Monday, December 31, 2007

Pink Choice - Travel Reviews

RainbowTourism.com is excited to announce a partnership with Pink Choice to extend their reviews of gay and lesbian accommodation into the Southern Hemisphere.

Pink Choice started in 2006 and offers gay and lesbian traveller opportunity to read and write reviews of accommodation. This gives you the traveller an independent review of each accommodation establishment.

RainbowTourism.com has always encouraged visitor feedback to ensure that we provide quality accommodation whatever budget.

Sunday, December 30, 2007

North Island Travel Ideas

The New Zealand Herald has been publishing some great ideas for short breaks in the top half of the North Island:

  • Road trip: Following the spirits - Follow the road to the top of the North Island to Cape Reinga the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean. According to Maori mythology, the spirits of the dead travel to Cape Reinga on their journey to the afterlife in the spiritual homeland of Hawaiki, using the Te Ara Wairua, the 'Spirits' pathway'
RainbowTourism.com Resources:

Airport Security

The airport security follies is an interesting opinion piece which highlights some of the absurd restrictions that have been introduced in the name of airport security.

In the blog Patrick Smith comments:


Six years after the terrorist attacks of 2001, airport security remains a theater of the absurd. The changes put in place following the September 11th catastrophe have been drastic, and largely of two kinds: those practical and effective, and those irrational, wasteful and pointless.
So have a read of this opinion piece - The airport security follies - and next time you fly note all make a mental note of all the "stupid" things done in the name of security.

Patrick Smith, is a commercial airline pilot, and the author of Salon.com’s weekly Ask the Pilot air travel column; his book of the same name was published in 2004.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Women Travel the World

Women are doing it for themselves - Women are travelling together - joining a women's tour, staying in women's accommodation. They are travelling alone, with other women friends, with lesbian partners. Women are hosting accommodation and creating tours. Its a whole new world of freedom and exploration.

This is the introduction to Rosemary's blog for Women travellers and could be equally applied to the diverse gay and lesbian market.

Rosemary runs Waihoihoi Lodge in Waipu and has set up Women Travel New Zealand.

It is worth a read and you might want to add it to your Web feed. If you don't yet use a Web feed reader then one of the easiest to use is Google reader.

Visit the blog: travellingwomen.blogspot.com


2008 Update: Rosemary is now travelling so her wonderful lodge is closed - check out her stories on her Women Travel Blog

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Rossland Pride Ski Event

Rossland's first Gay Pride ski event to be held in conjunction with Red Mountain Resort from March 6-9 2008.

Rossland is a small resort community in the West Kootenays of British Columbia, Canada.

This will be Rossland's first gay ski event, with a great array of activities designed to provide a small intimate familiarity among the guests. A stunning location and warm friendly people will make this a great affair!

So here is another reason to visit British Columbia in Canada.


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New Zealand Beaches

If you are visiting the North Island of New Zealand over this summer then check out the recent article on the best New Zealand beaches.

The article has some great photos and has chosen the following beaches.

  • Coopers Beach, Northland
  • Karikari Beach, Northland
  • Hot Water Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
  • Cooks Beach, Coromandel Peninsula
  • Hahei, Coromandel Peninsula
  • Bethells Beach, Auckland
  • Piha, Auckland
  • Cheltenham, Auckland
  • Raglan, Waikato
  • Mt Maunganui, Bay of Plenty
  • Ohope, Bay of Plenty
  • Wainui, Gisborne
If you are visiting the North Island it pays to remember that the West Coast beaches have black sand and tend to have more surf beaches, while the East Coast beaches have white sand.

The beaches listed above are only the top of the North Island but would recommend any beaches throughout New Zealand.

Do you have a favourite New Zealand beach? Then post a comment below.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Fuck Love

Today I caught up with Claire Taylor of Greyspace who is organising the Mardi Gras Festival show Carl Hopgood's "Fuck Love" exhibition in the old underground toilets in Taylor Square.

FUCK LOVE is a solo exhibition by London based artist Carl Hopgood: a site specific installation in the decommissioned Public Conveniences in Taylor Sq.

This will be an exciting chance to explore a part of Sydney before it is redeveloped with the 2008 make over of Taylor Square.

The exhibition will be open 11 - 6 pm Wed - Sun 15 - 29 February 2008


Thursday, December 20, 2007

Women at WinterPride

WinterPRIDE 2008 features some fantastic new women's events.

WinterPRIDE have developed an L-Pass which includes all the exclusive Women's-only events AND some of the premier mixed WinterPRIDE events.

Events include

  • Daily Women's Ski Clothing
  • Daily Women's Apres
  • An evening with Lipstick & Dipstick
  • Melissa Ferrick Live Friday
  • Sleighride Adventure
  • The Saturday L-Party
So if you can make it to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada from 3 to 10 February then both gay men and lesbians will find not only great skiing but also a great event.

Check out the full detail on the WinterPride site.

Chillout is Back

After a well-earned break in 2007, ChillOut returns over the upcoming Labour Day long weekend, 7-10 March 2008. Country Victoria welcomes back ChillOut, the largest gay and lesbian festival in regional and rural Australia. A festival like no other in the world, ChillOut turns the beautiful and relaxing Central Victoria spa town of Daylesford 'Queer as Country Folk' for four fun-packed days.

ChillOut have a great weekend in store kicking off Friday afternoon with The Slowest Lunch at Sault restaurant and wrapping up on Monday. Don't miss any of the fun. Come and spend '4 Days in Daylesford' and enjoy every chilled out minute.

The biggest single ChillOut event each year is Carnival Day which is set for Sunday, 9 March.

Thousands of our visitors and guests will make their way to beautiful Victoria Park in Daylesford to enjoy a full day of great main stage entertainment, a delicious array of food and beverages and a marketplace buzzing with interesting wares and services.

Carnival Day is a great place to introduce your products and services in a fun, family, big gay day out. For 2008, we're making participation easier and more cost effective than ever before to ensure we deliver the types of stalls that our visitors expect at ChillOut
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So book you accommodation now and head to Daylesford for a great country weekend.

Telluride Gay Ski Week

The Telluride Mountain Village Owners Association (TMVOA), sponsors and organizers of the Fifth Annual Telluride Gay Ski Week (TGSW) today announced the schedule of events for 2008 which takes place Saturday, February 23, 2008 thru March 1, 2008.

Since 2004, Telluride Gay Ski Week has welcomed guests from across the U.S. and around the world to some of the finest skiing and GLBT events in North America.

