophy, which balances economic, environmental, social and spiritual aspects of the project.

Every shade of green…Six Senses Galapagos will be located in Cerro Verde on the northeastern coast of San Cristobal Island. This is the quietest of the main islands, blessed with a relaxed, tranquil vibe. UNESCO recognised the Galápagos Islands as a World Heritage Site in 1978 and a Biosphere Reserve in 1985 and development is only permitted on 3% of the total area.

“Sustainability is at the core of our brand, influencing everything from ongoing community engagement and conservation efforts to the local, repurposed materials used in the development. We are excited and delighted to work with Orgal Group on this extraordinary project in such a special and environmentally sensitive place, staying true to our joint purpose of ecosystem restoration, scientific research of marine species and low-impact tourism,” said Chief Executive Officer, Neil Jacobs, of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas.

In accordance with strict local laws, and with strong involvement from the local community during the project’s early design and visioning stages, allowance has been granted to develop the resort on a beautiful and verdant hill with unspoiled views of the ocean and other topographical landmarks.

In particular, the focus is on restoring the original endemic Miconia ecosystem, eradicating invasive species and maintaining a native plant nursery on site. Plans are already underway for an Earth Lab and Experience Center. The first will showcase the project’s sustainability

efforts and the second will host research and educational activities by well-respected academics and NGOs already engaged in the Galápagos. The almost zero light pollution ensures night skies are some of the most spectacular on earth and an Observation Post will serve up a heady cocktail of stargazing and fine dining. All three facilities have been designed by world-renowned bamboo architect Simon Velez. Six Senses Galapagos will be located a 35-minute drive from the San Cristobal airport at Puerto Baquerizo Moreno. The resort is slated to open in 2021.

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Destination Beyond, Oman

Camels Lead Diners on Culinary Journey

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hey’re not letting the camel get his nose into your tent, or onto your plate at The Chedi Muscat, but they have enlisted a local dromedary as guide on a culinary journey through one of the most exquisite resorts on the Arabian Peninsula.on earth) natural environment.

The new ‘Caravan of Taste’ adventure at The Chedi Muscat is one of a medley of new food and beverage experiences that range from barbecue to tea, and that celebrate the setting of the sun and the rising of the moon, as well. First and foremost is the Caravan of Taste, a five-stop, three-anda-half-hour tour of the hotel’s contemporary interpretations of cuisines developed in Arabia, India and Japan. The journey begins with a Prosecco in the Lobby Lounge Courtyard, where the hotel’s culinary impresario, aka the chef, details the night’s routing. The caravan sets off in the camel’s path to the beat of a drum, pausing en route by the 103-metre Long

Pool for Japanese appetisers at the pool’s cabana in a family-style set up.

From there, it’s down a sandy path to the hotel’s Beach Restaurant for an array of seafood. The camel’s final stop of the evening is at the Serai Pool, for shisha and dessert. Like the camel itself, the Caravan of Taste is at the vanguard of never-before culinary happenings at the hotel.

The Picnic Brunch takes place in the shadows cast by 37 palm trees in the hotel’s Zen garden where food stuffs spill from traditional picnic hampers and complement what comes out of the live cooking stations. In addition to the Caravan of Taste and Picnic Brunch, the hotel’s culinary team has cooked up a number of other special dining opportunities, such as: •

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An English and Arabic Afternoon Tea in the Lobby Lounge from 3 to 6 pm An Express Business Lunch with Arabic, Indian, Asian & Western specialties in the Restaurant

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A Sundowner, featuring a variety of special promotions, from 4 to 6 pm at the Serai Pool Cabana A Lazy Saturday Lunch from 12 to 2:45 pm at the Serai Pool Cabana, featuring traditional Omani fare such as Shuwa A Chedi BBQ from 7:30 to 10:30 pm in the Chedi Pool Cabana A Full Moon Dinner (once a month) on the beach from 7:30 to 10:30 pm

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The Ultimate Wildlife & Gastronomic Adventure

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here is surely no more definitive Australian place names than Kangaroo Island. The country’s third largest island certainly lives up to its name, with an abundance of the unique marsupials that are globally recognised Australian icons. But kangaroos are only part of the island’s wildlife story. It’s been hailed ‘Australia’s Natural Zoo’ where intimate encounters with a wide range of native animals along stunning open coastlines, dense bushland, dunes, cliffs and inland lagoons are a delightful memory visitors to this piece of paradise treasure forever. Located 13 kilometres off the South Australian coast, Kangaroo Island’s ecosystem was able to thrive in isolation, and today it boasts resident populations of koalas, sea lions, echidnas, wallabies, goannas, penguins, wedge-tailed eagles, pelicans, dolphins, platypus and more. To ensure the animal populations are sustained into the future, the island has a wide range of conservation parks, programs and protected areas where visitors can learn more about

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Uniworld Leaders In Luxury

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niworld Boutique River Cruise Collection continues to lead the luxury river cruise industry with an evolution of cruise experiences and elevation of what it means to be all-inclusive. Cruising on 23 rivers through 24 different countries worldwide, Uniworld is highly regarded by discerning travellers and cruise industry experts, having been awarded the World’s Best River Cruise Line by Travel + Leisure the last two years running. To ensure truly carefree and effortless travel, Uniworld has gone ahead and included it all - so the only thing you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy your holiday. Focus on Wellness: With a focus on wellness throughout the cruises planned for 2020, new to the collection is a three-day stay in Germany’s spa town of Baden-Baden, where guests can luxuriate in the healing powers of the thermal waters at the Caracalla Thermal Bath or Sea

Salt Grotto. The 12-day Rhine, Moselle and Blissful Baden-Baden itinerary includes a Wellness on the Water programme on every departure. Also featuring wellness integratedprogramming is the 8-day Brilliant Bordeaux cruise onboard the brand-new S.S. Bon Voyage.

