Air NZ's secret society revealed

Air New Zealand's newly refurbished international lounge at Sydney Airport features an exclusive VIP room.

12:52 PM  Members need to be personally invited by chief executive Christopher Luxon or his top executives.

Air NZ pares wine suppliers

Air NZ unveils new lounge

Beauty of Matsushima islands

The full moon is seen through clouds above Fukuurajima island in Matsushima Bay, Japan.

The scenic beauty of the view of the moon in Japanese bay has been known in foreign countries from ancient times.

Dumped for other bookings

The reason small hotels and motels end up turning away guests with reservations probably often has to do with poor supply management, one expert says.

All kinds of travel companies turn down your business when they get a better offer - and it's perfectly legal.

Jet just missed mountain

An Air France flight in early May was said to narrowly miss Mount Cameroun, seen here through an aircraft window in 2008.

Air France jet with three dozen people on board narrowly avoided hitting the highest mountain in central Africa, authorities say.

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.

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Air NZ's secret society revealed

Air New Zealand's newly refurbished international lounge at Sydney Airport features an exclusive VIP room.

12:52 PM  Members need to be personally invited by chief executive Christopher Luxon or his top executives.

Wineries urged to cater for Chinese tourists

12:26 PM  Marlborough wineries are being urged to cater for more Chinese tourists on top of increasing wine export sales.

Ferry mixes water with fuel to cut costs

Passports back to 10 years

travel troubles

Train and car collide, motorist hurt

The Christchurch-Greymouth TranzAlpine train.

8 min ago  Motorist has minor injuries after crashing into the TranzAlpine✓ tourist train west of Christchurch.

Waves close road, disrupt ferries

1:10 PM  Large waves have closed roads along the coasts of Wellington and Kaikoura.

Rough weather cancels ferry sailings

What to do when you're dumped for other bookings

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Recharge by the river

The view of the stunning Southern Alps is the real attraction.

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

A road trip to Southland

Here are the top 20 spots for green-fingered visitors to Southland ahead of the Bluff Oyster Festival.

Akaroa Harbour views extend from the nearby Woodills Track.

One for the birds

At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.

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.

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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.

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The 10 most irresistible food meccas gallery

Top 10 food markets: Fresh food meccas

For a gastronomic adventure into the unknown, you can't beat these top 10 food markets.

World's top 10 glamping experiences

For those who refuse to compromise on comforts just because they're staying under canvas, here's the ultimate line-up.

Nudists sunbathe on the beach at the Solair Recreation League nudist resort in North Woodstock, New York.

Nudists increase the bottom line

Nakationing - as in naked vacationing - is a growing trend in the US, and it goes well beyond topless beaches.

south america

Where rustic meets riverside

The suites at Chile's Vira Viira Hacienda all have views of the Liucura River.

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

Backpacker heaven is really not that far away, and you don't need that long to see it.

My brief life as an Argentine cowboy

Secrets of the Sacred Valley of the Incas

middle east

World's largest hotel to open

An artistic impression on the Abraj Kudai, the world's largest luxury hotel set to open in 2017.

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

Seeing Wadi Rum by camel

A three-day camel ride through one of Jordan's epic landscapes offers fascinating insights into the vast, echoing and godlike world of Wadi Rum.

Daredevil Jetman soars over Dubai video

Just deserts

australia

Survival of the slowest

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

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

20 minutes to France

There's a whiff of France about the Barossa, Australia's premier wine region.

Rising above lush rainforest and the lagoon, the two mountains are a majestic sight.

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.

europe

Where Bali meets Europe

Surfing at Odeceixe beach in the Algarve, Portugal.

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

Watch for 7 minutes of peace

Need a break from a stressful day at work? Take 7 minutes off to watch "the world's most relaxing film.

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

Most liveable city's now most visible

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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

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Disneyland braces for crush of visitors

The fireworks show  Remember Dreams Come True above the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Disneyland's "arsenal of tactics" will help curb frustration over crowds during their 60th anniversary.

A look inside the new One World Observatory

It's been 14 years since you could gaze upon all of NYC from a skyscraper in lower Manhattan.

Cuddle clubs: Cosy or creepy?

20 things that will shock US 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

Beauty of Japan's Matsushima islands

The full moon is seen through clouds above Fukuurajima island in Matsushima Bay, Japan.

The scenic beauty of the islands in Matsushima Bay and the view of the moon has been known in China and other foreign countries from ancient times.

Nine cool Indian music festivals to attend

Music festivals are magical, combine them with an exciting travel experience and you have the best holiday package.

Spa Village Resort Tembok, a doof-doof free zone.

Healing the mind and body

The shaman princess spoke to her first departed spirits when she was a child, or so she tells me.

cruising

Dancing Queens sail into Liverpool

The three Cunard Queens, Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth meet on the River Mersey for the first time.

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

Cruising in Fiordland

Fiordland's South Fiord is an inspirational place – a distinctive landscape that makes you stop, stand and contemplate.

'Passengers should be charged'

Sail on the Millennium Falcon

snow

Big dumps on southern skifields

Remarkables Ski Area manager Ross Lawrence uses a snowblower to blast snow from the ski area building entrance.

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

Going it alone (with kids)

The recipe to a successful solo-parent trip with kids: Equal parts planning and positive attitude.

Mt Hutt fires up snowmaker video

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Fiji’s manta mantra

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

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