Destinations

Taupo rocks

Taupo rocks

Sharon Course and her kids jump in the deep end one mum, four kids and two days in geothermal hotspot Taupo can only add up to one of two things – an absolute blast, or a total meltdown. But after kid-friendly whitewater rafting, wading along a narrow channel in a rock face to a magical […]
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Grape expectations in the Hunter Valley

Grape expectations in the Hunter Valley

Donna Fleming find there’s more to Australia’s Hunter Valley than vineyards First, a confession. When the Hunter Valley was suggested as a location for our family get-together, I wasn’t exactly keen. While it might be fine for the adults, visiting one of Australia’s top wine regions didn’t seem particularly kid-friendly. How would we keep our […]
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Canterbury capers

Canterbury capers

Gardening columnist Dense Cleverly takes her teenage daughter on holiday Five days blasting around Canterbury seemed a great way to celebrate my daughter’s 15th birthday – just the two of us (and Hazel’s cellphone). After checking into the Copthorne Hotel, Christchurch Central, we walked to Cathedral Square – a great place to pass the time […]
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The wow factor in Sydney

The wow factor in Sydney

Even on her ninth trip to Sydney, Donna Fleming is still blown away by the city’s incredible sights It never fails to take my breath away. I’ve been to Sydney nine times now but every time I walk past the cafés and restaurants of Circular Quay, and get my first glimpse of the Sydney opera […]
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Basking in Barcelona

oariko Nissen finds a new favourite city Although I don’t speak a word of Catalan, I knew Barcelona and I were going to be very good friends. My cousin Hannah agreed with me as we strolled up beautiful Las Ramblas, the Spanish city’s famous pedestrian-only road. The area around Las Ramblas has stalls selling everything […]
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Shanghai surprise

Shanghai surprise

Nicky Dew experiences the fast pace and exotic atmosphere of China’s biggest city I’m in Shanghai on a street that’s pounding with six lanes of traffic. Bearing down on every side are gigantic glass shopping plazas with tides of people flowing in and out of their revolving doors. I’m drinking cans of iced tea only […]
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Going pottery in Staffordshire

Going pottery in Staffordshire

Fiona Fraser goes glaze-gazing in the Staffordshire community I’m thinking of joining a club. It’s the Royal Doulton Turnover Club and, as a member, I’m officially authorised, by Michael Doulton himself, to turn over the tableware at any restaurant, diner or friend’s home, and unabashedly check for the Royal Doulton mark. It may sound geeky, […]
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A fish out of the water in Port Waikato

A fish out of the water in Port Waikato

City girl Louise Richardson takes the family ‘camping’ When it comes to holidays I’m a bit of a big-city girl, but last summer we decided it was time to find somewhere quiet, laid-back and close to home. Port Waikato soon popped up on the internet and it turned out to be a true treasure, just […]
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Spice of life in India

our Food Editor Julie Le Clerc gets a taste of exotic India on a tour for intrepid gourmets In India, staggering grandeur sits alongside heart-wrenching poverty. old ladies in traditional saris chat on fancy mobile phones while young women carry enormous bundles of sticks on their heads, gracefully crossing modern six-lane highways. I suspect a […]
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Going north for winter

Going north for winter

Ali Bell takes her teenage daughter for a fun winter break in Northland Going north in winter – or any time of the year – means being in the warmest place in the country, so my teenage daughter Roni and I chose scenic Northland for our long weekend. As an added bonus, it’s an easy […]
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