What happens to hotel toiletries?

There's no need to feel guilty about restocking your bathroom with leftover hotel toiletries.

You no longer need to feel guilty about pilfering the toiletries from a hotel room.

The world's best beaches

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Whether you want romance and sunsets, or activities and people-watching, there's something for everyone.

Pilot snaps rare sights, odd lights

The mysterious red lights over the Pacific Ocean in 2014.

Dimming the cockpit lights, this Dutch pilot loves to capture the "earth glow". But some lights remain unexplained.

Settling into life as a hermit

Stan Vanuytrecht answered the job ad which looked for a religious recluse.

There's no power, running water or heat. But there are stunning views of a snow-covered glacier.

Travolta gives away his Boeing

John Travolta sits in the cockpit of his Boeing 707 airline in June 2002.

The actor donated his personal vintage Boeing 707 to a restoration group in Australia.

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Travolta gives away his Boeing

John Travolta sits in the cockpit of his Boeing 707 airline in June 2002.

The actor donated his personal vintage Boeing 707 to a restoration group in Australia.

A guide to toilet etiquette

A toilet and a bidet in an Italian bathroom.

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Trying to holiday with a baby video

The hot pools were a hit for young and old.

Jealous of babyless friends taking cheeky weekend getaways? Is a retreat possible with a little one?

World famous: Te Puia

Pohutu geyser erupts, sending showers of boiling water into the air over 'The Blueys'.

Plumes of steam can be glimpsed on the drive from Rotorua to Te Puia.

Week's hotspot: Cooper's Hill

Kiwis have a history of doing well at this annual cheese rolling contest.

Kiwis have a history of doing well at this annual cheese rolling contest.

Why we eat more on airplanes

Cabin conditions and boredom can lead us to overeat on planes.

We scoff twice the recommended daily calorie intake when we're at altitude. Here's why.

Kiwis at centre of Everest rescue

Tauranga man Andrew Roy, who is a former NZ kayaking representative, was labelled a hero by witnesses to an airline ...

A Tauranga man found himself at the centre of a daring rescue near Mount Everest.

10 years jail for smoking on plane

Passengers are not allowed to smoke on any flight.

The captain issued a mayday call after the cigarette sparked a fire at 33,000 feet.

Flight chaos lingers in London video

People sleep on mats in Heathrow Airport on May 28.

British Airways IT systems were back up and running, but travellers still faced cancellations, delays.

Central Otago is a food lover's paradise

Alexandra is a picture-postcard stop, and a great place to pop into for coffee and cake is the Courthouse, in the town's ...

Whether it's wine, seafood on the doorstep or locally grown fruit and veges, Central Otago has the ingredients to make any foodie happy.

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Raising a glass to Germany

In German bars, says Korinne Algie (above right), the beer tends to just keep  coming unless you put your coaster over ...

Korinne Algie from Auckland has been living and working in Germany for more than eight years.

World travel guide: Toilet etiquette

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nz

Central Otago is a food lover's paradise

Alexandra is a picture-postcard stop, and a great place to pop into for coffee and cake is the Courthouse, in the town's ...

Whether it's wine, seafood on the doorstep or locally grown fruit and veges, Central Otago has the ingredients to make any foodie happy.

A weekend in Rotorua: Life after the baby video

Jealous of babyless friends taking cheeky weekend getaways? Is it still possible to do a plus one retreat with an additional little one?

Seal pups chilling in their nursery.

Seals, scenery and sweaty hikers

Whether you're a hardened hiker, family unity, or slightly less prepared couple of meanderers, the Banks Peninsula Walk is a delight.

Australia

20 reasons to visit Newcastle

View from Fort Scatchley.

Not the English one, but the Australian city north of Sydney that's on the up-and-up.

Recharge your soul in Freo

Artsy, inviting and authentic. Fremantle is well worth a visit.

Need a break from the kids? Head to Fiji where the kids' clubs are the best.

Best short breaks in 2017

These quick-fix breaks are designed to cure whichever daily drama is getting you down.

pacific islands

Pippa's private island honeymoon video

Pippa Middleton.

After a lavish wedding, the newlyweds are off to a private island in French Polynesia, once owned by a famous actor.

Hotspot of the week: Pentecost Island

Witness the inspiration for bungee jumping on this paradisaical island in Vanuatu.

The Nabutautau Village in Fiji.

The real Fiji

There was not a sandy beach in sight - and it was majestic.

cruising

Confessions of a cruise virgin

The writer relaxes on board the Azamara Journey around the North Island.

Lorna Thornber finds cruising lives up to the cliches. And she's a convert.

Bumper cruise season at end

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

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

On board luxury ship Silver Muse

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

south america

'Bikepacking' from Alaska to Argentina

Cactus tree, Mexican altiplano, Zacatecas.

Mark and Hana are a bit like Kiwi Bear Gryllses - born adventurers and pretty crazy.

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.

Not Havana: Cuba's hidden gem

Place on Earth more like moon

middle east

King Tutankhamun's treasures moved video

King Tut ruled Egypt as pharaoh for 10 years until his death at age 19, around 1324 B.C.

The pharaoh's artefacts now belong to the world's largest archaeological museum, set to open in 2018.

A Middle East food tour

From Tel Aviv to the West Bank - the food and the people who represent different sides of this complicated and fascinating place.

Dubai dreams of harvesting ice video

Dubai's $2.5b tourist project

europe

Settling into life as a hermit

Stan Vanuytrecht answered the job ad which looked for a religious recluse.

