Remember the Castle? video

People would stop at the Castle cafe and John Pratt would give them directions.

The Castle cafe at Mangatawhiri has long been hailed a beacon in the North Waikato countryside.

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When James Lloyd was looking for flights from NZ to England, he didn't expect to be offered a stopover of 47 years.

Burning Man festival myths

The annual Burning Man festival attracts more than 70,000 people from around the world, at the Black Rock Desert in the ...

Burning Man: A US festival where hippies running around naked setting bonfires. Or is it?

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Fancy a 413,000-hour layover?

Skyscanner offered one man a route with three connections, including a "long wait" of 413,786 hours between Bangkok and ...

When James Lloyd was looking for flights from NZ to England, he didn't expect to be offered a stopover of 47 years.

Burning Man festival myths

The annual Burning Man festival attracts more than 70,000 people from around the world, at the Black Rock Desert in the ...

Burning Man: A US festival where hippies running around naked setting bonfires. Or is it?

Adele music while you wait

Would a playlist consisting of Adele chart-toppers keep you entertained?

Hate waiting for security screenings? This airport has a novel way to keep you relaxed.

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People walk past walls adorned with graffiti in Hosier Lane, one of Melbourne's iconic laneways.

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

Don't mention the quake

Martin Creed's 46-metre long neon light message, everything is going to be alright.

Is it possible to write a travel story about Christchurch without mentioning the earthquake?

5 things to do in September

There are plenty of spring-related festivities to enjoy in September.

The flowers are blooming, the days are getting longer ... here are some more reasons to love September.

Introducing: The ball run

The 3m-wide, 200kg polystyrene ball comes tumbling down a long and winding street in a town north of Madrid, Spain.

A Spanish town didn't have funds for the bull run, so they thought of something better.

A foodie haven

The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival celebrates local produce every year.

Marlborough named in luxury travel guide as Culinary Destination of the Year.

The island better than Bali stuff nation

Away from Bali's mass tourism, the water is clean, the locals are friendly and it's quiet.

Away from the mass tourism, the water is clean, the locals are friendly and it's quiet.

A 'horrific' Jetstar experience

Charlotte McCorkindale (left) and Leah Sikorski had a 'horrific' experience with Jetstar on a recent trip to Vietnam.

Cheap holiday to Vietnam turned into an experience from hell for two Wellington women.

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Remember the Castle? video

People would stop at the Castle cafe and John Pratt would give them directions.

The Castle cafe at Mangatawhiri has long been hailed a beacon in the North Waikato countryside.

A foodie haven

Marlborough named in luxury travel guide as Culinary Destination of the Year.

Martin Creed's 46-metre long neon light message, everything is going to be alright.

Don't mention the quake

Is it possible to write a travel story about Christchurch without mentioning the earthquake?

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Air NZ's record profit

Air NZ chief executive Christopher Luxon says strong competition is a good thing for the local traveller.

Air NZ is "ploughing" profits back into company but what does it mean for customers, will fares fall?

Fancy a 413,000-hour layover?

When James Lloyd was searching for flights from NZ to England, he didn't expect to be offered a stopover of 47 years.

Adele music while you wait

Don't make this travel mistake

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A 'horrific' Jetstar experience

Charlotte McCorkindale (left) and Leah Sikorski had a 'horrific' experience with Jetstar on a recent trip to Vietnam.

Cheap holiday to Vietnam turned into an experience from hell for two Wellington women.

Hutt Valley trains stalled

Train passengers were stuck on-board after a truck damaged power-lines.

Man forced to change holiday plans

Cabin crew fight grounds flight

south america

Unforgettable Patagonia video

Walking to the base of the Torres del Paine requires every hour of daylight during the wintertime.

There's nothing like contemplating a life or death scenario to kick you out of an early morning slumber.

Rio: Tourists don't fit in

In togs like undies, awkward tourists don't even know the rules they're breaking.

Why is this lagoon so pink?

Ecuador appeals to tourists to return

middle east

Inside Dubai's rainforest hotel

Guests can enjoy the first rainforest in the Middle East - even if it is a man-made one.

They have the world's tallest building and a ski resort in a mall. Now, it's a jungle in a hotel.

Sightseeing in Iraq, Afghanistan

New York City, Paris, Hollywood, Afghanistan?

The Mecca of hotels in Mecca

Sleep on the slopes in Dubai

pacific islands

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The village kids cooling off at the village we worked in.

