The New Zealand Herald : Travel (33)

Passengers spent seven hours on a flight that essentially went nowhere

A British Airways flight from Berlin to Heathrow took off five hours late yesterday, but then turned around within sight of the UK coast and returned to the German capital, leaving around 180 passengers stranded.Flight BA983 was...

Staying at the Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences

Stephanie Holmes checks in to the Avani Metropolis Auckland Residences. Getting there: You can see the Metropolis from my window, so it was a quick five-minute walk through the city and the newly-renovated Freyberg Place. If you're...

Flying from Auckland to Santiago with Latam

Steve McCabe flies with Latam on flight 800 from Auckland to Santiago The plane : A rather new-looking Boeing 787-9. Latam used to use Airbus A340s on this route, and the upgrade to Boeing's new Dreamliner is a definite improvement...

Mexico: Andale, andale!

Forget your preconceptions — Mexico is a great place to take a youngster, says Nevin Martell. It is 248 steep steps to the top of the Pyramid of the Sun, but the views are worth the exertion.From the pinnacle of the third-largest...

Jamie Morton: Out of time, out of mind

Jamie Morton has airport woes — but he only has himself to blame. I've always hated airports — and airports have always hated me.Never mind dental clinics, hospitals or courthouses; airports are the only places I know that induce...

Flying from Auckland to Bangkok with Thai Airways

Andrew Stone checks out Thai Airways new Boeing 787-9 — the Dreamliner — from Auckland to Bangkok. The plane: The Dreamliner seems to stretch forever when you board the aircraft. The aisle curves slightly as it disappears down...

Ask Away: Keep it official

Eli Orzessek finds the answers to your travel questions. I'm going on a trip to Europe next year, including France and the UK, and even though I know it's statistically unlikely, I still feel nervous about getting caught up in...

My Holidays: Penelope Naish

Penelope Naish's Black Estate winery in North Canterbury was judged best winery restaurant at the Cuisine Good Food Awards. What was your greatest holiday? Holidays are hard to rank. Probably my honeymoon (that would be with...

Flying from Brisbane to Auckland with Emirates

Imran Ali travelled from Brisbane to Auckland on Emirates Airbus A380-800. The plane: Emirates' Airbus A380-800 double-deck. It's the world's largest passenger aircraft with the main bar located at the rear of the upper deck...

Winston Aldworth: Making a list

Travel Santa doesn't particularly care if you've been naughty or nice, but right now he's particularly interested in your wishlist for 2018.My own list for the year ahead: A spectacular flight (one to remember and rave about for...

Laos: The road from Phonsavan to Luang Prabang

Justine Tyerman encounters good humour, warmth, cheerfulness . . . and some unusual food items on a road trip in Laos. There are 2000 corners on the road from Phonsavan in Xieng Khouang to Luang Prabang, guide Vieng warned us as...

What happens when you use Tinder to get advice on a new city

There I was in Barcelona, planning a date with a Spaniard who wanted to give me a foot massage.Let me tell you how this came about.A week earlier, I had arrived in Barcelona. It was a midsummer evening and the city was abuzz....

Travel hits and misses: Tim Beveridge

HIT My wife Annie and I went on a belated honeymoon in Paris, Provence and the French Riviera. We'd taken the advice of friends and booked through NZ Francophile and travel expert, John Reese at france.co.nz, who had put together...

WIN! $2000 Torpedo7 camping prize-pack for summer

Camping season is upon us and there's no place better to pitch a tent this summer than one of the many picturesque camping spots across New Zealand. Whether it's a family getaway or a festival trip with mates, preparation is key —...

India's colourful trail

To tour the Golden Triangle is to observe colour, opulence, hardship, and get right to the core of the country's multifaceted history, writes Kate Ford. Delhi is a giant mouth. It can chew you up and spit you out. It can swallow...

Bay of Islands: Magic among the islands

Happiness is north in the Bay, writes Miriyana Alexander. Boats, boats, all different sorts. Out at sea and in the port . . .The opening lines of one of our 5-year-old's favourite books come to mind as we hit the water in the...

The Luxe life in your own city

Luxury can be the freedom to do what you like and eat what you like in your own city, writes Leonie Freeman. It's 12km into our walk from one coast of Auckland city to the other and I'm standing on Mt Eden summit in the pouring...

