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Return to NZ during the Covid-19 Pandemic

New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to almost all travellers to help stop the spread of COVID-19. You still have a legal right to come home if you’re a New Zealand citizen or a New Zealand resident with valid travel conditions and Discover Travel has been helping a number of… Read the rest


Be insured properly for my travels by Ian Collier

To say it’s been an eventful few years for Canterbury is of course an understatement, but one thing we’ve all learned is the importance of being adequately insured! This is especially true when it comes to choosing the right travel insurance policy, and at Discover Travel we have extensive experience… Read the rest


Stop off en-route to Europe? by Ian Collier

Here’s how.  Let’s face it, from Christchurch we are pretty much exactly on the opposite side of the Earth from most places in Europe, and 12,000 miles away, give or take. It will take anything from 27-32 hours to get from Christchurch to London – Air New Zealand are currently… Read the rest


Use an E-passport on arrival at London Heathrow?

For EU Passport holders: E-passport gates – arrivals made easy     Automated e-passport gates offer an alternative to conventional passport checks. Simply scan your e-passport at the barrier. The system runs a face-recognition check against the chip in your passport, then if you’re eligible to enter the UK the gate opens… Read the rest


Cruise Alaska’s Inside Passage by Discover Travel

BIG SHIP OR SMALL SHIP CRUISE? The traditional ‘big’ cruise ships like Holland America, Princess etc cruise from Vancouver to Seward or round trip back to Vancouver and some include sightseeing of Glacier Bay National Park or perhaps Hubbard Glacier and typically stop at a mix of towns including Juneau,… Read the rest


Discover the Italian Lakes by Discover Travel

In the mountainous landscape of the Alps, amid spectacular scenery lie the famous Italian lakes of Como, Maggiore, and Garda. There is also the lesser-known, but equally picturesque, Lake Orta and straddling both Italy and Switzerland is the stunning Lake Lugano. The shores of all these lakes are dotted with… Read the rest


Explore Tuscany by car by Discover Travel

Tuscany is one of those magical parts of the world, where you are immersed in magical views of olive trees, grape vines, Cypress trees and villas that all look old, well maintained and so in keeping with their environs. You can never tell if a building is new, old or… Read the rest