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Autumn Adventures In Queenstown New Zealand

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Autumn travel photography in Queenstown New Zealand by Cassie Sullivan.

I leaned on the glass of the window, gazing at the mountains throwing shadows over the lake. They had such calm, such pride. I felt at home here, drawn to this overwhelmingly beautiful island. A place where little ones still play barefoot with sticks and everyone takes an interest in your story, even the horses.

I watched the light play with the land all day long. Climbing over mountain ridges. Splaying over a horse’s hide. Weaving it’s way into sheep’s wool. Holding each rain drop.

We did day trips every day and every day I looked on with a smile across my face. We had hot and silky fondue in a small french cafe, overlooking the yellowing leaves of Arrowtown. I slept through the rolling hills to wake up in windy Wanaka. Counted curious deer, silhouetted on mountains. Touched foreheads with friendly horses on the road between Glenorchy and Paradise, they were happy with their lot in life. We drove at a snails pace along Skippers Road, averting our eyes from the sheer drops to the side of us, until the beauty of the lake below outshone our fear and we couldn’t help but gaze in appreciation. We walked the edge of Moke Lake, taking photos of the perfect reflection then turning them upside down to see if we could tell the difference. We explored and adventured each and every day, through forest, lake and mountain, our favourite thing to do in all the world, literally.

It is the most magical place I have ever experienced.

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Ms Gingham says: Absolutely speechless. I have a trip to Queenstown booked for the beginning of August so how excited am I?

About Cassie: I’m proud to have been born and raised in Tasmania. I love that I now call Melbourne home and Broome my second home, these places intrigues me every day!

Fabulous Honeymoon Ideas Quiz

by | Destinations, Honeymoons

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Kathryn Blom
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You have planned the wedding of your dreams. Now it’s time to organise the honeymoon. Honeymoons, however are not just about romantic getaways. It is your chance to really explore new things about your partner and create the first experiences as a married couple.

So, we we have put together a quick fabulous honeymoon ideas quiz to help you find the perfect holiday destination for you.

1. You get off the plane and arrive at your hotel and the first thing you do is:

a) Book a trek
b) Lie by the pool
c) Check out the local town and museums
d) Admire the natural beauty of the place

2. Your idea of the perfect holiday is:

a) Active and full of exciting and new things to do and see
b) Calming, romantic and indulgent
c) A place where your partner and yourself can meet new people and explore another culture
d) A place where your partner and you can get back to nature and enjoy the wildlife

3. Your ideal date involves:

a) Anything that gets your adrenalin pumping
b) A beautiful dinner with breathtaking views
c) Trying a new cuisine or restaurant
d) A chance to get back to nature with your loved one

4. You like to sleep

a) Glamping under the stars
b) In a modern sleek hotel room
c) In an elegant antique boudoir
d) In a beautiful cabin surrounded by trees

5. You have one day left of your honeymoon so you…

a) Get in as much to do as you possibly can
b) Relax there is still a day left
c) Stroll around the streets and eat street food
d) Go for a walk with the tigers

6. Your favourite article of clothing is…

a) Your Hiking gear
b) Your swimsuit
c) An elegant dress or suit
d) A summer dress

7. If you had to bring one thing on holidays with you it would be

a) A good pair of shoes
b) A bed
c) A camera
d) A sun hat

8. Your favourite animal is

a) A llama
b) Tropical Fish
c) A butterfly
d) Lion

9. You mostly like to surround yourself with

a) The great outdoors
b) Sun and Surf
c) Art
d) Nature

Mostly As
You are an adventurer. Like you, your honeymoon should be fast paced and full of excitement. Although you love your downtime while you’re on holidays you know how to make the most of it. So why don’t you go somewhere that has the same taste of adventure you do? Consider heading to Machu Picchu for a trek around the Inca trails. See the majestic ancient ruins of the Inca civilization in the middle of the Andes mountains. If you are also a bit of an animal lover you can go on a cruise from there, around the Galapagos Islands to see some of the most unusual creatures and birds on the planet.

Mostly Bs

What you need for your honeymoon is a nice relaxing holiday. This is a time for you and your partner to completely indulge. The ideal place for you is undoubtedly Bora Bora. Can you think of anything more relaxing than waking up to see crystal blue waters surrounding your over water bungalow. Hire a “Vaitape”-  a two seater buggie to go around the island and maybe even go snorkeling in the lagoon. Alternatively just sun bathe and enjoy the beautiful views together.

