Why are airports so awful?

It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

OPINION: It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

Readers' travel pics

These photographs were taken looking out over Brighton beach during my travels in the UK. Having visited family in ...

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Hot Spot: Binissalem

Revellers frolic in grape pulp during an annual grape battle in the village of Binissalem on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Expect La Tomatina with grapes at the Mallorcan town's grape harvest festival.

Waiheke set to spoil walkers

Festival guide Sarah Gloyer and co-ordinator Denise Whitfield.

Whether you're a serious hiker or a hungry dawdler, Waiheke's Walking Festival has the day out for you.

Do booking sites make sense?

Hotels and airlines are fighting back, matching and even beating the deals that the metasearch engines offer via various ...

Metasearch sites have shaken up the travel industry, but hotels and airlines are fighting back.

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Should I cancel my Bali trip?

The active volcano, Gunung Agung, looms large in the background of this sunset beach scene.

Thousands of Kiwis could be forced to cancel their holidays if the volcanic threat level is raised. 

Overwater resort you can afford video

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is one of the biggest overwater hotels in the world.

There's a way to tick this bucket list item off your list - without breaking the bank.

A rainforest for rookies

The treetop canopy walk at The Habitat, Penang Hill.

Most tropical jungle experiences involve hikes, mud, mosquitoes and hideous discomfort. Not this one.

Small steps from greatness

Anakiwa, at the start, or end, of the Queen Charlotte Track, depending on what way you go.

Spectacular vistas? Check. Easy tramping? Check. Marlborough Sounds tramp ticks all the Great Walk boxes.

Spirits and street races

A woman holds an offering of food and money while praying for deceased loved ones in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Cambodia's two-week Festival of the Dead is a spine-tingling mix of spirituality and celebration.

Airport goes on a bear hunt

Glasgow Airport is introducing a "take care of my bear" tag to be given out to youngsters travelling with a soft toy.

Glasgow Airport's lost property bins are overflowing with soft toys, so it's taken a leaf out of Paddington's book.

Bluff's shock signpost bluff

Scottish tourist Geoff Mumford tries to make sense of Bluff's suspect signpost.

Handy hint: Don't follow the famous signpost's directions to Wellington. You'll end up at Cape Reinga.

Amazing Aotearoa from above video

Some of the incredible images from Aotearoa: An Aerial Adventure.

You already know New Zealand is picturesque, but do you know that it is this beautiful?

Big bed upgrade in business

Passengers in adjoining business-class seats can create their own double bed by removing privacy panels.

Qatar Airways makes a big, comfy, world-first play for premium customers.

The walk that changed my life stuff nation

The start of the 309km journey.

Walking 309km seems like a good idea from the couch. In reality, it's a lot tougher - but richly rewarding.

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Smugshot: Readers' travel photos

These photographs were taken looking out over Brighton beach during my travels in the UK. Having visited family in ...

Send us your holiday pics and be in to win a Fujifilm X100F camera valued at $2198.

A holiday of eating well

OPINION: Getting through customs can be tricky if you want to eat well on holiday.

At opposite ends of the Earth

Budget-friendly France

nz

Waiheke set to spoil walkers

Festival guide Sarah Gloyer and co-ordinator Denise Whitfield.

Whether you're a serious hiker or a hungry dawdler, Waiheke's Walking Festival has the experience for you.

Stunning Aotearoa from above video

You already know New Zealand is picturesque, but do you know that it is this beautiful?

The Misty Knoll is a "secret garden" with a spiraling path that leads to a tunnel and a grass bowl.

The ever-changing face of Pukeiti gallery video

A project costing nearly $5 million has changed the face of a Taranaki garden. So what's all the fuss?

Australia

The world's first sand hostel

An artists impression of the outdoor area.

Ever wanted to spend the night in a sand castle? Now you can, but you've got to win a spot first.

Sydney's newest foodie hotspots

Fresh seafood, hawker-style diners and finger-lickin' good fried chicken are just for starters.

Climbing Mt Gower.

Australia's new great walk

No poisonous snakes or spiders, no ticks, no leeches, no stinging nettles. Welcome to 45km of pure spectacle.

pacific islands

How to do a cheap island holiday

Kayaking, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

Looking to escape winter? It's just a four-hour flight away, and there's sunny beaches to lie on.

Kingdom of Tonga: Island paradise

Beach? Check. Hammock? Check. Coconut tree shoreline? Check. Vava'u - the picture storybook.

The Yasawas have something for everyone, from backpackers to those looking for luxury.

Fiji off the beaten track

I've been to Denarau Island and loved it. Where next?

cruising

If these painted walls could talk

Lyon is known for its commanding Renaissance and Roman architecture but it has a softer, more creative side.

Like the passageways that are woven through the city, there is more to Lyon than meets the eye.

Port shapes up for cruising

Could New Plymouth be the next big cruise ship destination?

Irma's deadly passage batters France's Saint Martin.

Irma's bittersweet travel bonus

Cruise ships didn't plan to visit, but Hurricane Irma changed the plans for thousands of passengers exploring the Caribbean.

south america

Rio's original rock star hotel

The Cipriani Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel.

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel offers pure opulence and has been a haven for the stars for years.

Casa Palopo: Guatemalan jewel

"By the time we landed on the property's windswept helipad at the lake's edge, I was smitten."

Irma hits Branson's island

The cave which swallows you up video

middle east

Petra, beyond the facade video

The Treasury. Ancient city of Petra carved out of the rock, Jordan.

