Walking with the cheetahs video

Auckland Zoo's cheetahs Anubis and Osiris spend their mornings on a guided tour before the gates open.

Animal enthusiasts are getting a chance to get up close and personal with Africa's most endangered cats.

Had a close encounter of the animal kind?

Lonely Planet rates New Zealand

RAINBOW FRIENDLY: New Zealand has a "a brilliant network of gay- and lesbian-friendly homestays which run the length and breadth of the country from the top of the semi-tropical North Island to the depths of the glacial South".

New Zealand rates some honourable mentions in Lonely Planet's top 10 lists for 2015 but misses out on the ultimate accolades.

Gunning for the sun

WAITANGI: A place all New Zealanders should go.

Never host a wedding. Not unless you are asked and even then. Even if it's part of your business.

NZ comes up trumps

BEST AIRPORT: Auckland Airport won the best airport in Australasia.

Want an award-winning holiday in Australasia? Stay at home!

Exploring NZ's East Coast

Taruheru River in Gisborne.

A road trip through Hawkes Bay and Gisborne offers scenic beauty and and wineries.

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