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Ireland: Round the Emerald Isle

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT2017-10-17T04:00:00Z

Maureen Marriner discovers some grand places to visit as her ship comes in along Ireland's coastline. Sailing around the south of Ireland there are three coastal cities that cover the east, the deep south and the wild west. Wind...

Media Files:|caption=Silver seas cruise stops at Waterford Ireland. Photo / Neville Marriner

Ask Away: When will the liquids rule end?

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 02:00:00 GMT2017-10-17T02:00:00Z

Eli Orzessek finds the answers to your travel questions. On a recent work trip to Sydney, I bought a bottle of cleanser on my last day, put it in my handbag and promptly forgot about it - that is until I had to go through security....

Media Files:|caption=Although technology is improving, there's still no end in sight for the liquids restrictions. Photo / Getty Images

Alaska: Where polar bears meet

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 00:00:00 GMT2017-10-17T00:00:00Z

Drawn to civilisation by harvested whale blubber, the white giants in turn draw intrepid tourists, writes Rachel Walker. Clouds roiled on the horizon, saturated and spitting as six of us waited in the sterile anteroom of the Northern...

Media Files:|caption=Polar bear swimming in the Beaufort Sea on the northern coast of Alaska. Photo / Washington Post

St. Helena is now open to tourists after its first commercial flight

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 23:17:11 GMT2017-10-16T23:17:11Z

One of the world's most isolated, yet fascinating, places is about to become a traveller's paradise after its first commercial flight landed on Saturday.St. Helena, a South Atlantic island off the coast of Africa, was previously...

Media Files:|caption=Mountainous district of Sandy Bay on St Helena Island taken from Dianas Peak the highest point on the Island. Photo / Getty Images

Destinations airlines won't fly to

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:18:30 GMT2017-10-16T22:18:30Z

These are the destinations you'd struggle to travel to, even if you wanted to.Due to conflict, international sanctions or strict "do not travel" warnings, most commercial airlines will not fly in and out of these places,

Media Files:|caption=The world is our oyster - with few exceptions. Photo / FlightRadar24

Flying from Munich to Luxembourg with Luxair Flight

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:00:00 GMT2017-10-16T22:00:00Z

Leighton Luke flies from Munich to Luxembourg on Luxair Flight LG 9732. The plane: A Bombardier Q400 turbo-prop that is ideally suited to short hops such as this one. Class: Economy. Seat: 7D. A window seat, so there...

Media Files:|caption=A Luxair Bombardier Q400 turbo-prop. Photo / Creative Commons

My holidays: Ben Crowder

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-10-16T21:00:00Z

Ben Crowder directs the award-winning production of Te Pō which returns to Q Theatre from October 25-November 4. Book at What was your greatest holiday? The greatest trip I've ever been on is always the...

Media Files:|caption=Theatre director Ben Crowder (right) with friends in China.

Mother blasts British Airways over bed bugs on plane seat

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:39:15 GMT2017-10-16T20:39:15Z

A mother had told how she and her young daughter were left covered in bedbug bites after getting on a British Airways flight.Heather Szilagyi, 38, from Canada, said she was on a flight from Vancouver to London when she noticed the...

Media Files:|caption=Heather Szilagyi, 38, from Canada, said she and her seven-year-old daughter Molly were left with dozens of bed bug bites after flying with British Airways. Photo / Facebook / Twitter

Winston Aldworth: Dear Emirates

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:00:00 GMT2017-10-16T18:00:00Z

I'm a very lucky plane nerd. In the course of my job, I've done a loop-the-loop in a fighter jet, I've flown the longest flight in the world in First Class and I've gawped in wonder at the simple bliss of my daughter sleeping her...

Media Files:|caption=Emirates A380.

The Danube: A river runs through it

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-10-16T17:00:00Z

Getting actively involved in a cruise is a great way to see some of Europe, as Grant Bradley and Estelle Sarney discover. The Danube is a river of romance, commerce and canoes.A luxury river ship is a great way to experience...

