Archive for October, 2017


The reason why passports are all designed the same

October 31st, 2017 by

In October 1920, a meeting held in France changed the way we travelled forever. It invented the modern passport.It doesn’t matter what nationality you are, passports across the world all look the same — with a similar number…

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My holidays: Empress Stah

October 31st, 2017 by

Performance artist Empress Stah is featuring at Splore, February 23-25. For tickets, go to splore.net What was your greatest holiday? I got married in Thailand a few years ago and spent a happy month in the country. We travelled…

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Tim Roxborogh’s travel bugs: The Indian man and the leeches

October 31st, 2017 by

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. From nowhere, he was behind us. The elderly Indian caretaker of a jungle-covered substation in the Wayanad region of southern India was somehow suddenly right…

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Staying at the Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland

October 31st, 2017 by

Stephanie Holmes checks into the Hotel Grand Windsor, Auckland. Location: Queen St, in the heart of Auckland City, close to Gucci and Louis Vuitton, Fort Lane and Britomart. The building: Windsor House is a 1936 heritage-listed…

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Four of the spookiest places to stay

October 30th, 2017 by

To get into the Halloween spirit, Leila George suggests the spookiest places in the world. 1 Stanley Hotel This Colorado hotel inspired Stephen King’s The Shining – the writer, his wife and their 3-year-old son spent a night…

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Staying at the Rampart Street Villa, in Galle, Sri Lanka

October 30th, 2017 by

Andrew Stone checks into the Rampart Street Villa, in Galle, Sri Lanka. Perfect for: A serene escape from a circuit of Sri Lanka in the heart of historic Galle. Location: Right across the road from the immense block wall that…

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Franz Josef Glacier: My blue heaven

October 30th, 2017 by

Tim Warrington finds himself on top of the world hiking in the stunning icefields of Franz Josef Glacier. The last time I saw ice this inviting it was circling a highball of blue gin.It’s all about the “blue” up on the Franz…

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Simon Brandon: Up a tax-free creek

October 30th, 2017 by

New Zealand tourism must learn from the mistakes made by Venice, writes Simon Brandon. On a fine summer afternoon they come from all points to see the crystal-clear Blue Spring waters near Tirau. The small carpark is full so the…

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A taste of some of the world’s best

October 29th, 2017 by

Michael Dearth, owner of award-winning Auckland restaurants Baduzzi and The Grove, gives his top 5 picks for places to eat around the globe. USA Louis’ Lunch Louis’ Lunch in New Haven has been serving its classic hamburger…

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Staying at the Royal Davui Island Resort, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji

October 29th, 2017 by

Courtney Whitaker stays at Royal Davui Island Resort, Beqa Lagoon, Fiji. Location: Royal Davui Resort calls a small island on the picturesque Beqa Lagoon home. You will need to take a 45-minute flight on a light plane from Nadi…

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