Chernobyl draws daring visitors

Nature continues to claim back the city.

This ghost town has become a tourist destination, alluring to those whose bucket-list includes a taste of danger.

Just a little bit country

Fifteen seconds of fame. At the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, anyone can be a star.

If you love music it's a tour for you. If you are not a music fan give it a go. There's a cowboy hat to fit everyone.

Yoga and beer in Bangkok

The class allows participants the chance to meditate while sipping beer.

Can drinking beer be a form on meditation? This yoga studio in Thailand thinks so.

World famous: Walter Peak

Real Journeys' has launched an  electric trail bike experience on Walter Peak farm.

Exploring Queenstown's historic Walter Peak high country farm on electric motorbike.

Europe's best foodie deals

Quietly tucked beside Tower Bridge Maltby Street Market is relatively unknown, but worth a visit.

Street food might have been banned in Bangkok, but it is alive and well in these European hotspots.

620x1 pixel white space
more top stories

Hotel with million dollar view

Take in the view from the lobby at The Rees.

Soak in luxury lakeside at one of Queenstown's five-star hotels.

Following her heart to Africa

Francesca (top far right) at an orphan's Christmas celebration at Seapoint.

Nelsonian Francesca Alice volunteers for a human rights and HIV organisation in Cape Town.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

The walls surrounding Mehrangarh Fort provided the perfect perch to overlook the old blue city of Jodhpur and watch the ...

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

A NZ autumn at its best

All around Central Otago, the land shifts into a rainbow of reds and golds.

Central Otago experiences a stunning, glorious autumn with the changing leaves.

Hotspot of the week: Seville

Women in traditional sevillana dresses during Feria de Abril celebrations.

Each April, Seville sets up a tented city for a week of serious partying.

The A to Z guide to Airbnb

Airbnb has a mobile app where you can search for properties and look up details of the trips you have booked in.

It's not without its faults but there's no denying that Airbnb has shaken up the travel industry.

Why Waimate? Why not? stuff nation

Sunny Waimate.

You don't arrive in Waimate by chance. It's not on the way anywhere, yet it's my sort of town.

Meet the 'Snot Otter'

The Eastern Hellbender salamander is nicknamed "Snot Otter" and "Old Lasagna Sides".

Despite looking "a bit comical" a US zoo is hoping to wow the crowds with this giant salamander.

Israel digging up the past video

Archaeologists work at the site of King Herod's palace in the old city of Caesarea, Israel.

An archaeologists' dig in Caesarea hopes to triple tourist numbers in the Mediterranean city.

Tourism spend strong, considering

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston says the latest figures from the Ministry of Business, Innovation ...

International, domestic tourism spend holds up in post-quake market.

Ad Feedback
Kiwi Traveller

Following her heart to South Africa

Francesca (top far right) at an orphan's Christmas celebration at Seapoint.

Nelsonian Francesca Alice volunteers for a human rights and HIV organisation in Cape Town.

Insider Tip: Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is known for its limestone islands, dramatic cliff faces, sea caves, clear waters and cuisine.

Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

Day trips from Perth

nz

Queenstown hotel with million dollar view

Take in the view from the lobby at The Rees.

Soak in luxury lakeside at one of Queenstown's five-star hotels.

Trading up to a life in NZ stuff nation

Twelve years, four kids, four houses and four cars later, we know we're here forever.

Real Journeys' has launched an  electric trail bike experience on Walter Peak farm.

World famous: Walter Peak

Exploring Queenstown's historic Walter Peak high country farm on electric motorbike.

Australia

Melbourne: The city of culture

An early morning hot air balloon ride over the CBD is the best way to take in the sights of Melbourne.

The cafes, the laneways and the shopping - Melbourne has it all.

Luxury at edge of the world

There's no road and swimming comes with a croc warning - welcome to luxury, Western Australian-style.

Rottnest Island is a haven for outdoors enthusiasts.

Day trips from Perth

Need help with the best short escapes from the Western Australian city? Email us.

pacific islands

Turtle Island: Luxury with a capital 'L'

Turtle Island, Fiji

Do nothing or do everything - this Fiji destination is the ultimate island getaway.

On holiday with the crazy cat lady

OPINION: Oh the things I have done for cats of Rarotonga, where my 3 weeks of island bliss are about to come to an end.

As soft and gooey as the ray feels, the tail is something else.

Fear and floating in Tahiti video

Sharks can be scary, but in the waters of Moorea you'll be begging them to come closer.

cruising

On board luxury ship Silver Muse

Italian family-owned Silversea is intending Silver Muse to redefine the ultra-luxury ocean travel experience.

The mid-sized ship with "elegance and Italian style" is the latest in ultra-luxury cruising from Silversea.

Museum on board aircraft carrier

From a famous warship to an art deco luxury liners, these museums offer fascinating historical insights.

The last cruise ship to visit NZ this season, Sirena, in Tasman Bay as it nears Port Nelson.

Bumper cruise season at end

The local cruise sector predicts next season will see even more liners visit our shores.

south america

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

A cook prepares salbute, which includes grasshoppers and crickets.

Put down that lame ham sandwich, and get ready for a taste of the hottest restaurant on the planet.

Not Havana: Cuba's hidden gem

Far from the beaches, resorts and cerulean waters is the real Cuba... full of warmth and culture.

Place on Earth more like moon

Peru: Beyond Machu Picchu

middle east

Israel digging up the past video

Archaeologists work at the site of King Herod's palace in the old city of Caesarea, Israel.

An archaeologists' dig in Caesarea hopes to triple tourist numbers in the Mediterranean city.

