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Tourism & leisure industries
  • They're filthy rich and on their way here
    New Zealand is increasingly becoming the No 1 travel destination for the rich and the famous.Luxury travel organisation Virtuoso this month released its figures for 2013 travel bookings, totalling more than $32 billion in client...
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +1200

  • High tech splash for new breed of cruise ships
    Hot competition to make the biggest splash in the cruise industry has taken another step with the unveiling of details of what's being billed as the world's smartest ship that features a bionic bartender.The 167,800 tonne...
    Wed, 27 Aug 2014 07:11:57 +1200

    
Destination New Zealand
  • Auckland: A tank full of surprises
    To be honest, I wasn't expecting to be bitten at the Kelly Tarlton Shark Dive Xtreme, so it came as a big surprise.As 2.4m-long sand tiger sharks circled overhead, I noticed a swift movement by my ankle. I looked down, and there...
    Sun, 31 Aug 2014 09:30:00 +1200

  • Auckland: Action stations
    Suburban playgrounds and bush tracks can get busy on the weekends. Instead, try some of the sporting options in and around the CBD. There's everything from climbing trees and jogging behind sound walls, to free games of tennis and...
    Sat, 30 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +1200

  • Kia ora: Pauanui
    Where is it? On the east coast of Coromandel Peninsula, 151km from Auckland, 136km northeast of Hamilton or a short ferry ride from Tairua. Origin of name: Wikipedia says it is Maori for "place with heavy rains", but loc
    Fri, 29 Aug 2014 12:00:00 +1200

  • Caving in to Waitomo's bright lights
    "This rock fell during an earthquake," announces Uncle Trev, our guide as he pointed to a block of limestone 4m long by 2m wide and half a metre deep, weighing at least 10 tonnes.I looked around the edges for signs of former life...
    Wed, 27 Aug 2014 14:00:00 +1200

  • Fiordland: Awed by water, ice and stone
    If I'd known the captain was going to run our 103m-long ship right under the beautiful Stirling Falls, I wouldn't have bothered having a wash that morning.For the occasion they allowed us on to the usually sacrosanct foredeck of...
    Tue, 26 Aug 2014 15:00:00 +1200

  • Lucky Kiwis get more time off than most
    As we tough out our longest stretch without a public holiday, here's the good news — Kiwis are among the luckiest in the world for annual leave and beat America hands down.What's more, we're heading to the US in increasing...
    Sun, 24 Aug 2014 05:00:00 +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