The odd case of Toast Mahal

The model version of the Taj Mahal, made entirely out of toast, appeared out of nowhere.

An unusual piece of edible street art has baffled the people of Peckham.

World's best islands in 2015

Sand dunes behind a stretch of the long Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Tripadvisor has named the world's best islands in its Traveller's Choice Island Awards.

Maglev breaks speed record video

A Chinese security personnel salutes from the platform, next to a maglev train in Shanghai

A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record.

Why swimming is like a drug

If swimming were a drug, its purest form would be swimming with marine animals that show us how it's done.

Have swimsuit, will travel. That's my mantra, finding windows of time and places to swim, no matter where I am.

History meets the present

A view near Old Town Square in Prague on a late winter day.

You learn new English words as a tourist, even when most people around you are speaking Czech.

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Kiwi Traveller

Readers' pics of the week

venice

This week's travel photo entries range from the Angor Wat to the snowfields of Japan.

Unraveling Uzbekistan stuff nation

It has cities that were as well known as Paris and London, yet Mike O'Connor finds tourism is still in its infancy in Uzbekistan. 

Mistakes first-time travellers make

Business is booming

news

Carnival Spirit allowed to enter Sydney Harbour

The Carnival Spirit entering Circular Quay on Wednesday morning.

1:54 PM  Cruise ship finally enters Sydney Harbour after being stranded due to rough conditions.

The airline 'left' him to die

1:35 PM  The crew treated the incident as that of an unruly passenger, instead of as a medical emergency.

Disgust at Air NZ bag fees

Maglev breaks own speed record video

travel troubles

Sydney weather: Carnival Spirit voyage 'very scary' video

Sydney storm cruise ship

​4000 people are stuck on a cruise ship outside Sydney Heads in giant waves caused by a storm lashing Australia.

Jetstar defends pricing

After 'warning' Air NZ, competition regulators investigate Jetstar over 'opt-out' pricing

Family forced to sit in vomit

Aboriginal passport refused video

nz

Taking flight at Te Papa

Te Papa lead curator Lynette Townsend with airline posters from the past, on display as part of Air New Zealand's 75th anniversary exhibition.

12:36 PM  New Zealand's national carrier is celebrating its history with an exhibition at Te Papa.

5 things to do in Gore

Oh please. Of course there are five things to do in Gore, NZ's official home of country music!

The view from the Annandale homestead.

Banks Peninsula's luxury hideaway

Heavenly views, fine food, luxury accommodation and a peninsula to roam is all part of the Annandale experience.

pacific islands

Air New Zealand adds 787-9 to Fiji route

The Pacific Islands will get its first Dreamliner service this summer when Air New Zealand begins flying its Boeing 787-9 between Auckland and Fiji.

Air NZ will fly its Dreamliner to Nadi next summer, adding 8000 seats, driving fares down.

Slow-mo Samoa

It takes no time at all to slip into the easy pace of life in Samoa.

Angelfish in Fiji waters.

Switching to island time in Fiji

Having visited Fiji 21 times, Sheriden Rhodes knows how to make the most of the island paradise in just five days.

themes

World's best islands in 2015

Sand dunes behind a stretch of the long Grace Bay Beach, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.

Tripadvisor has named the world's best islands in its Traveller's Choice Island Awards.

How to take great travel photos gallery

In these snap-happy times, great travel photography is rarer than ever.

If swimming were a drug, its purest form would be swimming with marine animals that show us how it's done.

Why swimming is like a drug

Have swimsuit, will travel. That's my mantra, finding windows of time and places to swim, no matter where I am.

australia

20 reasons to visit Uluru

A 5 hour time exposure of the stars in over Uluru,Central Australia.

The Red Centre offers awe-inspiring nature, as well as a wealth of cultural, astronomical and gastronomical experiences.

Valley of vines

Take a stately, chauffeured tour for a revealing introduction to Australia's premier wine region.

Inside the van.

Tasmania campervan road trip

MONA, wine and handcuffs make for an adults-only road trip.

europe

Off-season Berlin offers pleasures

The rotunda of Berlin's Museum of Communication in January 2015.

12:26 PM  Traveling to Europe in early January has its advantages.

History meets the present

You learn new English words as a tourist, even when most people around you are speaking Czech.

The Rome you'd never experience solo

Twenty reasons to visit Rome

uk and ireland

The odd case of Toast Mahal

The model version of the Taj Mahal, made entirely out of toast, appeared out of nowhere.

An unusual piece of edible street art has baffled the people of Peckham. 

Visit Game of Thrones sets

Game of Thrones has not only transformed television, it has also helped invigorate the areas where it is set.

Finding mysteries and spies in London

Stout and about in Ireland

usa

The US' most popular city is...

Aerial View of Lake Eola in Orlando, Florida

It's not San Fran. Not even New York. Its pull is all about fantasy ...

Grunge ground zero: Two decades on

Two decades on from the grunge revolution Seattle - the home of Sub Pop and Kurt Cobain - offers plenty more than its place in rock history.

Perfect breakfast, offensive name

A whale of a time in San Diego

canada & alaska

The best place to watch grizzly bears

Grizzly bear watching.

At the confluence of two streams, one glacial green, the other silver grey, it's salmon carnage.

Top 6 Alaskan wilderness lodges

Cosy, remote bases from which to explore vast forests and superb wildlife.

Living on the edge

Try Niagara without the Viagra

asia

The bizarrest airport souvenir

One of Toto's famous Washlet models, which the company hopes to use in an aiport gallery to win over foreign buyers.

New 'toilet gallery' in Tokyo airport hopes to impress tourists enough that they'll want to buy a high-tech Japanese loo.

Land of golden pagodas

In just two years, tourists have completely transformed south-east Asia's hottest destination.

A pilgrim waits at the entrance to Mizdakahan, Karakalpakstan. The sign reads:  "The spirit of our ancestors will be always in peace".

Unraveling Uzbekistan stuff nation

It has cities that were as well known as Paris and London, yet Mike O'Connor finds tourism is still in its infancy in Uzbekistan. 

cruising

Grading the first 'smartship' gallery

The new cruiser Quantum of the Seas at the dry dock in Papenburg, Germany.

Some people think it’s the future of cruising. Others aren’t so sure.

A guide to Cruising in 2015

There’s never been a better year than 2015 to experience an ocean or river cruise (or maybe even both)

2 Queens dock in Auckland

Following historic footprints

snow

Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Video

Carnival Spirit allowed to enter Sydney Harbour

Cruise ship finally enters Sydney Harbour after being stranded due to rough conditions.

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