South East Asia's great train ride

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

1:15 PM  There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.

European country most forget

Early-morning bikers on Kosice's main street, Hlavna Ulica. The cafe terraces that line the street are bustling most ...

12:41 PM  Castles, cafes, no crowds and natural beauty: Why doesn't anyone else want to visit Slovakia?

More Christchurch flights

The 30 double daily services will begin from 30 November 2017.

12:05 PM  Singapore Airlines announces additional services to and from Christchurch for summer 2017/18.

GPS to stop fake Everest claims

Where's the proof? Climbers will be fitted with trackers and must take photos from the top to prevent false summit claims.

Climbers will be fitted with trackers and must take photos from the top to prevent false summit claims.

Chaos, theft loom at airports video

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and the rest of us can expect delays and more scrutiny.

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and we can expect delays and more scrutiny.

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Laptop ban raises questions

The chance of exploding batteries in cargo hold must be weighed up against possible terror attacks.

New rules banning electroncis will force a rethink on fire safety concerns. 

The 100-year project

North Island kaka come to Graham Parker's call.

The forest is regenrating, wildlife is returning to Maungatautari.

Airport's new runway headache

Wellington Airport operates with the minimum runway safety area allowed.

Wellington Airport admits it may now have to extend its runway, irrespective of a bid to attract long haul flights.

When a private jet meets an A380

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner.

The superjumbo's wake turbulence flipped the aircraft fives times, causing it to plummet 3000 metres.

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.

Cycle trail a step closer

13115 News Photo: Supplied. For story written by Kay Blundell on Lonely Planet naming the Rimutaka cycle trail one of ...

Transport Minister says cyclists will be considered in the rebuild of the earthquake-hit State Highway 1.

Kaikoura: go for the cheese, stay for the museum

Kaikoura Cheese Co-owner Sarah Jenkins with some of their cheese at their Kaikoura factory just after the earthquake ...

OPINION: Without further ado I'd like to announce Johnny Moore's Cheese of the Year 2017: Kaikoura Cheese's Tenara.

Sleeping as planes tried to land

Crews on flights trying to land and depart could not contact air traffic control for 33 minutes.

Planes were waiting to fly in and out of the Vietnam international airport. But the air traffic controller was napping.

TranzAlpine reopens after 'tough year' video

Tourists take photos in front of the TranzAlpine ahead of the first run from Christchurch to Greymouth after the ...

Some of the best scenery in the South Island is back on display as passenger rail services between Christchurch and Greymouth resume.

NZ cities among most expensive

Auckland jumped 22 places since last year's survey.

The wallet-burning cost of living in Auckland and Wellington has been highlighted once again.

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Chaos, theft loom at world's airports video

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and the rest of us can expect delays and more scrutiny.

Light-fingered airport baggage personnel will have a field day and the rest of us can expect delays and more scrutiny.

Selfie-obsessed are ruining travel

Every carefree, natural pose in front of that magnificent waterfall is painstakingly curated. Know that.

A taste of the Bay

Kiwi life: American in Wellington

nz

The 100-year project

North Island kaka come to Graham Parker's call.

9 min ago  The forest is regenrating, wildlife is returning to Maungatautari.

Kaikoura: go for the cheese, stay for the museum

OPINION: Without further ado I'd like to announce Johnny Moore's Cheese of the Year 2017: Kaikoura Cheese's Tenara.

13115 News Photo: Supplied. For story written by Kay Blundell on Lonely Planet naming the Rimutaka cycle trail one of ...

Cycle trail a step closer

Transport Minister says cyclists will be considered in the rebuild of the earthquake-hit State Highway 1.

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

New cruise comes with 'magic carpet'

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

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

Courting the millennial dollar

Cruises want to attract people younger than the "nearly dead", and they hope onboard raves will help.

The House of Parliament, fronting the Danube River in Budapest, Hungary, seems every bit the fairy castle when seen at ...

Choices and chances on the Danube

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

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

European country tourists overlook

Early-morning bikers on Kosice's main street, Hlavna Ulica. The cafe terraces that line the street are bustling most ...

12:41 PM  Castles, cafes, no crowds and natural beauty: Why doesn't anyone else want to visit Slovakia?

AKL to London for under $1000

A travel agent is advertising return flights from Auckland to London for under $1000.

Finding the real flamenco in Madrid

Famous arch collapses into sea video

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

South East Asia's greatest train journey

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

1:15 PM  There's a surprise and a fragrant delight around every bend on this evocative rail journey.

Japan's subculture of train fanatics video

They're called tori-tetsu, and just as Japan's trains are in a league of their own, so too are its trainspotters.

Hiroshima: It's hard now to visually reconcile the devastation of the 1945 atomic explosion with the beauty of the area.

Hiroshima: destruction and renewal

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

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

The best water in the world video

The Maldives is one of the travel destinations around the world worth visiting for its crystal clear waters.

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

Want to hand-feed a stingray? gallery video

An Auckland marina where you can hand-feed snapper, kingfish and stingrays.

A motorbike, bus, taxi and two longtail boats later, you'll arrive in paradise, with no Western partygoers.

Perfect Thai beach no-one knows about

A motorbike, bus, taxi and longtail boats later, you'll arrive in paradise, devoid of Western partygoers.

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

Being the token Kiwi on hippie bus

Bevvies before dinner in Joshua Tree National Park.

To be clear, I wouldn't choose to share a bed with 39 strangers under ordinary circumstances.

Volcano vid will singe your eyebrows video

Who did Google call when it wanted someone to teeter on the edge of a massive lava lake? A Kiwi staffer, of course.

Best journeys have element of risk

No-go zones become tourist hotspots

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

When a private jet meets an A380

The superjumbo's wake turbulence flipped the aircraft fives times, causing it to plummet 3000 metres.

news

Airline adds more Christchurch flights

The 30 double daily services will begin from 30 November 2017.

12:05 PM  Singapore Airlines hopes the extra flights will bring more international visitors to the South Island.

GPS to stop fake Everest claims

Climbers will be fitted with trackers and must take photos from the top to prevent false summit claims.

Boeing 747: just a flying truck video

Cycle trail a step closer

troubles

When a private jet meets an A380

The Airbus A380 is a double-deck, wide-body, four-engine jet airliner.

The superjumbo's wake turbulence flipped the aircraft fives times, causing it to plummet 3000 metres.

Sleeping as planes tried to land

Planes were waiting to fly in and out of the Vietnam international airport. But the air traffic controller was napping.

Pilot found passed out in cockpit video

100kg plane propeller found in bush video

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