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Beating the bugs brought by tourists

Tourists naive about biosecurity risks try to bring in food and other banned items.

While we welcome foreign tourists, we'd much rather they arrived minus bugs, banned food, or other nasties.

Why are airports such miserable places?

It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

OPINION: It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

Do booking sites still make sense?

Hotels and airlines are fighting back, matching and even beating the deals that the metasearch engines offer via various ...

Metasearch sites have shaken up the travel industry, but hotels and airlines are fighting back.

Small steps from greatness

Anakiwa, at the start, or end, of the Queen Charlotte Track, depending on what way you go.

Spectacular vistas? Check. Easy tramping? Check. Marlborough Sounds tramp ticks all the Great Walk boxes.

Big bed upgrade in business

Passengers in adjoining business-class seats can create their own double bed by removing privacy panels.

Qatar Airways makes a big, comfy, world-first play for premium customers.

Airport goes on a bear hunt

Glasgow Airport is introducing a "take care of my bear" tag to be given out to youngsters travelling with a soft toy.

Glasgow Airport's lost property bins are overflowing with soft toys, so it's taken a leaf out of Paddington's book.

Planes to take a different route

Ten more aircraft a day will be permitted to use the Green X23A Smart Approach flight path to Auckland Airport.

In an effort to conserve fuel, more aircraft flying into Auckland will use a flight path that is normally limited to 10 planes a day.

Aussie 'fuel mule' to the rescue

A "fuel mule" Qantas 747 refuels a Jetstar A320 in the dead of night at Auckland Airport.

Qantas flies in veteran 747 and an A330 to help refuel stricken jets at Auckland Airport.

Bye bye, Boeing 747 video

The grand old bird of the sky, the Boeing 747 is being retired.

It's farewell to the queen of the sky - after nearly 50 years in the air, the iconic 747 is being retired.

Four letters no traveller wants to see

These four letters mean you have been selected for Secondary Security Screening.

If "SSSS" appears on your boarding card, be prepared for extra attention from security.

Airports need to stress you out

Believe it or not, airports are trying to help you get to your destination on time.

OPINION: Airports wouldn't function properly if they didn't make your journey a little more stressful.

Turning rubbish into jet fuel

The planned plant will produce enough fuel to power British Airways' 787 Dreamliner.

British Airways says burning nappies and chocolate bar wrappers will power its 787 Dreamliners.

Quiz: Codes used on planes

Pilots and air crew use a host of codes and phrases for flying.

Pilots and air crew use a host of codes and phrases for flying. How many can you get right?

13 myths about air crew

It's all glamour working for an airline...right?

It's all parties and free flights and they're just glorified waitresses. Yeah, about that...

The end of bumpy flights?

This is what a plane looks like after severe turbulence hits during dinnertime.

New technology could mean a big reduction to one of the main causes for the fear of flying - turbulence.

Fuel rationed until next Thursday video

Short-haul aircraft are carrying extra fuel to ensure they can complete their return journeys.

There's good and bad news for airline passengers wondering if they can fly out of Auckland.

Helping during jet fuel crisis

Air NZ staff in Melbourne contact customers.

Air NZ crew chip in as more flights cancelled due to Auckland Airport's fuel disruption.

Pilot shortage or pilotless planes?

Test pilot Paul Newton sits at the controls in the cockpit of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Finding enough pilots and crew members to meet future demands will be hard, but are people ready to fly on pilotless planes?

$35m tourism infrastructure wish list

Westland District is hoping to get Government funding for car parking at the Hokitika Gorge which is expected to attract ...

The first round of grants from the Government's $100m tourism infrastructure fund attracted 43 applications for visitor facilities.

Special tactics to save on fuel

All airlines flying into and out of Auckland Airport have been affected by the jet fuel crisis.

Jet passengers can expect longer waits on the tarmac as part of measures to eke out fuel.

Government staff grounded

International flights are being rerouted to other airports in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Government employees are being asked not to take non-essential air travel as the Auckland fuel crisis threatens to deepen.

From Queenstown to Pyongyang

Downtown Qt manager and former Queenstown journalist Steve Wilde made a documentary Inside North Korea.

"The oddest place I have been to and I've been to all sorts of weird places."

The biggest mistake travellers make

You see something then you move on. That's a commonly accepted method for travelling the world.

OPINION: Seen the castle? Tick. The museum? Tick. The gallery? Tick. Holidaying is more than ticking off a list.

Ryanair's $40m pilot holiday fiasco video

As a short-term fix, Ryanair will offer a fare sale and payments to pilots who are willing to waive holiday days.

Mass cancellations over holiday schedules set to leave about 400,000 passengers in the lurch.

'Aloha' to more NZ flights

Hawaiian Airlines has transported more than 260,000 passengers on the Auckland-Honolulu route since 2013.

Hawaiian Airlines is stepping up its Auckland to Honolulu service.

Annoying hotel design flaws

You never know what you'll find in a hotel room - and some designs are definitely better than others.

Thin walls, a bathtub next to the bed, two-way mirrors - the list goes on and on.

Fiji flight forced back

Flight FJ430 departed Auckland at 7am and was scheduled to arrive in Fiji at 10.05, but was forced to circle back.

Fight from Auckland to Fiji forced to return due to "mechanical issue with aircraft air valve".

Bucking holiday hotspots

People will still want to visit landmark spots, but they may find that they are paying much more.

Alternate holiday destinations are becoming more affordable to travellers.

Kaikōura and the pyramids

Kaikōura is known as a whale-watching destination.

Labour is backing plans to give the area the same international status as the pyramids. National: not so much.

Explore White Island from home video

Hike Luke Lamont on Whakaari/White Island with the Google Street View Trekker.

The active volcano is one of multiple Whakatāne attractions to get the Google Street View treatment.

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