This month has been really exciting with new partnerships and awards for us and great deals for you. 
The Private Travel Company
The Private Travel Company are delighted to announce its partnership with The Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron as their official supplier of leisure and corporate travel. As Corporate Members our team have already enjoyed watching the last day of Wednesday night racing for the season, meeting other members and the great team at the RNZYS.
Air NZ Sale

Winter Getaways

These two package deals on small luxury ships are definitely worth serious consideration, especially those of us who like being on the water.
Windspirit – Dreams of Tahiti: 9-Night Fly Cruise Stay Package $5,999pp   Read more 
Island Escape – Fly Free to Vanuatu: 5-Night cruise departing 3, 10, 17, 24 May 2014 from $3,250pp Read more 
T&C’s apply
Fly me around Botswana

World Journeys

World Journeys – incredible journeys to amazing destinations.
They also have some great savings on Galapagos Cruises in 2014 when booked by 15 April.
Or perhaps you are looking for a fantastic African experience with &Beyond. Stay at the newly rebuilt Sandibe at 20% off the normal high season rate - valid on stays 1 Jul to 31 Aug 2014. Or, experience Sandibe as part of an 8-day Fly around Botswana safari, with rates from $4,538pp including 5-star accom, all meals and drinks (excl premium brands), daily safari activities, laundry, park fees, and all inter-camp flights. T&C’s apply.

World Journeys highly recommend The Singular Patagonia as a wonderful base from which to explore Patagonia and Torres del Paine National Park. The hotel was recently named the Top Hotel in Chile and one of the Best Hotels in South America in Trip Advisor's Traveller Choice Awards. Rates start from $270 per person per night (share twin in a Superior Room).  T&C’s apply.
Contact us for information and brochures on these offers and more with World Journeys.

Abercrombie & Kent

Abercrombie and Kent have journeys over many wonderful destinations. 
A&K have some great savings on selected tours for 2014. From China’s awe-inspiring Great Wall and Terra Cotta Warriors to the timeless Ayeyarwady River in Myanmar, just a couple of their Asia journeys with great savings on offer.
For an example of the great savings to be had:-
China & The Yangtze
14 Days | From $6,245 (was $6,995)
Apr 10Apr 24May 1May 22May 29Jun 5Jul 24Aug 21Aug 28Sep 4Sep 11Sep 18Sep 25Oct 2Oct 9,Oct 23Oct 30
Experience China's past and present on this journey from the capital of Beijing, Xian with its Terra Cotta Warriors and Chengdu to the storied Yangtze River, which you explore on a three-night luxury cruise.
Or if you have been waiting for the right time to visit Italy or Spain this European Summer, A&K is offering savings of up to $1,800 per couple on their popular connections journeys to these amazing countries.

These journeys will fill quickly, so contact us today and book your journey. 
T&C’s apply

Sanctuaries for the Soul – Aman Resorts

With unique luxury resorts worldwide offering simple luxury in exceptional locations harmoniously blended with a unique environment. Giving you an enriching, enlightening and rewarding lifestyle experience.  Kerry at The Private Travel Company has travelled in Bhutan, staying in  Amankora lodges throughout the Kingdom where she cherished her experience. 
This May (22-31), Amankora guests have the opportunity to embark on a spiritual and physical journey through the country’s western and central valleys. Using the simple Buddhist technique of ‘mindfulness’, Mala Barua will guide guests on a nine-night kora (journey) aimed at embracing the inner silence reflected in Bhutan’s natural beauty and Buddhist teachings. The principles of mindfulness will help guests to experience the pristine environment, culture and spirituality of Bhutan in a more intimate and personal way, while staying in four of Amankora’s five lodges.
Click here for details.
For more information about these amazing resorts contact us


It’s not too early to book your 2015 cruise.  With a huge selection of cruise lines to chose from and many more destinations, let us assist you in finding the cruise that suits you.  Along with our CLIA Cruise Master, Sandra Barclay-Graham, the Team are very experienced at finding that perfect cruise. To secure the cruise and cabin of your choice contact us now and register your interest.
Holland America Line 2015 Europe Itineraries are now open for booking.   Click here to view 2015 schedule. 
Oceania Cruises have some great itineraries for the European Summer on offer with some fantastic cruises for foodies with their culinary schools.
Bhaya Cruises in Halong Bay – Kids travel for free! For every cabin booked by parents, one cabin is offered to their kids. 
Lindblad Expeditions – National Geographic This small luxury expedition cruise line offer truly amazing Top Of The Range expeditions to exotic locations around the world, with some fantastic New Itineraries for 2015!!!! 
Contact us for itineraries, information and rates for these cruise lines and more.


First Travel Group’s Golf Tournament

The Private Travel Company invite you to register your interest in attending the First Travel Group’s Inaugural Golf Tournament in Sanctuary Cove, Queensland, Australia.
The Tournament will be held 20 - 23 June 2014 at Sanctuary Cove in Queensland, Australia with 3 nights accommodation at the Intercontinental Sanctuary Cove, 2 rounds of Golf at 2 different courses in Sanctuary Cove, Breakfast, Cocktail Evening, Dinner Saturday and Sunday nights, also prize giving on the Sunday Evening. Fantastic travel prizes and more to be won.
Indicative Price Only:  $2,000pp inclusive of flights,   $1,500pp without flights
Once you have registered you are under no obligation and we will be in touch with further information.
Click here to register

The Private Travel Company have done it again!

The First Travel Group's AGM was held over the weekend in Queenstown, where it was announced that The Private Travel Company continues to be one of the Top Ten Travel Agents of the First Travel Group in New Zealand.  Thank you to our valued clients for your continued support.  We look forward to another year assisting you with the best personal, friendly and professional service.

New Sheraton Resort & Spa, Tokoriki Island
Opening 1 June 2014 this long awaited resort in Fiji offers varied accommodation, although it is very much targeted at the ‘Couple market’.  Children are permitted in some rooms with numbers restricted.  The popular ‘Flying Fish’ restaurant at the Denarau property is also on the island.  Transfers after check-in at Denarau can be by Helicopter or for the adventurous, Jetski! 
For more information and rates contact us.

Little Polynesia Resort - Stay 5 pay 4 in Paradise

For a great small resort in Rarotonga, the Little Polynesian Resort is the perfect place for a secluded getaway.  And if you book now until 31 May 2014 for travel until 31 March 2015 you can Stay 5 and pay 4, including daily cooked breakfast & complimentary return airport transfers.  T&C’s apply.
Contact us for more details and to book your island holiday.

Sneak Peek – South America Experience Tour 2014

Click here to take a look at the planned Tour Itinerary for South America 2014 (Sep/Oct).  Take in the best of what this remarkable continent has to offer and witness the World's Best take on the Pumas in their own backyard.  To register your interest contact us.  
James Bond Tour

James Bond Tour

For our Lotto winners or extreme James Bond lovers
21 day, seven country luxury tour complete with private jets, casino and speedboats in full James Bond style. The tour is priced at GBP490,100 or just under one million NZ dollars. You do get to visit London, Monte Carlo, Venice, Instanbul, India and Thailand, before ending your journey at the Goldeneye Estate in Jamaica, where Ian Flemming wrote some of the Bond novels.  To make your booking contact us.

Restaurant Recommendations from our favourite Travel Writer

Jane Jefferies has been in NY recently and here are a couple of eateries she has mentioned.
Hu Kitchen - 78 5th Avenue,
New York, NY 10011  USA  
Eataly - 200 5th Avenue, New York,
Read Janes blog for a review.

Jervious Steak House - Beacon St,
Lower Steps, Queenstown, NZ




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The Team

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

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