from the edi­tor

Let's Travel - - CONTENTS - Live long and pros­per

Looks like New Zealand is fast be­com­ing THE des­ti­na­tion ev­ery air­line wants to fly di­rect in to…no mat­ter how long the flight…and why not? We have a plethora of things to do, su­pe­rior scenery and we live in God’s anointed par­adise (in my hum­ble opinion). Qatar, Amer­i­can, Air Asia X, United and Emi­rates (di­rect to Dubai) have all re­cently an­nounced new flights that will see a mas­sive in­crease in ar­rivals (and depar­tures) through Auck­land In­ter­na­tional Air­port. But is all this traf­fic sus­tain­able?

And with Air NZ an­nounc­ing new long haul routes re­cently, the pres­sure on Auck­land Air­port is set to get even heav­ier than it is now, but with plans ahead for up­grades at our ma­jor gate­way it can mean only one thing…tourism is about to ‘of­fi­cially’ take over as our big­gest earner.

To cater for this, our big­gest foray in to Aus­tralia and Thai­land are fea­tured in this is­sue – a mam­moth 40 pages be­tween these two sen­sa­tional des­ti­na­tions.

Also in this is­sue…Tim Roxborogh dis­cov­ers the won­ders of Ro­torua and Wait­omo; Mark Shee­han pulls his trusty RV in to the city of Cleve­land, Ohio; John Borth­wick checks out the 10 Best Thai Is­lands you have NEVER heard of and Donna Trott ex­plores the clash of cul­tures that make up the Asian par­adise of Ma­cao.

Gary Dick­son EDI­TOR-IN-CHIEF

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