GRAND YEARS IN NZ! Get Aboard – Come on a holiday you can’t afford to miss!

A COUPLE CAP OFF THE DAY OF AMAZING TRIPS AND BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY SCENERY.

GRAND PACIFIC TOURS HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS FOR 25 YEARS, ONE-QUARTER OF A CENTURY. THAT ALONE SHOWS YOU GPT KNOW THEIR BUSINESS.

THE COMPANY SPECIALISES ONLY IN NEW ZEALAND TRAVEL – THAT’S THE WAY PEOPLE WANT TO BOOK THEIR TRAVEL THESE DAYS. ALSO, IT SAFE TO VISIT NZ ONLY WHEN AUSTRALIA AND NZ SAY SO.

THAT’S WHY THE COMPANY, GRAND PACIFIC TOURS, IS CELEBRATING LOOKING FORWARD TO THE FUTURE AFTER COVID -19.

WHILE MOST ARE DRAWN TO NEW ZEALAND BY THE NATURAL SPLENDOURS, THE COUNTRY OFFERS A DIVERSE SPECTRUM OF BOTH LAND AND CITY-SCAPES.

THIS HOUSES EVERYTHING THAT COMES TO THE IMAGINATION – BEACHES, DEEPWATER SOUNDS, HIGH MOUNTAINS, GEOTHERMAL SPRINGS AND FORESTS, SUN-DRENCHED VINEYARDS, MAORI CULTURE, SUN-FLOWERS AND …

WE COULD GO ON.

WHEN YOU NEED A RESPITE FROM THESE SPENDOURS, NEW ZEALAND REVELS IN THE CULTURAL CONFIDENCE OF NORTH AND SOUTH ISLANDS.

WE’LL GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO BONE UP ON NEW ZEALAND BEFORE YOU START YOUR ADVENTURE. FM.

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Get aboard, it’s a holiday experience in this magic place!

LET THE MAORI STIR YOUR BLOOD.

NZ, THERE’S NOTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD.

FRANK MORRIS

EVERY PERSON I FOUND VISITING NEW ZEALAND, AOTEAROA, FOR THE FIRST TIME WAS WEARING “I LOVE NZ” MERCHADISE.

THOUGH, THERE ARE SOME SURPRISES IN STORE! SOME WILL ASK PROBING, RELEVANT AND STRIKING QUESTIONS ABOUT SYMBOLIC NEW ZEALAND.

FOR SOMEONE WHO HASN’T TROD NZ SOIL BEFORE YOU’LL DISCOVER WHAT A MAGICAL PLACE IT IS; THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO AND TO SATISFY THAT TREASURE TROVE OF MEMORIES.

FRANKLY, WHY DOES THE SUN SHINE IN NEW ZEALAND BEFORE ANY OTHER PLACE ON EARTH? WELL, A NEW DAY HAS DAWNED AND IT OFFERS SOMETHING SPECIAL. HENCE, IT’S OFTEN REFERRED TO AS AOTEAROA, WHICH IS A MAORI NAME FOR NEW ZEALAND.

THE EXPRESSION, “THE LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD”, WAS COINED BY THE WIFE OF KUPE THE EXPLORER; IT A MAORI WORD FOR ‘CLOUD’.

EVERYWHERE YOU GO THE CULTURE IS RICH AND DYNAMIC. IT IS SIMPLY NOT LOCKED AWAY IN MUSEUMS. EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK, IT’S THERE. FROM NORTH TO SOUTH, YOU WON’T FIND ANYTHING LIKE IT IN THE WORLD.

YOU’LL START AS TOURIST
AND END UP AS
ONE BIG FAMILY – AND
RAISE A LAUGH OR TWO!

SOUNDS LIKE A DREAM, DOESN’T IT! YOU CAN LET YOUR IMAGINATION GO WILD.

SIT AND RELAX ON A COACH HOLIDAY ENJOY AND TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE INFORMATIVE, HASSLE-FREE BREAK THAT WILL BE COMING YOUR WAY.

LET GRAND PACIFIC TOURS WHISK YOU OFF TO NEW ZEALAND AND PROVIDE YOU WITH A VALUE-FOR-MONEY TOUR TO SUIT YOUR BUDGET; AND YOUR INTERESTS IN THE PANORAMIC VIEW OF THAT “LAND OF THE LONG WHITE CLOUD”.

IT’S UP TO YOU. SHARE EVERYTHING WITH OTHER LIKE-MINDED TRAVELLERS. YOU’LL START AS STRANGERS AND END UP AS ONE BIG FAMILY!

