Scaramouche! Bohemian Rhapsody leads the pack of best sing-along car songs for Easter road trip

Scaramouche! Bohemian Rhapsody leads the pack of best sing-along car songs for Easter road trip

It‘s the Easter long weekend and the nation is getting ready to take to the roads. New Zealand‘s drivers will be cueing up the playlists that will get the from A to B. Fortunately a recent survey has compiled a list of the top 25 sing-out-loud driving anthems to help the miles fly past. This new research, revealed in , has revealed that the Queen hit Bohemian Rhapsody is the […]

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India: in pursuit of a childhood dream in the Himalayas, Delhi to Shimla

India: in pursuit of a childhood dream in the Himalayas, Delhi to Shimla

Simon Heptinstall fulfills a childhood dream of seeing the sun rise in the Himalaya, with During the long overnight flight to Delhi, I remembered how, at the age of 16, I was set my first-ever journalistic task – interview the scary old groundsman ‘Sonny‘ Clarke for our school magazine. Former Army officer Sonny got surprisingly emotional as he told me about the best moment of his life: ‘Seeing the sunrise […]

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Mountain bike excursions, cheaper WiFi and better food: Welcome to Cruise 2.0

Mountain bike excursions, cheaper WiFi and better food: Welcome to Cruise 2.0

Cooking classes, craft beer, yoga, EDM shows, mountain bike tours, ropes courses, nighttime bar crawls in different cities – this is what cruising looks like in 2018, and it is, as the kids would say, “lit.” Reaching that “lit” status has been intentional on the part of cruise lines, says Colleen McDaniel, who is senior executive editor with CruiseCritic, a cruise review site and online community. As someone who cruises […]

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Flying from Auckland to Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines

Flying from Auckland to Honolulu with Hawaiian Airlines

Mark Garrison flies in Extra Comfort aboard Hawaiian Airlines flight 446, from Auckland to Honolulu. The aircraft: An Airbus A330-200 (332) V2. A lovely aircraft, with a cabin that doesn‘t feel too cramped even when the passenger loads are heavy. The main cabin has seating in a 2-4-2 configuration. The cabin was very quiet for the duration of the flight. Class: Extra Comfort with premium seating. There are 68 seats […]

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London: Two for tea

London: Two for tea

A London museum salutes two ingenious musicians, who were neighbours, 200 years apart, writes Jill Lawless. When he was not being a string-shredding, amp-blasting guitar hero, Jimi Hendrix liked nothing better than to sit at home drinking tea and watching the British soap opera Coronation Street. A recreation of Hendrix‘s bedroom. Photo / Getty Images facebook twitter email linkedin google-plus whatsapp pinterest reddit The musician‘s former London apartment — a […]

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We‘ll always have Paris? Farmers reclaim deserted Chinese replica of the city of love

We‘ll always have Paris? Farmers reclaim deserted Chinese replica of the city of love

Leigh McManus made an excursion to Sky City in in 2015, away from thriving metropolis of Hangzhou. Writing for the , he discovered surprisingly quiet replica of the French ‘City of Light‘ How would you like to have the Champs-Elysees all to yourself? Or to peer down from the Eiffel Tower on to the City of Love, but without the hordes of tourists? Well, you can. All you have to […]

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Eerie orange snowfall at Sochi baffles Russian skiiers

Eerie orange snowfall at Sochi baffles Russian skiiers

Key Points: That‘s not an instagram filter: these photos of orange ski slopes have been popping up on social media as skiiers in Europe and Russia are covered in a blanket of colourful snow. We all know to avoid yellow snow. But locals and holiday-makers in eastern Europe have been baffled by a phenomenon that appears to be turning snow orange. People have taken to social media to post photos […]

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Ask Away: A Christmas you won‘t forget

Ask Away: A Christmas you won‘t forget

Eli Orzessek finds the answers to your travel questions. My three children and I will be in England in early December. Given it‘s leading into a six-week school holiday break, we plan to travel and maximise our time away. We would like to visit France and Italy. While we do plan to go to Paris and Rome, we would like to avoid the many other tourist traps of those countries, […]

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Culture trip around the world

