Let’s talk about Taupō. Queenstown is known as the adventure capital of New Zealand, and deservedly so. However, Taupō is the new kid on the block that offers almost as many wow-inducing moments. Taupō is in the middle of the North Island – about 3.5 hours’ drive from Auckland and 4.5 hours’ drive from Wellington. […]
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Salzburg gave birth to two of history’s greatest musical phenomena – one from the world of classical music, the other from the much more modern world of film. They were, of course, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and The Sound of Music, which changed the face of film musicals and forever etched itself into the minds […]
InsideJapan The Tokyo Olympics gave the whole world a much needed feel-good factor, and with the Paralympics now underway, Tokyo and Japan are very much on people’s radars. Aussies developed a love affair with the Land of the Rising Sun in the years leading up to the pandemic. With vaccination rates steadily climbing in both […]
In Nashville, music is as much a part of life as breathing. Then there the many other experiences to be had. This is no one-trick city. The lights fade to black inside the small room with its piano keys waiting for hands that will never make sweet music again. The voice of Elvis begins singing […]
When I think of Rocky Mountaineer, I think of Canada. I think of the gobsmackingly glorious scenery along the routes the Rocky Mountaineer takes as it swirls and twists and shines on its various journeys. But now America is introduced to the Rocky action. The very first Rocky Mountaineer itinerary in America is now a […]
Travel giant Forbes has named the Philippines as one of the top seven places to go in 2022. And with those glorious beaches, it is easy to see why.
Long train journeys are one of travel’s great joys and in Australia, we have three of them.
To fans of the Survivor juggernaut, the words ‘Outwit, Outplay and Outlast’ are the mantra. The new series of Australian Survivor aired on Sunday 18 July 2021. It is the sixth series of the show and is the first to be filmed in Australia. Well, you know, COVID and all that. So, the series […]
Ah The Whitsundays. What is not to love when the cold is biting in the southern states. The Whitsundays are situated on the same latitude as Rio de Janeiro and Tahiti. The tropical climate means the temperature gauge is really not troubled much, as the daily temp varies little from month to month. And […]
So it is like this … we can’t go to the Maldives right now. Well, people in Australia can’t anyway. And what wouldn’t we do to wing our way over to these jewels in the turquoise blue ocean. We would relax by the pool, snorkel or dive in myriad coral reefs. We would get massages. […]
Colorado is the epicentre for skiing in the USA with 32 ski resorts – 12 of them big drawcards for international visitors. Here are some of the best. First stop Denver There are several reasons why it is a good idea to spend a couple of days in the Mile High City before you hit […]
Okinawa is one of Japan’s most surprising prefectures. There are 160 large and small islands including 47 inhabited islands dotted over an area that covers about 400 kilometres north-to-south and 1,000 kilometres east-to-west. It offers coral reefs, crystal-clear blue seas, white sand beaches, and beautiful natural scenery. Visitors will also experience the unique Ryukyu culture and […]