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Aanchal goes to London for the WTM!

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            Twice every year, a few members from Isango! travel to a work conference, known as the World Travel Meet (WTM) to discuss how things are going with their companies and get in contact with their suppliers face to face. This past month, Isango worker Aanchal Dhar headed over from India to London for her first WTM and experience in England.

Aanchal with her friends

            Q: How long have you been working with Isango!? How long have you been in the work force?

A; I’ve been working with Isango! from the past 2.5 years. This is my first job, so I was flattered when the company decided to send me over to London to represent them for the WTM. It really broadened my cultural experience both in the work force and in travel in general.

            Q: Since this was your first time in London, what else did you do once the work portion of your trip was over?

A: After a long few days of hard work, it was time to have fun! Since I had never been to London before, I wanted to make sure I had a good balance of all of the top tourist attractions and off the beaten path activities. It was also nice to be there during the holidays, as Christmas lights were already up! Top attractions that I really enjoyed were Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath, doing the Tower of London and St. Paul’s Cathedral with VIP access (I’m also glad I was able to make it there before the poppies were taken down) and experienced traditional high tea at Hotel Savoy. Harrods was another incredible (and expensive) experience. Also, the markets in London were so incredible. This is something I know you can’t experience anywhere else. Camden market and Borough Market are two of the best markets in London. Once I arrived, I was surrounded by endless clothes, affordable prices and great food!

            Q: What was your favorite experience?

A: I really enjoyed visiting the Tower of London: Yeomen warders marching to open the gates with the Queen’s keys was so great to see. You’re able to learn so much from this visit. One of the things that stuck out to me was that the Yeomen warders had to be in the army for at least 22 years before they actually got the title of Yeomen warders. When you’re at the tower, you’ll see a lot of ravens. According to a myth, if they leave the tower, the tower will collapse! In order to keep them inside, their feathers are trimmed. You can spend countless hours in the tower educating yourself on all different aspects of London’s history. I would recommend taking the visit to all!

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            Q: What tips do you have for anyone traveling to London?

A: Definitely bring an umbrella! It rains all the time in London. City Mapper App is an absolute must for getting around. I would have been lost without it! Purchase an Oyster card for tube rides and buses but despite all the public transportation, you will still have to do a lot of walking so wear comfortable shoes when you go out for sightseeing. You’ll get plenty of exercise this trip!

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Travel Guide for Brazil

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Welcome to South America! Brazil is full of fun and festive things to do. If you’re ready to see top tourist destinations, places such as Rio de Janeiro are a must do. While you’re at it, definitely do a sightseeing tour with a sugar loaf and cable car. The views are absolutely incredible with their top of the line beaches, mountains and more. For the visitor of Brazil who’s not all about the top touristy locations, you’re in luck. Brazil is FULL of wild life. Here, you’ll be able to become one with nature and hike through the Amazon Forest. Finding a traveled route is probably a good idea here, unless you’re going for research or etc. The Amazon is huge, so finding a well traveled path will help you out while still giving you the best views. Since the right hand portion of Brazil opens right up to the southern part of the Atlantic Ocean, you’re able to enjoy Brazil’s top beaches or even take a Sea Turtle Discovery Tour. Brazil is a huge country with endless things to do, so take advantage of every experience while you’re there!

The Rio de Janeiro stands tall and proud in the city center of Rio as one of the seven wonders of the world. Tourists from around the world come here to view, study and get their picture taken with the statue itself, mirroring its body structure with its arms fully extended on both sides. To really get all out of it, purchase a Rio De Janeiro sightseeing tour, covering Corcovado, Christ Statue & Favela. If you’re up for seeing the city from a different point of view, another tour that’s worth taking is the Full Day Rio Sightseeing including Christ Statue and Sugar Loaf Mountain Cable. Getting a birds eye view of the city is something to never forget.

