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Porsches and pinot in Central Otago

Cromwell on the shores of Lake Dunstan.

Once the ugly sibling to Alexandra, Cromwell has shaken its cringe factor and is now pinot noir central.

Hikoi around NZ's historical Maori sites video

Rebecca Handley takes us from Otaki to Ratana to Parihaka on an exploration of historical places.

Scenic route: Why I love Wellington video

The magic of Waitomo's caves

australia

Eat stay and play in Byron Bay stuff nation

The laid-back Aussie vibe of Byron is still alive and well.

It used to be a sleepy little beach town but trendy shops and restaurants moved in to lure travellers.

Australia's best islands for a holiday

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

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

Pipped by Aussie big sister

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

pacific islands

Parsley, dill, Mark Blumsky and thyme

Mark Blumsky, during his stint as New Zealand High Commissioner to Niue, with his new wife Pauline in 2012.

The name of Mark Blumsky - usually associated with with shoes and politics - is now tied to hydroponic herbs.

A stopover in paradise

I don't think I really knew what true comfort was until I stopped over in Nadi.

Sinalei: warm weather, warmer people video

A tiny paradise

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

Tour de France diary: Final leg

We tackle the hill like the pros after us will and arrive at the top to the views the pros never see.

Jon Bridges navigates to the "Queenstown of France" and catches one final glimpse of George Bennett.

Norway in a nutshell

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

Tour de France: French Alps

Woman fined for Trevi frolic video

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

Shipwreck to underwater casino

With fake slot machines and poker tables, Florida authorities are hoping this diving attraction will boost tourism.

With fake slot machines and poker tables, Florida Council is hoping this artificial reef will boost tourism.

Why Americans don't have passports

They have Montana. Why do they need to go anywhere else?

America's freakiest festival

Hooray for Dollywood

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

Like nowhere on Earth

Patagonia is a land of spectacle.

A jaded traveller once said to me, "everywhere begins to look like somewhere else". He's wrong. I've never seen anything like this.

Rio-bound? No Portuguese? Problem

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

Airport security increases in Rio

Land of 900 stray dogs

asia

'Cinderella' church opens to tourists video

A 17-metre-high glass shoe church has been built in Taiwan in a bid to attract more tourists.

Woman who lived out her days in a church after her legs were amputated inspired this new Taiwanese church.

Japan's spectacular fire festival gallery

An ancient firework display sees participants load bamboo shoots with gun powder and shoot flames into the sky.

The luxury train that's totally unreal

Hiking and the haiku

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

Sleep on the slopes in Dubai

Ski Dubai is the first indoor ski resort in the Middle East

Visitors to Dubai have a new way to keep cool during the scorching Middle East summer.

Why you should visit Palestine

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

Solar plane flies over pyramids video

The Dubai you don't know

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