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November 8, 2008

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The Huka Lodge Helicopter Adventure!

November 4, 2008

Huka Lodge Helicopter AdventureYour helicopter awaits on the front lawn of Huka Lodge. From here you will fly along the eastern edge of Lake Taupo towards the majestic Kaimanawa mountain ranges. As you approach, sit back in awe as the alpine scenery unfolds before you. Once your Pilot has set the aircraft down beside the crystal waters of the Rangatiki River, you may take a short walk to one of the many secluded pools which are home to some of New Zealand’s largest Rainbow trout. This is nature at its best!

Re-board your helicopter for the remainder of the flight, which continues west along the Kaimanawas towards Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngauruhoe and the snow-capped peaks and crater lake of Mt Ruapehu. On a clear day visibility exceeds 50km. Descend from the mountains, head towards the Western Bays of Lake Taupo where your pilot will set the aircraft down on a remote rock shelf where a well-appointed motor launch, a sumptuous lunch and a chilled bottle of New Zealand wine awaits you. En route back to Taupo you will have the opportunity to troll for trout or you may wish to try your hand at clay pigeon shooting or swim in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Taupo. On arrival at the Taupo Boat Harbour, a courtesy vehicle awaits to transfer you back to Huka Lodge. What a day! I’m ready to experience Huka Lodge now! [Read more]

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Huka Lodge - luxury lodging in New Zealand

November 2, 2008

Huka lodgeHuka Lodge is located in Taupo, in the central North Island of New Zealand and is considered to be one of the world’s top retreats in the world.

Huka Lodge is surrounded by magnificent natural beauty. The crystal clear waters of Lake Taupo are fed by mountain streams and are home to some of the most sought-after Rainbow trout in the world. The spectacular and mighty cascades of water forming the Huka Falls are a short walk from Huka Lodge, on the banks of the Waikato River.

How to get there: Huka Helicopter transfers from Auckland, Wellington and Rotorua. Enjoy the scenic wonders of the central North Island and be delivered to the front lawn of Huka Lodge. Auckland to Huka Lodge - 1 hr 15 min, Wellington to Huka Lodge - 1 hr 35 min, and Rotorua to Huka Lodge 25 mins.

Explore the park-like gardens and flower borders or soak in our hot pools. Enjoy a game of tennis on our all weather court. Relax playing a game of petanque. A short walk beyond the gates brings you to the spectacular Huka Falls.

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Silversea’s New Expedition Ship - The Prince Albert II

November 1, 2008

Prince Albert IISilversea has combined luxury adventure with their new expedition ship the Prince Albert II. Embark on a luxurious expedition to the best far-flung destinations in the world aboard Prince Albert II, a purpose-built expedition ship unlike any other. Designed specifically for navigating waters in some of the world’s most remote destinations, including both of earth’s polar regions, the 6,072-ton vessel boasts a strengthened hull with a Lloyd’s Register ice-class notation (1A) for passenger ships.

The Prince Albert II carries 8 Zodiac boats, enabling her 132 privileged guests to visit even the most off-the-beaten path locations. Experience the thrill of a true expedition aboard Prince Albert II. Venture deep into regions where other vessels cannot go whilst enjoying a privileged lifestyle that is simply second-to-none.

Onboard, savour a convivial cosmopolitan ambience and many special amenities usually found only on larger ships, including a spacious Library with an Internet Café, boutique shopping, a full-service spa, beauty salon, fitness centre, sauna and two top-deck whirlpools. Prince Albert II even features live evening entertainment and The Humidor, where connoisseurs can enjoy the finest cigars and cognacs - diversions offered by no other expedition ship. [Read more]

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Surfs up at a Luxury Resort in Australia

November 1, 2008

Kims beach resort Kims Beach Hideaway is a 5 star resort located on Toowoon Bay beach, an appealing seaside hideaway on the Central Coast, located less than 90 minutes north of Sydney.

Take an opportunity to learn one of Australia’s most popular year round water sports, whilst staying in a exquisite Beachfront Bungalow. Coastal forest, golden sand, the ocean at your door….

Start the day waking up in your luxurious king size bed overlooking the ocean, start the day with a full, healthy Australian breakfast and then enjoy a two-hour personal surf lesson with eight-times Australian surfing champion, Sandra English. After a sumptuous buffet lunch, spend the afternoon learning the skills of kite boarding with your professional instructor before returning to the hotel for cocktails and a wonderful dinner.

Kiteboarding is the fastest growing watersport in the world, where you use the power of a kite to ride boards, buggies, and waves. Beginner, intermediate, advanced, whatever your level, your certified instructor will cater your lesson to suit. [Read more]

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Australia was amazing!!!!

November 1, 2008

Sydney bridge climbI cannot say that I enjoyed one part of it more than the other. Heron Island was wonderful, relaxing, and warm. We went on a picnic every day. Swam with Sea Rays and Phil was the adventurous one and swam with a Reef Shark. Lamington’s was just as fabulous. We went on a trek with Mick O’Reilly, he was so full of information everywhere you looked there was something to see.
We had a wonderful time in Sydney as well. The condo was the right choice and it was in a great area, we walked practically everywhere. The bridge climb was so exhilarating; I cannot believe we did it. I was a little nervous at first but then you start up the bridge and are so in awe of the view you completely forget how high up you are. Hope you are doing well and cannot wait for the next adventure!

Kris & Phil

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