Brazil Rain Forest

If you’re tiring of the crowds and want to see more of the wild side, dare if you will, take a trip on over to and through the Rain Forest. If you’re up for the hike, like mentioned above, make sure you take it on a path that’s monitored or approved. With so much unknown wildlife in this forest, you don’t want to put yourself in danger. If hiking is not you thing, consider taking a jeep. The Tijuca Rain Forest Jeep Tour From Rio De Janeiro is a fun and easy way to see the wild side of things. With this tour, you’ll see more forest in less time, with an expert tour guide and the best photo opportunities around. If your wildlife side is headed more in the opposite direction towards the beach, the Sea Turtle Discovery Tour is the greatest way to see these endangered species close up and personal. Whatever you think you’d like to do or see, Brazil offers plenty of things for you to uncover.

As far as when to go and how long to travel, luckily, Brazil is typically warm all year! The southern part does go through a cool period for a few months between June and September, but otherwise you should be good to go. There is never a bad time to visit. Whenever you want to book your vacation, Brazil will be there waiting for you!

Experience all Brazil has to offer, from the city center of Rio to the depths of the Rain Forest. Get online and book your trip now, at www.isango.com.

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Hong Kong Haunted Walking Tour 

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Haunted Wlking Tour HOng Kong

Mention the name Hong Kong and the images that immediately spring to mind are of a myriad bright flashing coloured neon lights; crowded avenues and futuristic, gleaming skyscrapers.  It is a busy, bustling city always on the move. Yet…

Behind the façade of getting ahead, making money and going about its hectic business day there is a dark and supernatural side to Hong Kong.  There are places where tradition, culture and history blend with mystery and legends that are often inexplicable. These tales still resonate through the alleyways and byways of Wan Chai.

So join us in a unique evening tour of Hong Kong.  It is a definite departure from all the other experiences that the city offers.

The tour is led by a resident of over 20 years who knows all the stories and where all the spooky buildings and locations are.  She will show you the darker side of the Wan Chai district.  She tells of the stories, superstitions, injustice, mystery, unnatural deaths, torture and numerous evil spirits that lurk behind the heritage buildings and the glitzy lights of this shopping district.

Your guide will take you to a haunted mansion that used to be a brothel; streets built on top of a cemetery; a hidden bomb shelter.  You will be shown places where daily rituals are carried out to worship the alternative gods and a haunted school’s abandoned facility.

The tour only accommodates a maximum of 15 people so the guide can give you personal attention and answer your questions.  Please wear comfortable walking shoes.

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Top 3 Things To Do In Paphos

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Despite its small area Paphos is loaded with historical remnants of its long and colourful history.  Perched on Cyprus’ south-western Mediterranean coast it is the largest port on the island.  The Paphos region embraces a lovely boat-populated harbour, a medieval fort, numerous ancient archaeological sites, a gorgeous countryside, beautiful beaches bounded by mountains on one side and the dazzling blue sea on the other.

Paphos has a lovely, laid-back holiday resort and romantic atmosphere.  The whole package seems to have been designed specifically for those almost ‘too-good-to-be-true’ picture postcards.  While Paphos has a whole range of activities to keep every holiday-maker happy it should come as no surprise that it is the historic and scenic aspects that attract the most attention.

Here are a pick of things you can do on the island where Aphrodite, the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, was born and once roamed.

A Comprehensive Tour Of Cyprus From Paphos

This tour is like a delightful box of chocolates of all sorts. A number of great activities are in store for all visitors.  For instance you visit the breath-taking and superbly preserved 2,000 year old Kourion Amphitheatre.  It stands on a cliff-top with amazing views of the coast.

Before you know it you are enjoying a tipple at the Wine Museum.  Next you are wandering through the streets of Byzantine era Monagri village while enjoying an olive pie.  Your trip will take you to Omodhos, the most beautiful village in Greek Cyprus. Here you can take in the Monastery of the Holy Cross and a delicious traditional lunch at Vouni village.

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Day Trip to Famagusta and its “Ghost Town”

This is a day excursion that involves crossing the border into Famagusta on the Turkish side of Cyprus. Famagusta was an important stop on the ancient and famous Silk Road leading into Western Europe.  It was once a popular holiday resort.  Today its miles of sandy beaches and turquoise waters lie empty and its hotels abandoned.  Today it is an empty and silent shell.

Among the other sights is the really ancient city of Salamis.  It was believed to have been founded by the Trojan Teucer.  The Romans made Cyprus’ capital in 1100 BC.  Much of the Roman period has survived to this day.  Salamis was buried in sand before being discovered, which helped to preserve it.  The outstanding structures are the large and impressive Baths and the theatre.

