Author: Felton Staff Writer

Flying from Los Angeles, California to Denver, Colorado aboard Delta

Stephanie Holmes flies Delta 2691 Los Angeles, California to Denver, Colorado. The plane: Delta Airlines Airbus 319. Class: Economy. Advertisement My seat: 25B, the most-hated middle seat. But I got to move to the aisle seat thanks to the couple travelling together in my row, who were happy to swap so they could sit together. Seats were pretty comfortable, with […]

Forget Queenstown, Mt Hutt could be New Zealand‘s best kept secret

Forget Queenstown, Mt Hutt could be New Zealand‘s best kept secret

Writing for u, Aussie traveller Nick Whigham discovers one of our best ski fields – and the cheap beers nearby. As you make your way up the long and winding road towards New Zealand‘s Mt Hutt ski field, two things quickly become apparent: the lack of guard rails on much of the road and the steepness of the mountain face […]

Marlborough: Sounds engaging

A Marlborough break includes historic heroes and a unique mail service, writes Shandelle Battersby. It‘s easy to become completely immersed in the dozens of heroic stories told through lifelike dioramas at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre‘s Dangerous Skies World War II exhibition. But the tale of ace Soviet fighter pilot Lydia Litvyak lingered long after we‘d stepped back outside into Blenheim‘s […]

Flying from Dunedin to Auckland with Jetstar

Flying from Dunedin to Auckland with Jetstar

Eli Orzessek flies with Jetstar from Dunedin to Auckland on JQ284. The plane: An older Airbus A320. Class: Economy — that‘s all there is. Advertisement Price: My return ticket was around $250 for a Starter Plus fare. On time? We left on time and arrived on time at 5.50pm. Flight time: One hour 45 minutes. My seat: 2F, a window […]

Huka Lodge: When only the best will do

Huka Lodge embodies the effortless perfection expected by its well-heeled clientele, writes Winston Aldworth. ‘ Today, everything is perfect at Huka Lodge. Guests relax, dine, fish or merely wander in five-star luxury. It wasn‘t always this way. When wandering angler Allan Pye first established the lodge on the banks of the Waikato River in the 1920s, guests slept under canvas […]

Ask Away: Health tips for travelling

Eli Orzessek finds the answers to your travel questions. I‘ve received many great responses from readers to Lois‘ question last week about preventing illness — particularly the respiratory kind — while travelling [Ask Away, Travel, July 17]. I always appreciate your tricks and tips, so please keep sending them in. For this week‘s column, I‘ve put together a selection of […]

Pacific Jewel: Out for a laugh

A getaway cruise has food, drink, wall-to-wall comedians and has you back in time for work on Monday, writes Sadie Beckman. Cruising is basically getting in a floating hotel full of affluent geriatrics and attempting to eat your own bodyweight from a buffet while watching a cheesy lounge singer, right? Wrong actually — as my partner and I recently found […]