Volcano in Japan disrupts flights

BOILING OVER: An aerial view shows volcanic smoke spew from Mount Aso in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan. This photo was taken on November 26.

9:36 AM  Mount Aso has blasted out chunks of magma in the first major eruption in 22 years.

Keeping kids grounded

SPOILED?: The problem now is how to keep them grounded.

Travel does broaden the mind, but it can also be taken for granted by seasoned child travellers.

Akaroa stews over cruises

INFLUX: Cruise ship passengers enjoy the sights of Akaroa, but does the village benefit?

Is the Banks Peninsula settlement benefiting or being compromised by the cruise ship industry?

Top 10 exotic museums

VISUALLY STRIKING: The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain.

Sometimes you don't even have to set foot inside a gallery or museum to witness great art.

India introduces new visa rules

EASY ACCESS: Kiwis will now be able to apply for visas to India online and receive it on arrival.

Kiwis will now be able to apply for visas to India online.

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OUT AT SEA: Sheridan at the helm.

Greetings, ahoy, or as the pirates might say - yarrr! I've decided to become a certified sailor!

Couple's epic Alaskan adventure

A Nelson sailing couple has received a national award for an epic journey around Alaska that covered nearly 10,000 nautical miles.

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Kiwis hate smelly tourists

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Akaroa stews over cruise trade

INFLUX: Cruise ship passengers enjoy the sights of Akaroa, but does the village benefit?

Is the Banks Peninsula settlement of Akaroa benefiting or being compromised by its involvement with the cruise ship industry?

India introduces new visa rules

Kiwis will now be able to apply for visas to India online.

Hobbit triples tourist spend video

Kiwi Air tale gets new wings

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Volcano in Japan disrupts flights

BOILING OVER: An aerial view shows volcanic smoke spew from Mount Aso in Aso, Kumamoto prefecture, southwestern Japan. This photo was taken on November 26.

9:36 AM  Mount Aso has blasted out chunks of magma in the first major eruption in 22 years.

Keeping kids grounded

Travel does broaden the mind, but it can also be taken for granted by seasoned child travellers.

Snow makes travel 'a little hairy'

Anger at 'bludgers'

nz

Middle Earth still rules

HOME VISIT: One of the tour highlights is checking out the Baggins' home.

The gloss may be wearing off for some Kiwis but plenty of tourists continue to flock to Hobbit sites.

What's so hot about NZ?

What is it that unites Hot List destinations from Chile's Atacama Desert to New Zealand?

COSY: Niko Leyden, left, and Kemi Whitwell with the hut on a hill at Prince of Wales Park, off the Bell Rd to Dorking Rd track.

Back country comes to city

All trampers know the satisfaction of arriving at a hut after a long day exploring the outdoors.

australia

Tourism goes green

GUILT FREE HOLIDAY: Thala Beach is situated on replanted sugarcane land, the resort's accommodation is eco-friendly and situated on a private headland where the sea meets the forest.

North Queensland takes eco-tourism to heart - but is it working?

A cure for Harley envy

Taking a tour on rural NSW's rocket-straight stretches on a Road King.

WILD RIDE: Three times the length of any tree-base zip line in the world: The Crazy Rider.

Longest roller coaster zip line

At one-kilometre long and 18-metres high, this is the world's longest roller coaster zip line.

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Top 10 exotic museums

VISUALLY STRIKING: The City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia, Spain.

Sometimes you don't even have to set foot inside a gallery or museum to witness great art.

Release your inner birdwatcher

Grab the binoculars and fly free with these five top picks for a birdwatching holiday.

TRAVEL TIPS: Your device is your friend when travelling, not just your Facebook friend.

Making travel easy

Travel can sometimes be hard and stressful. These 10 tips will make life much easier.

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Walking on glaciers gallery

Attached to ropes to climb between two steep drops

As we approached the edge, black rocks and dirt collided with thousand-year-old, pristine ice.

New-age spirituality gallery

Tallinn's skyline, dominated by church spires, creates an illusion at odds with Estonia's reputation.

Paris loses its love-locks

Discovering the joys of Antwerp

uk and ireland

Paying homage to Sherlock gallery video

The Sherlock Holmes Museum, 221B Baker Street, opened in 1990.

Sherlock Holmes never existed but his fictional address of 221B Baker Street still receives a steady flow of letters.

In the home of The Witches

The chance to visit the hotel where The Witches was shot was an opportunity not to be missed.

Bye hustlers, hi hipsters

London seeks guest of honour

usa

Tasting the authentic New York

THE REAL THING: Katz's deli in New York.

It's my first visit to New York City and I have a hunger for an authentic deli.

'Nothing else like it' video

Riders will be sent spiralling towards the ground at 104 kilometres per hour from 155 metres high.

More flights over the Grand Canyon

The cowgirls of the Wild, Wild West

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Just glide on by in Canada

DOG PADLE: On a canoe adventure.

Canoeing in Canada offers cedar forests, placid lakes and a giant sky. You can't help but feel a bit like Davy Crockett as you paddle down the lake.

Franklin ship found

It’s not often that tourists are offered the chance to be part of history but that happened in Canada this month.

Up close with bears

Idyll characters

asia

Thailand's tricky tourism advert video

'I hate Thailand' video goes viral - before tourism authorities reveal it was deliberate.

'I hate Thailand' video goes viral - before tourism authorities reveal it was deliberate.

What's wrong with Tinder tiger shots

Tinder is awash with photos of guys posing with tigers. It's the way the photos are taken that's the issue.

FRIENDLY FACES: Child monks heading home from school for the day.

Seeking something different stuff nation

A 50km trek through Myanmar's hill country was hard but worth it, writes Petra Chappell.

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Akaroa stews over cruise trade

INFLUX: Cruise ship passengers enjoy the sights of Akaroa, but does the village benefit?

Is the Banks Peninsula settlement of Akaroa benefiting or being compromised by its involvement with the cruise ship industry?

A voyage back in time

There should be a sign here reading "Please don't step on the sea lions."

New ways to float your boat

World's newest cruise launched

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High in the Himalayas gallery

From left, Anup Kaphle, Whitney Shefte and Hugh Blodget, Jr., pose for a photo at the top of Thorung La Pass, which sits at 17,769 feet in the Himalayas in South Asia. Days after this photo was taken, an avalanche killed at least 39 people in the area.

We finally crossed the Thorung La Pass after a gruelling trek through rugged terrain. Death had missed us by two days.

Low cost Aspen ski luxury

So you want the luxury of Aspen, without the cost? Then click this way...

Escape to the mountain

Who should win a trip to Antarctica?

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Hobbit triples tourist spend

One North Island region sees international spending rise three-fold on the back of the trilogy.