Biggest cultural celebrations

Carnival in Brazil is a multi-day celebration that engulfs cities in a riot of dancing and drinking

When it comes to the world's major events, to its biggest celebrations, it's all about location in 2017.

Seoul searching

A trip to the border between North and South Korea is highly recommended.

Tim Clauson moved to Seoul and loves life in a city that's buzzing 24/7.

Weekend walk: Kaikoura Coast

Leave plenty of time for admiring the spectacular views on the Kaikoura Coast Track.

Dolphins, seals and spectacular coastal views are highlights on this two-day walk.

Ten days in Italy

The chairlift ride up to the top of Mt Solaro, on the Isle of Capri

A10 day jaunt is like a tasting platter, providing a delicious sample of some of the country's highlights.

World's most powerful passport video

New Zealanders have it pretty good, sitting at fifth equal strongest passport in the world.

Got a NZ passport? You are officially more important than anyone from Australia.

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World's most powerful passport video

New Zealanders have it pretty good, sitting at fifth equal strongest passport in the world.

Got a NZ passport? You are officially more important than anyone from Australia.

And the world's best beach is…

For a country ripe with amazing seaside scenes, we are far too eager to be told our beaches are the best.

For a country ripe with amazing seaside scenes, we are far too eager to be told our beaches are the best.

Blogger's Dunedin take takes off video

Liz Carlson at Olveston in Dunedin.

International travel blogger Liz Carlson has discovered the "hidden gem" of Dunedin.

Scariest airports to land at video

Lukla Airport in Nepal sees more than 50 flights a day.

Nervous flyers beware! These places can turn the stomach of the most hardened of air travellers.

Readers' best travel photos gallery

This train took us through the stunning mountainous interior of Sri Lanka from Ella to the old capital Kandy. When in ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world?

Get lost with the albatross

Overlooking the Otago Peninsula from Larnach Castle.

I love Dunedin so much, it's a rad little city with accessible, epic nature attractions right on its doorstep.

Adapting to life out of NZ stuff nation

Moving overseas is never easy, but there are ways to make it a more enjoyable experience.

Moving overseas is a daunting experience, but there are ways to make it easier... and enjoyable.

Skiing in the summer? video

Mt Ruapehu received a surprising amount of mid-summer snowfall on Thursday night.

Our messy summer has sprung another surprise - snow with people coming out to play on ski fields.

Hacks for booking flights

Clear your cookies and don't rely on big name airlines.

Clear your cookies and don't rely on big name airlines, experts say.

Doggies' day out in London video

Two of the canine passengers who rode the bus Monday.

Pooches can disembark (get it?) and visit a dog cemetery and Buckingham Palace corgis.

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Kiwi Traveller

Kiwi in their natural habitats

Teaching an old dog new tricks, such as how to avoid endangered kiwi in the bush.

Some holiday neighbours really ruffle your feathers...

Seoul searching

Tim Clauson moved to Seoul and loves life in a city that's buzzing 24/7.

Family cruise in Noumea

Readers' best travel photos gallery

nz

NZ drivers told to shape up gallery video

Since moving from Germany to Auckland, Catrina Kuehler has learned a few driving tips from New Zealanders, and shared a ...

Kiwi drivers are notoriously bad, we're told – so we asked foreign-born NZers for five tips on how we can drive better.

Weekend walk: Kaikoura Coast Track

Dolphins, seals and spectacular coastal views are highlights on this two-day walk.

Nick and Steph Thompson of Kaikoura Four Square are pragmatic about the earthquake despite facing a 'torrid' 12 months ahead.

'I blame Steph for the quake'

The morning of the Kaikoura earthquake, Steph Thompson opened her Four Square store in a dressing gown. And that's how her customers arrived, too.

news

'I just needed to get out'

The minute Gary Belis arrived in Auckland he began to think he might have to pretend he isn't American.

Retiree Gary Belis flew to New Zealand the day before Trump's inauguration to escape him.

Is love in the air?

Wellington woman finds the man she made a connection with on a plane.

World's most powerful passport video

Dean's building a habit

travel troubles

Tramping in socks and sandals

Back left: Michelle O'Doherty, Sheree Todd, and two Swedish tourists behind Puhi Brown and Teri Coxhead on the Pouakai ...

Tourist whose shoes were stolen has Cinderella moment, after stranger gives her a pair of shoes that fit perfectly.

Death on Qantas flight

Plane turns back to Auckland after passenger suffers heart attack.

Crew too busy 'partying' to land

Farmer freedom camping fracas

south america

A trip into Peru's past

Young children, dressed in bright, bold colours, play on the outskirts of the village of Chinchero in Peru's Maras plateau.

From its Inca ruins to its farmers and traders, Peru is a country embracing its rich history.

Ticking Cuba off the bucket list

Rice and beans, beans and rice. Oh, and a mojito on the side. All for around $5.

