Monday, 26 October 2009

Bonjour and welcome to New Zealand


John Crook

Bonjour and welcome to New Zealand

Little wonder that Wolfgang and Olivia have settled on Arrowtown as their home away from home'.  In that quaint village the couple has, with their equally French-style staff, introduced the flavours of France to the local Kiwi's and visitors from across the puddle.   What to do?  Apart from going French all the way, there is  plenty of shopping at smart boutiques and galleries, to checking the history since the days of the 1862 gold rush, or opting for plenty of good walking opportunities and, without snakes. A wonderful stopping off point, prior to taking on the capital of the South,  Queenstown.   If heading towards New Zealand, do not miss Arrowtown, - a must!  Click onto

Cruise to the Tattoo

In August of 2010 there's a brilliant cruise offering a 14-night fly, cruise and stay package which does include, amongst many highlights, an option to visit the Edinburgh Millitary Tattoo.  The package includes 12-nights aboard Crown Princess, a night pre-cruise in London, a free Singapore stopover on the way home, plus Le Havre for Paris and Normandy.  Departure from Southampton is August 10.  Keep your eyes out for the Loch Ness monster.

Reduced prices start from a low  $6049 per person, twin share. Get the facts by ringing 1300 369 848.

This one attracts attention

Book two of the luxury 'explora' lodges on Easter Island, or Atacama in Chile for next year and receive a free one-night stay at Casa Porta Estate in Santiago.  The inclusion comes with an open bar, airport transfers, a winery tour and tastings.  The four day package  is priced from $2575 so make a move and check on what is included.  Not too many Australians have visited these magical ports of call, and that makes it all so exciting.  Get the full facts by visiting www.tempoholidays or call 1300 558 987.

Join the stars

Set in one of the most beautiful locations is the Wollongong golf club and come November 19-22 there's a free-of-charge entry for the public  to catch the stars of the golfing world – the likes of Peter Senior, Terry Price and defending champion Tim Wood.  Just a short walk from the golf club is Wollongong serviced apartments offering a terrific PGA package with overnight accommodation from $190 per room night.   That includes a breakfast hamper, wine and chocolates, undercover parking, complimentary newspaper and the latest Golf Australia magazine.  The rate is valid from November 16 – 22,  Just a matter of calling (02) 4225 2544 or visit   Conditions apply and subject to availability.

From stars to fireworks

Legend of the Seas will sail three-hours late next February.  The reason being that guests outward bound will be able to witness Hong Kong's spectacular Chinese New Year celebrations. February 15 2010 is the departure date for the seven-night package which includes Taipei and Hualien in Taiwan.  There are extras which have been included in the seven-night  package priced from $2699 per person twin share.  Check out by calling 1300 369 848, or visit
Canada ready steady,- GO

Book a minimum seven-nights at the luxurious Fairmont Chateau Hotel in British Columbia Canada, and if that booking is made prior to November 15 2009, there is a choice of either an $800 food and beverage voucher or a free upgrade to a deluxe room.  Prices start from $1068 per person twin share and include accommodation and a six-day lift pass.  The deal is valid for travel from November 1 to February 10, 2010 and from March 1 until  April 30, 2010. To heck out other Canada options and inclusions telephone 1300 361 322 or go visit

* Please note conditions may apply to these packages  and prices are subject to change and availability.  This information is provided as a guide only.  Check with your travel agency.   Block out periods may apply.    Need a holiday ?  We're archived on