Sydney's Light Fantastic gallery

'Sydney Opera House Sails' by Universal Everything

The Sydney Opera House showed its colours this week, with the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival.

Best ski resorts for singles

Keen skiers are hitting the slopes and their smartphone apps to find love.

If you're looking for love this ski season, geo apps like Tinder may help to fast track your quest for a date.

'Manic trip' film explores NZ

"Lost in New Zealand" captures a "manic trip" through New Zealand.

A tourist's "manic trip" to New Zealand is catching eyes online.

Essentials for visiting Paris

People enjoy the sun as "Paris Plage" (Paris Beach) opens along the banks of River Seine in Paris July 19, 2014. The beach, in the heart of the French capital, includes stretches of imported sand and various free sporting activities for the public. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer (FRANCE - Tags: SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)

It's small size makes Paris perfrect for exploring on foot.

Top travel photos of the week gallery

A lifeguard keeps an eye on swimmers while people celebrate the opening of the beach season at Rockaway beach in New York May 23, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

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

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Readers' pics of the week

Vietnam

This week's travel photo entries take us from Ho Chi Minh City to New Caledonia.

Cruising currency conundrum

If your cruise stops at ports with different currencies, transactions can get confusing.

How to find the perfect travel companion

Pittsburgh: it's not the pits

news

Key 'gutted' to miss Air NZ invite

Prime Minister John Key has not received an invite into Air New Zealand's Elite Priority One club.

John Key "gutted" he missed an invite into Air NZ's most exclusive club.

Airlines spruce up their safety messages

Buckle yourself in for the best in air safety videos in the business.

Air NZ's secret society revealed

Wineries urged to cater for Chinese tourists

travel troubles

Engines cut out on Singapore Airlines jet

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A330 at Perth airport, similar to the plane that lost power.

Airbus carrying 194 people descended 13,000 feet after losing power mid-flight.

Delta orders pizza for passengers

One US airline has figured out how to keep frustrated passengers happy - feeding them pizza.

Roads closed as waves hammer coast video

Sir Bob escorted from flight

nz

'Manic trip' film explores NZ

"Lost in New Zealand" captures a "manic trip" through New Zealand.

A tourist's "manic trip" to New Zealand is catching eyes online.

Recharge by the river

This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.

Cruise ship Voyager of the Seas docked at Shakespeare Bay, in Picton, in December last year.

Tourism booming in Marborough

Marlborough's tourism industry is on the up following an excellent summer of increased visitor numbers and more spending.

pacific islands

Fiji’s manta mantra video

260515 Travel Photo: Chris Stevens The Barefoot Manta resort sits at the north end of Drawaqa Island in the Yasawa archipelago in Fiji. Manta rays gather to feed, mate and get cleaned in nearby channel. FFX-travel

No trip to Fiji’s Yasawa Islands would be complete without visiting the resident manta rays at Barefoot Manta.

Raft of secrets

A two-day rafting trip through the remote highlands of Viti Levu is an adventure to remember.

10042015 News Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ. Anjalee and Andrew Coers at the encloure in Niue where Anjalee is in quantine before her arrival at Auckland Zoo

Top 5 things to do in Niue video

The coral atoll of Niue is a different kind of Pacific destination. Here are 5 things to do on the island.

themes

Sydney's Light Fantastic gallery

'Sydney Opera House Sails' by Universal Everything

The Sydney Opera House showed its colours this week, with the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival.

Fancy a home under water? gallery

A development in Dubai brings new meaning to the term "sleeping with the fishes".

BEIJING, CHINA - MAY 27:  Chinese girls dressed for a party eat ice cream as they stand in front of a butcher shop in a residential street on May 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

Top travel photos of the week gallery

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

south america

A bird lover's paradise high in the Andes

At Tapichalaca Reserve, a clear day reveals the road that leads to Peru winding across Cerro Tapichalaca, for which the reserve is named.

In southern Ecuador's Tapichalaca Reserve, armies of hummingbirds' beating wings are so loud they sound more like bees.

Where rustic meets riverside

A rustic riverside hacienda in Chile takes guests back to 70s with a dash of modern Scandi style.

South America: It's not that hard

My brief life as an Argentine cowboy

middle east

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

Bentley Mulsanne Speed in Dubai.