Welcome to the other California

Frights, mites & lights in the Amazon

middle east

Grab a selfie...in Aleppo video

Tourists pose for a picture at the entrance of the Carlton Hotel.

Tourists already returning to war-torn Syrian city despite the ongoing fighting.

Backpackers' day trip to frontline

They've been called "terror tourists" and "naive" but these Irish backpackers want to help.

First SeaWorld without orcas

World record for Emirates' floral A380 video

pacific islands

Cook Islands a South Pacific gem

Obviously, snorkelling and diving are popular activities among holiday-makers.

Why the Cook Islands stand out from those other Pacific destinations.

Magical French Polynesia

There's more to French Polynesia than honeymoons and beaches.

Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful coral and fish filled lagoons, Fiji really is ...

Things that will surprise about Fiji video

Fiji time is a thing, you'll say Bula a lot and machete wielding men are no threat.

australia

Exclusive resort an escape from reality

Orpheus Island is a tropical island dream.

The posh Orpheus Island Resort in Australia only lets in a maximum of 28 guests at a time.

Don't risk it: Rock pool warning video

It's an iconic Sydney selfie spot, but tourists are being being actively encouraged not to go.

The lighthouse works automatically but the caretakers have plenty else to do.

Six months on a deserted island

Rent free, this is the ultimate couple's getaway - if you can handle isolation and no Facebook.

europe

Ten days in Italy

The chairlift ride up to the top of Mt Solaro, on the Isle of Capri

A10 day jaunt is like a tasting platter, providing a delicious sample of some of the country's highlights.

Inventor's carousel on frozen lake video

Cold weather doesn't have to limit fun activities, as this ingenious man showed us.

$1.1b opera house a sight to behold

Ice-skating above underwater prison video

uk and ireland

Doggies' day out on the bus video

Two of the canine passengers who rode the bus Monday.

Pooches can disembark (get it?) and visit a dog cemetery and the corgis of Buckingham Palace.

Why visit this 'wretched' place?

You can just picture the Scottish tourism authorities watching the original Trainspotting movie and freaking out.

Thousands gather at Stonehenge

Girl offers to replace Big Ben's chimes video

usa

A brief love affair with Oregon video

Kayaking on the Deschutes river in Bend, Oregon.

The home of craft beer, stunning scenery and an overwhelming book store hooked Ian Anderson on the US state.

Disneyland to add Fastpass fee

Want to redeem a Fastpass to beat the queues? There's now a $14 fee for this feature on the app.

48 hours in Portland

Eating a way into real LA video

canada & alaska

Where to get close to polar bears

Polar bear swimming in the Beaufort Sea on the northern coast of Alaska.

You can be mere metres from the fierce animals and they are as oblivious as cows grazing in a field.

Tourist sights worth braving crowds for video

For every gorgeous shot of a world wonder there's another of a massive tourist crowd.

Holiday alternatives to America

The world's most scenic railway ride

asia

My mind-blowing adventures in Cambodia

On face value, believes Guy Williams, Cambodian Tourism seems to have three major selling points: the Angkor Ancient ...

Why Guy Williams says you've gotta go to Cambodia

When all of China goes on holiday video

Billions of people will take planes, trains and automobiles during the world's largest human migration.

Relax at the pool at One&Only Reethi Rah in Maldives.

The resort that will ruin you

This island utopia is so special it even has its own time zone.

cruising

Attracting cruise ships to the south

The French cruise liner L'Austral berthed at Bluff Island harbour.

Could visiting cruise ships become a more regular sight in Bluff in years to come?

Nude cruise proves popular

The adults-only, clothing-optional cruise will set sail again and is more racy than you can imagine.

Cashing in on US tourists

Cruise ship giant returns video

snow

Skiing in the summer? video

Mt Ruapehu received a surprising amount of mid-summer snowfall on Thursday night.

Our messy summer has sprung another surprise - snow. "A lot of people have come out to have a play" on the ski fields.

Picture-perfect places for snow video

Missing a white Christmas? Live vicariously through this footage of stunning winter wonderlands.

Epic ski lift fail video

Middle of summer, we have snow

themes

Weekend walk: Kaikoura Coast Track

Leave plenty of time for admiring the spectacular views on the Kaikoura Coast Track.

Dolphins, seals and spectacular coastal views are highlights on this two-day walk.

And the world's best beach is…

For a country ripe with amazing seaside scenes, we are far too eager to be told our beaches are the best.

Carnival in Brazil is a multi-day celebration that engulfs cities in a riot of dancing and drinking

2017's biggest cultural celebrations

When it comes to the world's major events, to its biggest celebrations, it's all about location.

Video

World famous in NZ: Cardrona Distillery

Passionate people and a beautiful setting make a Cardrona Distillery tour an unmissable experience.

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