Archive for April, 2018


Venice ready to turn back tourists if too many come

April 30th, 2018 by

Venice has installed temporary gates at the ends of two bridges to turn back tourists if their numbers become overwhelming.The Italian lagoon city put the measure in place for a four-day holiday weekend that ends on Labour Day,…

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Don’t take selfies and never wheel your own luggage into the lobby on the way out: How to behave in five-star hotels

April 30th, 2018 by

Five-star hotels are a definite worthwhile treat.But let’s be honest, they can be a bit bizarre, with conventions and expected rules of behaviour that are sometimes a mystery even to seasoned well-heeled travellers. Etiquette expert…

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Niue: Face to giant face in a whale-watcher’s wonderland

April 30th, 2018 by

Niue looks after its visitors big and small, issuing only a few swim permits to ensure a wonderful whale-watching experience for all involved, writes Sue Halliwell. Breakfast could wait. Between mouthfuls of muesli, I had spotted…

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These are the clever scams I fell for as a foreigner in Asia

April 30th, 2018 by

When Ronan O’Connell saw three attractive women smiling at him outside a bar, he followed them inside. It was a big mistake. One of the world’s most popular travel destinations, Asia is renowned for its scams targeting tourists….

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Austria: The splendour that is Vienna

April 29th, 2018 by

Eat, drink, dance and be very merry in Vienna, writes Kate Haywood. Ranked by Mercer as the world’s most liveable city for the past nine years, Vienna is also hard to beat as a travel destination. At the heart of Europe, Austria’s…

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Clarke Gayford: To the land of plenty

April 29th, 2018 by

Northland is the proverbial fishermen’s basket. Northland reminds me so much of Gisborne that it often feels like a home away from home. Deserted white sandy beaches, neglected roads and single-lane Simon Bridges. A place in touch…

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Whistlestop Memphis, Tennessee

April 29th, 2018 by

Kings feature high in a two-day visit, writes Beth J Harpaz. My ultimate destination was Mississippi to explore blues history. But to get there, I flew in and out of Memphis, Tennessee, an hour’s drive from the Mississippi Delta….

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Travel hits and misses: Shane Hansen

April 29th, 2018 by

HIT Having a young whanau is always top of our mind when selecting the next family getaway. The pick was Noosa on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. It was July 2015, a winter escape from an overcast Avondale. From our Hastings St resort…

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Tim Roxborogh’s travel bugs: Topless sunbathing in Bangkok

April 28th, 2018 by

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. Can a man talk to a female who’s sunbathing topless? It’s a question the 20-something version of myself had cause to fret over on more than one occasion,…

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London: Photos of Big Ben reveal the rotting heart of the British icon, during restoration

April 28th, 2018 by

The Palace of Westminster, with its cinematic Big Ben clock, set beside the River Thames, is a survivor – of epic fire, German bombs, sulphuric smog and bad plumbing.An eccentric masterwork of Victorian genius, its dual chambers…

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