Mother Nature's rainbow video

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

Coastin' with the postman

An interesting break, postman Gordon feeds deer.

 Bob Marriott and his wife hitch a ride with Gordon the postie on a rural delivery run from Featherston to Cape Palliser.

Wild about Scandinavia

Matthew and Chelsea are big fans of the nomadic lifestyle.

After 10 years on the road, an intrepid couple share their advice on travelling Northern Europe.

Coolest bus stop ever?

One of the artists at the refurnished Alphington bus stop.

The boring bus wait is a thing of the past at this "reclaimed" 1970s-themed bus stop in Melbourne.

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Dark night sky to be a tourism product

Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson.

Stargazing is being investigated as a tourism product for Southland.

Fingers crossed for flying conditions

Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Wings Over Wairarapa festival in Masterton over the weekend, meaning crowds ...

Classic Fighters Omaka places faith in the weather after Wings Over Wairarapa cancellation.

Freedom camping gets freer

Freedom campers have a range of new sites available to them from late February to late April.

Freedom campers in Auckland now have a lot more choice as to where they pitch their tent.

The NZ desert that never was stuff nation

A "high sierra", this breath-taking platform was carved away from human innovation during the 1800s gold rush.

A jewel that is seldom advertised lies just outside Queenstown... just remember your horse and Clint Eastwood impersonation.

Airline gets rid of window shutters video

Electronically-dimmable windows will be a feature on Qantas' new Dreamliners.

Annoying passengers who won't pull the shade down will become a thing of the past.

E-cigarette sparks airport evacuation

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

I would walk 2650 miles

Tim Tracy and Corinne Phillips who are walking the Pacific Crest trail this year.

How does six months of walking the length of America sound?

'Crazed' man rams airport doors video

"It was very scary," says a passenger who hid behind seats when a man went on a rampage, determined to get onto the runway.

Passengers hid behind seats when a man went on a rampage, determined to get onto the runway.

Singing in the rain

Zack, 10, and Jayde White, 8, with the Gemco car Zach raced on Sunday morning.

No amount of rain could stop the music and dance and art deco.

Getting tough on tourist scooters

Niki Smith was killed in a motorcycle accident on Rarotonga in 2003.

Sean Smith lost a brother and a sister to motorcycle accidents in the Cook Islands. He doesn't want anyone else to die.

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Wanderluster: Kiwis' life in Scandinavia

Matthew and Chelsea are big fans of the nomadic lifestyle.

After 10 years on the road, an intrepid couple share their advice on travelling Northern Europe.

Africa: Wildlife and brilliant beaches

I want to go to Africa to do a safari and hit the beaches. Got a travel question? We can help/

Embracing the spirit of adventure

Amsterdam: A bloomin' good time

nz

The NZ desert that never was stuff nation

A "high sierra", this breath-taking platform was carved away from human innovation during the 1800s gold rush.

A jewel that is seldom advertised lies just outside Queenstown... just remember your horse and Clint Eastwood impersonation.

Singing in the rain

No amount of rain could stop the music and dance and art deco.

An interesting break, postman Gordon feeds deer.

Coastin' with the postman

 Bob Marriott and his wife hitch a ride with Gordon the postie on a rural delivery run from Featherston to Cape Palliser.

Australia

Coolest bus stop ever?

One of the artists at the refurnished Alphington bus stop.

The boring bus wait is a thing of the past at this "reclaimed" 1970s-themed bus stop in Melbourne.

Jellyfish like bubble wrap carpet gallery video

No, that's not high tide, but a plague of jellyfish beached in Australia.

Singapore Airlines' inaugural flight from Singapore and Canberra touched down in Wellington in September.

Capital express '80% full'

Data out of Australia suggests strong early demand for Singapore Airlines' service to Wellington.

pacific islands

Eye contact with a humpback stuff nation video

Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an indescribable feeling.

OPINION: Swimming with these gentle giants is true bliss in Tonga.

Summer lesson: 'Learn to exploit foreigners'

As cool rain swept across Auckland and Peter Thiel's residential status fuelled angst among what passes for our intelligentsia, I sweated through a few days on Efate's southern shores.

Blue Lagoon's private island, Nanuya Lailai, in Fiji.

A to Z of Yasawa Islands

A guide to cruising Fiji's remote Yasawa Islands.

cruising

A meander through a fairytale

An aerial view at Cochem and river Moselle in Germany. FFX-travel

Visit this valley for picture-postcard Europe amid the vineyards.

Norwegian Star to set sail video

It was stranded off the coast of Australia with more than 2000 people aboard. Now, it's back on track and bound for NZ.

Stunts in the sunshine are just part of the job for Sydney Brown.

High life of a cruise-ship worker

Stunts in the sunshine are part of the job for Sydney Brown, who gives an inside look into life on the world's largest cruise ship.

south america

Where Mother Nature painted a rainbow video

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

Island at the end of the Earth

Easter Island's stark isolation fuels the mystique surrounding its ancient statues.

The beach where Brazil locals go

When an ice bridge collapses gallery video

middle east

Hitchhiking through Iran at 70 video

Ahmed Asgher says he is not worried about his safety because he only expects the best from people.

