Exploding into winter

Fireworks over TSS Earnslaw during the annual Winter FestivaL on Friday night.

Fireworks explode over Queenstown as thousands celebrate Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party.

Secret ways of saving money

There are ways to keep a lid on all those extra little charges.

Hidden charges can take a chunk out of your travel budget, so it's best to think ahead

Shocks for visitors to Dubai

Dubai at night is spectacular. It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it?

It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it? 20 things that will surprise first time visitors to Dubai.

The secrets of Disneyland 

Disneyland has some thrilling secrets and history for fans in the know.

Did you know there are ghosts, dead bodies, a basketball court, and a palatial secret apartment hidden at Disneyland?

Maldives on a backpacker buck

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

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Shocks for visitors to Dubai

Dubai at night is spectacular. It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it?

It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it? 20 things that will surprise first time visitors to Dubai.

The secrets of Disneyland 

Disneyland has some thrilling secrets and history for fans in the know.

Did you know there are ghosts, dead bodies, a basketball court, and a palatial secret apartment hidden at Disneyland?

Maldives on a backpacker buck

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

Great Barrier's star status video

Great Barrier Island's skies are "as good as it gets", locals say.

Off-the-grid Auckland island internationally recognised for its 'exceptional' starry nights.

Tip for 50+ skiers

Baby boomers are fitter and more sport-oriented than ever before.

The downhill rush, alpine vistas, camaraderie and mulled wine are now far more accessible for older skiers.

Festival goes to the dogs gallery

Russell Wilson and Tedd at the Monteith's Dog Derby on the opening day of the Queenstown Winter Festival at Coronet Peak ...

Capable dogs and their confused owners barrelled down Coronet Peak ski field on the opening day of Queenstown Winter Festival.

Goodbye departure cards?

There aren't enough squares on the NZ departure card to state your nationality as New Zealander.

They're time-consuming, infuriating, and there aren't even enough squares to declare your nationality as a New Zealander.

Boom, that's a fast flight video

The Boom supersonic jet would reach speeds higher than 2300 km/hr.

Travellers could soon fly from New York to London in less time than it takes to watch a Lord of Rings movie.

Insider tip: Mongolia

Mongolia offers Kiwi travellers culture, beautiful landscapes and great food.

I was looking for rich culture, scenic beauty and something a little different. I managed to find that and more in Mongolia.

The hottest spot in America

A man poses in front of a Death Valley temperature gauge. It's about 54 degrees Celsius at the time the picture was taken.

Death Valley's 50-degree days make most run for cover - but, strangely, they're also attracting tourists.

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Kiwi Traveller

Why travel boosts your job prospects

Travel doesn't just expand your horizons, it also makes you more employable, according to a new study.

OPINION: It's hard to determine your place in the world and what you want to do with your time until you have seen a fair portion of it.

Tackling the Te Araroa trail video

Matt Dowdle ditched a traditional OE to walk over 2800km of New Zealand.

Insider tip: Mongolia

Enjoying open-minded Hamburg

nz

Great Barrier's star status video

Great Barrier Island's skies are "as good as it gets", locals say.

Off-the-grid Auckland island internationally recognised for 'exceptional' starry nights.

Festival goes to the dogs gallery

Capable dogs and their confused owners barrelled down Coronet Peak ski field on the opening day of Queenstown Winter Festival.

Take in Queenstown's landscape at a studio on the lake.

Airbnb: Romance in NZ

You don't have to venture too far from home to find a weekend of romance.

Australia

Hotel break-in: No-one cared

Anthony Dennis was in Noosa, Australia when two people broke into his hotel at 3.30am (file photo).

Anthony Dennis was in Noosa, Australia when two people broke into his hotel at 3.30am. No-one cared - not the police, nor the hotel.

Is NZ food ready to join world's best?

OPINION: Cuisine editor Kelli Brett on whether New Zealand restaurants should be among the world's top 50.

There are spectacular views out over the Freycinet Peninsula.

Top Tasmanian odyssey

British novelist Nicholas Shakespeare once described the Frecyinet walk as "the only trek".

pacific islands

Pippa's private island honeymoon video

Pippa Middleton.

After a lavish wedding, the newlyweds are off to a private island in French Polynesia, once owned by a famous actor.

Hotspot of the week: Pentecost Island

Witness the inspiration for bungee jumping on this paradisaical island in Vanuatu.

The Nabutautau Village in Fiji.

The real Fiji

There was not a sandy beach in sight - and it was majestic.

cruising

Mammoth cruise ship floated out video

Royal Caribbean's newest Oasis-class ship, under construction at the STX shipyard in France.

At 230,000 tons, the 362-metre ship will take the title of world's largest ship.

Come for wildlife, stay for scenery

Wildlife may be the main attraction, but the Galapagos Islands offer so much more.

A record 90,184 New Zealanders took an ocean cruise in 2016.

Kiwis cruising in record numbers

Thanks to shorter, local trips, nearly 100,000 New Zealanders took an ocean cruise last year.

south america

Luxury hotels arrive in Cuba

A historic building is seen from the rooftop infinity pool at the Gran Hotel Manzana, owned by the Cuban government and ...

Despite fears Trump may hurt tourism boom, towering cranes dot the Havana skyline.

'Bikepacking' from Alaska to Argentina

Mark and Hana are a bit like Kiwi Bear Gryllses - born adventurers and pretty crazy.

This may be 'the meal of the decade'

Not Havana: Cuba's hidden gem

middle east

Shocks for visitors to Dubai

Dubai at night is spectacular. It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it?

