Archive for August, 2016


Waitangi a finalist in Tourism Awards

August 31st, 2016 by

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is a finalist in the New Zealand Tourism Awards, going head-to-head with TIME Unlimited Tours of Auckland in the Maori Cultural Tourism Award.Altogether 28 finalists will compete for awards in two individual…

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Staying at the Novotel Karon Beach Phuket Resort and Spa, Thailand

August 31st, 2016 by

Getting there: This six-month-old hotel is 45 minutes from Phuket International Airport, just off the main west coast road. The eye-catching Karon Beach is right across the road. Check-in experience: I was greeted by the manager…

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Five things to do in Wanaka

August 31st, 2016 by

1 Visit the Cardrona Distillery In 2013, Canterbury farmer Desiree Whitaker and her husband Ash sold everything they had, and set up a distillery in Cardrona . Using just water, yeast and malted barley, the distillery makes vodka,…

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Dubai: A man in terminal decline

August 31st, 2016 by

If a bug no bigger than a pinhead flying into your mouth is a memorable moment in your day, your short time on this Earth is being frittered away needlessly. Such a bug flew into my mouth as I needlessly frittered away a precious…

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Why is this glacier in Antarctica bleeding red?

August 30th, 2016 by

It looks like a gruesome scene, interrupting the pristine whiteness of ice-covered East Antarctica.What appears to be blood can be seen spilling over the snow in the extreme desert, begging the question — what on earth happened?Thankfully,…

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Ask Away: Be prepared for US airport security

August 30th, 2016 by

I am travelling to the United States next month to visit family who I haven’t seen since before 9/11. I’ve been nervous about visiting the States and flying domestically, especially since I’ve heard the lines for security checks are…

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Fiji: Paradise gets helping hands

August 30th, 2016 by

Hope would fall through the holes in their pockets if the people of the Yasawas didn’t have a dream to cling to. Enter a different kind of tourist experience.Fiji has 333 islands. Some are large, some small – sticking up like green…

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Staying at the Lewtrenchard Manor in Devon

August 29th, 2016 by

Location: Okehampton, in lovely Devon, southwest England. Check-in experience? A gracious welcome from the receptionist who had our bags taken to our room while we filled in a two-second form on newspaper choices and whether we…

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Rotorua: Love and bloodlust

August 29th, 2016 by

We know winter is the best time to escape to a tropical island, so we did. Mokoia Island in the middle of lake Rotorua. Okay, it’s not quite the tropics, but the ground temperature is a whole 9C degrees warmer than the mainland…

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Wainui Inlet: The right moment

August 29th, 2016 by

‘Caught up in another dream, drifting on a blue ocean ‘- Gerry Rafferty, The Right Moment At dawn I am standing on a new land. It is low tide and in the small dark hours before the arrival of the new day, the sea has withdrawn…

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