WOW, this month we have really packed it all in. Spreading the Earlybird news and the journeys that can be made. Sharing our golfing results, interesting cruise news and also some crazy news coming out of Bali. Great apps to try and incredible restaurants to put on your list when you're in Australia or Hawaii. And of course so much more.
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Start planning for 2016

The first of the Earlybird special fares for UK & Europe 2016 for all airlines have now come out with some excellent rates on offer.

A few of you will have travel plans on your mind for next year and may be ready to make some bookings. That's great, but even if you are just starting to think about 2016 make sure you let your travel advisor know, so they can keep you informed of airlines fares, also rates and availability for yacht hire, cruises and tours. Your personal travel advisor will make sure you get an exciting itinerary at the best value available.
Contact us for more information and to register your interest.


The First Travel Group & Air New Zealand International Corporate Golf Championship 

This Golf Championship was again held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland the first weekend of September.  The Private Travel Company entered two teams. Air New Zealand provided some fantastic prizes as did other sponsors, including QBE, Avis/Budget Group, Lifestyle Holidays and Peppers Clearwater Christchurch.

Although neither of our teams won the major prize, we did have a winner in the woman's team. Gae Spencer took away four prizes, individual ladies prize and longest drive in the first game and closest to the pin for the second game.  She was also included in the prize for the only all woman team.  A photo above shows Gae receiving one of her prizes from First Travel Group's General Manager, Malcolm MacLeod. Kerry Graham is shown teeing off with a Kangaroo audience, of which you can see closeup in another image. The putting green shown is in front of the Hope Island Golf Course. 

Thank you to Malcolm MacLeod and Keryn Ngare from First for another successful and enjoyable event and perfectly planned 3 days away.

If you are interested in joining us for next years Golf Championship just let us know and we can keep you informed of times and places when they come to hand.
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Cruise News

Cruise week opened the door to some amazing cruises of which a few have been extended. If you are interested in cruising in 2016 or 2017 make sure you contact your travel advisor and register your interest. 

Please be aware many cruises, especially those like Seabourn, Silversea and Regent, already have limited availability for next 2016 Northern Hemisphere summer. The earlier the booking the more choice of cabin categories and cruise departures you will have.

Also of note would be any Canal boating or Yacht rentals for Europe 2016, these are best booked in advance to make sure you aren't disappointed. In some cases you may find some availability closer to your departure date, but in most cases these are on the less desirable older boats and yachts. 

Hurtigruten's incredible pledge to it's passengers wanting to experience the Northern lights this season.

"Hurtigruten’s ships sail along the Norwegian coast, away from the effects of urban light pollution and directly beneath the Aurora Oval (the epicenter of Northern Lights activity)."
"Hurtigruten are so confident they offer the best way to experience the Aurora Borealis, that all new bookings for their 12 day ‘Classic Round Voyage’ departing between October 2015 and March 2016 inclusive will be eligible; regardless of how far in advance they are booked, to the following:-
If the lights don’t appear during their voyage, guests will be given the choice of a FREE* 7 day Classic Voyage North (Bergen to Kirkenes), or 6 day Classic Voyage South (Kirkenes to Bergen) in an inside twin cabin (voyage-only, B&B basis), departing between October 2016 and March 2017 inclusive."


"An exciting announcement from Silversea - in November 2017, Silver Cloud will join their luxury expedition fleet as an ice-class ship destined mostly for polar waters, as well as select non-polar destinations.
She will have the highest space ratio and highest staff-to-guest ratio among luxury ice-class expedition ships, not to mention that on average there will be one Expedition team member guiding no more than 12 guests each."

Having another luxury small ship heading into the expedition arena is fantastic news for well-travelled cruisers who are looking for something more adventurous, but enjoy the comforts these ships provide.

Oceania Cruises 

What's it like cruising onboard a luxurious ship?
Curious Traveler is an Emmy-award-nominated program, which is spotlighting Oceania Cruises in a series of exciting webisodes.  Host Christine van Blokland, a premier travel journalist and arts and culture enthusiast, takes you behind the scenes for a closer look at life on-board Oceania Cruises ships. Click here for the link to the webisodes and make sure you check for updates as Christine will be posting until 2nd October.

Contact us for more cruise information and rates.


