“Ramada Paihia was pure luxury situated opposite the beach”

Everyone loves to celebrate birthdays. After 50 it is your friends that you like to celebrate your big day with. This was the case when one of my friends turned the big 70. Even though she is a born Kiwi, she had never been to the Bay of Islands. I was able to book a 3-bedroom apartment through Wyndham, at Ramada Paihia which was pure luxury situated opposite the beach.


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Pitcairn Island Odyssey

St Paul's rock pools | WorldMark South Pacific Club by Wyndham

St Paul’s rock pools

Recently my partner (Jan) and I experienced a traveller’s nightmare: the 11th hour cancellation of one pivotal sector of a lengthy and complicated overseas trip! Did the world end? Did we have to cancel everything?  No, thanks to Travel Club by Wyndham and in particular our (long suffering) but supremely professional consultant, Brian. Continue reading

Our First Holiday: A Winter Break

Winter break

We have been Owners  for the last 3 years but this is the first holiday we have ever taken!  Not for the lack of trying, we had booked various holidays but because of one thing or another have always ended up giving them away to family & friends.

Finally on Monday, 25th July, we were off to the Edgewater Palms in Paihia (2 days later & 2 less people) we got to enjoy the luxury fit for a king, we had awesome weather (not bad for Winter), we did the Waitangi Treaty visit, we even drove up to 90 Mile Beach and had a swim – it was bliss. We booked for 7 nights but ended up only doing 4 but we were still determined not to give this one away as well. Continue reading

Lost in NZ; 3 beating hearts

Born in New Zealand and wanting to visit her place of birth, we booked an 18 day trip to take our mother/mother-in-law for a long awaited holiday to Christchurch as well as a number of other places around both the South and North Islands.

Our trip included a very diverse range of places, car hire, external and internal plane flights. Normally booking all of this would have been a nightmare but with the expertise of the Travel Club, Wyndham and RCI it couldn’t have been easier. Special requirements that suited out timeline were handled with patience and care. When circumstances changed and mum couldn’t come we decided to take our granddaughter.  The staff in the Travel Club handled these changes so well and so quickly it was amazing!!! Continue reading

A stunning part of New Zealand

Meg & Jenny

When my daughter, Prue, received an invitation last year to a friend’s wedding in Auckland in July 2011, her 12 year old daughter, Meg, and I suggested that we should go with her and plan a holiday around it.  We had heard from so many people how beautiful NZ was, how easy it was to travel around and how friendly the locals were.   The value of the Australian dollar was an added bonus.

We decided to focus on the North Island since we had only 2 weeks break and wanted to stay at least 2 nights in each destination to allow time for worthwhile sightseeing. Continue reading