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Launched in April 2019, the newly transformed Super Ship is designed to honour the importance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Activities include yoga in the heart of an iconic historical site, such as the Blaye fortress, with 360° views over the Gironde estuary, a Nordic walk with a naturalist from the Garonne river banks through


Aqua Expeditions

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aunched in 2007, Aqua Expeditions is a boutique luxury river and yacht cruise line with ships offering a unique brand of expedition cruising in the world’s most ecologically and culturally significant locales…the Peruvian Amazon, the Mekong River in Cambodia and Vietnam, as well as the seas of East Indonesia.

Cambodia and Vietnam with the Aqua Mekong. In 2019, Founder & CEO, Francesco Galli Zugaro, announced the continued global expansion of Aqua Expeditions with two new vessels and three new destinations. Aqua Expeditions ships have received international acclaim, including the Gold Award in the Architecture/New Build category in the 2015 Asia Hotel Design Awards for the Aqua Mekong

Aqua Expeditions caters to modern-day adventurers seeking active exploration in the most wildlife- and culture-rich destinations best discovered by cruising. Highly experiential in nature, every Aqua Expeditions journey encompasses tailored activities with expertly-guided small-group excursions, exceptional service with a 1:1 crew-to-guest ratio, a focus on sustainability and conservation, contemporary ship design as well as a world-class cuisine experience created by renowned chefs.

Indonesian Archipelago: Located in the coral triangle, the ring of fire and along a fabled sea trade route, eastern Indonesia combines earth’s most biologically diverse marine region — featuring the best dive and snorkel sites in the world — with rare bird and animal species, remarkable landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The Aqua Blu sails the region’s most prized destinations, including Komodo National Park, Spice Islands and Raja Ampat.

Aqua Expeditions began with the launch of three river cruise vessels, the Aqua Amazon and Aria Amazon in 2008 and 2011 respectively in the Peruvian Amazon, followed by an expansion in 2014 to Southeast Asia –

Endowed with a grand legacy as a former British Naval Explorer, Aqua Blu is an icon of seafaring evolution brought to world-class cruising specifications, with 15 suites and interior crafted by Dutch yacht design

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maestro Cor D. Rover. This one-ofa-kind RINA- and SOLAS-certified cruise ship embraces a distinguished sense of history with ultimate luxury. Cambodia, Vietnam & The Mekong: Aqua Expeditions takes guests on a cultural odyssey through Cambodia and Vietnam aboard the finest of river cruise ships in Asia. The line owns and operates Mekong’s only fleet of private tenders that bring guests on highly personalised day trips to landmarks, temples and villages where tradition, spirituality and craftsmanship reside. The 20-suite Aqua Mekong features tailor-made luxury experiences including an inspired culinary journey of local flavours crafted by Michelinstarred consulting chef, David Thompson. Guests will be entertained in style with full access to the infinity pool, spacious private lounges and on-board spa facilities, while also enjoying off-board excursions including biking, kayaking, and more! Peru & The Amazon: Travel far into the depths of the Amazon rainforest for intimate encounters with exotic wildlife, fragile ecosystems, local


Carnival Cruise Line

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arnival Cruise Line, ‘The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line © ’, provides travellers around the globe with extraordinary cruise holidays at an exceptional value. Their 26 ships operate three- to 24-day voyages departing from every coast in the U.S., as well as Canada, Puerto Rico and Barbados. While they’re best known for Caribbean cruises, they sail to other amazing destinations like Mexico, Alaska, The Bahamas, Europe and Hawai’i. Additionally, two Carnival Cruise Line ships homeport in Australia and offer cruises departing from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane. In a nutshell…they are all about fun holidays at sea and ashore! A Carnival cruise features day and night-time entertainment including stage shows, musical performances, deck parties, casinos, waterslides and more! Carnival Cruise Line makes everyone feel right at home with comfy staterooms, attentive service, casual and elegant dining, plus a variety of bars and gathering places indoors and out. When it comes to having fun onboard, one thing’s for sure – you’re never

short of options. Whatever exciting activity or event you choose, you’ll enjoy a backdrop of totally amazing ocean views. It’s no wonder they are also the most popular cruise line for families, with the Dr. Seuss activities, Build-A-Bear Workshop, huge waterslides and dedicated complimentary kids programmes tailored to different age groups. While the kids play, adults can relax at the adults-only Serenity area, indulge in one of the luxurious Cloud 9 Spas, or enjoy other entertainment options including the Punchliner Comedy Club. Continually growing, since their

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founding in 1972, Carnival Cruise Line now carries millions of passengers every year. Their newest ship, Carnival Panorama, is debuting this month and offers all the signature fun favourites like an expansive WaterWorks aqua park and Seuss at Sea, along with unique experiences like Sky Zone, the first indoor trampoline park at sea. Next year, look for the game-changing new Mardi Gras, and it’s as-yetunnamed sister ship in 2022. The line have also amped up the fun on their existing fleet with a US$2 billion ship enhancement programme that’s


Holland America Line

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or nearly 150 years, Holland America Line has been a recognised leader in premium cruising. Their fleet of 14 ships cruise to more than 400 ports in 98 countries around the world. From shorter getaways to 128-day itineraries, they visit all seven continents, with a large selection of itineraries in New Zealand’s most popular cruise destinations, Alaska and Europe. The line also offers three annual Grand Voyages; and popular sailings to the Caribbean, Mexico, Canada & New England, South America, the Panama Canal and Antarctica explorations. You’ll see the ships in local waters on their Australia & New Zealand, South Pacific and Asia voyages.

today’s travellers. Holland America Line hallmarks drive one of the highest guest repeat rates in the industry.

