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6 water activities you should try in New Zealand!

Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, New Zealand is blessed with 15,000km of stunning coastline. You may be thinking these vast beaches could provide you with all the water sports in New Zealand anyone could want - and you'd be right. However, hidden treasures lie within the landscape in the form New Zealand's 3,820 spectacular lakes. All this makes for one huge playground for any w..

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Aussie Wildlife You Won’t Want To Miss!

When it comes to wildlife tours, Australia really is the best place to be, with over 378 types of mammals, 828 types of bird, 4,000 types of fish, 300 types of lizards, 140 types of snake and many more calling the land their home. A lot of animals found in Australia are unique to its land, in fact it’s more than 80 per cent, making most encounters once-in-a-lifetime. So, before you travel down und..

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A Quick History of New Zealand’s Maori Culture and Rugby Alliance

On many escorted tours in New Zealand, you’re likely to encounter the cultural influences and traditions of the Maori people. Whether that’s through artwork, guided tours that tell the legacies of the land, or even through sport… Maori culture is highly valued in New Zealand, as is rugby. Interestingly, the two are united in New Zealand, creating Maori Rugby – a version of the sport which renowned..

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Tom McDonald Cellar at Church Road Winery, Taradale, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand.

Top 10 souvenirs to bring home from New Zealand

So you’ve travelled across the world to experience New Zealand, you’ve voyaged on tours to some of the country’s most beautiful sites. Now it’s only natural to want to bring a little bit of New Zealand home with you, a souvenir or two to remember your trip by. Well, when it comes to deciding what souvenirs to buy in New Zealand, you have a great choice. But if you’d like to find something a little..

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Custom restrictions in Australia: what you need to know

Planning a trip down under? Well, get ready for the low down on what you should put down and leave behind, before you get to the airport and in duty free. Border Security Australia works both ways. It’s just as important to know what you can take with you, as well as bring back to the UK. So, to make sure your trip of a lifetime isn’t dampened by a disappointing encounter with customs in Australia..

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Take a dip in Rotorua’s incredible thermal pools and hot springs

If you’re planning on visiting New Zealand, you need to experience its unique geothermal lands. And the best way to do this is to ensure Rotorua is on your itinerary. Rotorua’s thermal pools and hot springs attract visitors from all over the world wanting to enjoy a relaxing dip in the natural warm baths. Even if your guided tour of New Zealand is during the country’s cooler months, Rotorua’s hot..

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How to do The Great Barrier Reef in a day

Ah The Great Barrier Reef, a natural wonder unlike any other and a must-see destination if you’re visiting Australia. But what if you only have a day free to visit The Great Barrier Reef and discover all of its magical marine land and enchanting coral reefs? Well, fear not, because you can in fact experience everything The Great Barrier Reef has to offer in day. Here’s how… (more…)..

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Top 5 free things to do in Auckland

From discovering magnificent volcanoes and stunning sandy beaches, to acquainting yourself with the region’s fascinating culture and learning about its rich history, there are so many things to do for free in Auckland. As we’re experts when it comes to discovering the highlights of New Zealand, we’re here to recommend our top five favourite free activities in Auckland. Take a look… (more…)..

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Suitcase essentials for your tour of Australia

Your long-awaited holiday is on the horizon. Soon, you’ll be at the other side of the world, exploring some of the most amazing destinations Australia has to offer. But, before you embark on your next tour to Australia, you first need to pack for your trip. To make sure you don’t leave anything you might need behind, we suggest you create a holiday packing list which covers all your travel essenti..

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Moeraki Boulders New Zealand

Moeraki Boulders – a natural phenomenon with a mysterious legend

New Zealand has many fascinating legends to offer, all of which only make a holiday to the great country even more enchanting. As well as being one of the top landscapes in New Zealand, perhaps one of the country’s most intriguing tales is the Moeraki Boulders legend. Known to some as the Stonehenge of New Zealand, giant spherical stones that stand up to two metres high and weigh several tonnes, c..

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