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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Harvey Lennon RACT Chief Operating Officer Here, there, everywhere Hobart Corner Murray and Patrick Streets Phone 6232 6300 Hobart Collins Street RACT Travelworld Shop 1, 110 Collins Street Phone 6222 9222 Rosny Park Rosny Mall 2 Bayfield Street Phone 6212 6777 Sharing our experiences They say knowledge is everything -- and certainly when it comes to travel, being able to take advice from people who have 'been there and done that' is invaluable. 21ST-23RD JANUARY 2011 HOOD AERODROME, MASTERTON For more information - www.wings.org.nz 52 June / July 2010 Coach travel re-invented in New Zealand Calling all air enthusiasts -- Wings over Wairarapa 2011 Just out of Masterton in the south of the North Island, I recently discovered the most amazing collection of World War I and World War II aircraft housed in hangars beside an unassuming airfield. The airfield boasts the largest collection of World War I aircraft anywhere in the world. The airfield and the airspace over the Wairarapa region will come alive in January 2011 when they host their sixth biannual air show -- Wings over Wairarapa. The theme for the coming event is 'We Will Remember' -- acknowledging the many locals who flew with the NZ Air Force in the two World Wars. The promotional poster depicts four New Zealand pilots, three of whom are still living in New Zealand. Two of them live in the Wairarapa region and will be special guests at the air show next January. Grand Pacific Tours has 7 and 12 day itineraries that include Wings over Wairarapa as a highlight. The shorter itinerary is in and out of Wellington and includes touring in the Wellington and Wairarapa regions while the 12 day itinerary includes touring around Christchurch before the air show, then Rotorua to Auckland after the event. Our own enthusiast Mike Pigden will escort* a group during the air show and would welcome enquiries on 6222 9222. Alter natively, call your R ACT Travelworld consultant on 1300 368 111. Book before 31 July and get an extra night's accommodation in NZ before the tour. *Provision of an escort may be subject to minimum numbers Volcanic ash cloud over Europe The er uption of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in Iceland in mid- April produced a massive ash cloud that resulted in most of the airspace over Europe being closed for up to several days, affecting the travel plans of millions of travellers. RACT Travelworld's consultants worked overtime to assist their clients in Europe or travelling to Europe at that time. Our clients were not charged for this service and we are pleased to have been able to assist in minimising the inconvenience as far as possible. At the same time airlines' call centres were overloaded. A big thank you to our hard-working consultants -- unpredictable events like this provide a timely reminder of the benefits of booking your travel through a travel agent. Irecently had the opportunity to experience Grand Pacific Tours' new Ultimate coach in New Zealand's North Island. This luxury coach redefines coach travel with just 20 seats, all leather and all with window views. Beside each seat is your ow n drink holder, storage cabinet, personal head-phone connection and a pull-out table -- (it's similar to airline business class). The configuration works a treat and you can be as independent or as connected with your fellow travellers as you like. Tours using the Ultimate coach are combined with the best hotels in each destination, along with a range of attractions and surprises that really leave you feeling special. New Zealand is a great destination providing a wide range of experiences. Many of GPT's tours combine rail and short cr uise legs in the Bay of Islands or Milford Sound areas to ensure you have a great time in the Land of the Long White Cloud. There are Ultimate tours from 10 to 19 days. Please talk to one of our experienced consultants about the options. Read more on page 60. Holiday Club members can win a West Side Story weekend package in Melbourne Members of R ACT Travelworld's Holiday Club will be in the draw to win a weekend in Melbourne and tickets to West Side Story. Ter ms and Conditions are at the Holiday Club link on w w w.racttravelworld.com.au. Not a Holiday Club member yet? Go to the same link and join by 31 July 2010 to be in the draw!
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