The other impressive historical feature on this tour is that of Othello’s Tower.  It was once the lookout for the city of Famagusta and the main entrance to the city.  Shakespeare mentions it in one of his most famous plays, Othello.

Famagusta Day Trip Tour

Day Trip To Kyrenia from Paphos

The Norther (Turkish) sector of Cyprus is relatively unspoiled by the modern lifestyle and is a treasure trove of ancient historical sites.  You cross over from the Greek side through the marvellous Venetian Walls and into Nicosia.  Straight away you will notice the older more traditional side to the island of Cyprus.

The scenery is simply fabulous.  One of the highlights is a visit to the wonderful Gothic Abbey of Bellapis.  Sitting in the heart of a lovely mountain village it has beautiful carvings and murals – reminders of its 13th century origins and 800 year history.

Kyrenia Day Trip Tour

The other wonder is the beautiful port of Kyrenia and the medieval castle.  Built in the 7th century it contains the remains of the ancient ship of Kyrenia and its original cargo. This spectacular castle with its huge rounded towers also houses Roman structures.

As you sip a glass of local wine and enjoy a typical lunch at a local restaurant you can also gaze out at the spectacular scenery and soak in the atmosphere that makes Cyprus a truly wonderful destination.

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Whats New On isango! – November 2014

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The way the world turns means that the northern hemisphere is slowing down as holiday and vacation destinations.  These are the months when warmer climates beckon.  So we bring you some really interesting things to do in exotic places around the world.  To keep the variety we have also picked a snow-packed location for your visiting pleasure.  We hope our choices tempt you to take them up.

Universal Studios Singapore Christmas Celebration Ticket

With its many pleasures Singapore never ceases to delight.  One of its biggest draws over the years is Universal Studios Singapore, especially its Christmas Celebration events.  You can get on thrilling futuristic rides based on blockbuster movies like the Transformers, Shrek 4 and Revenge Of The Mummy.  You will also be treated to fabulous LED light shows and even snowfall every hour.

Universal brings out all its famous and favourite characters for its Christmas bash.  The Sesame Street characters and Toy Soldiers will be out and about. They will be joined by Santa Claus and his elves – of course.

To make your Christmas celebrations at Universal even more enjoyable the Universal Studios Singapore™ Christmas Pass and the Studios Singapore™ Christmas Event Ticket entitles you to several special features. You get to use all the rides and attractions plus enjoy a Free Special Meal. That is not all.  In the evening you will be part of an exclusive and special Christmas event.

Charles Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise

Darwin enjoys balmy weather and time spent on the water or waterfront can be one of life’s most rewarding experiences.  Get on board our luxury air-conditioned catamaran and cruise Darwin harbor at sunset.  You will cruise past some of Darwin’s historic landmarks such as Government House, State Square, Esplanade and the USS Peary Remembrance Look Out.  Every moment is a photographic opportunity.

The Sunset Dinner Cruise is a spectacular experience.  You can sit back and relax while you cruise the harbor and enjoy a glass of wine and a superb dinner.  Your dinner is just as magnificent as the views.  It is a territory style buffet and will consist of fresh baked bread, prawns, oysters, baked fresh fish (and other seafood), beef fillet, chicken, salads, fresh vegetables and a variety of deserts.

Hong Kong Art Gallery Tour

Hong Kong is recognized for being a commercial hub and a global financial centre.  Its gleaming high-rise towers speak of profit-making and a business first culture.  Happily this is not the whole picture.  Hong Kong has a large and ever growing art scene.  There are more than 200 art galleries to attest to its healthy art scene.

This tour will take you into several art galleries and their exhibitions where you can admire some really fine examples modern art from Chinese and international artists.  You will get insights into artistic trends as well as the Asian art market.  The guide will give you tips on how to value art works, auction tips and how to bargain in the art market.

The tour is a revelation for the art lover, connoisseur and investor and well worth the time.

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Buggy Adventure In Dubai

Dubai now has a well-established reputation as an adventure, sport and outdoor activity destination.  Some of the activities that burnish this standing involve the desert and its challenges.  There are several options to taking on the desert and her magic.

