German for Float

“With its eagerness for wacky rides and a steady stream of adventure-seeking human guinea pigs, New Zealand was the obvious location” for the 2m monorail Swheeb track, writes the Financial Times’ Tarquin Cooper. “The prototype Shweeb opened in 28 in the Agroventures adrenaline park in Rotorua, alongside jet-boat rides and a vertical wind tunnel that mimics skydiving. Melbourne-born inventor Geoff Barnett, 4, says he has had enthusiastic responses from universities and businesses in 38 countries, but his next plan is to build a slower, straight-line track in the UK to show off the idea’s potential as a mode of city transport. Talks are taking place with sponsors but details of timing and location have yet to be announced. Ultimately, he dreams of building a network across London. ‘Just imagine Shweebing through the medieval streets on your way to work!’”


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Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Australian journalist Jane Nicholls and her New Zealand-born husband visited Mangonui/Doubtless Bay to “capture the simple magic of childhood holidays” for her own family. Nicholls recalls the time there in a travel feature for…