It's the biggest, the best and the most expensive of everything. Or is it? 20 things that will surprise first time visitors to Dubai.

Gritty and creative: Alternative Dubai

Edgy art, indie designers and an emerging food scene: it isn't all about the glitz and glam.

King Tutankhamun's treasures moved video

A Middle East food tour

europe

Road tripping in Dracula country

Transylvania - known for its gothic castles, gorgeous countryside... and of course, Dracula.

"There's wolves and Gothic castles and we might even wear Van Helsing hats."

Cities that are sick of tourists

Some of Europe's major cities are sick of stag-do crowds in suburbs, photo-taking foodies in local bars and window shoppers in markets.

Croatia's foodie centre

Bond tour of the Alps

uk and ireland

7 days in enchanting Ireland

Donegal's bewildering beauty.

We're on a seven-day 1100km road trip from Dublin to drive and hike some spectacular craggy coastline.

Brits defy attackers with humour

OPINION: You can trust a Brit to keep calm, carry on and crack a dry joke even in the hardest of circumstances.

From bank to boutique hotel

Donegal's bewildering beauty is best seen on foot

usa

Disneyland secrets: The unseen parts of the park

Disneyland has some thrilling secrets and history for fans in the know.

Did you know there are ghosts, dead bodies, a basketball court, and a palatial secret apartment hidden at Disneyland?

Total solar eclipse due in US video

An area 113km wide will plunge 14 states into darkness as the moon completely obscures the sun.

Dr Seuss museum the place to go

The hottest spot in America

canada & alaska

Resort run on water power

The concept is proposed to be located on a mountaintop in Victoria, British Columbia on a 840,000-square-foot site.

A luxury hotel concept in Canada proposes a "micro-climate" resort run entirely on hydro power.

How to run a restaurant on rails

The menu is impressive, considering the limitations on space and the constant motion of the train.

8 must-see Canada sights

Hanging by teeth over Niagara video

asia

Maldives on a backpacker budget

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

Dog photobombs street view

On a small South Korean island, an adorable dog has made its presence known with a photobomb spree.

Shian Taithul of The Wise Collective serves home made delights at the market.

The sun sets on the New Lynn Night Market

Night market set to close, as floods then dwindling numbers see local board pull funding.

luxury

Resort run on water power

The concept is proposed to be located on a mountaintop in Victoria, British Columbia on a 840,000-square-foot site.

A luxury hotel concept in Canada proposes a "micro-climate" resort run entirely on hydro power.

Teen's $20k first class flight

It took him two years, but this Australian 16-year-old became the youngest person to buy his own ticket.

Inside an adults-only paradise video

The most beautiful country to see by rail

budget

Travel: Secret ways of saving money

There are ways to keep a lid on all those extra little charges.

Hidden charges can take a chunk out of your travel budget, so it's best to think ahead

Maldives on a backpacker budget

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

Best and worst value beaches

Flying blind: book a mystery trip

beaches

Maldives on a backpacker budget

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

Inside an adults-only paradise video

From the lap pool we can see baby sharks and eagle rays glide by. We're in an overwater villa so big it's almost the size of the average New Zealand house.

Three of the world's most expensive beaches are found in French Polynesia.

Best and worst value beaches

Steer clear of Norway and head for Vietnam if you're a beach bum on a budget.

food

Where angels go to eat

Over the last decade, Los Angeles has started to recognise many of its ethnic enclaves by designating them as standalone ...

Looking for good food in LA but don't want to spend hours driving to find it? Here's a guide to some lesser known culinary delights 

World's best food cities

 Ever walked into a restaurant abroad and realised you don't know how - or what - to order? Here's what you need to know.

Mali Ston's harbour and the remains of ancient walls and a fortress on the Peljesac Peninsula.

Croatia's foodie centre

Croatia's stunning foodie capital has been renowned for products like wine since Roman times.

adventure

Tackling the Te Araroa trail video

Matt said the most emotional part of the journey was getting his first glimpse of Bluff and the ocean beyond on Bald Hill.

Matt Dowdle ditched a traditional OE to walk over 2800km of New Zealand.

Hanging by teeth over Niagara video

Trapeze artist wanted to go one better than her daredevil husband - hanging by her teeth over iconic falls.

Nature's light show

Youngest person to travel world

family

Disney secrets: Be your own guide

Beat the crowds with our tips and you'll stay smiling like Mickey and Minnie.

So you're heading to Disneyland or Disney World. Want to know how to beat all the lines?

Disney's Pandora: Worth the hype? video

Yes, yes and yes. Let yourself go. Don't try to figure it out, don't take a selfie. Just fly.

A weekend in Rotorua: Life after the baby video

World's longest flight with a baby

Video

Exploding into winter

Fireworks explode over Queenstown as thousands celebrate Southern Hemisphere's biggest winter party.

news

South Island train comeback?

Timaru Mayor Damon Odey is keen to see a Southern passenger rail service return.

Christchurch to Invercargill passenger train service is a step closer to making a historic comeback.

Search for travel using emojis

One travel site is letting us look up flight or hotel deals using emojis to represent our destination.

Cockroaches found on plane video

June heatwaves around the world

troubles

Jetstar says sorry to female doctor

Jetstar says a system error meant a doctor's gender was automatically selected as male.

Doctor furious after Jetstar flight booking system assumes all doctors are men.

Cockroaches found on plane video

A passenger on board a plane has filmed the moment cockroaches were seen running over seats.

Hotel break-in: No-one cared

Cities that are sick of tourists

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