On the ocean, in the nude

More people are discovering clothing-optional cruises.

17 min ago  Well this certainly makes packing easier. Sunscreen will be essential but clothing optional on this cruise.

The 20 best reasons to get off a ship

A slice of heaven afloat

The fate of Nepal's heritage

In this Thursday, April 30, 2015 photo, a man walks through the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swayambhunath, which dates back to the 5th century, is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged by the earthquake. (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

8:45 AM  The blue-rimmed eyes of the gold-spired stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city.

Is it ok to ditch the kids?

Do not disturb - the parents.

Does it often happen that parents flew in different cabins to their children? Is it allowed?

Volcano-boarding in Nicaragua

Volcano boarding began in 2003 when an Australian hostel owner in León decided that surfing could potentially work inland too, and the sport has grown steadily from there.

Surfing the ash slopes of a Nicaraguan volcano is hot with adrenalin junkies.

A 9000-year trip back in time

A general view of Matera's Sassi limestone cave dwellings in southern Italy.

Matera has remained so primitive until recently that it makes the perfect stand-in for ancient Jerusalem.

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Kiwi Traveller

No refuge at The Church

Sunday services are shutting down.

Notorious London party bar, frequented by Kiwis, is closing down.

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

This week's entries this week take us from the villages of Siem Reap all the way to the massive Grand Canyon.

Why everyone should travel solo

10 etiquette rules for travellers

news

The fate of Nepal's heritage

A man walks through the famous Swayambhunath stupa after it was damaged in the April 25 massive earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal. Swayambhunath, which dates back to the 5th century, is one of at least 68 cultural heritage sites in Nepal that were damaged by the earthquake.

8:45 AM  The blue-rimmed eyes of the gold-spired stupa have long stared silently across this sprawling city.

The secret bedrooms the crew use video

When you're on a long-haul flight, you know the importance of sleep. But what if you're a member of the flight crew?

Boeing 787: Turn off and on again

Solar plane braces for 5-day solo flight

travel troubles

Air NZ fault disrupts Tahiti flight

An Air New Zealand flight to Tahiti returned to Auckland because of engineering issues.

9:49 AM  An engineering issue has meant an Air New Zealand flight to Papeete had to be sent back.

Fog affects flights in Christchurch

Hundreds were stranded as fog forced flight cancellations in and out of Christchurch.

Odour prompts emergency landing

Home trashed in 'drug-induced orgy' video

nz

Crown Lynn pottery museum opens

Portage Ceramics Trust chairwoman Lorraine Wilson is overwhelmed by the interest she has received in regards to the museum

The pottery that every kiwi recognises now has its own museum showcasing the many iconic designs of Crown Lynn.

A capital cafe crawl

Wellington is almost as well-known for its cafe culture as it is for windy weather. We checked it out over a long weekend.

A Ross museum, in the evening light.

Go wild on the West Coast gallery

 Katie Kenny joins a bikie gang she’ll never forget.

pacific islands

The island where you can disappear

The remote Pitcairn Island is home to 45 people who speak a language heard nowhere else in the world.

No plane or helicopter has ever landed here, nor has any ship ever moored off its coast.

Lost in time on Tikehau

There's nothing quite so blue — vibrantly, rivetingly, blindingly blue — as the blue of the lagoon.

Sein de Nounou, an "evocative" raw goat-milk cheese.

The Karl Lagerfeld of cheese

A festival in Noumea in June will star the Karl Lagerfeld of cheese.

themes

Is it ok to ditch the kids for business class?

Do not disturb - the parents.

Does it often happen that parents flew in different cabins to their children? Is it allowed?

Private plane pile up in Sin City

It was dubbed the 'Fight of the Century' and the rich and famous were out in throngs to see it.

Volcano boarding began in 2003 when an Australian hostel owner in León decided that surfing could potentially work inland too, and the sport has grown steadily from there.

Volcano-boarding in Nicaragua

Surfing the ash slopes of a Nicaraguan volcano is hot with adrenalin junkies.

australia

Where the wild things are

Get up close to a turtle at Heron Island.

Queensland's remote Heron Island is a famous bird sanctuary and breeding ground for turtles.

Australia's biggest and best hotels

Australia's largest hotel may glow gold but it's not what you'd expect to see here.

Beer is served with vinyl at Mojo Record Bar in Sydney's York Street.

Small bars, big city

The cosy, quirky bars popping up in central Sydney are transforming the city's nightlife.

europe

A 9000-year trip back in time

A general view of Matera's Sassi limestone cave dwellings in southern Italy.

Matera has remained so primitive until recent decades that it makes the perfect stand-in for ancient Jerusalem.

Lonely Planet's best of Switzerland

Look past the cuckoo clocks and yodelling – this cosmopolitan city is all about epic train rides and alpine highs.

Getting lost within the Grand Bazaar video

The other place Gallipoli pilgrims must see

uk and ireland

The odd case of Toast Mahal

The model version of the Taj Mahal, made entirely out of toast, appeared out of nowhere.

An unusual piece of edible street art has baffled the people of Peckham. 

Visit Game of Thrones sets

Game of Thrones has not only transformed television, it has also helped invigorate the areas where it is set.

Finding mysteries and spies in London

Stout and about in Ireland

usa

The best city for young people

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New York has been ranked as the most popular city for young people aged 15 to 29 years old.

Elvis is back in the building

Elvis Presley is back in the building, returning to the Las Vegas hotel where he performed more than 600 times, in a new permanent exhibition about his life.

Vegas no longer just a gambling hotspot

All that glitters isn't gold

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

Ten reasons to cruise the Mekong

Cambodia's Angkor Wat basks in evening sunlight.

A cruise down the Mekong gives you a insight into everyday life in Vietnam and Cambodia.

Cambodia: where empires fell

In the clearing near the temple entrance, it looked like musicians were getting ready for a performance on the green.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - JUNE 02: Families take boat rides in a pond at the India Gate monument on June 2, 2012 in New Delhi, India. A heat wave continues across the Northern India capital and expects to remain above 40 degrees Celsius all week. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak /Getty Images )
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20 reasons to visit Delhi

It once seemed like Hell on Earth. But India's most chaotic city has transformed.

cruising

Quiz: Do you know cruising?

Couple Drinking Champagne on Cruise Ship

Do you know which side is starboard and which is port?

On the ocean, in the nude

17 min ago  Well this certainly makes packing easier. Sunscreen will be essential but clothing optional on this cruise.

Cruising: Is tipping obligatory?

Ten reasons to cruise the Mekong

snow

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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Volcano-boarding in Nicaragua

Surfing the ash slopes of a Nicaraguan volcano is hot with adrenalin junkies.

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