Archive for October, 2017


Fiji: Find ‘me’ time on a deserted island

October 22nd, 2017 by

Remote islands offers chances to share the love, writes Deborah Dickson-Smith. So, this is what it’s really like to be on a deserted island. The ocean gently lapping at my toes as I gaze out over an infinite expanse of ocean meeting…

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Italy: Get it right in the food valley

October 22nd, 2017 by

Be wary about what you order for dinner, writes James Cann. There is no such thing as spaghetti Bolognese.No, the dish you’ve rustled up for dinner a thousand times or plucked from the menu of a high-street Italian restaurant…

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Wish you were here? The ‘supersize resort’ for the plus-sized crowd

October 22nd, 2017 by

A hotel has opened catering for guests who weigh between 18 and 30 stone (114-190kg) so they can enjoy a holiday without worrying about taunts and insults from fellow travellers.The Resort, on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera,…

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Staying at the Ibis Budget Auckland Airport

October 22nd, 2017 by

Donna McIntyre checks into the Ibis Budget Auckland Airport. Location: A 10-minute walk from the international and domestic airports. There is complimentary overnight parking for guests and also a Yellow Bus Airport Hotels Transfer…

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Sour grapes: Man sues airline for serving him sparkling wine instead of champagne

October 21st, 2017 by

A Canadian man has launched a class-action lawsuit against a low-cost airline for serving sparkling wine instead of champagne.Daniel Macduff was looking forward to the complimentary glass of champagne on board his Sunwing flight…

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Bali: Finding Ms Wonderful

October 21st, 2017 by

Kiwi’s retreat empire is a global award winner, writes Annemarie Quill. New Zealander Janine Hall has been helping women transform their lives for almost 10 years. It was in 2008 that she first opened Escape Haven, a Bali surf/yoga/wellness…

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Where to find New Zealand’s summer holiday hot spots

October 21st, 2017 by

The first long weekend of the summer season is upon us, which means warmer weather, beach days and long holidays will be here before we know it. But where should you spend them? Jane Jurgens tracks down some great Kiwi summer hotspots….

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Jack Tame: Travel reminds us how well off we really are

October 21st, 2017 by

I’m in La Paz. Thin air and dirt cliffs. It’s a crazy place to build a city. The airport runway is higher than Aoraki Mt Cook.The wealthy live in the lower parts of town. The poorer have to walk uphill to get home. Slowly. Everyone…

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‘Let me show you the best of Switzerland': Pilot takes plane on unexpected tour

October 20th, 2017 by

A plane full of passengers on their way to Switzerland were treated with an impromptu, personalised tour from their pilot as they prepared to touch down in the country’s capital.The Swiss International Airlines flight, which was…

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Montenegro: So much history, so little time

October 20th, 2017 by

Montenegro’s ancient city of Kotor weaves its magic around Greta Umbers. Inside Kotor’s fortified walls the lilting tones of disembodied conversations carry over from the courtyards around every corner: broken English and a medley…

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