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Amazing weekend in Akaroa

Akaroa is a fishing village that thinks it's French (probably because it almost was).

Food, history, art, nature, and sexy inflections – you can savour them all on a visit to Akaroa.

Working up a thirst

A South Island holiday also turned out to be a great beer journey.

Blue Lake a Kiwi jewel video

A gardener's tour of Matakana


Shaolin Village planned for Australia

A SPIRITUAL THING: Visitors walk past as young monks offer prayers outside the Shaolin Temple in Dengfeng city in central China's Henan province.

China's Shaolin Temple, is planning to build an Australian complex that includes a temple, a hotel, a kung fu academy and a golf course.

Robot Restaurant opens in Sydney

If you ever wanted to experience the 'other' side of Japan, head to Sydney for a quirky new restaurant.

WHITE PICKET FENCES: Airbnb's The Big Gay Stay.

Sydney: Airbnb's Big Gay stay

Want to be part of the world’s biggest Mardi Gras parade? Airbnb has a big pink answer.

pacific islands

Living on island time in Samoa

Descending the ladder into To Sua Trench

It’s not just the sights that make Samoa special. The happiness of its inhabitants are refreshment for body and soul.

This is not the Tour de France

Nothing beats being greeted like a star when you're hot, sweaty and covered in dirt on Papua New Guinea's main cycling route.

Getting kava'd in Vanuatu

A balancing act in paradise

uk and ireland

How this small town became part of world history

Home to an original Magna Carta: The British coastal town of Sandwich.

A recent discovery has put this quiet British coastal town into the history books.

'You'll never look at a spoon the same way '

A new exhibition at London's Science Museum explores the science behind cravings.

Walking The Saints’ Way

Keeping London's Soho 'sexy'


Beginner's guide to the Canary Islands

SEA SWELLS: Tourists watch people practicing kitesurfing at the Corralejo Flag Beach on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

It's only a three-hour flight from Spain, but few travellers go there. Here's why they should.

On the trail of Van Gogh

The artist's experiences during his stay here affected him so profoundly that he would decide to devote his life to art.

Tiny Hungarian village up for rent

The most picturesque place to die


Take a Hawaiian-style art walk

Gregory Smith, aka Westside Smitty, rocks in front of Aloha Spice Co. during Hanapepe's Art Night.

This art walk features Hawaiian guitar jammers lit by tiki torches and an electric-ukulele player.

Aloha Oahu

Marty Sharpe experiences the "aloha-style" of Oahu, an island of many parts.

Hawaii or Alaska? Hot or cold? gallery

Time travelling to Hawaii


Is the Las Vegas Strip too snooty?

SIN CITY: A new campaign is appealing to a crowd of likely Las Vegas Strip visitors that's less keen on nightclub bottle service or high-priced fine-dining.

Tear down your red velvet ropes, Las Vegas.

An insider's tips for New York

If you have two days and want to make the most of your time in the Big Apple, here's some tips.

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

Happiest, most expensive place on Earth

canada & alaska

How Niagara Falls freezes gallery

A partially frozen American Falls in sub freezing temperatures is seen in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

It's a stunning sight: Niagara Falls, the world's most famous waterfall, apparently frozen in place.

An unforgettable biking adventure

Why an abandoned railway line through the heart of this Canadian province makes for an unforgettable biking adventure.

A pork-lovers guide to Canada

Hawaii or Alaska? Hot or cold? gallery

south america

Close encounters of the Amazon kind

Paddling along in the Mirrored Forest.

Anacondas to macaws, myths and fact, you can experience it all on a river cruise through the Amazon.

Things hot up in Chile

Valparaiso is Chile's bohemian open-air art gallery and a magnet for artists, writers and creative types.

Rio throws party for Tinder

Middle Earth in Chile gallery


On a higher plain

The 14th-century Jokhang temple in Lhasa.

Visitors to Tibet will discover a land of stunning scenery, deep spirituality and big-hearted people.

Putting with the primates

If you don't mind the odd monkey-led intrusion, Malaysia is a paradise for golf enthusiasts.

How to see Shanghai in one day

A pirate prison in perfect paradise


Scorched earth video

Afar dwellings on a bed of scoria.

Descending into a place once dubbed the cruellest on Earth... Ethiopia.

Dunes, camels and clay castles

I was following one of Africa's most mythic, and historic, trading routes: the road to Timbuktu.

Surprises at every turn

Johannesburg: the new hipster hotspot

middle east

Stunning timelapse showcases Dubai video

Rob Whitworth

From a plane's cockpit to inside the iconic Burj Khalifa, this is Dubai like you've never seen it before.

Abu Dhabi: A billionaire's playground gallery

Luxury is in abundance in Abu Dhabi - a billionaires' playground.

Dubai holds US$1b shopping festival

Hijabs and hospitality stuff nation gallery

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