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Cruising in Halong Bay

Cruise Halong Bay, Vietnam on board Au Co Bhaya Cruises Luxury Ship

Did you know that Halong Bay covers more than 1500 km2?  Visitors to the area commonly take a day or overnight cruise, but with hundreds of boats in the area focusing on the same thing the experience can be a bit overwhelming.  To really experience one of the most beautiful bays in the world you need to travel in deep, visiting the most secluded areas of the bay making for a more exclusive cruise.   Read more and view more images here




Poronui – Mandy talks about her stay in April

Poronui is not only a luxury wilderness lodge providing the world’s finest fishing and hunting, but a retreat for everyone to escape to.  Kerry and her husband spent 4 days and my husband and I spent 2 days recently enjoying Poronui’s activities.  Situated in the Taharua Valley at the end of Taharua Road, which is 25kms along State Highway 5 from Taupo heading towards Napier. We arrived at the Lodge in the afternoon and all was fairly quiet.  We were greeted by Eve, Lodge Manager of Poronui, who makes you feel like one of the family as soon as you arrive.   Read more


Royal Caribbean International – Quantum-class ships

We usually recommend smaller ships, but this was so BIG we had to share it. Royal Caribbean International will debut the first of its next generation Quantum-class vessels in 2014 with ‘Quantum of the Seas’.  Sailing out from her homeport of Cape Liberty, New York Harbour on 7 to 12 night itineraries.  Quantum-class ships with be a big game change offering Skydiving experience; a capsule ride hundreds of feet above the sea; the largest indoor sports and entertainment complex at sea.  Every stateroom on Quantum of the Seas will have a view with the introduction of the industry’s first virtual balconies.  Click here to view what the ship will look like inside with a virtual tour.  Contact us for more information and itineraries.

Cruise Tahiti & Her Islands with Princess Cruises

13 night cruise holiday from $4,069pp
Sales:  until 30 Sep 2013
Travel: Selected departures 29 Nov 2013 – 19 Feb 2014
Visit Huahine, Rangiroa, Raiatea, Bora Bora & Moorea
Includes up to US$85 on board credit per stateroom – see flyer for details
Includes 2 nights pre and 1 night post cruise accommodation in Papeete
Contact us for full details and conditions.

Cruise Europe’s Canals & Rivers at great savings with Abercrombie & Kent.

Save $1,000 per Cabin.  Cruising the Canals & Rivers is an amazing experience.  Whether just as a couple, with a group of friends or with family it is a great way to enjoy the countryside and really take the time to get to know a country and its culture. Contact us for full details, conditions and a list of routes you can take.


The Singapore Airlines mobile App!

Singapore Airlines have launched their new mobile website ( as well as new iPhone and Android Apps.
Download the free mobile App on your phone now by searching Singapore Airlines at Google Play (Android) or App Store (iPhone).

APEC Card Holders:

Canada and the United States are currently transitional members of the APEC scheme. Holders of APEC card holders can therefore use the 'fast-track' immigration lanes (currently designated for air-crew) at major international USA & Canadian airports. Please note however that APEC card holders will still need to present valid passport, visa (if required) or ESTA. Should a visa be required priority interview scheduling will be provided to APEC card holders at United States Consulates.


Congratulations to Simon Wright & Creghan Molloy from
The French Café the 2013 Metro Emirates Restaurant of the year.

SUPREME WINNER:   The French Café
BEST FINE DINING:   The French Café
BEST SMART DINING:  O’Connell Street Bistro
BEST CASUAL BISTRO:   Depot Eatery & Oyster Bar
BEST CHEF:    Simon Wright (The French Café)
BEST SERVICE:   The French Café
BEST RURAL:    Te Whau
BEST ASIAN:   Cocoro
BEST SHORT DRINKS LIST:   Ponsonby Road Bistro
PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR:    Ganesh Raj (The Tasting Shed)

World's 10 Top Restaurants 2013.

1. El Celler de Can Roca - Girona, Spain
2. Noma - Copenhagen, Denmark
3. Osteria Francescana - Modena, Italy
4. Mugaritz - San Sebastian, Spain
5. Eleven Madison Park - New York, US
6. D.O.M. - Sao Paulo, Brazil
7. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal - London
8. Arzak - San Sebastian, Spain
9. Steirereck - Vienna, Austria
10. Vendome - Bergisch Gladbach, Germany
Hawaiian Airlines

Hawaiian Family Breaks with Hawaiian Airlines
With free flights to outer Islands if booked by 17 May 2013
For full information
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World Journeys Galapagos Cruise

Galapago Islands: MV Santa Cruz with World Journeys
5 days, from
$2,910 pp
Fly Free from the mainland Equardor to the Galapagos Islands (return) values at around $535pp
Conditions apply.  Read More. 
Contact us for full details


See Andrea Bocelli in Tuscany with Hotel Castello di Casole

Bocelli will be performing near his home town at Teatro del Silenzio in the Tuscan countryside on July 13th, and Hotel Castello di Casole is offering VIP access to the concert and VIP Treatment.  For full details contact us.
Southern Ocean Lodge

Southern Ocean Lodge, Kangaroo Island - Save 50%

To celebrate the launch of this exciting new portfolio, Abercrombie & Kent is offering savings of 50% at the exclusive and award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge on Kangaroo Island. Enjoy savings of up to $1,800 per couple, per night, exclusively available to Abercrombie & Kent. Contact us to find out more.
Golfing in Vietnam
Vietnam the "Undiscovered Golf Destination of the Year" 
Let us personalise a package for you to visit Vietnam and include golfing in some world-class golf courses. Read more


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