Archive for July, 2017


Five places to find dinosaurs

July 27th, 2017 by

Big, fierce and extinct they may be, but 65 million years after the last one died, dinosaurs continue to pose questions for humans. Obvious ones like: What did they eat? How fast could they move? What did they sound like? What colour…

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Pitcairn: The Pacific’s Secret Island

July 27th, 2017 by

Lee Mylne visits one of the most remote places on Earth The world spins golden under puffy clouds as dawn breaks. In every direction there is nothing but sea and sky.It’s quiet on the ship’s bridge. After days of travel and 32…

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Clever ways to get a free flight upgrade, according to a travel expert

July 27th, 2017 by

Free upgrades are the holy grail of air travel.They’re said to exist, although they often seem like an urban legend. And there’s nothing we won’t do in the hope of scoring one, even though our efforts often seem ridiculous and infuriatingly…

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Book a trip to California’s Central Coast

July 27th, 2017 by

It’s been nearly 15 years since Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church gallivanted through the Santa Yvez Valley in Sideways — a film that helped put this under-appreciated California wine region on the oenophile’s map. Yet…

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Tourists drinking, climbing trees and eating in public cracked down on by European authorities

July 26th, 2017 by

You might be able to walk down the street in your boardies in Bondi, but do the same thing in Europe this summer and you could risk an unpleasant travel souvenir.Some of the world’s most picturesque and popular holiday hot spots…

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How to avoid going out of your mind on a holiday with the in-laws

July 26th, 2017 by

“Jack, we should call someone. I don’t think he can do this. Do you have reception here? Let’s call someone. He can’t do this.”That’s my mother-in-law, Maureen. Jack is her husband, and I am “he,” lying underneath a rented Toyota…

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This simple trick will stop you panicking about home during your holiday

July 26th, 2017 by

There are few things worse than settling into your flight at the start of a much-needed holiday, and suddenly becoming overwhelmed by panic about the state you left the house.Did you lock all the doors? Did you definitely turn off…

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Flying from Auckland to Sydney with Air New Zealand

July 26th, 2017 by

Corazon Miller flies aboard Air New Zealand’s flight NZ101 from Auckland to Sydney. The plane: Boeing 777-300. The Dreamliner flies this route periodically and, if I’m being honest, I was hoping I’d be on the newer plane. This…

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My holidays: Fasitua Amosa

July 25th, 2017 by

What was your greatest holiday? In 2014, to New York. My best mate Dave’s sister is an air hostess (are they still called that? [ Travel Editor: Nope.]) and was on our flight so she looked after us on the flight over. Dave’s other…

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Canada: War and peace and dinosaurs

July 25th, 2017 by

Eli Orzessek fails to spot a bear, but feels the fear and finds his sense of adventure in the wilds of Canada. A road built by war ironically begins in the Peace River Valley in northern British Columbia.Constructed by American…

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