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  • Eventful outlook - NZ's booming convention business
    On the floor of a conference about conferences, there's excitement mixed with a measure of frustration.The annual MEETINGS gathering in Auckland in June offered a "speed dating" opportunity for the record number of exhibitors and...
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Visa move baits hook for top acts
    Kiwi music lovers could be in for more big name international acts under new visa laws due to come into force in November, a tourism body says.The Tourism Industry Association says the new visa rules for top performers and their...
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 07:01:37 +1200

  • Tourism chief no stranger to firing line
    Chris Roberts is no stranger to being in the firing line.In 2005 he was Transpower's spokesman when opposition to plans to build pylons through Waikato sparked outrage and resulted in an effigy of his boss being burned outside a...
    Wed, 30 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Chain strung across Hole in Rock
    A chain stretched across an entrance to the Hole in the Rock scenic marine attraction in the Bay of Islands has been removed after being deemed a navigational hazard.The Fullers launch tour company reported the presence of the chain...
    Sat, 26 Jul 2014 14:52:55 +1200

Destination New Zealand
  • Room check: Heritage Auckland
    Getting there? It's a five-minute walk from my desk at the Herald. We were there for a midweek citybreak, taking the chance to see the highly anticipated Nick Cave film 20,000 Days on Earth in the New Zealand Film Festival. Great...
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Dannevirke
    Where is it? In the Manawatu-Whanganui region, 193km from Wellington or 45 minutes' drive from Palmerston North. Origin of name: The town was settled by Scandinavians in 1872. Dannevirke is Danish for "Danes' Work" or "D
    Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • The best of New Zealand - readers' picks
    Whitianga and Cathedral Cove "It's awesome! Weather's always good, heaps to do, clear water beaches, Cathedral Cove, Cooks Beach, great fishing, neat people and a couple of decent pubs! The Kiwi Experience bus also pulls up on a...
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Wellington: Magic of museums
    In Wellington, on a bad day, you can't beat being indoors. Thankfully, there is much to distract visitors from the weather. And although the big hitters like Te Papa
    Mon, 28 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Eric Watson: Redefine holidays and holy days
    On an Air New Zealand flight recently, a trivia question caught my eye. "Name the New Zealand public holidays on which shops must close for at least part of the day?"Answer: Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Anzac Day and Christmas.I...
    Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Wellington: Capital's food festival a culinary treat
    No doubt Aucklanders flinch when New Zealand's political capital calls itself our culinary capital. But having lived in both cities for long stretches, I can say we are seriously spoiled for choice, range and quality down in Welly,...
    Sun, 27 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Horsing around in Muriwai
    To me, Muriwai has always meant hot black sand-dunes, a playground near the beach with a very steep hill for the kids to slide down, waving to my husband far out in the surf and watching fishermen braving the elements on the rocks...
    Sat, 26 Jul 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Auckland and Waikato: Five of the best hot pools
    1. Parakai Springs or Palm Springs Thermal Pool 155 Parkhurst Road, Parakai Only 40 minutes from the city are the geothermal wonders of Parakai, with two pools to choose fr
    Sat, 26 Jul 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • Room check: Wharekauhau Country Estate, Wairarapa
    Check-in experience? Met in a relaxed, cordial manner by manager Richard Rooney, asked if we wanted afternoon tea, luggage swept off to the room, then invited to explore the estate. Room? An entire cottage actually. I st
    Fri, 25 Jul 2014 15:00:00 +1200

Business travel
  • Andy Jack: Beating the layover blues
    The dreaded airport layover is proving to be an interesting playground for business and leisure travellers in transit. Many international airports are undergoing major renovations and expansions to cater for passengers who have a...
    Fri, 04 Jul 2014 07:00:00 +1200

NZI Business National Confrence Discussed
The prospect of a new government backed national convention centre is likely to be the key…
Tue, Jun 22 2010 07:30:00 +1200