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New Zealand offers good times and great wine

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New Zealand has long been well thought of as a tourist destination, despite its substantial distance from our shores.

But now it is emerging as one of the top wine-producing regions in the world, meaning tourists who like to try a drop of the local vintage when on holiday have even greater scope to explore new tastes and varieties.

According to wine experts Neil Phillips and Chris Scott, New Zealand is one of the best destinations for oenophiles.

“One of the key places to go to is New Zealand. It”s been phenomenal, particularly the development of the Sauvignon Blanc in the Marlborough region,” said Mr Phillips.

Mr Scott added: “The new world has the best set up for wine tourism.” It also appears the Marlborough region underlines this suggestion.

The area is the largest wine-producing region in the New Zealand, with around 65 wineries and nearly 300 grape growers.

Grape-growing in the area covers over 4,000 hectares, which produce a wide variety of grapes – one of the most highly-regarded of which is Sauvignon Blanc.

In 2007, New Zealand exported 22.6 million litres of wine to the UK, along with exports to Canada, USA, Germany, Japan and many other countries.

For the nature lovers there are also beautiful gardens to visit in New Zealand where you can enjoy breathtaking views, historic buildings, museums, sculptures and art, and get closer to wildlife.

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New Zealanders look to the skies

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Heads will be tilted back and eyes turned upwards as the annual New Zealand Air Games takes to the skies above Wanaka this December.

From December 27th and 28th, fearless pilots and stuntmen will compete in a series of airborne disciplines above the airport at Wanaka on the Southern Island.

Events will include helicopter stunt flying, aircraft acrobatics and, perhaps most death-defying of all, head-to-head skydive races which take place amid descending inflatable pylons as a gauge of each competitors progress back down towards the ground.

There will also be model aircraft races as well as non-powered events such as paragliding to excite the crowd.

The spectators in the airfield will be able to see pictures from fuselage and helmet-mounted cameras displayed on large video screens, as well as benefit from sophisticated computer graphics giving real-time updates and statistic information.

Visitors will also have the chance to try out some aerial pursuits themselves, with hot air ballooning, (strictly non-competitive) skydiving and helicopter flights all on offer as the festival looks to increase interest and participation in airborne pursuits.

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Coolum gears up for its annual kite festival

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The annual Coolum Kite Festival will be taking place on Coolum Beach in Queensland, Australia on October 11th and 12th.

For the last eight years the skies above Stumers Creek have played host to all shapes and sizes of kite and this year”s festival promises to be the best yet.

Recreational flyers are free to spend the afternoon flying their own kites while the more adventurous can compete against one another in the kite surfing competition.

The best of Australia”s kite-surfing talent will be competing at the event, which is sure to attract a crowd who will be able to sample a range of food and drink while enjoying plenty of live music.

Coolum Kite Festival began in 2000 when a small group of friends decided to inaugurate an event which gathered together kite-fliers from their area.

In its eight year history it has gone from strength to strength and is now one of the most well-known festivals of its kind.

This year it received a AUS$25,000 (£11,300) grant from the Australian government in addition to existing sponsorship.

Over 40,000 thousand are expected to flock to the beach for the festival – all of whom will be praying for strong winds.

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Ancient reef found in Australian outback

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A reef ten times larger than the Great Barrier Reef has been discovered in the Australian outback.

At 650 million years old it is believed to be unique in its age and may therefore hold information about a previously uncertain period of primitive life during its formation between two ices ages.

Situated in the northern Flinders Range in Southern Australia, it was discovered by scientists from the University of Melbourne.

"Some of the complex organisms we have seen in the reef have never been discovered previously," associate professor Malcolm Wallace told the Times.

Professor Wallace confirms that the reef is "the right age to capture the precursors to animals", having formed some 80 million years before the oldest fossilised animal remains on record.

Dubbed the Oodnaminta Reef, it is too old to have been made of coral and instead comprises "complex, chambered structures that have not been discovered before," according to the professor.

Just last week it was announced that hundreds of new species of plant and animal life had been discovered at Australia”s Great Barrier Reef, which is one of the most visited natural attractions in the world.

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Jazz hits Sydney in October

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This year”s Manly International Jazz Festival will take place between October 4th and October 6th featuring a host of talent from across the globe.

The small coastal town of Manly is located on the outskirts of Sydney and the festival is a free event that takes place across five outdoor stages.

Headline performances from the Sydney All Star Big Band on the Bland Aid Stage, Dr Vs Swing Thing on the Jazz Stars of the Future stage and the Beau Golden Quartet on the Markets by the Sea stage will all feature at this year”s festival.

Two groups from the US, Wycliffe Gordon and Light of Love, are also set to grace the Bland Aid Stage on the final day.

Organisers will also be marking the 31st Manly Jazz Festival with a tribute to Charlie Parker, featuring the US-born local altoist Andrew Speight, which will be taking place at the Star and the Sea Theatre on the final day.

