Surviving world's longest flight video

Don't wake up for breakfast: Airplane breakfasts are almost always disappointing. Get the extra rest instead.

12:12 PM  Use in-flight magazines for footrests and bring sinus spray to avoid getting clogged up.

Why you should bin luggage tags

Those stickers that check-in staff put on your bags? Take them off before your next flight.

11:40 AM  Those stickers that check-in staff put on your bags? Take them off before your next flight.

NZ's top 10 beaches named

Maunganui Beach is New Zealand's best beach in the eyes of TripAdvisor.

10:58 AM  The Kiwis and tourists have spoken... and there's one sandy spot we can't get enough of.

NZ: 5 things that surprised me

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by how well-travelled we are.

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by our open-mindedness and how well-travelled Kiwis are.

What to pack: South America video

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

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Kiwi's winter in France stuff nation

When the snow finally blankets the nearby hills, there is plenty of choice of slopes for tobogganing and snow fights.

Behind closed shutters and boarded houses the Pyrenees' community hums with life.

World's weird (but cute) species

The ocellate river stingray.

Covered in light orange spots and dark rings, its beady eyes pop creepily from its circular form.

Dark side to idyllic locations

It's hard to imagine The Philippines is the home of President Rodrigo Duterte's roving "death squads".

When you're sipping cocktails in The Philippines, you're not thinking of the crimes committed.

Underwater life in detail

"The idea for this photo came from the need to show people that freediving is not only about going down and up on a line ...

Beneath the surface of the world's sea, lakes and rivers lies spectacular photo opportunities.

Air Force One crew stories

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

Gerald Ford always wanted a bowl of strawberries, and Nixon never came out of his cabin.

Auckland hospo rates crisis

Auckland's Pullman Hotel could see it's annual rates bill double to almost $1.6m if the council adopts a new targeted rate.

Some large Auckland hotels face rates rises of more than $800,000 a year to help pay for tourism promotion.

Lemons hit the road

The Shitbox Rally is returning to NZ for its second year.

Sixty "shitbox" cars set to leave Christchurch on a colourful convoy as part of the Shitbox Rally.

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

The bridge of the Mikhail Lermontov.

The top three levels of a sunken Soviet ship were sliced off by the Kaikoura quake.

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

Israel's strange flight to Australia video

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane wasn't taking the scenic route by choice.

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane took 11 hours to fly from Singapore to Sydney. It wasn't by choice.

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Surviving the world's longest flight video

Don't wake up for breakfast: Airplane breakfasts are almost always disappointing. Get the extra rest instead.

12:12 PM  Use in-flight magazines for footrests and bring sinus spray to avoid getting clogged up.

Why you should bin luggage tags

11:40 AM  Those stickers that check-in staff put on your bags? Take them off before your next flight.

Kiwi in France: Wintering in Pyrenees stuff nation

The dark side to idyllic locations

nz

Auckland hospo rates crisis

Auckland's Pullman Hotel could see it's annual rates bill double to almost $1.6m if the council adopts a new targeted rate.

11 min ago  Some large Auckland hotels face rates rises of more than $800,000 a year to help pay for tourism promotion.

Pod of orca delights jet-skiers video

Seeing one or two orca in the wild is pretty special, but how about 30?

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by how well-travelled we are.

NZ: 5 things that surprised me

Travel blogger Carmen Huter is impressed by our open-mindedness and how well-travelled Kiwis are.

Australia

Town's massive watermelon fight video

According to organisers, attendees ate more than 800 melons and smashed another 1100.

Ravaged, skiied on and smashed: How playing with fruit became more profitable than selling them.

Capital express '80% full'

Data out of Australia suggests strong early demand for Singapore Airlines' service to Wellington.

One of the artists at the refurnished Alphington bus stop.

Coolest bus stop ever?

The boring bus wait is a thing of the past at this "reclaimed" 1970s-themed bus stop in Melbourne.

pacific islands

Eye contact with a humpback stuff nation video

Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an indescribable feeling.

OPINION: Swimming with these gentle giants is true bliss in Tonga.

Summer lesson: 'Learn to exploit foreigners'

As cool rain swept across Auckland and Peter Thiel's residential status fuelled angst among what passes for our intelligentsia, I sweated through a few days on Efate's southern shores.

Blue Lagoon's private island, Nanuya Lailai, in Fiji.

A to Z of Yasawa Islands

A guide to cruising Fiji's remote Yasawa Islands.

cruising

Sailing the Nile stuff nation

Sun sets over the Nile.

No trip to Egypt is complete without a cruise. On the Nile, life never stops.

A meander through a fairytale

Visit this valley for picture-postcard Europe amid the vineyards.

The Emerald Princess steams past Waikawa Bay to Shakespeare Bay in Picton on Monday, a full day earlier than expected.

Cruise catches town on the hop

How do you prepare for 3000 unexpected guests? Picton knows after a cruise ship showed up a day early.

south america

What to pack for South America video

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.

Where Mother Nature painted a rainbow video

It might look pretty, but the trek to this mountain 5000m above sea level is not for the faint-heated.

