Category Archives: Travel

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Stars shine on silo art in epic road trip

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Grain silo art drive leaves mates starstruck What do you get when two camera-crazy mates head off on a road trip? A glimpse of the grain silo art trail under the stars. Grant Schwartzkopff and Tony Virgo captured these images … Continue reading

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Cheap travel anywhere on Earth within an hour using new rocket.

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SpaceX CEO Elon Musk says he plans to replace his current rocket fleet and capsules with a next-generation spacecraft that could be used to travel to the Moon, Mars, or around the Earth — cutting most long-distance Earth flights to … Continue reading

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Exploring Auckland’s west coast beaches

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[Ed: Makes me feel Homesick] The image of black-sand beaches didn’t initially appeal to me, as a golden-sand, Pacific Ocean, East Coaster. But I didn’t know they would sparkle in the sun and shine like pewter, or that the sand … Continue reading

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Most Travel-Restricted Places in the World

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Thanks to technology, the world is virtually accessible to everyone. If you have the money, you can take a plane and get to most destinations in the world under 24 hours. That’s why it’s fascinating to think about how even … Continue reading

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New Zealand PM calls Australian immigration changes ‘disappointing’

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[Ed: Oh I’m sure everyone will still want to flock to such a “Lucky Country”. . .won’t they ?] New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English has called Australia’s immigration changes “disappointing”, saying they will force New Zealanders to wait longer … Continue reading

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Why New Zealand is the best place to escape Trumpocalypse

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The elevation of an unpredictable billionaire to the helm of nuclear-armed America has given fresh impetus to the idea of remote New Zealand as a bulwark for civilisation in the event of a global catastrophe, writes the Daily Mail. The … Continue reading

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Solo sailor Andy Lamont sets off on westward trip around world in non-stop and unassisted adventure.

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An Australian sailor is attempting to sail “the wrong way” around the world in what he hopes will be a record-breaking journey aboard his 34-foot boat. Andy Lamont left the Gold Coast today and is planning to sail solo, non-stop, … Continue reading

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Meet me at Horny Point:

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[Ed:  I looked for “Boganville” on the map but it is perhaps far too common to show up in one particular location.] It’s time to clean up the map of Australia. Who knew there were such filthy-sounding destinations in Australia … Continue reading

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This is why life can be tough for Kiwis in Australia.

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[Ed: And they call it the “Lucky Country”] A new study has given an insight into how New Zealanders perceive their lives in Australia, and it’s not all positive. New Zealanders who made the move to Australia after February 26, … Continue reading

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John Beeden becomes first person to row the Pacific Ocean solo and non-stop to Australia

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Adventurer John Beeden has become the first person to row solo non-stop from North America to the Australian mainland. December 27 marked day 209 at sea for Mr Beeden, who has rowed more than 7,400 nautical miles across the Pacific … Continue reading

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Visitors encouraged to walk Waiheke Is

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Waiheke Island was this year picked as one of the top 10 destinations in the world to visit by Lonely Planet’s Best In Travel 2016 publication. Visitors attracted to Waiheke Island for beaches, vineyard tours and restaurants are being urged … Continue reading

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Australia’s Ireland – What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia?

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Australians who happened to be born in New Zealand are being rounded up, locked up in hard-core detention facilities, and marooned. What’s this about? What exactly is New Zealand’s relationship with Australia? Kiwozi’s Note: Typically I steer well clear of … Continue reading

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Paris begins removing nearly 1 million love locks from iconic bridges

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Paris, known worldwide as the city of romance, has begun the heart-breaking process of removing hundreds of thousands of love locks, padlocks chained to the city’s bridges by adoring couples. Yellow-vested officials were out early Monday morning (local time) on … Continue reading

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Japanese train sets new world speed record, hits 603kph in test run

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Japan’s state-of-the-art maglev train has set a new world speed record in a test run near Mount Fuji, smashing through the 600 kilometre per hour mark, as Tokyo races to sell the technology abroad. The seven-car maglev train – short … Continue reading

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Grass greener NZ side of the Ditch.

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Growing economy and better work-life balance attract thousands of Australians to make their homes in NZ. Australians are admitting that New Zealand is now the place to be as its residents cross the Tasman to find a home here. The … Continue reading

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Fifteen New Zealand spots to visit in 2015

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Need some inspiration for the year ahead? Here are some brilliant things to do around the country. Check em out here

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MH370 search: New video released nine months after plane disappeared with 239 aboard

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Organisers of the search for Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have released a video of their work mapping about 200,000 square kilometres of the floor of the Indian Ocean. The search for MH370 is continuing in the southern Indian Ocean nine … Continue reading

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First homes on the Moon will be created by robotic 3D printers

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The European Space Agency may have solved the issue of getting building materials to the distant rock – using what is already there. Mankind has taken one small step closer to colonising the Moon after the European Space Agency (ESA) … Continue reading

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Migration mystery solved.

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Winds favoured Polynesian migration. Polynesians were able to sail downwind to Easter Island and New Zealand centuries ago, a new analysis of past climate has found. There were narrow windows of time between 1140 and 1260 AD where the winds … Continue reading

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Kiwis in hot demand for luxury yachts.

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Wanted: Kiwi crews for international superyachts. Must be comfortable cruising the globe, chatting respectfully with eccentric billionaires and celebrities and scrubbing toilets for weeks on end. An increasing number of young New Zealanders are trying their luck with a job … Continue reading

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Pure luxury in “One & Only Resort” – Hayman Island for $12k a night

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FOR $12,720 a night you can have a three-bedroom penthouse that accommodates six guests.  The penthouse features a presidential-size sitting room and dining area, 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, kitchenette, bar and wrap around balcony.  It also includes complimentary in-room … Continue reading

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Bay of Islands: A tourism heaven in Darwin’s Bay of Hell

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Tracing the father of evolution’s reluctant steps. Gazing across the Bay of Islands, light bouncing off the languid waters and into my wine glass, it’s but a small leap to Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, of natural selection … Continue reading

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Great voyages: Record-breaking rowing, sailing, paddle boarding and kayaking around Australia.

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Russian sailor Fedor Konyukhov finished his 16,000 kilometre solo voyage from Chile, South America, to Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on Saturday. The adventurer rowed alone for five months to reach Australia in a purpose-built rowing boat. But Konyukhov’s journey is not … Continue reading

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Message in a bottle: 10 famous floating note discoveries.

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What is believed to be the world’s oldest discovered message in a bottle has been presented to the sender’s granddaughter, 101 years after it was first tossed into the sea in Germany. People have been putting messages in bottles for … Continue reading

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Salvage operation to refloat Costa Concordia a success

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ENGINEERS have declared the Costa Concordia to be upright after a 19-hour salvage operation.    The crippled cruise ship is now completely upright after it was pulled from its side where it capsized last year off Tuscany. Shortly after 4am … Continue reading