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Wine festival turns it on

Festival-goers dance it up in the sun during an afternoon set from Tahuna Breaks.

Perfect weather, wine and food delighted thousands at the 32nd annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival.

Fewer Kiwis doing Great Walks

Tramper Mark Wilson, left, of Auckland, and his namesake, Hump Ridge Track manager Mark Wilson, of Tuatapere.

Kiwis are becoming a minority in their own backyard, only making up a quarter of walkers on iconic tramps.

Most romantic places in the world

You can enjoy the world's most romantic destinations on any budget.

From the passionate tango of Argentina to the love shrines of Japan, these are the world's most romantic spots.

The honeymoon that never ended

Sam and Eva Bakker at the Buddha statue lookout in Pai, northern Thailand.

Eva and Sam Bakker set off on a three-week honeymoon. Fourteen months and 20 countries later, they're still travelling the world.

Being an older first-time traveller

You can enjoy travel at any age.

Heading off on an overseas adventure? Send us your travel questions.

5 things to do in February

Celebrate the Year of the Monkey at Auckland's Lantern Festival.

Here are five festivals coming up before the end of February you won't want to miss.

Summer stunner at 'the G'

Fireworks go off at the MCG as Australia clash with India in their January T20 international.

One of the jewels in their city's crown, Melburnians lovingly call it “the G”.

Love, peace and yoga

The Wanderlust festival was a spiritual and physically uplifting experience for many of the 3000 attendees in Taupo.

Taking time out from a busy, urban life can be transformative.

Local interest pleases Abel Beach owner video

A crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach and land area at the centre of this photograph, in the Awaroa Inlet, has reached its $2m goal.

Fundraiser has passed $2m mark - and beach's owner is pleased to see the public get behind campaign.

Tourists stopped, keys taken

The tourists were "pushed" off the road by another motorist at roadworks near Klondyke Corner, a Tasman Police District Command Centre spokeswoman said.

Tourists stranded after being "pushed" off road by motorist who took their keys, police say.

'I know we can do this' video

Duane Major is one of the men behind crowd funding effort to buy a NZ beach in the Abel Tasman National Park.

Final push as campaign to buy Abel Tasman beach reaches $2 million.

Key hints at beach contribution video

John Key says the Government could contribute to the #buythisbeachNZ campaign.

John Key not ruling out a "modest" Government contribution to public bid to buy Awaroa Inlet.

We did it! $2m raised

New Zealand has opened its wallets and donated over $2 million to the #buythisbeachNZ campaign.

Keep donating, #buythisbeachNZ campaign co-organiser says.

No, it's not a Yeti

The "Yeti" was allegedly sighted in Formigal, a ski resort in northeastern Spain.

The existence of the Abominable Snowman has not yeti been proven.

Get more out of your cruise

Even if dancing isn't your thing, you owe it to yourself to bust a move at the ships disco.

How you can make a luxury cruise even better.

'Buy this beach' explained video

Organisers of a Givealittle campaign are hoping to raise enough money to buy this beach.

Where to now in bid to crowdfund beach purchase?

Backpackers go unpaid

Vineyard workers in Marlborough claim they are not getting paid in full.

"It was the same story every day. We weren't sure if we were still employed."

Celebrity retreat closes doors

Mollies manager Steven Colthart will say farewell to his luxury boutique hotel in April after the property was sold.

Home to the rich and famous, Mollies, is closing for business.

Weird laws tourists accidentally break

Every country has different laws and some of them are, quite frankly, weird.

The things you could easily find yourself arrested for while on holiday.

Chinese New Year boom in Queenstown

Chinese New Year is the busies time of the year for businesses in Queenstown.

Queenstown packed to start Chinese New Year, with some operators reporting records.

Awaroa dreaming video

Looking out over Awaroa airstrip to the Awaroa spit.

We delve into the rich history of Awaroa Inlet, as a crowdfunding campaign to buy the beach nears deadline.

Climate change affects flights

Planes could spend an extra 2000 hours in the air each year as a result of climate change.

Expect to pay more for your flights and spend longer in the air as a result of global warming, scientists say.

Big weekend ahead

Cornerstone Restaurant and Bar owner Ryan McQuillan, left, Scotch Bar owner Dan Gillett and Yard Bar and Bistro owner Joe Johnstone are throwing a street party at Bythell Place on Saturday.

The biggest party in Marlborough is not a standalone event, with plenty of other activities on offer

BNZ chases beach owner's home

BNZ is seeking a mortgagee sale of this Seatoun house, owned by Michael Spackman, occupied by Wellington lawyer Mike Garnham.

Abel Tasman beach owner may have to leave his $1.6m home within weeks if BNZ wins court case.

'Offensive' campers face prosecution

A Wicked Campers van, similar to this one, was spotted at Waipu Cove in January. The vehicles, which are painted with risque language and slogans, have sparked several complaints in recent years.

A bylaw could spell the end of Wicked Campers' offensive signage in Whangarei.

One mountain down two to go

Matamata Policeman Mike Boston conquers the Aconcagua Mountain in the name of men's health.

Death and failure crossed Mike Boston's mind many times on his hike up Aconcagua.

Inside Jimi Hendrix's flat

Jimi Hendrix with Kathy Etchingham in 1969.

The guitar legend's London flat is restored to just the way he had it.

'No chance of buying the beach' video

Gareth Morgan won't reveal how much he's prepared to put forward for the campaign.

''If there is another bidder, they are bound to be defeated,'' says Gareth Morgan, as beach campaign nears $2m.

Govt 'won't fund beach campaign'

Government minister Paula Bennett says there are no plans to kick in money to a beach crowdfunding campaign.

"It's not our intentions at this stage to put money in," Paula Bennett says.

Stuffed animals that travel

Sock monkey

Too busy to enjoy a holiday? Never mind, you can send your stuffed animal instead.

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