This year's event as in years past will benefit the Telluride AIDS Benefit (TAB), a local, grassroots 501(c)(3) organization that has been committed to HIV/AIDS awareness in Colorado for now 15 years.

"This event continues to be one of Mountain Village's signature events and we're pleased that TMVOA is able help bring this event to our community each year," said Mike Wisniewski, TMVOA president.

For 2008, TGSW welcomes two leading gay TV personalities to serve as celebrity emcees during the week. Reichen Lehmkuhl, known for the visibility he brought to the GLBT community through his participation in NBC's Amazing Race and now as a recurring character on the new third season of here! TV's Dante's Cove, will appear at Telluride Gay Ski Week for the first time. 2007 host Charlie David (also of Dante's Cove) returns to TGSW for a second year, fresh off from production of his new movie "Mulligans" but with the production crew in tow from his travel series BUMP!, which airs as well on here! TV. David will be filming an all-new episode of BUMP! that will focus exclusively on Telluride - Mountain Village and the annual ski week.

Schedule of Events includes:
Saturday, February 23 Welcome Mixer
Sunday, February 24 Oscar® Night Party and Opening Reception
Tuesday, February 26 BUMP! Shot Party
Wednesday, February 27 Mad Hatter Ski Party
Thursday, February 28 White Night Party / Telluride AIDS Benefit Sneak Peek Show
Friday, February 29 Telluride AIDS Benefit Opening Reception and Silent Auction
Saturday, March 1 15th Annual Telluride AIDS Benefit Gala Fashion Show

The Oscar Night Party is TGSW's annual Academy Awards watching event and opening reception that takes place at the Sheridan Opera House and kicks off the week on Sunday, February 24th. The big screen telecast is a "must watch" for all attendees. This year, the party doesn't end with Best Picture but goes on with a DJ and dancing through the late night.

The Mad Hatters Ski Party is new this year and is an "on mountain" hat contest that takes place on Wednesday, February 27th. Skiers will create their wildest hat or headgear under the watchful "eye" of BUMP! Celebrity judges Charlie David and Reichen Lehmkuhl will be on hand to pick the winner. Winner of "Best Head" will be announced slope side during lunch and prizes will be given to the maddest hatters in each category.

The White Night Party returns for its fifth year to TGSW on Thursday, February 28th. Immediately after the Telluride AIDS Benefit Sneak Peek Show, guests will gather under the big white tent for an evening of high-energy dancing, guest DJs and "eye candy." This event has become a popular annual tradition with local residents and ski week attendees alike.

Additional activities, bar parties and après' ski parties are scheduled or are currently in the planning stages and will be posted on the official Telluride Gay Ski Week website (www.telluridegayskiweek.com) as they are confirmed.

Telluride Gay Ski Week 2008
When: Saturday, February 23, 2008 - Saturday, March 1, 2008
Where: Town of Mountain Village, CO and the Telluride Ski Resort
Visit www.telluridegayskiweek.com for more information.

You can also check out the Telluride Gay Ski Week on Youtube

Monday, December 17, 2007

Air New Zealand Concierges

Air New Zealand is currently looking for concierges for it's long haul flights (and to fly to New Zealand from anywhere other than the 3 hour trip trans Tasman) is long haul.

Air New Zealand hopes the 90 concierge jobs will "revolutionise" long-haul passengers' travel.

The airline's international manager, Ed Sims, said concierge duties could include escorting passengers to and from the aircraft, recommending "must-do" New Zealand activities to tourists, helping with onward bookings, supporting those affected by weather disruption or explaining the finer points of in-flight wine lists.

"I love the idea that these are inflight travel gurus," he said. "That's what I'm after for this role - a one-person Wikipedia."

Mr Sims said the only other airline he knew of that had an inflight service additional to traditional cabin crew was Virgin Atlantic, which carried masseurs.

The new service will start in April, and the first international services to have concierges on board are expected to include those between Auckland and Los Angeles, San Francisco, Vancouver and Hong Kong.

Of course RainbowTourism.com has it's own concierge service already to help you plan your trip so that you have a special experience on your next holiday.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Europe Passport-free zone extended

Nine new countries join the Schengen zone so your European Schengen visa will be valid in 24 European countries from December with sea and land checks ended and with airport checks to be phased out in March.

8 countries are from Eastern Europe with the remaining country been Malta.

So goodbye to red tape in Europe.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

4 new reasons to visit Huon Bush Retreats

Keep your ear to the ground something exciting is happening in the Huon Valley. Early next year you will find yourself sipping fine wines, enjoying gorgeous local produce, chatting among friends and colleagues, exploring the forest and learning the forgotten history of Tasmania's first people, the Huon Valley’s post colonial history and the very special botanical aspects of our beautiful isle.

Watch out for the 2008 launch of Huon Valley Historical Interpretation Panels, Summit Walk and Waterfall Track,
Wellness Retreats and Clifftop Cabin.

Houn Bush Retreat aboriginal history researcher Anne-Maree McWatters, a graduate of the University of Tasmania has spent untold hours digging through the remnants left by passage of
time to bring you a very detailed and knowledgeable history of our first people. Paul Dimmick Co owner of Huon Bush Retreats has studied the botanical aspects and post colonial history of the site and has contributed significantly to this very special project.

So now you have four more reasons to visit Houn Bush Retreats in Tasmania

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is a necessary evil however for gay and lesbian travellers there are a number of issues that need to be checked and especially the fine print:

  • For same sex couples and families does the policy cover you all.
  • Pre existing medical conditions. What is covered and not covered. This is particularly important for HIV+ travellers.
  • Are dangerous activities covered. Check very careful for example bungee jumping may not be covered. If possible get the insurance company to give you a list of dangerous activities.
  • Check what unattended baggage means. This may actually mean a bag in the boot of a car overnight.
The Australian consumer site Choice has a good checklist

We are also interested if anyone has used World Nomads travel insurance which we promote on RainbowTourism.com

We are also interested in who you buy your travel insurance and why - use the comment section to let us know.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Hamilton Pride Week starts this Saturday

Hamilton tends to be one of those places you drive through on the way to somewhere else, or totally bypass.

However this weekend marks the beginning of Hamilton Pride Week. So if you are in the Waikato then why not get along to some of the pride events:

  • Red Party at GLAMZ on 1st December
  • Fairy Run on Sunday
  • Or try Karaoke, or go to the book club
  • Get dressed up and go to the Rock Horror Picture Show
  • Take a tramp up Mt Pirongia
  • And to finish it off there is the welcome return of the Gordonton Picnic Whanau Day
Hamilton is only a couple hours drive from Auckland travelling down the Motorway over the Bombay Hills and then travelling alongside the Waikato River.

