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Hawke's Bay: Happy anniversary Church Road

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:00:00 GMT2017-06-17T19:00:00Z

The call came, but I wasn't thinking straight. Would I be keen to fly to the Hawke's Bay to celebrate Church Road's 120-year anniversary, with a wine tasting of its top-shelf TOM wines, followed by lunch and then an afternoon at The...

Media Files:|caption=Church Road winery, Hawke's Bay.

Travel hits and misses: Nick Hill

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 19:00:00 GMT2017-06-17T19:00:00Z

HIT Taupo was our family holiday spot when I was growing up and it still remains one of my favourite places in New Zealand. I'm lucky enough that my job allows me to spend plenty of time there organising luxury holidays and running...

Try one of these inspirational destinations

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-06-17T17:00:00Z

We're almost half way through the year already (sorry!), but that means there are still six months to go until the summer holidays (sorry again!). If you need an exciting getaway before then, try one of these destinations just waiting...

Media Files:|caption=Unesco World Heritage city of Valparaiso. Photo / 123RF

These celebrity-owned hotels will make you feel like a star

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 21:30:00 GMT2017-06-16T21:30:00Z

The one thing better than spending a weekend away? Spending a weekend away while feeling like a celebrity. With the help of , we've put together a selection of celebrity-owned hotels that are sure to make you feel...

Media Files:|caption=11 Cadogan Gardens in London is owned by Elizabeth Hurley. Photo / Supplied

The DMZ: Where tourism and terror collide between North and South Korea

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 22:28:00 GMT2017-06-15T22:28:00Z

It's the racket blasting from the loudspeakers that is still ringing in my ears .From the south, soaring operatic ballads and K-Pop are belted out, while from the north, a mix of angry sermons and bombastic propaganda songs salute...

Media Files:|caption=The infiltration tunnels aren't for the faint-hearted. You can walk underground into the north. Photo / Mike Yardley

Flying from Dubai to London on Emirates

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-06-15T21:00:00Z

Plane: Emirates A380-800 Class: Business Class. Price: Auckland to London, via Dubai in Business Class starts from $7349 return. Luggage: Economy's allowance is 32kg/7kg. Business Class passengers can take up to 40kg of...

Media Files:|caption=Aircraft leaving Dubai Airport. Photo / Getty Images

Marquesas: French Polynesian isles of dreams

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-06-15T17:00:00Z

Off the wind on this heading lie the Marquesas That's just one short line in an old song, Southern Cross by Crosby Stills and Nash that has always stuck in my head, and conjured up a longing for the Marquesas, small, remote islands...

Media Files:|caption=A young dancer at Hanavave. Photo / Bevin Marriner

This clever technique could help beat your fear of turbulence

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:49:59 GMT2017-06-15T02:49:59Z

We're told turbulence is nothing to be afraid of - but when that plane starts jolting, it's impossible not to feel nervous.And while there's no chance of turbulence bringing down a plane, stories of people becoming injured due to...

Media Files:|caption=A simple technique could make turbulence more bearable. Photo / 123RF

Hobart: Eventful history and heaving markets in Australia's beautiful south

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 02:00:00 GMT2017-06-15T02:00:00Z

"I can't get over this place. It's got everything."The middle-aged man has spiky hair and an unusual accent. We're both standing atop the boulder-strewn summit of Mt Wellington (1270m), a huge mound of dolerite that looms above...

Media Files:|caption=Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens. Photo / Tourism Tasmania

Staying at COMO The Treasury, Perth

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 20:00:00 GMT2017-06-14T20:00:00Z

Location: Cathedral Avenue in the CBD, about 20 minutes' drive from Perth Airport. Getting there: Jason from Perth Luxury Transfers drove me in style in his black sedan, with smooth leather seats and complimentary bottled water....

Media Files:|caption=The Arrivals Lounge at COMO The Treasury, Perth.

