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beaches

Beautiful all year round

Ngakuta Bay is a short drive from Picton. With stunning blue waters, it is a popular
spot with locals and tourists alike.

Just a short drive, boat or bike ride or kayak from Picton is Ngakuta Bay, a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

New Zealand's best beaches

Black sand and dramatic scenery, or gentle dunes and pohutukawa on the Coromandel? Our picks for NZ's top beaches.

Tourists get in early for seaside fun

Sand-sational beaches

food

Eight of the world's weirdest foods video

Daniela Kittinger chews a cooked tarantula at the 110th Explorers Club Annual Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York.

What's the weirdest thing you've eaten overseas? Here are the strangest things I've taste tested.

Christmas Markets: 6 treats gallery

Our adventures through the Christmas Markets of Europe were a culinary quest with high and lows.

INFLIGHT FEAST: Singapore Airlines' economy meal.

5 secrets about airline food

Why is the coffee so bad on planes? Five things you always wanted to know about airline food (but were afraid to ask).

family

The lion (and the bear) sleeps with you tonight

EYE CONTACT: Thick glass separates the animals from the guests at the National Zoo's Jamala Wildlife Lodge.

Bathing under the gaze of an animal is disconcerting, to say the least.

It's all Frozen fun at Disney’s Hollywood Land

Arendelle comes to Disney's California Adventure resort, bringing a wonderland of real snow.

December is festive at Disney World in Orlando.

Headed for Orlando? Here's what's new gallery

It seems like everybody knows somebody going to Orlando on holiday. And that's no illusion.

budget

5 free things to do in Vancouver

VANCOUVER GEM: A visitor to Stanley Park rides his bike along with his dog.

Vancouver consistently ranks as one of the world's most livable cities and many of its most beautiful attractions are free.

8 reasons to take a tour

There's been a quiet revolution in the way we travel. Tours now cater to those wanting unique experiences without the hassle.

JUST RELAX: Street massage in Thailand

Thai massages... $10 or $100?

We sought out two vastly different experiences in two Thai tourist meccas Krabi and Phuket in search of “relaxation” bang for our buck.

adventure

Bungy jumping, sans rope, in Spain

OFF THE EDGE: Canyoning in Cuenca.

A medieval hamlet built into a towering cliff face proves a new dare-devil pursuit.

'Oh my God, I'm flying a plane'

With the flick of two switches, a push of the throttle and a pull of the control column we're airborne.

CLEAR WATERS: Cedar Lodge encourages catch-and-release.

A quest for trout

Peter Jackson himself couldn't have scripted a better ending to this South Island day.

luxury

Luxury at sea in a $6000-a-night suite video

LUXURY AT SEA: "The most luxurious ship ever built."

Regent Seven Seas Cruises has unveiled plans for what it is calling the "most luxurious ship ever built."

Flying in style video

If your in-flight wish list includes designer cutlery and food with Michelin-starred provenance, take note.

Etihad Airways A380 inaugural Residence passenger Gino Bertuccio with the on-board butler.

World's most exclusive airline seat gallery

Businessman becomes the first passenger to fly in the world's most exclusive airline seat – at around $26,000 one way.

short breaks

Top 10 holiday homes in NZ gallery

RUSSELL, BAY OF ISLANDS: Try to resist that view! This holiday home rents for $750 to $950 per night.

Back at work but already dreaming of your next summer getaway? Here's some inspiration.

Bach to basics

A traditional New Zealand bach has merits even on the cusp of summer.

The swoop is described as a "swing bungy".

Rotorua: Try not to scream

Rotorua. Geysers and hot pools right? Well yes, but there's also speed, adrenalin, engines, mud, sweat and a whole lot of screaming.

couples

Jilted Jordan finds Ms Right for free trip

Jordan Axani and Elizabeth Gallagher.

A man has found his "Elizabeth Gallagher" to share an around-the-world adventure with - but there'll be no romance on this trip.

Top 10 hotels for lovers gallery

Here's our list of the top 10 romantic hotels and resorts around the world.

CRYSTAL CLEAR: The Indian Ocean here is unspoiled.

An exotic, adults-only escape

Romantic getaways don't come more dreamy – or exotic – than this.

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