We have a review of Mandy's cruise from Athens to Istanbul on-board Seabourn Odyssey. Some great adventures with Adventure World and World Journeys.  Wanting a short break in New Zealand, Fiji or Cambodia then we have resorts with some great offers and more.
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'Seabourn Cruise 
Athens to Istanbul

By Mandy Brown

For seven fabulous days we cruised on Seabourn Odyssey around the Greek Islands, skimming the edge of Turkey, up through the Dardanelles and finishing at one of the most beautiful cities, Istanbul.

This cruise was our second, having cruised the Caribbean with Seabourn on-board Odyssey’s sister ship, Sojourn.  As cruise ships go Seabourn is a great fit for us, which is one of the keys to finding the perfect cruise ship for anyone.  Seabourn's crew make you feel like you are part of their family right up to the Captain.  The luxury of course is a drawcard and the fact that there can only be a max of 450 passengers on-board ticks our box. Read more.....


Adventure World

Air New Zealand will be flying direct to Buenos Aires soon and Adventure World have a great itinerary for South America.
Latin Rendezvous with
World Journeys

If skiing is your passion then Adventure World have a fantastic itinerary of skiing in the Canadian Rockies.
If the Aurora Borealis is on your list of things you must see then let Adventure World take you there with their journey.
 Northwest Territories Aurora Borealis
Contact us for more information on these great adventures and more with Adventure World.

Song Saa Private Island Resort

If you have been reading these newsletters for some time you will remember Song Saa being mentioned often along with a story about a recent visit to the island resort earlier this year.  Song Saa have on offer a "Stay four nights and pay three".  The offer is valid until 31st December 2015 and T's and C's apply. For those who don't know of Song Saa then make sure you read the review on our website. Click here to view.

Flights to London

Emirates have announced that from 1 January 2016 all of its eight daily flights into London will be serviced by the airlines highly popular A380's.  "Emirates offers New Zealand's only year-round, scheduled A380 services, and is the only airline offering A380 service all the way from Auckland to London, Manchester, Paris, Madrid, Munich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Rome, Milan, Barcelona, Amsterdam and Zurich."

World Journeys

We want you to see the year out in style and what better way to do this than with one of World Journeys small group hosted journeys.
From the colours of India and the spice gardens of Sri Lanka. From the autumn golden foliage display of Japan to the wildlife of Africa. From cruising on-board luxury ships to camping out in Botswana. The Private Travel Company and World Journeys can design a great itinerary for you to have an experience you've only dreamed of. Click here for flyer and Contact us for more information and these great journeys and more.

Discover the southern states from Houston

Fly with Air New Zealand direct to Houston and from there visit the southern states on-board a river boat cruise on the mighty Mississippi.


Short break indulgence at
Kauri Cliffs &
Cape Kidnappers

"Indulge in a short break away to Kauri Cliffs or Cape Kidnappers this August and September with their three night Short Break Offer. This package represents savings of over 30% for travel this winter and early spring, a perfect reward as we come to the end of the cooler months!"

Short Break Offer NZ$1,550.00 + 15% Govt. Goods & Services Tax per person, based on double or twin occupancy

"Your short break will include three nights’ accommodation in a luxurious suite, daily pre-dinner drinks and canapés, dinner, full breakfast, complimentary non-alcoholic mini-bar and use of lodge facilities excluding golf and spa treatments. Offer is available for new bookings only, subject to availability and valid for accommodation up to 30 September 2015."
Contact us for more details and booking.

Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa "Waitui Beach Club"

The newly opened Adults Only Beach Club at Sofitel Fiji has been well received and "looks pretty amazing". When you book the Luxury Beach Club Access Rooms have access to the Waitui Beach Club each day (available for those 16 years and over).
"Waitui Beach Club” is the newest addition to the facilities at Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa. With a daytime focus on personalised butler service, healthy eating, fitness and wellness. At sunset the mood and lighting will change to a more vibrant, party atmosphere where guests can enjoy a range of food and beverage offerings, sharing platters, tapas sundowner cocktails and regular live entertainment."

Contact us for more information on the list of benefits and amenities that are included, also bookings for this exclusive resort.

The Matterhorn

150th Anniversary of the first ascent

Travelling in Switzerland is an incredible experience.  The scenery is beautiful and getting round the country to see it all is very easy with the Swiss Rail system.  Hiking the countryside, hills and mountains is extremely popular. Our favourite Travel Writer, Jane Jeffries from Blog the Globe visited Switzerland recently, hosted by Swiss Tourism. She has written a few pieces about her travels there, but her most recent article is very thought provoking and close to her heart it is about this years 150th Anniversary of the first ascent of the Matterhorn. We are sure you will be inspired to visited this majestic mountain, especially after reading Jane's story.  Read more.

Travel Apps

This month we have two apps to share. One to help you find the highest peak, which when you really look at the app you will see how useful it can be. The other app is for everyone and a winner while travelling, especially if you are a foodie or even if you are looking for a certain dish to try.

If you have any travel apps or apps that you think are useful when you travel please share them with us.

Peakfinder Earth

If you enjoy mountain climbing or even just wondering what the hill or mountain is you can see when you are travelling then Peakfinder Earth is the app you need. Peakfinder Earth can function offline and worldwide with a 360° panorama display. With a NZD4.99 price for the quality of information I think that this is pretty good value.

Read more about Peakfinder Earth. 


Want to know where you can get a certain dish to eat? Or you have eaten an amazing meal and want to recommend a specific dish and restaurant? "Foodspotting is a visual guide to good food and where to find it anywhere in the world. Foodspotting also answers questions like... Where can I find the best..?  What's good here? What does it look like? Check out the Foodspotting site to see more information or check out the app on your smart phone.

Read more about Foodspotting. 


Restaurant Recommendations


18 Buckingham Street

New Zealand

P: +64 3 442 0131


Saffron is a family affair with amazing food prepared in the kitchen by Pete and the diners well cared for by Mel and her team in the dining room.
Enjoy a pre-dinner drink at The Blue Door and then when your table is ready pop across the alley to Saffron to enjoy an incredible meal.


The Blue Door

18 Buckingham Street

New Zealand

The Blue Door Website

Also owned by Pete and Mel from Saffron, situated across the alley is The Blue Door a wonderful place to meet friends and enjoy a drink by the fireplace either before or after dinner.  Alternately you can order from Agave the restaurant mentioned below and have pizza's or mexican food brought to you.

A must do experience for everyone who ventures to Arrowtown.



18 Buckingham Street

New Zealand

Agave Website

If you are looking for something a bit more casual then Pete and Mel have you catered for as well. Agave is a mexican restaurant, which offers some excellent mexican foods with great flavours.  And to keep everyone happy they have also kept making their amazing pizzas.

When preparing to travel
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