10 least 'Aussie' places in Australia

Iconic Australia: Even on its famous beaches, Australia can feel worlds apart.

From European architecture to Asian cuisine, these places are worlds apart from the Australia we know.

Survive world's longest flight video

Don't wake up for breakfast: Airplane breakfasts are almost always disappointing. Get the extra rest instead.

Use in-flight magazines for footrests and bring sinus spray to avoid getting clogged up.

A Kiwi's farewell to Saudi stuff nation

Walking past Chop Chop Square on the way to Diera Souk.

It's deprivation. No movies, no theatre, no music, no art. It's contradictions and experiences like none other.

NZ's top 10 beaches named

Mt Maunganui beach is New Zealand's best beach in the eyes of TripAdvisor.

The Kiwis and tourists have spoken... and there's one sandy spot we can't get enough of.

NZ: 5 things that surprised me

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by how well travelled we are.

7:21 PM  Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by our open-mindedness and how well-travelled Kiwis are.

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World's weird (but cute) species

The ocellate river stingray.

Covered in light orange spots and dark rings, its beady eyes pop creepily from its circular form.

Qatar Airways staff sacked

The airline says they became aware of the photos in late 2013.

The airline is the latest to come under fire when "inappropriate" photos taken by its staff surfaced online.

Cook's 'star navigator' remembered

The Captain Cook memorial at Ship Cove.

Captain Cook arrived at Ship Cove 250 years ago, but he wasn't the only one plying "the waters of the Pacific" back then.

Southern riders give race a miss

Road cyclist John Meek training on his pedal-assisted bike for this year's Forrest GrapeRide.

Entries to South Island's largest bike race down due to quake-hit highway.

A fairytale wagon hideaway

Escape to the countryside for a gypsy-style holiday in north Cornwall.

You can live like a Hobbit in this unique gypsy wagon home.

Lemons hit the road

The Shitbox Rally is returning to NZ for its second year.

Sixty "shitbox" cars set to leave Christchurch on a colourful convoy as part of the Shitbox Rally.

Sweet spot for Kiwi travellers video

271116.News.KEVIN STENT/Fairfax NZ. Generic. Wellington airport. Air New Zealand takeoff. Fiji Airways.

Heavy competition has meant great ticket prices but this might be as good as it gets, warns Air NZ.

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

The bridge of the Mikhail Lermontov.

The top three levels of a sunken Soviet ship were sliced off by the Kaikoura quake.

Welcome to Who-ville, Alaska

Visible for miles around, Goose Creek Tower has become a tourist attraction. The base is a typical small log cabin, with ...

Built without a blueprint, this 56-metre tall house looks like something from a Dr Seuss book

Israel's strange flight to Australia video

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane wasn't taking the scenic route by choice.

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane took 11 hours to fly from Singapore to Sydney. It wasn't by choice.

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Kiwi Traveller

Surviving the world's longest flight video

Don't wake up for breakfast: Airplane breakfasts are almost always disappointing. Get the extra rest instead.

Use in-flight magazines for footrests and bring sinus spray to avoid getting clogged up.

Why you should bin luggage tags

Those stickers that check-in staff put on your bags? Take them off before your next flight.

Kiwi in France: Wintering in Pyrenees stuff nation

The dark side to idyllic locations

nz

NZ: 5 things that surprised me

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by how well travelled we are.

7:21 PM  Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by our open-mindedness and how well-travelled Kiwis are.

New Plymouth can surprise you stuff nation

When I chose this small city as a birthday destination I got more than a few raised eyebrows.

One of a large pod of orca which visited Kaikoura last week.

Pod of orca delights jet-skiers video

Seeing one or two orca in the wild is pretty special, but how about 30?

Australia

10 least 'Aussie' places in Australia

Iconic Australia: Even on its famous beaches, Australia can feel worlds apart.

From European architecture to Asian cuisine, these places are worlds apart from the Australia we know.

Coolest bus stop ever?

The boring bus wait is a thing of the past at this "reclaimed" 1970s-themed bus stop in Melbourne.

According to organisers, attendees ate more than 800 melons and smashed another 1100.

Town's massive watermelon fight video

Ravaged, skiied on and smashed: How playing with fruit became more profitable than selling them.

pacific islands

Eye contact with a humpback stuff nation video

Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an indescribable feeling.

OPINION: Swimming with these gentle giants is true bliss in Tonga.

Summer lesson: 'Learn to exploit foreigners'

As cool rain swept across Auckland and Peter Thiel's residential status fuelled angst among what passes for our intelligentsia, I sweated through a few days on Efate's southern shores.

Blue Lagoon's private island, Nanuya Lailai, in Fiji.

A to Z of Yasawa Islands

A guide to cruising Fiji's remote Yasawa Islands.

cruising

Sailing the Nile stuff nation

Sun sets over the Nile.

No trip to Egypt is complete without a cruise. On the Nile, life never stops.

A meander through a fairytale

Visit this valley for picture-postcard Europe amid the vineyards.

The Emerald Princess steams past Waikawa Bay to Shakespeare Bay in Picton on Monday, a full day earlier than expected.

Cruise catches town on the hop

How do you prepare for 3000 unexpected guests? Picton knows after a cruise ship showed up a day early.

south america

What to pack for South America video

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

Where Mother Nature painted a rainbow video

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

Island at the end of the Earth

The beach where Brazil locals go

middle east

Life in the City of the Dead

Contemporary art is bringing life and colour into the once-drab necropolis.

