Bring on the dancing horses

The capriole is a great leap into the air with a rapid back kick.

Vienna's light-footed equestrian show is a moving experience.

Why the return trip feels shorter

Think the return trip feels shorter? Science may have an explanation for you.

New research adds weight to the idea that the return trip effect actually exists.

Selfie stick crackdown

Anna Stahl, from Germany, and Jennifer Himryd, from Sweden, use a selfie stick to capture the moment on the steps of the Sydney Opera House.

The Sydney Opera House has joined the list of sites worldwide to crack down on the use of selfie sticks.

Peace and quiet at Lake Pukaki

131211 Feature Photo:Dean Kozanic The Press. Mt Cook Village where the Department of Conservation also acts as the local council and The Hermitage hotel is the major employer. Aoraki Mt Cook at the head of Lake Pukaki seen from State Highway 80.

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

What to see in San Diego

If you're not into surfing, check out the gentle waves at La Jolla beach.

With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego.

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Kiwi Traveller

Readers' travel pics of the week gallery

My wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake, Canada. We went to Canada to see the Rockies. This photo is of my wife, Marie, taken at Bow Lake halfway between Banff and Jasper. During our stay in Canada this weather was fairly standard, clear crisp days, no cloud and no wind. The Rockies themselves just go on and on. Turn another corner, another snow-capped mountain range. Amazing

This week's travel photo entries take us from the Canadian Rockies to a sunset in Spain.

Expat tales: Some like it Scot

Emma Miller and her husband find Glasgow an ideal base for exploring Europe.

Ask the expert

Global gap year fun

news

Air NZ moves to delay competition

Air NZ says there is "no compelling reason" why a revenue-sharing alliance between Qantas and American Airlines should start in December.

The airline is seeking to delay a co-ordinated increase in capacity from Qantas and American Airlines on the trans-Pacific route.

Why the return trip feels shorter

New research adds weight to the idea that the return trip effect actually exists.

Selfie stick crackdown

Indonesian volcano disrupts flights

travel troubles

Jet blast injures three

The blast from an Air New Zealand jet put three people in hospital in Rarotonga.

Three people hospitalised after being blown over by blast from Air New Zealand jet engine in Rarotonga.

Volcanic ash grounds Bali flights

Jetstar has cancelled flights in and out of Bali after a volcanic eruption.

Naked Bus passengers left in cold

Dried frogs and tiger tooth

nz

Peace and quiet at Lake Pukaki

131211 Feature Photo:Dean Kozanic The Press. Mt Cook Village where the Department of Conservation also acts as the local council and The Hermitage hotel is the major employer. Aoraki Mt Cook at the head of Lake Pukaki seen from State Highway 80.

Even on a grey and rainy day, this beauty of this glacial lake is hard to beat.

In hot water in Hanmer

Escape the city for a restorative break in Hanmer.

A rainbow greets Hatea Loop walkers in Whangarei's Town Basin area.

5 things to do in Whangarei

Where to go and what to do in the colder months.

pacific islands

20 reasons to visit French Polynesia

Overwater bungalows in Moorea.

Blue lagoons and mystic mountains are just part of the allure of this stunning part of the Pacific.

10 adventures in Moorea

The heart-shaped sister island of Tahiti has many offerings to be explored.

Legendary waves and white sandy beaches - that's  Nihiwatu.

Sand and surf perfection at Sumba

When you finally arrive at Nihiwatu, you'll understand what all the fuss is about.

themes

Top travel pics of the week gallery

Male polar bear Luka swims during a hot summer day at the zoo of Wuppertal, Germany, Jul 2, 2015. A widespread, long-lasting heat wave will spread across much of France, U.K., Belgium, the Netherlands and western Germany with forecast highs on Wednesday reaching 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit).   REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

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

In hot water in Hanmer

Escape the city for a restorative break in Hanmer.

Get a view to thrill from one of the three transparent pods hanging off a cliff face.

