Top 5 urban experiences

People enjoy a steam in a Russian banya.

 These adventures only take a few hours but they will linger long in the memory.

Bring a kid to a tropical island?

Holiday Inn Kandooma, a, South Male Atoll.

The Maldives are hardly known as a "family" destination, so what happens when you take an 8-year-old?

How to help Great Barrier Reef

Another mass bleaching has affected vast areas of the Great Barrier Reef.

The news from the Reef is catastrophic after two summers of coral bleaching. So how can tourists help?

Price revealed: Perth to London

Qantas Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.

Qantas announces fares for the 17-hour flight which starts next March.

Wellington claims beer crown

Wellington has attracted accolades for its craft beers.

There are three great places in Oceania to grab a bevvy, according to Lonely Planet.

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Wellington claims beer crown

Wellington has attracted accolades for its craft beers.

There are three great places in Oceania to grab a bevvy, according to Lonely Planet.

Explore Dubai while in transit

Go to the Deira district with its souks or small markets.

Don't get stuck in the airport, there's plenty to see and do within reach.

Luxury with a capital 'L'

Turtle Island, Fiji

Do nothing or do everything - this Fiji destination is the ultimate island getaway.

Heartbroken? Go travelling

Travel is, after all, not so much about getting away from it all as it is about getting away from just one or two people.

Been dumped? Put down the chocolate and the booze and travel your way out of heartache.

Egypt: Tourist sites are safe

The Great Giza pyramids on the outskirts of Cairo.

The country's multibillion dollar tourism industry is still struggling to recover from 2011 uprising.

Mystery burger on NK airline

The famous Koryo Burger.

Air Koryo is ranked the world's worst airline, so hopes aren't high for the food offerings. 

Who will buy China's 737?

The C919 has chalked up 570 firm orders and commitments from 23 customers.

The Comac C919 jet is ready to fly, but should Boeing and Airbus be worried?

From the US to Invercargill stuff nation

Left to right: Liam, 9, Megan, 5, Amanda and Scott Sommerfeldt.

Our kids won't experience the classic American milestones, but Southland really is a great place to raise a family.

Mayor asks, airline declines

An Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 takes off from Marlborough Airport. (File photo)

'No means no' as Air NZ shoots down further calls to re-instate direct flights from Blenheim to Christchurch.

New Zealand: pros and cons stuff nation

Pro: it is much easier to make friends in New Zealand than in Australia. Con: food is ridiculously expensive.

Pro: it is much easier to make friends in New Zealand than in Australia. Con: food is ridiculously expensive.

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Kiwi Traveller

Greek Islands on a budget

The popular Greek isle of Mykonos.

The most economical ways of visiting the Greek isles.

Readers' best travel photos

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

New York brunching

A year overseas in Papua New Guinea stuff nation

nz

Wellington claims beer crown

Wellington has attracted accolades for its craft beers.

There are three great places in Oceania to grab a bevvy, according to Lonely Planet.

Race numbers swell

The earthquake and closure of SH1 couldn't trip up Marlborough's biggest running race, which has seen a surge in numbers.

For one time use only with Debbie Griffiths' Dunedin street art walking tour

The Street Kiwi who talks the walk video

Once decaying and derelict buildings in Dunedin are now graced with works of art.

Australia

Luxury at edge of the world

Berkeley River Lodge

There's no road and swimming comes with a croc warning - welcome to luxury, Western Australian-style.

City of minerals

Queensland's Mount Isa sits on some of the richest mineral deposits in the world, but there is plenty to love above ground as well.

Drone footage shows the grey nurse sharks feeding on mullet in Fingal Bay.

Drone captures shark feeding frenzy video

Dramatic footage captures a shark hunt close to the shores of a popular Australian beach.

pacific islands

Turtle Island: Luxury with a capital 'L'

Turtle Island, Fiji

Do nothing or do everything - this Fiji destination is the ultimate island getaway.

On holiday with the crazy cat lady

OPINION: Oh the things I have done for cats of Rarotonga, where my 3 weeks of island bliss are about to come to an end.

As soft and gooey as the ray feels, the tail is something else.

Fear and floating in Tahiti video

Sharks can be scary, but in the waters of Moorea you'll be begging them to come closer.

cruising

On board luxury ship Silver Muse

Italian family-owned Silversea is intending Silver Muse to redefine the ultra-luxury ocean travel experience.

The mid-sized ship with "elegance and Italian style" is the latest in ultra-luxury cruising from Silversea.

Museum on board aircraft carrier

From a famous warship to an art deco luxury liners, these museums offer fascinating historical insights.

The last cruise ship to visit NZ this season, Sirena, in Tasman Bay as it nears Port Nelson.

Bumper cruise season at end

The local cruise sector predicts next season will see even more liners visit our shores.

south america

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

A cook prepares salbute, which includes grasshoppers and crickets.

Put down that lame ham sandwich, and get ready for a taste of the hottest restaurant on the planet.

Not Havana: Cuba's hidden gem

Far from the beaches, resorts and cerulean waters is the real Cuba... full of warmth and culture.

Place on Earth more like moon

Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu

middle east

Explore Dubai while changing planes

Go to the Deira district with its souks or small markets.

Don't get stuck in the airport, there's plenty to see and do within reach.

Thrill of the ride in Dubai

World-class theme parks are springing up at roller-coaster speeds in the United Arab Emirates.

