New Plymouth can surprise stuff nation

No visit to New Plymouth is complete without a visit to Pukekura Park with its array of native and exotic plants.

When I chose this small city as a birthday destination I got more than a few raised eyebrows.

Pilots: New social media stars

Maria Fagerstrom is a 24 year old from Sweden who flies jets for a living.

2:52 PM  From snaps at the flight deck to far-flung destinations, everyone wants a peak inside the pilot life.

Cruise catches town on the hop

The Emerald Princess steams past Waikawa Bay to Shakespeare Bay in Picton on Monday, a full day earlier than expected.

2:05 PM  How do you prepare for 3000 unexpected guests? Picton knows after a cruise ship showed up a day early.

Are men better at packing? video

The world is divided into premature packers and procrastinating packers with few practical packers in between.

They procrastinate and are unorganised. But then they don't bring as much junk. What's better?

Cabin crew secrets video

Veteran globetrotters reveal secrets to a more attentive service (or to avoid getting kicked off your flight).

Veteran globetrotters reveal secrets to a more attentive service (or to avoid getting kicked off your flight).

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Cabin crew secrets video

Veteran globetrotters reveal secrets to a more attentive service (or to avoid getting kicked off your flight).

Veteran globetrotters reveal secrets to a more attentive service (or to avoid getting kicked off your flight).

Sichuan Airlines' new NZ route

Sichuan Airlines will fly between Auckland and Chengdu from June 2017.

The airline will be the seventh Chinese airline to launch services in New Zealand.

Freedom camping gets freer

Freedom campers have a range of new sites available to them from late February to late April.

Freedom campers in Auckland now have a lot more choice as to where they pitch their tent.

I'll miss TV screens in planes

You'll need to be better organised if you're going to provide your own entertainment on a plane.

Watching a movie on airplane screens can be frustrating but I'll miss them when they're gone.

Fingers crossed for flying conditions

Bad weather forced the cancellation of the Wings Over Wairarapa festival in Masterton over the weekend, meaning crowds ...

Classic Fighters Omaka places faith in the weather after Wings Over Wairarapa cancellation.

Billionaire's superyacht seized

The Russian is said to owe 15.3 million euros on the superyacht.

Russian loses one of the world's largest and most advanced superyachts over unsettled 15m euro bill dispute.

Dark night sky to be a tourism product

Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson.

Stargazing is being investigated as a tourism product for Southland.

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

The NZ desert that never was stuff nation

A "high sierra", this breath-taking platform was carved away from human innovation during the 1800s gold rush.

A jewel that is seldom advertised lies just outside Queenstown... just remember your horse and Clint Eastwood impersonation.

Airline gets rid of window shutters video

Electronically-dimmable windows will be a feature on Qantas' new Dreamliners.

Annoying passengers who won't pull the shade down will become a thing of the past.

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Kiwi Traveller

Men are better at packing suitcases video

The world is divided into premature packers and procrastinating packers with few practical packers in between.

They procrastinate and are unorganised. But then they don't bring as much junk. What's better?

What cabin crew know that you don't video

Veteran globetrotters reveal secrets to a more attentive service (or to avoid getting kicked off your flight).

Seven wonders of travel world

Wanderluster: Kiwis' life in Scandinavia

nz

New Plymouth can surprise you stuff nation

No visit to New Plymouth is complete without a visit to Pukekura Park with its array of native and exotic plants.

When I chose this small city as a birthday destination I got more than a few raised eyebrows.

Coastin' with the postman

 Bob Marriott and his wife hitch a ride with Gordon the postie on a rural delivery run from Featherston to Cape Palliser.

A "high sierra", this breath-taking platform was carved away from human innovation during the 1800s gold rush.

The NZ desert that never was stuff nation

A jewel that is seldom advertised lies just outside Queenstown... just remember your horse and Clint Eastwood impersonation.

Australia

Town's massive watermelon fight video

According to organisers, attendees ate more than 800 melons and smashed another 1100.

Ravaged, skiied on and smashed: How playing with fruit became more profitable than selling them.

Capital express '80% full'

Data out of Australia suggests strong early demand for Singapore Airlines' service to Wellington.

One of the artists at the refurnished Alphington bus stop.

Coolest bus stop ever?

The boring bus wait is a thing of the past at this "reclaimed" 1970s-themed bus stop in Melbourne.

pacific islands

Eye contact with a humpback stuff nation video

Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an indescribable feeling.

OPINION: Swimming with these gentle giants is true bliss in Tonga.

Summer lesson: 'Learn to exploit foreigners'

As cool rain swept across Auckland and Peter Thiel's residential status fuelled angst among what passes for our intelligentsia, I sweated through a few days on Efate's southern shores.

Blue Lagoon's private island, Nanuya Lailai, in Fiji.

A to Z of Yasawa Islands

A guide to cruising Fiji's remote Yasawa Islands.

cruising

Cruise catches town on the hop

The Emerald Princess steams past Waikawa Bay to Shakespeare Bay in Picton on Monday, a full day earlier than expected.

2:05 PM  How do you prepare for 3000 unexpected guests? Picton knows after a cruise ship showed up a day early.

High life of a cruise-ship worker

Stunts in the sunshine are part of the job for Sydney Brown, who gives an inside look into life on the world's largest cruise ship.

An aerial view at Cochem and river Moselle in Germany. FFX-travel

A meander through a fairytale

Visit this valley for picture-postcard Europe amid the vineyards.

south america

Where Mother Nature painted a rainbow video

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

Island at the end of the Earth

Easter Island's stark isolation fuels the mystique surrounding its ancient statues.

