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5 Exciting ways to discover Maori culture and traditions

On your trip to New Zealand, you may want to know the best places to experience the Maori culture. The country’s unique and remarkable history is still very present within today’s culture, with traditions from the Maori people still being passed down through generations. A tour in New Zealand will likely guide you through some fascinating Maori areas, where you will be able to discover their uniqu..

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New Zealand’s five Super Rugby teams

Rugby is the national sport in New Zealand, and you’re bound to come across a game when you visit the Land of the Long White Cloud. There is a traditional connection in New Zealand between rugby and the Maori people, you’ll already be familiar with the Haka, as performed by the All Blacks and the passionate nature of the Kiwi supporters. The top five New Zealand rugby teams take part in Super Rugb..

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barossa valley winery

Discover Barossa Valley – a Wine Lover’s Paradise

The Australians undoubtedly excel in the production of fine wine. So if you’re a true wine connoisseur, a visit to Barossa Valley (Australia’s Wine Country) could be the perfect way to spend a day on your amazing trip down under. (more…)..

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combined tour of australia and new zealand

5 powerful reasons to choose a combined tour to Australia and New Zealand

If you want to experience the very best of Australia and New Zealand but just don’t know which country to visit first, we have the perfect solution….   It’s no surprise to us that you’re finding it hard to pick between Australia and New Zealand, many do. Which is why we’d always recommend a touring holiday that combines the best of both of these fantastic countries. And here are five powerful..

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the ghan rail australia

10 things you didn’t know about The Ghan

The Ghan is a world-famous train, which travels a legendary route through the heart of Australia. The wonderful views are ever changing, made even better by being seen from the comfort of your cabin. Read on to learn more about the Ghan in these 10 fascinating facts about The Ghan: It was one of the biggest feats of engineering in history, costing over £500,000 million in today’s money.   The..

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table mountain national park

Our 5 favourite things to do at Table Mountain

The famous Table Mountain is one of South Africa’s finest attractions; in fact it’s one of the top 10 things to do in Cape Town. So if you’ll be embarking on a spectacular tour of South Africa in the coming months, we thought we’d help you make the most of your trip by recommending five of our favourite things to do during a visit to Table Mountain National Park: (more…)..

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reasons to visit new zealand

Four fantastic reasons to holiday in New Zealand

Why visit New Zealand? It’s a question that has a hundred answers thanks to its fascinating culture and traditions, and breath-taking natural beauty. For the locals who live in New Zealand and for its many visitors, it’s simply a paradise that you can never become tired of. No matter how many times you holiday here, you’ll leave with even more reasons to visit New Zealand again in the future. If y..

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sydney bridge at dusk

Our top viewpoints for stunning sunsets in Australia

The sunsets in Australia are a truly remarkable sight thanks to the country’s majestic landscapes complementing the falling sun. And with so many stunning sights and landmarks to discover on a tour of Australia, you will be spoilt for choice. In fact, each night you will be able to find a new special spot to witness all of the finest sunsets Australia has to offer. But if you happen to be venturin..

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maori culture in new zealand

Top Maori words to learn for your holiday to New Zealand

When it comes to visiting New Zealand, one thing which we believe makes a truly unforgettable tour, is being able to experience the culture in the most authentic way possible. With the Maori language becoming more popular, one way which you can do this is by interacting with locals in their traditional language. Currently, just over a fifth of New Zealanders can speak Maori, however with more scho..

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flying long haul tips

5 ways to make the most of a long haul flight

When you book your tour of Australia or New Zealand, you’ll need to prepare for a long haul flight. It can be a chance to enjoy the inflight entertainment or catch up on some sleep. But if you’re flying long haul for the first time, or haven’t had great experiences previously, we’ve put together five tips to help you make the most of your flight. (more…)..

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  • The organisation and communication were first class. The flexibility in travelling to the destination was impressive and the hotels where we stayed  in were all of a good standard. Our Coach was driven by Ken, who was a character and nothing was too much for him.

    Mr & Mrs Hall, Magnificent New Zealand
  • We both enjoyed the Magnificent New Zealand holiday immensely. The Coach Driver/Tour Guide was excellent and the hotels were really comfortable. The holiday was extremely good value and I would recommend it to anyone waning to taste the Antipodean holiday experience.

    Mr & Mrs Kell, Magnificent New Zealand
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