Travel Destinations: South Pacific

Papua New Guinea: 
The South Pacific’s final frontier

Papua New Guinea

Photo credit: Anselmo Lastra Less well-known than other South Seas nations, and one of the last places in the world to open up to tourism, Papua New Guinea is unlike anywhere else on earth. Papua New Guinea is an unbelievable melting pot of hundreds of different tribes, and there are some 800 distinctly different languages […]  Read More

Emerging Destinations: The Cook Islands

The 15 islands of the Cooks lie halfway between New Zealand and Hawaii, scattered like fragrant frangipani petals floating across 2.2 million square kilometres of a seductive, sensual ocean. The islands can boast of rare beauty, an idyllic climate, warm welcoming people and a pace of life unsurpassed...  Read More

Christchurch: New Zealand’s ‘English’ Garden City

Land in Christchurch and you could be forgiven for thinking your pilot missed the turn and you’ve ended up in England. As New Zealand’s oldest established city – it was given city status in 1856 – it retains many traces of its colonial past, not the least of which can be found in its architecture […]  Read More

Wellington, NZ: A capital place!

Photo credit: Matt Steed

With its glistening natural harbour and hillsides lined with colonial villas, Wellington is almost too quaint to be a capital city. But that’s exactly what it has been since 1865, when it stole the crown from Auckland. Located at the southern tip of the North Island, the powers-that-be decided Wellington was better situated to keep […]  Read More

Bay of Islands: The Birthplace of a nation

Bay of islands at Waitangi, New Zealand | Photo credit: Alan Vernon

To discover how New Zealand became the country it is today, you need to head north of Auckland on the North Island, to an area called Northland, to the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands, is an irregular 16 km-wide inlet in the north-eastern coast of the island, and.comprises some 150 islands in and […]  Read More

Melbourne’s founders were farsighted

Hot air balloons fly over Melbourne skyline | Photo credit: Global Ballooning

Melbourne is an exciting hub of Australian arts, culture, fashion and sports. Melbourne, nipping closely at the heels of Sydney, is the second-largest city in Australia, and is home to several arts and cultural institutions. But nowadays, Melbourne is more famous for its fashion sense – and sports-mad locals. It’s a true sporting city and […]  Read More

Queenstown is 
New Zealand’s adventure playground

Majestic mountains … A crystal-clear lake … Pure alpine air … stunning surroundings … Queenstown has it all. And it’s a pretty lively resort town to boot. Situated neatly in a bay on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, with the appropriately-named Remarkables mountain range towering nearby, it serves as ski centre in winter and hotspot […]  Read More

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