The breathtaking and spine-tingling moment everyone gets at this ancient city in Jordan.

A region of storied ruins

Cyrus and Darius, Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan – all left their mark here.

Kiwis don't need visas for Qatar

Couchsurfing in Iran stuff nation

europe

Hot Spot of the week: Binissalem

Revellers frolic in grape pulp during an annual grape battle in the village of Binissalem on the Spanish island of Mallorca.

Expect La Tomatina with grapes at the Mallorcan town's grape harvest festival.

The last unspoiled Greek island

Far from the madding crowd lies an untouched piece of true Greece.

Oktoberfest - In pictures

Indulge in Europe like a local

uk and ireland

The walk that changed my life stuff nation

The start of the 309km journey.

Walking 309km seems like a good idea from the couch. In reality, it's a lot tougher - but richly rewarding.

Scotland: Hogwarts Express magic

A ride through the Scottish Highlands on the real-life Hogwarts Express was a bit of a bucket-list item.

Disorder makes a great museum

A helping hand for Kiwis on their big OE

usa

US eyes dark sky reserve

80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky.

As 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky, a tiny town is hoping to stay in the dark.

From Christchurch to San Diego

Jenni Prisk, originally from Christchurch, has embraced civic duties in her new home.

Going budget at top US resort

Museum turns ridicule into success video

canada & alaska

The shop dividing a tourist town

High Expedition Co opened in mid-May.

The Alaskan town of Talkeetna is known for its quirkiness, but a new store selling pot is causing a rift.

A bright shining idea

They're building pathways in all sorts of places in South Taranaki.

Kiwi confronts wild Canadian bear gallery

Going wild in Alberta, Canada

asia

Malaysia's rainforest for rookies

The treetop canopy walk at The Habitat, Penang Hill.

Most tropical jungle experiences involve hikes, mud, mosquitoes and hideous discomfort. Not this one.

Floor food at Festival of Dead

Cambodia's two-week tribute to the dead is a spine-tingling mix of spirituality and celebration.

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is one of the biggest overwater hotels in the world.

Bucket list dream: Cheap overwater resort video

There's a way to tick this bucket list item off your list - without breaking the bank.

luxury

Rio's original rock star hotel

The Cipriani Restaurant at the Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel.

Belmond Copacabana Palace Hotel offers pure opulence and has been a haven for the stars for years.

The hotel room that changed history

It was a room on the third floor of the Peninsula Hotel that changed Hong Kong forever.

Paradise playground

Slice of Australian paradise

budget

Bucket list dream: Cheap overwater resort video

Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort is one of the biggest overwater hotels in the world.

There's a way to tick this bucket list item off your list - without breaking the bank.

How to do a cheap island holiday

Looking to escape winter? It's just a four-hour flight away, and there's sunny beaches to lie on.

Avoid these hidden charges in Europe

Going budget at top US resort

beaches

The world's first sand hostel

An artists impression of the outdoor area.

Ever wanted to spend the night in a sand castle? Now you can, but you've got to win a spot first.

Kingdom of Tonga: Island paradise

Beach? Check. Hammock? Check. Coconut tree shoreline? Check. Vava'u - the picture storybook.

Kayaking, Rarotonga, Cook Islands.

How to do a cheap island holiday

Looking to escape winter? It's just a four-hour flight away, and there's sunny beaches to lie on.

food

Drinking around the world gallery

Visitors reach for the one of the first mugs of beer during the opening day of the 183rd Oktoberfest in Munich.

When you're travelling, drinking can be a full experience. The people, venue, and culture are all represented.

'Gintern': world's best job?

Love to drink gin? Love to travel? Meet the woman who won an internship to do both.

It's hard not to think of the calories when you cast your eyes upon the Marriott's 10-pound doughnut.

'Donut disturb' room deal video

US resort raises the room service bar in the sweetest way possible with monster glazed doughnut.

adventure

The world's first sand hostel

An artists impression of the outdoor area.

Ever wanted to spend the night in a sand castle? Now you can, but you've got to win a spot first.

Going with the flow in Nicaragua

Yoga-surfing retreats, immense jungles and beaches separated by volcanic rock, Nicaragua can be a relaxed getaway or an unparalleled adventure.

Swimming with manta rays

Hang-gliding comes to Cromwell

family

Flying with kids

The price of travelling with children keeps going up. (file photo)

Travelling with children is often accompanied by anxiety and added stress, but there are a few things that can make flying with kids a bit more bearable.

Taking just one kid on holiday

OPINION: Family vacations are great, but if you really want to bond, you need some one-on-one time.

Testing airline's child-free zone

Flying with kids: A survival guide

Video

'Business as usual' soon

Energy Minister Judith Collins says Auckland airport's fuel crisis is coming to end.

news

Why are airports such miserable places?

It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

OPINION: It's all those painful little things you have to do that tick you off at airports.

Do booking sites still make sense?

Metasearch sites have shaken up the travel industry, but hotels and airlines are fighting back.

Small steps from greatness

Big bed upgrade in business

troubles

Should I cancel my Bali trip?

The active volcano, Gunung Agung, looms large in the background of this sunset beach scene.

Thousands of Kiwis could be forced to cancel their holidays if the volcanic threat level is raised. 

Bluff signpost: It's a bluff

Handy hint: Don't follow the famous signpost's directions to Wellington. You'll end up at Cape Reinga.

Jet fuel crisis: Travel Q&A

Baggage handler 'swaps' luggage tags

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