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South of England Show 2016
Join us at the South of England Show on the 9th, 10th and 11th June, held at the South of England Showground, Ardingly.  We look forward to seeing you at our stand which this year is sponsored by Tourism Yukon and Tourism Australia, so please pop in for a chat. If you're planning on visiting the show this year we still have tickets available to purchase from our office, so please give us a call on 01323 446550 or pop in.

Sri Lanka... The Perfect Holiday Destination?

Having come back from my honeymoon in Sri Lanka, I (Peter) may have a biased point of view, but for me the answer is a very definite YES. It has so much to offer that somewhere on the island you should find something to indulge your interests.

The scenery changes regularly from dry jungle in the north to the lush tropical mountains in the centre and then back down to dry jungle in the south. Wrapping the island are beautiful beaches and rugged coves. Rice is grown wherever water is plentiful and the tea plantations offer another type of view. It is never dull as you explore waterfalls, find out about the spice gardens or take to a surf board.
For those with an interest in history and archaeology  then there are a wealth of sites to explore that go back 3,000 years and you will be amazed at the engineering feats that were accomplished all those year ago. You have to marvel at a dam with a retaining wall 12 miles long, still in use for irrigation and not a drop of concrete anywhere. Then there are the Jetawanamaya Dagobas/stupa made of solid bricks which was the third highest building in the world when it was built and has enough bricks to build a 3 metre wall from London the Edinburgh. But the highlight for me was climbing the Sigiriya Rock (a Little Gem in our February 2016 Newsletter) to view the ruins of the palace on its peak and views for miles around.

The wildlife experiences are excellent with National Parks in all regions of Sri Lanka, good herds of wild elephant, regular sightings of leopard, a number of different kinds of deer, boars and a host of birds. It is also one of the best places in the world to see blue and hump backed whales.
The people are welcoming and friendly and the food is excellent – whether a good Sri Lankan curry, deliciously ripe fruit or western inspired dishes. The accommodation is varied and there is something to suit all tastes.
There are a number flight choices for getting to Sri Lanka, with Srilankan Airlines offering the only direct flight option. Once there getting around is relatively easy with improving rail links (always travel First class if you do not want to fight for a seat), government and private buses, taxis, tuk tuk or guided tours. It is fair to say that driving in Sri Lanka is an art in survival and not for the faint hearted. Let a local do the driving for you. Alternatively take a seaplane from the airport to some of the key coastal locations – a stylish way to avoid traffic.

All pictures courtesy of Peter Ellis



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New Zealand In 6 Weeks

A 6 week tailor made or bespoke holiday in New Zealand is an ideal amount of time to enable you to see key attractions, as well as many ‘off the beaten track’ regions.  You’ll have time to go as you please at a relaxed pace too.

Photograph by kind permission of Angie Watson.

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With over a third of Tasmania devoted to National Parks, it is great for exploring the great outdoors. The island offers many opportunities for self-drive itineraries, walking holidays along with many other outdoor activities.

Photograph by kind permission of Tourism Australia.
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The Grand Circle

Canyons and National Parks make up this Grand Circle itinerary. For keen photographers, make sure you include a trip to Antelope Canyon from Lake Powell.

Photograph by kind permission of Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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Little Gem of the Month

Stewart Island is the third-largest island of New Zealand. It lies 30 kilometres (19 miles) south of New Zealand's South Island. It has a permanent population of 381 people who are a proud and independent, but friendly too.

Over 85% of the island is National Park, and the majority of people come here for the hiking and birdwatching. The island has just 28km of road, but 280km of walking tracks suited to short waks, day walks and multi-day hikes. If you decide to walk the three-day Rakiura Track and use the two accommodation huts and three campsites on the track you will get the full experience of Stewart Island’s wild beauty. For something shorter, choose from a multitude of day hiking tracks that leave Halfmoon Bay, for example the 2-hour Fern Gully track or the 4-hour Horseshoe Point Track.


Stewart Island is largely untouched by humans which makes a perfect sanctuary for birds and wildlife.  It is an absolute haven for brown kiwi or Tokoeka, which tend to be active day and night and numbers estimated around the 20,000 mark. You will also see the blue penguins and the rare yellow-eyed penguins waddle around amongst the rocks. Offshore on Ulva Island is a predator free bird sanctuary with dozens of native species, an absolute must do for native bird enthusiasts, as here you will find birds such as the tui, kaka,rifleman and fantail, you may also get to see the endangered saddleback.

 In the Southern Sanctuary of the island you will find a particularly unique kiwi-spotting experience, and will find birds practically on your doorstep. The residents share their gardens with the native birds and in the summer their evenings resound with the melody of kākā and cheeky weka who strut around Oban township.

Pictures of Birds courtesy of Angie Watson - Picture of Stewart Island courtesy of Venture Southland.



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