So why not go down for one during week and stay overnight and meet some of the locals.

Websites: Hamilton Pride Week, RainbowTourism.com Hamilton Region

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

How do you find travel companions?

One of the great things about travelling is meeting local people, trying different food and doing new and exciting things.

So how you do you go about meeting local gay and lesbian contacts?

What if you are single but want to travel with another person to enjoy the experience more and to cut the cost?

What if you want to hire a boat but need two other people?

While it is possible to use the internet to find like minded people it can be a lot of work.

The "networking sites" have some travel features but generally are not focused on finding that person or persons who share your travel passions.

RainbowTourism.com is investigating a travel companion, review and community section on our website. We would be really interested in what your thoughts are.

So why not leave a comment or contact us with your ideas.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Dorothy's Sister

When I lived in Auckland there used to be a great little bar called Surrender Dorothy's which was always great for meeting friends before going out or just a quiet mid week drink.

Sadly it closed a few years back but now Dorothy's Sister has opened as in Ponsonby Rd offering a nice intimate bar for meeting old friends or making new friends.

So if visiting Auckland why not check it out.

On a sadder note the Newtown Hotel in Sydney has closed recently, and with the Imperial Hotel been closed for renovations, means one has to head to Oxford St for a gay bar now.

The good news is that the NSW State government finally has changed the liquor licence law which might mean small bars like Dorothy's Sister may be a reality in Sydney one day soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

"Exceptional" star in Northland sky

One of the oldest-established boutique accommodations in Northland has achieved the highest star level in the demanding Qualmark assessment. On the road to Russell, Orongo Bay Homestead is a historic-listed landmark that was built in the 1860s for the first American Commercial Agent in the Bay of Islands. The two-storey Homestead with extensive grounds was opened as a gourmet guest house in 1994, after being purchased and refurbished by its proprietors Chris Swannell and Michael Hooper.


“Each year we’ve developed the grounds and building,” says Chris Swannell. “Along the way we’ve achieved organic certification, hosted numerous international figures, and been judged in the top three boutique hotels in the New Zealand Tourism Awards. Achieving 5-star status in Qualmark means we’ve measured up against 400 quality- checking criteria.” The rating also means the Homestead’s official tourism descriptor lifts from “excellent” to “exceptional”.

Michael Hooper says the top rating could not come at a better time. “We are about to represent Northland, and in reality New Zealand, at the Luxury Tourism Expo in Las Vegas, as founding members of the diverse New Zealand Luxury group. This is a marketplace for agents who sell to the world’s most discerning travellers. This grading gives the Homestead’s investment in the trade mission a much better chance of capturing attention, and adds to our credibility with bookers of high level tourist travel.”


Hooper and Swannell are also taking part in a Los Angeles consumer promotion next weekend, especially promoting high end Maori tourism product, with which they have long been associated.


During the pair’s absence, the Homestead staff will be occupied preparing the house and grounds for the tourism season ahead, which, says Chris Swannell, may prove to be a difficult one. “The high NZ/US dollar rate, a perception that New Zealand is not good value for money, and some less-than-excellent food and service experiences in other parts of the country have made some international visitors reluctant to make repeat visits. Our job is to counter that, and this rating will help us speak convincingly.”


Michael Hooper was head restaurant judge for Restaurant of the Year staged in Auckland in September, and he contributes to a variety of media as a food and wine authority and commentator. He is also current and multiple holder of the Magazine Travel Writer of the Year in the annual Cathay Pacific Travel Media Awards. Chris Swannell is a deacon in the Anglican church and, along with Hooper, is a published photographer.


The pair say they have plans for further upgrading of the luxury Homestead even within the next year. “We see attaining 5 stars not so much as a reward but as a real motivator. We’re in the front row, now we have to lead the pack.”


Qualmark is New Zealand tourism's official quality mark, a joint venture of Tourism New Zealand and the New Zealand Automobile Association. It demonstrates to travellers the professionalism of a tourism business that can be trusted to deliver a quality experience.


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Anise for brunch in Newtown

If you happen to be visiting Sydney then drop in to the Anise cafe and enjoy breakfast, brunch, lunch or maybe a coffee or tea.

The staff are friendly and the food is great. It always pays to check their specials as you never know what you will find.

On a nice day the courtyard is a great break from busy King St.

Newtown of course is full of a wonderful range of cafes, restaurants and shops to explore.


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Friday, November 16, 2007

Bali's Gay Men Hotel

Imagine lying in the pool and all your worries melting away. Then if you are a gay man head to the newly opened Spartacvs Bali Hotel.

Talking to Gary the manager in Sydney yesterday after a stressful day of traffic jams I wondered why I wasn't hoping on a plane and spending a few days winding back.

The great thing is that the hotel caters for gay men only and is 100% clothing optional and completely private from the street.

The other great thing is what you would pay for a basic motel room elsewhere Bali offers the gay traveller excellent value for money.


So check Spartacvs Bali Hotel and book your flight to Bali now.


Saturday, November 10, 2007

New site is now live

Our new site is finally live after 3 months behind the scenes work.

It may not seem much different but the back end is a huge improvement and as we work through a few minor issues you will be able to find a whole heap of things which was hard to find before.

Whether you are looking for family friendly places, gay only places, women run places our new advanced search allows you to do this.

So check out our advanced search and if you can't find something then let us know by leaving a comment in our blog.

We are editing files as we go to make the search better so your feedback is important.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

What do you like about air travel today?

Often the worse part of travel today is the airline flight and the airports. Issues like

  • Long queues at check in
  • Security hassles - like no water past security - then paying inflated prices on the air side for a bottle of water
  • Cramped seats
  • Delayed flights
However what things are better. Rachel Berg blogged today about 5 *Good* Things About Air Travel Today.

Her five good things were:
  • Non smoking flights
  • No mobile phones
  • In flight TV
  • Online Check in
  • Carbon Offsets
To this list I would add:
  • Cheap airfares. Given the increases in taxes airline fares have continued to drop
  • Coffee which has definitely improved over the years.
  • More direct flights
  • Premium economy - for those of us who want a bet of extra leg room but don't want the full service of Business Class or the price.
What do you think has improved on airlines?