LET YOUR HOLIDAY START AS SOON AS YOU STEP ON BOARD. ENJOY THE GRIPPING, FUNNY AND CAPTIVATING COMMENTARY FROM YOUR COACH CAPTAIN; THE NUMEROUS FACTS, FIGURES, MYTHS AND LEGENDS THAT WILL RAISE A LAUGH.

YES, IT’S ALL THE ATTRACTIONS YOU ALWAY DREAM ABOUT!

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FOODFROLICO: Anyone for Pavlova? One of Margaret Fulton’s essential recipes!

THE ALMIGHTY PAVLOVA. Below: HAVE ANY TYPE OF COFFEE THAT SUITS THE OCCASION!

“MARGARET FULTON MAY HAVE GONE, WRITES JILL DUPLEIX OF GOOD FOOD, BUT HER RECIPES LIVE ON”. MARGARET BECAME A HOUSE-HOLD NAME IN KITCHENS THROUGHOUT AUSTRALIA.

MARGARET SETTLED IN NORTHERN NSW ON ARRIVAL IN AUSTRALIA. IN THE LATE 40S, SHE WAS A COOKING TEACHER AT AUSTRALIAN GAS LIGHT COMPANY. THEN CAME: WOMAN IN 1954, NOW DEFUNCT, WHERE SHE WROTE UNDER THE NAME OF “ANN MAXWELL”; SHE WENT TO JWT ADVERTISING IN 1955; SHE JOINED WOMAN DAY’S 1960; AFTER 17 YEARS, SHE JOINED RUPERT MURDOCH’S NEW IDEA MAGAZINE.

Pavlova is a rich sweet dish of meringue and marshmallow topped with whipped cream and fruit, which, we’re told, originated in NZ. It was name after the celebrated Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, who twice toured NZ in the 1920s.

INGREDIENTS

4 EGG WHITES. A PINCH OF SALT. 1 ½ CUPS OF

CASTOR SUGAR. 1 ½ TSP VINEGAR. 1 TSP VANILLA.

300 ML CREAM WHIPPED. PULP OF 3 PASSIONFRUIT.

OR 1 CUP SLICED STRAWBERRIES.

METHOD

STEP 1. PREHEAT OVEN TO 200-210C. PLACE A PIECE OF BAKING PAPER ON A BAKING TRAY AND MARK A 20-CENTIMETRE CIRCLE (THE PAVLOVA WILL SPREAD A LITTLE).

STEP 2. BEAT THE EGG WHITES AND SALT IN AN ELECTRIC MIXER UNTIL THEY STAND IN STIFF PEAKS. SIFT THE SUGAR AND GRADUALLY SPRINKLE IN ONE TABLESPOON AT A TIME, BEATING AT FULL SPEED ONLY UNTIL ALL SUGAR HAS BEEN ADDED.

STEP 3. LASTLY, FOLD IN THE VINEGAR AND VANILLA. SPOON LARGE DOLLOPS INSIDE THE CIRCLE ON THE ON BAKING SHEET AND SMOOTH OVER THE TOP LIGHTLY. PLACE IN THE OVEN (REDUCING THE TEMPERATURE TO 150C) FOR ONE HOUR. TURN OFF THE HEAT AND LEAVE THE PAVLOVA IN THE OVEN UNTIL COLD. IF USING A GAS OVEN, BAKE AT 150C FOR ONE HOUR, REDUCE HEAT TO 120C FOR A FUTHER 30 MINUTES AND THEN TURN OVEN OFF. LEAVE THE PAVLOVA IN OVEN UNTIL COMPLETELY COOLED. 

STEP 4. WHEN PAVLOVA IS COOLED, SLIDE ONTO LARGE FLAT CAKE PLATE. REMOVE BAKING PAPER. DON’T WORRY IF THE PAVLOVA COLLAPSES SLIGHTLY; ALSO EXPECT CRACKS ON THE SURFACE. WHIP THE CREAM UNTIL STIFF AND SPOON OVER THE TOP OF PAVLOVA … WITH PASSIONFRUIT PULP OR STRAWBERRIES.

SERVES 8-10.

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NZ: PEOPLE AND PLACES …

1914 -- AMY: “LET’S GO INTO THE SEA, MAUD?” MAUD: “BUT IT WOULD RUIN MY DRESS”.

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GET ABOARD! After the earthquake Christchurch becomes impressive and stately!

THE AVON RIVER – IT’S COOL, CALM AND AMONG SOME STATELY AND STUNNING TREE-SCAPES. Below: THE TRIANGLE-SHAPED CHURCH IS A SIGHT TO SEE IN OWN RIGHT.