Inside Banksy's Bethlehem hotel video

6 things to do in Abu Dhabi

europe

Wide street, long history

The broad, arrow-straight, tree-lined avenue was first planned at the order of France's Louis XIV.

Paris' Champs-Elysees might be the most beautiful avenue in the world, but it's seen its share of horror.

Dishes you must try in Istanbul

Turkish food goes much further than breads, dips and the modest kebab.

Whisky with a virtual twist video

The Gallipoli dawn service

uk and ireland

Whisky with a virtual twist video

Customers who order a 'Origin' cocktail are sent on a tour of Scotland from their bar stool.

Drinkers who order a 'Origin' cocktail are sent on a tour of the Scottish hills right from their bar stool.

London Night Tube transformed city

The mad dash for the last tube will be a thing of the past as London becomes a true 24-hour city.

Rural region's claim to Star Wars fame video

Your home is your (tiny) castle

usa

Trump's new summer digs

Donald and elder daughter Ivanka both have homes at the Bedminster golf club.

This bucolic US town is about to become the president's summer weekend hangout. Is it ready for Trumpmania?

World's 10 best film locations

Want to recreate the famous water-lift scene from Dirty Dancing? Or discover the splendour of Middle Earth?

Sin City reinvents itself, sort of video

New look for a NY landmark

canada & alaska

Is this the new New York City?

Toronto: it's the 'new' New York.

Start spreading the news - this Canadian city is giving the Big Apple a run for its money.

Tourists flock to see towering iceberg video

It's known locally as "iceberg alley" but locals weren't expecting the bergs so soon... or so many tourists.

Canada trip? 6 things to know

Canada: More than moose

asia

Bring a kid to a tropical island?

Holiday Inn Kandooma, a, South Male Atoll.

The Maldives are hardly known as a "family" destination, so what happens when you take an 8-year-old?

'Life-changing' N.Korea trip

North Korea remains one of the most fascinating travel destinations, provided people follow the local laws.

More than 100,000 labourers and POWs lost their lives during the construction of the Thailand-Burma railway during WWII. ...

The forgotten Kiwis

There were 13 Kiwis taken as POWs where they were forced to work on the infamous Death Railway.

luxury

Luxury at edge of the world

Berkeley River Lodge

There's no road and swimming comes with a croc warning - welcome to luxury, Western Australian-style.

Turtle Island: Luxury with a capital 'L'

Do nothing or do everything - this Fiji destination is the ultimate island getaway.

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

Backstage pass to the world

budget

Don't be a 'begpacker', get a job

Low-paying, menial labour can allow you to live in another country and then travel to a few more.

Backpacking around the world? Here are the pros and cons of working along the way.

The price of a school holiday trip

Should parents risk raising eyebrows at the next PTA meeting in order to secure a cheap family trip away?

Why I’m backpacking at 72

Cheapest European cities to travel

beaches

What to do in Honolulu

Tourists enjoy the sun on New Year's Day on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Honolulu delivers exactly what you expect of it – a sparkling crescent of colour, kitsch and curling surf.

Stunning country no one visits

The white sand beaches of Mozambique have more coconut palms than people on them.

Beck Eleven on holiday in Rarotonga. Yes, tough life...

Beauty and fear under the sea

OPINION: I'm pretending the sausage-like lumps of hell-creature lying on the sandy ocean floor are just inflated lumps of seaweed.

food

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

A cook prepares salbute, which includes grasshoppers and crickets.

Put down that lame ham sandwich, and get ready for a taste of the hottest restaurant on the planet.

No soul: Bangkok without street food

There are restaurants all over the world built to replicate experiences felt on Bangkok's streets.

Pastel de Belem - Portugal's famous egg custard tart.

'World's best' food lives up to hype

People travel for miles to queue up for this sweet, delicious treat. But is it really worth the wait?

adventure

Top 5 urban experiences

People enjoy a steam in a Russian banya.

 These adventures only take a few hours but they will linger long in the memory.

Riding into a new era video

This is not a horse trek - "it's a journey, it's an adventure, it's an experience".

Why you need to trek the Himalayas gallery video

Journey to Earth's hottest spots

family

Bring a kid to a tropical island?

Holiday Inn Kandooma, a, South Male Atoll.

The Maldives are hardly known as a "family" destination, so what happens when you take an 8-year-old?

Family of five split up on flight

Even the crew admitted it was absurd but paying extra to sit together doesn't guarantee you will.

Hotels go over top - for pets

The price of a school holiday trip

Video

The Street Kiwi who talks the walk

Once decaying and derelict buildings in Dunedin are now graced with works of art.

news

Mayor asks, airline declines

An Air New Zealand Bombardier Q300 takes off from Marlborough Airport. (File photo)

'No means no' as Air NZ shoots down further calls to re-instate direct flights from Blenheim to Christchurch.

Price revealed: Perth to London

Qantas announces fares for the 17-hour flight which starts next March.

How to help Great Barrier Reef

Welcome our crab overlords! video

troubles

'Old, fat ugly cabin crew deserve penalties'

A group of Aeroflot female flight attendants claims its employer discriminated against them because of their appearance.

Aeroflot has reportedly suggested overweight crew should be paid less, and "if employees don't like the conditions they can resign."

United 737's 'scary' landing

An engine-overheating warning leads to a "frightening" experience in Costa Rica.

Rabbit dies on United Airlines flight video

United Airlines: The other side video

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