Culture trip around the world

Dick Frizzell shares his favourite galleries around the world. I love all galleries of course — they always define our travels, but I do love some museums more than others. The huge metropolitans, nationals, Uffizi, Prado, etc, I find it a bit much with their queues, atriums, rubberneckers and cafeterias. I can do without the gormless commentaries too (from the public, I mean … though some of the experts drive […]

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Winston Aldworth: Hope for Chicago

Winston Aldworth: Hope for Chicago

I love the buzz around new airline routes. And today there‘s a real hum around Barack Obama‘s visit to New Zealand. The little birdies have been chattering about Air New Zealand starting up a new service to Chicago for as long as their Dreamliners have been airborne. Word was that an announcement on Chicago had been postponed for later in the year. Suddenly, word is they‘ll announce it tomorrow, capitalising […]

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Staying at the Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point, Taupo

Staying at the Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point, Taupo

Stephanie Holmes checks into the Airport Motel @ Rainbow Point, Taupo. Location: As far out of town as you can get. It‘s literally just before the welcome to Taupo sign on the east side of the lake, but that‘s still only a 5-minute drive to town. And it‘s walking distance to the lake — just a five-minute amble from the motel. Check-in experience: My mum, in the country from England […]

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London for a ladies getaway

London for a ladies getaway

A mother/teenage daughter getaway is a royally bonding experience, writes Louise Richardson. Fresh off the Tube I‘m struggling with my suitcase, which is about the same size as me, and on the steps at Kensington High Street Underground Station a nice man puts out his hand to help. “Mama, don‘t let him take your bag,” says Isabella, looking slightly alarmed. The man and I both smile. Advertisement “He‘s assisting an […]

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Six travel experiences that may surprise you

Six travel experiences that may surprise you

Jane Jurgens finds six travel experiences that may surprise you. Find a hidden sound installation in Times Square Amid the chaos and noise of one of the busiest places in the world — which is so brightly lit it can even be seen from outer space — is a permanent sound installation hidden below a subway grate in Times Square, New York City. If you head to the triangular area […]

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Three Chocolate tours for the kids

Three Chocolate tours for the kids

Easter is coming up and you can bet chocolate will be involved somewhere. Give the family an even bigger treat with one of these Wonka-style factory tours. 1 Cadbury WorldBournville, Birmingham, UK Yes, we have our own Cadbury World right here in New Zealand, but the original is in Bournville, a suburb of Birmingham, just two hours north of London. This visitor centre was opened in 1990, has regularly expanded […]

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Boston: Six reasons to love boston

Boston: Six reasons to love boston

This East Coast city is a breath of fresh air, writes Stephanie Holmes. 1. Parks There are more than 450ha of parks across the city, linked by pathways and referred to as Boston‘s Emerald Necklace. Two of the most famous are Boston Common, which dates back to 1634 and is the oldest public park in America, and its neighbour, Boston Public Garden, the first public botanical garden in the country. […]

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Japan: Living Large

Japan: Living Large

Heavy on traditions and rituals, sumo is a sport like no other. Kate Ford explains why you need to add a sumo tournament to your next visit to Japan. It takes only eight seconds for Tamawashi to go down. He‘s 172kg but he may as well be a chopstick. The sumo bout between Tamawashi and champion Hakuho begins with bravado. The rivals toss salt into the arena, stamp their feet, […]

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Rotorua: Wide-eyed and warm

Rotorua: Wide-eyed and warm

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 , and that‘s where fun began and ended for my scaredycat boyfriend. The gorgeous views of Lake Rotorua and surrounding hills on the way up are worth the price of entry alone. Skyline offers luging, zip-lining and a high adrenaline swing, but […]

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Clarke Gayford: Flat out like . . .

Clarke Gayford: Flat out like . . .

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 pontoon craft. All while on the unique pumice-lined estuary of a place that is proven impossible to pronounce without letting one‘s vocal assemblies slough into an Aussie aural interpretation. “Cooolllooouunndrraaa” — […]

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Netherlands: Stripped back Amsterdam essentials for every season

Netherlands: Stripped back Amsterdam essentials for every season

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 you visit, there is always plenty to do, whether you like traditional sightseeing or something a little quirkier. The Daily Mail has compiled a list of nine things to do when you‘re […]

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Northland : Best in tents

Northland : Best in tents

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 holidays in Northland but never thought about the fact that if you turned left at the Brynderwyns instead of going straight, there‘s a massive chunk of new territory […]

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