Paris for art lovers

The Water Garden at Monet Gardens in Giverny, France.

Art is not my thing. It's pretty much a case of, what's the pointillism?

Get paid to travel the world

What if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?

What if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?

Obstinacy at the front desk

On flights, space is limited and money must be made. Ditto for hotels and rental cars.

If you're thinking of taking "no" for an answer from a travel company, let Alan Schroeder talk you out of it.

Notes from two small islands video

Visitors to the Yasawas' Barefoot Kuata resort can get up close and personal with the nearby reef sharks.

In the Yasawa Islands, even when the weather scowls, the people beam back at you.

Lights on for Vivid video

The sails of the Sydney Opera House resemble fish scales on the third night of the Vivid Sydney light and music festival May 25, 2014. For 18 days beginning on Friday the Vivid Sydney festival will combine outdoor lighting sculptures and installations and is one of the world's largest creative industry forums.   REUTERS/Jason Reed (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SOCIETY)

In Sydney, the "lunatics take over the asylum" this winter, creating a spectacle of music, lights and events.

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Kiwi Traveller

Mongol Rally will test luck for Kiwi drivers

The 900cc 1991 Fiat Panda the trio will be driving across the world in. James Lovelock describes the vehicle as "completely unsuitable for the task".

Friends from the Rangitikei and Manawatu will tackle the world in the smallest car they can find.

Speechless in the desert

The ethereal feeling of the Jordan desert awed Di Richards into silence as she sat atop a camel.

A traveller's guide to etiquette

Expat Tales: Hit 'em where it yurts

news

Obstinacy at the front desk

On flights, space is limited and money must be made. Ditto for hotels and rental cars.

If you're thinking of taking "no" for an answer from a travel company, let Alan Schroeder talk you out of it.

'Horror' high-speed rollercoaster crash video

16 people were trapped for four hours when their rollercoaster carriage smashed into another.

Why you should order the 'special meal'

Fly Taupo-Wellington again

travel troubles

'You hit my baby on purpose'

Sunny and her daughter Lily who were separated from other travelers following an incident on the Jetstar flight.

Air rage taken to new heights after passenger's 'vindictive' attack on child.

Lion kills US tourist in African park

The woman had her car window rolled down while driving through the lion park.

Muslim denied Diet Coke 'weapon'

Engines cut out on Singapore Airlines jet

nz

Six of the best NZ bike rides

The Great Taste Trail, Nelson.

The best way to explore some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery is on a bike. Here are some of the best routes.

Hole in one

Even if you have zero interest in golf, there is lots to love about Northland's Kauri Cliffs.

"Lost in New Zealand" captures a "manic trip" through New Zealand.

'Manic trip' film explores NZ

A tourist's "manic trip" to New Zealand is catching eyes online.

pacific islands

Notes from two small islands video

Visitors to the Yasawas' Barefoot Kuata resort can get up close and personal with the nearby reef sharks.

In the Yasawa Islands, even when the weather scowls, the people beam back at you.

Top 5 things to do in Niue video

The coral atoll of Niue is a different kind of Pacific destination. Here are 5 things to do on the island.

The Barefoot Manta resort sits at the north end of Drawaqa Island in the Yasawa archipelago in Fiji.

Fiji’s manta mantra video

No trip to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands would be complete without visiting the resident manta rays at Barefoot Manta.

themes

Get paid to travel the world

What if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?

What if you could travel and not spend a dime? What if you could even get paid?

Tramping like Twain in the Alps

The American writer was intoxicated by Switzerland. You will be, too, after hiking Mt Rigi.

Taormina, Sicily is home to one of the best, friendliest little hotel anywhere.

Why small, cheap hotels beat luxury

The best hotel experiences are the ones you don't pay for.

south america

Crowds flock to World Trade Centre deck

People view the sunrise at the newly built One World Observatory at One World Trade Center on the day it opens to the public.

Thousands gather to take in the New York skyline as the observation deck of the new World Trade Centre opens to the public.

A bird lover's paradise high in the Andes

In southern Ecuador's Tapichalaca Reserve, armies of hummingbirds' beating wings are so loud they sound more like bees.

Where rustic meets riverside

South America: It's not that hard

middle east

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

Bentley Mulsanne Speed in Dubai.

