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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, March 22, 1174 THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD 19 Clear Avon River flows through Hagley Park in Christchurch Why New Zealand i Name of the game is variety By RALPH HUBLEY Christian Science Monitor AUCKLAND, N.Z. Why travel miles from San Francisco or Tokyo or even miles from Sydney to visit the handful of islands called New Zealand? Because, aficionados answered, a three-week trip here could compare with a three-month tour of the world From subtropical beaches and waving palms to snow-capped Alps and icy glaciers, New Zealand condenses a world of scenery Perhaps the greatest compliment I could give to this strip of mountains, lakes, and beaches is that the enthusiasts are largely right I arrived in this land, where sheep outnumber people 20 to one, with an unusually critical eye Could it be true that "the inlets along the rugged southwestern coast of South Island rival Norway's, Flying into Milford Sound in a light plane from Queenstown is indeed an exciting experience as the pilot weaves around peaks. But the drop to sea level at the bottom of a ft. cliff is breathtaking. The deep, cold waters of the sound walled by jagged peaks seasonally -streaked by gushing waterfalls could fool even a Norwegian. But how about the Southern Alps that run nearly the length of South Island7 Are they "the most beautiful mountains in the world" as one veteran traveler unequivocally stated'' It's true that an artist would be hard put to improve upon the view of foot Mt. Cook from the Hermitage, a famed resort in Mt. Cook National Park. And, when a ski plane landed me on Franz Josef Glacier I felt quite out of this world. But I have been to the Swiss, French, and Italian Alps. And I have seen Himalayan glaciers. I must say the experiences are nearly equal. Then there is the thermal area around Rotorua where geysers, .boiling lakes, and bubbling mud were claimed to be even more interesting than those on Iceland. What makes this area of value, however, is its Polynesian connection. It is here where the largest concentration of Maoris live and work. For centuries they have used geothermal heat for bathing and cooking. They still occupy villages here and invite guests to visit them. You can also watch Maori carvers at work in the Arts and Crafts Institute and enjoy a Maori concert nightly. My friends were also right in praising the Waitomo Caves, "a wonderland under rolling green or the rain forests "where ferns grow 50 feet or the picturesque dairy farms; or the open cattle ranges; or the hundreds of miles of "unspoiled, empty beaches." In fact it is easier to list what New Zealand does not have than to continue describing its features: There are no big deserts or wastelands as in Australia's great "outback" country. Indeed there is no place where the visitor is NEW ZEALAND'S SMALLER ISLANDS Kermodec Is. fecffteOnon more than 70 miles from the sea. No pollution. Even in the capital city of Wellington, the constant wind scatters any fumes. No crowds. When Christchurch was host for the Commonwealth Games last month, I think many New Zealanders were as interested in the crowds as the events. There is very little traffic and plenty of gasoline and all types of housing accommodations. New Zealand's visitors increased last year nearly 19 per cent over the previous year. But there is still much room for tourism growth without spoiling the uncrowded atmosphere. Besides displaying much of the "scenery of the world" while being free from some of UNBON Via PWA Bovine707 Whichever you look at it. you can't do better than go -with us. R LAW8ON TRAVEL LTD. Marqute Hotel BM0. 32S-30QO More stars for Expo '74 SPOKANE Three teams of Russian athletes, including Olympic gold medal gymnasts Olga Korbut and Ludmilla Tourisheva. will appear here during the Expo 74 World's Fair, May 4 through Nov. 3. The U.S.S.R. Sports Committee confirmed in a letter to Expo 74 officials that about 60 athletes from the Soviet basketball, gymnastic and ice skating teams will perform at different times during the fair. The Soviet Union is one of 11 foreign countries which have announced participation in the World's Fair, an official pan of the U.S. Bi-Centennial Celebration. The others are Canada. Mexico, France, West Germany, Australia. Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of China, the Republic of Korea and Iran. The Russians will have the largest foreign pavilion at the 100 acre fair. They will send a team of about 30 skaters for 10 days in May. A12 member gymnastics team will be here for 10 days in June and July. New brochure A new brochure on Eurailpass is available for those interested in the 21-day tickets, good for up to three months. Tickets must be bought before departure to Europe, and are good for 13 countries. Bonuses include free ferry trips and reduced rates on some bus travel. Toe brochure is available from Eurailpass, Box 90, Bohemia, New York 11716 its problems, this "little bit of England in the South Pacific" offers other inducements to visit it. Being isolated, it has some unique inhabitants. The nocturnal Kiwi, New Zealand's national bird, has only rudimentary wings and no tail Its eggs are enormous compared with the size of its body About 75 per cent of New Zealand's native plants are also unique. They include some of the world's oldest plant forms New Zealand's smaller islands are more oriented to the sea than North and South Islands. Hilly and heavily forested Stewart Island, about 40 miles long and 20 miles wide, abounds in secluded bays and beaches with many colored sands and seashells. The island is also a bird sanctuary. The Auckland Islands are uninhabited. Campbell Island in the sub-Antarctic was once farmed but now has only a manned weather and scientific station. The Snares, Antipodes, and Bounty Islands are sparsely settled. On Chatham Island 500 miles east of South Island are both European and Maori settlers chiefly engaged in sheep farming and lobster and cod fishing. The Kermadecs are a group of five