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Mostly Cs
You love history and culture so you should go to somewhere that has an abundance of both. Consider beautiful Prague. Prague is as picturesque as it is incredibly rich in culture. Sit in a belle-epoque inspired cafe as you and your partner people watch. The city square is often alive with  live performers and music. Explore the beautiful churches or discover the contemporary art scene at the Dox gallery.

Mostly Ds
The perfect holiday for you is one where you can get back to nature. Try beautiful Mauritius. This place is truly a slice of paradise! Take a sea trip to see the dolphins and go diving amongst the extensive barrier reef and ship wrecks to experience the incredible marine life. Take a stroll in the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens best known for its lilly pond filled with Amazonian lilies. If you are really brave go walk with the lions and cheetahs at Casela Nature and Leasure Park. Alternately go trekking in the Moka Mountains or simply enjoy the stunning white sand beaches. It will be an amazing trip you will remember forever.

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Honeymoon In Norway & Sweden

by | Honeymoons, Location Europe

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Jaime Macmillan
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Norway is famous for its Fjords, The Northern Lights and Vikings. This beautiful and picturesque country is a wonderful honeymoon option, particularly for couples who love the great outdoors. Oslo is the capital of Norway and much like all of Scandinavia, is an incredibly cosmopolitan city filled with many a cultural delight. However, when travelling in Norway, do as the Norwegians do and get out of the city and explore what their beautiful landscape has to offer.

Things to do

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  • If you visit between October-March, you may be lucky enough to experience the breathtaking beauty that is The Northern Lights.
  • Visit Bergen, one of Europe’s most beautiful cities. Set amongst fjords, mountains and Norway’s coastline – you can soak up its seafaring heritage.
  • Watch a performance at the brand new, state of the art opera house – it almost rivals Sydney’s!
  • Sitting 400 kms north of the arctic circle is Tromsø. It has more pubs and bars per capita than any other Norwegian town!
  • View Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ at The National Gallery.

Where to eat

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For traditional Norwegian fare (read reindeer) try dinner at Engebret Cafe, Norway’s oldest restaurant. You’ll be treated to a fine evening of traditional food and old world charm. Or for a truly opulent meal dine at one of Norway’s premier restaurants, Bagatelle. It’s best to set aside a whole evening and indulge in a 20-25 course tasting menu!

Where to stay

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If you’re planning to stay in Oslo for your honeymoon, look no further than the Grand Hotel. Located right in the heart of the city centre and only 500 metres from the Royal Palace – you’ll feel like total royalty staying in one of their many luxurious suites. You’ll be in good company too as this is where recipients of the Nobel Peace Prize stay!

Sweden

2014 is definitely Sweden’s year. It has been named one of the top 10 countries to visit this year by Lonely Planet and Umeå, northern Sweden’s largest city has also been named this years cultural capital of Europe. Stockholm, the capital, is achingly cool – from it’s architecture to its inhabitants and everything in between.

Things to do

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  • During summer, join the locals at a waterside bar and snack on herring or Skagen (prawns in mayonnaise with lemon and dill, served on rye bread.)
  • Explore the islands that make up the Stockholm archipelago. Do this by taking a ferry to Fjaderholmarna – a group of islands just 20 minutes from downtown Stockholm.
  • Enjoy waterside drinks at Malarpaviljongen – an open air cafe lounge that has floating decks. It’s a popular hangout during summer months.
  • Soak up some artistic culture by wandering around Moderna Museet, home to world-famous 20th century art. The National Museum also holds a fine collection of art from the middle ages and a large collection of Swedish art.
  • Join in on a favourite Swedish past time and indulge in fika, which translates into ‘indulge in coffee and chat at leisure’ in one of Stockholm’s many cafes.

Where to eat

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Restaurant Volt is a Swedish culinary superstar, serving up contemporary and elegant food, with plenty of Swedish influence. Also on the menu is Restaurant Himlen. Providing a truly special backdrop – the entire cityscape – indulge in an intimate setting on top of the 25th floor of the skyscraper Skrapan. Travel a level up and you can indulge in cocktails and a meal in a more laid-back setting.

Where to stay

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A top place to stay whilst on honeymoon in Sweden is Nobis. Only a few years old, this stylish hotel is one of the hottest places to stay. Their decadent suites are designed with modern Scandinavian aesthetics that you’d hope to see, all right in the heart of the city. Or for a bit of novelty factor why not stay in Hotel Rival, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson. But that’s where the novelty stops. Hotel Rival is actually a beautiful design hotel, featuring retro furnishings, a vintage 1940’s cinema and an elaborate art-deco cocktail bar.

So many reasons to consider a honeymoon in Norway or Sweden!

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