Executives reveal business travel horror stories

Business travel can be a great perk of the job – but things can always go wrong. Talking to Digiday , senior media executives who travel frequently have shared some of their worst travel mishaps – from airline's that admit their...

Singapore is the world's newest great cocktail capital

For a place that's known to be quite conservative, Singapore offers cocktails that have a tendency to make your heart race. In just one recent week of drinking across town, I sipped a rum-yogurt cocktail that included two kinds...

Flight attendants have to let you change seats if yours is broken

What if there was a way to get into first class without any cunning plan or bribes? Well there is a little-known fact that could get you a seat up the pointy end of the plane if you're lucky.The author of travel hack guide Kiss...

Tim Roxborogh's travel bugs: 130! Wondering how much SPF is too much SPF

A weekly ode to the joys of moaning about your holiday, by Tim Roxborogh. I used to think Sheryl Crow was getting a bit carried away about sunscreen SPF levels when she sang "I've got my 45 on so I can rock on". It was 2002 and...

Skift CEO Rafat Ali on travel in the age of 'permanxiety'

Travel involves a lot of conflicting emotions. You're excited about your trip, looking forward to relaxing, reconnecting with loved ones or sightseeing.Then there's the other side of travel: going through security, presenting your...

Flight attendant reveals where to sit on a plane if you want the best service

Waiting an age to be served on a plane is one of the great torments of air travel.But air steward 'Dan Air', host of the Confessions of a Trolley Dolly website, has offered some insider advice on which seat to book if you want to...

Finland: Yule be sleighed

After a visit to the Arctic home of Santa and his elves, Bev Wood is now a believer. I believe in Santa.And you will too if you are lucky enough to meet him in his own home town. He is just as friendly and jolly in real life as...

Dubai unveils a new zip line among towering skyscrapers

Dubai is offering thrill-seekers a new way to see its dazzling skyscrapers: On the world's longest urban zip line. The 170 metre-high XLine opens this week in Dubai's Marina neighborhood. For an entire kilometre, those brave...

My Holidays: Nathan Haines

Nathan Haines will be performing at the Tremain's Art Deco Festival in Napier, in February. What was your greatest holiday? Our honeymoon in 2013 — two weeks in Paris then six weeks in Provence in the village of Goult. A...

New Zealand named best country in the world for fifth year in Telegraph Travel awards

Readers of the Daily Telegraph have named New Zealand the best country in the world for the fifth year in a row. Announced today, the awards are based on the opinions of 90,000 readers and recognise tour operators, destinations...

The future of travel is AI; the present is alt-lodgings, tours and beach reviews

At the Phocuswright Conference, a travel industry meeting recently held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, blockchain and artificial intelligence were touted as the flying cars and robot maids of the future. But the present looked alluring,...

He Tangata: Jacqui Wilkinson of Adventure Capital

Elisabeth Easther talks to Jacqui Wilkinson of Adventure Capital. Growing up in Upper Hutt in the 1970s, my parents really believed in road trips. Back in the day of the bench seat, they'd fit six kids in a Vanguard, a large 1960s...

Passengers reveal the most shocking behaviour they've witnessed from strangers on a plane

Flying is often a testing experience on the best of days - it's normally cramped, the food is often bland and turbulence doesn't help.And neither do passengers who exhibit shocking behaviour.Flyers have been revealing some of...

The best of Sydney Festival

Dionne Christian gives her picks for one of the world's most wonderful festivals. The sun, the sea, the surf: actually, it leaves me cold or, to be more accurate, sweltering. Give me an air-conditioned gallery, museum or theatre...

How Kiwis are travelling today

Kiwis are exploring our passions and family history through travel, but our pets are holding us back from taking more holidays, new research has found. Wotif.co.nz 's Wot's Your Journey? Report* has looked at the way New Zealanders...

Claire Chitham's top five New Zealand holiday spots

Claire Chitham makes a guest appearance in Basement Theatre's annual Christmas show . 'Santa Claus' runs until December 20. 1. Coromandel town For the quickest access to beautiful beaches that are far enough out of Auckland...