Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Prince William will head to New Zealand again, but it won't be for the Rugby World Cup.

He and Kate, the new Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, will reportedly visit next year to help ease the Queen's diamond jubilee workload.

Australia and the Caribbean are also on their list of planned stopovers.

The couple will be separated during the World Cup in September as William will be posted in the Falkland Islands for work.

Because he is unable to attend any of the games in New Zealand the country was a "priority destination" for a world tour starting in March.

The visits are planned to coincide with the jubilee – celebrating 60 years on the throne - because traditionally the Queen visits Commonwealth countries in the year of the celebrations.

But the 85-year-old has asked family members to relieve her from some travel this time, the Sun reports.

A palace official told the Sun that Kate and William were planning the minimum of official engagements to settle into married life, but the jubilee was an

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Hopes airfare war will keep 'em coming

Visitor numbers from the US are expected to be down by 10 to 15 per cent this year, but an airfare war may help stimulate demand.

Tourism New Zealand US regional manager Annie Dundas said New Zealand's third largest market had been more resilient than expected in 2008, but the tide had turned quickly this year.

"Compared to competitors, New Zealand came out better than some."

US visitors to the UK were down 12 per cent while numbers to France dropped 10 per cent.

But the start of the year has seen New Zealand fall to the levels of its European rivals. While official figures have yet to come out, Dundas said US visitors in January were down between 10 and 15 per cent.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Slain backpacker's family will attend trial

The family of slain Scottish backpacker Karen Aim arrives in the country today, with her father vowing to sit through each day of the murder trial.

"The main question for me is how was Karen killed?" Brian Aim told the Herald.

"Was she chased and terrorised, or was she clubbed from behind and never knew it had happened? I hope that question will be answered through the trial. It may not be but I am quite determined to hear as much as I can of the trial. I might not be able to face it."

A year after Karen's January 17 killing - while on a working holiday in Taupo - the family still think about her every day.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Eden-like beauty found in New Zealand

Don't get me wrong. I don't mean to imply that there's no action to be found here at the bottom of the world. To the contrary, this is the place that gave us modern bungee jumping and the Lord of the Rings movies. These people know how to get the blood flowing.

But nothing quite beats leaving the cities behind for a trek across the country, which is divided into two main, narrow islands, North and South. The terrain is sparsely populated - sheep outnumber humans 10 to one - and as varied as it comes.

New Zealand is, in short, a country begging for a road trip.

A good place to start is at the top of the South Island at Abel Tasman National Park. This classically beautiful park is a paradise for trampers, a New Zealand term for hikers. Tucked along the coast, the quiet coves and golden beaches are accessible only by sea or by foot and preserve an innocent, Eden-like quality.

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