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  • Crooked Compass launches luxury New Zealand holidays with Classe

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    Crooked Compass’s luxe brand Classe has launched with three exclusive itineraries for travellers visiting New Zealand in 2021.  The curated excursions offer exclusive wilderness accessed by helicopter and private boat, age-old Maori practices and luxury lodges.

    Those who like to mingle with the finest wine makers will love the Myths and Mountains itinerary which entwines storytelling, indigenous culture with food and wine. Kayaking through millennia old caverns with glow worms lighting your way.

    This ten-day itinerary is available on its own or can be added with The Land Before Time which explores New Zealand’s South Island. Discover Fiordland via helicopter and private boat and spot a wild kiwi on a beach at Steward Island. Age old Maori cultural practices will give you a deeper connection to the life of this land.

    These are group tours with a maximum of eight per departure.

    In response to COVID-19, Crooked Compass is offering piece-of-mind on bookings made in 2020, honouring pricing and waiving change fees for bookings postponed as a result of COVID-19. Additional health and safety measures will be implemented on all departures, in line with government regulations.

    Crooked Compass is a boutique tour operator uncovering the world’s best kept secrets through small group touring and customised itineraries. Created to inspire and educate through culturally immersive experiences and the power of storytelling, itineraries offer travellers a new perspective on a deeply personal level. Crooked Compass strategically and sensitively integrates local communities, aligning with their values and protecting the authenticity of their culture.

    Your personal travel manager can organise a ten or twenty day itinerary including flights and transfers.

    Hamilton island opens from August 1, 2020

    Hamilton Island Image credit TravMedia/Hamilton Island

    For those needing a dose of winter sun, get your bikini ready because Hamilton Island is reopening.

    Since closing in March due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Hamilton Island team has been busy rejuvenating the island including extensive cleaning, painting and upgrading and refurbishing the all-important main pool areas.

    A new ‘Stay Well’ program to protect guests will be introduced such as thermal scanning, enhanced cleaning measures Island wide, and a soon to be cash free environment.

    Hamilton Island’s popular events will be organised in line with the new venue capabilities, which allow for social distancing requirements and adhere to government guidelines. Hamilton Island will continue to host both small and larger business events, with venues being able to accommodate up to 250 delegates.

    Both direct flight and ferry services will resume to Hamilton Island from August 1.

    Hamilton Island Race Week will also go ahead in August but with a limited onshore schedule. Given the necessary precautions to protect sailors and guests, the focus of the event will be on the on-water racing. The Hamilton Island Triathlon and Ocean Swim weekend will also continue on November 21/22 this year.

    Hamilton Island is located off the coast of Queensland in Australia, within the Whitsunday Islands at the edge of the Great Barrier Reef. Here visitors can experience everything that is great about Australia – natural landscapes, calm turquoise waters, secluded beaches, beautiful weather, fascinating coral reefs, diverse flora and fauna. Hamilton Island offers a wide range of accommodation options, not to mention over 60 activities and all within a short direct flight from major Eastern seaboard capital cities.

    For more inspiration or to start planning your next holiday, talk to your personal travel manager. You can find one near you here.