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Safe Close-up Glacier View

Tourists are now able to safely get up close for “spectacular” views of Franz Josef Glacier, which had for the past three years been much less accessible to visitors. The Otago Daily Times reports that a team from the Department of Conservation (DoC) and Franz Josef Glacier Guides have set up a new viewing area […]

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New Zealand Swine Flu Update

The New Zealand government has moved quickly to respond to cases of Swine Flu in New Zealand. A small number of people in New Zealand have tested probable or are suspected of having the illness – all have been isolated and treated promptly. As soon as the Government was notified in late April of suspected […]

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New Zealand Swine Flu

The New Zealand government has moved quickly to respond to cases of Swine Flu in New Zealand. A total of 14 people in New Zealand have tested positive for Influenza A today (Wednesday April 29, 2009) and are being treated as having Swine Flu. As soon as the Government was notified of suspected cases from […]

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Just Released – Special Interest Coach Touring

Relaxing Journeys released 9 new specialist escorted coach tours today. Each tour has been specifically designed to showcase New Zealand with a focus on an event or style of travel. We expect these to be very popular and with Guaranteed Departure dates and limited availability we recommend our clients get their decision caps on quickly! […]

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New Zealands Autumn 2009 Highlights

Calm settled weather, vibrant colour-filled landscapes and a long list of seasonally charged events make autumn a prime time to visit New Zealand. While the country settles into an après-summer phase where business is in full swing, parliament sitting and school back in session – visitors have free reign to explore at leisure. With pleasant […]

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Relaxing Journeys Receives Top AAT Kings Award

Well another travel season has come and gone and now we are ready to crack down and focus on the next. But before the hard work commences Georgina, Craig and I were invited to attend ‘AAT Kings Annual Champions Trip’ in Cairns with a two night stop over on Dunk Island. As expected, AAT Kings […]

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Earlybird Season has arrived

One more month of the official summer season and then we reach April when the weather tradtionally turns a little colder and Kiwis ready themselves for the winter. Nowadays of course, the summer could easily roll on into April and beyond – the weather is that unpredicatable! Visitors to our fine shores this season have […]

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NZ ‘love at first sight’ for Dawn French

British comedian Dawn French has given New Zealand a glowing report in a UK Telegraph celebrity travel column, describing her visit to the country as love at first sight. French says she discovered New Zealand “a dozen or so years ago” when she visited with husband Lenny Henry after he’d toured Australia. “For a start […]

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Tasman Glacier calving provides voyage of a lifetime

Tourists at the Tasman Glacier terminal face, in Aoraki Mount Cook National Park, witnessed a three-metre high wave as a giant iceberg plunged from the glacier into the terminal lake on Tuesday (10.02.09). The wave surging down the lake was the first indicator of the largest single ice ‘calf’ from the glacier in 25 years. […]

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NZ ski season shaping up for repeat record

While New Zealand bathes in sunshine and high temperatures, winter sports enthusiasts have cooler conditions in mind. Last year rated as best on record for New Zealand skifields and, with many skiers and snowboarders already planning their winter recreation, the Ski Areas Association NZ expects 40,000 winter 09 passes to sell pre-season. International sales, particularly […]

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Milford Sound ups global ranking

New Zealand’s iconic Milford Sound has moved up the rankings in a global search for the ‘Seven Wonders of Nature’ as on-line voters help to heat up competition. The popular South Island tourist destination now lies fifth in the seascapes category in a race to find the world’s greatest scenic marvels. Run by a Swiss […]

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NZ hotels on world’s hot list

Five of New Zealand’s top hotels have made it onto the list of 500 best hotels in the world just published by international magazine Travel + Leisure. Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort scores a spot on the magazine’s sixth annual ‘500 best hotels’ list, as do Rotorua’s Treetops Lodge, Taupo’s Huka Lodge, Auckland’s new Hyatt Regency […]

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Waiheke Island wins 2009 smart travel pick

Waiheke – a little island in Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf celebrated for its beaches, artists, award-winning wines and olive oil – gets the tick of approval and no. 2 placing on Frommer’s top destinations list for 2009. Just released, the 2009 list from international trip advisors Frommers.com focuses on smart travel choices, places that are affordable […]

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Tourists get chance to rave about NZ

Tourism New Zealand is going on the road with a world-leading tourism marketing initiative using visitors to spread the word to friends and family through social networking. NZ Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism, John Key has launched the new marketing concept that uses a mobile recording studio to capture visitors’ stories about their time […]

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Telegraph readers say NZ ‘always delivers’

New Zealand is a destination which always delivers, according to 25,000 readers of the UK Daily Telegraph, who have just voted New Zealand one of their favourite destinations on earth.  The paper says, “To coin a phrase from our Antipodean friends, New Zealand has now become the ‘mailman’ for Telegraph readers – it always delivers”. […]

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‘Youngest Country’ scores 1 million YouTube viewers

More than 1 million people have watched Tourism New Zealand’s television commercial ‘Youngest Country’ on YouTube in the past year. The number of views of the latest 100% Pure New Zealand commercial reached 1 million earlier this month (November 2008). Another 13,000 people have already watched it since, reflecting the steady stream of viewers the […]

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New Zealand Travel News & Views, what’s that all about? We have created this section of our website to provide our clients and those involved in New Zealand’s travel industry, with the latest news and views on everything and anything to do with tourism in our wonderful country. We’ll provide you with up to date […]

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