Archive for May, 2020


Covid 19 coronavirus: Travel boom as Kiwis escape for Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend

May 30th, 2020 by

STAY IN THE KNOW. SIGN UP TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTERS HERE. Push off, pandemic – we’re back.Kiwis have shaken off weeks of restrictions, hardship and loss to embrace our first holiday weekend under the relative freedoms of alert…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Queen’s Birthday weekend freedom as travellers get ready to hit the road

May 29th, 2020 by

STAY IN THE KNOW. SIGN UP TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTERS HERE. Staycations, cut-price campervans and cheap tourism activities have enticed Kiwi travellers back on the road for Queen’s Birthday weekend, but the struggle to survive Covid-19…

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Trans-Tasman travel bubble: Israel looking to be included

May 29th, 2020 by

As plans to introduce a quarantine-free travel bubble between Australia and New Zealand continue, more surrounding countries are hoping to join in on the discussion.But Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has shut down the…

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Armchair travel: A love letter to Istanbul, Turkey

May 27th, 2020 by

Ah, Istanbul. Right now, I would give anything to be caught up in the euphoria of your chaotic, cobbled streets; to wander through Sultanahmet Square and marvel at the Byzantine architecture. If only your ancient Walls of Constantinople…

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Covid 19 coronavirus: Holiday deals hoping to encourage domestic tourism

May 27th, 2020 by

By RNZ The push to encourage Kiwis to holiday at home has extended to cut-price campervan deals, but the hospitality industry said hotels, motels and restaurants were not seeing much movement ahead of the long weekend.Tourism…

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Herald Travel next generation writing competition winners revealed

May 26th, 2020 by

It seems like a lifetime ago now, but in our February 25 Next Generation issue, we launched our competition to find New Zealand’s best young travel writer. We called for entries from intermediate, secondary school and first-year university…

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Japan unveils $19.51 billion plan to subsidise holidays for tourists

May 26th, 2020 by

It’s an announcement that sounds almost too good to be true.But under a bold tourism plan to lure visitors back to Japan, the government has launched a new campaign that will help offset travel costs for visiting tourists.According…

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Man charged, due in court after refusing to wear face mask on Air Chathams flight

May 25th, 2020 by

A man is due to appear in court after allegedly refusing to wear a face mask on an Air Chathams flight. The man is also accused of making “inappropriate comments” to staff on the flight from Auckland to Whanganui yesterday afternoon.The…

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Australian Tourism Minister wants transtasman bubble with certain states

May 25th, 2020 by

A transtasman bubble with certain Australian states could open up even before interstate border bans are lifted.Australia’s Federal Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham said New Zealand was the first choice for an international travel…

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Covid-19 coronavirus: 2020 is the year of exploring our own backyard

May 25th, 2020 by

COMMENT: I’m going to sound really disgustingly positive for a bit but bear with me. The Covid-19 pandemic is, by far, one of the worst s*** sandwiches we’ve been handed in our lifetime. It’s a tragedy on multiple levels and it’s…

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