Auckland's better half

Give it an ounce of time and Auckland will most likely surprise you with what it has to offer.

It's not all sipping lattes, expensive Queen Street shopping and traffic jams, you know.

Plaid sailing in Scotland gallery

SOUNDS AMAZING: Looking across Ganavan Sands towards Ardmucknish Bay, just north of Oban.

While chartering a yacht through the Scottish west coast, there's bustling towns and fine dining to be found.

World's most laidback cult

120713/News/Photo: Jessica Maddock/Southland Tmes/Mugs of mulled wine were raised and the new signs at the entrances to Wanaka toasted yesterday. Wanaka Community Board chairperson and Queenstown Lakes District deputy mayor, Lyal Cocks, said the schist and metal signs - which depict the Wanaka skyline and a kea - were designed by representatives of the Wanaka Residents Association, the Upper Clutha ? Wanaka Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Wanaka, Lake Wanaka Tourism, and the community board. The two signs, at the Cardrona Valley and Mt Iron entrances to Wanaka, cost $10,000. The community groups raised half the amount and the Queenstown Lakes District Council provided the balance.

I'm jealous of all of these people because they've found their one slice of happiness.

Cambodia's house of terror

A Cambodian survivor stands in front of a photograph of a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge regime in one of the rooms of Tuol Sleng prison.

S-21 is confronting, but it's as important as the serene temples of the ancient Angkor civilisation.

Jetstar: The cost of a name

Changing the names on the ticket for two people "would only be for A$1184".

How much does it cost to change a name on a return Jetstar flight to Bali?

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Hunting for an Easter getaway?

Left it a bet too late to book that Easter getaway? Don't stress, there's still plenty of spot you could look at.

If you haven't got around to booking that long weekend away, never fear, there are plenty of options for the last-minute Charlie.

8 ways to cope with travel stress stuff nation

Travelling overseas can be stressful. Things that can go wrong, will go wrong. These tips will help you cope along the way.

When one door opens

'I'm going for Dad's sake'

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Australians fly before they buy video

Australians will get an aerial view of Wellington City at a tourism campaign in Sydney.

Australians are making flying visits to the 'coolest little capital in the world' without their passports.

Bayleys Real Estate offers Air NZ Airpoints

Bayleys joins growing list of company's offering Air New Zealand Airpoints dollars

Air NZ ends Chch-Tokyo flights

Rate of lost luggage drops

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Jetstar: The cost of a name

Changing the names on the ticket for two people "would only be for A$1184".

How much does it cost to change a name on a return Jetstar flight to Bali?

Bomb hoax diverts flight

Turkish Airlines diverted an Sao Paulo-bound flight to Morocco after finding a note with the word "bomb" in the toilet.

007 crew's mid-air rampage

Jet slides off runway video

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Auckland's better half

31012015 AKL NEWS NINES Fans arriving today (saturday) for the NRL Nines event held at Eden Park, Auckland. Photo: phototek.co.nz / David MackayPhoto: phototek.co.nz / David Mackay

It's not all sipping lattes, expensive Queen Street shopping and traffic jams, you know.

The family who live in a national park

The seventh-generation Wilsons of Abel Tasman lead visitors to their special park on the coastal paradise they call home.

A local market near Wanaka lake.

The most laidback cult in the world

I'm jealous of all of these people because they've found their one slice of happiness.

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A beer for the tropics

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Matutu Brewery Kiva Pale Ale label - from matutubeer.com. Illustration for travel story on the brewery. March 2015.

A visits to a Rarotongan microbrewery that's taking on the big boys.

10 things to do in the Cook Islands

While the Cooks Islands are known for their weather, their culture and natural gems shine even on a rainy day.

Private island pleasures: Castaway Island in Fiji.

Turning hell into heaven

Fiji's Castaway Island should have been my idea of hell.

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When's the best time to go to Australia?

Coolum Beach on Queensland's Sunshine Coast - best between May and December.

Here's a country-wide wrap with the best time to visit these holiday hot spots across the Tasman.

Gaia Retreat and Spa review, Byron Bay

Arriving at Olivia Newton John's legendary well retreat in Byron Bay feels more like arriving at a luxurious retreat in Asia.

GAME CHANGER: The Langham hotel in Sydney.

Can $30m buy hotel perfection?

After a breathtaking $30 million makeover, the 98-room Langham Sydney is a game changer in its market.

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8 ways to cope with travel stress stuff nation

Use common sense when trying new foods or delicacies.

Travelling overseas can be stressful. Things that can go wrong, will go wrong. These tips will help you cope along the way.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

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

GET AWAY: Let someone else take Manhattan; the quiet traveller will find more rewarding experiences in the dunes of the Xiangshawan Desert, also called Sounding Sand Desert, Mongolia.

Is quiet travel the best travel?

OPINION: The finest travel experiences are those that allow you to fully engage by savouring the silence.

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Don't turn a trip here down

SPECTACULAR: The Western terrace ruins of Mount Nemrut.

This treasured Turkish spot makes flying across the world for a wedding worth the effort and expense.

Longest road coming soon?

Plans for ambitious 20,000-kilometre superhighway linking the UK and America are reportedly being considered by Russia.

Keukenhof: Tour the tulips

The 'tide of a century' gallery

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Dive into 'virtual Barrier Reef' video

ALL AT SEA: Secret Cities of the Sea will be at London's Natural History Museum from March 27 to September 13 2015.

Visitors to London's History Museum can now take a "virtual dive" into the colourful world of coral reefs.

Skeleton horse erected in London

London's Trafalgar Square, full of tourists, pigeons and military monuments, has a new occupant.

'England's most boring city'

Plaid sailing in Scotland gallery

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Grand Canyon: A mind-blowing view video

A Papillon Helicopters tour party during a visit to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.

They say everything is bigger in America, but this is ridiculous.

An unconventional president

The photographs on the wall of this little presidential hideaway are gloriously unstatesmanlike.

Confessions of hotel front desk clerks

Manatees: Look but don't touch

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Living on the edge

FEELING BRAVE: Edgewalk Toronto is a test for those with a fear of heights.

I know that, in theory, it is perfectly safe to do Edgewalk Toronto.

Try Niagara without the Viagra

Niagara-on-the-Lake offers a welcome contrast to the glitz surrounding the famous falls, just down the road.

A bacon lover's paradise

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

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Why you must visit this house of terror

A Cambodian survivor stands in front of a photograph of a prisoner of the Khmer Rouge regime in one of the rooms of Tuol Sleng prison.

S-21 is confronting, but it's as important as the serene temples of the ancient Angkor civilisation.

Watching tigers in the jungle

I've just encountered the most terrifying creature in the Indian forest. It rears before me, ready to attack,.

Monkey business: Macaques in the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest are generally happy to ignore visitors, provided you don’t make the mistake of arriving with bananas.

The smells and spirit of Bali

Taking a tour of Bali with a local driver gives a new appreciation of the resort island.

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Two Queens to dock in Auckland

ROYAL CRUISE: The Queen Mary 2 cruise ship dwarfs other boats as it enters Auckland Harbour where it will join its sister ship the Queen Victoria.

Two Queens are together in Auckland Harbour for the first time since the 1940s.

Following historic footprints

Cruise ships make it easier than ever to get to Antarctica, but the wilderness remains as awe-inspiring as ever.

Auckland: Slow boat to slumber

Unexpected cruise ships welcomed

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Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

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Australians fly before they buy

Australians are making flying visits to the 'coolest little capital in the world' without their passports.

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