Monday, November 05, 2007

Sunshine Coast: Home of Girlfest '08


The third reincarnation of Girlfest has a new home on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland, now at the Hyatt resort at Coolum. Set your calendar for 25-28 January if you want to join 1000 lesbians for the 3-day event.

Comics, rock bands, dance parties, chicks frolicking in the pool, and ocean breezes - what more could a girl want?
I enjoyed GF06 and highly recommend the fun-filled long weekend. Afterwards, why not stay along the Sunshine Coast and try other GOO and RTA places to stay and things to see and do?

Saturday, November 03, 2007

2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival

The programme for the 2008 New Zealand International Arts Festival to be held in Wellington during February and March is now available.

The event is a showcase of International and New Zealand arts and a great chance to see what makes New Zealand unique.

The event is a fantastic excuse to visit Wellington and stay for a few days and spend time exploring the capital of New Zealand.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Waitomo - Take the Black Route

If you visiting Waitomo don't just wander through the caves, raft through them.

20 years ago Black water rafting was invented and it is an amazing experience. The silence of the water and looking up at the glow worms - it is a three trip that will be the highlight of your trip.

Only a 3 hour drive from Auckland you can make a day trip or better still spend the night at Kamahi Cottage or continue on to Rotorua after an adventure you won't forget.

So check out the two trip options:

Black Water Rafting, The Labyrinth at Waitomo Caves

Black Water Rafting, The Black Abyss at Waitomo Caves
New Zealand Herald Article on the 20th Anniversary of Black Water Rafting been launched at Waitomo Caves



Sunday, October 28, 2007

Hero 2008 - Videos from 2007

The key dates are out for Hero happening in Auckland in February 2008:

  • Hero Launch Party - 1st February
  • Wigs on the Waterfront - 3rd February
  • Big Gay Out - 10th February
  • Heroic Gardens - 16th to 17th February
  • Hero Party - 23rd February
Check out some of the videos below from Youtube

Hero Big Gay Out 2007




Hero Big Gay Out 2007 - Prime Minister





Hero Promotion for 2007


Hidden charges - Why do they do this!

Let's face you expect to pay what is advertised but how many times do you struggle to find what you are actually been charged.

So below is a list of some annoying hidden charges which you discover when check in or worse when you check out:

  • Car Rental fees - says $40 a day but this excludes:
    • airport surcharge
    • licence fees
    • drop off fees
    • insurance
    • relocation fee
    • stamp duty fee
    • and the list goes on
    • so the cost ends up been $100 a day!
  • Parking fees at hotels
    • They say parking is available on there website but forget to mention it isn't free.
    • You end up paying $14 to $30 for overnight parking but only discover on check in or worse still on check out
  • Internet fees at hotels
    • So you want to browse the web, check email, etc.
    • You then find the charge is $10 per hour or a max charge of $25 a day.
    • So guess what you don't use it and go down the road to the local internet cafe and pay $3 an hour or turn to wireless broadband when travelling.
  • Phone fees at hotels
    • So you make one local call. They charge you $2 for a call which from a payphone is $0.50.
    • So guess what you use your mobile or buy a calling card so you don't pay for the call.
    • Will beware of using a calling card as the hotel will probably charge you still for the a toll free phone call.
    • Best surprise I ever got was making a phone call from Vancouver YWCA back to Sydney, Australia and only been charged $1.
    • Worse surprise was been charged $5 for a two minute call to a local number in Brisbane and this was after paying $250 a night for the room.
Well you might say hotels and businesses are free to charge what they want but remember the customer who has paid these ridiculous fees will remember. Even if they are on a business trip they will remember the prices charged and won't be back for a holiday.

From my personal experience it seems to be the larger chains who think because they have a name they can charge whatever they want.

Do you have experiences of hidden charges? Post a comment to let us know your experiences.

Monday, October 22, 2007

High Country Holiday Lodge & Motels


Our newest RTA accommodation - High Country Holiday Lodge & Motel - is in a great location in Canterbury. So looking for a great New Zealand summer location check out these attractions:

  • Closest town to Mount Cook National Park and Ohau Forest.
  • Surrounded by the beautiful Southern Alps (snow-capped during winter) you may wish to partake in some of the activities Twizel (Mackenzie Basin) has to offer.
  • Close to all amenities including shopping centre, playground, swimming pool, skate-board park, climbing wall and gymnasium.
  • Enjoy the 9 hole golf course, driving range, outdoor bowling green, tennis courts and squash courts.
  • Glacier flights, snow skiing, watersport, rowing fishing, tramping, hunting, etc.
  • 6 Beautiful lakes from five to forty-five minutes away (Lakes Tekapo, Pukaki, Ohau, Benmore, Aviemore and Ruataniwha.
  • Base for Giant Upper Waitaki Hydro Electric Power Scheme.
So hire a car and head for the hills.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Tourism Operator Blog

The new RainbowTourism.com is almost here after some long hours by the women at Canz Design

One thing we have learnt through this process is how some of our tourism operators websites leave a lot to be desired.

So we have created a new blog with lots of good Tourism Resources for operators.

So check this new blog and we will let you know as soon as our new site is up and running.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Rainbow Recommendations: Top 7 in Oz

I have crossed back and forth from USA to AUS many times, and can attest that the hardest part of getting downunder is the flight. It's neither cheap nor quick. You'll likely spend $1200 or more and about 15 hours from the WQest Coast in an uncomfortable airline seat. (I always request a seat in the rear of the plane, where I'm more likely to get three seats to stretch out in for the duration. Otherwise, I look like a pretzel if pressed in to a single economy seat.)
Once you arrive, you'll need a day to recover from jet lag. If you only have two weeks, that's really only 12 days, what with crossing the international date line, loosing a day and taking a jet lag day into account.

Fortunately, the hard parts melt away once you get to Sydney, your most likely starting point. (There are flights that arrive in Melbourne and Cairns and Perth if you want to avoid the congestion of Sydney - but if it's your first visit, don't miss Sydney Harbor, the opera House and taking the Manly Ferry (yes, that's for real) to reach the beach. If you're returning to Australia and have done the Great Barrier Reef, the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Outback the first time, you can forgo those tourist destinations in Cairns/Queensland and head for the other gay capital cities - Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, and let's throw in Alice Springs in the Northern Territory!

Here's my compiled list of at least 7 things to see and do. There is no such thing as a dull destination downunder!

1. From Melbourne in Victoria, you should meander along the Great Ocean Road and take a helicopter ride over the 12 Apostles (massive rock pillars that stand like sentries along the southern coast. There are only 7 left standing, so hurry here - and linger longer at some great gay owned and gay friendly accommodation along the coast.

