Archive for September, 2018


Indian Pacific: Train of thought

September 30th, 2018 by

Maureen Marriner takes a mindful journey on the Indian Pacific railway. The flight time between Sydney and Perth is a little more than four hours. So why would you want the journey to take four days? Easy, because you can and…

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Travel hits and misses: Pru Morrall

September 30th, 2018 by

HIT Last year my colleague, Michelle, and I spent a glorious five days shopping in Melbourne. Did-I-shop! A couple of times a day we had to deliver bags back to the hotel to enable us to continue. I had several outfits to try…

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Emerald Isle: Eight great Irish escapes

September 30th, 2018 by

Neil Hegarty selects the best ‘green’ breaks on the Emerald Isle. 1 Take to the Water The Blueways — Ireland’s networks of inland waterways — open up bucolic corners of the island. The Shannon Blueway stretches through quiet…

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Staying at the Lomani Island resort, Fiji

September 30th, 2018 by

Tracey Bond checks into the Lomani Island resort, Fiji. Location: Mamanucas, Fiji Check-in: We were met at the Plantation Resort pier and driven to reception in an electric golf cart. Cold flannels and fresh coconuts were on…

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Destination: What to do with the kids in Whangamata

September 29th, 2018 by

Heading to the beach bach? Monique Barden has some school holiday suggestions for keeping the kids occupied. Wharf Fishing The sea is green and glassy, rippling under the morning sun. The kids gather around Fred like a moth…

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TranzAlpine: Protestations of a proud Kiwi

September 29th, 2018 by

Justine Tyerman has some uncharitable thoughts on the magnificent TranzAlpine train trip from Christchurch to Greymouth. I had a fiendish desire to stick pins in a couple of middle-aged tourists on the TranzAlpine last week. I’m…

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Norway: Ancestry.com DNA test sparks saga to retrace Viking roots

September 29th, 2018 by

Norway has held a mythic place in my mind for most of my life. In grade school in Billings, Montana, I read everything I could find about Norse mythology and history. Once, I asked my father if our Norwegian ancestors had been Vikings….

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Three for the kids: Cruise lines

September 29th, 2018 by

For the ultimate family holiday, try one of these kid-friendly cruise lines sailing New Zealand waters this summer. 1 Ovation Of The Seas Currently the line holding the record for the world’s biggest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean…

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Tim Roxborogh’s travel bugs: Storage lockers that rip you off

September 28th, 2018 by

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holidays. There are many eternal mysteries in this life. Like whether there’s a heaven, if aliens exist, just how the pyramids were built and why storage lockers are so uniformly small….

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Man who fell to earth: David Bowie’s secret fear of flying

September 28th, 2018 by

David Bowie was a pretty fly cat. However, on Thursday a revelation about the late rock star came crashing down on social media.The musician who penned such classics as “Space Oddity” and starred in “The Man Who Fell to Earth”…

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