Holland America Line believes travel has the power to change the world. They consider it their higher purpose to help make the world a better place through opening minds, building connections and inspiring a shared humanity. They honour the timeless tradition of cruising while also embracing new innovations for

With nearly 150 years of experience sailing the world’s oceans, Holland America Line takes guests beyond the usual tourist track with a choice of more than 500 itineraries connecting with all seven continents. Their exclusive Explorations Central™ destination immersion programming, gives

Holland America Line’s guests are endlessly curious, looking to go beyond typical tourist experiences. They’re not looking for things like waterslides, go-karts, roller coasters or climbing walls when they cruise. They are explorers who appreciate one-of-a-kind experiences curated by experts for an authentic experience in each destination. For Explorers: Carefully crafted journeys…powered by Explorations Central™… to get more from each destination.

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guests a deeper understanding of the places they visit by providing local cultural insights, insider travel tips, unique shore excursions and more. For Foodies: Dedicated to the food lover who wants unrivalled experiences in food, wine and spirits…on ship and on shore. Only Holland America Line has a dedicated Culinary Council® of seven world-renowned chefs (along with experts in wine and spirits) who design their award-winning onboard dining experiences. Guests will enjoy a variety of flavours as varied as the destinations they visit, whether in one of the specialty restaurants, pop-up dining or the exceptional dining room. Also on offer are one-of-a-kind culinary enrichments with onboard cooking demonstrations and Culinary Shore Excursions. For Music Lovers: A great cruise deserves a great soundtrack with the best in live music. Days


Windstar Cruises

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ot a mass market cruiser? Good, Windstar are not a mass market cruise line.

Welcome to Windstar and their unique style of small ship cruising. Calling on hidden harbours, off-thebeaten-path and popular ports, the six-ship fleet carries just 148 to 350 guests. Windstar is renowned for their immersive experiences and destination authenticity, port-intensive itineraries, exceptional award-winning service and an

innovative culinary programme with culinary-themed cruises as the Official Cruise Line of the James Beard Foundation. Windstar’s 2020 -2021 season includes more than 190 voyages visiting 330 ports across 80 countries and includes new ‘Select Sailings’…carefully crafted itineraries designed to showcase a region’s most distinctive features, from high concentrations of UNESCO World Heritage Sites to world-renowned

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landscapes or cuisines. Exotic new destinations include the Holy Land, Grand Voyages to the South Pacific, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and a long-waited return to New Zealand and Australia. Also on offer are several once-ina-lifetime experiences such as attending an insider’s experience at Monaco’s legendary Grand Prix, or the chance to participate in the SAIL Amsterdam celebration on the world’s largest sailing ship


Celestyal Cruises…

Boutique, all-inclusive cruising in the Greek Isles

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reece has long been a popular European destination, and interest is on the rise again for New Zealanders, as a specific focus for their European holidays. A couple of days in Athens pre-cruise sets you up for the colour, tastes and diversity of Greece and her islands. Streets of informal al fresco dining, as colourful as the ripe red tomatoes that make up a Greek salad; bustling food markets and olive tastings as complex as wine tastings with regions, soils and terrain dictating styles and appreciation; functional modern buildings, and edgy graffiti covered neighbourhoods sprawl at the base of the Acropolis. The Parthenon and Temple of Athena oversee this ancient cityscape - their doorways and windows offer views down the centuries to a modern Athens described as the birthplace of Western civilisation. Celestyal Cruises is a boutique cruise line based in the Greek Islands

operating a series of regional cruises ex Athens from the port of Piraeus. They are Greeks, showing you their ‘own backyard’, and they do it with an ethos of authenticity, informality and friendliness. The focus is on bringing the flavours, the sounds, sights and the cultural essence of Greece and its Islands to their guests.

includes full day and overnight stops in both Mykonos and Santorini as well as port visits to Rhodes, Crete and Milos; the ‘Eclectic Aegean’ features an overnight in Istanbul and Mykonos, and includes Volos to access Meteora; ‘The 3 Continents’ cruise includes Limassol Cyprus, Ashdod Israel, Alexandria/Port Said for Egypt, Kusadasi Turkey and Rhodes Greece.

Celestyal Cruises operate two mid-size ships and more New Zealanders are enjoying this cruising experience whilst exploring the Greek Islands. This is an inclusive cruise product, representing exceptional value – unlimited beverages onboard, delicious regional cuisine, colourful entertainment, a selection of complimentary shore excursions and crew gratuities all included for a very reasonable cruise fare.

Celestyal Crystal is the preferred ship for New Zealanders because of the longer cruises on her program, whereas her sister ship Celestyal Olympia with 1,664 guests, has some shorter 4and 5-night cruises, which are great ‘fillers’ or addons with other holiday arrangements. In December 2020 the Olympia will be repositioned to Venice and will begin an inaugural season of cruises to Croatia and the Adriatic Coast from/to Venice.

The flag ship Celestyal Crystal, is contemporary and comfortable, and carries 1,200 guests, operating 7-night cruises around the islands. The most popular is the ‘Idyllic Aegean’ cruise which

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Both ships offer a range of onboard dining options, the main a la carte restaurants operating early and late sittings to match up with show


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Delhi‌ Mosques, Minarets and Mayhem (India - Part 1) Words & Images by Shane Boocock

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Destination Asia, Thailand

Koh Samui‌ Island of Soul Words & Images by Gary Dickson

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Destination Asia, Indonesia

Wakatobi's Delicious Escape Swaying palms, white-sand beaches and sparkling waters filled with lively coral reefs. These are the perfect ingredients needed to concoct a tropical island escape. Combine them in a location that's away from it all, but easy to reach, then garnish with five-star service and gourmet meals. Now you have a truly tasty recipe for relaxation‌and you can call it Wakatobi.

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Destination Asia, Macao

Macao… A Culinary Tour Of Many Firsts by Jo Holley

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destination with flavours your palette never knew existed. In fact once you’ve indulged in the contrasting cuisine on offer throughout Macao, your tastebuds will never be the same again. It is not often I travel to a destination in search of cuisine. For me it has always been about the adventure. Food has always been more the side project, even though I wine and dine more than I cook.