Explore Dubai while changing planes

Don't get stuck in the airport, there's plenty to see and do within reach.

Thrill of the ride in Dubai

Inside Banksy's Bethlehem hotel video

europe

Chernobyl draws daring visitors

Nature continues to claim back the city.

This ghost town has become a tourist destination, alluring to those whose bucket-list includes a taste of danger.

Europe's best foodie deals

Street food might have been banned in Bangkok, but it is alive and well in these European hotspots.

Feasting in Verona

Hotspot of the week: Seville

uk and ireland

Whisky with a virtual twist video

Customers who order a 'Origin' cocktail are sent on a tour of Scotland from their bar stool.

Drinkers who order a 'Origin' cocktail are sent on a tour of the Scottish hills right from their bar stool.

London Night Tube transformed city

The mad dash for the last tube will be a thing of the past as London becomes a true 24-hour city.

Rural region's claim to Star Wars fame video

Your home is your (tiny) castle

usa

Just a little bit country

Fifteen seconds of fame. At the Grand Ole Opry, Nashville, anyone can be a star.

If you love music it's a tour for you. If you are not a music fan give it a go. There's a cowboy hat to fit everyone.

Amazing racing around Oregon

The photography skills of a Wellington travel consultant helped a Kiwi team win an Amazing Race-style challenge.

Meet the 'Snot Otter'

Trump's new summer digs

canada & alaska

Is this the new New York City?

Toronto: it's the 'new' New York.

Start spreading the news - this Canadian city is giving the Big Apple a run for its money.

Tourists flock to see towering iceberg video

It's known locally as "iceberg alley" but locals weren't expecting the bergs so soon... or so many tourists.

Canada trip? 6 things to know

Canada: More than moose

asia

Yoga and beer?

The class allows participants the chance to meditate while sipping beer.

Can drinking beer be a form on meditation? This yoga studio in Thailand thinks so.

Sri Lanka: Glamping with elephants video

We were both woken abruptly by a thud on the canvas. Leopard? Elephant? I scrambled for our tent's window.

Krabi offers a winning combination of beautiful scenery and food.

Insider Tip: Krabi, Thailand

Krabi is known for its limestone islands, dramatic cliff faces, sea caves, clear waters and cuisine.

luxury

Queenstown hotel with million dollar view

Take in the view from the lobby at The Rees.

Soak in luxury lakeside at one of Queenstown's five-star hotels.

Luxury at edge of the world

There's no road and swimming comes with a croc warning - welcome to luxury, Western Australian-style.

Turtle Island: Luxury with a capital 'L'

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

budget

Don't be a 'begpacker', get a job

Low-paying, menial labour can allow you to live in another country and then travel to a few more.

Backpacking around the world? Here are the pros and cons of working along the way.

The price of a school holiday trip

Should parents risk raising eyebrows at the next PTA meeting in order to secure a cheap family trip away?

Why I’m backpacking at 72

Cheapest European cities to travel

beaches

25 beaches to see in your lifetime

Strolling along the beach in El Nido, Palawan, Philippines.

From Iceland to the Philippines - how many of these beaches have you travelled to?

Beauty and fear under the sea

OPINION: I'm pretending the sausage-like lumps of hell-creature lying on the sandy ocean floor are just inflated lumps of seaweed.

Tourists enjoy the sun on New Year's Day on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii.

What to do in Honolulu

Honolulu delivers exactly what you expect of it – a sparkling crescent of colour, kitsch and curling surf.

food

Europe's best foodie deals

Quietly tucked beside Tower Bridge Maltby Street Market is relatively unknown, but worth a visit.

Street food might have been banned in Bangkok, but it is alive and well in these European hotspots.

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

Put down that lame ham sandwich, and get ready for a taste of the hottest restaurant on the planet.

Cocktails at Archivo, a craft cocktail bar on a small street in Verona.

Feasting in Verona

This is Italy, where the only thing fast about the food - even in a food court - is its ability to please.

adventure

Sri Lanka: Glamping with elephants video

For one time use only with Brook Sabin's column. Do not reuse. FFX-travel

We were both woken abruptly by a thud on the canvas. Leopard? Elephant? I scrambled for our tent's window.

Top 5 urban experiences

 These adventures only take a few hours but they will linger long in the memory.

Riding into a new era video

Why you need to trek the Himalayas gallery video

family

Bring a kid to a tropical island?

Holiday Inn Kandooma, a, South Male Atoll.

The Maldives are hardly known as a "family" destination, so what happens when you take an 8-year-old?

Family of five split up on flight

Even the crew admitted it was absurd but paying extra to sit together doesn't guarantee you will.

Hotels go over top - for pets

The price of a school holiday trip

Video

Plane loses wheel, skids down runway

No-one was hurt when the small plane made its emergency landing in the US.

news

Christchurch-Melbourne on Qantas

More than 300 entertainment options are available on a seat back touch screen during your Qantas 737 experience.

A direct route between Christchurch and Melbourne makes a long weekend in the city of sport and culture much more attractive.

Hunting NZ's lost airliners

They were once the pride of our air fleet. Now they lie scattered in far-flung corners of the world, dilapidated, forgotten.

Feeling frisky before a flight

Amazing racing around Oregon

troubles

Plane loses wheel, skids down runway video

No-one was hurt when the small plane made the emergency landing in the US.

3:25 PM  No-one was hurt when the small plane made its emergency landing in the US.

Angry composer gives airport a tune-up

Celebrated musician lives and works in the US. That didn't stop airport security detaining him for hours.

Jetstar disputes 'worst airline' tag

Cancer sufferer restrained on flight

Ad Feedback
special offers
Ad Feedback