Airport tracks passengers via mobile phone

mobile phone

Helsinki's airport will be the first to track passengers via their phones. Breakthrough or privacy issue?

How to travel with children

Travel with kids

A bit of planning can take the stress and tears out of travelling with children.

Authentic? Tourists, you're kidding yourselves


You might think you 'know' a country when visiting, but you're really inside a 'travel bubble'.

Air New Zealand NZ9 has finally landed

Air NZ

Grumpy and tired but happy to be home, the passengers of Air New Zealand flight NZ9 have landed. | Staff told to lift game

Rats on the rampage at the Louvre


So bold they romp on the grass in daylight, defying death threats from workers and scaring tourists.

Avoiding plane crashes as air traffic doubles

planes airport

More travellers are flying than ever before, creating a daunting challenge for airlines.

Air NZ staff told to lift their game

Christopher Luxon

Head of Air NZ tells staff the airline must not repeat the mistakes of the last three days.

Jetstar apologises for onboard drug warning


Jetstar apologises after crew member advised passengers to dump their drugs before landing.

Wanderlust: Putting playfulness in balance

Wanderlust Festival

A buff man in underpants performs yoga. A striking woman plays violin and another walks a tightrope.

MH17 'exposed a gap' in safety


The aviation industry has admitted that the MH17 tragedy 'exposed gap' in safety procedures.

17 majestic mountains to take your breath away

Mount Kirkjufell, Iceland

There's so much beauty in the world, if you just look up - unless you're a city-dweller.

A journey through India with a chauffeur


A raconteur chauffeur is by far the best companion to have on the road.

Island's beach bars, restaurants evicted

Phuket bar

Scores of Phuket's beach restaurants and clubs disappear under new rules from military junta.

$1000 apology from Air NZ for Hawaii stranding

Air NZ

Air NZ tries to sweeten raw deal for passengers stranded three days in Hawaii after plane problems.

Passengers rage as child defecates in plane seat

Delta Airlines

Passengers rage as a family allowed their child to defecate on his seat during a flight from Beijing to Detroit.

New four-star hotel for Christchurch

Ramada hotel Chch

The $12.5m central city Ramada will boost post-quake accommodation with 44 extra apartments.

'Captain Happy' rants at air-traffic controller

Delta Airlines

A snippy exchange between an angry pilot and an air traffic recorder has found its way online.

Hilton hotels replace room keys with smartphones

Hilton hotels

Want to choose your hotel room? Check in? Or unlock your room door?

Beware that hotel wi-fi connection

Hotel wifi

There's a new scam thieves are using to target travellers in their own hotel rooms.

Palace fit for a prince

rundale palace

How do you go about wooing a young, handsome man if you're Catherine the Great?

From here to infinity

Point Yamu by Como

A new luxury resort in Phuket departs from tradition.

Airbnb targets the business traveller


Airbnb has announced its official move into business travel with a new portal.

How to plan an Island wedding

Beach Wedding - Strap

Planning an Island wedding can actually be easier than planning a wedding in NZ.

The best day walk in New Zealand


This extraordinary, breathtaking hike is in our backyard - and you can do it in a day.

A pilgrim's travels - in Wellington

Kaushiki Roy has travelled far, but a walk up Mt Victoria is its own kind of pilgrimage.

Why flying isn't child's play

Kids on planes

Flying with children is not fun. Not for kids, parents or other passengers. But it could be easier.

Airbus tour stops by NZ

Airbus A350

Airbus' newest aircraft, the A350-900, will visit Auckland next month as part of a round-the-world test flight.

Qantas to keep flying over Iraq


Qantas has no plans to stop flying over Iraqi airspace on its Dubai-London flights

Air travel has become a flight of faith

737 cabin

There is a lot passengers can't control, but these tips that can help you feel safer in the air.

'Spider-Man' slugs officer in Times Square

Spider man

'Spider-Man' was arrested after punching a cop who told him to stop harassing tourists in Times Square.

SWAT team storms passenger plane

Swat strap

If you make a bomb threat on a plane this is the kind of weapon-heavy reaction you should expect.

15 jaw-dropping waterfalls

Blackwater Falls

There's something oddly mesmerising about watching water plunge off the top of a waterfall.

Te Aroha offers Waikato nearby escape

Te Aroha

Te Aroha - probably not the first name that comes to mind when Waikato residents want a weekend away.

Video: Photobombed by Mother Nature

Struck by lightning

This lovestruck couple in Mexico were almost struck by something else.

Night in Hawaii after NZ flight aborted

Air NZ

Passengers on flight NZ9 had an extra night in Hawaii after their plane aborted its take-off last night.

Hotels: How to check for bedbugs

Bedbugs strap

Detecting them before they attack requires quite a methodical approach.

Ukraine: Safe to travel?

ukraine strap

Pro-Russia rebels. A downed passenger airplane. A ruthless leader. The list reads like a spy novel.

The French connection

Akaroa Harbour

It could have all turned out so differently. New Zealand could have been Nouvelle-Zelande.

20 reasons to visit the Blue Mountains

blue mountains

Wowing visitors for millions of years, the Three Sisters have long been guaranteed crowd-pleasers.

Don't let your passport expire


JOHN ANTHONY - Sunday Star Times

If your passport is quietly expiring in the back of the sock drawer, here's some advice for you.

Aitutaki tries to revive lost heritage

cook strap

On Aitutaki, a small group of locals is fighting to reclaim their pre-Christian heritage.

Trampling on the wonder of travel

Taormina sicily

Just because it's easier than ever to see the world doesn't mean we should lose respect for travel.

Flight test: Auckland to Perth

Air NZ

Friendly, approachable and prompt, as per Air New Zealand standard.

How to pick travel insurance

Tropical island paradise

If you're baffled by which travel insurance to buy, here are some handy tips.

Expat tales: Running an eco-lodge


Running an eco lodge in the Andes is a great family lifestyle.

Review: Melbourne's Crown Metropol

metropol strap

Enjoying the style and the atmosphere, high above Melbourne's Friday traffic.

A secret island paradise


A stay on a tiny coral cay with horse-drawn taxis tops off a Bali family holiday.

Cooking in the 'real Italy'

Cooking in Italy

In Italian cooking everything must be made from scratch, and everything must be authentic

Top 5 tips for travelling with kids

Family, travel, Islands

Travelling with kids doesn't have to be a nightmare. Check out our top tips.

Plane brings runway to a halt

Kiwi Sparky

Sparky the one-legged kiwi wasn't the only flightless passenger yesterday when a broken-down plane on the runway thwarted flights in and out of New Plymouth.
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