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beaches

Best beach in the world named

Sancho Bay, Fernando de Noronha, Brazil.

The best beach in the world, and New Zealand's best, named in annual TripAdvisor awards.

The secret jewels of Java

Bali is a blip when you consider Indonesia boasts 17,508 tropical islands and some of the world's most pristine beaches.

Auckland's best-kept secret

The brilliance of Brighton

food

Dunner's new restaurants

The sleek fitout at the Vogel St Kitchen in Dunedin's warehouse district.

A number of cafes and restaurants have opened recently in the Edinburgh of the South.

How to drink beer like a local

Travel the world, and you'll find there's quite a bit of disagreement about what the best beer looks like.

Step away from the buffet.

How to avoid weight gain on holidays

The breakfast buffet is a thing of beauty - until you realise that your enjoyment of its delights are starting to show.

family

Getting the Hollywood star treatment

EXPANSION PLANS:  The Simpsons are set to have a far greater presence at Universal Studios Hollywood than just a ride.

A VIP visit to the land of Harry Potter, The Simpsons, Transformers and much more.

I see your Elsa and raise you Darth Vader

Disney Cruise Line has announced another themed day at sea, this time calling on Star Wars for select sailings.

MARY POPPINS: Taking the nanny on holiday can have mixed results.

Should you travel with a nanny?

For a hand-on parent, a hands-off holiday can sound appealing.

budget

Guide: Hawaii on a budget

FIRED UP: A Maui sunrise.

The perception of Maui, the second-largest of the Hawaiian islands, as a destination for the rich is only partially true.

How to travel the world on $50 a day

This compendium of money-savings tips on air fares, accommodations, activities and more is worth a read.

St Petersburg to Moscow: The "Red Arrow" is another one of those iconic Russian trains, one that's been running between the country's two most famous cities since 1931. It's a little gaudy and over-the-top, but that's what you're paying for here: train travel from another era, when things had to look good as well as work properly.

World’s best and cheapest train trips gallery

Want to experience a great train journey without the price tag? Here are nine of best and cheapest train trips to take.

adventure

Living on the edge

FEELING BRAVE: Edgewalk Toronto is a test for those with a fear of heights.

I know that, in theory, it is perfectly safe to do Edgewalk Toronto.

'Most epic adventure in the world' video

Embarking on the ride of a lifetime, four Kiwis have entered an international rally to find adventure.

Increasing foot traffic poses "particular risks of disturbance or contamination to some of the last remaining essentially pristine areas on the planet,"

Be prepared for the wild

They trekked snow-covered mountains, gasped at seals flopping along the coastline and oohed at penguins waddling along on the ice...

luxury

A proposal fit for a queen

HIDDEN WORLD: Huka Lodge at dusk; it may be well known, but its exclusivity and cost means tmost people are unlikely to know anyone who has stayed there.

A provincial hack from Palmy gets the opportunity to pop the question to his girlfriend at the super-luxurious Huka Lodge.

Photos: Inside Boeing's luxury private jet gallery

Take a look inside the Boeing 747 jumbo jet built for one VIP.

Submariners: Necker Island divers catch a lift on underwater 'aircraft' the Necker Nymph.

Top 10 luxury diving experiences

From private islands to house masters, here are the top ten ultimate diving experiences.

short breaks

Auckland: Slow boat to slumber

TRUE ROMANCE: Despite the fact that you're sharing it with 70 or so others, getting around the Hauraki Gulf on a giant catamaran can be surprisingly romantic.

An overnight cruise around Auckland's harbour turns out to be a very calming - albeit undemanding - experience.

A bach beside the sea

Woodpecker Bay Bach on the West Coast has the best location in NZ, according to Bookabach.

Delamore Lodge on Waiheke Island.

6 of the best stays on Waiheke Island

Discover the great wine, food, views and laidback luxury on offer on Waiheke Island.

couples

Couple get married, all over the world

Photo: FACEBOOK/cheetahplattaerialartist

As if one wedding isn't enough to organise, this couple are getting married, repeatedly, all over the world. 

A proposal fit for a queen

A provincial hack from Palmy gets the opportunity to pop the question to his girlfriend at the super-luxurious Huka Lodge.

What's your travel speed? Are you up at dawn to hit the gym, then powering through three museums before lunch? Or do you prefer to take it slow?

How to travel in a pair

We asks some travelling twosomes how they navigate the pleasures and perils of holidaying together.

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