Sun, sand and straight roads present their own challenges in a different kind of drive in Dubai.

World's largest hotel to open

The world's largest luxury hotel, set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2017, will house 10, 000 rooms.

Seeing Wadi Rum by camel

Daredevil Jetman soars over Dubai video

australia

Sydney's Light Fantastic gallery

'Sydney Opera House Sails' by Universal Everything

The Sydney Opera House showed its colours this week, with the launch of the Vivid Sydney festival.

Howe's that for an island escape

The challenge is to find a spot which is attractive enough to tour without being dominated by tourists.

A flatback turtle digs a hold to lay its eggs in on the coast of the Timor Sea.

Survival of the slowest

A rare flatbacked turtle lays her eggs on the shores of the Timor Sea - under the eyes of a group of fascinated tourists.

europe

Essentials for visiting Paris

People enjoy the sun as "Paris Plage" (Paris Beach) opens along the banks of River Seine in Paris

The City of Light is not just one of Europe's most beautiful capitals. Because of its small size, Paris is also perfect for exploring on foot.

Where Bali meets Europe

Yoga, surfing and spectacular beaches. Sound like Bali? Think again.

Watch for 7 minutes of peace

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

uk and ireland

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

A model poses during a life drawing class at The Lion pub in London.

Forget karaoke, sketching nude models with a pint in hand is the hot new trend in British pubs.

Stay in a floating house on the River Thames

You could stay in a floating house on the River Thames for a night.

London to revive 'ghost stations' video

The odd case of Toast Mahal

usa

Little Havana has unique appeal

Don Pedro Bello Sr., from a long tradition of tobacconists, sits on a chair in front of his Cuba Tobacco Cigar store on the street known as Calle Ocho in Little Havana.

It's not in Cuba - but the Miami neighbourhood has a cultural identity of its own.

The weird museums of NYC

The city that never sleeps boasts an apartment filled with actual dirty, an exhibition on the sex lives of animals, and a gallery featuring taxidermy squirrels hanging out at a bar.

Best of San Diego's Balboa Park

Disneyland braces for crush of visitors

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

Private hospitals go luxe for growth gallery

A general view of the lobby area is pictured at the Fortis Memorial Hospital at Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi, India, May 20, 2015. Cinemas, Rolls-Royces and rooms so plush they could belong in a five-star hotel: private hospital operators in India are all but rolling out a red carpet to lure affluent locals and tourists to seek medical treatment at their luxe facilities. At the 450-bed Fortis Memorial hospital near New Delhi, for example, there is an inhouse cinema lounge and a food court. Picture taken May 20, 2015. To match INDIA-HEALTH/LUXURY  REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Private hospitals in India are rolling out red carpet to lure medical tourists to their facilities.

A secluded Cambodian oasis off the grid

Cambodia's Koh Rong island has lush jungle and unspoiled white-sand beaches — but no roads and limited electricity.

Latest high-tech toilets are displayed at a showroom of toilet maker Toto, the world's dominant maker of high-tech loos, in Tokyo September 24, 2003. Government statistics show that combined toilet/bidets are now installed in 52 percent of Japanese homes compared to just 14 percent in 1992. Picture taken September 24.   TO MATCH FEATURE STORY LIFE-JAPAN-TOILETS   REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

High-tech toilets used to lure tourists

Growing popularity of high-tech toilets has prompted the Japanese government to use them to promote tourism and technology abroad.

cruising

Cruise visitors spark tourism growth

Marlborough Shuttles and Tours owners Lynn Wong and Dave Porter have bought Picton Shuttles.

The number of passengers arriving in Marlborough on cruise ships doubled over the summer.

Dancing Queens sail into Liverpool

Liverpool played host to the Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth and Queen Victoria in a 175th anniversary celebration.

Cruising in Fiordland

'Passengers should be charged'

snow

Best ski resorts for singles

Keen skiers are hitting the slopes and their smartphone apps to find love.

If you're looking for love this ski season in Australia and New Zealand, geo apps like Tinder may help to fast track your quest for a date.

Big dumps on southern skifields

Southern Lakes skifields are reporting variable dumps of between 30cm-60cm across their mountains.

Going it alone (with kids)

Mt Hutt fires up snowmaker video

Video

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai

Sun, sand and straight roads present their own challenges in a different kind of drive in Dubai.

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