Thomas Bywater is a Travel Journalist and Multimedia Producer for New Zealand's Herald, specialising in New Zealand adventure travel and Antarctic tourism
I’m Thomas Bywater, Travel Writer and Digital Producer for the NZ Herald. Traversing ice fields in Patagonia and diving the Great Barrier Reef in an electric submarine - there have been a few life-changing trips since joining the NZ Herald in 2018. I graduated with a degree in English from the University of Aberdeen in 2012, which has taken me to a variety of places including a stint working as a digital editor for The Sunday Times in London. I got into travel writing in a roundabout way. After roles with a radio station in Leipzig, theatre restorations and film productions in Prague and Jaipur - it was clear, I don’t stand still for long. Since 2021, I’ve been based out of Christchurch and a bit closer to New Zealand’s Antarctic Gateway. It’s an adventurous part of the world, which I love, and an endless inspiration for stories. Its influences have fed into my podcast Detour: Antarctica, for which I interviewed the first person born on the continent and explorers who were victims of a prank involving two 500-year-old arrowheads. Adventures for your earbuds, go check it out!
Hey, you! Get onto my land! Faroese use Viking era law to cash in on tourism
How to make the most of a tourism boom - pay-to-access nature.
Beam us up! Weird New York attraction topping visitor lists
Lunch at the Rockefeller looked a bit different 90 years ago.
Festive and the furious: Air NZ's Xmas ad not for nervous flyers
'All stunts are performed by professionals.'
5 cities that use cable cars as public transport - why can’t Auckland?
The urban gondola is a transport system in the ascendant, though not in every city.
Flights to the ice: Antarctica’s largest passenger aircraft arrives
A Norwegian airline has made history, delivering a Boeing 787 with 330 seats to the ice.
Cruise passengers miss own wedding at Hobbiton after MPI calls biofoul
'You shall not pass!' Biosecurity NZ tells Australian cruise ship.
‘Betrayed’: Shocking reason Life at Sea cruise was canned, days before departure
The 'never-ending cruise' becomes the cruise that never was. Hundreds of guests affected.
Is this the city Kiwis most want to move to? Study maps world's 'dream cities'
Study offers a remarkable insight into where NZ and the rest of the world would rather be.
Mother says airline lost unaccompanied children in airport overnight
A lawsuit alleges the children went missing overnight, without food or water.
New Zealand’s top 10 'hospitable' small towns, cities and regions?
Airbnb uses AI and website revamp to help target rural listings across the country.
Baby dragon found on way to Bali in passenger's sock
It sounds like a Harry Potter novel, but authorities say dragon smuggling is real problem.
'Have baby, get an extra passport': Outrage over Aussie mum's travel 'hack'
Detractors described the guide as “privileged” and misguided.
Clear the runway! Air NZ names its next uniform designer
She has dressed royals and Prime Ministers - now, it's a makeover for a new jet set.
'Unable to breathe': Flight attendants sue over airline uniform they claim made them sick
Crew blamed uniform for a list of ailments, including rashes and problems breathing.
Passengers’ screaming match sparks plane etiquette debate
It's described as an unwritten rule of plane etiquette.
Antipodean cities: Where is the furthest you can travel from New Zealand?
Looking for the most direct way from Whangarei to Morocco? Start digging!
Sweden tourism board tired of being confused for Switzerland
Sweden argues that these similarities are superficial - just two letters deep.
‘Absolutely appalling’ - Qantas accidentally books Auckland woman’s flight home 3 days early
The travellers' break in the Aussie city took a dramatic turn for all the wrong reasons.
What's an empty plane row worth? Qantas' 'Neighbour-Free' upgrade comes to NZ
Qantas has the perfect passenger upgrade for misanthropes.