The smells and spirit of Bali

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.

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

Off to a flying start 75 years ago

An Air New Zealand DC-8 on the tarmac in Chrsitchurch in the late 1960s.

The national carrier that became Air NZ is celebrating its 75th birthday.

JetBlue sued over meltdown

JetBlue pilot captain Clayton Osbon is removed from the plane after erratic behaviour forced the crew to land in Amarillo, Texas.

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

Pilot's tearful vow after crash

A Germanwings pilot has stood in front of his passengers to reassure them they would get home safely, just days after a co-pilot for the company sent an aircraft crashing into the French Alps.

Budget airline pilot goes out of his way to promise passengers they'll make it home safely.

Smugshot: Photos of the week gallery

Kiroro Snow Resort, Hokkaido, Japan.

This week's travel photos have everything from mules to doppelgangers... with a few stunning sunsets for good measure.

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'I'm going for Dad's sake'

Australian and New Zealand soldiers stand guard during a dawn ceremony at Anzac Cove.

When Joan Altwasser travels to Anzac Cove next month, she will be following in the footsteps of her father.

Smugshot: Photos of the week gallery

This week's travel photos have everything from mules to doppelgangers... with a few stunning sunsets for good measure.

A road trip through Europe stuff nation

'Most epic adventure in the world' video

news

Germanwings pilot reassures fliers

A Germanwings pilot has stood in front of his passengers to reassure them they would get home safely, just days after a co-pilot for the company sent an aircraft crashing into the French Alps.

Budget airline pilot goes out of his way to promise passengers they'll make it home safely.

Runway funds take off

Mayors are pledging ratepayers' money to help get a longer Wellington Airport runway.

Can you trust your pilot?

CAA tightens flight deck policy video

travel troubles

JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

JetBlue pilot captain Clayton Osbon is removed from the plane after erratic behaviour forced the crew to land in Amarillo, Texas.

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

Fog disrupts Auckland flights

Low cloud in Auckland delayed or cancelled more than 30 flights.

Thais smile through gritted teeth

How to avoid travel scams gallery

nz

Choppers, zipline tap into Glenorchy

To the skies: Heli Glenorchy owner Nick Nicholson with his new helicopter on the lower Humboldt Mountains.

Start-up businesses are tapping into untouched ventures in Glenorchy, boosting the town's tourism.

New Zealand's hidden gem

The living is easy at this beachfront delight on Kawau Island.

TOP SPOT: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre chief executive Jane Orphan, front, with the group of Harley Davidson enthusiasts, including Laeonie Gallahar, second right, who made a special stop at the centre.

Blenheim shines on TripAdvisor

Travellers on TripAdvisor have voted Blenheim the third best place to visit in New Zealand.

pacific islands

Turning hell into heaven

Private island pleasures: Castaway Island in Fiji.

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

Living on island time in Samoa

It’s not just the sights that make Samoa special. The happiness of its inhabitants are refreshment for body and soul.

TO THE ISLANDS: There's always plenty to do on these sun-soaked islands.

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.

australia

Can $30m buy hotel perfection?

GAME CHANGER: The Langham hotel in Sydney.

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

Digging for dinosaurs

Ever wanted to unearth your own dinosaur? They are ready, packaged and waiting for you in Australia.

The pool is surrounded by lush greenery and loungers in which to relax.

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.

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Top travel photos of the week gallery

TOKYO, JAPAN - MARCH 22:  A cosplayer poses for a portrait at the cosplay area during the Anime Japan 2015 Expo on March 22, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan. Cosplay (Costume play) is a subculture that sees participants role play as a specific character of their choice. Many of the popular characters are sourced from manga, anime, comic books, video games and cartoons, often the cosplayer will take on the body language, clothing and mannerisms of the character. AnimeJapan 2015, is one of the largest anime festivals in Japan, offering visitors entertainment such as stage performances, screenings, workshops, cosplaying areas, and a chance to buy exclusive anime themed goods.  (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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

Travel tips you should ignore

Sometimes it's better to ignore travel advice and embrace the unknown.

So what's the truth? Is this the best job in the world? Or is it incredibly overrated?

Is this really the 'best job in the world'?

I'd hate to do that,' said no-one, ever. But is travel writing as glamorous as it seems?

europe

Keukenhof: Tour the tulips

SNAP WORTHY: Keukenhof, employing some 30 gardeners, is considered to be the world's largest flower garden displaying millions of flowers every year.

Springtime in Europe colours your cheeks and adds a new jaunt to your step - especially at Keukenhof, the world's largest floral display.

The 'tide of a century' gallery

A supertide turned France's famed Mont Saint-Michel into an island and then retreated out of sight.

Baroque and a hard place

Video: A taste of Austria video

uk and ireland

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'

How this small town became part of world history

usa

An unconventional president

AN UNCONVENTIONAL PRESIDENT: And at his hideaway at the very end of the country he once ruled, the President Truman's quiet authority shines through beyond the loud shirts.

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

Confessions of hotel front desk clerks

We interviewed hotel front desk clerks in the US to learn some insider secrets. Read and be prepared for your next stay.

Manatees: Look but don't touch

Try Niagara without the Viagra

canada & alaska

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

asia

The smells and spirit of Bali

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.

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

Learn to dance the Bollywood way

Hip sway...pelvic thrust...shoulder dip...finger wag. A trip to India wouldn't be complete without learning to dance Bollywood-style.

The holy grail: A Bengal tiger.

Watching tigers in the jungle

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

cruising

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

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

Video

JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

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