The Inca Festival of the Sun

The Inca emperor arrives on a replica of the original golden litter.

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

A trail of perilous sinkholes

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Tourists pose for photographs with a landmark statue of a bull in New York August 24, 2015.  Wall Street opened sharply lower on Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average losing more than a 1,000 points following a more-than 8 percent drop in Chinese shares and a selloff in oil and other commodities. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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

The nerdiest places in the world

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20:  Students from Saint Ursula's Covent Secondary School in Greenwich pose for a photograph wearing protective glasses at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on March 20, 2015 in London, England.  Hundreds of people gathered outside The Royal Observatory Greenwich hoping  see a near total solar eclipse.  The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, started at 08:24 GMT and continues until 10:41 GMT, with the maximum obscuration of the Sun happening at 09:31 GMT.  The last significant solar eclipse visible from the UK was on 11 August, 1999.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

There are plenty of nerdy attractions around the world that'll prevent you from having to go to the beach.

Top 10 spots to take a dip

Snorkeling in Jellyfish lake, Palau.

From floating underground to splashing around at the top of a precipice, take on these dips with a difference.

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Kiwi Traveller

Lost and found in Italy

Passport, credit card, phone, the Holy Trinity of travel.

Travel is full of heart-stopping moments, not all of which are about ogling scenic wonders.

The reality of London life stuff nation

There are heaps of opportunities in London, writes Amelia Abplanalp. You just have to be patient, network like crazy and work damn hard.

Misinformed by Bridget Jones stuff nation

How Kiwis stand out in UK stuff nation

news

Africa's only penguins perish

Two African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) stand at the side of their pool at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk September 23, 2011. Earlier this month, nine of these endangered penguins were transported from Pretoria to Krasnoyarsk, becoming the first of such birds in the Siberian zoo.  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town.

World's worst airlines to fly with

The world's worst airline got just one star, for the fourth year in a row.

An internet room, without the internet

Device to thwart baggage-tamperers

travel troubles

A trail of perilous sinkholes

Israel's shrinking Dead Sea leaves a trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

Pilots reveal close calls

Warning: if you have a fear of flying, this stomach churning discussion isn't for you.

Passengers in midair brawl

Drunk tourist falls asleep in weirdest place

nz

Humorous sign boasts Marlborough's selling points

A mock up of a new Marlborough District Council welcome sign.

It's not a giant beaver or a bunch of grapes but Marlborough District Council will get tourists smiling if a mock up of a proposed welcome sign gets the go-ahead.

Travels through our landscape

The last leg of a year-long quest to understand this country's distinctive landforms.

When even the black runs start to pall, get an adrenaline rush with bungy jumping above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Short break in Queenstown

Experience the delights of a short break in Queenstown and Wanaka

pacific islands

Flowers and ink

Best outfits are made of local, natural  materials.

In Papua New Guinea's Tufi region, beautification is an important part of culture and identity.

Tonga: A whale of a time

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets to Tonga.

Avaiki Cave, vast and cathedral-like, has a rock pool that’s ideal for swimming.

Meeting the locals at Niue's show day

The Niuean people's laid-back friendliness is on show in Lakepa Village.

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Top travel photos of the week gallery

Tourists pose for photographs with a landmark statue of a bull in New York August 24, 2015.  Wall Street opened sharply lower on Monday with the Dow Jones industrial average losing more than a 1,000 points following a more-than 8 percent drop in Chinese shares and a selloff in oil and other commodities. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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

Top 10 spots to take a dip

From floating underground to splashing around at the top of a precipice, take on these dips with a difference.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 20:  Students from Saint Ursula's Covent Secondary School in Greenwich pose for a photograph wearing protective glasses at the Royal Observatory Greenwich on March 20, 2015 in London, England.  Hundreds of people gathered outside The Royal Observatory Greenwich hoping  see a near total solar eclipse.  The solar eclipse, which occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and the Earth, started at 08:24 GMT and continues until 10:41 GMT, with the maximum obscuration of the Sun happening at 09:31 GMT.  The last significant solar eclipse visible from the UK was on 11 August, 1999.  (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

The nerdiest places in the world

Fear not, geeks - there are plenty of nerdy attractions around the world that'll prevent you from having to go to the beach.

south america

The Inca Festival of the Sun

Tika t'akaqkuna, the emperor's chosen women, scattering flowers ahead of his arrival.

