Here comes the sun

Rarotonga enjoys temperatures of about 28C during July and August.

For a good, reasonably priced dose of rest, recreation and vitamin D, head to one of these sunny destinations this winter.

Family ski tips for Kiwi slopes

Ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Hitting the slopes with the kids? New Zealand ski fields offer super family-friendly facilities with great learn-to-ski programmes.

The real cost of a family ski holiday

Save the pro gear until you know kids can ski and want to do it again.

Budget and ski holiday are not natural partners, Josh Martin tries to find a happy medium for the school holidays.

Travel: Secret ways of saving money

There are ways to keep a lid on all those extra little charges.

Hidden charges can take a chunk out of your travel budget, so it's best to think ahead

Maldives on a backpacker budget

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

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beaches

Maldives on a backpacker budget

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

Best and worst value beaches

Steer clear of Norway and head for Vietnam if you're a beach bum on a budget.

Inside an adults-only paradise video

Seven reasons to visit the Seychelles video

food

Where angels go to eat

Over the last decade, Los Angeles has started to recognise many of its ethnic enclaves by designating them as standalone ...

Looking for good food in LA but don't want to spend hours driving to find it? Here's a guide to some lesser known culinary delights 

World's best food cities

 Ever walked into a restaurant abroad and realised you don't know how - or what - to order? Here's what you need to know.

Mali Ston's harbour and the remains of ancient walls and a fortress on the Peljesac Peninsula.

Croatia's foodie centre

Croatia's stunning foodie capital has been renowned for products like wine since Roman times.

family

Family ski tips for Kiwi slopes

Ski lessons at Cardrona Alpine Resort

Hitting the slopes with the kids? New Zealand ski fields offer super family-friendly facilities with great learn-to-ski programmes.

Disney secrets: Be your own guide

So you're heading to Disneyland or Disney World. Want to know how to beat all the lines?

Save the pro gear until you know kids can ski and want to do it again.

The real cost of a family ski holiday

Budget and ski holiday are not natural partners, Josh Martin tries to find a happy medium for the school holidays.

budget

Travel: Secret ways of saving money

There are ways to keep a lid on all those extra little charges.

Hidden charges can take a chunk out of your travel budget, so it's best to think ahead

Best and worst value beaches

Steer clear of Norway and head for Vietnam if you're a beach bum on a budget.

Snorkelling just off a deserted island – the best we've ever come across.

Maldives on a backpacker budget

It’s possible to stay in the Maldives on a budget thanks to a change in the law allowing local islands to open guesthouses.

adventure

Tackling the Te Araroa trail video

Matt said the most emotional part of the journey was getting his first glimpse of Bluff and the ocean beyond on Bald Hill.

Matt Dowdle ditched a traditional OE to walk over 2800km of New Zealand.

Nature's light show

They don't come out for long, but when they do these fireflies light up the US Smoky Mountains.

Wallenda had to signal to her helicopter pilot to get even higher and away from the wind.

Hanging by teeth over Niagara video

Trapeze artist wanted to go one better than her daredevil husband - hanging by her teeth over iconic falls.

luxury

Resort run on water power

The concept is proposed to be located on a mountaintop in Victoria, British Columbia on a 840,000-square-foot site.

A luxury hotel concept in Canada proposes a "micro-climate" resort run entirely on hydro power.

Inside an adults-only paradise video

From the lap pool we can see baby sharks and eagle rays glide by. We're in an overwater villa so big it's almost the size of the average New Zealand house.

Zac George says he has always wanted to be a pilot.

Teen's $20k first class flight

It took him two years, but this Australian 16-year-old became the youngest person to buy his own ticket.

short breaks

Kiwis shine bright at Sydney light fest video

Birds of Lumos, by Australian design team Renzo B. Larriviere and Simone Chua was inspired by a sighting of a Kiwi ...

One is the art director, and the other is a LED bird. But both Kiwis are shining bright in Australia.

Watching the grass grow

Leave the trappings of civilisation behind, relax and drink wine – that's the mantra at Canterbury's latest glass pod in the Waipara Valley.

Airbnb has a mobile app where you can search for properties and look up details of the trips you have booked in.

The A to Z guide to Airbnb

It's not without its faults but there's no denying that Airbnb has shaken up the travel industry.

couples

Airbnb: Romance in NZ

Take in Queenstown's landscape at a studio on the lake.

You don't have to venture too far from home to find a weekend of romance.

Couple wed amid airport chaos

A major systems failure affecting airports around Australasia didn't stop this couple from getting married.

The private 800 acre island of Vatuvara is adults-only and access is via the resort's private plane.

Fiji’s romantic destinations

These are the best places to take your significant other this winter.

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