So hot they're sizzling gallery

HOT PICK: Cala Dogana Marina, Sicily.

5:00 AM  Roaring down an Oman desert dune in a 4WD and strolling an historic Magna Carta trail in England are among our top destinations for 2015.

Where goose is king

Balazs Ban, chef of the Macesz Huszar restaurant, prepares a goose plate in Budapest.

5:00 AM  Animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but fattened goose liver isn't disappearing anytime soon.

Fined for defacing Colosseum

CAUGHT RED-HANDED: The tourist was caught trying to carve his initials into a wall of the Colosseum.

A Russian tourist was fined over NZ$30,000 for trying to carve his initials on a wall of the Colosseum

Passengers stuck on Eurostar

HUNDREDS STRANDED: Two trains were halteddue to the technical difficulties.

It was a very long night for hundreds of Eurostar passengers after a power cut left them stranded.

War on noisy suitcases

BAGS ON WHEELS" Scenic Venice will start fining tourists for their noisy suitcases.

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter.

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Kiwi Traveller

NZers are loners: study video

friends

Despite our uber-friendly reputation with the rest of the world, we Kiwis wish we had more mates.

Young legal eagle soars

Ruby Yeats is putting her law degree to good use in the Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh.

Bon Appetit! stuff nation gallery

Saving Son Doong stuff nation

news

Clairvoyant crash call

Plane generic

Brazilian airline TAM changed one of its flight numbers after a renowned clairvoyant predicted the plane would crash.

Teddy Rescue here to help

The future looks stuffed with promise for lost teddy bears.

Auckland to Beijing on the cards

Airbus to sign Delta deal

travel troubles

Passengers stuck on Eurostar

HUNDREDS STRANDED: Two trains were halteddue to the technical difficulties.

It was a very long night for hundreds of Eurostar passengers after a power cut left them stranded.

Tourist fined for defacing Colosseum

A Russian tourist was fined over NZ$30,000 for trying to carve his initials on a wall of the Colosseum

Tug problem sees ship cruise away

Stowaway mouse found at airport

nz

Silent but colourful NZ video

NZ in the 1940s

How did a US police chief end up with a treasure trove of film of New Zealand in 1940?

A family road trip

Balance is a concept that can be applied to much of family life, including the good old family holiday.

BIG CITY: Auckland will see a bumper crop of events this summer.

Akld set for bumper summer

A summer of non-stop sports, culture and concerts will see Auckland rival Melbourne as the centre of major events. 

australia

$110,000 to stay at home

In demand: Karala has expansive views north over Palm Beach.

5:00 AM  The prospect of earning thousands over summer tempts Sydney's Palm Beach holiday homeowners to stay at home.

A cure for Harley envy

Taking a tour on rural NSW's rocket-straight stretches on a Road King.

WILD RIDE: Three times the length of any tree-base zip line in the world: The Crazy Rider.

Longest roller coaster zip line

At one-kilometre long and 18-metres high, this is the world's longest roller coaster zip line.

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Where goose is king

Balazs Ban, chef of the Macesz Huszar restaurant, prepares a goose plate in Budapest.

5:00 AM  Animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but fattened goose liver isn't disappearing anytime soon.

A spa resort on steroids

Achieving zen is possible in a China resort that can process 4000 guests in a single weekend.

HOT PICK: Cala Dogana Marina, Sicily.

So hot they're sizzling gallery

5:00 AM  Roaring down an Oman desert dune in a 4WD and strolling an historic Magna Carta trail in England are among our top destinations for 2015.

europe

Where goose is king

Balazs Ban, chef of the Macesz Huszar restaurant, prepares a goose plate in Budapest.

5:00 AM  Animal rights activists wish the custom would vanish entirely, but fattened goose liver isn't disappearing anytime soon.

War on noisy suitcases

Famed for the serene silence of its timeless nooks and crannies, Venice is about to get even quieter.

Norway's coolest spots gallery

Everything meets nothing gallery

uk and ireland

In the home of The Witches

HEADLAND HOTEL: The driveway entrance as you arrive gives you the exact shot that introduced the location on screen.

The chance to visit the hotel where The Witches was shot was an opportunity not to be missed.

Bye hustlers, hi hipsters

London area known for pimps, pushers and hookers turns down the sleaze, and ups the cool.

London seeks guest of honour

A Paddington Bear-led revival

usa

'Nothing else like it' video

'Nothing else like it in the world:' The planned Skyscraper.

Riders will be sent spiralling towards the ground at 104 kilometres per hour from 155 metres high.

More flights over the Grand Canyon

Air tour operators at the Grand Canyon will be able to take more visitors over the most popular flight routes.

The cowgirls of the Wild, Wild West

Book boutique hotels on Twitter

canada & alaska

Just glide on by in Canada

DOG PADLE: On a canoe adventure.

Canoeing in Canada offers cedar forests, placid lakes and a giant sky. You can't help but feel a bit like Davy Crockett as you paddle down the lake.

Franklin ship found

It’s not often that tourists are offered the chance to be part of history but that happened in Canada this month.

Up close with bears

Idyll characters

asia

A spa resort on steroids

GRAND SCALE: The Roman Bathhouse at Mission Hills.

Achieving zen is possible in a China resort that can process 4000 guests in a single weekend.

Tea, trains and tales

Get a taste of Tibetan culture without visiting the Chinese-ruled region.

THE COBBLER: A brush with life.

The cobbler of Leh

He sits cross-legged amid a pile of shoes, watching the world go by.

cruising

Tug problem sees ship cruise away

On Thursday Tapuhi and Tiaki escorted their old workmates Toia and Ngahue as the little red tugboat sisters made their final journey out of Wellington Harbour.

Cruise ship Dawn Princess skips Wellington after winch trouble with port's new tugboats.

World's newest cruise launched

Quantum of the Seas promises a range of never-before-seen innovations at sea.

This changed cruising

Aboard the Quantum of the Seas gallery

snow

High in the Himalayas gallery

From left, Anup Kaphle, Whitney Shefte and Hugh Blodget, Jr., pose for a photo at the top of Thorung La Pass, which sits at 17,769 feet in the Himalayas in South Asia. Days after this photo was taken, an avalanche killed at least 39 people in the area.

We finally crossed the Thorung La Pass after a gruelling trek through rugged terrain. Death had missed us by two days.

Low cost Aspen ski luxury

So you want the luxury of Aspen, without the cost? Then click this way...

Escape to the mountain

Who should win a trip to Antarctica?

Video

Silent but colourful NZ

How did a US police chief end up with a treasure trove of film of New Zealand in 1940?