Watch: Why I love Wellington video

Aerial view of Wellington CBD on a sunny day.

3:02 PM  Adam Constanza walked, ran and cycled the city to showcase all the reasons he loves the cool capital.

Canals found under temple

The tomb exterior of a Mayan ruler at the ruins of the Mayan city of Palenque.

2:00 PM  An ancient water system has been found under one of Mexico's most important Mayan temples.

High heel shoe church opens video

A 17-metre-high glass shoe church has been built in Taiwan in a bid to attract more tourists.

2:31 PM  Woman who lived out her days in a church after her legs were amputated inspired this new Taiwanese church.

Soar above waterfall spray video

The attraction opened in Niagara Parks July 15.

Tourist attraction at Niagara Falls gives thrillseekers a unique vantage point.

Kiwi stranded for 48 hours

Jasmine McIvor said she had no choice but to sleep in the terminal as here was no accommodation available.

5 min ago  Passengers were left to fend for themselves after a Jetstar flight was delayed.

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Plane food donated to hungry

Untouched, first-class meals are given to those in need.

Airlines are giving untouched, first-class meals to those in need.

Passengers' biggest pet peeves

Forty-nine per cent complained about noisy passengers.

Bad food or cramped space don't top the list of ten pet hates.

Winner of $71 island chosen

The island of Kosrae in Micronesia.

Couple who raffled off their remote Micronesian island have picked a winner.

Extra Qantas flights for Christchurch

Daily Qantas flights between Christchurch and Melbourne will begin in December.

Qantas is launching new services between Christchurch and Australia in time for Christmas.

Small plane prompts emergency at airport

The plane landed safely at Hamilton Airport.

A light aircraft experiencing engine problems prompted a full-scale emergency at Hamilton Airport.

Stranded at airport for 16 hours

American Airlines launched a flight between Auckland and Los Angeles last month.

The airline says it will be "reaching out" to passengers forced to spend a night at LAX airport.

Comedians take on national bird video

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Don't make an omelette with a kiwi egg: Flight of the Conchords narrate a nature documentary about NZ's national bird.

Backpacker jobs probe welcomed

MBIE is trying to ensure that backpackers willing to swap their labour for accommodation are not taken advantage of.

Alleged abuse of work exchange schemes is being investigated by the MBIE.

Swing reviewed after malfunction

A person was left suspended 160m above the Nevis River after an equipment malfunction.

Queenstown adventure-seeker was left hanging 160m in the air after an equipment malfunction.

Makeover for trail's rugged gorge

Track improvements have been carried out on ''Siberia Gorge'', part of the Rimutaka Rail Trail.

$80,000 track improvements have been carried out on the Rimutaka Rail Trail.

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Cowshed Bay campsite in the Kenepuru Sound.

COLUMN: Department of Conservation community ranger Wendy Sullivan talks about being a campsite host.

Wanderluster of the week

Sarah Kennerley wanted her own space on the internet to document her adventures around the world.

False scents of security

5 things to do in Otorohanga

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Scenic route: Why I love Wellington video

Aerial view of Wellington CBD on a sunny day.

3:02 PM  Adam Constanza walked, ran and cycled the city to showcase all the reasons he loves the cool capital.

The magic of Waitomo's caves

Why are tourists being lured underground by a bunch of sparkly maggots? We find out what all the fuss is about.

080414. news. Photo: KENT BLECHYNDEN/FAIRFAX NZ. Flight of the Conchords members Jemaine Clement and Bret  McKenzie ...

Comedians take on national bird video

Don't make an omelette with a kiwi egg: Flight of the Conchords narrate a nature documentary about NZ's national bird.

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Extra Qantas flights for Christchurch

Daily Qantas flights between Christchurch and Melbourne will begin in December.

10 min ago  Qantas is launching new services between Christchurch and Australia in time for Christmas.

Ancient canals found under temple

2:00 PM  Archaeologists have discovered an ancient water system beneath one of Mexico's most important Mayan temples.

Airplane food donated to the hungry

Couple pick raffle winner of $71 island

travel troubles

Kiwi stranded in Japan

Jasmine McIvor said she had no choice but to sleep in the terminal as here was no accommodation available.

7 min ago  Passengers were left to fend for themselves for 48 hours after a Jetstar flight was delayed due to a mechanical fault.

Travellers' pet peeves when flying

Airplane passengers reveal their top 10 pet hates and bad food or cramped space don't top the list.

Small plane prompts emergency at airport

Stranded at airport for 16 hours

south america

Like nowhere on Earth

Patagonia is a land of spectacle.

A jaded traveller once said to me, "everywhere begins to look like somewhere else". He's wrong. I've never seen anything like this.

