Fran Louise Edwards


Fran Louise Edwards

STA Travel Ambassador

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Northland » Cape Reinga February 22nd 2014

As mentioned in my previous entry the northern most parts of Nz play an important role in Maori Mythology. They believe that this is the place where a person’s spirit comes after death and departs to their enternal home of Hawaiki. The spirit must first travel up 90mile beach and across the rugged line of Cape Maria Van Diemen to Te Reinga - the rocky point on which the lightuse is situated. Clinging to this rock is an ancient Kahika tree name Te Aroha and unlike any other tree of its kind, it has never been seen to flower. This area is known as Te Rerenga Wairua - Leaping Place of Spirits - as mythology states that the spirit must climb down steps formed by the roots of Te Aroha into the ocean. They would swim ... read more

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Ninety Mile Beach February 22nd 2014

On the West coast of New Zealand, North of Auckland you will find a state highway like no other…miles and miles of golden sand surrounded by waves of the Abel Tasman crashing over bluffs sticking out from the shoreline and gigantic sand dunes, not another human in sight apart from the odd car, as much as in awe as you. This unusual ‘highway’ follows all NZ road rules and was created by farmers who drove their cattle up and down Northland before State Hwy 1 was built in the centre of the reigion. What a way to travel to work everyday hey?! Many locals fish on the beach as it serves as their daily trip to the supermarket. Therefore NZ governement has decreed that only those living in the area may fish…no fish, no dinner! The ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia February 22nd 2014

Are you bored of your part time job and always hearing people complain about the same old British weather? So why don’t you just pack your bags and head down under in pursuit of your dream job in the sun? STA Travel UK have teamed up with the Government of South Australia and the South Australia Tourism Commission to bring young Brits the opportunity of a life time to head to Oz to take part in one of 8 prestigious mentorships, all travel/accommodation/working holiday visa paid for with the added bonus of an allowance. So do any of the following take your fancy? Assistant Shark Scientist – working on research, data collection and shark tagging. You will have the opportunity view/dive/photograph great white sharks and literally dive in to get close and personal with one of ... read more
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