Next must-go country

Visitors take to the water off Azura Quilalea.

5:00 AM  With its turbulent, war-torn history a distant memory, now is the perfect time to mosey over to untouched and quiet Mozambique.

Kiwis' year in the South of France

Phil and Carmen enjoy treks through the mountains near Perpignan.

5:00 AM  Phil Mitchell and his family, from Eastbourne, are on a year's sojourn in the South of France.

A capital affair

Santiago is flanked by the snow-capped Andes ranges and is often the first stop for visitors wanting to explore South ...

Football, food, and a certain cocktail stir the passions of two of South America's most vibrant capital cities.

It's time to bin the bucket list

The memory of horse riding with locals on a Fijian island may last longer than your ''must-visit'' to the Leaning Tower ...

Memories of horse riding with Fijian locals may last longer than your ''must-visit'' to the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Airlines grapple with laptop ban

Royal Jordanian recommends "reclaiming territory on your armrest" if you get stuck on a long haul flight without a laptop.

Free WiFi and "reclaiming territory on your armrest" among the possibilities as carriers deal with laptop ban.

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Aurora flight didn't thrill all video

A view from the inaugural aurora "flight to the lights".

Organiser of aurora flight accepts some passengers might have expected more.

World's best places to propose

The Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most enduring declarations of love.

It's going to be a story repeated over and over again, so a perfect proposal requires the perfect setting.

 Airport light rail confirmed video

There is currently no rail transport to Auckland International Airport.

A plan to introduce light rail between Auckland Airport and the city centre has been confirmed.

Psychedelic aurora flight first video

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The Southern Lights have never been pictured like this – in a flight through the sublime swirl.

Plus-size packing hacks

Every inch of space counts, so it helps to think creatively about the spaces that are commonly overlooked.

Packing can be a complicated task for owners of larger-sized clothes. Here are a few tips to sneak in more.

Kiwis warming up to cruises

P&O Cruises says two- to three-day cruises have "been growing tremendously" over the past few years.

Short, event-focused trips are luring more into taking longer trips.

Tips to cope with US laptop ban

You can engage in primitive dialogue from the pre-internet era, says Royal Jordanian in a cheeky response to the US ...

Airline advises travellers to analyse the meaning of life or engage in primitive, pre-internet dialogue.

Tales of a couchsurfing virgin

A big draw of Couchsurfing is the chance to experience a new destination with a local.

A couchsurfing virgin finds there's no such thing as a free sofa.

Kiwi's 12,000km rowing trip

Grant "Axe" Rawlinson is aiming to row and ride from Singapore to New Zealand.

The epic journey involves heat rash, pizza bum and waking up at 2am to put on wet clothes.

Train ride through Southeast 

The bones of this train are old and must be treated with great care.

There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.

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Kiwi Traveller

Kiwis' year in the South of France

Phil and Carmen enjoy treks through the mountains near Perpignan.

5:00 AM  Phil Mitchell and his family, from Eastbourne, are on a year's sojourn in the South of France.

Secret Edinburgh

5:00 AM  Castles, whisky, medieval architecture and the birthplace of Harry Potter – Edinburgh has a compelling charm that has stolen many travellers' hearts over the years. Including my own.

Is Turkey safe?

It's time to bin the bucket list

nz

Get green vibes at Goat Island

Get outdoorsy on Goat Island Marine Reserve.

5:00 AM  Get outdoorsy and take home the wholesome vibes of Goat Island.

What surprised me about NZ

Belgian Lieselot de Brauwer has found love in her new homeland in more ways than one.

With an incredible collection of new, rare and out-of-print books, you'll find it hard to leave Adventure Books.

NZ's quirky, cool bookshop

Tucked away in the historical part of Oamaru, bookworms and history fans alike will love this quirky and wonderful place.

Australia

Adele cheaper in Australia

Adele will perform three shows this week.

It costs quite a bit to see the singer in Auckland. You'd get more bang for your buck going overseas.

