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Shandelle Battersby

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shandelle.battersby@nzherald.co.nz

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  • 25 Jun, 2017 1:00pm
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Pleasure abounds at this Vanua Levu eco-resort, writes Shandelle Battersby.
  • 12 May, 2017 11:00am
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Shandelle Battersby checks into a family-friendly spot with great pool and spa facilities.
  • 12 Sep, 2016 9:00am
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Morito Hackney Rd is the third restaurant from chef owners Sam and Sam Clark, who already run two very successful venues in Exmouth, Moro and Morito.
  • 3 Jun, 2016 3:00pm
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You can see more than 30 winning entries at the World of Wearable Art and Classic Cars Museum on the outskirts of Nelson's CBD for $24 (adult).
  • 4 May, 2016 7:00am
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With three keen foodies along for the ride it's not surprising that much of our girls' week exploring Fiji revolved around eating and drinking.
  • 21 Apr, 2016 3:00pm
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I'd only been snorkelling in Rarotonga's Muri Beach lagoon for a few minutes when something whacked my foot with so much force it felt like an electric shock.

Shandelle Battersby: Suck it up and shell out

  • 6 Apr, 2016 9:00am
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COMMENT: As user-pays creeps into airline travel, so too does user-didn't-pay, and this can make for a slightly awkward journey from both sides of the plane ticket.
  • 3 Apr, 2016 1:45pm
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Actively relaxing takes on a new meaning in Fiji, discovers Shandelle Battersby.
  • 31 Mar, 2016 4:00pm
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Following the relaxing of travel and trade relations with the United States, the accommodation game is starting to heat up in Cuba.
  • 24 Jan, 2017 7:39am
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QT is expanding into New Zealand, bringing its quirky, hip accommodation first to Wellington, then Queenstown.
  • 18 Mar, 2016 11:00am
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A comfy and spacious room on the sixth floor of seven, with a balcony offering views of the central third floor courtyard, lakefront and Remarkables mountain range still sporting a dusting of snow.
  • 11 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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Just like Auckland in 2011, as we swung into Rugby World Cup mode, Brisbane has undergone a rejuvenation and had an injection of coolness
  • 10 Mar, 2016 1:00pm
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One of my best mates is a total pro when it comes to finding memorable, well-priced accommodation anywhere in the world, from New York to Invercargill.
  • 8 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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As far as breakfast spots go, it would be hard to beat our beachfront campsite at Matata, just north of Whakatane, with its views of crashing surf and picturesque Whale Island.

Sleeping with the fishes

  • 6 Mar, 2016 7:48am
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Sharing a tiny slice of the Great Barrier Reef with just a few others overnight is a special experience, writes Shandelle Battersby.
  • 4 Mar, 2016 9:00am
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I wondered if deciding to cycle over San Fran's Golden Gate Bridge on one of the busiest public holidays of the year was up there with the time I visited Disneyland on Independence Day.

Room check: Baby Melon Villa

  • 22 Feb, 2016 3:00pm
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Kuta Beach would be the main nearby attraction, but there are famous nightlife spots, such as Cocoon, Potato Head and Ku De Ta, a short cab ride away.
  • 15 Feb, 2016 5:00am
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When Walt Disney created his famous park in California in the 1950s, he was smart enough to do it within driving distance of the heaving metropolis of Los Angeles.
  • 17 Dec, 2015 3:00pm
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Shandelle Battersby finds herself floating on Cloud 9 - literally - in Fiji's Mamanucas.
  • 1 Dec, 2015 6:00am
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Our annual survey shows how much Kiwis love getting away - especially to the beach, writes Shandelle Battersby.
  • 1 Oct, 2015 12:00pm
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Shandelle Battersby slathers herself in thermal gloop and waits for the magic to happen.