THE AVON RIVER WITH ITS IMPRESSIVE AND STATELY WEEPING WILLOWS STILL LEADS THE WAY.

FRANK MORRIS

Out of the blue, with no warning at all, Christchurch was struck by a 6.3 magnitude earthquake at lunchtime on Wednesday, February 22, 2011, that virtually left it a broken city.

Seventy-five people died, and many injured. Officials believe that up to 300 people were feared trapped in buildings when the earthquake hit.

One NZ newspaper said, “the city is a war zone.”

But deep down, we know that Christchurch will rise from the ashes. People who visited this city described it as “England all over.”

What was Christchurch really like? Over the 100 years travel writers have attempted to crystallise the impression Christchurch had upon them in a few words: none did it more poignantly than Mark Twain.

His description has a soothing resonance about it. He unerringly honed-in on the Englishness of the city: the fact, that there is a ‘winding’ river named the Avon and has its punts and canoes flowing in this excellent city -- “as it always has”.

There the impressive and stately weeping willows along its banks continued “the line of a great ancestor.”
He added: “These trees were grown from sprouts of the willow that sheltered Napoleon’s grave in St Helena.” That’s the stuff that makes visitors want to walk over hot coals to experience.

THE MASSIVE APPEAL OF

CHRISTCHURCH WILL GET

YOU TO EMBRACE ITS

GO, GO, GO!

Christchurch, named after Christ Church College at the University of Oxford, England, was a planned settlement founded by the English upper class circa 1850.

And this is marked by the city’s style and imposing architecture, punts on the river and a “very English” boarding school, Christ College.

The impressive neo-gothic Anglican Cathedral, although boarded up, is located at the heart of Cathedral Square, which is the hub of tourism, shopping and public transport.

Now, after a long journey on this road to recovery, Christchurch is go, go, go!

IN THE AUCKLAND-BORN KEITH WEBER’S RECENTLY-PUBLISHED MEMOIRS, WHAT A LIFE, HE CLASSIFIED CHRISTCHURCH AS “NEW ZEALAND’S MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY”. WEBER IS NOW A LOCAL APOSTLE, HAVING BEEN DOMICLED IN AUSTRALIA FOR THE PAST 40 YEARS.

THE LARGEST CITY IN THE SOUTH ISLAND AND ITS BEAUTY “IS STILL ENTRENCHED”, WRITES WEBER. HE RIGHLY INFERRED THAT THE PIVOT TO ITS IMPRESSIVE AND STATELY WONDERMENT HASN’T BEEN TOUCHED.  HE AND HIS WIFE NOLENE, DROVE ALONG MEMORIAL AVENUE AND NOTICED NEW AND MODERN ARCHITECTURE HAS ARISEN “IN VAST NUMBERS”.

“THE EXCITEMENT OF THE PLACE, THE BEAUTIFUL SURROUNDINGS THAT FLOW THROUGH THE CITY, AND RETAIL BOUTIQUES HAVE BEEN REBUILT AND REFURBISHED. THERE’S A KALEIDOSCOPE OF COLOUR EVERYWHERE AND ITS OLD-STYLE TRAMS, WHICH ARE AS BUSY AS EVER.

“HEY, CHRISTCHURCH HAS LONG PASSED THE SADNESS OF THE EARTHQUAKE. EVERYTHING IN CHRISTCHURCH LOOKS MAGNIFICENT”.

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The work to recover this Garden City has been a restorative dream. It’s been guts and rejuvenation joining hands.

It’s a place where travellers want to visit.

It’s a place with massive appeal, just like the old days. The initiatives are for you to choose! The malls are still buzzing excitement. Enjoy a glass of local wine in a rehoused bar, or a bus containing a relocated restaurant.

From Christchurch, you’ll have an experiencing journey that stretches over the vineyards and lush pastures of Canterbury. You’ll also overlook, in the far distance, the omnipresent Aoraki/Mt Cook, which is known as a “cloud piercer”.

One of New Zealand’s oldest cities, Christchurch, as one visitor noted, has “enormous appeal” as well as being a starting point for the TranzAlpine adventurous train trip over the Southern Alps.

“It one of the world’s greatest train rides”, said a visitor.

They’re not wrong!

Frank Morris comment: Grand Years will be publishing some extracts from Keith Weber’s memoir. Coming.

 

THE NEXT GRAND YEARS WILL APPEAR ON MARCH 12.

Posted in: Grand Years with Frank Morris at 25 February 21

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