Piha Sunrise

Piha Sunrise

Braving one of New Zealand's best known beaches on the West Coast of Auckland in the middle of winter is not most people's idea of a great time. And doing so at dawn will have most people wondering just how geographically challenged I might be, given the sun rises completely in the other direction.  But you might just be surprised at how worthwhile a trip to a west coast beach is at this time of day, where all the right ingredients are already in place to greet the sun's rise.

Braving Bali and Java With Kids - Part 1

Braving Bali and Java With Kids - Part 1

Wanting to prove to ourselves that we could have a family holiday with a bit of real travel thrown in, we ventured to Bali, which we thought should be an extremely easy place to visit with kids and to "initiate" them into travelling.  To spice things up a bit, we also decided to throw in a side trip to Java to look at some of the amazing temples on offer and were surprised with just how easy this was as well.

Surviving Bora Bora and Tahiti

Surviving Bora Bora and Tahiti

Bora Bora in ancient times was called "Pora pora mai te pora", meaning "created by the gods" in the local Tahitian dialect. However, in more recent times it has also been dubbed Bora Boring or Pora Poorer, in reference to beliefs that 1 - there's nothing to do on the island beyond lying on the beach sipping cocktails and 2 - the exorbitant cost of everything.  Whilst there is a bit of truth to both of those labels, Best Travel Books provides you with a collection of tips and tricks in order to help you get the most out of your time in "paradise" based on our experiences on the islands of Bora Bora and Tahiti in beautiful French Polynesia.

20 Things to Do In Niue

20 Things to Do In Niue

Niue (pronounced NEW-ay) doesn't seem to go out of its way to self promote.  Neither is the word being spread by the 4,000 or so annual tourists (half of which are overseas Niueans returning to visit relatives) who travel just over 3 hours from Auckland, New Zealand on twice weekly flights. By all accounts, the South Pacific's "Rock of Polynesia", situated some 600 kms to the east of its nearest neighbour Tonga, is an unknown and underappreciated destination.

Why this is a so is a mystery, as there is definitely plenty to see and do both in and on the pristine sea waters that surround one of the largest coral atolls in the world. With plenty of unique landscapes to further explore on land, this is definitely one island worth visiting that rewards the adventurous.

So, having experienced some of the best on offer, here is my list, in no particular order, of the top 20 Things to Do In Niue.