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What I found in Macao was a sensory overload, with every meal taking you on a succulent, scrumptious sensory journey. Somehow everything from chicken feet to delicious pastries managed to find my mouth, and I often found myself smiling before I even knew what I was indulging in. After all, you never know if you don’t try. Macao did not disappoint. In fact, it is recognised for having the world’s earliest forms of fusion food on the

UNESCO Creative Cities Gastronomy list. It was a trip of many pleasing culinary firsts, seconds and, I dare to say, thirds – helpings that is. Using modern gastronomic techniques to elevate traditional recipes handed down from generation to generation, the results are both ingenious and modern, but with no compromise on tradition. Many of the recipes passed down have not been written out, instead they're taught and learnt


Destination Asia, Bali

Villa Adasa

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hen laid-back Bali lifestyle meets luxury estate there is no other dream getaway quite like it. Feel the vibrant beat of Bali right at your doorstep. Villa Adasa’s sensational central location indulges guests with a penchant for nightlife and entertainment, immediate access to Bali’s famed beach clubs and restaurants and, of course, the stunning wide sandy beaches of Bali’s southwest coast. This prestigious gated estate is

comprised of individual luxuriously appointed private residences, situated in complete seclusion down a private palm-fringed lane. Since opening Villa Adasa’s doors, New Zealand fashion icon, Sonja Batt, and her husband Richard offer one of the island’s most luxurious properties to guests seeking the ultimate Bali bliss. The three-bedroom villa boasts a 14-metre green-stone-tiled swimming pool, exquisite sun terrace,

open-sided living and 24-hour service staff including a private chef. Two king-sized daybeds are generously adorned with cushions, ideal for a massage or a lunch/dinner for two. Nearby
a private roof deck offers a tranquil sunbathing retreat or quiet spot for yoga or meditation. Designed and curated in traditional Balinese style; within the exclusive Laksmana enclave, Villa Adasa offers a truly bespoke escapade in the highly sought after retreat destination.

facts: Location: The Laksmana Estate, Seminyak, southwest Bali Capacity: 6 people (3 ensuite bedrooms: 1 with king-size bed, 2 with twins convertible to king); 2 extra beds on request (extra costs apply) Staff: Manager, Chef, Butler / Service Staff (24 hr), Gardener & Security Rates: From NZ$1,039.00 per night www.villaadasa.com

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India...

Destination Asia, India

with Exotic Holidays

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here are some parts of the world that, once visited, get into your heart and simply won’t go away. India is one such place … a land of fantasy, vibrant colours and history. In their latest brochure, Exotic Holidays has combined the best from North India, with its temples, sacred sites and beautiful cities. Two of the new featured programs are the ‘Splendid North’ and ‘Classic North with a touch of East’. Exotic Holidays has also introduced new programs in South India, famous for its incredible scenery, vibrant culture and delectable food. They have furthermore included multiple beach break options in Goa, Kovalam and Mahabalipuram to make your experience the most unforgettable and relaxing. www.exoticholidays.co.nz

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Destination Asia, Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka... with Exotic Holidays

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eductive beaches, magnif icent landsc ap es , fertile wetlands, imposing mountains, rivers and waterfalls, an abundance of wildlife. Inspiring heritage sites, ancient cities and colonial forts. A vibrant culture including fine arts and crafts and grand festivals, and people of diverse ethnicity and religious persuasion. Charming and hospitable. All this is featured in Exotic Holidays’ exciting programs for Sri Lanka, Choose from short stays of 6 days or cover the most of this beautiful destination in their 18-day Grand Tour of Sri Lanka. Exotic Holidays has also included Authentic Experiences, which are a hidden gem - these include the likes of hot air ballooning in Dambulla or whale watching in Mirissa. www.exoticholidays.co.nz

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Destination U.S.A., Colorado

Denver‌

Where Old West Meets New by Julie Miller

Red Rocks Amphitheatre, ŠVisit Denver

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Twelve Iconic & Unexpected Ways to Celebrate in NYC

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Destination U.S.A., RV Trip

Road Tripping

Nevada, Northern California & Oregon (Part 2)

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fter our last day in Oregon we turned the Cruise America RV onto Route 199 for 45 miles (72.4 kilometres) before re-entering California. Just beyond the border we crossed into Redwood National Park – here coastal redwoods grow up to 380 feet (115.8 m) tall, weigh up to 500 tons and reach 2,000 years old – the world’s tallest living tree and a living link to the age of dinosaurs. Congress designated it a National Park in 1968.

Forty miles (64.3 kilometres) later we drove through Crescent City, where on March 28, 1964 a tsunami caused by a deadly magnitude 9.2 earthquake off Alaska, sent monstrous seas and deadly tidal waves all the way south into this Northern California coastal city, destroying the downtown business district and killing 11 people – it remains the largest and most destructive recorded tsunami to ever strike the United States Pacific Coast, according to the University

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of Southern California's Tsunami Research Centre. Following the coastal Highway 101 south we again entered another section of Redwoods National Park before turning onto a smaller coastal road where we found the delightful Emerald Forest Campground near the quaint town of Trinidad. Reversing under a canopy of giant redwoods, we slotted our Cruise America RV into site number two.


Destination U.S.A., Oregon

Oregon‌ Beyond Extraordinary

St. Johns Bridge

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Destination U.S.A., Colorado

The Broadmoor Colorado Springs

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he Broadmoor in Colorado Springs first opened in 1918 to welcome the country’s most seasoned travellers. Located at the gateway to the Colorado Rocky Mountains, the property’s dazzling character and breathtaking scenery has made it a cornerstone of America’s great resorts. With a legacy of impeccable service and attention to detail, this Forbes Five-Star, AAA Five-Diamond resort destination hosts 5,000 lush acres including three attractions and three Broadmoor Wilderness Experience properties. The resort campus has 784 rooms and suites, along with championship golf courses, shopping, indoor and outdoor pools and 20 unique dining options in restaurants, cafes and lounges including the Forbes FiveStar, AAA Five-Diamond Penrose Room. There is also a Five-Star full service spa. Colorado Springs is easily accessible, with daily non-stop flights from around the country to Colorado Springs Airport (only 15 minutes from the resort) or from anywhere in the world through Denver International Airport, just an easy 75 minute drive away.

