Putting with the primates

The 7th hole at The Els Club in Langkawi.

If you don't mind the odd monkey-led intrusion, Malaysia is a paradise for golf enthusiasts.

Amazing weekend in Akaroa

Akaroa is a fishing village that thinks it's French (probably because it almost was).

Food, history, art, nature, and sexy inflections – you can savour them all on a visit to Akaroa.

Scorched earth video

17022015 Feature photo supplied/ Yvonne van Dongen.  Danakil, Ethiopia. Afar dwellings on a bed of scoria.

Descending into a place once dubbed the cruellest on Earth... Ethiopia.

Incredible history in Paris

Patrick Whatman at Disneyland in Paris.

Patrick Whatman moved from Wellington all the way to Paris' 11th Arrondissement.

Five things to do at Womad

Red Baraat from USA perform on the Brooklands stage at Womad.

Headed to Womad? Here are five things you should take on board.

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Incredible history in Paris

Patrick Whatman at Disneyland in Paris.

Patrick Whatman moved from Wellington all the way to Paris' 11th Arrondissement.

Adventure capital of the world video

Kiwi Carmen Roberts is bringing the world back home with her, for a bit of adventure.

Kiwis are taking flight more often

Travel tips: How to access money

news

Venezuela 'gringo' clampdown

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro during a rally to commemorate the 26th anniversary of the social uprising known as 'Caracazo'.

Nation to limit the activities of US diplomats and require American citizens to apply for visas for the beach.

Kiwi set to fly - yet again

NZ's newest airline announces direct routes from regional centres to Auckland, Queenstown and Hamilton.

How to find the cheapest day to fly

SeaWorld stops dolphin-feeding attraction

travel troubles

Photos: Jet caught in a hailstorm

The frightening power of hail bashed in the nose of a commercial Brazilian jetliner and cracked both its windshields.

The frightening power of hail bashed in the nose of a Brazilian jetliner and cracked both its windshields.

Passengers injured on Thai Airways jet

A Thai Airways plane hit severe turbulence over Thailand that injured 11 people on Thursday.

Mexican volcano disrupts flights

Morning trains disrupted video

nz

Amazing weekend in Akaroa

Akaroa is a fishing village that thinks it's French (probably because it almost was).

Food, history, art, nature, and sexy inflections – you can savour them all on a visit to Akaroa.

Blue Lake a Kiwi jewel video

It seems appropriate that one of NZ's greatest natural treasures is hard to find.

The Otago Rail trail is a great way to work up a thirst.

Working up a thirst

A South Island holiday also turned out to be a great beer journey.

pacific islands

Living on island time in Samoa

Descending the ladder into To Sua Trench

It’s not just the sights that make Samoa special. The happiness of its inhabitants are refreshment for body and soul.

Getting kava'd in Vanuatu

Going to a kava bar in Vanuatu is like going to a corner pub after a hard day's work.

Scenic route: Cycling in New Ireland.

This is not the Tour de France

Nothing beats being greeted like a star when you're hot, sweaty and covered in dirt on Papua New Guinea's main cycling route.

australia

Sydney: Airbnb's Big Gay stay

WHITE PICKET FENCES: Airbnb's The Big Gay Stay.

Want to be part of the world’s biggest Mardi Gras parade? Airbnb has a big pink answer.

10 outdoor dining spots in NSW

With summer drawing to an end, now is a great time to head to New South Wales and try some of the state's best al fresco dining spots.

Exciting: Dancers dressed as futuristic characters perform during a show at The Robot Restaurant in Tokyo.

Robot Restaurant opens in Sydney

If you ever wanted to experience the 'other' side of Japan, head to Sydney for a quirky new restaurant.

themes

Life lessons from the surfboard

LIFE LESSONS: Surfing distils into a pure physical moment the usually drawn-out challenge of simultaneously accepting what life throws at you and making the best of it.

Decisions create confidence. That's something I learned from surfing.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Here's a round up of some of the top travel photos from around the world this week.

BUDGET TRAVEL: Some swear by Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but are there universal rules to getting a cheap overseas flight?

How to find the cheapest day to fly

Some swear by Tuesdays and Wednesdays, but the best way to find a cheap day to fly is to use a site you've probably never heard of.

europe

Beginner's guide to the Canary Islands

SEA SWELLS: Tourists watch people practicing kitesurfing at the Corralejo Flag Beach on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

It's only a three-hour flight from Spain, but few travellers go there. Here's why they should.

On the trail of Van Gogh

The artist's experiences during his stay here affected him so profoundly that he would decide to devote his life to art.

Tiny Hungarian village up for rent

The most picturesque place to die

uk and ireland

How this small town became part of world history

Home to an original Magna Carta: The British coastal town of Sandwich.

A recent discovery has put this quiet British coastal town into the history books.

'You'll never look at a spoon the same way '

A new exhibition at London's Science Museum explores the science behind cravings.

Walking The Saints’ Way

Keeping London's Soho 'sexy'

usa

Is the Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

SIN CITY: A new campaign is appealing to a crowd of likely Las Vegas Strip visitors that's less keen on nightclub bottle service or high-priced fine-dining.

Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

An insider's tips for New York

If you have two days and want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple, here's some tips.

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

Happiest, most expensive place on Earth

canada & alaska

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

It's a stunning sight: Niagara Falls, the world's most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place.

An unforgettable biking adventure

Why an abandoned railway line through the heart of this Canadian province makes for an unforgettable biking adventure.

A pork-lovers guide to Canada

Hawaii or Alaska? Hot or cold? gallery

asia

Putting with the primates

The 7th hole at The Els Club in Langkawi.

If you don't mind the odd monkey-led intrusion, Malaysia is a paradise for golf enthusiasts.

A pirate prison in perfect paradise

This is the Thai island where rogue prisoners once marauded to soak in a serene island paradise.

The high-rises of Pudong, on the east bank of the Huangpu River in central Shanghai, can be seen from the Bund.

How to see Shanghai in one day

It could take years to know a city as Shanghai. But, in a little less than eight hours I made a start.

cruising

Cruise lines expect 1m more passengers

Tight squeeze: Cruise ships Radiance of the Sea, left, and Sun Princess take up all the space at CentrePort in Wellington.

Almost a million more people worldwide are expected to take cruises this year compare to last year.

I see your Elsa and raise you Darth Vader

Disney Cruise Line has announced another themed day at sea, this time calling on Star Wars for select sailings.

Hawaii or Alaska? Hot or cold? gallery

Greece: Sailing Plato's playground

snow

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

At 19,348 feet, Cotopaxi is Ecuador?s second-highest peak and one of the most active volcanoes in this mountainous country. Illustrates ECUADOR-PEAKS (category t), by Anne Farrar ? 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Anne Farrar.)

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival

China's spectacular ice festival has kicked off in style.

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Cold at the top

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Scorched earth

Descending into a place once dubbed the cruellest on Earth... Ethiopia.

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