Chinese New Year contributed to the record 381,100 visitors who arrived in January.
Despite the lack of good Guinness or a sing-song, my Irish friend reckons "It's the most beautiful country in the world".
Grant Smithies heads to Melbourne cold and hungry and comes back sunburnt and satisfied.
Ravaged, skiied on and smashed: How playing with fruit became more profitable than selling them.
From raucous farming fairs to catamaran cruises in a tropical paradise, it's easy to fall in love with New Caledonia.
OPINION: Swimming with these gentle giants is true bliss in Tonga.
Trump as an elephant, Trump as a schoolboy: There's one political figure taken centre stage in Europe's parades.
Translated as "suspended in air", the stone spires of Meteora give "getting away from it all" a new meaning.
Forget the recession, police strikes and corruption scandals: it's Carnival time and everyone is partying.
When visiting this amazing continent it's not about what to bring, but rather what to ditch.
The migratory birds hold a special place in the hearts and culture of the people of the Phobjikha Valley.
Your society demonised, culture usurped, city wiped out... it's little wonder there's an identity crisis.
Frozen with fear, Jane Wynyard came face to face with an African elephant, the largest land mammal on earth.
Those outside Auckland and Wellington still face a "costly" undertaking.
Its alcohol ban and strict dress code are red flags... but curious travellers want to tick it off their lists.
Contemporary art is bringing life and colour into the once-drab necropolis.