2. See a performance at the Sydney Opera House - or at least take a tour of the awesome structure, one of the modern wonders of the world.

3. Hike from Bondi to Bronte beaches - about 30 minutes - the most popular beaches in Sydney for surging, sunning and snorkeling (not to mention gay cruising on the north end of Bondi). If you're visiting in September, this walk is turned into an outdoor gallery with some of the best sculpture art in the world. Don't miss it, unless it's too windy on the bluff and you're afraid of heights.

4. Check out the architecture in Melbourne, and raise a pint with the friendly locals at any one of the gay pubs in Carlton; you can even grab a room upstairs and spend the night at The Opium Den and Laird Hotels. The Jasper is best if you want to do the touristy must-do of visiting and shopping at Victoria Market. Forget the souvenir boomerrangs; they're all made in China and I've never seen a real one anywhere during my four years living there!

5. Starting with your flight into Alice Springs - you set your watch back half an hour even though you've just flown over an endless red desert - you're in for an adventure. Visit the Desert Park, take an Outback Safari to Ayers Rock, or go flightseeing over the Olgas. You'll enjoy the rest afterwards at The Rainbow Connection where Phil will clue you into what's happening in The Alice.

6. Get within 15 feet of a croc? Dive the Great Barrier Reef? Visit the famous Surfer's Paradise? Go for a sail in the Whitsundays? Visit the rainforest? There are mucho choices in the tropical far north. See queensland.com/gay.

7. For the pristine wilderness experience and one of the world's 10 most remote and stunning beaches, you have to travel to the island state of Tasmania, about an hour's flight from Melbourne. The Freycinet Peninsula side (East Coast) is for sun lovers. The Cradle Mountain side (West Coast) is for the mountain lovers and those who want to look all the way to Antartica and to South America and know there's not another living soul in between. The Southwest Wilderness area of Tasmania is a World Hertiage Park, where few have trodden. Same thing with my favorite eastern beaches. Enough room for everyone to have their own beach or rainforest. You'llk love the Cloud Juice (purest bottled water on earth).

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Euro Car Rental joins RainbowTourism.com

We are really pleased to announce that Euro Car Rental has joined RainbowTourism.com

Euro Car Rental New Zealand is a professional boutique rental car company based in Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand, built on over a decade of experience, serving you with your motoring and travel needs.

Specialising in European and 4WD cars for hire. Their fleet is designed with you in mind. New and late model vehicles, 4WD's, sedans, touring wagons, hatches, sports cars, convertibles and fun cars. Trusted brands such as Audi, BMW, VW, Peugeot, Volvo, Opel, Vauxhall, Subaru, Mazda and Nissan.

Based in Christchurch with agents in Picton, Nelson, Greymouth, Dunedin and Queenstown and also in the North Island.

Euro Car Rental Christchurch specialises in providing a superior level of service. We can take care of all your holiday or vacation needs. As part of our service you are able to book your accommodation and activities throughout New Zealand with Euro Self-drive Tours.

So check our Euro Car Rental's website now and book a great rental car and accommodation with RainbowTourism.com

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Interested in the Pleasures of Life on Vacation?


If you're like many G and L travelers, you like a combination of the unique, a special location, great food and wine, unusual cultural activities, and finding locals who can help you enjoy the pleasures of life in their region. As Rainbow Tourism's Concierge for Australia and North America, I will be using this space to tell you about my travels and explorations in both hemispheres.
For the past several years I have been touring in Australia and New Zealand, finding equal breathtaking scenery in both. I've reported that there is much to do before you sleep, whether you're on the Great Barrier Reef or a working cattle station on the South Island. I'm happy to share some short cuts if you're surfing for gay life and gay tours in Oz or Kiwi Land. And soon I will add tales from Hawaii and Canada and places along the NW coast of US, my new Rainbow Tourism Intl. branch office. (Have Laptop, Will Travel the Pink Globe.)
In parting for the Northern Hemisphere, here's my Top 7 Things to See & Do on the South Island for the New Zealand-bound gay and lesbian traveler...
1. Eat & Drink, Central Otago Wine Region, ex Dunedin or Queenstown
2. Self-Drive Tour in a Porsche, Porstige Car Rental, Chirstchurch
3. Bungy Jump, Queenstown, elite adventure capital
4. Gay Women's Tour, Driftwood Dreamers
5. Gay Men's FarmStay, Poller Farm
6. Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, Blue Lagoon Cruises
7. Visit the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers
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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Summer Gay Day


Summer in Sydney will never be the same again - so claims the Summer Gay Day website.

On 1 December for the first time a major and gay lesbian music will herald the arrival of summer.

Summer Gay Day is to be held in a stunning parklands location around Kippax Lake in Moore Park, a unique location lined with leafy trees, acres of green grass and surrounding a gorgeous central lake.

So if in Sydney on 1 December check out Summer Gay Day

Aloha! Kalani Beckons You to Hawaii






"Kalani Honua means harmony of heaven and earth, and this is what we aspire to. As a multi-cultural and educational non-profit organization, Kalani welcomes all in the spirit of aloha. We are guided by the Hawaiian tradition of ohana, the extended family, respecting our diversity yet sharing in unity.""


--Richard Koob, founder and director.


On a recent Rainbow Tourism road trip to The Big Island, I had the pleasure of reintroducing myself to Richard and his staff. We know each other from 25 years ago when IGLTA was created, then known as International Gay Travel Association.

He told me then that he and his partner had toured the world dancing and exploring ways to express their unconditional love for life and the arts. Richard and Earnest decided to forgo the hustle and bustle of New York and Paris and were drawn to a beautiful and isolated coast on the one of the most remote islands in the world: Hawaii.




They set up Kalani near Hilo on the Big Island - close enough to the active volcano to make life interesting and stunning.

There is a lot going on in paradise, with workshops and seminars and cohousing and artists in residence...the website tells all, as do the photos. Pack your bags and meet me here after booking your perfect tropical holiday on RainbowTourism.com. (We're not just for DownUnder bookings any more. After all, the whole globe is gay, isn't it?)

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Hero 2008

HERO 2008 - Auckland's ultimate celebration of pride and "Polysexual" diversity. Whether you're gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, or a friend of our colourful "rainbow community" there's something here for you!

The 2008 Festival runs for a three week period (February 1 - 24) and features a large and colourful array of events.

Events include Wigs on Waterfront, Big Gay Out, Heroic Gardens, Hero Party and more.

