Archive for January, 2018


Flight check: Norfolk Island to Auckland on Norfolk Island Airlines flight ON345

January 23rd, 2018 by

The aircraft: 737-300 leased from Air Nauru (Air Nauru livery) Class: Economy Price: AUD701 (NZ$769) return Flight time: 90 minutes, Norfolk Island to Auckland. My seat: 5A Fellow passengers: A mixture of Norfolk Islanders…

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Flying from Auckland to Honolulu on Hawaiian Airlines HA446

January 23rd, 2018 by

The plane: The A330 seats 294. That’s 30 more than the Boeing B767, which translates, over the course of a year to 11,000 additional seats per route. The plane is adorned with the pualani (Flower of the Sky), icon of Hawaii, on the…

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Room check: The Grand Mercure Wellington

January 23rd, 2018 by

Location: The Grand Mercure Wellington holds court over a panoramic view of the city, with Mt Victoria at centre-stage.What was once the original (circa 1983) Terrace Regency Hotel, popular with visiting dignitaries and politicians,…

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Room check: Wrap on Southbank, Melbourne

January 23rd, 2018 by

Getting there: Melbourne is like Auckland in that it is completely lacking in airport train services. We grabbed a cab that cost $50. But there is a new dedicated Uber area, which we would have used had we known. Check-in experience:…

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Off grid in Japan: beating the olympic crowds to stunning countryside

January 22nd, 2018 by

Japan is in the middle of a travel boom. Political instability across much of the world has given it the appeal of a safe haven, and before the 2020 Olympics, the country has been rolling out the red carpet for visitors, writes Nikki…

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Good dog, bad dog … Airline wants to know before you board

January 22nd, 2018 by

Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself.The airline says complaints…

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Flight check: Dubai to Nairobi on Emirates EK719

January 22nd, 2018 by

Plane: Boeing 777-300 — one of the few left in the fleet because they’re being replaced by the ER (extended range) version. Class: Business — but we all entered through the forward door and had to pass the sybaritic luxury of…

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Letters to the Travel Editor: Unhand my luggage, Madam

January 22nd, 2018 by

Dear SirThrough your very interesting and informative publication I would like to bring to people’s attention the importance of identifying luggage when removing from the baggage carousel.In December, I arrived back in New Zealand…

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Flying from Auckland to Nadi with Fiji Airways

January 21st, 2018 by

Winston Aldworth flies aboard Fiji Airways FJ411, from Auckland to Nadi. The plane: A Boeing 737-800. Class: Economy. My seat: 25A. I generally don’t go for the window seats, as I like to wander around. Time: We were…

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Peter Lyons: Two fat cockroaches, gentrification and a 1kg steak – welcome to Sydney

January 21st, 2018 by

Just watching two fat cockroaches saunter up my hotel room wall. It’s the type of surreal vision you generally associate with a lengthy alcohol binge.Mind you, the hotel is cheap. The general theme of numerous guest reviews on the…

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