The Ranch at Emerald Valley: Set within 100,000 acres of the Pike National Forest, The Ranch at Emerald Valley is a rustic, all-inclusive enclave with charming cabins, Colorado outdoor activities and delectable dining, all in Broadmoor style. Escape eight miles up the mountain from The Broadmoor to a retreat unlike any other. Enjoy their scenic outdoor patios and a gourmet meal in the grand lodge. In 2017 The Ranch at Emerald Valley received the honour of being ranked Conde’ Nast’s #1 Best Resort in Colorado, #8 Best Resort in the U.S. and #43 Best Resort in the World. Cloud Camp: Sitting at 2,804m atop Cheyenne Mountain is The Broadmoor’s Cloud Camp. With unobstructed 360 o views, the incomparable splendour of Colorado resides here. On the historic site of Broadmoor founder Spencer Penrose’s Cheyenne Lodge, this escape is meant to inspire and amaze. Cloud Camp combines a setting miles above the rest with the impeccable service you’ve come to expect from The Broadmoor. The 8,000 square foot main lodge, with a design influenced by the historic timber and stone

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lodges of the American West, features hand-hewn beams and indigenous stone fireplaces. Its great room and bar area serve as the backdrop for inspired and relaxed gatherings, while an expansive wrap-around deck is an unparallelled location from which to absorb the magnificence of the Pikes Peak region. Fly Fishing Camp: 
 Located on the Tarryall River and bordering 120,000 acres of the Lost Creek Wilderness, enjoy personalised attention and an array of activities including fly-fishing, hiking and the opportunity to see some of Colorado’s most spectacular wildlife. The Broadmoor Fishing Camp is available for overnight stays, family reunions and meeting retreats, as well as for day use by Broadmoor guests by prior arrangement. The Estate House: This breathtaking 12,000-square-foot historic residence has been entirely reimagined and outfitted in traditional Broadmoor style. The exquisite 1930's sanctuary is just steps from the Resort's campus and features five bedrooms, each with a king or two queen beds and private bath.


Destination U.S.A., Louisiana

Beyond the Bayou…

The Ultimate Cajun Country Adventure

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eyond the Bayou is excited to announce the ‘Ultimate Cajun Country Adventure’.

On this tour, guests will explore the swamp at Lake Martin Wildlife Refuge with a naturalist guide, take Cajun cooking lessons with a private chef, bust a move at a local zydeco dancehall, explore the Whitney Plantation (America’s first slavery museum), kayak on Bayou Teche, tour the Tabasco factory, visit a legendary zydeco music studio, tour an organic pecan farm, partake in a seafood boil with private chef and sample an array of Louisiana cocktails and cuisine. The all-inclusive, four-day tour starts at $2,599.00. “The mission of our Louisiana tours is to promote education and conservation, not only of the local ecosystems but of the culture and traditions that make Southern Louisiana so unique,” said Beyond the Bayou founder Jared Sternberg.

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Destination U.S.A., California

Discover Palm Springs by Bev Malzard The laidback desert towns of Greater Palm Springs offer luxury, retro charm, vintage good manners and a host of local architectural surprises.

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Destination U.S.A., California

Logger’s Cabin at the Brambles Words & Images by Shane Boocock

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Destination U.S.A., California

Nick's Cove Words & Images by Shane Boocock

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NEW ZEALAND Martinborough - 148 Gibbston Valley - 150 Wanaka - 152

Rotorua - 154 Sky City - 156


Destination New Zealand, Martinborough

Martinborough’s Dark Sky Experience

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ith dark sky tourism a growing trend globally Star Field is a new dark sky experience recently launched in Martinborough. As the world's population grows and our cities expand, the opportunity to look up to the sky at the rest of the universe in complete darkness decreases. This has seen the growing trend of travellers seeking out the world’s last-remaining dark skies, where they can get a clear, unpolluted view of the stars and constellations. Martinborough’s status as a dark sky destination has been given a major boost, as the highly anticipated Star Field observatory complex and astronomy centre opened on the 18th October.

Located just ten minutes-drive from the town centre at Ruakokoputuna, Star Field Tours Martinborough will offer a premium dark sky experience in New Zealand. Martinborough is located just an hour by train or car from Wellington. John Whitby, a keen astronomer and astrophotographer, spent five years searching for the perfect site to build his observatories. The site at Ruakokoputuna, in the hills behind Martinborough, has pristine skies due to the exceptionally low light pollution aided by excellent topography and a dry climate. At Star Field, visitors will be treated to an evening of star gazing with guides taking them on a journey through space and time. They will learn about

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the importance of constellations, the science of stars, looking closely at our Solar System, planets and how to read the sky using celestial navigation. Tours operate Friday to Sunday, plus weekdays by arrangement. www.starfield.nz


Destination New Zealand, Otago

Villas Amongst The Vines

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entral Otago’s most exciting luxury offering is on final countdown to opening.

Located in the heart of Central Otago’s founding winery, Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa will offer the ultimate in relaxed luxury, fine wine, culinary excellence and 5-star personal service. Once its doors swing open, they will reveal a stunning architecturallydesigned lodge complete with striking feature fireplace, soaring ceiling, sun-filled conservatory, al fresco dining area, an exclusive restaurant and a Lodge Cellar overflowing with historic vintages. With a locally-sourced schist stone exterior mirroring the rugged Central Otago environment, Gibbston Valley Lodge & Spa will be firmly planted in the vineyard’s rich history. The world - class luxur y accommodation experience is oozing with sophistication, sleek interior and exterior design, accompanied by lush landscaping and peaceful water features.

