Archive for December, 2017


My Holidays: Penelope Naish

December 16th, 2017 by

Penelope Naish’s Black Estate winery in North Canterbury was judged best winery restaurant at the Cuisine Good Food Awards. What was your greatest holiday? Holidays are hard to rank. Probably my honeymoon (that would be with…

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Ask Away: Keep it official

December 16th, 2017 by

Eli Orzessek finds the answers to your travel questions. I’m going on a trip to Europe next year, including France and the UK, and even though I know it’s statistically unlikely, I still feel nervous about getting caught up in…

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Flying from Auckland to Bangkok with Thai Airways

December 16th, 2017 by

Andrew Stone checks out Thai Airways new Boeing 787-9 — the Dreamliner — from Auckland to Bangkok. The plane: The Dreamliner seems to stretch forever when you board the aircraft. The aisle curves slightly as it disappears down…

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Jamie Morton: Out of time, out of mind

December 16th, 2017 by

Jamie Morton has airport woes — but he only has himself to blame. I’ve always hated airports — and airports have always hated me.Never mind dental clinics, hospitals or courthouses; airports are the only places I know that induce…

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Stephanie Holmes’ best travel of 2017

December 15th, 2017 by

Stephanie Holmes has had a remarkable year in Travel, travelling to various locations in 10 countries, as well as many New Zealand weekends away. Here are her top picks from a year on the road … and in the air. Best hotel: …

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Flying from Palmerston North to Auckland with Air New Zealand

December 15th, 2017 by

Alexander Robertson flies from Palmerston North to Auckland aboard NZ5110. The plane: ATR 72-500. It’s like a pencil with wings. Class: Cattle. On time: Like clockwork! However, if there was going to be a sole passenger…

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Pilots and cabin crew reveal the things they look (and listen) out for when they’re passengers

December 15th, 2017 by

Flying is an ordeal for nervous fliers partly because planes are one big mystery to them and they don’t know whether the various sounds and movements they experience on board signify danger or not.But it’s different for pilots and…

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Pilot draws virtual Christmas tree during test flight route across Germany

December 15th, 2017 by

A pilot feeling particularly festive traced a virtual Christmas tree over Germany on a test flight with an Airbus A380.Airbus spokesman Heiko Stolzke told news agency dpa that the nearly five-and-a-half-hour flight the previous…

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Tim Roxborogh’s travel bugs: Passengers who don’t let you in line to get off the plane

December 14th, 2017 by

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. Humans are strange creatures. For the most part, if we are walking down the street or we’re somewhere like a supermarket, we are understanding if someone…

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Flying from Auckland to Doha with Qatar

December 14th, 2017 by

Donna McIntyre flies Auckland to Doha on Qatar QR921. The plane: B777-200LR Class: Economy. In seat 33D, down the back. Flight time: At 17hr 50m, this is the world’s longest commercial flight, going 14,535km and crossing…

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