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Ask Away: Explore by rail at your own pace

In July, during the New Zealand university holidays, we would like to tour all the cantons of Switzerland, or the same in France visiting the western regions. We have no desire to be running from one venue to the next…

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Moreton Island: Depths to the dunes in a day

Olivia Fairhurst has the perfect summer’s day snorkelling and tobogganing island-style in Queensland.As the catamaran ferry glides through the ocean, a strip of land comes into view. Thirty eight kilometres of Moreton Island to be exact. Throughout the 90-minute journey…

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Qantas to offer direct service to Uluru from Darwin

Shaving hours off journey times for inbound Asian and European travellers, Qantas’ new twice-weekly 737-800 year-round service between Darwin International Airport and Uluru commenced today.The new service links the Northern Territory’s capital with its, and perhaps Australia’s, most iconic attraction…

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Stewart Island: For the raw rugged up

A three-day school holiday family trek on Stewart Island is the way to go for Ben Taylor.As usual, the school holidays arrive too quickly. Many families pack their togs and head north to warmer climes. However, we parsimonious contrarians pack…

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Flying from Auckland to Rēkohu with Air Chathams

Elisabeth Easther flies aboard Air Chathams flight 3C591 from Auckland to Rēkohu, Chatham Island.The Plane: A Convair 580, the fastest multi-engine turbo-prop aircraft operating in Aotearoa.Duration: Two hours, 15 minutes,Crew: Captain Kevin, First Officer Charlotte and Purser RaeClass: Egalitarian, just…

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Staying at Tropica Island Resort, Fiji

Tracey Bond checks into Tropica Island Resort, Fiji.Location: Malolo Island, Fiji.Check-in: We were met off the speedboat by singing staff members, and a welcome drink. Check-in was in the room and took five minutes.In the neighbourhood: This adults-only resort features…

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Mantra Epping prepares to debut in May

Mantra Epping, a new-build $80 million hotel development in Melbourne’s booming north, is on track to open in May.Designed by architects Peddle Thorp and Bruce Henderson Interiors, the two-wing 214-room hotel will feature a selection of light-filled, contemporary hotel rooms,…

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