The New Zealand Herald : Travel (57)

Wish you were here? The 'supersize resort' for the plus-sized crowd

A hotel has opened catering for guests who weigh between 18 and 30 stone so they can enjoy a holiday without worrying about taunts and insults from fellow travellers.The Resort, on the Caribbean island of Eleuthera,...

Italy: Get it right in the food valley

Be wary about what you order for dinner, writes James Cann. There is no such thing as spaghetti Bolognese.No, the dish you've rustled up for dinner a thousand times or plucked from the menu of a high-street Italian restaurant...

Fiji: Find 'me' time on a deserted island

Remote islands offers chances to share the love, writes Deborah Dickson-Smith. So, this is what it's really like to be on a deserted island. The ocean gently lapping at my toes as I gaze out over an infinite expanse of ocean meeting...

Lake Taupo: Water wonderland at our heart

A road trip around Lake Taupo is short enough to do in half a day but there are so many gems worth exploring, why not make it an overnighter, writes Adele Thurlow. There's no denying Lake Taupo is spectacular and a huge force in...

Travel hits and misses: Dai Henwood

Dai Henwood hosts Three's Family Feud and is a team captain on 7 Days. Hit My wife and I travelled to Thailand for three weeks. We had a couple of places booked but nothing else. One was on Koh Phangan called Man Pen Rai. This...

India: Before you go

You first visit to India can seem a bit daunting but if you do your research, you'll be rewarded with rich and lasting memories, writes Kate Ford. India roiled my emotions like no place I have visited before. It is exciting, demanding,...

Jack Tame: Travel reminds us how well off we really are

I'm in La Paz. Thin air and dirt cliffs. It's a crazy place to build a city. The airport runway is higher than Aoraki Mt Cook.The wealthy live in the lower parts of town. The poorer have to walk uphill to get home. Slowly. Everyone...

Where to find New Zealand's summer holiday hot spots

The first long weekend of the summer season is upon us, which means warmer weather, beach days and long holidays will be here before we know it. But where should you spend them? Jane Jurgens tracks down some great Kiwi summer hotspots....

Bali: Finding Ms Wonderful

Kiwi's retreat empire is a global award winner, writes Annemarie Quill. New Zealander Janine Hall has been helping women transform their lives for almost 10 years. It was in 2008 that she first opened Escape Haven, a Bali surf/yoga/wellness...

How Vermont became America's capital of beer

A tour through the state's many craft breweries suggests a wine-ification of brew, writes Jason Wilson. My brother Tyler and I have driven over 640 kilometres to Vermont to stand in line for beer. Despite our best efforts - dragging...

The picturesque town that will pay you to move there

You wouldn't think the charming medieval Italian town of Candela would have a problem attracting people, but the mayor is offering up cash and tax incentives in a bid to get people to move there.Once a buzzing hub of more than 8000...

Shore-side at Takapuna Beach

Before the Harbour Bridge was built, Takapuna was a holiday destination for city-siders wanting to chill out at the seaside. Today, it's still that - it's just easier to get to. It still has a beautiful beach, plus now there are plenty...

Spain and Portugal: A taste of Iberia

A taste of the food and musical culture of Spain and Portugal whets the appetite, writes Frances Cook. If you're interested in Spanish food, you'll know tapas. Snack-sized portions of food that let you work your way through an entire...

Montenegro: So much history, so little time

Montenegro's ancient city of Kotor weaves its magic around Greta Umbers. Inside Kotor's fortified walls the lilting tones of disembodied conversations carry over from the courtyards around every corner: broken English and a medley...

'Let me show you the best of Switzerland': Pilot takes plane on unexpected tour

A plane full of passengers on their way to Switzerland were treated with an impromptu, personalised tour from their pilot as they prepared to touch down in the country's capital.The Swiss International Airlines flight, which was...

Staying at Heritage Christchurch

Shandelle Battersby checks into Heritage Christchurch. Location: A 20-minute drive from Christchurch Airport, right in the heart of the city's CBD on Cathedral Square. History: The hotel is housed in a category one historic...

Five ways to get the most out of amazing Hoi An

Lucy Casley explores one of Vietnam's most beautiful cities. DISCOVER THE NIGHT MARKETS You'll lose yourself in the vibrant backstreets of Hoi An, exploring its many boutiques while keeping your eyes peeled for the next massage...

Thailand's best beaches

We all want different things from a beach holiday. In Thailand, you can find it all, writes Jane Jurgens. BEST FOR SWITCHING OFF Koh Lao Liang, just offshore from Trang province, is mostly frequented by Thais on weekend getaways...

