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Auckland aces quality of life

AUCKLAND'S BEST: But NZ cities overall had a high quality of living, Mercer said.

Auckland's quality of life again rates among world's best, but Wellington lags a little.

US air traffic control system a hacking risk

Virgin Australia generic plane shot

A new report shows that America's system for guiding aircraft is at "increased and unnecessary risk" of being hacked.

NZ hotel prices rise

LUXURY ITEM: Hotel room rates are on the rise, bookings data confirms.

The price Kiwis are having to pay for a night away is being driven up by the strong economy and an influx of foreign tourists.

Mix up sends passenger to wrong country

ALMOST THERE: Emmanuel Akomanyi was attempting to travel to Guyana, but ended up in Goiania - almost 3,000km away.

A Ghanaian man has taken a 3000-kilometre detour after getting a ticket for the wrong plane in South America.

Chile's Villarica volcano rumbling video

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Chile has issued an alert over increased activity at Villarica volcano.

A boomer weekend for Auckland

DRAWCARD: The Lantern Festival in Albert Park drew record crowds this year.

Cricket, lanterns and yachts combined to make Auckland’s biggest weekend ever, city officials say.

Tourism still thrives in Malaysia

Tourists walk on Chenang Beach in Malaysia's resort island of Langkawi.

Two airplane catastrophes put Malaysia on the map in a bad way But they didn't hurt the country's tourism.

Qantas bans man over walkout

BANNED OVER WALKOUT: Qantas banned a passenger who asked to be removed from a flight because an asylum seeker was on board.

He had a problem with another passenger and left the flight, now he's been banned by Qantas.

Disney ride reopens after fire

NAHEIM, CA - AUGUST 31: In this handout image provided by Disney Parks, actress Alison Sweeney and her children Benjamin, 7, and Megan, 3, pose with Mickey Mouse outside Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland park August 31, 2012 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disney Parks via Getty Images)

A Disneyland attraction has reopened after a small fire nearby was quickly put out.

Angry passengers protest at flight delays

Iran's airline passengers are mad and aren't taking it anymore

Enraged at unremitting flight delays, frustrated airline passengers in Iran have adopted a novel form of protest.

Thailand's 'creepy' tourism ad video

CREEPY OR CUTE?: Tourism Thailand's latest ad campaign has been branded "creepy" and "stalkerish" by some.

A marketing campaign intended to promote Thailand has instead been called a "stalker video".

New plane tracking to be tested

A submission from former MPs to keep their taxpayer-funded travel entitlements has been removed from the Parliamentary website.

Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia will lead a trial of an enhanced method of tracking aircraft.

Venezuela 'gringo' clampdown

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a rally to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the social uprising known as 'Caracazo'.

Nation to limit the activities of US diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas for the beach.

New airline 'totally different'

Former Kiwi Air founder Ewan Wilson hope to set up a new airline in the first quarter of 2016.

New regional airline will learn from past failure and will not compete against Air NZ, says founder.

Kiwi set to fly - yet again

Kiwi Regional Airlines has announced the routes it will fly. Pictured:  Chief executive Ewan Wilson

NZ's newest airline announces direct routes from regional centres to Auckland, Queenstown and Hamilton.

How to find the cheapest day to fly

BUDGET TRAVEL: Some swear by Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but are there universal rules to getting a cheap overseas flight?

Some swear by Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the best way to find a cheap day to fly is to use a site you've probably never heard of.

SeaWorld stops dolphin-feeding attraction

MAKING FRIENDS: Singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow makes a new friend in Steime, a 22-year-old bottlenose dolphin, at SeaWorld San Diego, in a file photo.

SeaWorld Orlando has ended a popular attraction that allows visitors to hand-feed its dolphins.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Kiwis are packing their bags and seeing the world more often than they did before.

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago

Southwest grounds 128 planes

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Southwest Airlines has grounded 128 planes after failing to inspect backup hydraulic systems.

Boeing unloads 'terrible teen' Dreamliners gallery

The first airliner to be made of carbon fibre, not aluminium, the Dreamliner promises more fuel efficiency – a saving of 20 per cent - which is the big selling point for airlines. It also offers 20 per cent less carbon dioxide emissions than comparable aircraft.

Boeing has lined up buyers for 10 of the early, overweight 787 Dreamliners.

Air NZ promises cheaper fares video

SAFE LANDING: An Air New Zealand plane was struck by lightning as it approached Dunedin Airport.

More seats on flights will bring down the price of flying, Air NZ says.

Fly for a month in Asia for $213

SEE ASIA ON A BUDGET: AirAsia's ASEAN pass opens up southeast Asian travel across 140 of their routes for a mere $213.

AirAsia finally launch their ASEAN pass, opening up south-east Asian travel across 140 of their routes for $213.

Emirates resumes flights to Baghdad

An Emirates A380 comes in for a landing.

Emirates plans to resume flights to Baghdad after halting them when an incoming passenger plane came under fire.

Is this the new must-have for travellers?

Drones may send you insane or inside.

The "wand of narcissism" aka the selfie stick is no longer the must-have item for travellers.

Happiest, most expensive place on Earth

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It may be the happiest place on Earth, but the iconic theme park Disneyland is also on track to becoming the most expensive.

Cruise lines expect 1m more passengers

Tight squeeze: Cruise ships Radiance of the Sea, left, and Sun Princess take up all the space at CentrePort in Wellington.

Almost a million more people worldwide are expected to take cruises this year compare to last year.

Cap on fees to change flights called for

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Calls are being made for US airlines to cap change fees at $125.

Coroner: Pilot died from aircraft's toxic fumes

A pilot gives the thumbs up sign from the cabin of Qatar Airways' first Airbus A350 passenger aircraft.

NZ's aviation authority will consider the implications of coroner's report blaming a pilot's death on toxic fumes in aircraft cabins.

N.Korea tightens travel restrictions

Passengers wait for their luggage upon arrival at the Sunan International Airport in Pyongyang, North Korea.

North Korean authorities have banned foreigners from one of the year’s most popular tourist events.

World Cup visitors stumped over visas

School pupils added much of the crowd colour at yesterday’s Zimbabwe-United Arab Emirates World Cup clash at Saxton Oval. Nelson College students got into the
Zimbabwe spirit for the cameras.

A streamlined visa arrangement for the Cricket World Cup has seen 35 people stopped from entering New Zealand.

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