Danial Erikson helped rebuild a damaged village that had been destroyed by cyclone Pam.

Will 'The Rock' visit The Rock? video

Niue, known as "The Rock of Polynesia", asks Dwayne Johnson to come and play ukulele for his namesake.

Dining alfresco at Sandals restaurant, Pacific Resort.

Eats and beats in Raro

If you're a foodie who appreciates fresh flavours and twists on traditional Pacific Island fare, you'll love Rarotonga.

australia

A close-by capital, suffused with charm

Akiba in Bunda St offers creative dishes with pan-Asian flavours.

Wellington's newest sister city bears some family resemblances, alongside endearing differences worth exploring.

5 ways with a $50 truffle

It's hard to describe what a truffle smells like. It's even harder to know what to do with one.

The field rounds the bend on to the final straight in the Birdsville Cup.

The outback's wildest party

As we bump along the dirt track into the tiny town of Birdsville, Elvis starts trotting beside our vehicle clutching a can of beer and encouraging us to toot.

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30 hours in Barcelona

When you're on a tight schedule, you can't linger. But we made a few minutes for Los Boozan Dukes, playing creole music ...

A guide to visiting the unmissable spots of Barcelona when you only have one day to spend in the city.

Introducing: The ball run

A Spanish town didn't have funds for the bull run, so they thought of something better.

Melania puts Slovenia on the map

Drones used to patrol beaches

uk and ireland

Thousands gather at redhead convention gallery

Molly Murphy winner of the Porcelain skin redhead on day 2 of the Irish Redhead Convention.

Redheads and people with ginger genes travelled to Ireland for an annual festival of freckles and frolics.

All the world's a stage in London

Michael Braithwaite began his international career as a creative director and producer in London.

World's skinniest tower opens video

The mystery of the UK's own Pompeii

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Is everyone really naked?

The annual Burning Man festival attracts more than 70,000 people from around the world, at the Black Rock Desert in the ...

Burning Man: A US festival where hippies running around naked setting bonfires. Or is it?

Seven things to do in San Fran gallery

You don't kill time when you visit San Francisco, you make the most of every minute you have.

Retirees on road trip win hearts

Racy Mariah billboards banned

canada & alaska

Rocky Mountaineer is a rare treat

Gold Leaf Class features a glass roof to provide uninterrupted views.

They say every epic trip deserves an epic start and ours involves a red carpet, a Scottish piper, and champagne.

Yes, there is a town called Dildo

An hour's drive from the town of Come By Chance, past Spread Eagle Island, there's town call Dildo. No kidding.

Not just a salad dressing

A real Canadian winter

asia

Indonesian island better than Bali stuff nation

Away from Bali's mass tourism, the water is clean, the locals are friendly and it's quiet.

Away from Bali's mass tourism, the water is clean, the locals are friendly and it's quiet.

Tourists swarm glass bridge video

People queued overnight on Friday to be first to cross the world's highest and longest glass bridge.

Daxton Ward says he is abandoned structures because they still often hold a certain beauty amidst the decay.

Beauty in the abandoned

A US photographer's snaps of derelict sites in Thailand are garnering attention.

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Van Gogh's French playground

Patrons enjoy a summer day outdoors at Cafe Van Gogh in Arles, France. The cafe was the setting for a painting by Dutch ...

Nothing beats a walk around this town in south-eastern France for an insight into the life of the artist.

Mighty Mekong cruising video

A river that refuses to be civilised? Let's find out.

Six of the best small cruise ships

A Welly welcome for tourists

snow

Chairlift evacuated at Mt Hutt video

Just over 170 people had to be evacuated from Mt Hutt's Summit 6 chairlift after a mechanical fault on Sunday.

Scores of people trapped on Mt Hutt's main chairlift for up to two hours after glitch.

$10m 'chondola' gets go-ahead

Wanaka skifield is getting a gondola-charlift in time for next year's ski season.

Ski bill over $10m already

Mackenzie District: Things to do in winter

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Toddler falls asleep in plane aisle

Two-year-old Luca Turner conked out in the aisle of a Ryanair flight.

The excitement of being on a plane was all too much for two-year-old Luca Turner.

A foodie haven

Marlborough named in luxury travel guide as Culinary Destination of the Year.

People walk past walls adorned with graffiti in Hosier Lane, one of Melbourne's iconic laneways.

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

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Air NZ's record profit

Air NZ is "ploughing" profits back into company but what does it mean for customers, will fares fall?

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