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Active Breaks in New Zealand: Summer VS Winter

Itching to race down dunes, take on a glacier hike or slice through snow some-place far, far away? From the tip of Cape Reinga down to the wildlife-rich Stewart Island, New Zealand’s got you covered – and so do we.

All you’ve got to do is pick your season of choice and hold on to your helmet!

Cathedral Cove

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Skyscrapers, Souqs and Sweet Milk – Emirates Insider Dubai

Today’s blog comes from Alistair Lee – a Travel Expert from our UK Contact Centre who headed out to Dubai in February as our Emirates Insider.

When I was asked to go out on a trip to Dubai and be followed by a camera crew for a few days I was, well, apprehensive to say the least! Not because of the destination, I’ve been to Dubai 6 or 7 times so I was confident that I could find my way around and show off the best things to do, but being filmed on the beach in my green shorts was a different matter entirely. They are mine by the way, and I know they look great.

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Frigid Five: 5 places that do winter properly

The British winter is not internationally renowned for it’s ferocity, beauty or quite frankly anything other than being a bit wet and cold. Sure the north of Scotland gets some pretty epic snow fall and there are a couple of fields in the south west that when covered in frost and deer make the front pages of certain less news-centric papers, but in general the season is rather mediocre.  (Think we’ve qualified that enough…pretty worried about reprisals from the British Winter Society.)

We’ve searched the globe (figuratively, there’s no budget for a winter recky to look at snow) and found 5 places that do winter properly. A Frigid Five if you will. Or if you wont.

Bridge to nowhere
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Work Canada – Snow and Sun

Today’s post comes from Billie Norman who travelled to Canada in 2012 and 2013 with BUNAC’s Work Canada program.

From my first visit at the age of 7, I knew Canada was the place for me. By the time school had ended I was itching to get out of England and finally immerse myself in the Canadian experience and I couldn’t think of a better way to do this than to head out and do a snow season or two.

Banff
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Shakedown, Queenstown

This week, our CRM executive Carmen Bergne takes the reigns to spill all she knows about New Zealand’s adventure capital, Queenstown…

Home to the world’s first ever bungee jump at Kawarau Bridge, I think it’s safe to say that Queenstown is, well, the queen (excuse the pun) of adventure sports!

Located at the bottom of the South Island, this town is within reaching distance of an extensive range of natural landmarks and diverse landscapes.

It also happens have a string of restaurants, bars and clubs along the shoreline of an extraordinarily beautiful lake which doesn’t hurt when it comes to deciding to stay there.

Whether you’re looking for a 24/7 party, getting as many thrills as you can or taking in vast swathes of natural beauty, Queenstown has it all. So let’s give you the scoop on where to see and be seen during your visit.

Kawarau Bridge Bungy.

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