Air New Zealand named best airline in the world by Conde Nast Traveler

Air New Zealand has been named the best airline in the world by luxury travel magazine Conde Nast Traveler.The airline moved up two places from last year, when it was named as the third best airline in the world in the magazine's...

How to care for your skin before, during and after a flight

Everyone loves going on vacation, except for the actual traveling part. The arid environment of an airplane or bus can wreak havoc on the skin and leave it looking dehydrated, blotchy and fatigued.We asked Elizabeth Tanzi, a dermatologist...

He Tangata: Creator and host of Awesome Walks

Elisabeth Easther talks to the creator and host of Awesome Walks. Being raised in Zimbabwe and South Africa, our family holidays were quite local. My parents were never really drawn to overseas travel, despite mum being from Mauritius...

Staying at London's COMO Metropolitan

Maureen Marriner stays at London's COMO Metropolitan. Location: In Mayfair, at the edge of Hyde Park corner. Aspley House, built in the 18th century and the home of Waterloo's Duke of Wellington, is across the road. (Its nickname...

Flying from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Airlines

Stephanie Holmes flies MH130 Auckland to Kuala Lumpur. The Plane: Malaysia Airlines A330-300. Class: Economy. Luggage: 30kg of checked bags and 7kg of hand luggage. Check-in experience: Online check-in opens 48 hours...

Staying at Carmey Avdat Farm, Israel

Stephanie Holmes stays at Carmey Avdat Farm, Israel. Location: In the Negev Highlands, about two hours from the Dead Sea and two hours from Tel Aviv. Getting there: We drove from Jerusalem, via the Dead Sea, Ein Gedi Kibbutz,...

Hooking up during a flight is getting easier with Qantas' 'accidental dating app'

James Weir imagines the infinite possibilities of an accidental in-flight dating app. Hooking up 30,000 feet in the air has been made easier with a somewhat-accidental in-flight dating app.This week, Qantas unveiled the Boeing...

Tim Roxborogh's travel bugs: The fellow passengers' leftover food dilemma

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. George Costanza would certainly do it. I've done it and am a firm believer it shouldn't be a dilemma, let alone the no-go zone it seems to be for most. That...

Taking a Bondi break

Kris Shannon dons a wettie and heads out to master one of the world's most well-known surfing spots The best experience at Bondi Beach comes standing atop a surfboard, senses alive to the picture-book surroundings: a gentle breeze...

Rarotonga: An active holiday makers paradise

Eli Orzessek finds plenty to fill out the itinerary for an active holidaymaker in Rarotonga. Storytellers eco-cycle tours Take a compelling and genuine mountain bike ride around the lanes and tracks of Rarotonga with guides who...

Sri Lanka: Stairway to heaven

Mark Dye takes a rather awkward tuktuk journey to an ancient fortress and is blown away by its majesty. Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, is to Sri Lanka what Queenstown is to New Zealand. That place every one suggests you must visit before...

Venetia Sherson: Take the high road

Venetia Sherson has some advice for the jet-lagged. There are several things you should not do when jet-lagged. One is drive; another is mess with the man from Avis. I have done both, and am wiser for it.We arrived at Glasgow...

Aviation expert warns shrinking leg room could be dangerous

As airlines cram more and more seats onto planes, the distance between passengers and the seat in front is getting smaller and smaller.We all know it's uncomfortable - insufferably so. But Canadian aviation expert Jan Davies warns...

Flying from Queenstown to Auckland with Air New Zealand

Ben Taylor flies aboard NZ610 from Queenstown to Auckland. The plane: Air New Zealand Airbus A320. Class: Economy Flexi Plus Fare. Price: I paid $183, one way. Pricey as I booked late and needed a flexible fare, so paid...

Bar review: Speight's Brewery, Dunedin

The evolution of Dunedin's Speight's Brewery continues with a redesigned tour, writes Daniel Simmonds. Winston Churchill said it best: "History is told by the victors" and who better to learn from, than the brains behind New Zealand's...

Ireland: Round the Emerald Isle

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...

Ask Away: When will the liquids rule end?

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....

Alaska: Where polar bears meet

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...

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

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...

Destinations airlines won't fly to

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, news.com.au...

Flying from Munich to Luxembourg with Luxair Flight

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...

My holidays: Ben Crowder

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

Mother blasts British Airways over bed bugs on plane seat

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...

Winston Aldworth: Dear Emirates

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...

The Danube: A river runs through it

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...

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

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...

Celebrity Cruises offers legal same-sex marriage at sea

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...

Flying from Doha to Auckland with Qatar Airways

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...

Staying at the Dunedin Distinction hotel

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:...

More cruising tips for beginners

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...

Carribean: Island hopping in style

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...

Carribean: Damage control

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...