Travel as teacher: If there’s a defining trait of adventurous people, it is that living out of your skin, you learn fast. Travel can accelerate education in new learning environments of cultures that are not your own. No cotton wool, no comfort zone of privilege… is the gift of travel to one’s mind, memory, learning curve. Travel to this day, is still a university of knowledge. Surviving close shaves is all a part of it.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.2.13~
The special re-timer glasses that emit a soft green light, reset the body’s clock reducing jetlag, while you read in flight.
Re-Timer website. Cost: $286.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 13.1.13~
USA’s list for a restless America: 46 Places to Go in 2013.
Hot views: Rio. Marseille. Nicaragua have no.1 billing in the interactive map virtual tour feature–NYTimes.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.1.13~
Events planning: Ten top events for 2013.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 12.1.13~
“You are the only star!” says SkyDive Taupo’s web promo. What every tourist needs to hear in New Zealand.
To learn more of Taupo, click on pic.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 9.1.13~
More Australians visted New Zealand during 2012 (833,000) than anyone else, followed by the UK* (336,000), China (231,000), USA (200,000) and France (77,000). Tourists contribute $9.6b to NZ’s GDP each year. 500,000 immigration applications are viewed each year, requiring 1,300 decisions a day.
December 25th, Christmas Day in New Zealand, the ten most read categories on this website are:
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Go Wellington! Heat.
Image themes - A viewer’s request: “wonders of the world new zealand.” via Googles Archives. Top photo: Fiordland, Getty Images.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 25.12.12~
A. Check out website.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.12.12~
Summer fun can be had.
In New Zealand we have a few beautiful lakes. Similar to parts of Canada.
One is featured above. Click on pic to visit.
[Photo: Ata Whenua - Fiordland Cinema].
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zeland, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 22.12.12~
China has become New Zealand’s most significant market of tourists after our Kiwi neighobor’s Australia. The number has risen by 38% of Chinese guest arrivals in the last year. China has now toppled the UK.
194,752 Chinese peeps touched down this year. That is three times the number of New Zealand citizen’s who left the country permanently in 2012. In the year 2011, the number was 141,289. Statistics New Zealand give these figures from their Wellington office.
190,000 odd Brith visitors swanned on down to New Zealand too in 2012 A drop of 17%. A dimishing trend of Britain since 2007.
Australian’s continue to love their green love affair with New Zealand. 1.16 million Australian rolled in to town in 2012. (more…)
How to pack for a vacation: Think: containment. infrastructure. duration. resources.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.12.12~
Surfer Billy Stairmand rides a wave. Billy is back from Europe, before jetting to Hawaii to surf up a storm in the final leg of the ASP World Qualifying Series. He is currently ranked 75th on the ASP World Tour.
[Photo: Surfers Village]
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 23.11.12~
Wyatt William Vogels Crockett plays rugby football for the current World Champions football side.
–A Grainy Salt of The Earth Rugby Football Photo while On Tour Having Fun. Credit: ESPN.Scrum. Getty Photo – 2011.
South Africa’s Sports 24 website provides a list of Italy & the New Zealand All Blacks team lists for the European Tour of 2012. They full teams are:
15 Andrea Masi, 14 Giovambattista Venditti, 13 Tommaso Benvenuti, 12 Alberto Sgarbi, 11 Mirco Bergamasco, 10 Luciano Orquera, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Alessandro Zanni, 5 Francesco Minto, 4 Antonio Pavanello, 3 Martin Castrogiovanni, 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 1 Andrea Lo Cicero (more…)
Piri Weepu is photographed in Italia. Piri has dropped truckloads of weight for this rugby tour. Cool photo.–NZH.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 16.11.12~
China overtakes the UK & the USA as New Zealand’s No.2 Nation of Tourists:
Once the United Kingdom used to be New Zealand’s no.1 tourist market after Australians. These days, China has claimed the no.2 spot. A International Visitor Survey released by The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) reveals Chinese visitor spend is up 37% from figures a year ago. Chinese visitors spend $555 million with UK spending $545 million.
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s tourism research manager, Peter Ellis, sees the figures as a trend for New Zealand to be more Chinese literate in NZ infrastructure tourism that is Chinese savvy, reflecting the new investment from Chinese citizens. “In the last three years China has overtaken Japan, the United States and now the UK tourist markets to become our second largest tourism market, as we forecast 14 months ago would happen around this time,” Ellis says.
The World’s Best Sporty Cities 2012.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 4.11.12~
If visiting New Zealand, here’s some ideas of where to go to start planning your stay and travel itinerary.
Start in Auckland City perhaps for a few days and have fun. :)
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 6.10.12~
Seachad air na h-Eileanan an Iar, chan eil ri fhaicinn ach farsaingeachd ghorm a’ Chuain Siair.
“Beyond the Western Isles there is nothing but the great blue of the Atlantic Ocean.”
Jamie Lafferty gets in touch in a travelogue tale of tweed weaving traditions in the township of the Isle of Harris. Jump2It@ARareGlimpseofCulture.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 3.10.2012~
The Hawaii Tribune has a feature on Rio travel on the cheap. Travel writer Juliana Barbassa writing for the AP zooms us in as a build up to Rio 2016.
Juliana writes: “RIO DE JANEIRO — After years of steady economic growth in Brazil, the dream of an on-the-cheap exotic vacation in Rio de Janeiro has melted faster than a Popsicle in tropical sunshine.
Now, sipping something fancy in boutique bars dotting bourgeois neighborhoods like Ipanema and Leblon will run you a tab to rival any in New York, London or Paris. Even down-home finger-food and a cold beer at a corner bar come at eye-popping prices. But cariocas, as Rio residents are known, don’t call their hometown the “marvelous city,” or cidade maravilhosa, because of chi-chi eateries or faddish clubs. It’s the stunning natural setting, the easy charm of locals and the culture that give the city its flair. And those can all be had for nada at the following spots:
Rio boasts some of the world’s most stunning urban beaches and they’re worth several visits. Cariocas spend much of their free time sunning themselves, chatting up neighbors, toning their muscles and then showing them off on these long stretches of white sand, so beach-going makes for great people-watching. Go to Copacabana, Ipanema, Leblon or Praia Vermelha, at the foot of the Sugarloaf Mountain, if you want to stay in the city. Leave behind the backdrop of buildings and go to beaches in the western suburbs of Barra da Tijuca and Recreio for a quieter experience. Prainha, farther out, makes for great surfing. Keep going west and you’ll hit Grumari, the most remote beach, a jewel of a spot surrounded by a nature preserve.
Gardens & Christ’s Statue (more…)
If you grew up in NZ during the 70′s and 80′s you just might have eaten your skippy cornflakes for brekkie on scenic placesetting mats that featured pictures of Twizel, South Island, New Zealand.
I know I did. To visit Twizel and plan your vacation in nature’s peacefully preserved paradise lakes of New Zealand, click on pic to do that. Twizel is one such lake township of NZ to plan a trip. So peaceful.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 20.9.12~
Remote Pacific Islands paradise beauty as a rockefeller, ella ella ella, umbrellas holiday postcard . . .
–not a bad look for a future King. Postcards from Honiara, Solomon Islands, 2012.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 18.9.12~
Reading the paper today, I couldn’t help but think, should a group of Maori visit Israel together with NZ’s PM & his family?–couldn’t hurt to improve cultural awareness in New Zealand. Read up as to wai.
A trip of that nature would be fun for everyone in Israel. Visit the historic sites and stuff.
~Posted by Horiwoodblog, Aotearoa New Zealand, Polynesia Asia-Pacific. 17.9.12~