This luxury expediation cruise is coming back to New Zealand this summer. Click here to read more about Ponant's Australasian cruises.
Our team visited Ponant's L'Austral when she visited for the first time in New Zealand last summer and were hugely impressed. Ponant are launching their 2017 brochure at a function in Auckland on 28th October at 6pm where you will be able to hear first hand about the experiences available with Ponant. Please register your interest with us by email

 Renting Travel Gear

Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes and Motorbikes
From next month mountain bikes will be available as an extra for Thrifty customers hiring a 4WD vehicle. Depending on your destination renting bikes, whether road, mountain bikes or motorbikes can be arranged in advance for rental while you are travelling.
Travelling with your camera gear can be cumbersome, but in Africa where you really want to have the best gear the problem is sorted.  All your camera gear is available to rent when you get there.  You just need to advise us as to your camera requirements from the model to the accessories and they will be there.
Golf Clubs
These can be easily arranged as well, with top of the range gear available for you to pick up at your airport of choice in many countries around the world through Clubs to hire.

World Journeys

Journeys for 2016 - Guaranteed small hosted tours

World Journeys have exciting itineraries for 2016, including four new itineraries:-

Highlights of South America â€“ 20 days
Castro’s Cuba - 15 days
Vietnam & Cambodia - 18 days
Ethiopia & Sudan â€“ 19 days

Click here for flyer and Contact us for more information about these great journeys and more.

Spark UK Roaming

Spark has launched a new roaming pack for Kiwis travelling to the UK. Spark pay monthly customers can now get 100 incoming and outgoing minutes, 100 texts and 500mb of data over the month for $49. It can be bought through Spark App or online at


Christmas in the UK?

Escapism with Dream Escape

Christmas in England's capital this year?  

What a magical place to be at Christmas; indulge in a stay at Claridges and be rewarded with horse-drawn carriage rides; Christmas Day carols and Christmas Eve Family storytelling.
Kids will love Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, Selfridges & Hamleys window displays, Santa's Grotto at Harrods and feeding reindeer in Covent Garden! Also, a theatre visit to see A Christmas Carol is something the whole family will enjoy.
Maybe Scotland is on your Christmas list?

Dream Escape recommend you sleep in the heart of the city at the timeless Caledonian Waldorf Hotel to indulge in their Christmas Day festivities. Stay on for their spectacular Hogmanay Ball – a truly Scottish event within peeping distance of Edinburgh Castle’s midnight fireworks.
Other festive attractions in the city include a Christmas market, Santa Land and The Big Wheel. Alternatively, escape as a family to one of our exceptional private properties or recommended five star hotels in The Highlands, and enjoy distillery tours, clay pigeon shooting, falconry, and private firework displays.

Ireland is “to be sure” on your bucket list?

Thanks to its roaring log fires and festive atmosphere, The Merrion in Dublin is a gorgeous hotel for festive family Christmasses. It’s a great base for enjoying Dublin’s Christmas festivities too – pantomimes, ice-skating and concerts, or last minute late-night shopping along Grafton Street. If the quiet of the countryside beckons, stay in one of Dream Escapes family orientated private properties or exclusive hotels, and wake up to horse rides, wild walks and loch cruises.
Contact us and we can design an itinerary with any of Dream Escapes experiences.

Bali Morality Law Change

Bali lawmakers are in the process of revising their morality laws and one under serious consideration is the outlawing of co-habitation of unmarried couples and the ban on the open sale of condoms and contraceptives.  There are concerns that this would lead to raids on hotels and actively targeting tourists. Punishment for the crime of unmarried co-habitation would be one year in prison and adultery would carry a 9 month to 5 year sentence.  "Critics in Bali fear such state interference in moral issues would drive tourists away." Click here to read more about this issue.

Travel Apps

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


There doesn't seem to be anything that Gateguru can't tell you about your travel details. Once your flights are added it opens up windows of information and details about your flight, airports, gates, journeys, accommodation and even statistics of your travels.
Read more about Gateguru. 


the fork

Another food app, we know what your thinking, but thefork puts at your disposal more than 20,000 restaurants available at any time, at the best price, in France, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and in other countries soon. With more than 3 millions reliable reviews to guide you, you will definitely find the perfect restaurant. And when you book with thefork, you can also benefit from a discount of up to 50% off the check in participating restaurants.
Read more about the fork 

Restaurant Recommendations

Recently endorsed by one of our team or clients. If you have a restaurant you want to share from your travels please let us know.

Restaurant Botanica

Spicers Vineyard Estate
555 Hermitage Rd,
NSW 2320

1300 192 868

Restaurant Botanica and Spicers Website


Morimoto Restaurant

The Modern Honolulu
1775 Ala Moana Blvd,
HI 96815

Morimoto Restaurant Website

Orchids at Halekulani

2199 Kalia Rd,
HI 96815,

Orchids Website

Doraku Wakiki

Royal Hawaiian Center
2233 Kalakaua Avenue
Suite 304,
HI 96815


Doraku Website
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