The buggy option is a great one because it is just that bit of an individual and personal adventure.  You can go solo or with a single partner on a roaring 800cc dune buggy across the undulating desert sands.

With a brief introduction and safety instructions you can roar off on your buggy through the trackless desert.  The buggies are fully equipped with a roll cage, bucket seats and a safety harness.

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Snowmobile Adventure – Winter Kingdom, Iceland

This is one for the adventure minded.  Every trip is unique as the guide will take you where the best snow is and that condition and location changes from day to day.  To use the often-repeated phrase ‘once in a lifetime’ a Snowmobile trip across an Icelandic glacier is well and truly that and some more!

Skimming across the snow and the stunning Icelandic scenery on a powerful snowmobile is one you will not forget. This high-speed adventure takes you to glaciers and other places you will not be able to access on foot.

Your adventure will take you up to and on Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest.  From here you can see the highest mountain in west Iceland, the domed Hofsjökull glacier, and the Kerlingafjöll Mountains.Reykjavik_8068_1

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Top 5 Adventure Activities in Australia

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If there is one country that can turn your vacation into an everyday adventure then Australia is the place that does it.  From the outback to the great cities; from tropical forests to the Great Barrier Reef; from picturesque green rolling hills to snow capped mountains – Australia has it all.   You will have unforgettable experiences in one of the world’s greatest holiday destinations.

So come let us share with you some of Oz’s greatest experiences.

Sydney Harbour Bridge Dawn Climb

Most of the time you drive across it, sail under it, view it from the window of an airliner.  There is however, one experience related to the Sydney Harbour Bridge you simply cannot miss out on.  And that is doing a Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.  It is a 3 hour thrill like no other.  You climb the world-famed icon to the summit of its arch at 134 metres with the city, the harbour spread out below and gorgeous sky above.

Our tour is led by experts and you will be provided with a bridge suit, communication equipment, safety harness, lanyards and headlamp.  All you need to bring are your sunglasses, and sense of adventure – we’ll provide the rest!  We will also present you with a certificate and photo after the climb.

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You could also try out the following climbs.

·       The Day Climb

·       The Night Climb

·       The Twilight Climb

·       The Express Climb

Outer Barrier Reef Cruise with Diving – From Cairns

The Great Barrier Reef is one of nature’s most incredible and colourful creations. Words cannot describe it and has to be seen to be truly appreciated.  The Reef covers over 2,600 kilometres of coral cays, wall drop-offs, deep caverns and shoals of tropical fish that will make this adventure to the depths of the ocean an exciting one.

Our cruise takes you in comfort and style on a luxury reef craft. The dive part of the cruise is led by expert instructors.  We provide all the equipment and after a brief introduction you dive down to a dazzling underwater world filled with colour and infused by the sea’s magic.

You will also be treated to a buffet lunch and afternoon tea.

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Tully River Rafting Excursion – From Cairns

The Tully River is a mighty raging beast.  Just looking at its racing waters is enough to get your pulse pounding and the adrenaline gushing.  It is a rush you have to experience to truly come alive.  Running between wild towering rock walls and a rainforest the Tully offers Grade 4 rapids that will have your heart racing as fast as the waters.

Expert rafting guides will lead you along 12 kilometres of the Tully River for a memorable experience.  Remember to bring a swimming costume (you will get wet!) and a towel.  Wear lace up shoes.

After your tussle with the river you can enjoy a sizzling and delicious BBQ lunch on the banks of the Tully.

Helicopter Ride Over Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Spectacularly red, Uluru, better known as Ayers Rock, is located in Australia’s Northern Territories.  The world’s largest massive single rock stands majestically in the National Park along with the Kata Tjuta rock domes.  This is a UNESCO World Heritage area.  Both these rocky formations are sacred to the Anangu Aborigines.

Even if you walked around and up to its summit you will not get a true perspective of this amazing rock structure.  To get that perspective you need to see it from the air.  From the bubble window of a helicopter you can marvel at the wonderful arid land and wonder at the fiery red desert.  Bring your camera to capture this magnificent land.

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Scenic Hot Air Balloon Flight – From Cairns

Don a pair of dark glasses and a peaked hat and pack your camera.  Carried by the wind with silence for your companion a hot air balloon ride is like none other you have embarked upon.

