Following last year’s sell out audiences throughout Australia and New Zealand, National Geographic Live in partnership with Adventure World is returning bigger and better to the region in 2014. Wellington’s flagship Te Papa National Museum is being added as a new venue in New Zealand for both visiting headline speakers later this year with Auckland’s ASB Theatre (Aotea Centre) continuing on the programme for each presentation. Award-winning filmmaker for National Geographic Channel Bryan Smith and Photographer David Doubilet are the event’s star attractions who will present to an audience of up to 18,600 for Nat Geo Live Pacific 2014, more than double last year’s audience. Smith shares gripping, behind-the-scenes moments from his assignments to document extreme feats and high adventure in the world’s most challenging environments. Photographer Doubilet is considered the world’s leading underwater photographer and has introduced a generation to the mystery and wonders of the deep photographing more than 70 stories for National Geographic. After working with Nat Geo Live in 2013, Adventure World Managing Director Fiona Hunt is delighted to up the brand’s partnership involvement for the 2014 shows which start Down Under in July. Messages of exploration, adventure, discovery and conservation are all core to the National Geographic mission to inspire people to care about the planet and are also a key focus for Adventure World as we strive to offer our clients a lifetime of extraordinary travel so it’s a perfect partnership,' says Hunt. “Adventure World is committed to inspire and provide our customers with a holiday that meets and exceeds expectations, holidays of a lifetime. Being able to see and hear from world leading filmmaker Bryan Smith and acclaimed photographer David Doubilet could not be more inspirational.' As well as adding Wellington in New Zealand, the Australian leg has added Perth and Wollongong and is using larger venues in many cities. 2014 dates for National Geographic Live in partnership with Adventure World are: Bryan Smith (Award-winning Adventure Filmmaker) July27 Sydney – SOH Opera Theatre August1 Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne3 Perth – State Theatre/Heath Ledger Centre7 Wellington – Te Papa National Museum9 Auckland – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre David Doubilet (Acclaimed Underwater Photographer) September28 Perth – State Theatre/Heath Ledger Centre October1 Auckland – ASB Theatre, Aotea Centre2 Wellington – Te Papa National Museum4 Melbourne – Arts Centre Melbourne6 Sydney – SOH Concert Hall7 Wollongong - Wollongong University
House of Travel customers will now be able to have instant access on their smart phones to all their travel related documents including booking local attractions and flights on the go, with the launch of the company’s new travel app for both iPhone and Android.
The HOT Travel App is available for free download through both Google Play and the App store. It has been designed to upload a customer’s full itinerary which users can then countdown to their holiday, provide access to all the vital booking references and check-in documents as well as offer a one stop shop to create and share holiday photos with friends.
Additional exciting features include guidebooks of traveller's destinations, GPS and map services as well as securely storing important documents on the smart phone.
House of Travel says it wanted to be able to offer customers a level of support that reflects its digital thinking while taking full advantage of how kiwis have embraced their phones for everyday activities.
This is a significant breakthrough in making our customers travel experience more enjoyable and offering them a practical digital tool to go on holiday with,' says House of Travel head of strategy Niall White.
Save $500 per person with Adventure World’s Highlights of South America group tour when booking by March 17 2014.
On this 17-day trip, destinations will include Lima, Cuzco, the Lost City of Machu Picchu, Lake Titicaca and the islands of Uros. From there, they’ll fly to Buenos Aires, view Iguazu Falls from both Argentina and Brazil, and finish in Rio de Janeiro.
This package is now priced from just $8,569* pp including accommodation, all transfers, meals and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary, and services of a tour escort. For more information, contact Adventure World on 0800 899 111 or visit www.adventureworld.co.nz
Tempo Holidays has a four day St Patrick's Day 2014 Ireland package that includes three nights accommodation in the nation's capital Dublin and a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus pass with a choice of 20 activities which clients can use at their own leisure. There will be time to experience the St Patrick's Day festivities in the city as well as entry to the Guinness Storehouse which is one of Ireland's top tourist sites.
The St Patrick's Festival runs between March 14 and 17 with departures for the package available on March 14, 15, and 16. Priced at $698 per person twin share with private airport transfers and daily breakfast included, this package is available for booking until March 14. For more information contact Tempo Holidays on 09 520 1490 or email
Contiki Holidays has added Japan to its list of travel destinations for 18-25s with the launch of tours available in 2015. The success of is Asia Tours since launching in 2009, has led Contiki to expand the destination choices available to this market. ‘The product will be officially launched in September 2014 with full prices, itineraries and departure dates revealed,’ says Contiki brand director Alastair Campbell.
The current Asian tour programme offered by the youth travel operator includes five countries, Cambodia, China, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. It has been especially successful in New Zealand with Contiki having to match demand by adding more departure dates for the tours. For more information, visit www.contiki.com, ask your sales manager or contact reservations on 0800 266 8454.
Explore Cambodia is a 12 day journey exploring some of the highlights of Cambodia. Wander the sleepy seaside town of Kep; the riverside town of Kampot and the Angkor temples near Siem Reap.
Priced from $2309 pp s/t includes accommodation, breakfast daily, all sightseeing, entrance fees and transport in air/con vehicle plus English speaking guide. Contact Active Asia for details on 09 360 7669 or
Treasures & Tastes Vietnam Active Asia also has a 12 day Treasures & Tastes tour with a private guide. Guests will sample a wonderful range of fresh cuisine on offer across Vietnam including seafood, steamboat cuisine, Vietnamese BBQ, local pancakes, a cooking class at the Red Bridge cooking school and a visit to KOTO - know one teach one - a Hanoi café that assists street kids to learn the restaurant trade. Tour includes, Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hue, Hoi An, Ho Chi Minh and the Mekong Delta. Priced from $2270 pp s/t – Contact Active Asia on 09 360 7669 or
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