• October 2007

Flying Kiwi News - October 2007

New Zealand is about much more than rugby - luckily !!

Anyone for netball?? Okay, so we might not have made the final (or even semis) this time, but at least we still have the World's best adventure travel company!!Our new crew are now on the road and to match their good looks and charm we decided it was time to give our newsletter a facelift. You will find a fountain of fascinating tidbits in this months edition and a few more hidden treasures from the land of the long white cloud!

 

Ever thought about - Skydiving

New Zealand is a very popular place for people to jump out a plane!!! There are plenty of options to indulge yourself in the ultimate adrenalin thrill (Queenstown, Abel Tasman and Taupo) but here's a quick run down on one of our favourites. Lake Taupo is one of New Zealand's most popular playgrounds for the outdoor adventure enthusiast.  Taupo hosts NZ's number one most visited attraction - the Huka Falls, spectacular Lake Taupo and the snow-capped volcanic plateau of the Tongariro region.  However, the ultimate Flying Kiwi adventure is to take all of this in from up to 15000 feet above Lake Taupo, free-falling at minimum 200km/hr.   

There are a number of skydive operators in Taupo.  We recommend New Zealand's and currently the world's largest tandem skydiving operation, Taupo Tandem Skydiving. There is a café on-site, numerous DVD/CD photo options to capture those memorable moments and the use of the world's leading skydiving aircraft and parachuting equipment.  It's an outstanding experience and with participants aged from 8 – 90 years old, this exceptional QUALMARK Endorsed Activity will leave you with one of the most incredible experience's of your lifetime!

 

Hikes to try - Tongariro National Park

Rated by many as the best one day walk in the World, the tongariro crossing is a highlight of many Flying Kiwi tours. Taken from the DOC website here's a bit more about this amazing wonder.

Established in 1887, Tongariro was the first national park in New Zealand and the fourth in the world. It is also a dual World Heritage area, a status which recognizes the park's important Maori cultural and spiritual associations as well as its outstanding volcanic features.

It is a place of extremes and surprises, a place to explore and remember. From herb fields to forests, from tranquil lakes to desert-like plateau and active volcanoes - Tongariro has them all. In 1887 Te Heuheu Tukino IV (Horonuku), then the paramount chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, gifted the sacred peaks to the nation. To tangata whenua (people of the land) the mountains are a vital part of their history, their whakapapa (genealogy) and legends are venerated accordingly.

  • Ko Tongariro te maunga Tongariro is the mountain
  • Ko Taupo te moana Taupo is the lake
  • Ko Ngati Tuwharetoa te tangata Ngati Tuwharetoa are the people
  • Ko Te Heuheu te tangata  Te Heuheu is the man

It is said that their ancestor, Ngatoroirangi (the navigator and tohunga of the waka Arawa) was close to death after exploring this mountainous region. He called out to his sisters from his pacific homeland, Hawaiiki, to send him fire. The fire came but its passage left a trail of volcanic vents, from Tongatapu, through Whakaari (White Island), Rotorua and Tokaanu, before reaching Ngatoroirangi on the slopes of Tongariro.

Free Entry to Sydney's leading show

This month Flying Kiwi will be present at the Adventure Expo held from 9th to 11th November at the Sydney Town Hall. Further details of the event can be found here. The event was attended by almost 10,000 people last year and there's heaps of prizes, promotions and an adventure option for nearly every corner of theglobe. Entrance is usually $5 but if you print this newsletter and take it with you, you get in for free. Come and check us out if your passing through and we'll sort out a few nice surprises for those who mention the newsletter. :)

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Well that's it from us for this month. Happy travels wherever you may be and we will be in touch soon.

The Flying Kiwi team