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The Azamara Difference

The Azamara Quest docked into Auckland on her inaugural visit to New Zealand at the end of January and we hopped onboard to catch a glimpse of the luxury liner. So, what's special about this boutique cruise line? Not too big, not too small From the outset, the Azamara Quest seems much smaller than some of the megaliners we've seen around our New Zealand ports this summer. While small in stature, the ship is plentiful in special gems to make for a unique cruise journey! Weighing in at ... Continue Reading

Woman on a Mission: A Food Tour of San Francisco’s Mission District

The historic Mission District of San Francisco, known for its hipster bars and multicultural mix, is the city's most exciting place to eat. Sharon Stephenson spent a day discovering the Mission's hidden culinary gems. “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Whoever first said it (contrary to popular belief, it wasn't Mark Twain), he wasn't kidding. But I was grateful it wasn't t-shirt and shorts weather when I was last there because I got to hide all my ... Continue Reading

Beijing – the Top 10 Must-Do’s

Trek along the crumbling Great Wall, chow down on Peking Duck, and watch daily life unfold in the hutongs. Kiwi expat Julia Hollingsworth tracks down the best Beijing has to offer. Explore the Forbidden City You may have to share your experience with the crowds, so it’s lucky its former occupants made it so big. The Forbidden City was home to China’s emperors for 500 years, and is just as impressive as you’d expect. There’s limited signage inside the Forbidden City, so ... Continue Reading

Top 5 Disneyland attractions for kids

Don’t miss out! From now until 22 Feb 2016, book a 5-night Anaheim family holiday with us and kids will receive 2-day Disneyland Resort Park Hopper Tickets FREE!* Click here for more info. Disneyland Resort is packed to the brim with entertainment, restaurants, shopping and of course world class attractions so taking the family holiday to Disneyland can be the most magical experience! So, which attractions will you seek out first? Here are our top picks for your next trip: &nbsp... Continue Reading

What to do in Luang Prabang, Laos

The former capital of the Kingdom of Laos, Luang Prabang is a charming, friendly and peaceful settlement on the banks of the Mekong River. With its beautifully preserved architecture, ornate temples and unique mix of cultures, Luang Prabang is the ideal introduction to this still largely undiscovered country. What to see There are plenty of reasons why visitors love Luang Prabang, but top of the list has to be its astounding collection of UNESCO World Heritage-protected architecture. The ... Continue Reading

In the Pink: Exploring the Wonders of Jaipur, India

Jaipur, north India's “Pink City', has long been famed for its architectural beauty and cultural treasures. Sharon Stephenson explores this fascinating, colourful city.  A hand-written sign on the outskirts of Jaipur is a testament not only to the genius of Indian copy-writing but a reminder that we're about to enter the most colourful place on earth. “Only brightness allowed. Unrespecting will invite angry (sic)", reads the sign. But then Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan, has ... Continue Reading

Eastern Europe’s Most Beautiful Cities

With their medieval old towns, fairytale castles, hidden courtyards and grand civic squares, the great cities of the East are among Europe's most beautiful. Budapest, Hungary The mighty Danube cleaves Hungary's capital in two: on one side sits Buda, a hilly district of grand, imperious buildings including Buda Castle. On the other side is mostly-flat Pest, a bustling metropolis with ritzy shops and ornate 19th century cafes. Prague, Czech Republic The 'City of a Hundred Spires' is a ... Continue Reading

The Best Things to Do in Penang, Malaysia

Penang is a fascinating mix of East and West, a compact island where you can experience bustling city life one day, laze on a tropical beach the next, and then head into the hills to monkey around in the jungle. Elle Hunt goes exploring. My experiences of tourist information centres have benefited me in no more tangible ways than leaflets that I have carried around, then thrown out, unread. I’d hoped that Penang, on the north-west coast of peninsula Malaysia, would buck that trend. ... Continue Reading

Why Fremantle is one of Australia’s hippest towns

A short 40-minute train ride from central Perth, the historic port of Fremantle is looking to the future. All over town, heritage warehouses are being re-imagined and repurposed as some of Western Australia's best restaurants, bars, galleries and pop-up shops. Eating exceptionally well at The Raw Kitchen Balance the ledger between virtue and vice at this hip brick-lined space that incorporates the healthy eating trifecta of vegan, organic and sustainable. The emphasis at The Raw Kitchen ... Continue Reading

Bologna: Italy’s Capital of Food

You'll eat well all over Italy, but perhaps nowhere better than in the northern city of Bologna, where food is a serious obsession. Sharon Stephenson explores the home of Spaghetti Bolognese. I have an egg in one hand and 400gm of flour in the other. My mission, it turns out, is to introduce one to the other. It sounds easy, but under the watchful eye of chef Davide Berchiatti, I'm suddenly all thumbs. I've made fresh pasta many times before, but there's something about doing it in ... Continue Reading