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Hot Tubs, Electric Bikes…and Scenery

Destination New Zealand, Wanaka

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ew Zealand’s first renewable energy-focused hot tub and electric bike cruise destination has been established in Wanaka. LandEscape Wanaka is set amongst some of the country’s most spectacular scenery on a working farm on Camp Hill Road between Lakes Wanaka and Hawea. The attraction includes 15km of gentle and scenic purpose-built cycle trails, eight natural-style outdoor hot tubs and six stargazing glasshouses. The first stage of LandEscape was completed at the end of last month and comprises four hot tubs each boasting spectacular mountain and valley vistas. Another four tubs will be added over subsequent months. Guests are currently able to book one of two hot tubs already commissioned and in operation, located close to the LandEscape Ride Centre. Further development, including more hot tubs, accommodation, a restaurant and bar is planned for the future. LandEscape owner and operator, Rik Deaton, says the innovative tourism venture will have a strong focus on renewable energy technologies and sustainability. He and his wife, Juliet,

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Destination New Zealand, Rotorua

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

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magine the quiet, early morning hours of June 10th, 1886. Suddenly the earth begins to tremble. Brilliant lightning storms fill the sky. Explosions begin to fill the air, becoming increasingly louder and more powerful.. On that fateful morning, New Zealand’s Central North Island was rocked by a series of violent earthquakes, climaxing in the cataclysmic eruption of Mt. Tarawera, as it split itself in two, destroying the surrounding area, burying four villages, killing around 120 people and opening the earth along a 17 kilometre rift. Lake Rotomahana exploded to 20 times its size, the seven craters of Waimangu Volcanic Valley were formed, and the world famous Pink and White Terraces were covered forever. Today, Waimangu Volcanic Valley is an exciting destination for all ages and fitness levels. As you enter the gates, you will be greeted by native bird song and the hushed serenity of the New Zealand bush. But don’t be fooled…venture further and Raumoko,

the Maori God of Volcanoes, stands in silent challenge as you begin your walk through his domain. Discover the power and wonder of the Valley’s geothermal activity, manifested by features such as the devilish Inferno Crater, the steaming Frying Pan Lake and the mysterious Echo Crater. You’ll revel in the diverse walks and hikes around the craters, as you pass

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hot streams, living silica terraces, rare and unusual plants and hissing fumaroles (steam vents). Panoramic views will enthrall photographers and families are happy to find the size of the valley gives children plenty of room to ‘let off steam’. www.waimangu.co.nz


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Destination Pacific Islands, Norfolk Island

Exploring Norfolk Island’s Adventurous Spirit by Juliette Sivertsen

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Destination Pacific Islands, Tahiti

Tahiti… Islands' Unique Wildlife Experiences Majestic Whale Encounters

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nown for its crystal-clear water and incredible snorkelling, The Islands of Tahiti actually offer many more opportunities to get up close and personal with some of the most magical animals in the world… beyond Nemo and his mates. 1 - Moorea Dolphin Centre:

Guests at the centre can choose from two educational experiences- the ‘Miti’ program educates guests on the dolphins, whilst the ‘Moana’ program allows guests to better understand the living structures, physiology and anatomy of the mammals before being able to free swim in the deep waters alongside them.

Housed on the stunning island of Moorea, The Moorea Dolphin Center is home to three rescue dolphins, Lokahi, Kuokoa and Hina, who are unable to be reintroduced in to the wild.

A truly humbling experience accredited by AMMPA and IMATA, the Moorea Dolphin Center is a must.

The dolphins live at the centre, where a natural reef pass provides currents and tides to pass through their habitat, and are cared for by a dedicated team of animal behaviourists and experts.

Located in the private lagoon of Le Meridien Bora Bora resort, the Turtle Care Centre is a place of protection and rehabilitation for injured or sick sea turtles, and has successfully

2 - Bora Bora Turtle Centre:

Bora Bora

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introduced more than 400 turtles back into the ocean. The Bora Bora Turtle Care Centre gives visitors the rare opportunity to interact with the Green, Hawksbill, Loggerhead and Olive Ridley turtles, all of which are endangered species with an extreme rise of extinction worldwide. The Turtle Care Centre is operated by the non-profit Te Mana o Te Moana with additional support of the Ministry of the Environment. 3 - Swim with Humpback Whales: From August to November every year, the Islands of Tahiti are home to Humpback whales making the long


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Destination Australia, Queensland

The Reef House, Palm Cove

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he Reef House & Spa is a part of the Accor MGallery by Sofitel collection. Ideally located in the heart of Palm Cove, just 20 minutes from Cairns International Airport. It is a beautiful beachfront resort in a colonial beach house style. 67 rooms and apartments refurbished in 2017, reflect the South Pacific of yesteryear with its casual yet elegant atmosphere. The original Reef House was built in 1958 by a Cairns bookmaker and used as a family home. In 1970 the Reef House was purchased by a syndicate and opened as a restaurant with limited accommodation of three suites in the garden. In 1972, Brigadier The Hon. David Thomson, MC, RL, (later Federal Minister for Science & Technology), acquired the property and operated 'Reef House' as a private residence with visitors treated as personal guests. In the true tradition of an officer's mess, guests helped themselves to drinks from the bar and signed chits on an honesty basis. The Brigadier Bar: Continuing the

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Destination Australia, New South Wales

Sydney Bridge Climb

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Destination Australia, Queensland

Howard Smith Wharves

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risbane’s newest entertainment precinct is the Howard Smith Wharves (HSW). A 3.4 hectare entertainment precinct featuring a new luxury hotel, multiple event spaces including an over water bar, restaurant, wine bar and craft beer brewery right on the Brisbane River under the city’s Story Bridge.

