Archive for March, 2020


Podcast: Judy Bailey on her African travel experiences

March 31st, 2020 by

In the new season of Travel podcast Trip Notes, former TVNZ news presenter Judy Bailey shares memories of her first ever overseas trip, her tips on how to pick a good travel buddy for future trips, and why Botswana always has a place…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Solo tramper’s shock return to New Zealand in lockdown

March 31st, 2020 by

A solo hiker had the shock of a lifetime when he returned from a five-day tramp to find New Zealand in lockdown.Englishman James Johnston set off on the difficult Five Passes route, with no idea he would be approached by three hooded…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Skier goes off-grid, returns to another world

March 31st, 2020 by

SIGN UP TO OUR COVID-19 NEWSLETTER.SIGN IN OR REGISTER, THEN SELECT TOP NEWS STORIES Five years ago, I spent the second week of March undergoing my third round of chemotherapy – the 11th week since a cancer diagnosis changed everything…

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Covid 19 Coronavirus: Sharks return to South Africa beaches, swimmers shut out

March 31st, 2020 by

South Africa’s three-week lockdown in response to the coronavirus pandemic has been bad news for bathers looking to enjoy the last weeks of summer.This weekend, residents of South African cities were told that all but “essential…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Spare a thought for the heartache

March 30th, 2020 by

Comment: By Georgina Campbell My sister is in self-isolation nursing a broken heart and feeling guilty as hell. On Sunday she went to Sydney Airport with the Argentinian man she loves and a thread of hope they could both return…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: New Zealanders from cruise ship anxious to get home

March 30th, 2020 by

By RNZ New Zealanders being repatriated from a cruise ship off Western Australia were escorted by police to their flight.Yesterday, after two weeks on board the cruise ship without disembarking once, the 108 New Zealanders were…

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The web’s best virtual tours of parks, museums and cities during Covid 19 lockdown

March 30th, 2020 by

As governments across the world implement “social distancing” efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, bars, restaurants and other public spaces in some cities have been ordered to close. That leaves self-quarantined people with…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Travel refunds, lack of specials the main consumer complaints

March 30th, 2020 by

By RNZ Travel agents’ reluctance to refund cancelled plane tickets, travel insurers refusing to refund policies and the lack of specials in supermarkets are the main complaints being handled by Consumer New Zealand since the Covid-19…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Virgin attendant’s tearful farewell on final NZ flight

March 29th, 2020 by

A Kiwi flight attendant for Virgin Australia has made a heartfelt announcement over the PA on her final flight. The Australian airline said it would be closing its New Zealand bases and cutting cross Tasman routes in response to…

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Covid-19 coronavirus: Royal Caribbean and P&O cruises extended suspension

March 29th, 2020 by

Royal Caribbean International, the Miami-based cruise company whose global fleet represents a quarter of the world’s cruise ships, has announced it will be extending its suspension of sailings.In light of the current pandemic and…

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