He Tangata: John Barrett of Kapiti Island Nature Tours

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-06-14T17:00:00Z

I'm a Kapiti Coast boy and have lived around here for around 50 of my 70 years. I've also lived in Wellington, outback Australia and Europe. Our people came here with Ngati Toa when they migrated in 1820. Te Rauparaha was the chief...

Media Files:|caption=John Barrett, managing director of Kapiti Island Nature Tours.

Kiwi photographer's night-sky photos turn heads worldwide

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:00 GMT2017-06-14T13:00:00Z

Photographs of the New Zealand night sky are turning the heads of stargazers around the world. Photographer Paul Wilson , who is based in Christchurch, has had his incredible snaps of the night sky shared by BBC Earth and is garnering...

Media Files:|caption=The incredible landscapes of the South Island feature in his images. Photo / Paul Wilson Images

Surprising way crew get rid of bad smells in plane toilets

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 13:00:00 GMT2017-06-14T13:00:00Z

There's no denying the stench of aeroplane toilets.With a steady flow of passengers paying a visit over several hours and no windows, the air in there can get pretty putrid.But never fear, cabin crew have a nifty trick to keep...

Media Files:|caption=Aeroplane toilets can be a nightmare scene. Photo / 123RF

When in Rome don't sit, dip, eat, drink in fountains

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 01:42:34 GMT2017-06-14T01:42:34Z

When in Rome, don't take a dip in the monumental fountains.Or sit or climb on them. Best not to eat or drink on them either. And don't wash yourself, your clothes or your pet and avoid throwing any objects into them - except coins...

Media Files:|caption=A municipal police officer overlooks tourists at Rome's Trevi fountain. Photo / AP

Mississippi Delta: Home of the blues

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 GMT2017-06-14T00:00:00Z

The Mississippi Delta has no shortage of museums, historic attractions and clubs devoted to the blues. But visitors will find the region has many other stories to tell, from the cotton plantations where African-American families worked...

Media Files:|caption=The Delta Blues Museum. Photo / Visit Mississippi

Staying at the Hilton Berlin

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 23:00:00 GMT2017-06-13T23:00:00Z

Getting there: The hotel is in the Mitte district in the heart of Berlin. It's a little over 10km from Tegel Airport and about a $31 taxi ride. It's about 3.5km from the central railway station, a $12.40 ride. Cabs are reasonably...

Media Files:|caption=The Hilton Berlin has great value food and drink and a very good space to work. Photo / Supplied

End of the departure card: Overseas travel's most annoying item to be phased out in Australia

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 22:04:19 GMT2017-06-13T22:04:19Z

Overseas travel's most annoying feature is already obsolete and will soon be phased out altogether in Australia.The green departure card, or Outgoing Passenger Card (OPC) is scheduled to disappear, followed by the removal of the...

Media Files:|caption=Overseas travel's most annoying feature is already obsolete and will soon be phased out altogether in Australian airports. Photo / Getty Images

Flight check: Niue to Auckland with Air New Zealand

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 21:00:00 GMT2017-06-13T21:00:00Z

Plane: Air New Zealand A320. Class: Economy Price: One-way Seat fares start from $354. Flight time: Three hours 25 minutes. On time: We left at 2.45pm, a little late, as tourists and extended families dragged their...

Media Files:|caption=Niue Airport.

Waiheke Island: Sharing the best of times

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 17:00:00 GMT2017-06-13T17:00:00Z

It seems hard to believe now but just 30 years ago wine was small business on Waiheke.When brothers John and Paul Dunleavy bought 12ha of farmland in 1988, there were just two wineries on the island — Goldwater and Stonyridge....

Media Files:|caption=Te Motu Winery.

Tim Roxborogh: Friends who arrive late at the airport

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 05:00:00 GMT2017-06-13T05:00:00Z

We all know that person. This is the friend (or partner) who you've decided to go overseas with, who, for no explicable reason, likes to arrive at the airport as late as possible. Perhaps it's similar to the thrill of seeing how...

Media Files:|caption=Late arrivals can cause a bit of stress for others. Photo / Getty Images