Viewing glow worms in the Waitomo Caves is included in the Northern Bay of New Zealand and Hobbiton tour by Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.
Viewing glow worms in the Waitomo Caves is included in the Northern Bay of New Zealand and Hobbiton tour by Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand.PHOTO: TOURISM NEW ZEALAND
Kitsuki Castle is a stop on Chan Brothers Travel’s Insider Japan and Hokkaido itinerary.
Kitsuki Castle is a stop on Chan Brothers Travel’s Insider Japan and Hokkaido itinerary.PHOTO: CHAN BROTHERS TRAVEL


Tourism New Zealand and Air New Zealand have launched two new itineraries for Singapore travellers.

The nine-day Discover Central New Zealand package, which starts at $2,688, takes one to the beautiful landscapes surrounding Napier, Wellington, Blenheim and Nelson.

During the eight-day Northern Bay of New Zealand and Hobbiton tour, which starts at $2,588, travellers will visit offbeat destinations around the North Island: Tauranga, Taupo, Rotorua and Hamilton, where one can see glow worms in the Waitomo Caves.

Tourism New Zealand has also launched a new culinary guide for Muslim travellers, developed with the help of the Kiwi Muslim Directory and Federation of the Islamic Associations of New Zealand. The Halal Food Guide provides general tourism information and a list of halal-certified, vegetarian and vegan restaurants and cafes.

It is available for download on the Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia editions of Tourism New Zealand's website,

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Today is the last day of a special Chan Brothers Travel sale, held to celebrate the launch of its Japan Travel Centre, where travellers can learn about the agency's itineraries in the Land of the Rising Sun from Japan travel specialists.

The sale offers 50 per cent off for the second traveller, up to $1,844 off a couple and free flights for children. It includes best-selling itineraries such as the six-day Japan Scenic Delight package that comprises visits to beautiful mountain towns such as Takayama; the six-day Hokkaido Passion itinerary; and the 10- or 14-day Insider Japan and Hokkaido tour.

Customers will receive a goodie bag worth $68 with items such as a Japanese Niigata rice cube air-flown from Japan and lavender cosmetics, while stocks last.

Those who pay with their Citibank credit cards will receive a limited-edition 24-inch piece of luggage with $3,800 spent.

For more information, call 6438-8880 or go to the agency's office at Chan Brothers Travel Powerhouse, 150 South Bridge Road, Fook Hai Building, Level 1.


Luxury travel agency Jacada Travel, which specialises in tailor-made tours of Africa, Asia and Latin America, has introduced itineraries to India.

Individually designed by dedicated travel experts, the bespoke itineraries will take travellers away from the tourist trail to experience India's unique beauty.

The exclusive experiences include private access to the royal family's residence in the opulent Jaipur City Palace, where guests have included Britain's Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall; United States President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle; and media celebrity Oprah Winfrey; a private viewing of Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, where guests will be greeted with a glass of champagne and enjoy a private tour around one of India's largest forts, followed by an intimate dinner high above the city; a visit to the Samode Safari Park for a rare tiger sighting and digital detox at the remote, family-run lodge in Bandhavgarh National Park, among 400 sq km of wilderness.

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Royal Dutch Airlines has brought back its popular Dream Deals promotion, which allows travellers to visit their dream destinations all over the world.

Deals include flights to European cities such as Amsterdam, Paris and Prague that start at $858 (including taxes); $1,399 to New York and $1,499 to Boston; and $1,888 to South American cities such as Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires and Lima.

The sale ends on Wednesday for travel from Thursday to May 31 next year.

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Lydia Vasko

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 28, 2016, with the headline 'Concierge'. Print Edition | Subscribe