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New Zealand Dining: Exploring Wellington through the capital's biggest food and drink festival

Locals scrambling to catch floating Cuban sandwiches as part of the Cuban Air Raid/ Image supplied

Wellington has been named on numerous travel lists as one of the stand-out cities for travel in 2015, and we have a feeling that the capital's food and drink scene has played a very big part in that. As it stands, Wellington boasts more cafes and restaurants per capita than New York, and we aren't talking about a quantity over quality thing here; Wellington has grown as a hub of creative energy, and that creativity has been channeled into crafting a very diverse, very exciting playground for discerning lovers of good food and good drink. The annual Visa Wellington on a Plate festival is a 17-day celebration of that playground, encouraging a constant evolution of the scene to the benefit of locals, visitors, and participating businesses.

Flight News: Tigerair Australia introduce new route between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour route, on sale now

Following recent growth which has allowed the budget airline to introduce international services to Bali, Tigerair Australia have now also strengthened their domestic network by adding three return services between Melbourne and Coffs Harbour. This will see over 1000 additional visitor seats through Coffs Harbour airport on a weekly basis, in addition to the current Sydney to Coffs Harbour route.

Video released which takes you inside of Banksy's Dismaland

Banksy made some pretty big headlines around the world the other week when he announced the opening of a subversive theme park dubbed Dismaland which would stand opposed to renowned playlands like Disneyland and offer up something a little bit different, something more in line with Banksy's counter-culture.

Flight Review: Tigerair - Sydney to Coolangatta (TT604)

Coolangatta airport is the main stop if you want to get up to Gold Coast or surrounds, with Byron Bay and Brisbane only a relatively short shuttle ride away. As such, this route is one of the most important and frequented in Australia with so much happening in Queensland year-round. From music festivals to special events, most Australians have made the wise move towards budget airlines, an increasingly crucial service seeing as these aforementioned events really do require your time, attention, and most of all, money. Saving our cash for a series of events in on the Gold Coast, we recently hopped on Tigerair and bring you a profile of the flight up there on their snug A320.

A Wintery Weekend in the Otway Ranges (Victoria, Australia)

When planning a weekend getaway in Victoria, it’s easy to think of Wilsons Prom, the Yarra Valley, Daylesford or The Grampians. But tucked away in the back pocket of The Great Ocean Road is the unassuming but up-and-coming little sister, sporting breathtaking views and forests for days. We were lucky enough to spend a wintery weekend in the Otway Ranges, or “the hills” according to our host Brett at Otway Escapes.

Banksy explains why he opened Dismaland; interviews Run the Jewels

In a very rare interview with The Guardian, subversive genius Banksy has taken his time to explain why he recently opened up the oddly wonderful, slightly disconcerting dystopian 'bemusement' park, Dismaland, and what it represents.

United Airlines offering $1099 return flights to LAX from Sydney in a flash sale this weekend

On the off chance you missed Virgin Australia's happy hour deal last night, which saw discounted USA flights for February 2016, United Airlines are giving you the weekend to get your hands on a discounted fare that will take you to the USA through three departure periods, for $1099 round trip* (economy booking class only).

Banksy opens Dismaland in English town; recruits Run The Jewels, Massive Attack, Pussy Riot, and more

Renowned, mysterious artist Banksy has made a bold, bizarre move and went and created his own anti-theme park - dubbed 'bemusement park' - in what he is calling Dismaland. Opening earlier this week, the large-scale project can be found in the English seaside town Weston-super-Mare and features a curiously named attractions: Water Cannon Creek, Guerilla Island, Grim Reaper Bumper Cars, and some sort of fire pit designed for book burning. If that wasn't enough, Banksy has curated a very good-looking line up of live music to help start the show with a bang.

Flight Review: Porter Airlines - Toronto City Airport to Newark, New Jersey / New York (PD147)

Getting in and out of Toronto's Pearson International Airport can be a bit of a pain. Though a new express train service installed for the Pan Am Games in June has made the process of getting in and out a slightly less tiresome affair, it remains an expensive one. Luckily, for some routes, another airport lays within literal walking distance of the centre of the city. The Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport only serves two airlines - for now - Porter Airlines and Air Canada. One of its most popular routes, flying direct to New York's Newark Airport with Porter Airlines, is what Larry Heath recently tried out:

Exclusive Tour Diary: Angus and Julia Stone (Sydney) Explore Chicago and Lollapalooza

The duo performing at Lollapalooza. Photo by Daniel Boczarski for the AU review.

While on tour for Lollapalooza, Angus and Julia Stone recorded their adventures for us with an exclusive tour diary. We follow the musical duo as they travel around Chicago and play at the iconic festival. During their visit, they explored the many film locations of The Blues Brothers and talked about how influential the film was. When they were younger, their father’s band often played Blues Brothers covers shows. After exploring, they played at Lollapalooza, where they experienced the good vibes of the crowd for themselves, until the weather changed and the crowd was evacuated to underground weather shelters. Click through for the full tour diary.

The joy of experiencing the interactive theatre phenomenon "Sleep No More" in New York for the first time.

The idea of the interactive theatre experience is nothing new. From "whodunit" dinner parties to whatever it is people get up to at those Rocky Horror screenings, there's always been a market for those of us who want to feel a part of the action. Even sitting front row at a comedy show brings out the more daring individuals. But few interactive productions have gained the level of talk and acclaim that Sleep No More has in New York City since it was unveiled in 2011. Its unique take on the classic story of Macbeth has redefined the experience as an art form into itself, and set a new bar for the genre to follow. And last month, we got to experience the much talked about show for ourselves.

We get a taste of Singapore Airlines' New Premium Economy Seats (Available on Various Routes)

Being the world's most awarded airline must come with a great deal of pressure when entering a new market. Singapore Airlines have obviously taken great care in crafting their new Premium Economy class offering to balance price with various benefits and quality, centered around an enhanced seating experience that is substantially superior (and roomier) than economy.

Toy Story Land is coming to Hollywood Studios in Orlando

In addition to Star Wars Land, which was also announced today at Disney's D23 Expo in California, Orlando's Hollywood Studios will be seeing another 11 acre expansion in the form of Toy Story Land. Unlike Star Wars Land, however, Toy Story Land has already been a tested formula among Disney Parks in Paris and Hong Kong.

Disney announce "Star Wars Land" expansions for their USA theme parks at the D23 Expo 2015 in Anaheim


It was perhaps a destiny Disney signed into action the minute they took over the iconic franchise - but it still has us very, very excited. As Universal Studios has done with the Harry Potter series' Wizarding World, Disneyland will be expanding both Walt Disney World's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland in Anaheim, California, to introduce Star Wars Land to guests.

Hotel Review: Superior Room at Mercure Gold Coast Resort (Carrara, Queensland)

View from the balcony

The Mercure Gold Coast Resort is in that perfect spot that's only a short drive away from Broadbeach (it's about $17 by taxi between the resort and Pacific Fair) but far enough to offer absolute peace and tranquility. And that's exactly what you get here; it's so peaceful and idyllic that a part of me, which was built over one very relaxing day and night, broke when it came time to check out. While waving farewell to this property (for now) was a bit painful, the stay left a lasting impression.