Expat Tales: Island in the sun

Becky Roberts and Tom Leuschke at the apartments they manage in Port Vila.

5:00 AM  Becky Roberts and her husband have swapped life in Auckland for a tropical adventure in Vanuatu.

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Peace of mind

Ngong Ping 360 makes the journey up to Muk Yue Shan Peak, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.

5:00 AM  With sparsely populated greenness and a spiritual tranquility, Lantau Island is the perfect antidote to frenetic Hong Kong.

Amazing Aussie hiking places

Hikers pass Lake Cootapatamba on the walk to Mt Kosciuszko.

5:00 AM  Stretch your legs and visit Australia's spectacular hidden sights that can only be reached on foot.

New York meets Versailles

The sunroom/ second bedroom, leading out to roof terrace.

5:00 AM  For a similar nightly rate, we could have ended up in a tourist trap hotel in the CBD.

A lonely bachelor party for one

Robbie Chernow, er, enjoys the bachelor weekend's pre-planned football game surrounded by a plethora of empty seats.

It was supposed to be a raucous few days of sightseeing and drinking, however everyone's flights were cancelled... bar his.

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Expat Tales: Island in the sun

Becky Roberts and Tom Leuschke at the apartments they manage in Port Vila.

5:00 AM  Becky Roberts and her husband have swapped life in Auckland for a tropical adventure in Vanuatu.

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A lonely bachelor party for one

Robbie Chernow, er, enjoys the bachelor weekend's pre-planned football game surrounded by a plethora of empty seats.

It was supposed to be a raucous few days of sightseeing and drinking, however everyone's flights were cancelled... bar his.

Actor's death-defying workout photos

Twilight actor Kellan Lutz is living life on the edge - or at least doing push-ups on it, judging by these photos.

Schoolgirl launches travel review site

Airbnb horror for owner video

travel troubles

Mercy flight upset

Nelson woman Tamika White, bottom left, remains in Nelson Hospital following a brain hemorrhage that left her on life support. Pictured from top left, with her brothers Kelly White, Michael White and sister Julie Brown.

Family of woman on life support angry after they were unable to get flights refunded on compassionate grounds.

Airbnb horror for owner video

Many things make a good flatmate. Renting your room out isn't one of them.

Passenger catches pilot

'Kick them ... they spit out money'

nz

Support for Destination Marlborough

Destination Marlborough general manager Tracy Johnston said they were targeting a $446.5 Marlborough visitor economy by 2025.

A Marlborough councillor has issued a rallying call for councillors to show their support for council tourism arm Destination Marlborough.

Marlborough's selling points

It's not a giant beaver or a bunch of grapes but Marlborough District Council will get tourists smiling.

Where the earth meets the sky: 
Mount Ngauruhoe under heavy cloud above Oturere Valley.

A world of its own

The mountains of the Central Plateau also host a network of walking trails through ever-changing landscapes

pacific islands

Reinvented and revitalised

Face paint adds colour to young girls in Port Vila, Vanuatu.

Shops are open, cafes are busy, and the market is again full of colourfully dressed "mamas".

Living history

Breathtaking beauty plus a fascinating past adds up to a memorable family holiday.

Even the shyest of the children became immersed in the fun.

Lending a helping hand

Vinaka Fiji is a charitable trust through which visitors to the Yasawa Islands can give back to the community during their tropical holiday.

themes

Go on, spoil dad for a change

This Father's Day ditch the power tools and take a break instead.

Socks might be the norm, but it might be time to think outside the box this Father's Day.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

Here is our round up of the top travel photos from around the world.

A recent study found that the over 55s spend 40 per cent more on foreign travel than those in the 34-54 group.

Intrepid parents hitting the road

Forget the slippers and crosswords, it's time for a 'Grey-Gap'.

south america

50 shades of clay at erotic museum

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima.

They say sex sells. But sometimes it just gets you into trouble, if the attendant following me is anything to go by.

The Inca Festival of the Sun

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Building Brazil's capital

How to humiliate yourself overseas

middle east

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

The Sultan and me

Under the ever-watchful gaze of Sultan Qaboos, Sharon Stephenson enjoys a slice of Arabian authenticity in Oman.

This is no ordinary cafe

A calm perch above Jerusalem

australia

Beautiful places to paddle

Australia is a country of beautiful coastline but seeing it from water level is incomparable.

Australia is a country of beautiful coastline but seeing it from water level is incomparable.

10 amazing Aussie places you can only reach on foot

5:00 AM  Stretch your legs and visit Australia's spectacular hidden sights that can only be reached on foot.

Sydney's new urban hub: The Goods Line.

Walking Sydney's Goods Line

Sydney's newest piece of tourism infrastructure has already become part of the city.

europe

Most beautiful airline ad ever? video

Air France's 'Love is in the Air' advert has been viewed over 50 million times.

With over 50 million views this stunning Air France ad is stealing our hearts.

Where dungeons and dragons await

In this French countryside, tales of dungeons and dragons linger beyond castle walls.

Misfiring cork grounds jet

Ahoy, birthday on board

uk and ireland

Venturing forth to Scotland

A beautiful view of the city of Edinburgh from Calton Hill.

I close my eyes and hold my breath, as our temporary construction lift jerks upwards.

Blanket ban on All Blacks fans

Former rugby star lists home on Airbnb, but it comes with a catch for kiwis.

Europe's biggest street party

Fly my pretties

usa

Cuba poised to transform

Cliches about Cuba as frozen in time - with vintage cars, prestigious cigars and crumbling antiquities - gloss over that Cubans are educated and ravenous for opportunity.

Cliches about Cuba being frozen in time are myths about to explode.

Is this the world's hottest festival? gallery

The bugs and dust have departed and a temporary city has sprung in the desert.

Stars shine bright over dazzling desert

Guest tells lodge to 'train' bears better

canada & alaska

Tallest mountain in US gets shorter

US President Barack Obama has restored Denali as the name of North America's tallest mountain, ending a 40-year battle over what to call the peak that has been known as Mt McKinley.

Highest mountain in the US is now shorter - and it has a new name.

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

Playful grizzy bear repeatedly rolls down hill in Alaska's Denali National Park.

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

Built on a foundation of straw

asia

Peace of mind

Ngong Ping 360 makes the journey up to Muk Yue Shan Peak, Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha.

5:00 AM  With sparsely populated greenness and a spiritual tranquility, Lantau Island is the perfect antidote to frenetic Hong Kong.

Just a little to the left, that's it

The tower of Hirosaki Castle is being towed dozens of metres away from its original location.

The shadow of an Air Koryo plane is cast over fields shortly after take-off from the Pyongyang International Airport in North Korea.

World's weirdest airline?

Air Koryo has been named one of the world's worst airlines. But it is also one of the quirkiest.

cruising

High-seas adventures await

P&O Cruises' five ship fleet.

Get a jump on the upcoming season with this handy cruising guide.

Where dungeons and dragons await

In this French countryside, tales of dungeons and dragons linger beyond castle walls.

Ahoy, birthday on board

Cruising a Cuban paradise

snow

Queenstown ski area 'undiscovered for 85 years'

A skier in action at the new ski area, Soho Basin, which has more than 260ha of terrain.

A new ski area "undiscovered for 85 years" has opened without fanfare.

Counting the cost of skifield accidents

More than $1.6m in ACC claims has been paid out to Canterbury skiers and snowboarders this year.

Short break in Queenstown

Where to go for snow

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$9 airfares spark price war

Air NZ offers its own $9 fares after Jetstar opens a sale on its new regional routes.

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