Island at the end of the Earth

The beach where Brazil locals go

middle east

Life in the City of the Dead

Contemporary art is bringing life and colour into the once-drab necropolis.

Contemporary art is bringing life and colour into the once-drab necropolis.

Sailing the Nile stuff nation

No trip to Egypt is complete without a cruise. On the Nile, life never stops.

Hitchhiking through Iran at 70 video

3-minute guide to Doha

europe

World's most remote location video

Literally translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora were formed 60 million years ago.

Translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora give "getting away from it all" a new meaning.

Hotspot of the week: Venice

 Dress-up fiends and drama queens must pay a visit to Venice's famous Carnevale.

Italy's 9000-year-old city

The mysterious past of Delphi

uk and ireland

London's ancient past goes on show video

A human skull found at the Crossrail Liverpool Street site is seen as part of the "Tunnel: The Archaeology of Crossrail" ...

Skeletons from the 1665 Great Plague have been uncovered after Crossrail tunnel digs.

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

With a woodland entrance and mown grass on the floor, this place is turning us a little green with envy.

Doggies' day out on the bus video

Why visit this 'wretched' place?

usa

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

It's an optical illusion that only occurs briefly every year, where flowing water glows like lava.

I would walk 2650 miles

How does six months of walking the length of America sound?

Huge place with huge personality

Canada shines in Trump shadow

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

World's weird (but cute) species

The ocellate river stingray.

Covered in light orange spots and dark rings, its beady eyes pop creepily from its circular form.

Hilarious signs to help tourists

To make tourists feel more welcome, Japan has created 26 signs to help them fit in with the locals.

Japan is finding its way on to every 2017 travel plan.

The real reasons Japan is hot

Here are 10 reasons why everyone's going crazy for Japan...

luxury

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

Totem Madrid is located in the swanky Salamanca district.

Madrid's ritzy Salamanca district is home to one of the most expensive streets in Spain.

The sport of kings

When else do you get to stomp around on grass while drinking champagne, and hob-nob with the rich, fanatical, and royal, than when you play - or watch - polo?

Hotels for people with too much cash

Amsterdam's $13,000 hotel room

budget

10 travel experiences for $10

Wellington's Cable Car is New Zealand's only funicular railway.

Don't dismiss your spare change - bargains are to be found everywhere.

Travel the world on $27 a day

You won't find a single selfie, but this budget guru has amassed a large following.

Save $50k, travel to 50 countries

Ever tried a cargo cruise?

beaches

NZ's top 10 beaches named

Maunganui Beach is New Zealand's best beach in the eyes of TripAdvisor.

10:58 AM  The Kiwis and tourists have spoken... and there's one sandy spot we can't get enough of.

Summer's strange, mad beauty

As Aristotle mused, while slapping sunscreen on the skin left exposed by his beach toga: The whole is greater than the summer of fits and starts.

Auckland's Hauraki Gulf boasts several easily accessible islands.

Auckland's top islands

For a slice of island paradise, you need only venture into Auckland's Hauraki Gulf.

food

Takeaways a family affair

Jacqui Winchcombe believes good drainage is one of the secrets to good-quality chips.

Local chippie review: Taupiri Takeaways may be small, but it's built up a reputation for great fish and chips.

Fish aplenty at Fishermans Catch

Next time you're in Pukekohe, get a feed at the Fishermans Catch.

Hippopotamus restaurant in Wellington is known for its sophisticated cuisine.

Unmissable Welly food experiences

French flair, coffee, chocolate, wine and laneway dining - there's something for all.

adventure

Skyscraper climbers touch top video

Footage appears to show a daredevil touching the pointed tip of London's second tallest building.

Security tightened at London's second tallest building after daredevils climb it to its pointed tip.

Pilots: The new social media stars

From snaps at the flight deck to far-flung destinations, everyone wants a peak inside the pilot life.

I was hunted by wolves

Pedaling in paradise video

family

'I can see her smiling'

John Misky aboard a traditional waka or canoe. The Porirua man plans to build his own canoe to pay tribute to his ...

In 2003, he promised to build his grandmother a waka, now he's honouring that pledge.

Sleepy NZ town comes of age

Omakau, Central Otago, sat dormant for a long time - but the secret's out now.

What every family holiday needs

When's best to visit Venice?

Video

Sweet spot for Kiwi travellers

Heavy competition has meant great ticket prices but this might be as good as it gets, warns Air NZ.

news

Quake shakes Soviet liner video

The bridge of the Mikhail Lermontov.

12:08 PM  The top three levels of a sunken Soviet ship were sliced off by the Kaikoura quake.

Beer made just for drinking inflight

Betsy Beer is designed for drinking at 35,000 ft.

Underwater life in amazing detail

Air Force One crew share stories

troubles

Israel's strange flight to Australia video

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane wasn't taking the scenic route by choice.

Benjamin Netanyahu's plane took 11 hours to fly from Singapore to Sydney. It wasn't by choice.

Qatar Airways staff sacked

The airline is the latest to come under fire when "inappropriate" photos taken by its staff surfaced online.

Tourist faces jail for feeding fish

Lohan 'racially profiled' at airport video

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