Travel Archive

Down the rabbit hole: A Kiwi goes to North Korea

Mark Thomas discovers that 'reality' in North Korea means theme park-style monuments, hopelessly pot-holed roads, and much bowing to Eternal Leaders.

Coconuts, curries and multiple courses: Living large in Sri Lanka

A whistle-stop tour of southern Sri Lanka is a culinary overload of colour and fragrance – but ordering a beer can be, er, weird.

I choose freedom: on being a young woman who travels alone

What does it mean to step out into the world on your own as a young woman?

Ancient wine, cheesy bread and getting rat-arsed in Georgia

Georgia has beautiful scenery, a fascinating wine scene and the world’s nicest taxi drivers. What’s not to like?

No vowels, big flavours: WTF is Kyrgyz cuisine?

Spoiler alert: it's hearty, it's humbling and it involves horse.

Shock confession: I love plane food

Think aeroplane food is bleak, cliched and kind of awful? You're wrong, and here's why. 

After five weeks in Ireland, I’ve finally learned to love Guinness

Developing a taste for the black stuff isn't the only change brought about by Sophie's stint at Ballymaloe Cookery School. She feels calm and refreshed, and, believe it or not, has even started running.

Uzbekistan: home to the world’s best kebabs and most terrifying vodka

It's certainly off the beaten track, but those who venture to this sparsely populated central Asian nation won't regret it — just watch out for that vodka.

How to butcher a pig on an Irish hangover

Week four is all about forging new friendships at the local pub, hatching feathered friends, and the joys of natural wine.

Don’t believe the rumours, Irish food is delicious

Week two at Ballymaloe Cookery School saw Sophie and Camille inspired by another Irish domestic goddess as they continued to cook (and eat) up a storm.

Everywhere and nowhere: Airbnb and the future of travel

How Airbnb the future of travel and the places we call home.

Punjab is basically the Taranaki of India 

Two Kiwi dairy devotees feel right at home in the northern Indian state that's mad for milk products.

Boiling point: Feeling the burn in the home of hotpot

A lily-livered foreigner braves the fiery cauldron that is Chóngqìng's specialty.

No mean peat: A refined trip through the birthplace of great whisky

Featuring hints of marshmallow, Prince Charles, booze-soaked shoes and being bullied by a large Scottish man named Paul.

Bāozi, báijiǔ and barbecue: Culinary adventures in China

The angst of a Wellington winter melts away amid the tongue-tingling tastes of the Middle Kingdom.

Spaghetti bolognese doesn’t exist: A love letter to Bologna

A quest for pasta perfection takes one carb enthusiast from Mt Eden, Auckland, to Bologna, Italy.

Sightsee darling: How to travel like Joanna Lumley

Patsy Stone visiting two of the most beautiful places in the world? Sold! Tara Ward watches Joanna Lumley's TWO travel series which you can watch on Lightbox right now.

We need to talk about voluntourism

Volun-tourism - volunteering while abroad - would seem to be a way of making your OE that little less self-indulgent, leaving the communities you visit better than you found them. But what is intended as an act of charity can leave long-term damage, writes Hannah Reid. 

The Kiwi duo championing high-end carry-on luggage

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Jimmy Hayes, co-founder of innovative carry-on luggage company Minaal.

Ship happens: Cruising on the Interislander

Spinoff Parents editor Emily Writes took her family to Nelson care of the Interislander Kaitaki. She writes about what it's really like for families on board.

RANKED: Gold Coast Family Theme Park Shows

Chris Ingam took his kids to the Gold Coast and reviewed and ranked every single theme park show so you don't have to.

A champion is crowned: Air New Zealand vs United Airlines

Madeleine Chapman flew to Los Angeles on United Airlines and flew back on Air New Zealand. One was better.

A weekend in Egypt, five years after the eruptions of the Arab Spring

Albert West goes sightseeing in Cairo, where the wonders of antiquity and the fragility of the modern world stand side by side. Omar led through an arcade of small shops to …

On the growing black market for domestic air travel – and why airlines should take it over

A black market has emerged for on-selling tickets, but instead of suffocating the idea, the airlines should be running it themselves, writes one Wellington student.