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Travel hits and misses: Morgana O'Reilly

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 23:00:00 GMT2017-08-19T23:00:00Z

Actress Morgana O'Reilly shares her best and worst travel moments Hit In 2009 I set off on an epic OE. One of my first stops was to see my darling friend Kate, who was living in Paris. It was nearly Easter so we decided to go...

Media Files:|caption=Morgana O'Reilly (left) in Amsterdam.

Malaysia: Where food never ends

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 22:00:00 GMT2017-08-19T22:00:00Z

With a multitude of food options at all hours of the day, eating is like a national sport in Malaysia. Kate Ford eats her way around two cities whose hearts are at the dining table To start the day in Penang with toast may sound...

Media Files:|caption=Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Photo / 123RF

Tourist free! The least-visited countries in the world revealed

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 20:54:00 GMT2017-08-19T20:54:00Z

From Caribbean islands to little-known ancient realms, these destinations offer much, writes Annabel Fenwick It's every traveller's dream — a corner of the planet still unburdened by tourists.And apparently, such places...

Media Files:|caption=If you truly crave some peace and a quiet, a trip to Africa's second-smallest country, Sao Tome & Principe, may just do the trick. Photo / Getty Images

Oregon: Wild coastlines and flavours of the sea in Newport

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 19:00:00 GMT2017-08-19T19:00:00Z

Alexia Santamaria spends 24 hours in Newport, Oregon As we approach the iconic Yaquina Head lighthouse in Newport, our guide seems deeply disappointed that the weather isn't sunnier, but I'm actually quite enjoying the slightly...

Media Files:|caption=Yaquina head lighthouse at the Pacific Coast, built in 1873, Oregon. Photo / 123RF

Rachel Hunter shares her travel beauty tips

Sat, 19 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-08-19T17:00:00Z

Kiwi golden girl Rachel Hunter is a frequent flyer, travelling back and forth between NZ and LA, as well as trips all around the world. She shares her tips for staying beautiful in the air, at the beach and on the road. Q: What...

Media Files:|caption=Rachel Hunter in Texas, for Tour of Beauty.

Staying at the APA Hotel Sugamo Ekimae, Toyko

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT2017-08-18T20:00:00Z

Eli Orzessek checks into a compact hotel room overlooking 'Grandma's Harajuku' Getting there: It's a five-minute walk in a straight line from Sugamo Station — not hard to find at all. Check-in experience: Nice and easy...

Media Files:|caption=Eli Orzessek at the APA Hotel Sugamo Ekimae, Toyko. Photo / Eli Orzessek

New York: Chilling out in the Big Apple

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT2017-08-18T20:00:00Z

Getting out and about in a wintry New York is all kinds of cool, writes Helen Speirs As Super Storm Stella bore down on the US East Coast in March, with at least 30cm of snow forecast for New York, the midtown Manhattan hotel where...

Media Files:|caption=Times Square in New York. Photo / Helen Spiers

Flying from Dubrovnik to London Gatwick with British Airways

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 03:00:00 GMT2017-08-18T03:00:00Z

Winston Aldworth flies BA2679 from Croatia to England The plane: An Airbus A319. Not just any Airbus A319, I'll have you know: British Airways painted nine of the A319s with a golden dove flourish to mark the fact they were the...

Media Files:|caption=A British Airways A319 'golden dove'. Photo / Creative Commons image by Flickr user Mark Harkin

Fiji: Making waves at Matanivusi Resort

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 01:00:00 GMT2017-08-18T01:00:00Z

One of Fiji's best-kept secrets lies at the end of a muddy road, as Gia Garrick discovers If you're heading on a surfing holiday there are three main things you're looking for. Proximity to perfect waves, mates to share the stoke...

Media Files:|caption=Matanivusi eco-retreat and surf resort in Fiji. Photo / Supplied

Staying at the Travelodge Perth, Western Australia

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-08-17T21:00:00Z

Stephanie Holmes checks into a centrally-located hotel in Western Australia Location: On Hay St, in Perth's sedate CBD. Getting there: I arrived by luxury coach at the end of a Western Australian tour with AAT Kings. We'd driven...