So if you are visiting Auckland during February then check out some of the local events and meet some of the locals.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

30 Years and still Strong

On 19th-21st of October 2007 (Labour Weekend) the Manawatu Lesbian and Gay Rights Association (MaLGRA - Club Q) will be celebrating an amazing 30 years.

MaLGRA is the longest running Gay Rights Association in New Zealand. This event will be held at Club Q, and will be a week long celebration with the different support groups being involved. On the Friday and Saturday nights there will be huge celebrations within Club Q to pay tribute to MaLGRA's 30th Birthday, also the screening of a documentary depicting how MaLGRA and formally MaGRA has lasted throughout the years.

So if you happen to be in Palmerston North on that weekend then drop in on the celebrations.

For more information regarding these celebrations and about MaLGRA in general the MaLGRA website holds all event and background information.

Spartacvs Bali Hotel


Spartacvs is a "men only" hotel in Bali offering guests privacy, discretion and total security for your comfort.

Situated in the "Golden Mile" of Bali, Spartacvs is within a 5 minute walking distance to the gay beach of Ganesha and also the most celebrated restaurants in Bali such as Ku De Ta and The Living Room.

Bali is a great holiday destination offering friendly service at great value.

Check out Spartacvs Bali Hotel and other options on RainbowTourism.com Bali section.

Blog for Tourism Operators

One of the things you notice when you operate a business like RainbowTourism.com and review our operators websites is how some very simple things are missed.

So working with Canz Design we have started a new blog for tourism operators.

Check it out here

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Dunedin Events

19th Oct 07 Spectrum Dunedin's Best Ever Queer Dance Party
Time: 9pm - 3am Venue- The Arc Dunedin
Theme: A Early Halloween Party

10th Nov 07 A Girls Night Out Cocktail Party
Time: 8pm - 3am Venue- The Arc Dunedin
Theme- Cocktail Dresses - get Dressed Up

24th Nov 07 Spectrum Dunedins Best Ever Queer Dance Party
Time: 9pm - 3am Venue - The Arc Dunedin
Theme - Schools Out - School Uniform

Check out www.myspace.com/oeddunedin for more info on all these events and RainbowTourism.com for great places to stay if visiting Dunedin

Friday, September 28, 2007

Welcome to PRIDE FAIRDAY 2007!

Want more? Never fear! There will be everything you can think of to make this the best day ever plus then some more! Are you sure you are ready for the best Fairday yet?

Don't forget your gold coin donation, your sunscreen, your picnic rug and the expectancy to have a very large amount of fun. Lets be proud and “Imagine—One better world” on Fairday, 2007.

Bring your friends, your partner, your mum, dad, your next door neighbour, and your next door neighbours' mum and dad to join with us to make it a day to remember. This is your Fairday 2007!

When? THIS Sunday, the 30 September 2007!
Where? Russell Square, Northbridge.
Time: 10am – 6pm.
All for the bargain price of a gold coin donation!

Please be reminded that Pride W.A Fairday has licensed and non-licensed areas so our community from 0 years- 110 years of age can enjoy YOUR Fairday.

So if in Perth this weekend check out Fairday!


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Sunday, September 23, 2007

Holding the Man - US Premier

If you are in San Francisco take the opportunity to see Holding the Man , a fantastic Australian gay love story.

The play has performed to full houses and rave reviews in Sydney. Having just seen a preview tonight it is a play not to be missed.

You have until November 4 to see it at the New Conservatory Theatre Center in San Francisco.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Forever Young - New Zealand



Tourism New Zealand took over popular video viewing site YouTube with a 24-hour 'roadblock' on the paid homepage content earlier this month.

The move was to publicise the new 100% Pure New Zealand campaign, which focuses on New Zealand as the youngest country on earth.

Tourism New Zealand also linked up with the creative talent at Wellington-based Weta Digital to celebrate New Zealand's culture and history by animating the Maori legend of Maui hauling the North Island from the sea.

The deal between YouTube and Tourism New Zealand included 24-hour ownership of the paid video space on the homepage, followed by three months of a New Zealand branded channel.

So watch, enjoy the scenery and music, then book your trip to New Zealand this summer.

Friday, September 21, 2007

2007 Pride WA Festival Guide

The 2007 Pride WA Festival Guide has just come hot of the press packed full of entertainment for you to enjoy during the month long festival.

Enjoy the month long festivities in Perth from Fairday on Sunday 30th September to the Pride Parade and party on 27th October.

Sadly my planned trip to Perth has now had to be delayed so once again I miss the WA Pride Festival.

If you happen to be in Perth in the next do check out the Pride website and join in the fun.

If you need accommodation in Perth check out the RainbowTourism.com website.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Airline comes out with gay-themed flight

Flight from US to Sydney will feature drag queens, pink cocktails, cabaret performed by crew


SAN FRANCISCO - Air New Zealand is delving into the gay and lesbian market with a special themed flight that will feature drag queens, pink cocktails and a cabaret performed by the flight crew.
The destination for the airline's one-time "Pink Flight," scheduled to depart San Francisco International Airport on Feb. 26, is the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney, Australia, one of the world's most well-attended gay events, said Jodi Williams, an Air New Zealand marketing director.
"We are looking at tailoring the inseat entertainment and having gay-friendly movies and contests and different music and things like that," Williams said. The airline also plans to throw a "Get-Onboard-Girlfriend" going away party for its passengers, who will pay an average of $1,000 roundtrip.
The flight will be modeled after an Auckland-to-Sydney trip Air New Zealand made this year for the gay Mardi Gras, according to Williams. Before that full flight, the crew put on pink feather boas and sang for its couple hundreds passengers, she said.
"Even the pilot was wearing fairy wings and got into it," Williams said.
Michael Wilke, executive director of a New York-based advertising advocacy group called the Commercial Closet Association, said that while American, Air Canada and other airline companies have become visible sponsors of gay pride events, none had so far used campy programming to appeal to gay and lesbian travelers.
"They could probably do very well with it," Wilke said. "It really sounds like someone put together the idea of what a gay cruise is and just applied that to the air. And even gay cruises don't feature employees in particular outfits or gay-themed movies."
Air New Zealand's Williams said the airline still is working out some details of the flight plan, such as what will go inside the goodie bags passengers will get. Since it takes 14 hours to get from San Francisco to Sydney, the airline also plans to schedule in some down time during the overnight flight.
"We had to think about keeping people entertained while knowing they will want their beauty sleep," she said.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Sydney Number One

Another day and another travel survey but always interesting to see who is on top in the luxury travel magazine survey.

