Brazil's biggest street party video

A reveller parades for the Nenen de Vila Matilde samba school during the carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 26.

Forget the recession, police strikes and corruption scandals: it's Carnival time and everyone is partying.

Shop where people go to sleep

Shoes off, pillows out: These customers are here to try before they buy.

The Chinese like to try before they buy, apparently, and hotels have caught on to this craze.

6 incredible wildlife experiences

Seeing wild animals from a jeep is one thing; galloping alongside them on a horse is a whole different ballgame.

Cruise among hippos in South Africa, ride horseback in Kenya and dive with sharks in Fiji.

Why flying can make you sick

Cabin air is fresher than in offices and hospitals, but hygiene takes a holiday in the toilets.

Cabin air is fresher than in offices and hospitals, but hygiene takes a holiday in the toilets.

NZ through a tourist's eyes

There'd been a deluge a few days earlier at Milford but it was all but cloudless for our overnight cruise.

Despite the lack of good Guinness, my Irish friend reckons "It's the most beautiful country in the world".

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Airline's all-you-can-fly service

This service takes jet-setting to a whole new level.

It has been described as the "Netflix of airlines" and "Uber of the air".

Melbourne on a plate

Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne.

Grant Smithies gets to Melbourne cold and hungry, leaves sunburnt and satisfied.

Camping at Lake Taupo

The view from my campsite at the Motutere Bay camp site.

Motutere Bay Holiday Camp's view is so beautiful, staying there is almost life-changing.

Least Kiwi parts of New Zealand

This could be New Zealand, or anywhere.

New Zealand's multiculturalism and varied landscapes means you can see the world without your passport.

There's an app for that

A smartphone loaded with apps is as essential as your passport.

Josh Martin recommends the best travel tech to travel with.

Plans to clamp down on camping

Marlborough Sounds councillor David Oddie says more direction is needed from Government when it comes to freedom camping.

His sole purpose: sniff out freedom campers.

Train plan chugging along

A steam train travels between Picton and Christchurch. (File photo)

Earthquake fails to derail plans to send cruise passengers loco.

Car fire tourists reassure mum

Tourist Rob, Charlie and Gwen reassure their mum they are okay after their car exploded in a ball of flames near ...

When a space-saver tyre caught fire, sending the whole car up, these tourists sent a message home.

Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Passenger's revenge for dog poo

Steve Hofstetter said the dog owner deserved "a little moment of panic" as payback.

When a woman let her dog foul on the airport floor, a fellow flyer (and comedian) taught her a lesson.

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Truth about air quality, plane toilets

Cabin air is fresher than in offices and hospitals, but hygiene takes a holiday in the toilets.

Cabin air is fresher than in offices and hospitals, but hygiene takes a holiday in the toilets.

How to maximise your annual leave

With Easter and Anzac Day falling so close together, Kiwis can have 12 days off for just five days.

Insider Tip: Japan

5 days in San Francisco

nz

Crowing about Year of the Rooster

Year of the Rooster celebrations boosted tourism growth from China.

Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.

Cruise ship Artania in port

More than 800 German speaking tourist cruised around Taranaki on Sunday, saw the sights, took photos and enjoyed what the region had to offer.

There'd been a deluge a few days earlier at Milford but it was all but cloudless for our overnight cruise.

Seeing NZ through a tourist's eyes

Despite the lack of good Guinness or a sing-song, my Irish friend reckons "It's the most beautiful country in the world".

Australia

Melbourne on a plate

Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne.

Grant Smithies heads to Melbourne cold and hungry and comes back sunburnt and satisfied.

Town's massive watermelon fight video

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

Iconic Australia: Even on its famous beaches, Australia can feel worlds apart.

10 least 'Aussie' places in Australia

From European architecture to Asian cuisine, these places are worlds apart from the Australia we know.

pacific islands

A study in contrasts

An aerial shot of New Caledonia's capital, Noumea.

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

A to Z of Yasawa Islands

A guide to cruising Fiji's remote Yasawa Islands.

Swimming alongside these gentle giants is an indescribable feeling.

Eye contact with a humpback stuff nation video

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

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Train plan chugging along

A steam train travels between Picton and Christchurch. (File photo)

Earthquake fails to derail plans to send cruise passengers loco.

Cruise ship Artania in port

More than 800 German speaking tourist cruised around Taranaki on Sunday, saw the sights, took photos and enjoyed what the region had to offer.

A $5 levy on all cruise ship passengers visiting Akaroa is being proposed to help pay for the new Akaroa Health Hub.

