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Recharge by the river

The view of the stunning Southern Alps is the real attraction.

This retreat is set among the scenic valley of the Hurunui River. Pack for stargazing, roaming and a soak in the outdoor tub.

One for the birds

At dusk, the silvery notes of the native birds steal all the attention from the sweeping views.

A road trip to Southland

High-country hideaway


Howe's that for an island escape

Rising above lush rainforest and the lagoon, the two mountains are a majestic sight.

The challenge is to find a spot which is attractive enough to tour without being dominated by tourists.

Rare double lights up Aussie's skies

Mother nature's rare double lights up skies and waters in Australia.

Barrels holding 140 years of port at Seppeltsfield, one of Australia's oldest wineries.

20 minutes to France

There's a whiff of France about the Barossa, Australia's premier wine region.

pacific islands

Top 5 things to do in Niue video

10042015 News Rebekah Parsons-King/Fairfax NZ. Anjalee and Andrew Coers at the encloure in Niue where Anjalee is in quantine before her arrival at Auckland Zoo

The coral atoll of Niue is a different kind of Pacific destination. Here are 5 things to do on the island.

Raft of secrets

A two-day rafting trip through the remote highlands of Viti Levu is an adventure to remember.

Uga hunting in Niue video

The island where you can disappear

uk and ireland

Nude art classes hit UK pubs

A model poses during a life drawing class at The Lion pub in London.

Forget karaoke, sketching nude models with a pint in hand is the hot new trend in British pubs.

Stay in a floating house on the River Thames

You could stay in a floating house on the River Thames for a night.

London to revive 'ghost stations' video

The odd case of Toast Mahal


Nude art classes hit UK pubs

A model poses during a life drawing class at The Lion pub in London.

Forget karaoke, sketching nude models with a pint in hand is the hot new trend in British pubs.

Most liveable city's now most visible

As nearly 200 million people tuned in to watch the Eurovision Song Contest, host city Vienna's maximising its exposure on the world stage.

Ghent's gourmet gems

Europe's best summer music festivals


How to stop creating little monsters on holidays

Sometimes you just need to learn to say 'no' to the kids on holidays.

Modern parenting – often described as cotton-woolling or helicoptering – means making sure every second of the trip is, "Awesome!"

One stop relaxation shop

Hawaii proves the perfect stop-over for trips to the east coast of the United States.

Guide: Hawaii on a budget

Take a Hawaiian-style art walk


Disneyland braces for crush of visitors

The fireworks show  Remember Dreams Come True above the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Disneyland's "arsenal of tactics" will help curb frustration over crowds during their 60th anniversary.

A look inside the new One World Observatory

It's been 14 years since you could gaze upon all of NYC from a skyscraper in lower Manhattan.

Cuddle clubs: Cosy or creepy?

20 things that will shock US visitors

canada & alaska

Sailing in Alaska

The Jackson's yacht Sunstone at the foot of a glacier.

Sailers in Alaska learn to quickly to gusts and lulls, and to carry pepper spray when going ashore.

The best place to watch grizzly bears

At the confluence of two streams, one glacial green, the other silver grey, it's salmon carnage.

Top 6 Alaskan wilderness lodges

Living on the edge

south america

Where rustic meets riverside

The suites at Chile's Vira Viira Hacienda all have views of the Liucura River.

A rustic riverside hacienda in Chile takes guests back to 70s with a dash of modern Scandi style.

South America: It's not that hard

Backpacker heaven is really not that far away, and you don't need that long to see it.

My brief life as an Argentine cowboy

Secrets of the Sacred Valley of the Incas


Nine cool Indian music festivals to attend

Enchanted Valley Carnival

Music festivals are magical, combine them with an exciting travel experience and you have the best holiday package.

World's longest glass bridge

China is set to open the world's longest and highest see-through walkway.

Cruising currency conundrum

See the Taj Mahal the non-tourist way


'Mad Max: Fury Road': Namibia

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road.

The crimson deserts, dramatic dunes and stark mountain ranges of Namibia make a magnificent film set.

Tourists trickle back into Egypt

Years of political tumult upended Egypt's tourism industry. But now, tourists return.

In the home of the Rastas

Scorched earth video

middle east

World's largest hotel to open

An artistic impression on the Abraj Kudai, the world's largest luxury hotel set to open in 2017.

The world's largest luxury hotel, set to open in Saudi Arabia in 2017, will house 10, 000 rooms.

Seeing Wadi Rum by camel

A three-day camel ride through one of Jordan's epic landscapes offers fascinating insights into the vast, echoing and godlike world of Wadi Rum.

Daredevil Jetman soars over Dubai video

Just deserts

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