Cycle the Otago Rail Trail stuff nation

The huge skies and the landscapes were made famous by Graeme Sydney paintings.

2 min ago  Once the territory of backpackers and lone riders, the casual Saturday cycle ride has become a social phenomenon.

First impressions of NZ stuff nation

Loren Holtzhausen and her family moved to New Zealand in April.

Earthquakes, horizontal rain, even flocks of children on scooters - so much is strange and new.

How to run a skifield video

Skiers dominate at Mt Hutt with snowboarders making up about 30 per cent of users.

Avalanche control, rescuing the scared, and serving 10.5 tonnes of chips is all part of the job.

'Inaccurate forecasts' forced landing

A Virgin 737-800 similar to the one pictured had no choice but to land at Mildura because it was close to running out of ...

How a botched weather report led to a terrifying ordeal for a Virgin Australia flight.

New way to bag flight upgrade

Millions of premium-class seats  go empty, representing billions of dollars of unrealised revenue opportunity.

Website will help you snag a last-minute upgrade on your next flight.

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Tourists told to 'go home'

People walk past a graffiti in Palma de Mallorca.

Tourism helped Spain recover from recession, but it has a downside.

Airplane lands on highway

No one was hurt in the incident.

A small airplane was forced to make an emergency landing on a busy highway.

Sneaky fees increase cost

Many resorts charge a daily fee just to use the swimming pool

Hotels and even motels are adding on resort fees, parking and cleaning costs.

Time for a maternitymoon?

Kirsty with baby Stevie in France.

Should new parents use the time off to go on holiday? Or does it just seem like too much effort?

Air NZ offers apology

Wellington Saints chairman Justin Toebes, centre, with head coach Kevin Braswell, left, and team manager Phil Hartley ...

Airline said it was unaware of dying Wellington Saints chairman's height when he arrived for boarding.

Aussies follow Kiwis in Wicked ban

Blue Mountains mayor Mark Greenhill has taken a steer from New Zealand and banned Wicked campervans from caravan parks.

"Two major tourist places in Australia are saying it's not good enough to have these vans about."

Sounds Air to fill gap

A Sounds Air Cessna Caravan on the tarmac at Marlborough Airport, beside a Beechcraft 1900D that Air New Zealand ...

Air NZ drops Blenheim-Christchurch route, a day later Sounds Air is in talks to take over.

Yak meat seized at the border

A Tibetan woman and her child posing with their yak in front of the Karuola mountain, southwest of Lhasa. Meat from a ...

A note from her daughter wasn't enough to save a Mongolian visitor's stash of yak meat.

$630m surplus from visitor GST take

Franz Josef Glacier is an example of a small community struggling to pay for tourism infrastructure.

The government's contribution to tourism has been described as "pitiful" given the $929m it received last year from GST on international visitor spending.

International flights from Auckland taking off

An international survey has found that Auckland is better connected to the rest of the world than Melbourne and Brisbane.

Good news for keen travellers: Auckland is fast becoming more connected to the rest of the world.

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Cycle the Otago Rail Trail stuff nation

The huge skies and the landscapes were made famous by Graeme Sydney paintings.

0 min ago  Once the territory of backpackers and lone riders, the casual Saturday cycle ride has become a social phenomenon.

Off-road touring in comfort

Comfort-seeking tourists paying up to $1000 a day for "super deluxe safari-style" South Island tours.

Loren Holtzhausen and her family moved to New Zealand in April.

First impressions of NZ stuff nation

Earthquakes, horizontal rain, even flocks of children on scooters - so much is strange and new.

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New way to bag flight upgrade

Millions of premium-class seats  go empty, representing billions of dollars of unrealised revenue opportunity.

Website will help you snag a last-minute upgrade on your next flight.

The ultimate app for hipsters

A new app has been released to help hipsters find cool locations around the world.

'Tourists go home'

Shia LaBeouf hitches rides from fans

travel troubles

Air NZ offers apology

Wellington Saints chairman Justin Toebes, centre, with head coach Kevin Braswell, left, and team manager Phil Hartley ...

Airline said it was unaware of dying Wellington Saints chairman's height when he arrived for boarding.

'Inaccurate forecast' forced landing

How a botched weather report led to a terrifying ordeal for a Virgin Australia flight.

Aussies follow Kiwis in Wicked ban

Yak meat seized at the border

south america

Explore Rio with architravel

Ipanema beach at sunset.

Hot trend architravel is the best way to explore cities like Rio.

'We want to see the real Cuba' video

Cruise ship passengers say the guided tours are staged and advise others to leave the tourist paths.

