Archive for September, 2016


Flight check: Johannesburg to Sydney on Qantas

September 30th, 2016 by

The plane: Boeing 747-400, long in the tooth and short on technology. Class: I took the cruel walk past Business and Premium Economy to the purgatory of Economy. Price: I paid $2155 for a return fare, including flights to and…

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Why Gibb River Road is Australia’s best

September 30th, 2016 by

Having just driven along the Gibb River Road in the far north of Western Australia it’s easy to see why the destination is frequently voted as one of the country’s ultimate drive destinations.The 660km former cattle route that stretches…

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Staying at the Panauti Home Stay in Nepal

September 30th, 2016 by

Getting there: It’s about an hour’s bus trip from Kathmandu over sometimes bumpy roads. The check-in experience: Sari-clad women met our tour bus and led us, accompanied by drums and symbols, to the headquarters of the Panauti…

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David Hill: Exotically yours

September 29th, 2016 by

She was heading towards me. A classic Asian granny: hands behind back, slightly bowed, determinedly shuffling.She saw me, stared in mixed awe and disbelief as she shuffled, and began capsizing into the gutter.Fortunately, several…

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Rotorua Canopy Tours takes tourism’s supreme award

September 29th, 2016 by

Rotorua Canopy Tours has won the tourism industry’s top prize, the Air New Zealand Supreme Tourism Award.The award winners were announced at a dinner in Auckland tonight attended by more than 300 leaders and supporters of the industry…

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The best things to see and do in Ahuriri

September 29th, 2016 by

Origin of name: All of Napier was once called Ahuriri and was named for the great Maori chief Tu Ahuriri who cut a channel into the lagoon when the entrance became blocked. Population: According to the 2013 Census, there are 1089…

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Flight Check: Johannesburg to Sydney aboard Qantas

September 29th, 2016 by

The plane: Boeing 747-400, long in the tooth and short on technology. Class: I took the cruel walk past Business and Premium Economy to the purgatory of Economy. Price: I paid $2155 for a return fare, including flights to and…

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Macau: An exercise in extravagance

September 28th, 2016 by

1 GAMBLE Casinos are everywhere and they accommodate all budgets. The Venetian casino is particularly nice and non-threatening for novices like myself. 2 THE MACAU TOWER It’s like the Sky Tower but taller. If you’re afraid of…

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Traveller snaps rare photos inside Egypt’s famous Valley of the Kings

September 28th, 2016 by

Photography is strictly forbidden inside this ancient burial site, which makes Jakub Kyncl’s holiday snaps pretty incredible.The travel journalist and photographer was planning to visit Egypt’s famed Valley of the Kings in Luxor…

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Flight check: Cairns to Auckland on Philippine Airlines

September 28th, 2016 by

Plane: An Airbus A320. Class: Cattle class. On time: We departed on time at 8.45am, despite the airline’s reputation for being late. My seat: Lower your expectations. The aircraft is old. The seats are tired, stained and…

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