5 Great Queensland Drives

From the vast landscapes and ancient wonders of the outback, to the blissful beaches and tourist attractions of the coast, Queensland is a road-tripper's dream destination. Here are five great ways to hit the open road. Queensland Great Inland Way 1863km Recommended duration: 6 days The Queensland portion of this magnificent drive, one of Australia's most famous road routes, starts at the New South Wales border town of Hebel (reputedly once a Kelly Gang hideout) and ends in tropical ... Continue Reading

The Most Beautiful Castles in Scotland

Whether overlooking remote lochs or perched high above bustling cities, castles are permanent reminders of Scotland's turbulent history. These are some of the most spectacular. Inveraray Castle Inverarary Castle is a beautifully preserved stately home on the shores of Loch Fyne, around 90 minutes' drive north of Glasgow. The current castle was built in the mid-18th century for the Dukes of Argyll, chiefs of Clan Campbell, who have been been seated here since the 1400s. Don't miss the ... Continue Reading

The LA Eating Awards: Where to eat and drink in Los Angeles in 2016

Los Angeles boasts one of the world's most exciting culinary scenes, but in a city as spread out as this, a clued-up guide is essential. Food writer Sam Eichblatt shares the best places to eat in LA right now, from exquisite fine dining to beer and burgers.  Eating out in Los Angeles isn’t really about the food. Sure, the food rivals that of any large world city, but it’s the attendant benefits of being in the right place, at the right time, with the right crowd that really ... Continue Reading

Brazilian Beat: The Ultimate Guide to Rio de Janeiro

This year the famously exciting city of Rio de Janeiro is in the international spotlight, thanks to a certain global sporting event it's hosting in August. New Zealand journalist Laura McQuillan, who has been living in Rio since April 2015, shares her insider guide. Halfway up a Rio de Janeiro hillside, amid a precariously-perched slum of ramshackle brick houses, shines a bronze sculpture of Michael Jackson, arms outstretched, one glimmering nipple exposed. He’s the cherry on top of ... Continue Reading

10 Best Things to do on the Sunshine Coast

Yes, there really is more to a Queensland holiday than the beach. Below, 10 great Sunshine Coast attractions – that don't require a swimsuit. SEA LIFE MOOLOOLABA As entertaining as it is educational, Sea Life is the ideal place to experience Queensland's fascinating underwater world. Every family that visits has their own favourite attraction, including the Shark Snorkel Adventure, the Jellyfish Kingdom and the daily seal shows. With multiple play zones, free talks and plenty ... Continue Reading

In Search of Tokyo’s Best Ramen

Living in Auckland, Tim Lambourne thought he knew good ramen. Then he moved to Tokyo, where he discovered just how great the Japanese noodle soup can be. Plus – Tim Lambourne's three favourite ramen shops in Tokyo. 5.20am Saturday morning, Nakameguro, central Tokyo, Japan. The first night out in my new home of Tokyo. I knew one dude when I landed, Zen, and he took me on a whirlwind tour. Some swanky fashion party with free beers and pretty people to stare at; a late night stroll down ... Continue Reading

Which unique Queensland experience is for you?

There's so much to do in Queensland that sometimes it's difficult to choose! Look outside the box and let us help you find a unique experience that you'll never forget... Continue Reading

What to do around Cairns

With its wealth of accommodation, dining and shopping options, Cairns makes a great base for your Tropical North Queensland holiday. These five great attractions are all an easy day trip from the city. SkyRail Forest Cableway This award-winning ride over tropical rainforest canopy is one of Australia's best sustainable tourism attractions. When it opened in 1995 it was the longest gondola ride in the world, a 7.5km, 1.5 hour trip from outer Cairns up into the mountainous Barron Gorge ... Continue Reading

Three Perfect Days in Vancouver

Vancouver has everything ­– mountains, parks, lakes, beaches and a cultural city centre. Even so, expat Kiwi Chloe Milne discovered a city accessible enough to be explored in just three days. Day One AM Start your west Canadian adventure in the city’s CBD. Wander Vancouver’s picturesque streets, peruse indie bookstores and stop at eclectic cafes, like The Buzz and Cafe Medina. Fancy a shopping fix? Explore Robson Street, Holt Refrew and Pacific Mall for both high-end and high ... Continue Reading

Satay City: Where to Eat in Kuala Lumpur

The best city in Asia for eating? That's a tough one, but Alexia Santamaria thinks she might have found a winner: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's street food capital.   If you are obsessed about food, as I am, Kuala Lumpur will feel like home. While back in New Zealand you may be dismissed as a food bore, unable to shut up about some new Vietnamese duck salad or artisan cheese you've just eaten, in KL people understand your obsession – and share it. They appear to think about food almost ... Continue Reading