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New Zealand – First Impressions

After the long haul across the Indian Ocean from Dubai, I spent a frustrating hour wandering around a hot and humid Sydney terminal before re-boarding for the short hop over the Tasman Sea to Auckland. On the final approach, the clouds over the North Island shone brilliantly in the sun and, seeing them stretch out […]

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Return to Ouvéa

“Ouvéa is everything you’d expect in a South Pacific island. Twenty kilometres of unbroken white sands border the lagoon on the west side of the island and extend far out from shore to give the water a turquoise hue. The wide western lagoon, protected by a string of coral islands and a barrier reef, is […]

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Dancing with whales

We’ve all heard about whalewatching from boats or shore, and a few companies are now offering the possibility of actually swimming and snorkelling with whales in the wild. Is this a good thing? Some whalewatching operators in the South Pacific island kingdom of Tonga advertise the possibility of swimming and snorkelling with humpback whales during […]

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Backpackers and billionaires

"It used to be that backpacking trips to Fiji involved a bus ride from Nadi to Suva, then a ferry to somewhere like Ovalau, Savusavu, Taveuni or Kadavu. No more." The Fijian islands are no longer the preserve of luxury cruise holidaymakers...

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Tahiti in fiction and film

Over the years, Tahiti and Polynesia have provided novelists and film-makers with colourful subject matter. Early travellers told of wanton women on tropical shores, and Fletcher Christian added drama to the plot by leading a mutiny against the tyrannical Captain Bligh. In 1934 American writers Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall brought out the Bounty […]

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