No golf, gardening or bowls: It's off to the world's trouble spots for retired backpacking Aucklander.

3-minute guide to Doha

With Qatar Airways new Auckland - Doha route, we take a look at what to do and where to go in the world's richest country.

Make Doha your next stopover

Grab a selfie...in Aleppo video

europe

Hotspot of the week: Venice

A masked reveller poses during the Venice Carnival in Venice, Italy.

 Dress-up fiends and drama queens must pay a visit to Venice's famous Carnevale.

Italy's 9000-year-old city

With its limestone cave dwellings dug in the hillside, this is one of the Italian cities that time forgot.

The mysterious past of Delphi

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

uk and ireland

London's ancient past goes on show video

A human skull found at the Crossrail Liverpool Street site is seen as part of the "Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail" ...

Skeletons from the 1665 Great Plague have been uncovered after Crossrail tunnel digs.

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

With a woodland entrance and mown grass on the floor, this place is turning us a little green with envy.

Doggies' day out on the bus video

Why visit this 'wretched' place?

usa

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

I would walk 2650 miles

How does six months of walking the length of America sound?

Huge place with huge personality

Canada shines in Trump shadow

canada & alaska

What you need to know about Canadians

Actor Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario.

They don't like to be mistaken for Americans and they love ice-hockey.

Canada's northern national parks

Banff and Jasper national parks are standouts in a country renowned for its stunning scenery.

Where to get close to polar bears

Tourist sights worth braving crowds for video

asia

Hilarious signs to help tourists

Japan has released 26 signs to enable tourists to better understand their culture. This one means: "No washing inside tub".

To make tourists feel more welcome, Japan has created 26 signs to help them fit in with the locals.

Hong Kong: Escape the high-rises

With a skyscraper backdrop, these pockets of nature are a welcome relief, despite feeling a bit out of place.

The luxurious overwater villas at Lux South Ari Atoll.

Maldives: Now that's luxury

There's a little bit of everything at Lux Resort South Ari Atoll - including a close encounter with the world's biggest fish.

luxury

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

Totem Madrid is located in the swanky Salamanca district.

Madrid's ritzy Salamanca district is home to one of the most expensive streets in Spain.

The sport of kings

When else do you get to stomp around on grass while drinking champagne, and hob-nob with the rich, fanatical, and royal, than when you play - or watch - polo?

Hotels for people with too much cash

Amsterdam's $13,000 hotel room

budget

10 travel experiences for $10

Wellington's Cable Car is New Zealand's only funicular railway.

Don't dismiss your spare change - bargains are to be found everywhere.

Travel the world on $27 a day

You won't find a single selfie, but this budget guru has amassed a large following.

Save $50k, travel to 50 countries

Ever tried a cargo cruise?

beaches

Auckland's top islands

Great Barrier Island,

For a slice of island paradise, you need only venture into Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Glamping on Slipper Island

Near to some of NZ's most iconic beaches, Slipper Island holds its own as one of the Coromandel's most beautiful spots.

SEPTEMBER 25: We turn our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and summer. And in central Auckland, a 4-year-old ...

Summer's strange, mad beauty

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

food

Takeaways a family affair

Jacqui Winchcombe believes good drainage is one of the secrets to good-quality chips.

Local chippie review: Taupiri Takeaways may be small, but it's built up a reputation for great fish and chips.

Fish aplenty at Fishermans Catch

Next time you're in Pukekohe, get a feed at the Fishermans Catch.

Hippopotamus restaurant in Wellington is known for its sophisticated cuisine.

Unmissable Welly food experiences

French flair, coffee, chocolate, wine and laneway dining - there's something for all.

adventure

I was hunted by wolves

Wellington athlete, Marcelo Vanzuita, has been forced to drop out of the gruelling event.

Kiwi adventurer tracked by wolves during race: "The animal looked at me and he meant business."

Pedaling in paradise video

Already one of New Zealand's hottest holiday destinations, an increasingly popular mountainbike park is making Kaiteriteri even more of a drawcard for families and thrill seekers.

Insane waterfall cliff diving video

Secret rooms at tourist hotspots video

family

'I can see her smiling'

John Misky aboard a traditional waka or canoe. The Porirua man plans to build his own canoe to pay tribute to his ...

In 2003, he promised to build his grandmother a waka, now he's honouring that pledge.

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Omakau, Central Otago, sat dormant for a long time - but the secret's out now.

What every family holiday needs

When's best to visit Venice?

Video

'Fire' spews from waterfall

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

news

Dark night sky to be a tourism product

Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson.

Stargazing is being investigated as a tourism product for Southland.

Fingers crossed for flying conditions

Classic Fighters Omaka places faith in the weather after Wings Over Wairarapa cancellation.

Freedom camping gets freer

Airline gets rid of window shutters video

troubles

E-cigarette sparks airport evacuation

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

Woman saved after cruise ship fall video

Footage shows the rescue of a woman who spent almost an hour in the Pacific after falling from a cruise ship.

Cafe charges tourists for electricity

Families to lose campground dibs

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