Archive for May, 2016


Travel Wires: Budget blow

May 31st, 2016 by

Tourism Industry Aotearoa has expressed disappointment at cuts to Department of Conservation funding, announced in last week’s Budget. The core operating budget for 2016/17 is $344.808 million – down almost 9 per cent on last year’s…

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The bizarre appeal of Indonesia’s devastated ‘mud villages’

May 31st, 2016 by

For exactly 10 years nothing and no one has been able to stem a terrifying flow of hot mud in Indonesia.Since it started in May 2006, the Sidoarjo Mudflow – the biggest mud volcano in the world – has buried entire villages and left…

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Vanuatu: Spirited away

May 31st, 2016 by

I thought I knew the islands. I’ve been to Fiji, the Cooks and Samoa, a fair few times for work and pleasure over the years, and I’d visited Port Vila 20-odd years ago.So when we fly into Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island…

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Fiji: A taste of the tropics

May 30th, 2016 by

EAT LOCAL Serving up the best local produce and seasonal ingredients is the focus of Louise and Lee Acreman’s Taste Fiji eatery, which you’ll find about 10 minutes from Nadi Airport. The couple – Fijian-born Louise and Englishman…

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Kia Ora: Papatowai

May 30th, 2016 by

Origin of name: Papa is Maori for land and the towai is a native tree – making it Land of the Towai; interestingly, towai bark is popular for treating skin diseases, tanning and dyeing. Population: There are about 30 permanent…

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Passengers on-board the Harmony of the Seas share their fury

May 30th, 2016 by

There was great excitement when the world’s biggest cruise ship the Harmony of the Seas took to the ocean for the first time a fortnight ago.As the massive vessel pulled away from a shipyard in Saint-Nazaire, where it was built…

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Japan: Tranquil times in Okinawa

May 29th, 2016 by

The subtropical islands of Okinawa are officially part of Japan but it’s almost like a different country. In fact, it used to be. Once known as the Ryukyu Kingdom, it was not until the late 1870s that it reluctantly became part of…

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The letter that got a man out of an airline fee

May 29th, 2016 by

Alex Hamberger was devastated when he was forced to cancel a trip to see his precious young niece.His doctor had warned him against travel due to a sudden illness, so he was forced to postpone his March flight from Buffalo, New…

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Travel insider: Singapore

May 29th, 2016 by

Where does Singapore’s party set hang out? Clarke Quay has been a long-standing nightspot for after-work drinks and Zouk is probably the most famous club for all ages, but if you’re looking for something more classy, the CBD has…

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Love letter to: The bang in Bangkok

May 28th, 2016 by

Given my physical location, I’m sometimes asked how I describe myself – where am I mentally, if you will. The closest I can get in a few words seems to be “a pan-Asian New Zealander”. It’s crude but probably appropriate to the place…

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