15 pointless travel items

Big backpacks were once the hallmark of the ardent traveller. Not so much these days.

Paper maps, rolls of film and money belts have joined travellers cheques as things of the past.

Roman pyramid on show

The pyramid in Rome is one of the tourist mecca's lesser known attractions.

It's a pyramid in Rome. Who knew?

Cow poo causes airport stink

MPI staff said the passenger did the right thing by declaring the cow pat.

"Commercially packaged dung" intercepted at Auckland Airport, but traveller praised for declaring item.

A model ambassador

Megan Gale said her role as an ambassador for Tourism New Zealand would help her reconnect with her Maori heritage.

Tourism NZ's new and famous ambassador is hoping to encourage Aussies to get on their bikes.

Cyclone could ground flights

A storm north of New Zealand has "all the ingredients" to become a tropical cyclone.

Air NZ customers offered later or earlier flights due to potential cyclone.

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15 pointless travel items

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Paper maps, rolls of film and money belts have joined travellers cheques as things of the past.

UK hits NZ with health charge

Kiwis wanting to spend more than six months in the UK on their OE will soon have to pay up.

Exploring the Great Wall

An endless Indian summer

nz

Pink Hike proving popular

Pink Hike organiser Luisa Coyle, centre, at the inaugural event last year.

The event will also be great for those who have always meant to get around to climbing up Mt Fyffe.

Wine, food and everything good

"We sold out last year, so we are hoping for the same this year."

Stopping to admire the scenery at the Pelorus River.

Getting my hobbit on

It's hard to focus your mind on anything other than the serene beauty of nature when kayaking down the Pelorus River.

news

School beach day brings in $2500 for cause

Cashmere High's student council counting the money the school raised for Awaroa Inlet.

A Christchurch school is helping Kiwis buy back Awaroa Inlet.

A model ambassador

Tourism NZ's new and famous ambassador is hoping to encourage Aussies to get on their bikes.

Cow poo causes airport stink

Come on Kiwis, we can do this

travel troubles

Auckland trains getting back on track

A signal fault near Britomart caused delays across the Auckland train network.

Aucklanders faced delays to train services on Wednesday due to a track fault near Britomart.

Cyclone could ground flights

Air NZ customers offered later or earlier flights due to potential cyclone.

Peeing passenger causes scuffle

Air NZ flight diverted to Nelson video

south america

An amazing Amazon adventure

The Napo River runs through the Amazon Rainforest, delivering its watery lifeblood to the villagers living along its banks.

No one will be able to hear you scream in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Photos: Rio Carnival gallery

The glitz and glamour, as well as jaw dropping costumes, from Rio's Carnival parades.

The Kiwis of Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval video

The country taking Airbnb by storm

middle east

Kiwis key in Dubai's zipline video

Been there? Done that? You've probably not seen anything quite like Dubai's XLine before.

A steep, 90m drop is only inches away as the building drops straight down to the concrete below.

A toast to Shiraz

Facelifts, nose jobs, chadors teamed with Japanese sun visors, rare artefacts and friendly people – Iran is a fascinating paradox.

See the home of Star Wars

20 reasons to visit Dubai with kids

pacific islands

Life on a private island

Ever wondered what it would be like to have an island to yourself?

Castaway bliss

There's no TV or wi-fi. Just the soothing melody of Fijian waters gently lapping.

A spectacular Fiji sunset captured at Tropica Island Resort on Malolo Island.

Fiji for a first-timer gallery video

How do you enjoy Fiji when you can't swim, hate the sun and are scared of coconuts falling on your head?

australia

Photos: Amazing WA gallery

Brunswick Bay Islands

Take a bird's eye look at the incredible landscape of Western Australia.

Aussie: Better than anywhere else?

According to an Australian travel writer, there are some experiences his country does better than anywhere else.

Bespoke Gin Workshops are held at William McHenry & Sons Distillery at Port Arthur.

Top 6 Tassie whisky distilleries

Find out why Tasmania is getting a name for itself as the whisky capital of Australia.

europe

European cruising at risk

Cruise ship passing on the River Danube, Passau, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Credit Getty Images

Last year's hot, dry European summer may have a roll-on effect for those eyeing up a European cruise.

Roman pyramid on show

It's a pyramid in Rome. Who knew?

A holiday in the dark

Inside France's 'Cape Celebrity'

uk and ireland

Why you should go solo in London

In Hyde Park, bicyclists ride a path adjacent to horse trails.

Who needs company when you've got pubs, parks and plenty of tours to keep you entertained?

How to get into London's exclusive clubs

Fancy rubbing shoulders with London's movers and shakers? Here's how.

Wandering into a wizarding world

20 reasons to visit Dublin

usa

Who goes to North Dakota?

Josh Duhamel, a native of North Dakota, is serving as ambassador for the state.

Well not many, but Transformers actor Josh Duhamel is trying to change all that.

NASA men share love of space video

An Apollo 13 astronaut and a leader from the Mars mission talk about space travel.

Slumber party with penguins

Surviving a wilderness course

canada & alaska

Get it while it's cold

Kayaking through a floating iceberg.

The sun is out, the water is calm, and the adventure is on, with a nice, wild Alaska edge.

Fine dining on the rails

"It's like a symphony," says executive chef Jean Pierre Guerin from inside the Rocky Mountaineer's Goldleaf Service kitchen.

The town no-one wants to leave

Rumbling through the Rockies gallery video

asia

Get lost in Japan's past

Young women wear traditional clothing for Seijin no Hi, a Japanese coming-of-age holiday, in Kanazawa, Japan.

It's easy to see Japanese history, but more difficult to become immersed in it.

Mystery map among nine years of gifts gallery

Nelson man Brian Wilke is responsible for a mysterious map of Nelson found in Siberia.

What's the best way to see Cappadocia? From up above.

The best way to see Cappadocia video

It might be called the land of the beautiful horses but this Turkish town is home to one of the world's best experiences.

cruising

European cruising at risk

Cruise ship passing on the River Danube, Passau, Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Credit Getty Images

Last year's hot, dry European summer may have a roll-on effect for those eyeing up a European cruise.

Love on the high seas gallery

With Valentine's Day just around the corner, there could be no better time to plan a romantic cruise.

Cruisy summer

Amazing awaits on the Amazon gallery

snow

Kiwi caught in US snow storm

Snow covers the deck of Joanne Clapp's home after a massive snow storm in the east coast of the United States.

As record US blizzard rages on, Kiwi looks on the bright side and enjoys a few days off work.

Ski fields battle for early birds

Canterbury's Porters ski field has fired back in a price war with NZ Ski Group's Mt Hutt.

Boeing 757 touches down in Antarctica

Mt Hutt named best ski resort

themes

Top spots for a Valentines Day picnic

No idea what to do for Valentines Day? Try a romantic picnic at one of these great spots.

Stuck for Valentines Day ideas? Take a peek at our pick of picnic spots for inspiration.

Beyonce's Airbnb could be yours

Want to sleep in the same bed as Queen Bey? Well, you can but it will cost you.

Campaigner Duane Major is here to answer any questions you have about the campaign taking New Zealand by storm.

Live chat: #Buythisbeachnz

Buy the beach campaigner Duane Major is here to answer your questions.

Video

School beach day brings in $2500 for cause

A Christchurch school is helping Kiwis buy back Awaroa Inlet.

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