Sun, sand and straight roads present their own challenges in a different kind of drive in Dubai.

World's largest hotel to open

The world's largest luxury hotel, set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2017, will house 10, 000 rooms.

Seeing Wadi Rum by camel

Daredevil Jetman soars over Dubai video

australia

Lights on for Vivid video

31052015 News Photo: Derek Flynn/ Fairfax NZ. 
Vivid Festival Sydney 2015.
Light, Music and Idea's. Runs 22 of May thru to 8th of June.
Sydney Opera House , Customhouse, Museum of Contemorary Art, Circular Quay.

In Sydney, the "lunatics take over the asylum" this winter, creating a spectacle of music, lights and events.

Survival of the slowest

A rare flatbacked turtle lays her eggs on the shores of the Timor Sea - under the eyes of a group of fascinated tourists.

'Sydney Opera House Sails' by Universal Everything

Sydney's Light Fantastic gallery

The Sydney Opera House showed its colours this week, with the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival.

europe

Mongol Rally will test luck for Kiwi drivers

The 900cc 1991 Fiat Panda the trio will be driving across the world in. James Lovelock describes the vehicle as "completely unsuitable for the task".

Friends from the Rangitikei and Manawatu will tackle the world in the smallest car they can find.

Road to ruins: Lost cities of the Mediterranean

This journey takes in vibrant cities, but it's the lost cities filled with ghosts that are the highlight.

Paris for art lovers

End of a love too heavy to bear

uk and ireland

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

A model poses during a life drawing class at The Lion pub in London.

Forget karaoke, sketching nude models with a pint in hand is the hot new trend in British pubs.

Stay in a floating house on the River Thames

You could stay in a floating house on the River Thames for a night.

London to revive 'ghost stations' video

The odd case of Toast Mahal

usa

Kiwi chases storms across the US

Storm chasing is not a glamorous task, but it's all worth it for those who are passionate about severe weather.

When Graeme Macdonald went on his first tornado chasing holiday, his friends didn't think he would make it back alive.

The fitness cult embraced by Hollywood

Nowhere does this fitness craze seem more appropriate than narcissistic Hollywood.

Crowds flock to World Trade Centre deck

New York: Hungry for more

canada & alaska

Sailing in Alaska

The Jackson's yacht Sunstone at the foot of a glacier.

Sailers in Alaska learn to quickly to gusts and lulls, and to carry pepper spray when going ashore.

The best place to watch grizzly bears

At the confluence of two streams, one glacial green, the other silver grey, it's salmon carnage.

Top 6 Alaskan wilderness lodges

Living on the edge

asia

Mongol Rally will test luck for Kiwi drivers

The 900cc 1991 Fiat Panda the trio will be driving across the world in. James Lovelock describes the vehicle as "completely unsuitable for the task".

Friends from the Rangitikei and Manawatu will tackle the world in the smallest car they can find.

High-tech toilets used to lure tourists

Growing popularity of high-tech toilets has prompted the Japanese government to use them to promote tourism and technology abroad.

A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial Hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 20, 2015. Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities. At the 450-bed Fortis Memorial hospital near New Delhi, for example, there is an inhouse cinema lounge and a food court. Picture taken May 20, 2015. To match INDIA-HEALTH/LUXURY  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Private hospitals go luxe for growth gallery

Private hospitals in India are rolling out red carpet to lure medical tourists to their facilities.

cruising

Hole in one

The lodge at Kauri Cliffs is the heart of the 6000 coastal property.

Even if you have zero interest in golf, there is lots to love about Northland's Kauri Cliffs.

Cruise visitors spark tourism growth

The number of passengers arriving in Marlborough on cruise ships doubled over the summer.

Dancing Queens sail into Liverpool

Cruising in Fiordland

snow

Best ski resorts for singles

Keen skiers are hitting the slopes and their smartphone apps to find love.

If you're looking for love this ski season in Australia and New Zealand, geo apps like Tinder may help to fast track your quest for a date.

Big dumps on southern skifields

Southern Lakes skifields are reporting variable dumps of between 30cm-60cm across their mountains.

Going it alone (with kids)

Mt Hutt fires up snowmaker video

Video

'Horror' high-speed rollercoaster crash

16 people were trapped for four hours when their rollercoaster carriage smashed into another.

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