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Great Lake Taupo - Top 4 “must-do’s”

1. Take a leisurely scenic cruise on New Zealand’s largest freshwater lake - Lake Taupo 2. Feel the thrill and excitement of jet boating to the base of the famous Huka Falls 3. Land a Rainbow Trout at one of the world’s best trout fisheries, Lake Taupo 4. Be awed by the earths power at New Zealand’s largest natural geyser field 5.Take off directly from the water aboard a Float-plane for an aerial view of the volcanic peaks of the dual World Heritage-listed…

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Novotel Queenstown - location, location, location.

Novotel Queenstown - location, location, location.
Novotel Queenstown
The Novotel Queenstown has one of the best locations in the city – you walk out the front door and are in the middle of downtown Queenstown.  The service is exception, and the rooms are comfortable and spacious. Great for anyone wanting a first class hotel in Queenstown in a good location. Teresa Ferrari, Destination Specialist.

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Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock

Desert Gardens, Ayers Rock
Desert Garden Hotel
Ayers Rock is an iconic destination in Australia and what better way to celebrate the journey to the center of the continent than to have a room with a panoramic view of the Rock? Desert Gardens offers Deluxe Rock view rooms that are spacious and well appointed. The rooms have a private balcony – or a courtyard - complete with table and chairs so you can sit and reflect upon the desert landscape as you gaze at the changing colors of Uluru.  The room is decorated in subtle desert…

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Novotel Ningaloo Reef

Novotel Ningaloo Reef
Novotel Ningaloo Reef
The Novotel Ningaloo is the perfect gateway to experience the Ningaloo Reef and the famous Whale Sharks! The hotel has a beautiful pool overlooking the ocean and isolated beach. The rooms are very spacious and there are apartments to accommodate families in style. When you are ready for a bite to eat, the el fresco dining will entice you with fresh fish and local flavors.  The property is great for couples and families who are seeking adventure and want to come back to a desert…

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Cook Islands Unmissable Event

Cook Islands Unmissable Event
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The Cook Islands Constitution Celebrations is the nation’s celebration of nationhood, self- government and independence. Held annually around the national day of 4th August since 1965, it is the one event that involves the whole country, all the islands, vaka, oire and tapere. Since 2001, it has been re-named as Te Maeva Nui, in recognition of the cultural basis upon which the event is based. It has also developed into an event with significant public participation and therefore economic…

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Hamilton Island Tourism Grows After Oprah Visit

Hamilton Island Tourism Grows After Oprah Visit
A visit by Oprah Winfrey in 2011 put Hamilton Island, Australia, on the map for Americans. When Winfrey visits a destination, the country follows and, therefore, during my recent visit to Australia, I had to find out what drew one of our country’s top media moguls to the tiny island at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef—and it didn’t take long to find out what the hype was about. Hamilton Island is located off the Queensland coast and is one of the 74 Whitsunday islands. It is the only…

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Besst Trip Ever

Thank you and Down Under Answers for such a wonderful experience on our fam trip to Australia and New Zealand.  It was so fantastic it’s hard to pick just one highlight.  I think my two favorite experiences were croc hunting on the Daintree River and the private yacht experience with the gourmet lunch on Sydney Harbor.  We ate like kings and queens and got to experience all of the fine cuisine the destinations have to offer.  I had never been to the South Island of New…

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Trip of All Trips

In May of 2011, I was lucky enough to go on a famil with Down Under Answers to Australia and New Zealand. This has always been a dream of mine to go to both places and i was not let down. Cairns, Australia was the first stop on what lovingly called” the Amazing Race” it was non stop from day 1.  For someone who had never been to this part pf the world, Cairns would make a great home-base. Here you are located to some of Australia’s greatest sites. An Hour north and you are in the…

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