Media Files:|caption=The Houses of Parliament in Budapest. Photo / Getty Images

How to get into Berghain - the world's most sordid club

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:22:27 GMT2017-10-16T04:22:27Z

There are three questions the human race has pondered since the dawn of time.What is the meaning of life? Does God really exist?And, most importantly, how does one get past Berghain's picky bouncers?Yes, I know. Articles about...

Media Files:|caption=Punters line up to try their chances at getting into Club Berghain in Berlin. Photo / Getty Images

Celebrity Cruises offers legal same-sex marriage at sea

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 23:36:05 GMT2017-10-15T23:36:05Z

Same-sex lovebirds can now tie the knot at sea, thanks to a transformative vote in Malta.Celebrity Cruises announced today that legal same-sex marriages will be performed on board while in international waters. Most of its fleet...

Media Files:|caption=The Celebrity Weddings program offers onboard ceremonies and destination weddings for lovebirds. Photo / Supplied

Flying from Doha to Auckland with Qatar Airways

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 19:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T19:00:00Z

Stephanie Holmes flies Qatar Airways QR920, from Doha to Auckland. The plane: Boeing 777-200LR. Class: Business. My seat: 1K, a window seat in the first row of the plane, in the 777's two-two-two configuration. The Business-Class...

Media Files:|caption=A meal on a Qatar Airways flight. Photo / Stephanie Holmes

Staying at the Dunedin Distinction hotel

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T17:00:00Z

Daniel Simmonds checks into the Dunedin Distinction hotel. Getting there: A brisk 30-minute drive from the Airport to the City Centre on Liverpool St, and just a five-minute stroll from Dunedin's famous Speight's Brewery. History:...

Media Files:|caption=Distinction Hotel in Dunedin.

More cruising tips for beginners

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 10:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T10:00:00Z

After last week's Cruising for Beginners cover story, reader John Marcon wrote in with some tips of his own. 1 The lectures are invariably good, taking about an hour each morning - do consider them. 2 Make sure your health...

Media Files:|caption=Photo / 123RF

Carribean: Island hopping in style

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T09:00:00Z

Mark Meredith returns to a former haunt and undergoes a Caribbean conversion. After an absence of 10 years I was finally returning to the Caribbean, a 50-something cruise ship virgin with no history of motion sickness.As a journalist...

Media Files:|caption=Cruz Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands. Photo / Mark Meredith

Carribean: Damage control

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 08:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T08:00:00Z

There are Caribbean alternatives, writes Beth J Harpaz. Some travellers looking ahead to Caribbean cruises and exotic overseas getaways may be wondering what their options are, with all the headlines about hurricane damage.Some...

Media Files:|caption=wilight at Hadicurari Beach in Aruba. Photo / 123RF

Travel hits and misses: Andrew Grainger

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 05:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T05:00:00Z

HIT This year we headed off to the UK to see the family. My dad had died last year and my kids never got to meet him and my mum, so we thought it was time. I've been in NZ for 11 years and after spending my early life in Birmingham...

Media Files:|caption=Andrew Grainger and family in Las Vegas.

Waiheke: Escape to the high life

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:00:00 GMT2017-10-15T04:00:00Z

Patricia Greig leaves the city behind and gets a taste of the good life on Waiheke. Maybe it's the three-storey spiral staircase that makes The Treehouse Waiheke Island the reigning champion among New Zealand baches. It's the ultimate...

Media Files:|caption=The Treehouse Waiheke Island.

Labour weekend - Monday doesn't matter

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 23:00:00 GMT2017-10-14T23:00:00Z

Still not made plans for Labour Weekend? Jane Jurgens has some ideas for last-minute getaways to make the most of the first long weekend of the summer season. Rotorua If you're looking for an active long weekend away, there's...

Media Files:|caption=The Duke of Marlborough pub in Russell, Bay of Islands.