Call to levy cruisers for health hub video

Cruise ship passengers asked to help pick up Banks Peninsula health hub tab.

south america

Brazil's biggest street party kicks off video

A reveller parades for the Nenen de Vila Matilde samba school during the carnival in Sao Paulo, Brazil on February 26.

Forget the recession, police strikes and corruption scandals: it's Carnival time and everyone is partying.

What to pack for South America video

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

Where Mother Nature painted a rainbow video

Island at the end of the Earth

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

Carnivals poke fun at Trump

A carnival float featuring an effigy of US President Donald Trump pictured in Mainz, Germany. Political satire is a ...

Trump as an elephant, Trump as a schoolboy: There's one political figure taken centre stage in Europe's parades.

World's most remote location video

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

Hotspot of the week: Venice

Italy's 9000-year-old city

uk and ireland

A fairytale wagon hideaway

Escape to the countryside for a gypsy-style holiday in north Cornwall.

You can live like a Hobbit in this unique gypsy wagon home.

London's ancient past goes on show video

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

Pretty, crazy 'Outside In' house

Doggies' day out on the bus video

usa

Hotspot: New Orleans

A Member of the Mondo Kayo Social and Marching Club parades down St. Charles Avenue on Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana .

The city rocks all year but its legendary Mardi Gras pumps up the volume.

'Fire' spews from waterfall video

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

I would walk 2650 miles

Huge place with huge personality

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

Inside mysterious Bhutan's sacred rituals

A black-necked crane.

The migratory birds hold a special place in the hearts and culture of the people of the Phobjikha Valley.

World's weird (but cute) species

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

A girl holds a candle lit paper lantern as she floats it on the river during 71st anniversary activities, commemorating ...

Hiroshima's children of the atom video

Your society demonised, culture usurped, city wiped out... it's little wonder there's an identity crisis.

luxury

Hotel's over-the-top luxury amenities

Before sinking into a butler-drawn bath at the Ritz-Carlton Bal Harbour in Miami, guests can choose from 10 bath salts.

After your butler-drawn bath, ask the room service robot for keys to the Porsche... and don't forget the GoPro.

Shopping heaven on your doorstep

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

The sport of kings

Hotels for people with too much cash

budget

Airline's $90 US to Europe flights video

Budget travellers rejoice, the era of cheap flights is officially upon us.

Budget travellers rejoice, the era of cheap travel is officially upon us.

10 travel experiences for $10

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

Travel the world on $27 a day

Save $50k, travel to 50 countries

beaches

No top beaches for Taranaki, but why? video

Fitzroy Beach may be one of the most popular in New Plymouth, but the rest of the world hasn't realised how awesome it ...

It's Lonely Planet's #2 region but Taranaki has no beach in country's top 10. How can this be?

Auckland's top islands

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

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

NZ's top 10 beaches named

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

food

Melbourne on a plate

Queen Victoria Markets, Melbourne.

Grant Smithies heads to Melbourne cold and hungry and comes back sunburnt and satisfied.

Takeaways a family affair

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

Can you tell I'm a fan? Munching on scones by the water's edge.

Searching for NZ's best scone

From the sweet to savoury, cheese to chocolate, Liz Carlson devours cakes in the name of research.

adventure

Six incredible wildlife experiences

Seeing wild animals from a jeep is one thing; galloping alongside them on a horse is a whole different ballgame.

Cruise among hippos in South Africa, ride horseback in Kenya and dive with sharks in Fiji.

The world according to Henrik

Henrik Jeppesen visited every country in the world before his 28th birthday and is now working through the territories.

Skyscraper climbers touch top video

Pilots: The new social media stars

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

Brazil's biggest street party kicks off

Forget the recession, police strikes and corruption scandals: it's Carnival time and everyone is partying.

news

Plans to clamp down on camping

Marlborough Sounds councillor David Oddie says more direction is needed from Government when it comes to freedom camping.

6:08 PM  His sole purpose: sniff out freedom campers.

Train plan chugging along

Earthquake fails to derail plans to send cruise passengers loco.

Ikea shop where people go to sleep

Airline launches all-you-can-fly service

troubles

Car fire tourists reassure mum

Tourist Rob, Charlie and Gwen reassure their mum they are okay after their car exploded in a ball of flames near ...

When a space-saver tyre caught fire, sending the whole car up, these tourists sent a message home.

Passenger's revenge for dog poo

When a woman let her dog foul on the airport floor, a fellow flyer (and comedian) taught her a lesson.

Famous swimming pigs found dead

Extra fliers 'stood in aisles'

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