Known as the ‘Land of the Gods’, Bali is undeniably beautiful. For a small tropical island, Bali has an amazing ability to provide something for everyone. Each region is so unique which makes it impossible to describe Bali as one destination. Take the time to visit chilled out Canggu with… Read the rest

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar & Thailand

Over the last decade, our most popular destination outside of Europe has routinely been Vietnam. It’s not hard to see why – it has fascinating cities, beautiful scenery, great beaches, interesting recent and ancient history, great food and it’s still exceptionally well priced by NZ standards. We love to put… Read the rest

India, Sri Lanka, Nepal & Bhutan

We love India especially in the cooler months of Oct/Nov and Feb-March, and private group trips are becoming popular here, partly perhaps of the success of the lovely (and very funny) recent film ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’! We’re tipping Sri Lanka to be the next big Asian destination for… Read the rest

The Silk Road, Caucasus & Central Asia

The Silk Road – definitely off the beaten track! For thousands of years this route has linked East and West, a route followed by traders in silk, spices and slaves, plus explorers interested in new ideas as much as new territories. Modern day travellers will begin their journey in Uzbekistan’s… Read the rest

China, Tibet & Mongolia

Some travellers only explore the major cities of China – Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong,  as part of a stopover. With thousands of years of history and so many astonishing monuments and UNESCO World Heritage sites – there is so much more to see and do in China.  Get away… Read the rest


Asia is a great option for Kiwi travellers; it’s a ‘mid-haul’ destination – we have direct flights from Christchurch to Singapore and to Guangzhou with great connections beyond and also good connections from Christchurch via Australia to Bali. It’s mostly tremendous value for money, especially in the Indian Subcontinent, Indochina… Read the rest

Walking Japan’s Nakasendo Trail by Ian Collier

Japan is very popular for Kiwi visitors; with the Rugby World Cup last year and the Olympics upcoming in 2020, the country’s profile has never been higher. So many visitors to Japan use the impressive Japan Rail network to hop at Shinkansen (bullet) speed from one big city to another… Read the rest

An introduction to Taipei, Taiwan by Peter Dunne

On a recent trip to Europe I was looking for a new and different stopover on the way home and decided upon the ancient island of Formosa. Many schoolboy history lesson had left me intrigued so I was keen to learn about Chiang Kai Shek and Sun Yat Sen and… Read the rest