Media Files:|caption=Travelodge Perth. Photo / Supplied

Flying from Dubai to Auckland with Emirates

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT2017-08-17T20:00:00Z

Stephanie Holmes flies EK448 from the UAE to NZ Plane: A380-800 — the big bird. Class: Business Class. Price: Return fares start from $8389. Flight time: 15hr 7m. Seat: 17D. Luggage: 32kg/7kg for Economy,...

Media Files:|caption=An Emirates Air Airbus A380. Photo / Supplied

A social and literary tour of Cornwall

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 04:30:00 GMT2017-08-17T04:30:00Z

Xenia Taliotis meets the pretty Cornwall villages that have inspired artists for centuries It's windy at the top of Pendennis Castle . Were I not weighted down by that morning's cornish pasty, a bulky thing filled with what might...

Media Files:|caption=Cornwall's Port Isaac, a beautiful fishing village with tile-hung cottages, where television's second-most-famous doctor, curmudgeon Doc Martin, lives. Photo / 123RF

These tourist attractions are fooling everyone

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:30:51 GMT2017-08-17T03:30:51Z

Have you ever visited the spot marking the dead centre of Europe? Or the Greenwich Meridian Line? Or, perhaps, the official middle of the world?We've got some bad news for you — you may not have been there at all.The world...

Media Files:|caption=A visit to the Middle of the World attraction is one of the must-do things in Ecuador. Sadly, it's a little inaccurate. Photo / 123RF

Travellers being warned they could face prison time for using e-cigarettes in Thailand

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:30:11 GMT2017-08-16T21:30:11Z

By Julia Corderoy Electronic cigarettes may be widely used by smokers as a quitting aid but travellers are being warned they could face a lengthy prison sentence if they are caught with one in Thailand.In October 2014, Thailand...

Media Files:|caption=Travellers being warned they could face prison time for using e-cigarettes in Thailand. Photo / 123RF

Staying at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal, Luxembourg

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-08-16T21:00:00Z

Leighton Luke stays in a Luxury Valley View king room overlooking the Old Town How big? Not very big at all. The Sofitel has 128 rooms and suites in a modern five-storey building. Happily, all but 20 are non-smoking. Room: ...

Media Files:|caption=A room at the Sofitel Le Grand Ducal, Luxembourg.

He Tangata: Far North tourism specialist Anika West

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-08-16T17:00:00Z

Elisabeth Easther talks to Far North tourism specialist Anika West I grew up in England, Dad was half Austrian and half Polish and Mum's Swedish so we used to spend our summers in Sweden. For three months we'd stay in a little cottage...

Media Files:|caption='Because travel has given me so much, I want my kids to love it too' - Anika West . Photo / Supplied

Flying from Ardmore to Waiheke with Flight Hauraki

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 04:00:00 GMT2017-08-16T04:00:00Z

Eveline Harvey takes a short hop over the Hauraki Gulf The plane: A Cessna 172 Skyhawk. Airport experience: Our main issue was directing our Uber driver to the right building — our booking form said only Ardmore Airport....

Media Files:|caption=A Flight Hauraki Cessna at the Waiheke Island Aerodrome. Photo / Eveline Harvey

Staying at the Millennium Hotel, Rotorua

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-08-15T21:00:00Z

Sarah Atkinson checks into the Millennium Hotel, Rotorua. Getting there: I flew in from Auckland and prebooked the 25-minute trip into town via Super Shuttle. Check-in experience: Easy andwith a smile. Room: The Superior...

Media Files:|caption=The view from the fifth floor of the Millennium Hotel in Rotorua. Photo / Alex Robertson

Three great Kiwi road trips

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-08-15T17:00:00Z

Try one of these great routes next time you're in the mood for a roadie 1. Auckland to Cape Reinga Heading north from Auckland, you'll be treated to some of the most spectacular landscapes New Zealand has to offer. With rolling...

Media Files:|caption=Sheep on an East Cape road. Photo / Getty Images

Pamela Wade: Keeping local flavour

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-08-15T17:00:00Z

Passion, knowledge, that's what we want in our tourism service, writes Pamela Wade. The stories you've been reading in this Travel magazine, and the photographs you've looked at, have one main purpose: to inspire you to go to...

Media Files:|caption=Tour guides who provide local colour and insight will figure prominently in the stories tourists share once they're back home. Photo / Rafael Ben-Ari, 123RF