A survey of 30,000 readers of luxury travel bible Conde Nast Traveller put Sydney in first spot for favourite overseas city, ahead of Paris, New York and Rome.

Here is their list of top 20 cities:

Results from Conde Nast Traveller magazine's 10th annual survey of the world's:

Favourite Cities
1.Sydney (last year's ranking - 3)
2.New York (4)
3.Paris (5)
4.Rome (1)
5.Barcelona (2)
6.Venice (6)
7.San Francisco (new entry)
8.Cape Town (17)
9.Singapore (5)
10.Hong Kong (18)
11.Bangkok (new entry)
12.Amsterdam (15)
13.Florence (8)
14.Istanbul (16)
15.Vancouver (new entry)
16.Buenos Aires (new entry)
17.Madrid (11)
18.Marrakech (20)
19.Dubai (9)
20.Berlin (new entry)

Favourite Countries
India
Italy
Thailand
Australia
New Zealand

So let us know what your top destination is and tell us why by simply adding a comment to our blog.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Bula from Paradise in Fiji

In Sydney today I had the pleasure to meet Terri who owns and operates Paradise Tavenui with her husband Allan. After talking with her and viewing the photos I cannot wait to visit their Paradise in Fiji.

What can you expect when you stay at Paradise Tavenui

A genuine Fiji experience is extended to all who visit this remote and secluded paradise. If you’re searching for true Fijian hospitality and long to experience the culture of this mystical land, spend some time in Paradise.

Paradise Taveuni is a luxury boutique Resort nestled amongst lush green gardens with Rainforest Mountain asa back drop, catering to discerning travellers looking for their own piece of paradise. Its unique Deep Water Frontage allows Guests to dive, snorkel and swim from the lava flow edge into pristine warm tropical waters any time of the day or night.

Full service activities include kayaking, mountain biking, nature hikes, horseback riding, snorkelling, SCUBA diving with Pro Dive Taveuni, jet ski expeditions, sports fishing, guided tours, spa services and more.

Recently renovated, the Resort has 10 new luxury bures, new open air Restaurant and Bar with gift shop and tour desk, Spa services, Pro Dive Taveuni on site and a new horizon edge freshwater swimming pool. Accommodation rates have been reduced as an Opening Special until March 2008, to entice travelers to experience Paradise.

A unique holiday experience awaits in Paradise and with a very real sense of Fiji in their hearts.

RainbowTourism.com is pleased to be able to offer this wonderful resort as part of our growing group of Rainbow Tourism Accreditated and Rainbow operated places.

Encouraging you to Travel Pink on Work Visa

Australia-US Work and Holiday visa good for tourism Monday, September 10, 2007

The new proposed reciprocal agreement for Work and Holiday visas with the US will deliver a boom for the tourism industry according to the Minister for Small Business and Tourism Fran Bailey.

Bailey believes that the new agreement will have a “two-fold” effect, helping to boost tourism numbers and also fill vacant positions for tourism operators and small businesses (like RainbowTourism.com).
In 2006-07, over 455,000 Americans visited Australia, making the US our fourth largest inbound tourism market. The new agreement will encourage more young Americans to stay longer and spend more.

There will be an unlimited number of visa available to eligible Americans when this agreement is implemented on 31 October 2007. Write me if you want more dee-tails.

So, chew on this if you're into traveling pink. Come on down and work for Rainbow Tourism as a student intern or Willing Worker on Tourism Site in exchange for US affiliate status when you return. Travel all over Australia (and later around New Zealand on another type of visa) as our traveling inspector and reporter of local G&L attractions, accommodations and events. If you want to break into the travel industry and become a specialist in pink travel, then here's your opportunity.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Travel Blogs

There are a number of travel blogs on the internet. However the number of travel blogs with gay and lesbian content seem to be few and far between.

That number shrinks when you start searching for gay and lesbian travel blogs about travel downunder and the Rainbow Tourism blog is one of the few updated on a regular basis.

The following is a few blogs which offer some travel ideas:

Sydney Morning Herald Travel Blog - and interesting blog with lots of ideas - just take the recent blog called Why is Australian tourism obsessed with 'big' things? Discussing the Goulburn sheep, The Big Banana in CoffsHarbour. Of course one can also find similar things in New Zealand. The L&P Bottle in Paeroa or the large carrot in Ohakune.

The blog also has this great feature on New Zealand called Driving and Mooching - is this the way to explore New Zealand?

The New Zealand Herald doesn't have a travel blog section but does have a good Travel section. A recent article on quarantine control highlights some issues that tourists should be aware of if travelling to New Zealand or Australia. Both New Zealand and Australia operate strict quarantine regimes.

The Window Seat is a great blog and provides some interesting insights into travel destinations and issues that travellers face. Thankfully Australian and New Zealand airlines don't generally have staff like the recent blog on What Not to Wear.

Pink Pavillions and New Gay Travel Guide are two North American gay blogs. They don't seem to have much information about downunder however and are very Northern Hemisphere focussed.

Drop us a comment about blogs which you find have some good travel information. I would be really interested in Gay travel blogs.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Whistler's 2008 Gay Ski Week

GayWhistler, the year-round promoter of Whistler to the gay and lesbian community, has set the dates for its annual Whistler Gay Ski Week - the second annual WinterPRIDE celebration.


The annual Gay Ski Week festival has been set for February 3-10, 2008. Due to celebrate its 16th year, the event is now one of the largest and most-renowned gay ski weeks in the world. Building on the successful launch of the revitalised festival in 2007, WinterPRIDE reflects the evolution of Gay Ski week which offers advanced mountain experiences and a full compliment of non ski/snowboard activities. Organizers are planning for 3,200+ attendees for the 2008 WinterPRIDE with the expanded programming designed to appeal to both ski/snowboard enthusiasts and guests who may never have skied or snowboarded.


"We have had fantastic response to the new direction we have taken this annual event, growing it into a more comprehensive and inclusive festival. Without question the introduction of the WinterPRIDE Banquet brought in one of the highest attendances in a single event over the week. Our banquet featured a special guest appearance by Cirque du Soleil's - Mystére. The re-introduction of the Mountaintop Dance at 7,000 feet and the improved complimentary ski/snowboard guiding program are also enormously popular," says Sean Kearns, President of Alpenglow Production Corporation - the parent company of GayWhistler. "WinterPRIDE fits in with our vision of opening up Gay Ski Week to more than just skiers and snowboarders. This is the next evolution in gay ski weeks and we look forward to expanding WinterPRIDE for 2008."


