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When it comes to travel, kiwis tend to be more adventurous
compared to our neighbours across the ditch.
Hotel search site trivago.co.nz has extensively analysed
consumer search trends in New Zealand and Australia over the
last three years to find the top secret holiday hideaways kiwis
love, that aren’t visited by the Aussies.
THE COOK ISLANDS:
Scattered across ocean space the size of Western Europe lies the
warm and welcoming Cook Islands. These 15 islands are situated
comfortably between New Zealand and Hawaii and are known
to be reminiscent of Hawaii before it was developed for tourism.
These islands are rich in more than 1000 years of Polynesian
culture and spectacular natural landscapes, with stunning
mountains, dense tropical jungle and white sandy beaches.
Samoa boasts the most beautiful and untouched landscape in
the South Pacific. The island has a variety of natural wonders on
offer from volcanic terrain to lush tropical forests. The destination
is also home to the unique and recently trending To Sua Ocean
Trench, a giant swimming hole that has become a national icon.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA:
This large and happening city has a lot of similarities to Paris and
Madrid but also has that spicy Latin twist we’ve all been needing in
our lives. It’s known as the food and wine hub of South America so
get to know the city’s spirited residents over a long-lasting lunch,
and after a siesta, head out amongst the vibrant nightlife and give
the famous Argentinian tango a whirl.
MEXICO CITY, MEXICO:
Here’s a city bound to daunt even the most experienced of travellers
due to its sheer size, being one of the most populated cities in the
world. But a visit to Mexico City won’t nearly be as intimidating
as expected with its fun-loving and dynamic atmosphere. The
destination has pre-Hispanic pyramids and canals, colonial buildings
and a number of modern Mexican dining options available thanks to
its rising culinary scene in recent years.
For that cosmopolitan feeling with a hint of Southern charm, look no
further than Houston, Texas. It’s a city that welcomes all to take part
in its carefree lifestyle, where locals enjoy the sunshine year-round
and by night, indulge in one of the nation’s best foodie and art scenes.
From barbeque cook-offs to degustation menus created by
internationally renowned chefs, Houston is one of America’s
culinary capitals. The city is also a place for creative expression,
with a vibrant theatre district and a great deal of independent
gallery spaces to check out.
Vanuatu is an island with plenty of unexpected natural wonders. It has
the world’s most accessible volcano, picturesque beaches, gushing
waterfalls, thermal hot springs and some of the best dive sites in the
world – including a dive with a shipwrecked luxury cruise liner.
Holiday costs are relatively lower than most other neighbouring
islands in the Pacific as it is yet to be deemed a tourist hotspot, so
now’s the perfect time to go.
SOCIETY ISLANDS, FRENCH POLYNESIA:
The Society Islands in French Polynesia are home to Bora
Bora, Tahiti and Moorea. All islands are easily accessible by
ferry, making island hopping a breeze. The popular Bora Bora
(above), although more coral than sand, is the best island for
snorkelling and diving. Moorea boasts the most spectacular
scenery and Tahiti is the more urbanised destination of the three.
These islands are best known for their overwater bungalow
accommodation, where guests can simply open their bedroom
doors and dive into the crystal clear waters of the Pacific.
“only Kiwis” know about
Pullman Auckland Hotel has teamed up with
New Zealand’s ‘The Bachelor’ Art Green
and CleanPaleo to reinvent the weekday
morning for guests with a new ‘2 Step Active
Created with corporate travellers in mind,
the program combines 15 minutes of exercises
by Green, alongside a healthy CleanPaleo
inspired breakfast. An avid fitness advocate and
Director of CleanPaleo, Art says he knows the
importance of starting the working day off on the
right foot. “You only have one body so you need
to look after it”, says the reality TV name. “Starting the day with a
workout followed by a good breakfast sets you up for the day ahead
with higher energy levels and a stronger mental outlook”.
The in-room workouts are derived from Art’s book ‘Eat Clean,
Live Lean’ and are only 15 minutes in duration - ideal for the
time poor business traveller.
Pullman Auckland General Manager, Zac Lumsden, is excited
about the partnership, saying: “There is a synergy between our
brands in that we are both seeking to help
answer our clients’ needs of maintaining
healthy eating options and a healthier lifestyle
while living busy lives”.
As a hotel, Pullman Auckland already has
strong links to health and wellbeing with running
maps provided for guests, water on hand, and
an award winning Day Spa and Health club. The
‘2 Step Active Wellbeing Program’ is exclusively
available to guests staying at the hotel and is
done in the comfort of their own room.
When their workout is complete, the
healthy breakfast is delivered to the room to be enjoyed before
beginning the workday ahead.
“Life is about getting a balance between work, exercise and
fun,” says Mr. Lumsden, “This partnership with Art Green and
CleanPaleo is one step closer to achieving this balance in a very
simple but attainable way”.
Pullman Auckland’s ‘2 Step Active Wellbeing Program’
officially launches in-rooms this February.
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