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Rotorua: Wide-eyed and warm

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 18:00:00 GMT2018-03-24T18:00:00Z

Tess Nichol finds five things to do in Rotovegas, no matter the weather. 1 Ride the luge We caught a gondola to the top of the hill at Skyline Rotorua , and that's where fun began and ended for my scaredycat boyfriend.The...

Media Files:|caption=At the top of the Skyline, Rotorua. Photo / Skyline Rotorua

Clarke Gayford: Flat out like . . .

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT2018-03-24T17:00:00Z

Winter is forgotten on a Sunshine Coast search for the elusive flathead. "One thing you can never do is choke a pelican."And there began my afternoon of advice and information from retired ranger Michael on board a Bills-Boat-Hire...

Media Files:|caption=The Sunshine Coast. Photo / Wild Film

Netherlands: Stripped back Amsterdam essentials for every season

Sat, 24 Mar 2018 04:14:05 GMT2018-03-24T04:14:05Z

Amsterdam's canals, tulips and clogs are famous the world over, but the Dutch capital also has boasts the highest concentration of museums, galleries and cultural experience per capita in the world. No matter what time of the year...

Media Files:|caption=Amsterdam's historical De Gooyer Windmill. Photo / Getty

Northland : Best in tents

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:00:00 GMT2018-03-23T22:00:00Z

Turning left at the Brynderwyns, Jesse Mulligan takes the family back to nature — with a few home comforts thrown in. New Zealand is a ridiculous country to try to explore. I've lived here over 40 years, spent most of my summer...

Media Files:|caption=Jesse Mulligan's kids at the Canopy Camping Highfield River Retreat.

He Tangata: Susanne Kiely of Pukekohe Travel

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 21:00:00 GMT2018-03-23T21:00:00Z

Elisabeth Easther talks to Susanne Kiely of Pukekohe Travel. Tired of Auckland's traffic, I said to a friend that I'd love to work in Pukekohe and she mentioned that Pukekohe Travel's accounts person was retiring and that's how...

Media Files:|caption=Tour guide Susanne Kiely loves travelling to Vienna. Photo / Getty Images

Riding the rails: The Hauraki Rail Trail

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:00:00 GMT2018-03-23T17:00:00Z

Whenever we've driven the winding bush-clad road through Karangahake Gorge, peering across a swing bridge at remains of an old quartz-crushing battery we've commented, "We must stop there sometime." And finally, in the main car park,...

Media Files:|caption=The Windows Walk alongside Waitawheta River.

EV champion Margaret Baker on a nationwide Leading the Charge Road Trip

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 05:32:57 GMT2018-03-23T05:32:57Z

As the driver of New Zealand's first plug-in taxi, Margaret Baker was an early convert to electric vehicles (EVs). Now the EV champion, who hails from Taipuha, about 45km south of Whangarei, has a major role to play in the Leading...

Media Files:|caption=Auckland's Steve Withers gets animated talking about his Nissan Leaf to Hastings' John Treloar as the road trip passed through Hawke's Bay last year. PHOTOS/FILE

Memphis: I bought the T-shirt

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 02:00:00 GMT2018-03-23T02:00:00Z

A short stay in Memphis makes a big impression on Jeremy Wells and his Hauraki co-host. Nothing had more of an impact than our time at the National Civil Rights museum, built around the former Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther...

Media Files:|caption=Jeremy Wells and Matt Heath in Sun Studio.

Italian 'hermit' documents his beautiful solitary life on social media

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:27:24 GMT2018-03-23T00:27:24Z

A 79-year-old man who shunned society to live alone on an Italian island has earned a legion of social media fans after documenting his solitary life on social media.Mauro Morandi has called the stunning Isle of Budelli, which lies...

Media Files:|caption=Mauro Morandi has called the Isle of Budelli, which lies between Corsica and Sardinia, home since 1989. Photo / Twitter @MauroMorandi8

Magaluf gets even tougher on rowdy Brits as fines for anti-social behaviour rise

Fri, 23 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-03-23T00:00:00Z

Magaluf is to hit misbehaving British tourists with even tougher 'on-the-spot' penalties this summer, with fines for anti-social behaviour soaring four times as much as last year.Any holidaymaker involved in rowdy scenes will now...