The beach where Brazil locals go

When an ice bridge collapses gallery video

middle east

Hitchhiking through Iran at 70 video

Ahmed Asgher says he is not worried about his safety because he only expects the best from people.

No golf, gardening or bowls: It's off to the world's trouble spots for retired backpacking Aucklander.

3-minute guide to Doha

With Qatar Airways new Auckland - Doha route, we take a look at what to do and where to go in the world's richest country.

Make Doha your next stopover

Grab a selfie...in Aleppo video

europe

World's most remote location video

Literally translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora were formed 60 million years ago.

Translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora give "getting away from it all" a new meaning.

Hotspot of the week: Venice

 Dress-up fiends and drama queens must pay a visit to Venice's famous Carnevale.

Italy's 9000-year-old city

The mysterious past of Delphi

uk and ireland

London's ancient past goes on show video

A human skull found at the Crossrail Liverpool Street site is seen as part of the "Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail" ...

Skeletons from the 1665 Great Plague have been uncovered after Crossrail tunnel digs.

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

With a woodland entrance and mown grass on the floor, this place is turning us a little green with envy.

Doggies' day out on the bus video

Why visit this 'wretched' place?

usa

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

I would walk 2650 miles

How does six months of walking the length of America sound?

Huge place with huge personality

Canada shines in Trump shadow

canada & alaska

What you need to know about Canadians

Actor Ryan Gosling was born in London, Ontario.

They don't like to be mistaken for Americans and they love ice-hockey.

Canada's northern national parks

Banff and Jasper national parks are standouts in a country renowned for its stunning scenery.

Where to get close to polar bears

Tourist sights worth braving crowds for video

asia

Hilarious signs to help tourists

Japan has released 26 signs to enable tourists to better understand their culture. This one means: "No washing inside tub".

To make tourists feel more welcome, Japan has created 26 signs to help them fit in with the locals.

Hong Kong: Escape the high-rises

With a skyscraper backdrop, these pockets of nature are a welcome relief, despite feeling a bit out of place.

The luxurious overwater villas at Lux South Ari Atoll.

Maldives: Now that's luxury

There's a little bit of everything at Lux Resort South Ari Atoll - including a close encounter with the world's biggest fish.

luxury

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

Totem Madrid is located in the swanky Salamanca district.

Madrid's ritzy Salamanca district is home to one of the most expensive streets in Spain.

The sport of kings

When else do you get to stomp around on grass while drinking champagne, and hob-nob with the rich, fanatical, and royal, than when you play - or watch - polo?

Hotels for people with too much cash

Amsterdam's $13,000 hotel room

budget

10 travel experiences for $10

Wellington's Cable Car is New Zealand's only funicular railway.

Don't dismiss your spare change - bargains are to be found everywhere.

Travel the world on $27 a day

You won't find a single selfie, but this budget guru has amassed a large following.

Save $50k, travel to 50 countries

Ever tried a cargo cruise?

beaches

Auckland's top islands

Great Barrier Island,

For a slice of island paradise, you need only venture into Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

Glamping on Slipper Island

Near to some of NZ's most iconic beaches, Slipper Island holds its own as one of the Coromandel's most beautiful spots.

SEPTEMBER 25: We turn our clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time and summer. And in central Auckland, a 4-year-old ...

Summer's strange, mad beauty

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

food

Takeaways a family affair

Jacqui Winchcombe believes good drainage is one of the secrets to good-quality chips.

Local chippie review: Taupiri Takeaways may be small, but it's built up a reputation for great fish and chips.

Fish aplenty at Fishermans Catch

Next time you're in Pukekohe, get a feed at the Fishermans Catch.

Hippopotamus restaurant in Wellington is known for its sophisticated cuisine.

Unmissable Welly food experiences

French flair, coffee, chocolate, wine and laneway dining - there's something for all.

adventure

Pilots: The new social media stars

Maria Fagerstrom is a 24 year old from Sweden who flies jets for a living.

2:52 PM  From snaps at the flight deck to far-flung destinations, everyone wants a peak inside the pilot life.

I was hunted by wolves

Kiwi adventurer tracked by wolves during race: "The animal looked at me and he meant business."

Pedaling in paradise video

Insane waterfall cliff diving video

family

'I can see her smiling'

John Misky aboard a traditional waka or canoe. The Porirua man plans to build his own canoe to pay tribute to his ...

In 2003, he promised to build his grandmother a waka, now he's honouring that pledge.

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Omakau, Central Otago, sat dormant for a long time - but the secret's out now.

What every family holiday needs

When's best to visit Venice?

Video

Men are better at packing suitcases

They procrastinate and are unorganised. But then they don't bring as much junk. What's better?

news

Cruise catches town on the hop

The Emerald Princess steams past Waikawa Bay to Shakespeare Bay in Picton on Monday, a full day earlier than expected.

2:05 PM  How do you prepare for 3000 unexpected guests? Picton knows after a cruise ship showed up a day early.

Sichuan Airlines' new NZ route

The airline will be the seventh Chinese airline to launch services in New Zealand.

Fingers crossed for flying conditions

Dark night sky to be a tourism product

troubles

E-cigarette sparks airport evacuation

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

The departures hall of a London airport was evacuated after a passenger lit up in a bathroom stall. 

Woman saved after cruise ship fall video

Footage shows the rescue of a woman who spent almost an hour in the Pacific after falling from a cruise ship.

Cafe charges tourists for electricity

Families to lose campground dibs

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