What did you get up to at Easter? Check out the adventure that one of our team members had. You never know if not this year then perhaps next year you could experience an adventure like it too.
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Swimming with Whale Sharks in Ningaloo

Swimming with whale sharks – the world’s largest fish 

Mandy Brown tell us about her amazing experience.
Swimming with the whale sharks north of Perth, is what took us to Ningaloo on a last minute Easter adventure.
These incredible creatures are an additional draw card to the already beautiful Ningaloo coast – one of the world’s major breeding grounds for sea turtles and other wildlife.
While whale sharks are a shark species, not a whale, they are plankton eating so have no gruelling teeth, however they are the largest ocean fish and it is not uncommon for them to grow to more than 12 metres.  Read more
Quark Expeditions

World Journeys - have some hot offers on Quark Expeditions plus an introduction to a new Safari camp.

Antarctic Explorer
Antarctica: Suite Sale - Book by 30 June 2014 to save US$1,500 per person on Premium Cabins on any Antarctic itinerary this coming season.
Arctic Quest: Early Booking Bonus - Book by 15 May 2014 to save 25% on Premium Cabins, and 15% on Non-Premium Cabins. North Pole voyages, Northwest Passage voyages, triple and quad cabins are excluded.
NB Savings on the voyage only, and do not apply to land-based programs, adventure options, additional hotel accommodation, pre/post tours etc. Offers are not combinable.
If you are considering an African Safari then contact us about Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp. Wilderness Safaris are offering this new camp on Namibia’s dramatic and scenic Skeleton Coast this August. With rugged coast scenes, shipwrecks, sand dunes, dry river beds and ancient welwitschia plants adding to a wild and remote atmosphere. The camp consisting of 8 stylish en-suite tents overlooks a thriving waterhole, the main area comprises a lounge, bar area, dining room, library, fire pit, deck and pool. Wildlife in the region includes rare desert-adapted elephant and lion, Hartmann’s zebra, oryx, brown hyaena, and Cape fur seals.  
Launch Special NZ$700 er person per night includes all meals, beverages (local brands), safari activities, park fees, laundry, and a return scenic flight over the coast (for stays of 3 nights or more), valid for travel 01 Aug 2014–1 Jan 2015. Camp access flights are additional.  
Contact us for more details, rates and availability.
Fly Free and Voyage from Bangkok to Singapore


Burma & Southeast Asia
Contrast the ancient temples of Angkor Wat with the dynamic cities of Asia
Experience the greatest cities of Southeast Asia like never before with this extraordinary cruise featuring an exciting land tour and luxury hotel stays. 
Enjoy the benefits of small-ship cruising as Aegean Odyssey cruises the Saigon and Yangon rivers. Visit magnificent Angkor Wat, admire the golden Shwedagon in Burma and enjoy vibrant Bangkok and Singapore.
Fly Free* to Asia
Special offer - Book this amazing, enrichment-style cruise and stay package and you will enjoy FREE* return flights from Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch. * T&C's apply
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Abercrombie & Kent

Following the overwhelming popularity of their President's Journey to Egypt, A&K is announcing an encore departure to the land of the pharaohs. This fall journey is accompanied by A&K's in-house expert Rami Girgis, named one of Condé Nast Traveler's top travel specialists in the world, who planned this very special itinerary
Explore the inside of one of Egypt's legendary pyramids; attend a private reception hosted by the managing director of A&K Egypt, featuring experts with direct insight into the country's recent history; and glide along the Nile with a private Egyptologist on a four-night luxury cruise aboard the sumptuous Sanctuary 'Sun Boat IV.'  
Explore the Wonders of the World in Comfort and Style – Private Jet Journeys
A&K’s 2014 journeys sold out within weeks, and we are excited to announce an all-new season of private jet journeys for 2015, including another odyssey spanning nearly 5,000 miles of the African continent, a repeat voyage around the world and an exciting itinerary across Asia and Eastern Europe. 