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Take off at dawn from Cairns, the hot air ballooning capital of the world, and watch the sunrise.  Your balloon will carry you on a romantic ride over the Cairns Highlands and the picturesque Atherton Tablelands.  Your photographs and the commemorative certificate at the end of the ride will ensure that you never forget this breathtaking aerial experience.

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Xel-Ha – No Ordinary Water Theme Park

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Xel-Ha is one of those brilliant accidents – where nature’s handiwork meets man’s creativity.  It is located on Mexico’s Caribbean coast and 75 miles (122km) south of gorgeous Cancun.  The drive to Xel-Ha is just an hour and a half down the coast from Cancun.  It is a wonderful, breath-taking scenic trip.

Named after the nearby Mayan archaeological site, the Xel-Ha theme park opened in 1984.  Since then, the popularity of its facilities and attractions has never flagged drawing people from all over the world.

The Xel-Ha park area is created by the ox-bow curve of the coast and peppered with numerous tiny islands.  The area is pockmarked with numerous caves and grottoes.  The incredibly blue waters are populated by innumerable varieties of fantastically coloured tropical fish and underwater plants.  The waters are a mix of fresh underwater springs and the ocean’s salty variety adding to its amazing allure.  It is without doubt the world’s largest and most beautiful natural aquarium.

The sea-side of the park is protected by a shark fence making it safe for snorkelling, scuba diving and swimming.  The top attraction in Xelh-Ha is the opportunity to swim and interact with the super-friendly dolphins. You can hug these endearing creatures, which are not averse to giving you kisses or a speed thrill by pushing you over the water on their snouts.

There are other thrills to be enjoyed at Xel-Ha.  For the daring there is the Trepachanga, a river crossing activity where you hang on tightly to one rope while trying to keep your balance on another.  Then there is the zip-bike ride that has you soaring over the jungle giving you a bird’s eye view while making your heart race.  Test your grit at the Stone of Courage as you jump off a rock into the crystal clear waters below.

The fun and adventure is topped off with a trip to the buffet tables for a mouth-watering breakfast and lunch.  The choices are huge – international cuisine, sea foods and Mexican foods.

Spending the day at Xel-Ha is an experience that will beat most others hands down.

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Architecture of Vietnam

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Vietnam has endured decades of war, civil unrest and deprivation.  Despite its tumultuous modern history many architectural and scenic gems have survived all across this beautiful country.  In fact so well preserved are some of these locations that they are UN World Heritage Sites.  They include Phong Nha-Kè Bàng National Park, Hôi An, Halong Bay and M? S?n.

The beauty of Nha Trang and the Marble Mountains has also been attracting visitors for quite some time.  The Binh Durong tourist complex is being developed and will become the largest artificial sea in Southeast Asia.

The Vietnamese diet relies largely on fresh herbs and vegetables making it one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.  Vietnam’s reputation as a rewarding cultural, historical and picturesque destination has been growing since the late 1990s.

Hanoi

Hanoi is over a thousand years old and for 800 of those it has been Vietnam’s premier city.  Hanoi’s ancient past and French occupancy have coalesced into a unique cultural and architectural purée.

Sitting on the banks of the Red River, Hanoi also has many lakes, prompting it to be referred to as the “city of lakes”.  The historical and cultural heart of Hanoi lies in the Old Quarter, along with Hoàn Ki?m Lake, also known as Sword Lake.  Other prominent lakes are West Lake, Halais Lake (H? Thi?n Quang in Vietnamese), and Bay Mau Lake.

The Old Quarter of Hanoi still retains the original street layout and architecture.  Most of the streets were named for the specialised trades carried out on them.  For the most part that still goes on today.

Hanoi contains some wonderful architectural examples of its history such as the Temple of Literature, which is a 1,000 year old university and the One Pillar Pagoda and Flag Tower.  French colonial influence can be seen in the National Museum of Vietnamese History, the Fine Arts Museum and the Medical College.

Halong Bay is not too far from Hanoi.  Legend has it that this wonderful collection of about 1,600 forest clad rocky islands, was created by dragons. The pillars of limestone rocks rising straight out of the emerald seas has fashioned a spectacular marine wonderland. These elements have contributed to UNESCO designating it a World Heritage Centre.

