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5 things to do in Otorohanga

Visit a kiwi at the Otorohanga Kiwi House & Native Bird Park.

It's a great base for exploring the Waitomo Caves, but this King Country town has some of its own must-see attractions.

A town that's 'stunning and mischievous'

Fashion designer Kathryn Wilson's favourite escape is Queenstown.

Is that house sinking?

'The real natural magic of NZ'

australia

Pipped by Aussie big sister

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

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

Humpback whale photobombs video

A group of jet-skiers had a "once in a lifetime" encounter when a baby humpback jumped up to say hello.

One of Maria Island's lovely landscapes in Tasmania.

Australia's best islands for a holiday

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

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.

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.

A tiny paradise

Flight test: Nadi to San Fran

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

europe

Norway in a nutshell

A view of the old village of Flam from the train.

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

Tour de France: French Alps

Big mountains and showers for idiots as Jon Bridges continues his travels in France.

Woman fined for Trevi frolic video

Cycling up the mountain

hawaii

Food revolution in Hawaii

Fresh fruit, grown on Hawaii.

Hawaiian food is not all about Spam and macaroni salad served up from the buffet cart at a luau.

Hawaii: Off the beaten track

If you're stuck in Honolulu, ditch the tourist traps. If you can get out of the city, definitely do - that's where the real Hawaii is.

How aloha can you go?

10 things not to miss on Oahu

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

south america

Rio-bound? No Portuguese? Problem

People gather and take photos at the 'Cidade Olimpica' sign.

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

Airport security increases in Rio

Expect longer queues at Brazil's airports, as the countdown to the Rio Olympics begins.

Land of 900 stray dogs

Her name is Rio, she's a showgirl

asia

The luxury train that's totally unreal

The Maharajas' Express at one of the stations it calls into on its 2300km journey.

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

Hiking and the haiku

It's a gorgeous part of Japan, with peaks that rise to 3000 metres, mossy forests of cypress trees and patchy farms.

Where the hip hang in Hong Kong

Beijing: Working up an appetite gallery video

africa

Gorilla smacks over Aussie tourist video

The gorilla takes a swipe at Gemma Cosgriff.

"I was fearing for my life in that split second," says honeymooner knocked down by a 300kg gorilla.

Salvation for Liberia's ex-lab chimps video

A Kiwi journalist encounters former laboratory chimps, left on an island to die.

Barefaced cheek of daylight robbery

Rhino charges photographers' car

middle east

Why you should visit Palestine

Fresh kanafeh, a popular Middle Eastern pastry.

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

Solar plane flies over pyramids video

Flying through the haze over the pyramids of Giza, the Solar Impulse 2 arrived in Egypt.

The Dubai you don't know

Monument discovered with Google Earth

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