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks, winner of the isango! Perfect Holiday Contest.

Sarah entertained, surprised and inspired us all with her creative description of paradise, entitled ‘Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’.

Having received the most public votes throughout the month-long competition, she is now entitled to £500 worth if isango! products.

Way to go, Sarah!

Here is her (scandalous!) entry:

Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’

He looks right into my eyes with his soulful browns, rippling muscles, dressed only in a small loin cloth. “I want to take you to a secret place high in the rainforest” he says “we can make a hammock from the vines.” His voice is so sultry, so sexy. But no, I can’t. Yes, it sounds like paradise, but I am here with my new husband on honeymoon, and he is waiting for me. “I’m so sorry I need to go.” He looks sad for a moment then says “okay, but please let me walk with you to keep you company.” We stroll in the scorching heat, passing all sorts of wild and crazy animals. We walk for miles and eventually reach my partner standing beside a huge castle. My tall, dark stranger turns to me and whispers in my ear, “maybe tomorrow you will return? Balou was looking forward to meeting you and we really need a hand to stitch that hammock.” I replied, “we’ll see, Tarzan – I still haven’t seen Tigger yet, so that’s tomorrow’s goal.” I turn to my husband with freshly dripping ice cream in his hands and think to myself, “I love Disneyland…”

Ooh la la, Sarah! Great work. We hope that your holiday fantasy comes true!

Tours:
Enchanted Rainforest Dinner

Daintree Rainforest Tour

Disneyland Adventure

Disneyworld Adventure

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To climb or not to climb

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Climbing the rock is a personal decision to make In response to a question by a member of the public, an article in the Times seeks to understand whether it is a good idea to climb Ayer”s Rock, or Uluru.

The Australian attraction pulls in almost 500,000 tourists a year, and until recently, almost half made the arduous hour-long climb up the steep rock.

They would do so holding a hand chain pegged into the stone as they went all the way up to the summit, 1,142 feet above sea level.

But now it is estimated that less than a third of all visitors attempt the climb, thanks largely to the greater sensitivity towards the local Aboriginals, for whom this is a sacred site, the Times says.

Though it is not illegal (as climbing the Pyramids or the Parthenon), local Aboriginals request visitors not to climb the rock because the path crosses a sacred traditional Dreamtime track – meaning that climbing the rock is basically a personal decision to make.

Uluru / Ayers Rock – Visit the Aboriginal sacred site which is Australia”s most visited tourist attraction.
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Auckland Heritage Festival coming up

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Auckland was founded in 1840
As a British colonial settlement Auckland came into existence in 1840 as the site chosen for his capital by the first governor, Lieutenant William Hobson.

From September 20th until October 5th, visitors to Auckland can celebrate the unique stories and secrets of the city during the 2008 Auckland Heritage Festival.

Packed with more than 100 exciting events and activities across the city, the programme will include guided walks and tours, exhibitions, open days, film screenings, harbour trips and other family-friendly activities.

With everything from art and architecture to fashion and music, the festival is suitable for people of all ages and interests.

The festival is part of Auckland”s campaign to protect heritage areas and buildings and to encourage the public to celebrate their city”s heritage.

Auckland is New Zealand”s largest city and is uniquely set between two harbours, amongst 11 extinct volcanoes and numerous islands in the Hauraki Gulf.

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Puke Ariki Museum in New Zealand

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The Puke Ariki Museum in New Zealand tells the stories of the Taranaki region and people, which gets its name from Mount Taranaki, the second-highest peak in the country.

Located in New Plymouth, Taranaki”s biggest city, the museum describes life in the region through exhibitions, displays, collections and technology.

Puke Ariki has four permanent exhibitions on display – Te Takapou Whariki o Taranaki, Taranaki Experience, Taranaki Life and Taranaki Naturally, all of which hold treasures that belong to and have shaped the history of the people and place of Taranaki.

Delve deeper into the stories of the region, some of which can be sourced to previously unpublished Maori writings – these accounts from the past are told using light, sound, and push-button interactives.

The museum is open from 9:00 to 18:00 on weekdays, except Thursday when it is open until 21:00.

On weekends, the opening hours are 9:00 to 17:00.

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War Memorial Museum in Auckland

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The museum traces the history of Auckland before it became a major metropolisEstablished in 1852, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is New Zealand”s oldest museum.

From humble beginnings (it started in a two-room farm cottage in the central Auckland suburb of Grafton), the museum today is home to millions of objects.

It also provides educational services to more than 60,000 school children annually, and is one of New Zealand”s most popular tourist attractions with around half a million visitors every year.

The museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people.

It is also a war memorial and houses one of the country”s top three heritage libraries.

Visitors can enjoy the museum”s Maori and Pacific collections, the major social and military history items on display, as well as decorative arts and pictorial exhibitions.

Open daily from 10:00 to 17:00, visitors can enjoy late evenings at the museum on Wednesdays.

Admission is free of charge.

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