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Active Retirees : Active Retirees April-May 2012
10 | www.probussouthpacific.org TRAVEL NEWS Royal Barge revealed The Probus Rendezvous 2012 will be held in Palmerston North, New Zealand from 16-21 September. With the program set to include a welcome dinner at the local racecourse and a friendship night at Manawatu Golf Course, this is a must for your Probian calendar. The anticipated event will also give members the chance to visit some of the lower North Island’s attractions, including the Rugby Museum. Here you’ll see some of the nation’s rugby treasures including the first ‘fern’ and the oldest All Black jersey. The Victoria Esplanade gardens are the ideal location for a fresh- air stroll during your free time. Opened to mark Queen Victoria’s 60th Jubilee, the gardens include a duck pond, a cherry drive and more than 5500 varieties of roses. There’s even a miniature railway through the native bush. But if you really want to stretch your legs, the Manawatu Gorge is where you want to be. Just a 20-minute drive from Palmerston North, the gorge is one of the few places in the world where a river passes through a dividing range. Travel guide What: Probus Rendezvous 2012 Where: Palmerston North, New Zealand W: www.probussouthpacific.org/ activitiesrendezvous.html T: 1800 630 488 Probus Rendezvous The Queen will travel in a special Royal Barge on 3 June as part of the Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant that celebrates her 60-year reign. Leading a flotilla of at least 1000 boats down the River Thames, The Spirit of Chartwell will accommodate the Queen, the Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the royal family in what is set to be the largest flotilla assembled on the river in modern times. The vessel was chosen for her size, comfort, safety and manoeuvrability. Her owner, Philip Morrell, knew he had built something special. “I thought The Spirit of Chartwell would be ideal for the carriage of royalty, but little did I even vaguely suspect that in the course of one short year that we would be graced with such an honour,” he said. The Royal Barge will be adorned with flowers from the Queen’s own gardens, with arrangements to prominently feature the royal colours of red, gold and purple. After the event, which is expected to attract more the one million people to the banks of the Thames, The Spirit of Chartwell will resume her role as a cruising vessel. Travel guide What: Thames Diamond Jubilee River Pageant Where: River Thames, UK When: 3 June W: www.culture.gov.uk/diamondjubilee iStockphoto
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