The magic of Waitomo's caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most popular attractions.

5:00 AM  Why are tourists being lured underground by a bunch of sparkly maggots? We find out what all the fuss is about.

Under the mountain video

The Hapuawhenua train tunnel is now part of the Old Coach Road segment of Nga Haerenga - the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

5:00 AM  Whether it snows or no, Ruapehu has plenty of attractions for the short and long term visitor

Wanderluster of the week

Sarah throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

5:00 AM  Sarah Kennerley wanted her own space on the internet to document her adventures around the world.

Like nowhere on Earth

Patagonia is a land of spectacle.

5:00 AM  A jaded traveller once said to me, "everywhere begins to look like somewhere else". He's wrong. I've never seen anything like this.

Short treks for Camino wannabes

The end of the journey.

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No locker? Rip your own

A passenger decide to make his own alterations to the new  A350's configuration.

A passenger on a flight to Bangkok had a novel (and destructive) solution to his overhead locker needs.

The songbirds of Saigon video

One of the songbirds' owners has a laugh with a fellow enthusiast in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh City is all heat and noise, but there's one place where you can find serenity - and a beautiful tune.

Working up an appetite gallery video

Dumplings for sale at the night markets in Beijing.

Smoke billows out of the brightly lit stalls as sticks of all sorts sizzle on the hot plates.

Getting the bad news

A hand is painted in preparation for a palm-reading.

I braved Myanmar's infamous fortune tellers, and here's what they had to tell me.

False scents of security

Bangkok street life comes with its share of challenges, not least the heady aromas.

 Even the ripest of big city smells can act like a security blanket when your travel essentials go awol.

Hiking and the haiku

A rest stop along the Nakasendo Trail.

It's a gorgeous part of Japan, with peaks that rise to 3000 metres, mossy forests of cypress trees and patchy farms.

The luxury train that's totally unreal

The Maharajas' Express at one of the stations it calls into on its 2300km journey.

The Maharajas' Express is the best train in India by some measurements, and the best in the entire world by some others.

Where the hip hang in Hong Kong

The barman at the uber-cool Foxglove in Hong Kong.

They say Hong Kong has 13,000 restaurants, making dining there a mystifying smorgasbord of ever-changing options.

From New York to Wellington

Dan Laufer is pictured hiking near Mount Cook in the South Island.

New York native Dan Laufer is impressed by all of the cultural activities on offer in the capital.

5 things to do in Otorohanga

Visit a kiwi at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

It's a great base for exploring the Waitomo Caves, but this King Country town has some of its own must-see attractions.

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Wanderluster of the week

Sarah throws a coin into the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

5:00 AM  Sarah Kennerley wanted her own space on the internet to document her adventures around the world.

5 things to do in Otorohanga

It's a great base for exploring the Waitomo Caves, but this King Country town has some of its own must-see attractions.

False scents of security

Visiting the Azores Islands

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The magic of Waitomo's caves

The Waitomo Glowworm Caves are one of New Zealand's most popular attractions.

5:00 AM  Why are tourists being lured underground by a bunch of sparkly maggots? We find out what all the fuss is about.

A town that's 'stunning and mischievous'

Fashion designer Kathryn Wilson's favourite escape is Queenstown.

Visit a kiwi at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

5 things to do in Otorohanga

It's a great base for exploring the Waitomo Caves, but this King Country town has some of its own must-see attractions.

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False scents of security

Bangkok street life comes with its share of challenges, not least the heady aromas.

 Even the ripest of big city smells can act like a security blanket when your travel essentials go awol.

Freedom camper ban

Rules to outlaw vehicles without toilets may be made permanent around Christchurch.

Making Chch 'edgy' video

Finding a forgotten world

travel troubles

No locker? Rip your own

A passenger decide to make his own alterations to the new  A350's configuration.

A passenger on a flight to Bangkok had a novel (and destructive) solution to his overhead locker needs.

False scents of security

 Even the ripest of big city smells can act like a security blanket when your travel essentials go awol.

Jetstar brawler 'sorry' video

Fog stranded travellers angry

south america

Like nowhere on Earth

Patagonia is a land of spectacle.

5:00 AM  A jaded traveller once said to me, "everywhere begins to look like somewhere else". He's wrong. I've never seen anything like this.