Cuba is Havana moment

'An erotic Disneyland'

middle east

Dubai: Top 5 things to do video

Dubai's towering monuments are an architectural curiosity.

Think of a stopover in the United Arab Emirates' largest city as visiting a classy Las Vegas.

Marathon takes in holy sites video

A running club is helping shake off the shackles of hatred in Israel.

Does this hotel make sense?

Afraid of heights? Look away video

pacific islands

A hypnotic ritual

Warwagira Mask Festival.

It's scary, it's magical, it's thrilling - and it's a ritual that's not too far away.

Fiji four ways

Heading to Fiji for a short break? Here's how you can venture beyond the confines of your resort.

Aitutaki day trip.

Cook Islands: 15 things to do gallery video

There's a story to be found around every corner in the Cook Islands.

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Let there be light video

The sails of the Sydney Opera House resemble fish scales at last year's Vivid Sydney festival.

Sydney's Vivid off to a dazzling start in bid to attract over 1.7 million.

The jewel in the crown

Take a glimpse into Victoria's gold rush experience and the harsh life of the miners.

Invercargill Brewery head brewer Steve Nally at the 2014 Great Australian Beer SpecTAPular.

Fancy a beer?

With more than 450 varieties on offer, beer lovers will be impressed by this festival.

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World's first wine 'theme park'

A museum full of merlot? Wine not!

France is set to open its doors to a unique museum and it's aptly located in Bordeaux.

10 things to do on the River Rhine video

There are small villages, medieval towns and picturesque cities waiting to be explored.

Artist makes Louvre disappear gallery video

Traffic stops to let planes cross

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3-minute guide to Bath

Bath Abbey as viewed from the Roman Baths.

Bath, the home town of natural spas, Jane Austen novels and Roman ruins.

The other woman stuff nation

This Kiwi granny and her husband are on their big OE... but technology is hampering their happiness.

Millennium Falcon lands in Ireland

London: 10 things most visitors miss

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New York icon forced to move

The pool room at the Four Seasons restaurant.

The home of the "power lunch" and the wolves of Wall Street - The Four Seasons Restaurant - is getting a new home.

How to survive NY

I've just returned from NYC. Here are my golden rules of getting the most out of a visit. 

Following the Foxen trail

Aquarium of the future

canada & alaska

Whale statue lands city in hot water

A prototype version of the whale statue.

How a public artwork has led to cruise bosses bringing a lawsuit in federal court.

In the passenger seat, off the grid

Driving the Dalton Highway is the last frontier of the Last Frontier.

Guiding the way in Whistler video

Vancouver's coolest neighbourhoods

asia

Tigers seized from Thai tourist spot video

A sedated tiger is stretchered as officials start moving tigers from Thailand's controversial Tiger Temple.

After claims of animal cruelty, wildlife officials are relocating 137 big cats from Thailand's famous Tiger Temple.

Where fetish meets food

Fetish restaurant in Beijing is hoping to entice customers with lobster and sex.

A woman takes a selfie in front the glass sightseeing platform on Shilin Gorge in Beijing, China.

Glass platform not for the faint-hearted video

China's latest glass-bottomed attraction has opened and daring tourists are taking a walk on the see-through surface.

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10 things to do on the River Rhine video

Cruising the Rhine on Avalon Waterway's Imagery II.

There are small villages, medieval towns and picturesque cities waiting to be explored.

8 tips to get the most from your cruise

They're easy to book and go on - but how do you make sure you get the best experience?

World's largest cruise ship gets sibling video

Fisherman's son cuts cruising path

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How to run a skifield video

Skiers dominate at Mt Hutt with snowboarders making up about 30 per cent of users.

Avalanche control, rescuing the scared, and serving 10.5 tonnes of chips is all part of the job.

Big snow blankets ski fields gallery video

With the ski season just weeks away from opening, a heavy snow dump has blanketed South Island fields.

Skifields ramp up the action as snow falls

Winds lash Christchurch video

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Sneaky fees increase holiday cost

Many resorts charge a daily fee just to use the swimming pool

More and more hotels and even motels are adding on resort fees, parking charges and cleaning costs.

Phuket's playground for rich kids

Welcome to Kata Rocks, the five-star luxury resort in Thailand where Instagram starlets are flocking to share their holiday snaps.

Kirsty with baby Stevie in France.

Parents jet off on maternitymoon

Should new parents use the time off to go on holiday? Or does it just seem like too much effort?

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Tigers seized from Thai tourist spot

After claims of animal cruelty, wildlife officials are relocating 137 big cats from Thailand's famous Tiger Temple.

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