This month we have 2014 travel, with #earlybird specials, award winning resorts, some different cruising ideas, summer specials, along with travel news. We're jammed packed with information for everyone.
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Earlybird Fares - UK/Europe 2014 

Most Airlines have released their Earlybird UK/Europe 2014 fares, with savings in economy, premium economy and business class. 
Contact us now to secure the dates and flights you want. Let us help you plan and put together a great itinerary.    

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White Rhino


2014 Tours

To help plan your 2014 itineraries we have newly released 2014 rates  and brochures available for most tour companies including:
Abercrombie & Kent - Exotic Islands and Lost Cities: Latin America 2014 Journeys

Ireland Manor House Hotels  -  Stay at some amazing Manor houses and Castles in Ireland.  Adventure Tourism in Ireland is taking off at present with some incredible destinations and accommodations available.  While you are in Ireland visit the Titanic Belfast Experience.

&Beyond  have released their 2014 rates for the Black and White Rhino Notching activity at &Beyond's Phinda Private Game Reserve.
Innovative  - Croisi Europe  - Small Barge Cruises in France information 2014.

World Journeys -  Small Croup Escorted Journeys 2014 – Book early and save - Deposit by 1 Nov 2013 save $400 per couple or $200 pp. and if you have been booked on a World Journeys tour before you can save an additional $400 per couple or $200 pp.

Bookings for Canal boating, Sailing and Cruises are best booked well in advance to secure the boats you want at the time that suits your travel plans.
For more information and brochures on these products and more please contact us.
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Singita Serengeti House



Seabourn  -  Antarctica Suite Sale with complimentary Veranda upgrades on select sailings, $USD1,000 per suite shipboard credit on select sailings.  Sail on Seabourn Quest’s Inaugural Antarctica Sailing departing 20 November 2013.  Contact us now and secure your suite.

There is still time to book a Caribbean Cruise with Seabourn Oct 2013 to Jan 2014 with exceptional rates
Seabourn has announced the release of a new Seabourn Extended Explorations program. These specially crafted Extended Explorations, are a novel way for travellers to enjoy longer cruises with the added luxury of a wide range of choices regarding where and when they sail. The new, combined itineraries allow guests to explore more extensive regions of the globe in depth, during voyages from 28 days up to 116 days.

American Fall Cruises 2014 with American Cruise Lines - Fall Foliage Collections  - Sept – Nov 2014.  

Sea Dream  -  Asia/Pac & Nth Aussie Voyages – Summer specials 

Silverseas  - Silver Discoverer from 1st March 2014 sets sail to the most remote corners of the Asia-Pacific. Enjoy an amazing journey on this luxury expedition ship.  

For more information, rates and brochures contact us.

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Vietnam  - The Nam Hai Hoi An has been named one of the ‘World’s Best’ by the world’s highest circulating travel magazine, Travel & Leisure.  Readers rated the resort 4th among the Top 10 Hotel Spas and 12th on the Best Resorts in Asia. Our very own Kerry Graham stayed at this resort with her family in 2012 and loved it. Sharing this with many of her clients.  Kerry has travelled to Vietnam twice and would love to plan a trip for you.
We have recommended this hotel in Paris before and now they have been awarded ‘Best Boutique Hotel Worldwide’ by Luxury Travel Advisor Award of Excellence. Hotel Espirit Saint Germaine.  The hotel offers a great service and specials.  Contact us for some great rates. 
More Awards for Huka Lodge. UK’s Conde Naste Traveller Readers’ Travel Awards 2013 awarded Huka Lodge ‘Favourite Overseas Holiday Hotel in Australasia and the Pacific’.  Switzerland’s BILANZ magazine’s 100 Best Holiday Hotels in the World named Huka Lodge No. 1 in the world.  Congratulations Huka Lodge and Huka Retreats.

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Muse Restaurant - Hunter Valley


Christmas and Summer Getaways

There is still time to book a getaway for the summer break and Christmas.  Here are just some of the destinations on offer.

Cook Islands  -  Little Polynesia Resort – Stay 3 nights for the price of 2 plus more for travel between 1 Nov 2013 and 31 March 2014. 

Summer breaks in Rarotonga – Flying Air New Zealand

Fiji  -  Toberua Island – Rent the entire Island: 30 friends, 15 Bures, 1 Island, 1 Bar ALL YOURS  AUD$6000 per night  valid between 1 November 2013 – 31 March 2014.

Fiji  -  Castaway ‘February Feast’  

London - The Ritz, London -  Open to every Thomas, Richard & Harold – Stay 3 nights pay 2, stay 4 nights pay 3 and stay 7 nights pay 5 Until 30/4/14

Ireland - Adams & Butler and Demesne Boutique Hotel offer the perfect Christmas package for your family.  An all-inclusive 3 night package from Christmas Eve to 26th December.  Imagine a winter Christmas in Ireland staying in the most lavish Regency Mansion 5 star country house hotel.  With only 15 bedrooms  and 600 acres of estate, what an ideal place for a special celebration. 

If you have decided to get away for Christmas or the summer let us find somewhere for you to escape to.

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Restaurant recommendations

Federal Delicatessen - 84 Federal St ,Auckland City  P:  09 363 7184  

Wilder and Hunt - 15 Maskell Street, St Heliers, Auckland  P: 021 270 5151   

Travel News

STOP PRESS –  Due to the USA Government lockdown access to the online service is intermittent for Visa applications. Please do not leave your application until the last minute.

Effective from 1 Sept 2013 all visa fees for Australia have increased by $20.

There could be relief soon for NZ Passport holders disadvantaged by having to renew their passports prematurely to meet 6 monthly validity rules for some countries.  Plans are underway so that any months lost as a result of having to meet conditions of the country visiting can be credited to the new passport.  We will keep you updated.

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A new Phone App is now available for people with allergies travelling overseas.  Allergy FT Food Translator allows users to create a personal profile for themselves listing one or more of the 62 different allergies.  Costing $US2.99 the app allows the user to translate their allergy into a written warning in French, German or Spanish.

Flying Nannies

Etihad have launched their Flying Nannies in- flight service on board their long haul flights. By the end of this year there will be 500 Flying Nannies.

Northern Lights

The Northern Hemisphere Winter 2014 is predicted to be the best for viewing the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in over a decade.  This is governed by a solar cycle of 11 years and maximum solar activity which is occurring at present and reaches a ‘solar flip’ for spectacular sightings. We have a great tour operator who specialises in the 50 degree North region whose staff are all from Scandinavia and have a vast knowledge of this region.

Design in Copenhagen

Corporate Culture in Parnell Auckland provides exceptional designer furniture most of it which comes from Denmark.  Christine Powley from Corporate Culture kindly supplied information from her more recent visit to Copenhagen along with a list of their partner showrooms in Denmark, her favourite designer hotels and places you must visit.  Read more

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