Rail rations: Feeding 300 guests

50kg of barramundi, 40kg of steak, 352 lemon meringues. Just another journey on The Ghan.

Beachgoer captures neon blue algae illuminating Aussie beach.

Algae turns beaches neon blue video

A natural phenomenon nicknamed "sea sparkle" is lighting up the waters off Australia.

pacific islands

Norfolk Island: A rebel's paradise video

Emily Bay is protected by a coral reef, and is a perfect spot for swimming and snorkeling.

Most locals are direct descendants of the Bounty mutineers - and they're proud of their heritage.

A study in contrasts

From raucous farming fairs to catamaran cruises in a tropical paradise, it's easy to fall in love with New Caledonia.

Take a guided tour through the Hitiaa lava tubes, work up a sweat and then take a dip.

Around Tahiti in five days

Explore the bustling capital before taking off into the lush, green heart of the country.

cruising

Kiwis warming up to cruises

P&O Cruises says two- to three-day cruises have "been growing tremendously" over the past few years.

Short, event-focused trips are luring more into taking longer trips.

Choices and chances on the Danube

River cruising is a different kettle of fish from ocean cruising.

Magic Carpet bar on Celebrity Cruises' new Celebrity Edge ship.

New cruise comes with 'magic carpet'

Infinite balconies, villas with private pools and a floating deck come standard on this $1 billion ship.

south america

A capital affair

Santiago is flanked by the snow-capped Andes ranges and is often the first stop for visitors wanting to explore South ...

Football, food, and a certain cocktail stir the passions of two of South America's most vibrant capital cities.

Inside Central America's best resort

Costa Ricans have an expression, "Pura Vida," meaning pure or good life. I have found it here.

Disney castles under siege video

Dream home raffled for $41

middle east

Inside Banksy's Bethlehem hotel video

The hotel has been fully booked until June.

The West Bank hotel has welcomed its first guests and though there's not much of a view, it's booked out until June.

6 things to do in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi has a wealth of architectural wonders and more are waiting in the wings.

Sharjah: Life in the lesser known emirate

Jordan's 'lost city'

europe

Kiwis' year in the South of France

Phil and Carmen enjoy treks through the mountains near Perpignan.

17 min ago  Phil Mitchell and his family, from Eastbourne, are on a year's sojourn in the South of France.

Secret Edinburgh

17 min ago  Castles, whisky, medieval architecture and the birthplace of Harry Potter – Edinburgh has a compelling charm that has stolen many travellers' hearts over the years. Including my own.

European country tourists overlook

AKL to London for under $1000

uk and ireland

Industrial 'treehouse' plan revealed

Canopy & Stars will give eager glampers the opportunity to spend a night in crane overlooking Bristol Harbour.

Lucky glampers will soon have the opportunity to spend the night in a crane treehouse overlooking Bristol Harbour.

Sleepover at 135m above ground

Soar high in the London Eye while enjoying a champagne dinner in the aerial boudoir.

Belfast: Embracing conflict

A picturesque land of pirates

usa

Where movie-magic is made

Navajo sandstone of Zion provided the backdrop for Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. And our Land Rover.

Discovering the road to Little Hollywood, Utah... Hollywood, Utah that is.

Too close for comfort video

 Bill Todhunter was shocked when it appeared a cruise ship was going to run into his waterfront home.

New York's top five

Hotspot: New Orleans

canada & alaska

Welcome to Who-ville, Alaska

Visible for miles around, Goose Creek Tower has become a tourist attraction. The base is a typical small log cabin, with ...

Built without a blueprint, this 56-metre tall house looks like something from a Dr Seuss book

What you need to know about Canadians

They don't like to be mistaken for Americans and they love ice-hockey.

Canada's northern national parks

Where to get close to polar bears

asia

Anime theme park to open

Crayon Shinchan will be one of the showcased anime in the upcoming park.

A glamping site, zip-lines and walking trail are all part of the attractions at Japan's upcoming anime theme park.