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The whole site offers a full liquor licence, so if event planners are considering a cocktail event on the lawn or a sit-down dinner at Bougainvillea House, this venue has all options The team at HSW can liaise with Brisbane City Council to customise coloured lights on the Story Bridge to match an event theme As HSW is situated under Story Bridge, so much of the site offers panoramic views of the river and city

Food/Beverage: HSW Director of Culinary, David Finlayson, has some serious street cred in Australia for working with restaurants including Melbourne’s Chin Chin and Kisume. Menus featuring produce sourced from Queensland’s best growers and makers are in keeping with the ‘fresh and local’ theme, and you can also take advantage of the venue’s on-site coffee roasters and their brewery, Felons Brewing Co.. Arc Dining and Wine Bar opened in March and offers a 400-plus strong wine list curated by award-winning sommelier, Ian Trinkle. Head Chef, Alanna Sapwell, focusses on sustainably sourced and fresh produce in the contemporary Australian menu. Arc Dining can hold up to 100 seated and Arc Wine Bar can host events for up to 140 seated.

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BUSINESS SECTION Etihad Airways - 176

The Brit, Auckland - 199

Thai Airways - 182

Rydges Sydney Airport - 200

Air New Zealand - 188

Uniworld Cruises - 203

Air Chathams - 190

Vantage Travels - 204

Singapore Airlines - 192

New Products/Giveaways - 206

Air Tahiti Nui - 195

Air NZ Lounge - 208

American Airlines - 196


Etihad Airways You Are Our Guest

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Smooth As Silk - Thai Airways

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hai Airways has always been one of my favourite airlines, ever since a family trip to the kingdom around 10-12 years ago, and as I boarded flight TG 492 at Auckland International Airport recently, my thoughts went back to then. I distinctly remembered how clean the plane was, how beautifully dressed the cabin crew were and, most importantly, how stunning the food was. From memory, the aircraft was an all time favourite of mine - the Boeing 747-400. The aircraft flying the Auckland Bangkok route currently is also one of my favourite aircraft … the fantastic Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. With 30 Business (Royal Silk Class) and 268 Economy Class seats, the aircraft caters to all means of traveller. The seat configuration is 1-2-1 in Business and 3-3-3 in Economy. My flight was practically full, and as I headed into the aircraft, I turned left to my lie-flat seat of 14A. I was going to need this for the 12 hours of flying

- followed by only four days on the ground before heading home. I do like the soothing ‘purple’ colour that Thai Airways utilise in the crew dress, seating and general overall branding. The lie-flat beds come with a personal seat-mattress and duvet to ensure a few hours sleep on the upward leg (which departs Auckland around 2pm daily). Royal Silk class cabins are in every way elegant and comfortable, and include a bespoke amenity kit with designer toiletries and accessories. As I said earlier, the food was a lasting memory from my last flight on Thai Airways, so it was with gusto that I dived into the menu to see what tickled my taste buds as I sipped my first drink. The ethos of Thai Airways when it comes to food is Samrab Thai … Thailand’s national culinary heritage, which exhibits the richness of the Thai culinary arts. Thai cuisine is

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Air New Zealand New York, New York Start Spreading The News

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ir New Zealand’s inaugural flight from Auckland to Newark Liberty International Airport will take off on the 29th October 2020, becoming the first ever non-stop service between New Zealand and New York. The new service deepens the alliance between Air New Zealand and United Airlines and follows Air New Zealand’s successful launch of non-stop flights to United’s hub in Chicago in November 2018.

Air New Zealand will fly the route three times weekly, year-round, under its flagship flight numbers NZ1 southbound and NZ2 northbound. The service will be operated by Air New Zealand’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft in its latest, premium-focused configuration. From its East Coast gateway at Newark Liberty International Airport, United Airlines operates more than 400 daily flights across the United States. The new service between

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Auckland and Newark will also provide customers with convenient onward connections to more than 90 destinations across the United States. New York is one of the most exciting cities in the world with its iconic landmarks, galleries, museums, Broadway shows and food scene placing it top of many travellers’ bucket lists. “Our non-stop flight will cut travel time by around three hours, putting


Air Chathams…

Flight 3C401 to Norfolk Island By Juliette Sivertsen

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s I check-in, I’m handed a black cap with a bright green embroidered ‘Air Chathams’ logo splashed across the front. All 38 passengers boarding this flight are given a hat with strict instructions to wear it on board … after all, it’s a special occasion. It’s the inaugural scheduled Air Chathams flight from Auckland to Norfolk Island. The airline offers chartered flights to Norfolk, but this is the first regular service. It’s also the first direct route from Aotearoa since Air New Zealand pulled out in 2017. The new service allows Kiwis to reach Norfolk in a little over two hours. Air Chathams’ Convair 580 is configured for up to 50 passengers, but for the inaugural flight we’re on a 39-seater, which had returned from a cargo run in Christchurch that morning with the extra seats removed. The 50-seater is the permanent fixture for the route. Checked-in luggage allowance is 23kg and 7kg for carry-on. There are no overhead cabins so carry-on bags are stashed under the seat in front. With branded hats on our heads, air

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Singapore Airlines

A350-900 Touches Down In Wellington

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ingapore Airlines recently made history as the first airline to operate commercial flights to Wellington with an Airbus A350-900 aircraft. The twin-engine, wide-body, A350-900 aircraft is operating as SQ247 from Singapore (via Melbourne). The airline's Regional Vice President, Mr. Philip Goh, said deploying the A350-900 aircraft on the route provides a new level of comfort for customers travelling to and from the New Zealand capital. “We are excited to bring the A350-900 to Wellington, presenting customers with improved comfort and an enhanced range of cabin options, including lie-flat Business Class and Premium Economy,” Mr. Goh said. “As well as being the first airline to operate scheduled commercial services to Wellington using the A350-900, we are the first to offer

customers the option of flying Premium Economy long haul to Singapore and beyond.” “Wellington is a great hub for culture, technology, dining and the arts. Serving the Wellington market with the A350-900 aircraft reinforces our commitment to the city, which we have proudly operated to since 2016.” Having launched services to the New Zealand capital in 2016, Singapore Airlines has continued to invest in the route, making changes to better suit the demands of travellers. The arrival of one of the most technologically advanced aircraft in the sky is further reinforcement of the airline’s commitment to the city. Mr Goh acknowledged the work undertaken by Wellington Airport and thanked them for their continued support. “Since we began planning for this route Wellington Airport has been a wonderful partner to work alongside.".

