Archive for October, 2016


The realities of travel no one talks about

October 31st, 2016 by

I wake up to the soothing song of a bird and the heat of another brilliant sunrise streaming through my window. A smile stretches across my face. I let out a joyful sigh. Another morning in paradise.I wish I could say that was the…

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Kununurra: Outback adventure

October 31st, 2016 by

It’s grey nomad season in the Kimberley. I’m stunned by the constant procession of four-wheel-drives and campervans barrelling along the red dirt of the legendary Gibb River Road. They’ve come for adventure, driving the Outback, soaking…

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Bonn: An unexpected adventure

October 31st, 2016 by

Call them mad, call them fanatical, call them devoted – fans of the Hobbit are a very happy and dedicated family who do what they do because they love it.The Middle-earth brand has attracted more than $3 billion a year to the country’s…

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Ultimate pub crawl: 24,727 pubs, three years, 45,000 kilometres

October 30th, 2016 by

Who’d have thought science would be the linchpin of the world’s most epic pub crawl? Mathematicians have combined to plot a meticulously-planned route taking in almost 25,000 UK pubs.And aside from the toll the marathon would take…

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Travel hits and misses: Ido Drent

October 30th, 2016 by

HIT A couple of years ago, I had just finished a job which had a pretty gruelling shooting schedule and promised Mandy, my wife, that I would take her to NYC at the end to make up for all the time I wasn’t at home. Seeing as we…

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Around the world with Manu Feildel

October 30th, 2016 by

Episode two: Dubai After leaving the less-than-sunny shores of the UK I was hit with the heat of Dubai. I have passed through here on many an occasion but haven’t ever really stopped to see the sights so I was excited about this…

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Discovering Waitomo’s glow worm wonderland

October 29th, 2016 by

It’s not summer but a squally spring weekend in the middle of the school holidays when we join the slow roll of Friday traffic heading south. Yet as we weave through the darkening landscape of well-watered Waikato fields, a long-forgotten…

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Bar review: Top breweries in Portland

October 29th, 2016 by

Beers and bikes. They go together in Portland, Oregon, like Simon and Garfunkel or potato and gravy.In this most hip of cities, you can’t escape either — and nor should you — so it makes sense to try them together, especially…

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Taranaki ranked second in Lonely Planet’s top 10 regions in the world

October 29th, 2016 by

Taranaki has come in second in a list of the world’s top 10 regions, according to a renowned travel publication.Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2017 lists Taranaki as one of its top 10 regions, placing second to Choquequirao in…

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Our Great Walks – is it time to pay?

October 28th, 2016 by

It may be time to start charging for the use of the country’s Great Walks , Department of Conservation director-general Lou Sanson says.Foreign tourists could pay $100 and New Zealanders $40 to cope with a huge increase in trampers…

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