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Hobart, the closest Australian capital to Antartica will get its first scenic flight over the glaciers, icebergs and scenic mountains of the southernmost continent this year.
Antarctica Flights, celebrating 25 years of annual service this year, is introducing a Tasmanian flight on November 25 on its privately chartered Qantas 747, made possible by a runway extension at Hobart Airport finished early this year.
The opens with a Sydney service on November 18, ending with a New Year’s Eve flight from Melbourne. It takes around four hours to reach Antarctica, and passengers have as much as four hours of viewing time over land when snap s between seats halfway through the flight to get a turn at a bird’s-eye window view (the exception is the cheapest seats in the economy section and centre seats in business class).
What they see depends on which of the 19 weather-dependent routes the crew chooses based on pre-flight research; but the potential views might take in and stunning landscape features such as Mount Erebus. Antarctica experts are on board to offer commentary on the sights below and tell stories about their experiences. Flights are priced from $1199 for the two seats in the middle rows of economy class (passengers don’t get to rotate) to $7999 for Ice Class – the 14 seats at the front of the cabin. ANTARCTICAFLIGHTS.COM.AU
A smartphone app has made physical check-ins and check-outs obsolete at a new hotel in New Zealand.
Guests at the $15 million mi-pad Queenstown download the hotel’s personal app “mia” and their phone becomes the key to one of the hotel’s s. The app also allows guests
temperatures and mood lighting in their room (even remotely), request room service or let staff know they don’t want to be disturbed. There is also an option to
photos or with other guests through a private chat group function.
Technology aside, physical basics include queen-size beds, organic bathroom products and quality A rooftop terrace offers views of Lake Wakatipu. MIPADHOTELS.COM
Camping in Iceland, doing the congo in Cuba and hot-air ballooning over in Turkey are among 80-plus experiences in Intrepid’s first specialist 18 to 29s brochure. Tours, starting from $390 for a five-day trip in Cappadocia, focus on teasicnapaeble, immersive local and are aimed at socially conscious Millennials. INTREPIDTRAVEL.COM