Winter magic in Sydney

A skater tests out the ice rink in front of sydney's St Mary's Cathedral.

Sydney's Winter Festival is full of surprises, with a distinct European flavour.

Tips on tipping

Experts don't always agree on how much to tip.

If tipping angst makes you break out in a cold sweat, blame not the USA, but the United Kingdom.

Stuff you don’t need to pack

Don't try and fit too many gadgets into your luggage.

Cool travel gadgets may not be worth the money.

Rainbow lights up Mexico City video

The double rainbow was captured on a hotel webcam.

Watch as an amazing double rainbow transforms a grey day in Mexico City.

Meet the 'Nomad Barber'

Miguel Gutierrez gives a haircut in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The award-winning barber has trimmed hair and shaved beards in 21 different countries.

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Best cruise lines revealed

Queen Mary 2 has just entered drydock for a comprehensive, multimillion dollar refurbishment.

The results are in and travellers around the world have voted for their favourite cruise lines.

Celebrating Shark Week

Shark Week is a great time to better understand the ocean, and all its inhabitants.

What better way to celebrate shark week than heading underwater?

Harry Potter a hit for teens

The Harry Potter franchise continues to cast a spell in London.

A family trip to London sees a visit to Harry Potter and a ride in the back of an ambulance.

Disney dumplings on the menu

Pork and vegetable filled buns are dyed green to resemble The Little Green Men from “Toy Story.”

At Hong Kong's Disneyland, the magic even extends into its food. 

Take a Venice cruise

Grand Canal after sunset, Venice, Italy.

Sample the Italian delights of Venice onboard a luxurious cruise ship.

Rock jumping at Bulli Point

Bulli Point - halfway between Turangi and Taupo - is a great spot for swimming.

"It's one of the best spots for rock jumping in the country."

She quit her job to travel - at 35

Clelia Mattana at El Nido, Palawan.

Quitting a high-paid job at Burberry was a brave move, but Clelia Mattana has never looked back.

Want a cheap flight?

If you want a cheap flight it helps to plan ahead and consider whether you need extra services that might add to your cost.

Buying a cheap flight can be a tricky business, grab a bargain with our top six tips.

Colombia - beyond the drugs

Colombian farmers called "Arrieros" walk with their mules along a street in Medellin. Arrieros from all over the country ...

We took a family trip to the capital of a notorious former drug cartel. And it was OK.

Zombies invade LA

Zombies will be the focus of the Universal Studios' Walking Dead attraction.

Visitors will be terrified by Universal Studios brand new Walking Dead attraction.

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Kiwi Traveller

5 things to do for non-skiers

Snow-tubing offers a wild ride - without the skill of skiing.

Does the thought of hitting the slopes leave you feeling cold? Try these winter activities instead.

When should we visit Disneyland?

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send us your questions, and we'll put them to the experts.

Travelling with the wrong crowd

From the UK to Christchurch

nz

Dog derby on the slopes gallery

Queenstown  Winter Festival Dog Derby at the Remarkables ski field on Thursday.

Farmers and townies took their dogs to The Remarkables ski field for a dog derby challenge.

Drag race picks a queen video

Eight Queenstown men transformed into drag queens to compete at the Queenstown Winter Festival drag race.

Trampers still visit the Luxmore Hut on the Kepler Track during the winter months.

Trampers complete Kepler Track in winter

A lack of snow on the hilltops has seen more trampers complete the Kepler track in the winter.

news

You're welcome, says council

One of the new Welcome to Marlborough signs.

Mayor says new welcome signs, a year in the making, are "worth waiting for".

Tips on tipping

If tipping angst makes you break out in a cold sweat, blame not the USA, but the United Kingdom.

Saudi Arabia may get theme parks

Airports are 'soft targets' video

travel troubles

How to survive Beijing's smog

A man dons a mask to combat heavy pollution in Beijing, China.

An unfortunate combination of coal-burning and an enveloping mountain range is choking Beijing.

Auckland flights delayed video

Travellers using Auckland Airport faced foggy conditions that caused delays and cancellations on Thursday morning.

Flight attendants share scary experiences

Dog attack shows value of travel insurance

south america

Double rainbow lights up Mexico City video

The double rainbow was captured on a hotel webcam.

Watch as an amazing double rainbow transforms a grey day in Mexico City.

Colombia - beyond the drugs

We took a family trip to the capital of a notorious former drug cartel. And it was OK.

Easter Island's stone giants

One must-do South American experience

middle east

The Dubai you don't know

Take a traditional abra ferry for a different view of Dubai.