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

A transparent room on the side of a cliff is the ultimate stay for thrill-seekers.

south america

The world's scariest hotel room? gallery

Get a view to thrill from one of the three transparent pods hanging off a cliff face.

A transparent room on the side of a cliff is the ultimate stay for thrill-seekers.

Simple life meets stunning luxury

Get away from it all at a striking hotel in Chile where life moves at a slower pace.

The many faces of Buenos Aires

Turtle power in Colombia

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

Going for glory in the Outback

Bronco, rider and dust all fly at the Dajarra Rodeo in Outback Australia.

Dirt, dust, bulls and broncos - welcome to rodeo season in remote Australia.

Rooftop glamping in Melbourne

A new hotel takes luxury camping to a whole new level in Melbourne's CBD.

There is plenty of raw beauty to be discovered around the town of 1770.

Queensland's best-kept beach secret

With its gentle waves and stunning sunsets, Agnes Water likely won't stay a secret for long.

europe

Bring on the dancing horses

The capriole is a great leap into the air with a rapid back kick.

Vienna's light-footed equestrian show is a moving experience.

Wine regions win 'heritage' status

France's wine-making region of Champagne and a part of Burgundy have been granted "world heritage status" by the United Nations.

Art from the heart

Away with the fairies

uk and ireland

Play it safe in the Poison Garden

Daffodils and hemlock envelop a wooden 'skeleton' at the Poison Garden.

The rules at Alnwick Castle's garden are simple: no touching and no sniffing.

England's new foodie mecca

Cartmel may be just a small Cumbrian village, but it's also home to Britain's best restaurant.

20 surprising things about the UK

Beers and beds in London

usa

The new rides coming to Disney World gallery

Walt Disney Imagineering in collaboration with filmmaker James Cameron and Lightstorm Entertainment is bringing to life the mythical world of Pandora, inspired by Avatar. It will open in 2017.

Avatar, Frozen and Star Wars rides are coming to the Orlando theme park. We're going to start saving now...

What to see in San Diego

With an average of 250 days of sunshine a year, any time is good to visit San Diego.

White House lifts photo ban

The best country for modern culture

canada & alaska

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Grab your binoculars and your camera for the Glacier Bay leg of the cruise.

Get to know the real Alaska through the stories and legends of its original settlers.

Ice climbing the Canadian Rockies

Climbing a frozen waterfall in Canada is as just as epic as it sounds.

Sailing in Alaska

The best place to watch grizzly bears

asia

China, the traveller's treasure box

The Meridian Gate in Beijing's Forbidden City; nowhere else teems with so much history, legend and good old-fashioned imperial intrigue.

Check out the latest guide to China and its colossal palaces, sacred mountains, cliff-top temples, roaring metropolises, spectacular scenery and much, much more.

Castle offers 'ninja hospitality'

Need help climbing the steep slope at Wakayama Castle? Just call a ninja.

The Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra's pool is the largest hotel pool in Thailand.

Check out Thailand's biggest hotel pool

Who needs beaches when you can stay at the Hotel Sofitel Krabi Phokeethra?

cruising

Cruising 101

There are many cruises to choose from, it's just a matter of finding the one that's perfect for your needs.

Everything you needed to know about cruising (but were too afraid to ask).

20 reasons to visit French Polynesia

Blue lagoons and mystic mountains are just part of the allure of this stunning part of the Pacific.

Cruising Alaska's Tlingit country

Standing Ovation for Wellington

snow

What to wear on the slopes

Looking the part is half the battle on the slopes.

Just say no to jeans and make sure to avoid the gaper gap.

'Significant' snow predicted

Canterbury motorists and farmers could be "significantly" affected by snow next week, a weather service reports. 

Snow bunnies rejoice

Warmer winds on the way

Video

Indonesia calls off search for victims

Indonesian authorities will call off a two-day search for victims after a military transport plane crashed in Sumatra.

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