There's no power, running water or heat. But there are stunning views of a snow-covered glacier.

Raising a glass to Germany

Korinne Algie from Auckland has been living and working in Germany for more than eight years.

Entire country listed on Airbnb video

Cannes dining guide

uk and ireland

Hotspot of the week: Cooper's Hill

Kiwis have a history of doing well at this annual cheese rolling contest.

Kiwis have a history of doing well at this annual cheese rolling contest.

Inside London's Flower Show gallery

Royalty and celebrities alike turn out for the Chelsea Flower Show, Britain's premier gardening show.

Make it a novel British holiday

Getting to know London neighbourhoods

usa

Mexico: A tale of four wonders

Diego Rivera's famous and controversial mural, Man, Controller of the Universe, can be found inside the Palacio de ...

Sceptical about Mexico City as a holiday destination? Don't be, the art, fashion, food and architecture are wonders to be behold.

Guardians breakout mission

Your mission, should you choose to accept it: help break Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy out of a freakshow-cum-museum.

Stars open Avatar attraction video

New York, New York - 75 times

canada & alaska

Giant bush turned tourist attraction

Lady Cynthia is over seven metres tall and nine metres wide.

A small town in Canada hopes their 7-metre rhododendron bush will bring an influx of visitors.

'Bikepacking' from Alaska to Argentina

Mark and Hana are a bit like Kiwi Bear Gryllses - born adventurers and pretty crazy.

Not just for honeymooners video

Canada: The new big OE destination

asia

Exploring the happiest place on Earth

Bhutan: The world's happiest country.

Bhutan is beset with a major chilli shortage. How does this affect the land of happiness?

Running out of petrol in Myanmar

The days are still long, but not because we're lost.

One of the best things about Changi airport is its Balinese-themed outdoor rooftop pool, located in Terminal 1.

Killing time in Asia's best airports video

How to make the most of that dreaded "dead time" on a stopover in three leading airport hubs.

luxury

Want to buy a jet? Here's how

Lounge of a Boeing VIP 747-8.

Buying a commercial jetliner is a fairly painless process for those with the cash to splash.

10 famous hotel guests and rooms

Stay in the suite Coco Chanel lived in for 37 years or spend a night where John Lennon and Yoko Ono staged a sit-in.

Weekender: Millbrook Resort

Shaking the business-class guilt

budget

109 homes in 4 years

The Campbells (pictured here in Paris, France) are the authors of the forthcoming book "Your Keys Our Home".

The US retirees who are travelling the world, one Airbnb at a time.

How to travel while working full-time

Bringing a packed lunch and not buying fancy clothes has allowed Greta to travel while having a full-time job.

When budget travel beats luxury

The trick for Kiwis to drive Europe cheap video

beaches

Where the world's best beaches are

Yasawa Island, Fiji, is secluded and romantic.

Whether you want romance and sunsets, or activities and people-watching, there's something for everyone.

Irish beach is like Ohope video

"Spectacular" re-appearance of beach in Ireland a dramatic example of what could happen at one of NZ's favourites.

he tortoises found in the Seychelles are some of the largest in the world:

The Seychelles like you’ve never seen video

Everything here is on a grand scale. The coconuts grow to 30kg, and giant tortoises get to 350kg.

food

Central Otago is a food lover's paradise

Alexandra is a picture-postcard stop, and a great place to pop into for coffee and cake is the Courthouse, in the town's ...

Whether it's wine, seafood on the doorstep or locally grown fruit and veges, Central Otago has the ingredients to make any foodie happy.

The Captain's Daughter

 I'm at the creatively named, nautically themed Captain's Daughter, a craft beer bar and bistro in Havelock town.

Mexicans are bemused by foreigners who choose to slam tequila rather than sip it.

Mexico's tequila: It's worth a shot

Now and again you learn something that shatters a long-held cultural myth.

adventure

Seals, scenery and sweaty hikers

Seal pups chilling in their nursery.

Whether you're a hardened hiker, family unity, or slightly less prepared couple of meanderers, the Banks Peninsula Walk is a delight.

Mexico: A tale of four wonders

Sceptical about Mexico City as a holiday destination? Don't be, the art, fashion, food and architecture are wonders to be behold.

Climbing the last corner of Earth stuff nation

Mt Taranaki vs Tongariro video

family

A weekend in Rotorua: Life after the baby video

The hot pools were a hit for young and old.

Jealous of babyless friends taking cheeky weekend getaways? Is it still possible to do a plus one retreat with an additional little one?

World's longest flight with a baby

There were tears, spilt milk and much drool. But I survived the 17 hours on a plane with a 3-month-old. Here's how.

Is travel bad for kids?

Stars open Avatar attraction video

Video

Flight chaos lingers in London

British Airways IT systems were back up and running, but travellers still faced cancellations, delays.

news

What happens to hotel toiletries?

There's no need to feel guilty about restocking your bathroom with leftover hotel toiletries.

You no longer need to feel guilty about pilfering the toiletries from a hotel room.

Pilot snaps rare sights, odd lights

Dimming the cockpit lights, this Dutch pilot loves to capture the "earth glow". But some lights remain unexplained.

US considers laptop ban on all flights video

John Travolta gives away his Boeing

troubles

10 years jail for smoking on plane

Passengers are not allowed to smoke on any flight.

The captain issued a mayday call after the cigarette sparked a fire at 33,000 feet.

Flight chaos lingers in London video

British Airways IT systems were back up and running, but travellers still faced cancellations, delays.

'I'll never fly Virgin again'

Kiwis stuck after major flight outage

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