Rio-bound? No Portuguese? Problem

Speaking only English won't get you far in the Olympic city.

Airport security increases in Rio

Land of 900 stray dogs

middle east

Sleep on the slopes in Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East

Visitors to Dubai have a new way to keep cool during the scorching Middle East summer.

Why you should visit Palestine

This is the good news story about Palestine that you never hear.

Solar plane flies over pyramids video

The Dubai you don't know

pacific islands

A stopover in paradise

Doubletree by Hilton Fiji has recently opened on Sonaisali Island, 25 minutes drive from Nadi International Airport.

I don't think I really knew what true comfort was until I stopped over in Nadi.

A tiny paradise

Halfway between NZ and Hawaii, this daisy-chain of nine 'islands' is one of the world's smallest countries.

The ever attentive and cheerful staff at Sinalei Reef Resort and Spa.

Sinalei: warm weather, warmer people video

There's no point fighting it, Sinalei Reef and Spa Resort will not be denied. Lie back and relax.

australia

Eat stay and play in Byron Bay stuff nation

The laid-back Aussie vibe of Byron is still alive and well.

It used to be a sleepy little beach town but trendy shops and restaurants moved in to lure travellers.

Australia's best islands for a holiday

Australia has more than 8000 islands to choose from. Here are the 10 best for a holiday.

Wellington has been rated second behind Canberra in a survey of quality of life.

Pipped by Aussie big sister

Wellington's sister city Canberra has the best quality of life in the world - apparently.

europe

Tour de France diary: Final leg

We tackle the hill like the pros after us will and arrive at the top to the views the pros never see.

Jon Bridges navigates to the "Queenstown of France" and catches one final glimpse of George Bennett.

Norway in a nutshell

From fjords to mountaintops, how I fell under a Norwegian spell.

Tour de France: French Alps

Woman fined for Trevi frolic video

uk and ireland

700 mirrors on church floor

Our colour reflection is an exhibition by UK artist Liz West.

An artist has created a magical reflective pool with 700 mirrors, filling a historic cathedral with light and colour.

Thousands strip for art

3200 people stripped naked and painted themselves blue to celebrate the sea.

'Visit Britain, we have all the avos!'

Rockin' birthday on Isle of Wight stuff nation

usa

Why Americans don't have passports

Montana really is a stunner of a state.

They have Montana. Why do they need to go anywhere else?

America's freakiest festival

Burning Man - the US desert festival that NEEDS to be experienced.

Hooray for Dollywood

Walking Dead give theme park life

canada & alaska

Rocky Mountaineer is a rare treat

Gold Leaf Class features a glass roof to provide uninterrupted views.

They say every epic trip deserves an epic start and ours involves a red carpet, a Scottish piper, and champagne.

Yes, there is a town called Dildo

An hour's drive from the town of Come By Chance, past Spread Eagle Island, there's town call Dildo. No kidding.

Not just a salad dressing

A real Canadian winter

asia

'Cinderalla' church opens to tourists video

A 17-metre-high glass shoe church has been built in Taiwan in a bid to attract more tourists.

2:31 PM  Woman who lived out her days in a church after her legs were amputated inspired this new Taiwanese church.

The luxury train that's totally unreal

The Maharajas' Express is the best train in India by some measurements, and the best in the entire world by some others.

A pyrotechnician holds a bamboo cylinder at the Yoshida Shrine.

Japan's spectacular fire festival gallery

An ancient firework display sees participants load bamboo shoots with gun powder and shoot flames into the sky.

cruising

A Welly welcome for tourists

Wellington cruise ambassadors Sophie Harrison and Murray Shivas.

Volunteer cruise ambassadors are needed to welcome passengers into Wellington.

Ship comes in

The cruise ship season in Kaikoura is set to grow this coming summer.

Take-out sushi at sea

Cruises for small ships

snow

Avalanche warning after near miss

A group of guides triggered an avalanche behind The Remarkables mountain range on Monday.

A warning is in place after back country adventurer triggered an avalanche on Monday.

Skiing vs snowboarding

There has for the past few years been much talk about the "death of snowboarding".

Under the mountain video

Avalanches: What you need to know

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Airplane food donated to the hungry

Untouched, first-class meals are given to those in need.

Airlines are teaming up with a food organisation to reduce waste and give untouched, first-class meals to those in need.

Inside the world's best hotel gallery

Remote and completely off the grid, this little-known island is home to an enclave of adventure and indulgence.

The attraction opened in Niagara Parks July 15.

Zipline through Niagara Falls spray video

New tourist attraction gives thrillseekers a unique vantage point and a chance to take a selfie above the thundering waters.

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Scenic route: Why I love Wellington

Adam Constanza walked, ran and cycled the city to showcase all the reasons he loves the cool capital.

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