Media Files:|caption=Tourists in Magaluf will need to behave themselves or face increased fines. Photo / Getty Images

Rome: A love affair with all things ancient

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 23:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T23:00:00Z

A schoolgirl love affair with all things ancient becomes the real thing when Rose McIver visits the Eternal City. Long story, but my love of classics came about when I was at high school.I'd taken two six-month stretches out of...

Media Files:|caption=The Roman pantheon. Photo / Getty Images

Ship inspection: P&O Pacific Jewel's floating comedy fest, The Big Laugh

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 22:49:19 GMT2018-03-22T22:49:19Z

It's early to mid-afternoon at best on P&O's cruise ship, the Pacific Jewel. Packed into the Orient Bar are two dozen guests, sipping colourful fruit mocktails, and three cagey Kiwi comics. The situation is laughable.In fact, I...

Media Files:|caption=Carnival's Director of Entertainment, Brett Annable, weklcomes guests to the Pacific Jewel's Big Laugh comedy fest.

The creepiest items confiscated at Australian airports

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:58:43 GMT2018-03-22T21:58:43Z

Last year Australian border forces intercepted around 340,000 biosecurity risk items trying to be smuggled into the country, with 120,000 found at Sydney airport alone.In 2017 the biosecurity team at Sydney Airport seized more than...

Media Files:|caption=Bizarre items intercepted at Australian airports last year. Photo / Supplied

Vienna to Baghdad: Auckland 'top 3' as world's best and worst cities for quality of life revealed

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:51:38 GMT2018-03-22T21:51:38Z

Austria's capital Vienna once again defended its position as the city offering the best quality of life in the world, while Iraq's capital Baghdad remains the worst in an annual survey from consulting firm Mercer.However, New Zealand...

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Our top picks for your next weekend getaway

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 21:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T21:00:00Z

Don't forget to look up if you're anywhere near Hamilton this weekend, as a lot of action will be happening in the skies above it. The annual Balloons over Waikato festival sees dozens of hot air balloons taking in sunrise flights...

Media Files:|caption=Shearing competitions will be held at the Royal Easter Show.

Decision over who will make UK passports 'a national humiliation'

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 20:40:28 GMT2018-03-22T20:40:28Z

A decision over who will manufacture the new, blue UK passports under a $890 million deal has sparked a storm of controversy in post-Brexit Britain.The United Kingdom announced in December it would switch the colour of its passport...

Media Files:|caption=The UK's Home Office sparked outrage by announcing new blue British passports will be made by a non-British company. Photo / Supplied

Tokyo museum explores the world of parasites

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 04:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T04:00:00Z

It's hard to believe that about 60,000 parasitological specimens are housed in a building on bustling Meguro-dori avenue in Tokyo, which is lined with fashionable shops. Stepping inside Meguro Parasitological Museum, I prepared myself...

Media Files:|caption=At the Meguro Parasitological Museum in Tokyo, exhibits show how types of parasites differ depending on their host animals. Photo / Taku Yaginuma, Japan News

Cairns: Green heart

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 02:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T02:00:00Z

Ewan McDonald embarks on a mission down Australia's Bruce Highway, and discovers intrigue along the way. Sleepy Sunday morning sidewalks. Everyone in Cairns, it seems, obeys the commandment about honouring the Sabbath except a...

Media Files:|caption=Mamu Skywalk, Queensland.

Why your tourist toilet habits are bad for locals – and the environment

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 01:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T01:00:00Z

While many prospective holidaymakers actively seek a change in cuisine or climate when choosing their destination, standardised sanitation usually remains a must. You might think that the preference for a porcelain pew is harmless,...

Media Files:|caption="If you want to live like a local when on holiday, you should defecate like one. Photo / Shutterstock

Tim Roxborogh's travel bugs: Americans really do talk louder

Thu, 22 Mar 2018 00:00:00 GMT2018-03-22T00:00:00Z

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. Some cultural stereotypes are more accurate than others, such as Germans uniformly waking up early on holiday to put towels out on sun-loungers. Then there...

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