Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks with his wife and daughter against the mountainous scenery of their home.

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

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Top 10 lost ancient cities

Machu Picchu, Peru: These Incan ruins, perched on an Andean mountaintop and surrounded by steep green slopes, rushing rivers in the valley below, won't disappoint.

These 10 cities were hidden for years. Now rediscovered, you can visit them again.

Highway to heaven

The secluded Pfeiffer Beach beach has huge rock formations that lie just offshore. Photo: 123rf

Driving the rugged stretch of the Californian coast known as Big Sur is a road trip to remember.

Inside the world's best hotel

Ashford Castle, Ireland.

What is it like staying at the hotel voted the best on the planet? We found out.

Fly my pretties

Falconer Conal Dixson with one of his charges.

Reginald is giving me the evil eye. The hulking 24-year-old hawk glares at me from his perch.

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Kiwi Traveller

What sight to see in HK?

For amusement-park-loving teens, Hong Kong Disneyland is the place to go.

There's something for all the family to enjoy in Hong Kong, from markets to theme parks.

Expat tales: The great outdoors

Simon Dilks ditched the rat race for a life of adventure in Yangshuo, China.

Lost and found in Italy

The reality of London life stuff nation

news

Africa's only penguins perish

Two African Penguins (Spheniscus demersus) stand at the side of their pool at the Royev Ruchey zoo in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk September 23, 2011. Earlier this month, nine of these endangered penguins were transported from Pretoria to Krasnoyarsk, becoming the first of such birds in the Siberian zoo.  REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin (RUSSIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)

They're cute, knee-high, they bray like donkeys and are a tourist attraction near Cape Town.

World's worst airlines to fly with

The world's worst airline got just one star, for the fourth year in a row.

An internet room, without the internet

On a high in Hawai'i

travel troubles

Misfiring cork grounds jet

A cork that misfired mid-air was bad news for EasyJet passengers on a flight between Britain and Turkey.

A flight from Britain to Turkey had to be grounded after a misfiring champagne cork brought down oxygen masks. 

A trail of perilous sinkholes

The Dead Sea, a top spot for tourists, is shrinking at a rather alarming rate.

Pilots reveal close calls

Passengers in midair brawl

nz

Havelock to trial new i-Site

Craig Usmar and Yanyan Li own the Havelock Info Centre along with the Havelock Town Cafe and Takeaway. An i-Site will be launched in the town in October. Usmar and Li  are pictured with their son, Ryan Usmar, 18-months.

Tourists looking for recommendations and advice will be able to stop by an i-Site in Havelock from October. 

West Coast's two-wheeled tourists gallery

The West Coast's cycle trail has been a long time coming but nearby businesses are hoping for a boost from 10,000 cyclists expected this year.

Where the earth meets the sky: 
Mount Ngauruhoe under heavy cloud above Oturere Valley.

The Tongariro Crossing: A world of its own

The mountains of the Central Plateau also host a network of walking trails through ever-changing landscapes

pacific islands

Lending a helping hand

Even the shyest of the children became immersed in the fun.

Vinaka Fiji is a charitable trust through which visitors to the Yasawa Islands can give back to the community during their tropical holiday.

Meeting the locals at Niue's show day

The Niuean people's laid-back friendliness is on show in Lakepa Village.

Best outfits are made of local, natural  materials.

Flowers and ink

In Papua New Guinea's Tufi region, beautification is an important part of culture and identity.

themes

Top 10 lost ancient cities

Machu Picchu, Peru: These Incan ruins, perched on an Andean mountaintop and surrounded by steep green slopes, rushing rivers in the valley below, won't disappoint.

These 10 cities were hidden for years. Now rediscovered, you can visit them again.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

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

The George V Dining Room.

Inside the world's best hotel

What is it like staying at the hotel voted the best on the planet? We found out.

south america

50 shades of clay at erotic museum

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima.

They say sex sells. But sometimes it just gets you into trouble, if the attendant following me is anything to go by.

The Inca Festival of the Sun

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Building Brazil's capital

How to humiliate yourself overseas

middle east

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

The Sultan and me

Under the ever-watchful gaze of Sultan Qaboos, Sharon Stephenson enjoys a slice of Arabian authenticity in Oman.

This is no ordinary cafe

A calm perch above Jerusalem

australia

Narrow escape in the rainforest

One of six rainforest pavillions at Narrows Escape in Queensland.

You'll feel like you're staying in your very own tree house.

Positioned to last

Quality and sophistication give this inner-city Brisbane hotel an edge over its hipster peers.

The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered turtle that nests in Australia.

Gentle creatures on the far side

Magical encounters await the aquatic adventurer on Western Australia's Coral Coast.

europe

Misfiring cork grounds jet

A cork that misfired mid-air was bad news for EasyJet passengers on a flight between Britain and Turkey.

A flight from Britain to Turkey had to be grounded after a misfiring champagne cork brought down oxygen masks. 

'Massive orgy of tomatoes and people' gallery

Thousands of festival-goers hurled 170 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in this small Spanish town.

How salt made Salzburg

Europe's most erotic hotel rooms gallery

uk and ireland

Fly my pretties

Falconer Conal Dixson with one of his charges.

Reginald is giving me the evil eye. The hulking 24-year-old hawk glares at me from his perch.

Inside the world's best hotel

What is it like staying at the hotel voted the best on the planet? We found out.

Welcome to 'Dismaland'

Rediscovering horse riding in Ireland gallery

usa

Highway to heaven

The secluded Pfeiffer Beach beach has huge rock formations that lie just offshore. Photo: 123rf

Driving the rugged stretch of the Californian coast known as Big Sur is a road trip to remember.

The 20 things you must do in New York

From hip bars and iconic hotels to soaring skyscrapers, here's why the Big Apple is the coolest place to visit.

Sleep in a van in New York

New Orleans reborn

canada & alaska

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

A playful grizzly bear has been filmed rolling down a hill in Denali National Park, much to the tourists' delight.

Playful grizzy bear repeatedly rolls down hill in Alaska's Denali National Park.

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

There are no lines for this naturally forming waterslide in Canada. Plus, it finishes in a jaw-dropping 10.6-metre drop.

Built on a foundation of straw

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

asia

Put Mongolia on your bucket list

Beautiful views can be found at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, which is one of the most scenic lakes in Mongolia.

Huge distances. Broad vistas. Big skies. Bright stars. That's what you'll find in Mongolia.

20 reasons to visit Myanmar gallery

The country has become a magnet for curious travellers. Here's what to do when you get there.

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Stock Photo - Kingfisher on a tree at night

In search of Borneo's smallest creatures

In search of the 'small five' in the remote reaches of Borneo, an island struggling to preserve its rich biodiversity.

cruising

Cruising a Cuban paradise

The white sandy islands are mostly deserted.

It's a short journey to paradise on Cuba’s southern coast.

Picton braced for record cruise season

Picton businesses are gearing up for what is expected to be a busy summer, which will be boosted by the biggest cruise ship season yet.

Why you should take a winter cruise

Feeling the squeeze

snow

Counting the cost of skifield accidents

Oliver Sullivan, 20, is recovering in the Burwood Spinal Unit after initially having no feeling in his legs from a skiing accident on Craigieburn.

More than $1.6m in ACC claims has been paid out to Canterbury skiers and snowboarders this year.

Short break in Queenstown

Experience the delights of a short break in Queenstown and Wanaka

Where to go for snow

A town of two halves

Video

Charges over Fullers ferry crash

Charges have been laid after a Fullers ferry crashed into Devonport wharf in Auckland.

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