Plane loses steering, New Plymouth airport shut

 SHUT: New Plymouth airport.

New Plymouth Airport is closed after an Air New Zealand plane lost steering while on the runway.

Flying? Blood clots still a bigger risk


You're still twice as likely to die from a blood clot while flying than a plane crash.

Aviation's deadly week started with MH17


Three air disasters. Three completely different sets of circumstances. All in seven days.

Things that make you go arrrrgggggh!

sky dive

What's the scariest thing you've ever done? Tell us all about it now you've lived through it.

Fans start lining up as Comic-Con floor opens


Comic-Con has opened its doors in San Diego, USA and fans from around the world are lining up.

Skyscraper mania grips China

China skyscraper mania

Suzhou isn't even the biggest city in Jiangsu province, yet it's joining a rush for the sky.

'We're on top of the whale!'

Kayak lifted by whale

Two kayakers were surrounded ever so calmly, then hoisted onto the back of a whale.

Albania, busting misconceptions

Albania is transforming into a tourist mecca with rich experiences for those with an intrepid streak.

Who buys duty free on board a plane?

Shopping Strap

When it comes to buying stuff on planes, there are two things we're most interested in.

Top travel pics of the week

Travel pics

Here's a round up of some of the top travel photos from around the world.

Holiday reading

Karen Tay

I'm off on holiday for three weeks - to exotic, hopefully book-filled shores.

Flying 'still safe' despite recent disasters

planes airport

Commercial flight is still nearly the safest it has ever been, despite the latest spate of crashes including an Air Algerie flight, according to aviation sources.

Alaska Airlines has a machine that 'prints' pancakes


Alaska Airlines is appealing to travellers who just want a quick and tasty breakfast.

Islands for a family getaway


The Islands are famous as honeymoon spots and luxury getaways, but what if you're going with family?

US moves Auckland to Massachusetts

Auckland Harbour

Auckland harbour on a summer's day - it's a beautiful image, being used to sell a US state.

Costa Concordia makes last voyage

Costa Concordia

Rusty cruise liner beings its journey to the scrapyard after a two-year salvage operation.

Man kicked off flight for complaining


For one American man a tweet did more than get a response from the airline on social media.

Glitch crashes global US passport, visa operations


The US State Department's global database for issuing travel documents has crashed.

Airline wins support after poignant MH17 tweet

MH17 tweet

Malaysia Airlines has tweeted a poignant message, winning the support of thousands around the world.

Eat your way around the world


We want to hear about all the food gems that have made your travels worth it.

Advice: In Thailand, with family


Looking for guidance on activities in Thailand? Email us at

Would you brave this terrifying free-fall drop?

Sky Tower, Denmark

This ride, in a theme park in Denmark, is quite possibly the most terrifying ride ever created.

40 tourist scams to watch out for


Check out these common scams before your next trip, so you won't have to learn the hard way.

Have you got a holiday tattoo you regret?

Anja Valuta's tattoo

Whether the result of one too many sangrias or a considered work of art, show us your holiday tats.

Can Malaysia Airlines win our trust?

Malaysia Airlines

Crisis management experts say Malaysia Airlines can rebound from its two "black swan" events.

Tache tattoo is a travel trophy

Tache tattoo

It's not the best thing to have on my finger but it's a reminder of the best 10 months of my life.

Teen justifies Auschwitz selfie


The grinning teen who snapped a selfie in Auschwitz has said she "wouldn't do anything differently".

Trump: DC hotel will be among world's best

Trump hotel

Donald Trump has big plans for the Old Post Office building, a historic structure in downtown Washington.

Is a fear of flying realistic?

Grant Amos

In the wake of the two Malaysia Airlines flights gone awry, nervous flyers' knuckles are whiter than ever.

Jaws tourism on the rise

Cape Cpd

Despite its reputation as a predator, the great white shark brings in the tourists.

Video: Lost in Indonesia

Nhi Dang

Sometimes we need a gentle reminder to appreciate the world around us.

Top 10 things to do in Melbourne

Les Mis Melbourne

Melbourne offers plenty for lovers of popular and more classical culture this winter.

Why do people go wild when they travel?

Crazy travel

People go crazy when they travel. It's what's so great and at once so bad about the whole experience.

Singapore's worst-kept secret

The Library, Singapore

When in the island city state remember not to judge a book by its cover.

Best new rides coming to US theme parks

Six flags ride

2015 is shaping up as a good year for ride enthusiasts and theme park fans travelling in the US.

The places I get... and don't get


For this Kiwi traveller, the measure of a great destination is the people she met along the way.

Why are passengers such pigs?

Ashely Peyton, United Airlines

A United Airlines flight attendant witnessed a complete break down in social graces on a flight.

Is this the end of Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines

Malaysian Airlines is likely near its end as a publicly traded company.

Airlines cancel Israel flights after Gaza rocket

Delta Airlines

Two US airlines cancelled all flights to Israel until further notice, after a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.

Pinnacle of health

Aro Ha

An unexpectedly rewarding journey of denial and deprivation.

The other US cities you must visit


It's time to take a detour to some of America's under-sung cities.

Compo may be limited without proof

Satellite image of MH17 crash site in Ukraine

NZ families of MH17 victims may have to prove Malaysia Airlines should not have been flying over a war zone.

The King and I versus Les Miserables

the king and I

The King and I and Les Mis are vying for your entertainment dollar in Melbourne this winter. James Croot compares.

MH17: Call to overrule on 'hostile' airspace


A major airline safety group has called for changes in the way airspace is controlled in the wake of MH17.

Selfie at Auschwitz in poor taste


Millions died within its walls, but that didn't stop "Princess Breanna" from taking a smiling selfie.

China Airlines increases summer flights


China Airlines will add an extra 15,000 seats on its Taipei to Auckland route.

Airbnb host's horror as squatter takes over


An Airbnb host has been threatened by legal action as squatter takes over holiday rental.

Finding zen in the world's yoga capital

The Beatles and their wives, Rishikesh

Rishikesh attracts travellers from around the world seeking enlightenment of one form or another.

Sin City hotels rebranded


Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded.

Boy hurt on Disney ride


Dozens of significant injuries have been reported by Walt Disney World for the second quarter of this year.
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