small subtropical islands also uninhabited except for the staff of the weather and scientific station. Although I used the excellent air service of both New Zealand National Airways Corporation and Mount Cook Airlines, there is efficient coach and rail service throughout North and South Islands. Smooth roads and unobstructed driving conditions are the rule. Rental cars are available at all major cities and towns in the islands. Scenic, uncrowded camping sites are easy to locate in resort areas and near towns. Inter-island ferry service is also reported to be outstanding, although I haven't tried it. Confined by energy crisis Americans find fun at home NEW YORK (AP) The energy crisis is forcing Amer- icans to curb vacation pat- terns which have taken them across the country in years past, travel industry officials say. Instead, they are seeking their rest and recreation closer to home and are in- creasingly getting out of their cars and into planes, trains and buses "The less dependent an area is on auto travel, the less the effect of the gasoline said William D. Toohey. president of the Dis- cover America Travel Organ- ization "Vacation spots close to dense metropolitan areas will suffer the least while areas in the sparsely populated west- ern states are likely to'suffer the said the head of the trade group formed to promote domestic travel. His predictions are borne out by the experience of re- sorts throughout the United States. Travel agents reported the gasoline shortage had cut auto travel to ski areas in the northeast and Colorado, to sun-and-surf spots in Florida and to the national park sys- tem. CITIES UNAFFECTED But metropolitan areas ap- pear to be holding their own. The Hilton chain said occu- pancy rates for its hotels in Chicago ran four per cent ahead of projections in the fi- nal three months of 1973. And many movie theatres, mu- seums and restaurants in New York City reported increased attendance Resort operators in some hard-hit areas have launched advertising campaigns to re- assure tourists troubled by the energy situation. New Hampshire has set up a toll-free telephone line to tell travellers where they can find gas. But Florida was forced to abandon its campaign assur- ing sun-starved northerners that "we've got plenty of gas" because the state hasn't plenty of gas. Some motel operators had to institute layoffs and re- duced working hours in order to keep their businesses alive Jim Graham is part owner Hotel has rates for Canines What to do with your dog when you go travelling? Take him with Czechoslovakia! you to CEDOK, the Czechoslovak Travel Bureau, has announced 1974 hotel rates for dogs (applicable to other pets as When sharing a room with their master, pets pay U.S. a day in deluxe es- tablishments and from to in less posh spots. Pets arriving in Czechoslovakia must be in good health and the owner must have a veterinarian's report to that effect. The report must be issued no more than 48 hours prior to arrival in Czechoslovakia. "THE BRITISH SPIRIT OF 1 LONDON CRUISE LIME- to .Alaska This summer experience Jhe magnffloeffl soanery o! Alaska and Canada on the newest cruise stilp sailing all-Ftrst Class Spirit London registered m Britain She teaves Vancouver on eight-day vacations 1rcm June through September Exploring the mag- nificent ice Cape ol Glacier Bay and catling at juneau, Xelctnkan. Sfeagway. Hatnes ana Srtka afeal 4% with tares from just DEPARTURE'S FflOM VANCOUVER On June 3, 11 79, 27 July 3, 13. 21, 29 August 6. 14, 22, 30 September 7, 15. 23 For further information and reservations contact. 1UU. WORLD TRAVEL SERVICE of a 200-room Holiday Inn in Fredericksburg, Va., which used to be nearly filled on weekends but now operates at one-eighth capacity "The motel has laid off 13 maids and put all other people on-four-day weeks, five hours a he said. "The restaurant has laid off 25 people and we're working the remainder of them three days a week." INDUSTRY WORRIED The industry fears the worst is yet to come and worries that business during the peak summer months will be destroyed if the crisis contin- ues. Toohey noted that 70 per cent of tourism is sustained by private auto travel and warned that "unless there is some alleviation of this gas shortage the outlook for tour- ism generally is not bright Of course, some auto travel has been shifted to airlines, tram or bus. Most major air- lines report their traffic is up substantially. Amtrack said train reservations were run- ning times ahead of last summer's peak level. And Greyhound Bus Lines re- ported traffic up 10 per cent. But the industry is con- cerned that travel by common carriers will not really help tourism unless Americans are able to purchase gas for cars they rent at their ultimate va- cation destinations. "The federal energy office has been silent about this matter in its proposed alloca- tion said Toohey TOO EARLY TO TELL Industry sources said it was top early to tell what the situ- ation will be this summer Most Americans were postponing firm travel plans until the energy picture becomes clearer Europe, once a major desti- nation for thousands of U.S. travellers, has also become less attractive Passport applications have declined nearly eight per cent. American Express, a major wholesaler of prepackaged overseas trips, said advance bookings to Europe are down "People aren't rushing in yet, they're taking a wait-and- see said a spokes- man "But the American is a he added opti- mistically "He's going to go, but the question is where." The Herald Travel Passport Photos Candid Weddmgi Picture framing Photo Supplies A. E. CROSS STUDIO Phone 328-0111 7103rdAve.S. Phone 328-0222 9th Are. S. __ Phone lj tin pvncvnf ft f9tf cf otvMMfifli WE MAKE IT EASY AT USE OUR CREDIT PLAN, AMERICAN EXPRESS or CHARGEX Corntr3nlAvi.48rhSt.S PIWM 327-8548 INSTAIAHD for STRENGTH Canada's top bias-ply tire Polyester cord combines high strength with smooth riding performance A tough strong performer with a road grabbing 7-nb tread which gives high speed stability CHECK THE LOW PRICE FOR YOUR SIZE! 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