The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Escape - - TRAVEL NEWS - SU­SAN BUGG

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


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