H?i An

H?i An is a wonderfully preserved city, for many centuries it had the largest harbour in the region and was an important trading centre.  It also controlled the spice trade bringing its citizens much wealth and power.  In the course of time the Chinese, Japanese, Dutch and Indians settled here. Their cultural influences are everywhere – in the centuries old wooden buildings, street layouts, quays, canals and gardens.  An outstanding example of this eclectic heritage is the 16th century Japanese Bridge.  It is a red-pillared and roofed bridge, uniquely, the only one, with a Buddhist temple at one end.

The wonderful fusion this has wrought prompted UNESCO to recognise it as a World Heritage Site, ensuring that it stays intact.  The acknowledgment has further added to the reputation and attractiveness of this charming and delightful city.

Ho Chi Minh City

This is Vietnam’s hot spot, affectionately referred to as the ‘Diamond of the Far-East’ it was previously called Saigon (and still commonly known as such).  Once a small fishing village, it was the capital of French Indochina. Today it is one of Asia’s fastest growing cities and the heart of a booming economy.

Its historic past and future aspirations to live happily side by side.  HCMC has managed to blend speeding modernity and French Colonial rule with its Vietnamese qualities.  A large number of classic Western buildings and villas reflect its recent past.  Some of its most notable buildings are the War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City Museum, the Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Hotel de Ville, Quan Am Pagoda and the Jade Emperor Pagoda.

Ho Chi Minh City is the best place in Vietnam for entertainment.  Its vibrant nightlife is propped up by a large number of colourful bars, clubs and restaurants.  Vietnamese style tea houses host live music performances.  HCMC is an exciting city.

Best Time To Visit

Vietnam is a tropical country with a hot and wet climate for most of the year.  Winter however can be chilly and windy.  Mid May to September can be oppressively humid.

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Hidden New Zealand

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There are few places on Earth with as much natural grandeur as the small island nation of New Zealand. Although it is only a small country located off the coast of the much larger Australia, groves of people have discovered the beautiful bays, towering cliffs, and expansive forests that stretch across this seemingly under-the-radar island. But what most visitors don’t know is that there are many unique and off-the-beaten path experiences to be had in this country that has now topped the must-travel list of nearly every traveler on the planet. To help you find and experience the best that New Zealand has to offer visitors, we have outlined four of the most interesting and rewarding excursions you can take on your trip to New Zealand.

Mount Cook and Tasman Glacier

If you are not far from Christchurch, NZ, you would be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t experience a tour of Mount Cook in the Aoraki National Park. Not only will this tour include breath-taking sights of New Zealand’s highest mountain, but the tour also makes notable and equally as captivating stops along the way.

See the turquoise blue waters of Lake Tekapo as the sunlight reflects off the waters while you have your morning tea. View and hear the history of the Church of the Good Shepherd that provides spectacular panoramas of the nearby Southern Alps. Head to Lake Pukaki and take in the natural beauty of the national park. And lastly, climb the incredible Tasman Glacier where you can see the beauty that nature causes all on its own. This New Zealand tour of Mount Cook is like no other you’ve ever seen!

Waiheke Island

Another under-the-radar but incredibly worth doing trip in New Zealand is exploring Waiheke Island for a day. The island is only a short 40-minute ferry ride from Auckland, NZ, and the ride itself provides stunning views of the New Zealand coast and islands around Auckland. While on the island, discover Waiheke’s beautiful beaches, where you can go swimming and sea kayaking. Witness the brilliant sands, pristine coastline, and seaside villages while walking around the island. You can even go wine tasting on one of the 30 vineyards on the island or mountain biking in the nearby mountains. If you are looking for a day of taking in beauty and relaxation on your trip, book your Waiheke Island ferry!


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Rotorua

If you’re interested in the arts and cultural roots of New Zealand and the Maori People, a morning tour around Rotorua is exactly what you’re looking for! Enjoy a sightseeing tour around three of Rotorua’s iconic attractions: Te Puia, the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, and the Agrodome. Visit Te Puia and the Maori Arts & Crafts Institute to see boiling mud pools, geysers, and the traditional culture and arts of the Maori people. Trek to Rainbow Springs and discover the unique wildlife and vegetation that covers New Zealand. And learn about New Zealand’s history at the Agrodome Sheep Show. Along with all of this, see five of the beautiful lakes surround Rotorua, Mount Tarawera and the Buried Village. There is no better tour for the history lover in you.

