5 things to do on Stewart Island

Go kiwi-spotting on Stewart Island.

Settle into a slower pace on New Zealand's third largest island.

Embracing the melting pot

Debra catching up with fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement at the Toronto Film Festival.

For Debra Churchill, Toronto offers multicultural living with a wealth of experiences up for grabs.

Tonga: A whale of a time

Eueiki Island, Tonga.

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets.

Country that's a little bit weird

Baku residents stroll along the waterfront on a sunny day.

Ben Groundwater gets to grips with a little-known country poised for big things.

Conquering a fear of flying

Every bump is certain death, every sound, apocalyptic.

One white-knuckle air traveller discovers the cure to her flying woes.

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Readers' travel photos of the week gallery

I think my photo captures my feelings of freedom and bliss at the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan.

Our travel photo entries this week take us from the summit of Mt Fujisan in Japan to a fish market in Myanmar.

NZ couple touched by kindness

Couple on mystery camera memory card grateful to be found.

Found: Couple who lost photos

Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

news

International festival returns to Queenstown

Veuve Clicquot New Zealand senior brand manager Rai Banbury pours one of tens of thousands of glasses of champagne for the 2013 Clicquot in the Snow event.

An international event held at luxury ski resorts around the world has kicked off in Queenstown.

5 things to do on Stewart Island

Settle into a slower pace on New Zealand's third largest island.

Jetstar checks into Hawke's Bay

Tourism industry fears $104m hit

travel troubles

Conquering a fear of flying

Every bump is certain death, every sound, apocalyptic.

One white-knuckle air traveller discovers the cure to her flying woes.

Plane's cooling fan failure

An equipment cooling fan failed on a Cathay Pacific flight that was forced to make an emergency landing.

Allegiant executives were flying plane low on fuel video

Man sues airline over fat passenger

nz

High country retreat

Grasmere, the high-country station, is a mecca for outdoor adventurers.

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

5 things to do on Stewart Island

Settle into a slower pace on New Zealand's third largest island.

Garage Project co-owner and head brewer Pete Gillespie.

One great big hoppy family

As Beervana approaches, here's a taste of what's in store in NZ's craft beer capital.

pacific islands

Tonga: A whale of a time

Eueiki Island, Tonga.

The lure of watching the migration of the humpback whale should be enough to get you booking tickets to Tonga.

The remote, fabled islands of Tahiti

A quick check of our coordinates confirms we're about as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get.

Sunset at the Mamanuca Islands.

Fiji in five days

The exuberant welcome of "Bula", brings a smile to even the most jaded traveller.

themes

High country retreat

Grasmere, the high-country station, is a mecca for outdoor adventurers.

Superb skiing, followed by a reviving stay in an alpine retreat, is on offer not far from Christchurch.

The bar where breathing gets you buzzed

Cocktail fans in London will want to take a deep breath when they enter this pop-up bar.

Garage Project co-owner and head brewer Pete Gillespie.

One great big hoppy family

As Beervana approaches, here's a taste of what's in store in NZ's craft beer capital.

south america

Cast adrift in the Andes

An Andean girl walks in front of her home, a straw hut, on one of the Uros island on Lake Titicaca.

This is no place to be bobbing around in a small dinghy with only one oar.

A different kind of wine tour

If you think wine tours are all about getting drunk, Argentina may not be the place for you.

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Simple life meets stunning luxury

middle east

Abu Dhabi stopover holiday

Sheikh Zayed mosque is the largest in the United Arab Emirates.

What's the best way to beat jet lag? Try rocketing through the air on the world's fastest roller coaster.

Desert jewel faces its biggest threat

With Islamic State fighters in control of the Syrian desert town of Palmyra, the fate of this World Heritage-listed site is uncertain.

Don't dilly-dally in Dubai video

World's largest hotel to open

australia

Thredbo for non-skiers

In the spa at the Thredbo Alpine Hotel.

If you have no interest in skiing or snowboarding, there's still plenty to do at the Snowy Mountains resort.

Best Aus beaches to visit in winter

Oz isn't all about bikinis and suntans – some beaches get even cooler in the winter months.

Bowie in costume during the Aladdin Sane tour, 1973.

