Friday, April 9, 2010


The New Zealand designed and built Frogz White Water Sledging is now a Qualmark endorsed activity, reinforcing the company’s professional standards.

Qualmark is the official mark of quality for tourism in New Zealand. Qualmark Endorsed Visitor Activities have each undergone a detailed onsite quality assessment and are found to be both professional and trustworthy.

General Manager Neil Harrison said the official stamp of quality provides re-assurance to all adventure sport enthusiasts.

“We have more than 18 years experience in the business of white water sledging and this endorsement recognises the quality of our activity.”

Frogz White Water Sledging and its sister company, Serious Fun Riversurfing, are the only water boarding operators in Queenstown to have Qualmark Activity Endorsement.

“We constantly strive to improve our customers experience and this endorsement recognises our efforts to bring professionalism and excellence to this activity,” said Mr Harrison.

White water sledging began in the French Alps in the late 1970’s when an ambitious Frenchman floated downstream through river rapids lying on bags filled with lifejackets and polystyrene. In 1981 the first sledge or ‘hydrospeed’ was built making it a recognised sport.

Frogz White Water Sledging uses specially designed river sledges providing the best way to get up close and personal with the white water in the Southern Lakes region.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Two Kiwis Win Extraordinary Taxi Ride Across Western Australia

Kiwi Mates Reg and Jim Prepare for All Fun No Fare Adventure…

Tourism Western Australia searched far and wide for two adventurous, fun-loving Kiwis to explore Western Australia in one of the world’s most epic taxi rides.

Kiwis mates, Reg Clothier and Jim McIntosh, have won the ride of a lifetime. Normally the boys travel with their wives but this time they’re striking out on a boys’ adventure across the outback.

Reg is a Property Manager in Wellington and his mate Jim is a custom shoemaker, who created many of the shoes for Lord of the Rings and has since continued a tidy trade in custom making shoes for a number of celebrities.

When Jim is not crafting new soles, he’s searching for interesting souls – satisfying his wanderlust with world travel and reporting on all of his adventures in his blog:

Reg and Jim met in 1995 through a site which brings together travellers from across the globe to host each other in their respective countries. Although in Jim and Reg’s case it brought together two men who live less than five kilometres from one another!

Reg and Jim will be hailing their cab on the 01st of June and heading to The Gibb River Road for nine days, starting with an iconic 4WD adventure across the Kimberley – one of the world’s last true wilderness areas.

Reg and Jim will then ditch the 4WD to return to their trusty taxi but not for long because the next stop will be cattle mustering and then barramundi fishing. After all of that the boys will have earned a well-deserved rest under waterfalls and in hot thermal springs. Highlights include staying at El Questro Wilderness Park and Home Valley Station.

Reg is hungry for adventure saying he is, “Absolutely delighted to have won this chance to see Western Australia and have the opportunity to pursue my passion for the sort of adventurous travel which is off the beaten track.”

Jim is a wildlife enthusiast with a keen interest in conservation and cultures. Some of Jim’s conservation work includes creating and securing waterholes for elephants in Namibia.

Jim is incredibly excited about the trip, saying: “Not many people really know just how different and diverse Western Australia is from New Zealand. It is so close in terms of miles and yet it really is like another world.”

The boys, who are both sixty, will be hailing their taxi and driving 1,000 kilometres in search of some of the most spectacular and extraordinary sites that Western Australia has to offer.

If you like what you’ve heard so far keep up with the boys and their Western Australia adventure at:

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Virgin signs points agreement

Virgin Blue Group has announced a reciprocal deal that will see members of its Velocity frequent flyer program earn points on Virgin America flights.

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Starwood to 1000

Starwood Hotels and Resorts have opened its 1000th hotel and resort, the Sheraton Qiandao Lake Resort located on the shores of China’s Qiandao Lake.

Starwood is planning to open a further 300 hotels in the next three to four years.

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Passenger volumes peak in January

Air traffic in and out of Australia set a new record in January with 2.475 million passengers during the calendar month.

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St Regis Bora Bora offers re-opening special

WHAT: St Regis Bora Bora is offering a ‘stay three pay two’ deal to celebrate the hotel’s reopening in June.

INCLUDES: Daily breakfast for two

CONDITIONS: Applicable to all categories EXCEPT Overwater Villas, Superior Overwater Villas and the Royal Estate. The offer is based on double occupancy. Booking Code:REOSP

SALES PERIOD: Bookings must be made between March 29 and May 7, 2010.

TRAVEL DATES: The deal is applicable to stays between June 14 and October 31, 2010.


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