Sail the Northwest Passage: From Greenland To The Bering Sea
“Set sail for 20 nights on an exclusive A&K charter of the all-balcony 'Le Boreal,' cruising above the Arctic Circle on one of the most stable and comfortable vessels plying the polar seas today.
Follow in the wake of great explorers like Amundsen and Robert McClure when you cruise from Western Greenland, across the Baffin Sea and into the heart of the fabled Northwest Passage.”
Book your voyage by October 31, 2014, and save $6,000 per cabin.
23 days | Aug 20-Sep 12, 2015 | From $24,995 (was $27,995)
Montreal | West Greenland | Nunavut | Northwest Territories
Yukon Territory | Little Diomede | Anadyr

Available now is a preview of A&K’s Luxury Small Group Journeys for 2015
Contact us for your copy and more information, rates and availability of the journeys mentioned above.

Kamalaya - Koh Samui

The “Embracing Change” program launching on April 1st, 2014 will be Kamalayas 12th program and the first in the Emotional Balance category (in addition to Detox, Stress & Burnout, Healthy Lifestyle and Yoga). This program has been designed to create a heightened focus on the heart, mind and body in order to facilitate an augmented state of emotional balance and wellbeing. 
A five night stay at Kamalaya with 5 night Embracing Change programme starts from NZ$2,400.
Kamalaya have also announced their forthcoming 2014 special offers for first time and repeat guests. 
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Celebrity Cruises

Celebrity cruises 2015/2016 Opening Season offer - Receive up to US$400 onboard credit!
Book by 31 May 2014 on Celebrity Cruises newly released 2015/2016 worldwide sailings and receive up to US$400 onboard credit!  Read more

Reward yourself this winter with a Celebrity Cruise - with up to US$1000 onboard credit. Simply book before 31 May 2014 on a Celebrity worldwide cruise departing July 2014 to March 2015.  Read more

Contact us for full details, rates and availability

The Team

Kerry Graham
Clinton Sangster
Shirley Watson
Sandra Barclay-Graham
Vicki Patterson

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The top 50 restaurants in the World - 2014
Noma back at No.1

1. Noma, Copenhagen, Denmark 
2. El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain 
3. Osteria Francescana, Modena, Italy 
4. Eleven Madison Park, New York, USA
5. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, London, UK
6. Mugaritz, San Sebastián, Spain 
7. D.O.M, Sao Paulo, Brazil 
8. Arzak, San Sebastian, Spain 
9. Alinea, Chicago, USA 
10. The Ledbury, London, UK
Click here for full list

Political Tours

Nicholas Wood, former Balkans New York Times correspondent has just returned from the Ukraine where he took a small group of four people, including one New Zealander.  They spent eight days with the leading Russian journalist, Konstantin Von Eggert and others, who provided an insight to Putin’s motivations. 
Kim Hill interviewed Nicholas Wood while in Kiev. Political Tours have just released proposed dates and itineraries for additional trips including Putin's Russia.  
Read more


The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron have a weekly newsletter that is full of great information and events. Click here to view the latest newsletter.  

If you are wanting a relaxing lunch or drinks overlooking the harbour then the Members Bar at the Squadron is a perfect place to go.  Alternatively if you are wanting a more formal dining experience then the Quarterdeck restaurant at the Squadron could be the answer.  
Contact us for your personal invitation.
Blog the Globe

Blog the Globe

Jane Jeffries, travel writer and journalist, has produced some great travel stories for us.  Her stories have also been published in the NZ Herald, Destinations Magazine, The Hobson and NZ Fishing News. Visit Blog the Globe and make sure you subscribe so you can follow Jane and her travels. 
James Bond Tour

Economy Skycouch™ now available for new routes

Air New Zealand has announced that their Economy Skycouch™ options have been expanded  to include:
Auckland – San Francisco and v/v on 777-300ER services from 10 July 2014
Auckland – Perth and v/v on 787-9 services from 15 October 2014
Auckland – Tokyo and v/v on 787-9 services from 14 November 2014
Auckland – Shanghai and v/v on 787-9 services from 30 November 2014.
Frasers - Kings Park Perth

Restaurant Recommendations 

Frasers Restaurant
Kings Park
Perth, Western Australia
(08) 9481 7100
The Old Brewery
173 Mounts Bay Road
Perth  Western Australia
(08) 9211 8999
Milly’s Place
Exmouth Escape Resort
Cnr Murat Rd & Welch St
Exmouth  Western Australia
(08) 9949 4040




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