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Building Brazil's capital

This city was purpose-built to be a capital. But it also became a masterpiece.

How to humiliate yourself overseas

The hotel at the end of the world gallery

middle east

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

The Sultan and me

Under the ever-watchful gaze of Sultan Qaboos, Sharon Stephenson enjoys a slice of Arabian authenticity in Oman.

This is no ordinary cafe

A calm perch above Jerusalem

australia

Gentle creatures on the far side

The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered turtle that nests in Australia.

Magical encounters await the aquatic adventurer on Western Australia's Coral Coast.

Aus: Things that will shock first-timers

When tourists comes to Australia for the first time, these are the things that they're not prepared for.

A room with a sweeping view in the Alpha Mosaic Hotel.

Positioned to last

Quality and sophistication give this inner-city Brisbane hotel an edge over its hipster peers.

europe

'Massive orgy of tomatoes and people' gallery

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:  Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Thousands of festival-goers hurled 170 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in this small Spanish town.

How salt made Salzburg

Salt may not seem like a big deal, but this Austrian city owes its opulence to the "white gold".

Europe's most erotic hotel rooms gallery

Banksy's Dismaland trolls visitors

uk and ireland

Welcome to 'Dismaland'

The stewards at Banksy's Dismaland were tight -lipped about the mystery man.

It's not quite the happiest place on Earth, but a Banksy theme park is sure to get plenty of visitors.

Rediscovering horse riding in Ireland gallery

Rediscover a love for horse riding at the glorious Castle Leslie in Ireland

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

England's 'crappest town'

usa

The 20 things you must do in New York

Bright, busy and bolshy... New York is the ultimate city break.

From hip bars and iconic hotels to soaring skyscrapers, here's why the Big Apple is the coolest place to visit.

Sleep in a van in New York

There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom, but there is a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

New Orleans reborn

Brazen bear breaks in

canada & alaska

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

A playful grizzly bear has been filmed rolling down a hill in Denali National Park, much to the tourists' delight.

Playful grizzy bear repeatedly rolls down hill in Alaska's Denali National Park.

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

There are no lines for this naturally forming waterslide in Canada. Plus, it finishes in a jaw-dropping 10.6-metre drop.

Built on a foundation of straw

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

asia

Put Mongolia on your bucket list

Beautiful views can be found at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, which is one of the most scenic lakes in Mongolia.

Huge distances. Broad vistas. Big skies. Bright stars. That's what you'll find in Mongolia.

20 reasons to visit Myanmar gallery

The country has become a magnet for curious travellers. Here's what to do when you get there.

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Stock Photo - Kingfisher on a tree at night

In search of Borneo's smallest creatures

In search of the 'small five' in the remote reaches of Borneo, an island struggling to preserve its rich biodiversity.

cruising

Cruising a Cuban paradise

The white sandy islands are mostly deserted.

It's a short journey to paradise on Cuba’s southern coast.

Picton braced for record cruise season

Picton businesses are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy summer, which will be boosted by the biggest cruise ship season yet.

Why you should take a winter cruise

Feeling the squeeze

snow

Short break in Queenstown

When even the black runs start to pall, get an adrenaline rush with bungy jumping above Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu.

Experience the delights of a short break in Queenstown and Wanaka

Where to go for snow

Want to be sure of good snow? These top ski spots (almost) always come through.

A town of two halves

10 snow spots you've never heard of

Video

Charges over Fullers ferry crash

Charges have been laid after a Fullers ferry crashed into Devonport wharf in Auckland.

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