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Weird laws tourists accidentally break

Every country has different laws and some of them are, quite frankly, weird.

The things you could easily find yourself arrested for while on holiday.

15 pointless travel items

Paper maps, rolls of film and money belts have joined travellers cheques as things of the past.

UK hits NZ with health charge

Exploring the Great Wall

nz

Chinese New Year boom in Queenstown

Chinese New Year is the busies time of the year for businesses in Queenstown.

Queenstown packed to start Chinese New Year, with some operators reporting records.

Horror in the corn

"I expect a lot of screaming... But you'd be surprised, with the maze being so dense you don't hear much in there."

Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar owner Ryan McQuillan, left, Scotch Bar owner Dan Gillett and Yard Bar and Bistro owner Joe Johnstone are throwing a street party at Bythell Place on Saturday.

Big weekend ahead

The biggest party in Marlborough is not a standalone event, with plenty of other activities on offer

news

We did it! $2m raised

New Zealand has opened its wallets and donated over $2 million to the #buythisbeachNZ campaign.

Keep donating, #buythisbeachNZ campaign co-organiser says.

Govt 'won't fund beach campaign'

"It's not our intentions at this stage to put money in," Paula Bennett says.

Morgan: I don't want it all

'Small victory' for Sikh man

travel troubles

Climate change affects flights

Planes could spend an extra 2000 hours in the air each year as a result of climate change.

Expect to pay more for your flights and spend longer in the air as a result of global warming, scientists say.

Couple hit with $4000 change fee

Their flights to NZ cost $600 - but trying to change them cost this elderly British couple $4000.

'We're all going to die'

Auckland trains getting back on track

south america

An amazing Amazon adventure

The Napo River runs through the Amazon Rainforest, delivering its watery lifeblood to the villagers living along its banks.

No one will be able to hear you scream in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Photos: Rio Carnival gallery

The glitz and glamour, as well as jaw dropping costumes, from Rio's Carnival parades.

The Kiwis of Rio de Janeiro's Carnaval video

The country taking Airbnb by storm

middle east

Kiwis key in Dubai's zipline video

Been there? Done that? You've probably not seen anything quite like Dubai's XLine before.

A steep, 90m drop is only inches away as the building drops straight down to the concrete below.

A toast to Shiraz

Facelifts, nose jobs, chadors teamed with Japanese sun visors, rare artefacts and friendly people – Iran is a fascinating paradox.

See the home of Star Wars

20 reasons to visit Dubai with kids

pacific islands

Life on a private island

Ever wondered what it would be like to have an island to yourself?

Castaway bliss

There's no TV or wi-fi. Just the soothing melody of Fijian waters gently lapping.

A spectacular Fiji sunset captured at Tropica Island Resort on Malolo Island.

Fiji for a first-timer gallery video

How do you enjoy Fiji when you can't swim, hate the sun and are scared of coconuts falling on your head?

australia

Creating a meaningful experience

Grayson Perry, Portrait Claire, 2014, photograph: Pal Hanson

My Pretty Little Art Career offers up a comprehensive mid-career survey exhibition of Grayson Perry's work

Top 6 Tassie whisky distilleries

Find out why Tasmania is getting a name for itself as the whisky capital of Australia.

Brunswick Bay Islands

Photos: Amazing WA gallery

Take a bird's eye look at the incredible landscape of Western Australia.

europe

10 reasons to visit southern Italy

Alberobello​ may be the most-photographed village in Italy.

Don't be fooled by the tranquility - Puglia is one of Italy's most fascinating regions.

European cruising at risk

Last year's hot, dry European summer may have a roll-on effect for those eyeing up a European cruise.

Roman pyramid on show

A holiday in the dark

uk and ireland

Inside Jimi Hendrix's flat

Jimi Hendrix with Kathy Etchingham in 1969.

The guitar legend's London flat is restored to just the way he had it.

Why you should go solo in London

Who needs company when you've got pubs, parks and plenty of tours to keep you entertained?

How to get into London's exclusive clubs

Wandering into a wizarding world

usa

Who goes to North Dakota?

Josh Duhamel, a native of North Dakota, is serving as ambassador for the state.

Well not many, but Transformers actor Josh Duhamel is trying to change all that.

NASA men share love of space video

An Apollo 13 astronaut and a leader from the Mars mission talk about space travel.

Slumber party with penguins

Surviving a wilderness course

canada & alaska

Get it while it's cold

Kayaking through a floating iceberg.

The sun is out, the water is calm, and the adventure is on, with a nice, wild Alaska edge.

Fine dining on the rails

"It's like a symphony," says executive chef Jean Pierre Guerin from inside the Rocky Mountaineer's Goldleaf Service kitchen.

The town no-one wants to leave

Rumbling through the Rockies gallery video

asia

Stuffed animals that travel

Sock monkey

Too busy to enjoy a holiday? Never mind, you can send your stuffed animal instead.

Do the Maldives on a budget

Discover the best (and cheapest) way to explore the watery world of the Maldives.

Modelled on the Eiffel Tower, the red Tokyo Tower is a beloved icon of the city.

Top five tall places in Tokyo

These are the best places to go in Tokyo for a view of the city - or the worst, if you're scared of heights.

cruising

Get more out of your cruise

Even if dancing isn't your thing, you owe it to yourself to bust a move at the ships disco.

How you can make a luxury cruise even better.

Titanic II set for maiden voyage video

Date given for when replica of the Titanic will take to the seas.

European cruising at risk

Love on the high seas gallery

snow

No, it's not a Yeti

The "Yeti" was allegedly sighted in Formigal, a ski resort in northeastern Spain.

The existence of the Abominable Snowman has not yeti been proven.

Kiwi caught in US snow storm

As record US blizzard rages on, Kiwi looks on the bright side and enjoys a few days off work.

Ski fields battle for early birds

Boeing 757 touches down in Antarctica

themes

We did it! $2m raised

New Zealand has opened its wallets and donated over $2 million to the #buythisbeachNZ campaign.

Keep donating, #buythisbeachNZ campaign co-organiser says.

Morgan: I don't want it all

Philanthropist publishes map showing how little of Abel Tasman beach he would use.

Gareth Morgan won't reveal how much he's prepared to put forward for the campaign.

'No chance of buying the beach' video

''If there is another bidder, they are bound to be defeated,'' says Gareth Morgan, as beach campaign nears $2m.

Video

Key hints at beach contribution

John Key not ruling out a "modest" Government contribution to public bid to buy Awaroa Inlet.

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