Destinations

  • New Zealand Part IV

    Cities: Queenstown

    We say farewell to Philip and the team at Blanket Bay and head towards Queenstown. It is only a 45 minute drive and along the way we stop at my good friend Tania’s lodge – Azur set in the hills of Queenstown, with incredible views of The Remarkables. The Lodge is only a 5 minute drive to the town center yet you have the views of the lake and mountains that are amazing; with 9 suites this is the perfect lodge for couples who want to be away from the town yet close enough to have access to all Queenstown has to offer.

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    March 19, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, New Zealand • Views: 2088

  • New Zealand Part III

    Cities: Franz Josef, Glenorchy

    These New Zealand breakfasts are just phenomenal – fresh country eggs, selection of French Toast, Home Made Porridge (Oatmeal), and some unique creations at each lodge, make the start of the day something special.nz3 Continue Reading

    March 17, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, New Zealand • Views: 6620

  • New Zealand Part II

    Cities: South Island High Country

    A hearty breakfast in the country kitchen at Wharekauhau and then we meet Dougal McKenzie, who is a “kiwi” from the South Island but has been living in the North Island for the past 30 years. Dougal is going to show us the region including some wineries today.nz2 Continue Reading

    March 15, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, New Zealand • Views: 1726

  • New Zealand Part I

    Cities: Taupo, Palliser Bay

    Eagerly, I planned this trip for my wife Linda and me to visit some of my favorite places in New Zealand, including some of the wonderful luxury lodges. Linda hadn’t been to New Zealand in over ten years, so I was looking forward to sharing many new experiences with her since much has changed over the years.

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    March 12, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, New Zealand • Views: 8543

  • Tanzania – May 2009

    Cities: Dar es Salaam, Singita Grumeti Reserves

    The excitement started to build as I boarded my charter flight from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania to the Grumeti region of the Serengeti and the Singita Reserves there. The three new properties have been on my “must-see” list since they opened just over two years ago.TANZANIA---MAY-2009 Continue Reading

    May 19, 2009 • Africa, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1690

  • An Adventure to the Top End

    Cities: Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Arnhemland

    Walking out of the lobby of the SKYCITY Darwin hotel I am immediately greeted with a very strong handshake and the “true-blue” voice of Sab – “G’day Ian, you ready to see the outback, Mate?”
    Sab Lord is a local. Born and raised on a cattle station, that is now part of Kakadu National Park, he knows the area, the people and the history. He understands the aboriginal culture and is welcomed into their communities. Continue Reading

    June 15, 2008 • Australia, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1696