Contemporary art is bringing life and colour into the once-drab necropolis.

Sailing the Nile stuff nation

No trip to Egypt is complete without a cruise. On the Nile, life never stops.

Hitchhiking through Iran at 70 video

3-minute guide to Doha

europe

Carnivals poke fun at Trump

A carnival float featuring an effigy of US President Donald Trump pictured in Mainz, Germany. Political satire is a ...

Trump as an elephant, Trump as a schoolboy: There's one political figure taken centre stage in Europe's parades.

World's most remote location video

Translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora give "getting away from it all" a new meaning.

Hotspot of the week: Venice

Italy's 9000-year-old city

uk and ireland

A fairytale wagon hideaway

Escape to the countryside for a gypsy-style holiday in north Cornwall.

You can live like a Hobbit in this unique gypsy wagon home.

London's ancient past goes on show video

Skeletons from the 1665 Great Plague have been uncovered after Crossrail tunnel digs.

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

Doggies' day out on the bus video

usa

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

I would walk 2650 miles

How does six months of walking the length of America sound?

Huge place with huge personality

Canada shines in Trump shadow

canada & alaska

Welcome to Who-ville, Alaska

Visible for miles around, Goose Creek Tower has become a tourist attraction. The base is a typical small log cabin, with ...

Built without a blueprint, this 56-metre tall house looks like something from a Dr Seuss book

What you need to know about Canadians

They don't like to be mistaken for Americans and they love ice-hockey.

Canada's northern national parks

Where to get close to polar bears

asia

World's weird (but cute) species

The ocellate river stingray.

Covered in light orange spots and dark rings, its beady eyes pop creepily from its circular form.

Hilarious signs to help tourists

To make tourists feel more welcome, Japan has created 26 signs to help them fit in with the locals.

Japan is finding its way on to every 2017 travel plan.

The real reasons Japan is hot

Here are 10 reasons why everyone's going crazy for Japan...

luxury

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

Totem Madrid is located in the swanky Salamanca district.

Madrid's ritzy Salamanca district is home to one of the most expensive streets in Spain.

The sport of kings

When else do you get to stomp around on grass while drinking champagne, and hob-nob with the rich, fanatical, and royal, than when you play - or watch - polo?

Hotels for people with too much cash

Amsterdam's $13,000 hotel room

budget

10 travel experiences for $10

Wellington's Cable Car is New Zealand's only funicular railway.

Don't dismiss your spare change - bargains are to be found everywhere.

Travel the world on $27 a day

You won't find a single selfie, but this budget guru has amassed a large following.

Save $50k, travel to 50 countries

Ever tried a cargo cruise?

beaches

NZ's top 10 beaches named

Mt Maunganui beach is New Zealand's best beach in the eyes of TripAdvisor.

The Kiwis and tourists have spoken... and there's one sandy spot we can't get enough of.

Summer's strange, mad beauty

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

Auckland's Hauraki Gulf boasts several easily accessible islands.

Auckland's top islands

For a slice of island paradise, you need only venture into Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

food

Takeaways a family affair

Jacqui Winchcombe believes good drainage is one of the secrets to good-quality chips.

Local chippie review: Taupiri Takeaways may be small, but it's built up a reputation for great fish and chips.

Fish aplenty at Fishermans Catch

Next time you're in Pukekohe, get a feed at the Fishermans Catch.

Hippopotamus restaurant in Wellington is known for its sophisticated cuisine.

Unmissable Welly food experiences

French flair, coffee, chocolate, wine and laneway dining - there's something for all.

adventure

Skyscraper climbers touch top video

Footage appears to show a daredevil touching the pointed tip of London's second tallest building.

Security tightened at London's second tallest building after daredevils climb it to its pointed tip.

Pilots: The new social media stars

From snaps at the flight deck to far-flung destinations, everyone wants a peak inside the pilot life.

I was hunted by wolves

Pedaling in paradise video

family

'I can see her smiling'

John Misky aboard a traditional waka or canoe. The Porirua man plans to build his own canoe to pay tribute to his ...

In 2003, he promised to build his grandmother a waka, now he's honouring that pledge.

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Omakau, Central Otago, sat dormant for a long time - but the secret's out now.

What every family holiday needs

When's best to visit Venice?

Video

Sweet spot for Kiwi travellers

Heavy competition has meant great ticket prices but this might be as good as it gets, warns Air NZ.

news

Cook's 'star navigator' remembered

The Captain Cook memorial at Ship Cove.

Captain Cook arrived at Ship Cove 250 years ago, but he wasn't the only one plying "the waters of the Pacific" back then.

Southern riders give race a miss

Entries to South Island's largest bike race down due to quake-hit highway.

A Kiwi's farewell to Saudi Arabia stuff nation

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

troubles

Israel's strange flight to Australia video

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane wasn't taking the scenic route by choice.

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane took 11 hours to fly from Singapore to Sydney. It wasn't by choice.

Qatar Airways staff sacked

The airline is the latest to come under fire when "inappropriate" photos taken by its staff surfaced online.

Tourist faces jail for feeding fish

Lohan 'racially profiled' at airport video

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