Kiwi in France: Wintering over stuff nation

When the snow finally blankets the nearby hills, there is plenty of choice of slopes for tobogganing and snow fights.

3:32 PM  Behind closed shutters and boarded houses the Pyrenees' community hums with life.

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.

Dark side to idyllic locations

It's hard to imagine The Philippines is the home of President Rodrigo Duterte's roving "death squads".

When you're sipping cocktails in The Philippines, you're not thinking of the crimes committed.

Underwater life in detail

"The idea for this photo came from the need to show people that freediving is not only about going down and up on a line ...

Beneath the surface of the world's sea, lakes and rivers lies spectacular photo opportunities.

Air Force One crew stories

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

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Air Force One crew stories

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

Beer made just for drinking inflight

The first beer brewed just for flying high.

Betsy Beer is designed for drinking at 35,000 ft.

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.

Lohan 'racially profiled' at airport video

Actress Lindsay Lohan has reportedly been exploring Islam in recent years.

Lindsay Lohan claims her headscarf's the reason she was stopped by security at London's Heathrow.

Light plane crashes aren't common video

Statistics show that there is a higher level of risk in light aircraft than in regular public transport.

Despite thousands of flights every year, crashes numbers are low... but they do happen.

Fighter jets intercept plane video

Two pilots found out what happens when you lose contact with air traffic control: they send fighter jets

Two pilots have found out what happens when you lose contact with air traffic control: they send fighter jets

Astronomical poo problem solved

Hugh McCarroll was thrilled to have his design acknowledged.

The dark side of the moon walk needed a solution and Hugh McCarroll had one.

The real reasons Japan is hot

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

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

Denniston tourist mine closed

The Denniston Experience tourism attraction near Westport.

A key West Coast tourist attraction has closed down amid claims it hasn't met new mining regulations. 

Pilots: The new social media stars

Maria Fagerstrom is a 24 year old from Sweden who flies jets for a living.

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

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Kiwi Traveller

Kiwi in France: Wintering in Pyrenees stuff nation

When the snow finally blankets the nearby hills, there is plenty of choice of slopes for tobogganing and snow fights.

3:32 PM  Behind closed shutters and boarded houses the community hums with life.

The dark side to idyllic locations

When you're sipping cocktails in The Philippines, you're not thinking of the crimes committed.

Men are better at packing suitcases video

What cabin crew know that you don't video

nz

Pod of orca delights jet-skiers video

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

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

The NZ desert that never was stuff nation

A jewel that is seldom advertised lies just outside Queenstown... just remember your horse and Clint Eastwood impersonation.

No visit to New Plymouth is complete without a visit to Pukekura Park with its array of native and exotic plants.

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.

Australia

Town's massive watermelon fight video

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

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

Capital express '80% full'

Data out of Australia suggests strong early demand for Singapore Airlines' service to Wellington.

One of the artists at the refurnished Alphington bus stop.

Coolest bus stop ever?

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

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

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.

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

Easter Island's stark isolation fuels the mystique surrounding its ancient statues.

The beach where Brazil locals go

When an ice bridge collapses gallery video

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

World's most remote location video

Literally translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora were formed 60 million years ago.

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

Hotspot of the week: Venice

 Dress-up fiends and drama queens must pay a visit to Venice's famous Carnevale.

Italy's 9000-year-old city

The mysterious past of Delphi

uk and ireland

London's ancient past goes on show video

A human skull found at the Crossrail Liverpool Street site is seen as part of the "Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail" ...

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

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

With a woodland entrance and mown grass on the floor, this place is turning us a little green with envy.

Doggies' day out on the bus video

Why visit this 'wretched' place?

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

What you need to know about Canadians

Actor Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario.

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

Canada's northern national parks

Banff and Jasper national parks are standouts in a country renowned for its stunning scenery.

Where to get close to polar bears

Tourist sights worth braving crowds for video

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

Auckland's top islands

Great Barrier Island,

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

Glamping on Slipper Island

Near to some of NZ's most iconic beaches, Slipper Island holds its own as one of the Coromandel's most beautiful spots.

SEPTEMBER 25: We turn our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and summer. And in central Auckland, a 4-year-old ...

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.

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

Lohan 'racially profiled' at airport

Lindsay Lohan claims her headscarf's the reason she was stopped by security at London's Heathrow.

news

Beer made just for drinking inflight

The first beer brewed just for flying high.

3:39 PM  Betsy Beer is designed for drinking at 35,000 ft.

Underwater life in amazing detail

Beneath the surface of the world's sea, lakes and rivers lies spectacular photo opportunities.

Air Force One crew share stories

Light plane crashes aren't common video

troubles

Tourist faces jail for feeding fish

The 53-year-old Russian tourist was reportedly caught on camera feeding breadcrumbs to fish.

A woman who tossed breadcrumbs into a coral reef may be locked up for her actions.

Lohan 'racially profiled' at airport video

Lindsay Lohan claims her headscarf's the reason she was stopped by security at London's Heathrow.

Fighter jets intercept plane video

E-cigarette sparks airport evacuation

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