Hiroshima: destruction and renewal

The modern city of Hiroshima stands as a thriving, living symbol of resilience and recovery.

The bones of this train are old and must be treated with great care.

South East Asia's greatest train journey

There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.

luxury

17 hours in business class

Qatar Airways operates the world's longest flight. But could you last 17 hours on an airplane?

Movies I watched: 2. Hours I slept: 6. Times I wondered why I got myself into this: 0

Hotel rooms in unexpected places

You're not going to get better views than from a lifeguard tower turned luxury hotel.

Airline's new yacht-inspired bar video

Airline unveils double beds

budget

How to save money while travelling

Make the most of it, says Jaime Kurtz, the author of the book The Happy Traveller.

That cheap flight might be enticing now but will you spend more money on the six-hour stopover?

Budget airlines: Are Kiwis snobs? video

Opinion: Is it a question of loyalty to Air NZ or are we not yet ready for no-frills flights?

Airline's $90 US to Europe flights video

10 travel experiences for $10

beaches

Next must-go country: Mozambique

Visitors take to the water off Azura Quilalea.

5:00 AM  With its turbulent, war-torn history a distant memory, now is the perfect time to mosey over to untouched and quiet Mozambique.

The best water in the world video

If your idea of a good holiday is lounging in - or on - crystal clear water, look no further.

Salt water therapy can be effective in helping to "free the funk" from mental health issues.

Dawn waves ease troubled souls

"One wave is all it takes to free the funk," mental-health awareness-raising event organiser SJ Cansdale says.

food

Australia's best eating experiences

A hamburger with the lot from Andrew's Hamburgers in Albert Park.

We've put together a roadmap of unmissable taste experiences for every visitor.

Beer tries to mussel in

Move over white wine, a cold one could be the new go-to companion for seafood meals.

As airline profits grow, passengers grumble that food should be included in the fare.

Airline brings back free meals

Free sambos were ditched during the downturns but hangry passengers are getting their way.

adventure

Sleeping in Shackleton's sleeping bag

John Hurt in the lead role of the Cry of the Penguins.

5:00 AM  Oliver Sullivan spent part of the sixties chasing penguins, leaping between ice floes, and sleeping in an Antarctic hero's sleeping bag.

Kiwi's 12,000km rowing adventure

The epic journey involves heat rash, pizza bum and waking up at 2am to put on wet clothes.

Being the token Kiwi on hippie bus

Volcano vid will singe your eyebrows video

family

Sharjah: Life in the lesser known emirate

Davina and husband Chas moved to Sharjah for a change of lifestyle for themselves and their children Charles and Maia.

Davina Parangi-Brown has started a new life with her family in the Capital of Islamic Culture.

Life hacks for travelling with kids

Going on holiday with kids can drive some parents up the wall. Here are some tips to make the journey smoother.

'I can see her smiling'

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Video

Sleeping in Shackleton's sleeping bag

Oliver Sullivan spent part of the sixties chasing penguins, leaping between ice floes, and sleeping in an Antarctic hero's sleeping bag.

news

Airlines grapple with laptop ban

Royal Jordanian recommends "reclaiming territory on your armrest" if you get stuck on a long haul flight without a laptop.

Free WiFi and "reclaiming territory on your armrest" among the possibilities as carriers deal with laptop ban.

Auckland Airport light rail confirmed video

A plan to introduce light rail between Auckland Airport and the city centre has been confirmed.

Packing tips for plus-size travellers

Airline adds more Christchurch flights

troubles

Flights fuel Adele fans' fear

Many people going to Adele's Auckland shows were flying into Hamilton and driving north from there because flights were ...

Flight diversion as low cloud disrupts one plane so far from Hamilton International Airport.

Left homeless, thanks to Adele

Their flight out of Auckland is on hold til Sunday, but Adele fans have booked every spare bed in the city.

Stuck for five days at Grand Canyon video

Cheeky tips to cope with US laptop ban

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