• A Fijian Escape – Part One

    Cities: Likuliku Island Resort & Spa

    We left San Francisco on board Air New Zealand’s 747 in their Premier Business Class section. The seats are in a “herringbone” configuration on either side of the plane facing towards the windows in the forward part of the plane and then facing outwards, side by side in the middle. The service was fantastic with very attentive and social flight attendants. Sleeping was easy on board for this night time flight to Auckland. Continue Reading

    May 19, 2010 • Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr, South Pacific Islands • Views: 3869

  • Botswana and Zimbabwe May 2010

    Cities: Okavango Delta, Moremi Game Reserve, Chobe National Park, Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

    It had been a couple of years since I had ventured into the wilds of Botswana, and many more years since stepping into Zimbabwe.


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    May 11, 2010 • Africa, Bloggers, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 3616

  • 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: 3663

  • 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: 8375

  • 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: 3320

  • 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: 10323