Melbourne: Inside the mind of a pop culture chameleon

A new exhibition in Melbourne gives an insight into the ever-changing David Bowie.

europe

The town that inspired a genius

Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin quarreled and caroused, when not painting, during a famously tumultuous nine-week collaboration that an upcoming exhibition contends galvanized both men's artistic careers. For Van Gogh, the tortured painter of sunflowers and starry nights, Gauguin's imminent departure from their redoubt in southern France two days before Christmas, 1888, was a betrayal of his ideal of an artists' collective he believed would revolutionize the art world. In a protest heavy with symbolism, Van Gogh sliced off part of his left ear. The exhibition starts on September 22 at the Art Institute of Chicago and in February it will travel to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum. Self-portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim TO ACCOMPANY FEATURE ARTS-VANGOGH   NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

Follow, if you dare, in the footsteps of a redheaded madman, notoriously dirty and more than a little deranged.

Breaking Bad cafe opens in Istanbul

Breaking Bad fans, we hope you're sitting down for this because it's the best news you will receive this year.

The country that's a little bit weird

A stay in a fairytale castle

uk and ireland

The bar where breathing gets you buzzed

This new pop-up bar has a walk-in cloud of cocktail composed of fine spirits and mixer, made using powerful humidifiers to super-saturate the air.

Cocktail fans in London will want to take a deep breath when they enter this pop-up bar.

Inside the Royals' favourite hotel

Frightfully posh, but never pretentious, this London institution impresses with old-world charm.

Nessie hunter: 'I'm not quitting' video

Loch Ness monster? It's a big catfish

usa

Expat Tales: Embracing the melting pot

Debra catching up with fellow Kiwi Jemaine Clement at the Toronto Film Festival.

For Debra Churchill, Toronto offers multicultural living with a wealth of experiences up for grabs.

Inside Branson's first Virgin hotel

The first in the planned chain of Virgin Hotels has the happiest happy hour you can find.

Hotel reunites traveller and stuffed dog

Essential tips for visiting Texas

canada & alaska

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

Lighthouse Park in West Vancouver offers forest trails, seaside bluffs and big views.

Five places in Vancouver a bit less discovered by tourists. You certainly won't be alone, but you'll see a different side of the city.

That time I drove in Canada

I was nervous, alone in a different country and driving on the "wrong" side of the road.

Off the beaten track in Victoria

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

asia

Magic Indonesian moments

A Komodo Dragon walking on the beach at Komodo Dragon National Park in Indonesia.

Arriving on Flores, I know that this is exactly where I need to be right now.

The country that's a little bit weird

Ben Groundwater gets to grips with a little-known country poised for big things.

Walter and Jesse? Is that you?

Breaking Bad cafe opens in Istanbul

Breaking Bad fans, we hope you're sitting down for this because it's the best news you will receive this year.

cruising

The town that inspired a genius

Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin quarreled and caroused, when not painting, during a famously tumultuous nine-week collaboration that an upcoming exhibition contends galvanized both men's artistic careers. For Van Gogh, the tortured painter of sunflowers and starry nights, Gauguin's imminent departure from their redoubt in southern France two days before Christmas, 1888, was a betrayal of his ideal of an artists' collective he believed would revolutionize the art world. In a protest heavy with symbolism, Van Gogh sliced off part of his left ear. The exhibition starts on September 22 at the Art Institute of Chicago and in February it will travel to Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum. Self-portrait Dedicated to Paul Gauguin, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Bequest from the Collection of Maurice Wertheim TO ACCOMPANY FEATURE ARTS-VANGOGH   NO SALES, NO ARCHIVE

Follow, if you dare, in the footsteps of a redheaded madman, notoriously dirty and more than a little deranged.

The remote, fabled islands of Tahiti

A quick check of our coordinates confirms we're about as close to the middle of nowhere as you can get.

Top tips for cruise first-timers

Treasures of the River Seine

snow

International festival returns to Queenstown

Veuve Clicquot New Zealand senior brand manager Rai Banbury pours one of tens of thousands of glasses of champagne for the 2013 Clicquot in the Snow event.

An international event held at luxury ski resorts around the world has kicked off in Queenstown.

Aus or NZ: Best for skiing?

This month I skied in Australia for the first time. So, how does it compare to New Zealand?

Thredbo for non-skiers

10 ways to tell if you're a snow addict

Video

Allegiant executives were flying plane low on fuel

Two executives with pilot licenses were flying the Allegiant Air jet that nearly ran out of fuel.

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