Beyond the glitz and glamour, there's another side to this Persian Gulf city.

Monument discovered with Google Earth

The stone platform which is as long as an Olympic swimming pool and twice as wide was previously unknown.

Inside Etihad's first-class lounge gallery

Dubai: Top 5 things to do video

pacific islands

10 reasons to visit Cook Islands video

The lagoons are ideal for family swims.

There are certain requirements to hitting travel happiness, and these are 10 ways the Cooks might meet yours.

Cook Islands: 15 things to do gallery video

There's a story to be found around every corner in the Cook Islands.

Warwagira Mask Festival.

A hypnotic ritual

It's scary, it's magical, it's thrilling - and it's a ritual that's not too far away.

australia

Winter magic in Sydney

A skater tests out the ice rink in front of sydney's St Mary's Cathedral.

Sydney's Winter Festival is full of surprises, with a distinct European flavour.

Festival shines light on Sydney video

New drone footage of the Vivid light festival gives us a birds-eye view of the spectacular event.

A tourist gets up close to a crocodile in Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove.

Top places to swim with animals

There is something magical - and a bit terrifying - about swimming alongside an animal in its own environment.

europe

Harry Potter a hit for London teens

The Harry Potter franchise continues to cast a spell in London.

A family trip to London sees a visit to Harry Potter and a ride in the back of an ambulance.

Take a Venice cruise

Sample the Italian delights of Venice onboard a luxurious cruise ship.

Gibraltar: a Brexit breakaway

Enjoy authentic German beer

uk and ireland

Kiwi travellers are Brexit winners

Now is the perfect time to plan a midwinter escape to London.

Kiwis will be snapping up cheap flights and holiday pounds as Brexit adds to a "golden era" of travel.

Thousands gather at Stonehenge gallery

More than 12,000 people watched the sun rise and celebrated the Northern Hemisphere's longest day of the year.

Pair travel 1000km with no money

The other London underground

usa

Zombies invade LA

Zombies will be the focus of the Universal Studios' Walking Dead attraction.

Visitors to Universal Studios in Hollywood will be terrified by its brand new Walking Dead attraction.

Spend the night in a taxi

Accommodation in New York definitely isn't cheap - but would you be willing to sleep in a taxi?

'Beware the fake monks'

How I got married in Las Vegas

canada & alaska

A real Canadian winter

Huskies in the snow.

Just how cold is -25 degrees? I had no idea.

Whale statue lands city in hot water

How a public artwork has led to cruise bosses bringing a lawsuit in federal court.

In the passenger seat, off the grid

Guiding the way in Whistler video

asia

How to survive Beijing's smog

A man dons a mask to combat heavy pollution in Beijing, China.

An unfortunate combination of coal-burning and an enveloping mountain range is choking Beijing.

This is no sexotic freak show

This has quickly become the capital of cool in this sticky Asian metropolis.

Pork and vegetable filled buns are dyed green to resemble The Little Green Men from “Toy Story.”

Disney dumplings on the menu

At Hong Kong's Disneyland, the magic even extends into its food. 

cruising

World’s best cruise lines revealed

Queen Mary 2 has just entered drydock for a comprehensive, multimillion dollar refurbishment.

The results are in and travellers around the world have voted for their favourite cruise lines.

Take a Venice cruise

Sample the Italian delights of Venice onboard a luxurious cruise ship.

QM2 gets a makeover video

Carnival Vista on the Mediterranean

snow

Dog derby on the slopes gallery

Queenstown  Winter Festival Dog Derby at the Remarkables ski field on Thursday.

Farmers and townies took their dogs to The Remarkables ski field for a dog derby challenge.

5 things to do for non-skiers

Does the thought of hitting the slopes leave you feeling cold? Try these winter activities instead.

Snow at South Island ski fields nothing on last year

Queenstown opens Winter Festival video

themes

Meet the 'Nomad Barber'

Miguel Gutierrez gives a haircut in Cappadocia, Turkey.

The award-winning barber has trimmed hair and shaved beards in 21 different countries.

Colombia - beyond the drugs

We took a family trip to the capital of a notorious former drug cartel. And it was OK.

Clelia Mattana at El Nido, Palawan.

She quit her job to travel - at 35

Quitting a high-paid job at Burberry was a brave move, but Clelia Mattana has never looked back.

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Auckland flights delayed

Travellers using Auckland Airport faced foggy conditions that caused delays and cancellations on Thursday morning.

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