The week-long GayWhistler's WinterPRIDE festival involves numerous winter sports activities, entertainment and parties all in the name of celebration, socializing and raising money for good causes, including AIDS Vancouver. In addition to a spectacular line-up of winter sports and activities including dog-sledding and snowmobiling, Gay Ski Week 2008 will feature a series of lectures, hands-on culinary classes, spa + wellness programs and evening social events. The late week entertainment will include the always anticipated Snow Ball-Dance 'Till Dawn as well as a few new surprises!


"The 2008 GayWhistler WinterPRIDE festival is open to everyone and all ages," says Kearns. "It will be a time to come together as a community and enjoy winter activities and celebrations."

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Countdown to Cologne


25th Anniversary Year Begins Countdown to Cologne


The 1350 participants at Gay Games I in 1982 dreamed there would be many more Gay Games to come.

Fortunately for our community, a handful of dedicated and visionary people, led by former Olympian Dr. Tom Waddell, organized and created the first Gay Games and Cultural Festival.


The rest, as they say, is history.

There are a number of events happening in San Francisco

The 2010 VIII gay games happen in Cologne from 31 July through 7 August 2010

Friday, September 07, 2007

City of Perth Pride Fairday - September

Fairday is always the ideal start to Pride Month, with our entire community coming together to celebrate our Pride in a relaxed and festive setting that enables businesses, community groups and government agencies to interact through stalls, events and ongoing entertainment.

Live bands, cabaret singers, and dancers keep the crowds entertained throughout the day. Families can picnic on the lawn beneath the shade of the Russell Square trees. There's usually activities for the kids, such as bouncey castles or petting zoos. And of course, the perennial crowd favourite - the Dog Show.

Date : Sunday, 30th September
Time : 10:00
Venue : Russell Square in Northbridge
Price : Gold Coin donation

Location of Fairday in Perth and check out RainbowTourism.com Perth accommodation options.


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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Angels in America

Wellington has some great live theatre so if you are visiting the capital city of New Zealand why not have a night out and see a play. If you happen to be in Wellington at the end of September check out "Angels in America"


Award winning Almost A Bird Theatre Collective proudly presents Tony Kushner’s masterpiece Angels in America Part I: Millennium Approaches (winner of 1993 Pulitzer Price for best drama and Tony Award for best play) as part of the 2007 graduation season of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School. Angels in America will be staged at Downstage Theatre. For the first time in years the graduates of the national drama school showcase their final performance outside their own building and in the industry environment. Catherine Downes: “Angels in America will be an investment in a new generation of theatre makers and an example of how the industry can work together with Toi Whakaari. We are looking forward to being involved with this exciting, relevant new work.”

The epic play Angels in America was performed in Wellington for the last time at Circa Theatre in 1994. This story about a struggling community is still as provoking, funny and humane for today’s audiences as it was back then. Director Willem Wassenaar: “There is no other play than Angels in America that reflects so deeply the huge identity crisis that we as the world, a society and as individuals are experiencing at this very moment.”


Set in New York in the conservative mid 1980s, Angels in America is a rollercoaster collision course for a former drag queen diagnosed with AIDS, his arm chair philosopher lover, a Valium addicted housewife, her gay Mormon husband and a heavenly host of Angels. When even God has abandoned his responsibilities and the Angels are calling out for mortal guidance, the characters are forced to make their own decisions on freedom, sexuality, politics and religion in a universe that is about to change.


A LIMITED ONE WEEK SEASON @ Downstage Theatre / 29 SEP – 6 OCT 2007

Performance Times: Mon - Thu 6.30pm, Fri & Sat 7.30pm and matinee Sat 6 Oct 2pm

Ticket Prices: $39-$20 and $20 Preview Fri 28 Sep

Bookings: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz




CURRENT:

Who Needs Sleep Anyway?

By Roger Hall & Pip Hall

18 Aug – 22 Sept

Downstage Theatre

Starring: Peter Hambleton, Paul McLaughlin, Mel Dodge, Nick Dunbar, Jennifer Ludlam & Jane Waddel

A comedy for anyone who’s ever been a baby

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

UPCOMING:

An Alternative Version of Your Own Life – DYSO

7 & 8 Sept

BATS Theatre

Starring: Virginia Kennard (NZ) & Lorna Borrett (UK)

Haunting and powerful modern dance from two fresh upcoming choreographers

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

FootBallistic – DYSO

By Dean Hewison, Allan Henry & Ben Powdrell

11 – 15 Sept

BATS Theatre

Starring: Dean Hewison, Allan Henry, Leon Wadham, Dave Hoskins, Ben Powdrell, Patrick Powdrell, Alix Bushnell, Fraser McLeod, Jodie Hillock & Martyn Wood

It’ll be a riot! CHECK IT OUT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyMEGtTITPo

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

Son Et Lumière

By Jacqueline Coats

13 – 16 Sept

Old St Pauls

Starring: Ray Henwood

A unique event celebrating one of Wellington’s favourite buildings

Book: 04 473 6722

Angels in America

By Tony Kushner

29 Sept – 6 Oct

Downstage Theatre

Starring: Dan Musgrove, Sophie Roberts, Matt Whelan & Martyn Wood

The universe is about to change; in which direction?

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

I’m Not Rappaport

By Herb Gardner

13 Oct – 10 Nov

Downstage Theatre

Starring: George Henare & Ray Henwood

You can’t keep a feisty man down!

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

the Kreutzer – STAB

By Sara Brodie

14 – 24 Nov

BATS Theatre

Starring : Tom McCrory, 4 members of the NZSO

To examine the twisted way men and women perceive each other, with music to die for

Book: 04 802 4175 or book@bats.co.nz

Urinetown – The Musical

By Mark Hollmann & Greg Kotis

17 Nov – 22 Dec

Downstage Theatre

Starring: George Henare, Rima te Wiatia, Julian Wilson, Kristian Lavercombe & Jason Ward Kennedy

The Rocky Horror Picture Show of our generation!

Book: 04 801 6946 or www.downstage.co.nz

Check it Out . . .


BATS Theatre
www.bats.co.nz

Maintain: The Movie
www.maintainmovie.co.nz

Theatre Review
www.theatreview.org.nz

Downstage Theatre
www.downstage.co.nz

Young and Hungry
www.youngandhungry.org.nz

Random Films
www.randomfilms.co.nz