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“Thanks to our strong relationship, we have been able to make continued improvements in our service to Wellington, so I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Steve Sanderson and his team at Wellington Airport for their support and commitment for the successes we share up to this point.” CEO of Wellington Airport, Mr. Steve Sanderson, congratulated Singapore Airlines and highlighted the benefits the airport and city had enjoyed since the airline began operations in 2016. “We have enjoyed a great partnership with Singapore Airlines leading up to the launch of the Wellington service and over the last three years it has been operating,” Mr Sanderson said. “Thanks to the connectivity Singapore Airlines provides, visitors from Asia and Europe are now spending $79m more per year in Wellington than before the service. “There has also been a 37% increase


Air Tahiti Nui… The World’s Youngest Fleet

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ir Tahiti Nui says “nānā” to its last Airbus and “Ia Orana” to an all Tahitian Dreamliner fleet. General Manager Pacific, Daniel Eggenberger says, “This ambitious fleet renewal programme makes our fleet the youngest in the world, with an average aircraft age of just a few months.” With the Airbus now phased out from the entire Air Tahiti Nui fleet, Daniel says with the comfort and design of the 787 Dreamliner will deliver around 20% fuel efficiency which he says “Significantly reduces the airline’s carbon footprint.” With the new Tahitian Dreamliner comes new livery and a design concept that encapsulates the spirit of French Polynesia in an authentic, yet refreshingly contemporary way. New crew uniforms featuring the bright colours cherished by famed painter Gauguin have been added to the Purotu and Marmarau dresses that are favoured by Polynesian women. Bright and exotic hues of red, yellow, blue and even rose motifs that were hallmarks of the painter have

been worked into the design, making it a real representation of French Polynesia. The airline’s fleet and inflight enhancements are accompanied by a revamp of its Tahitian headquarters as it quite literally flies into a more modern age that has a strong environmental mandate as well as celebrating its French Polynesian roots. Daniel remarks that Air Tahiti Nui’s future is looking bright with its new offering that will also reduce travel time on the Auckland – Papeete route by up to half-an-hour and offer customers what he describes as the ‘Perfect entrée to their French Polynesian sejour’ (stay/visit). Air Tahiti Nui can land you in the South Pacific paradise of Tahiti in under 5 hours from Auckland and offers three services a week from Auckland to Papeete with additional codeshare flights taking total capacity to five times a week. www.airtahitinui.co.nz

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Rydges Sydney Airport

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enerally, I am not a fan of airport hotels. Convenient they certainly are when flight connections don’t work but a lot I have stayed in are very average. Well, not Rydges Sydney Airport.247 from Singapore (via Melbourne). After undergoing a major renovation this property is worth the stay, even if you don’t need to jump on a flight. In my case I had an early flight and had an overnight in Sydney before flying home…and I’m glad I did. From the first cheerful greeting of the front desk staff, to the sensational meal I had whilst dining at their restaurant, The Ascot, to the relaxing nightcap at their elegant rooftop bar, Cloud 9, I could have easily stayed another night or two. Their website proudly states they are located ‘at the international terminal and just 181 steps to the check-in counters.’ I didn’t count the steps myself but after my long haul Etihad Airways flight from Abu Dhabi I was extremely grateful of the proximity. There are 318 well appointed rooms,

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Take “Ad-Vantage” Of Your Travels

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ith the return of high demand to Egypt and other destinations offered by Vantage Travel International, the company has put together new special packages for its New Zealand and Australian travellers. Vantage Travel’s International destinations are Dubai, Jordan, Oman, Morocco, Turkey and Kenya. However, its main destination is…Egypt. Vantage Travel International has its own Destination Management offices and representatives in every tourist destination in Egypt. With more than 30 local staff and dedicated, experienced Egyptologists, tour guides and lecturers the company take its individual travellers and groups to ancient sites not visited by others and provides an unmatched experience. From a short stop-over tour to a full months itinerary Vantage Travel International offers tailor-made itineraries to match the special desires and interest of its groups. With a dedicated Nile Cruise department, the company is well known to handle

luxury and VIP travellers. They handle private trips for many of Hollywood’s stars who want a confidential private tour to Egypt without being recognised or having their tour interrupted by the media and the public. The company also work with professors in history, archeology and egyptology and their students, and offer special trips as a part of their studies. Other groups include spiritual and metaphysical groups from all over the world have come to Egypt through Vantage Travel. Coordinating with international and local chambers of commerce, Vantage has assisted many companies with their business travel and special events in Egypt. Pilgrimage tours to Jordan and the Holy Land is one the company’s specialties as well. Whether travellers seek a culture experience visiting the ancient Egyptian tombs and Temples in Giza, Luxor and Aswan, or have a beach holiday in Alexandria or the Red Sea resorts of Hurghada, Marsa Alam and Sharm El Sheikh, they will get detailed and clear information to plan their journey.

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Moreover, the company always offers the experience of having the local experience and have a home hosted dinner by a local Egyptian family. This allows the traveller to see the real culture and learn about the modern culture and traditions. With governments worldwide softening travel advisory to Egypt, the country is already seeing renewed interest and visitor numbers from around the globe. www.vantage-travels.net

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