Press release

Watch the birdie! Saga takes flight with New Zealand's petrol power

Monday 15 January 2007

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Holidaymakers who have caught TV presenter Bill Oddie's birdwatching bug should look no further than Saga's Travellers World brochure for the twitcher's treat of 2007!

The holiday company's New Zealand 'North Island Discovery' cruise and tour - new for this year - combines stays in Auckland and Rotorua with a five-night cruise which visits one of the world's most exotic bird sanctuaries.

If you don't know your grey-faced petrel from your spotless crake, then Tiri Tiri Matangi Island is the place to be. Home to some of the world's rarest birds, the island is one of only two scientific sanctuaries in New Zealand which offers guided tours.

Even if stitchbirds, fantails and silver-eyes aren't your thing, the North Island Discovery itinerary still has plenty to offer. Experiences include two days in New Zealand's capital Auckland, the stunning beaches of the Bay of Islands, a visit to a historic whaling station at Whangamumu, insights into the early mining and logging industries, and a cruise along an underground river illuminated only by thousands of glow-worms in the Waitomo Caves!

The fully-escorted 15-night* 'North Island Discovery' tour costs from 3,269 per person with departures scheduled for December 18 in 2007 and January 18 and February 3 in 2008.

*Includes 3 nights aboard aircraft.

The itinerary includes an exhilarating five-night cruise aboard the Oceanic Discoverer**. Included excursions by boat visit many hard to reach sights, such as Hen and Chicken Islands and Tiri Tiri. Facilities on board include two bars, a sundeck and spa pool, boutique and library.

Saga also offers a six-night add-on tour of New Zealand's South Island, including a cruise along the Milford Sound and a TranzAlpine Express rail trip through the Southern Alps. Prices start at 649 per person.

Seize the chance to win a free holiday home by booking a Saga resort or touring holiday by February 28th 2007!


Editors Notes:

Saga holidays are exclusively for people aged 50 and over, a travelling companion may be aged 40 or over.

Saga holidays are only available direct and not through travel agents.

** Please note that on some departures the cruise follows a slightly different itinerary.

This means that on day four passengers may embark in Paihia, and not Auckland. We hope to visit all of the ports mentioned, but weather and tidal conditions mean some visits may change.

For further press information please contact the Saga Press Office on: 01303 771118.



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