Rio-bound? No Portuguese? Problem

Speaking only English won't get you far in the Olympic city.

Airport security increases in Rio

Land of 900 stray dogs

middle east

Why you should visit Palestine

Fresh kanafeh, a popular Middle Eastern pastry.

This is the good news story about Palestine that you never hear.

Solar plane flies over pyramids video

Flying through the haze over the pyramids of Giza, the Solar Impulse 2 arrived in Egypt.

The Dubai you don't know

Monument discovered with Google Earth

pacific islands

A stopover in paradise

Doubletree by Hilton Fiji has recently opened on Sonaisali Island, 25 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport.

I don't think I really knew what true comfort was until I stopped over in Nadi.

A tiny paradise

Halfway between NZ and Hawaii, this daisy-chain of nine 'islands' is one of the world's smallest countries.

The ever attentive and cheerful staff at Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa.

Sinalei: warm weather, warmer people video

There's no point fighting it, Sinalei Reef and Spa Resort will not be denied. Lie back and relax.

australia

Pipped by Aussie big sister

Wellington has been rated second behind Canberra in a survey of quality of life.

Wellington's sister city Canberra has the best quality of life in the world - apparently.

Humpback whale photobombs video

A group of jet-skiers had a "once in a lifetime" encounter when a baby humpback jumped up to say hello.

One of Maria Island's lovely landscapes in Tasmania.

Australia's best islands for a holiday

Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.

europe

Norway in a nutshell

A view of the old village of Flam from the train.

From fjords to mountaintops, how I fell under a Norwegian spell.

Tour de France: French Alps

Big mountains and showers for idiots as Jon Bridges continues his travels in France.

Woman fined for Trevi frolic video

Cycling up the mountain

uk and ireland

700 mirrors on church floor

Our colour reflection is an exhibition by UK artist Liz West.

An artist has created a magical reflective pool with 700 mirrors, filling a historic cathedral with light and colour.

Thousands strip for art

3200 people stripped naked and painted themselves blue to celebrate the sea.

'Visit Britain, we have all the avos!'

Rockin' birthday on Isle of Wight stuff nation

usa

Why Americans don't have passports

Montana really is a stunner of a state.

They have Montana. Why do they need to go anywhere else?

America's freakiest festival

Burning Man - the US desert festival that NEEDS to be experienced.

Hooray for Dollywood

Walking Dead give theme park life

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

The luxury train that's totally unreal

The Maharajas' Express at one of the stations it calls into on its 2300km journey.

The Maharajas' Express is the best train in India by some measurements, and the best in the entire world by some others.

Where the hip hang in Hong Kong

They say Hong Kong has 13,000 restaurants, making dining there a mystifying smorgasbord of ever-changing options.

Sightseers in Tsumago in the Kiso Valley, along Japan's Nakasendo Trail.

Hiking and the haiku

It's a gorgeous part of Japan, with peaks that rise to 3000 metres, mossy forests of cypress trees and patchy farms.

cruising

Take-out sushi at sea

Takeaway sushi at sea is soon to be a thing.

The list of things you have to leave behind while cruising just got a little bit shorter.

Cruises for small ships

If you want intimate destinations and boutique journeys then think places like Greece, France and Japan.

The Nile, without the crowds

New digs for dogs on cruise ship video

snow

Skiing vs snowboarding

WANAKA, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 28:  Zhifeng Sun of China competes in the FIS Snowboard World Cup Halfpipe Qualification ...

There has for the past few years been much talk about the "death of snowboarding".

Under the mountain video

5:00 AM  Whether it snows or no, Ruapehu has plenty of attractions for the short and long term visitor

Avalanches: What you need to know

No business like snow business

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Beijing: Working up an appetite gallery video

Smoke billows out of the brightly lit stalls as sticks of all sorts sizzle on the hot plates.

The barman at the uber-cool Foxglove in Hong Kong.

Where the hip hang in Hong Kong

They say Hong Kong has 13,000 restaurants, making dining there a mystifying smorgasbord of ever-changing options.

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The songbirds of Saigon

Ho Chi Minh City is all heat and noise, but there's one place where you can find serenity - and a beautiful tune.

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