Archive for January, 2017


Cuba: In the buena visitor club

January 31st, 2017 by

I had a dream – go to Cuba and find the real Buena Vista Social Club music. I had watched the DVD so many times. Ry Cooder reuniting all the old Cuban musicians from the 40s and 50s and bringing them to the world – I knew it by…

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Donald Trump ban dashes Kiwi couple’s American dream

January 31st, 2017 by

A young Kiwi couple’s dream to see America has been dashed – at least temporarily – by President Donald Trump’s ban on visitors from seven majority-Muslim nations.The Auckland couple, both born in New Zealand, have been caught by…

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Flight check: Brisbane to Auckland on Air New Zealand

January 31st, 2017 by

Plane: An A320. Class: Economy with The Works. Price: One way online fares start from $310. On time: The flight left 15 minutes late. My seat: I opted to wait until the last minute to board only to find someone in my…

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Ask Away: Change your cash wisely

January 31st, 2017 by

I’ve travelled quite a lot but I’m still never sure what the best way to get currency is. Should I get cash exchanged before I leave, at the airport when I arrive, or just get money out from ATMs along the way?Walter Clark We had…

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Travel Insider: Marlborough

January 30th, 2017 by

What’s your favourite thing about living in Marlborough? The proximity to a diverse and incredible outdoor playground: five minutes to the Rapaura Rd lawn tennis courts, 10 minutes to the mountain bike park, a 20-minute drive to…

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Riverton: Just wild about the South’s Riviera

January 30th, 2017 by

Fondly referred to as the Riviera of the South, Riverton is a leisurely 30-minute-drive from the Southland hub of Invercargill. Green farmland gives way to sandy coastal tussock and then you hit Foveaux Strait; grey and roiling on…

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Stephanie Holmes: All well and good

January 30th, 2017 by

“Wellness” has become a buzz word of sorts, but depending who you say it to, it conjures up different things. To some, it brings to mind yoga poses and relaxation; to others, green smoothies and Gwyneth Paltrow.Health has probably…

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Long weekend traffic clears near Puhoi

January 29th, 2017 by

Traffic near the Puhoi tunnel on State Highway 1 is back to normal after north-bound motorists faced delays this morning.New Zealand Transport Agency said the queues disappeared just before midday.Motorist Samantha Lochery was…

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Your own slice of paradise: Private Caribbean island for sale on eBay

January 29th, 2017 by

Looking for paradise? You might find it on eBay.A British woman is selling her private Caribbean island on the website, with a starting price of only £400,000 (NZD$691,000).Willow Reed bought four-acre Virginia Caye, off the coast…

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Prime Minister Bill English urged to condemn Trump’s ‘racist’ travel ban

January 29th, 2017 by

Prime Minister Bill English is being urged to follow other international leaders in condemning US President Donald Trump’s travel ban on people from Muslim countries.New Zealand looks weak by not standing up to the “racist” ban,…

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