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Bay of Islands and Cape Brett

Last but definitely not least, for a unique New Zealand excursion the Bay of Islands and Cape Brett are a must-see! The tour heads out from Auckland and takes you by coach across Auckland Bridge and along the Hibiscus Coast to the Bay of Islands. Experience both natural beauty and compelling history on numerous legs of this tour! Visit Paihia, one of the earliest towns in New Zealand, and Waitangi, dubbed the “birthplace of the nation” where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Maori’s and Europeans. Cruise in the Bay to Cape Brett Lighthouse on Motukokako Island where you will see the fames Hole in the Rock and Grand Cathedral Cove. This tour is led by expert crew that will help you appreciate the historical significance wrapped in the natural grandeur around the Bay of Islands.

Bay of Island Tour

If you’re looking for a truly memorable and out-of-the-fox trip experience in new Zealand, these four excursions provide all of that and more!

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Visiting Cape Town in November

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Cape Town is located around the shores of Table Bay and the iconic Table Mountain in South Africa. Table Mountain has an amazing biodiversity with an estimated 2,200 species of plants, found nowhere else in the world. The region is proud to be apart of the World Heritage Site status. Nature has blessed the Cape Town area with land-based natural beauty of every kind, including abundant exotic fauna and flora. Even the sea shows off the city best here. Marine life reveals its dramatic side in the waters around the Cape.

All this natural wealth provides many opportunities for adventure/ sports enthusiasts and regular sightseers. The weather too, plays a large hand in the attractiveness of the Cape. November through March is summertime and the weather is known to be beautiful- ideal for holidaying and outdoor activities.

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In November, the gentle and cool southeasterly winds prevail, which make for perfect whale watching conditions. Probably the best shore-based place in the world for whale watching is the waters around Hermanus, a pretty little seaside town tucked in between the protective mountains and the sea. Whole pods of massive yet graceful Southern Right Whales often come within 20 metres of the shore.  A counter point to the awe-inspiring whales, is the antics of the loveable and delightful penguins crowding the shoreline and rocks.

The piece of land stretching south from Cape Town to Cape Point, jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean is known as Cape Peninsula. The Cape Town is a wonderfully scenic region with a rich and unique biodiversity. Much of this area and its rare plants are protected by the Table Mountain National Park and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.  A drive down the meandering and picturesque roads offers stunning views of the coastline. The charming fishing village of Hout Bay offers plenty of photogenic spots. You will see plenty of seals, ostriches, penguins and other wild life during the drive.

Table Mountain is also a majestic piece of real estate. Taking a hike up its slopes will bring you up close and personal to the wonderful wild plants and flowers along the way.  You only have to be reasonably fit to negotiate the climb.  From its summit the eye-popping vistas of the city, the Cape and the surrounding ‘fynbos’ will be a well-earned and fulfilling reward for your efforts.

The Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens is a jewel in the glittering tiara of Cape Town’s attractions. This wonderful place, neatly tucked away at the foot of Table Mountain, transforms into a musical paradise.  Every Sunday afternoon, from November till April, it becomes an outdoor concert venue with a wonderful line-up of South African musicians gracing the stage. This year will be the return of some old favourites as well as new acts like The Soil, Barbara Hendricks, the SA National Youth Orchestra, Jeremy Loops, Johnny Clegg and Goldfish.

You can take your picnic basket and a couple of wine bottles, spread your blanket on the magnificent lawns sloping towards the stage and get your groove on as the brilliant sun sets behind the mountains.

Some other great activity options you could indulge in are a speedy and hair-raising trip down South Africa’s first summer toboggan track at the Cool Running’s Park.  You could also roar across the trails of the beautiful Cape countryside on a powerful quad bike. Or else there are more sedate yet just as fulfilling activities like taking a wine tour through some scenic Cape Town wine-growing areas like Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

There is much that to recommend about Cape Town, but the place sells itself!

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