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The Tongariro Crossing: A world of its own

Where the earth meets the sky: 
Mount Ngauruhoe under heavy cloud above Oturere Valley.

The mountains of the Central Plateau also host a network of walking trails through ever-changing landscapes

West Coast's two-wheeled tourists gallery

The West Coast's cycle trail has been a long time coming but nearby businesses are hoping for a boost from 10,000 cyclists expected this year.

Humorous sign boasts Marlborough's selling points

Short break in Queenstown


Gentle creatures on the far side

The loggerhead turtle is the most endangered turtle that nests in Australia.

Magical encounters await the aquatic adventurer on Western Australia's Coral Coast.

Aus: Things that will shock first-timers

When tourists comes to Australia for the first time, these are the things that they're not prepared for.

A room with a sweeping view in the Alpha Mosaic Hotel.

Positioned to last

Quality and sophistication give this inner-city Brisbane hotel an edge over its hipster peers.

pacific islands

Flowers and ink

Best outfits are made of local, natural  materials.

In Papua New Guinea's Tufi region, beautification is an important part of culture and identity.

Meeting the locals at Niue's show day

The Niuean people's laid-back friendliness is on show in Lakepa Village.

Tonga: A whale of a time

Fiji in five days

uk and ireland

Welcome to 'Dismaland'

The stewards at Banksy's Dismaland were tight -lipped about the mystery man.

It's not quite the happiest place on Earth, but a Banksy theme park is sure to get plenty of visitors.

Rediscovering horse riding in Ireland gallery

Rediscover a love for horse riding at the glorious Castle Leslie in Ireland

The Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour

England's 'crappest town'


'Massive orgy of tomatoes and people' gallery

BUNOL, SPAIN - AUGUST 26:  Revellers enjoy the atmosphere in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on August 26, 2015 in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 22,000 people threw 150 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Thousands of festival-goers hurled 170 tonnes of over-ripe tomatoes at each other in this small Spanish town.

How salt made Salzburg

Salt may not seem like a big deal, but this Austrian city owes its opulence to the "white gold".

Europe's most erotic hotel rooms gallery

Banksy's Dismaland trolls visitors


Thinking big on the Big Island

Turtles love the black sand of Punalu'u Beach.

From volcanoes to manta rays, the Big Island of Hawai'i is a diverse and fascinating spot to visit.

Get a taste of Old Hawaii

Not keen on a pre-packaged Waikiki tour? Head to Oahu's North Shore.

How to stop creating little monsters on holidays

One stop relaxation shop


The 20 things you must do in New York

Bright, busy and bolshy... New York is the ultimate city break.

From hip bars and iconic hotels to soaring skyscrapers, here's why the Big Apple is the coolest place to visit.

Sleep in a van in New York

There's no electricity, no running water, no bathroom, but there is a spectacular view of the Manhattan skyline.

New Orleans reborn

Brazen bear breaks in

canada & alaska

Watch: Cute bear rolls down hill video

A playful grizzly bear has been filmed rolling down a hill in Denali National Park, much to the tourists' delight.

Playful grizzy bear repeatedly rolls down hill in Alaska's Denali National Park.

A naturally occurring slip 'n slide video

There are no lines for this naturally forming waterslide in Canada. Plus, it finishes in a jaw-dropping 10.6-metre drop.

Built on a foundation of straw

Vancouver: 5 places off the beaten track

south america

50 shades of clay at erotic museum

Parque del Amor in Miraflores, Lima.

They say sex sells. But sometimes it just gets you into trouble, if the attendant following me is anything to go by.

The Inca Festival of the Sun

One of the busiest days in Cusco's tourist calendar is a jostling mass of humanity and a riot of colour and pageantry.

Building Brazil's capital

How to humiliate yourself overseas


Put Mongolia on your bucket list

Beautiful views can be found at Terkhiin Tsagaan Nuur, which is one of the most scenic lakes in Mongolia.

Huge distances. Broad vistas. Big skies. Bright stars. That's what you'll find in Mongolia.

In search of Borneo's smallest creatures

In search of the 'small five' in the remote reaches of Borneo, an island struggling to preserve its rich biodiversity.

20 reasons to visit Myanmar gallery

Monkey business


Connecting with mountain gorillas

Emmanuel Harerimana, a guide/ranger at Volcanoes Park in Rwanda (L). A baby mountain gorilla (R).

"Silverbacks are mighty. They're the kings of the jungle."

The North Rim in every shade of red

These are sights you do not forget, no need for a smartphone or GoPro.

Wild times in the lap of luxury

Marooned in Madagascar

middle east

Inside the museum that hates America

An Iranian cleric walks past a mural on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran.

A tour through this ghostly place unearths the sins of what is now known as the "US den of espionage".

The Sultan and me

Under the ever-watchful gaze of Sultan Qaboos, Sharon Stephenson enjoys a slice of Arabian authenticity in Oman.

This is no ordinary cafe

A calm perch above Jerusalem

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