Wilderness on your doorstep

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Glaswegian Miranda Gulland loves the carefree, she'll-be-right Kiwi attitude of living in Wellington.

Croatian voyage with young ones video

Lazing around the MedSailors catamaran, the best of the boats.

We just scraped in, months from our expiry date for MedSailors.

Room review: Victoria Hotel

The bedroom is decked out in modern colours in the Executive Suite at The Victoria Hotel in Dunedin.

The space is comfy and modern, but the location is prime.

Ghan puts it in perspective

The Ghan is named for Australia's early camel drivers, who were believed to be from Afghanistan.

The beauty of the Ghan Expedition is that it puts everything in perspective.

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.

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Readers' travel pics

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.

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.

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.

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Kiwi Traveller

Wilderness on your doorstep

Miranda switched from PR girl to baker after her move to New Zealand.

Glaswegian Miranda Gulland loves the carefree, she'll-be-right Kiwi attitude of living in Wellington.

Room review: Victoria Hotel,Dunedin

The space is comfy and modern, but the location is prime.

Travel to learn and stay well

Smugshot: Readers' travel photos

nz

World famous in NZ: Larnach Castle, Dunedin

Larnach Castle was New Zealand's only castle until Riverstone Castle, near Oamaru, opened earlier this year. Today, the ...

Larnach Castle is one of Otago Peninsula's gems.

Revealing ancient and heavenly stories at Cardrona

Cardrona Alpine Resort is reaching for the skies with its new visitor attraction.

The bedroom is decked out in modern colours in the Executive Suite at The Victoria Hotel in Dunedin.

Room review: Victoria Hotel,Dunedin

The space is comfy and modern, but the location is prime.

Australia

A reminder of your place in the world

The Ghan is named for Australia's early camel drivers, who were believed to be from Afghanistan.

The beauty of the Ghan Expedition is that it puts everything in perspective.

Australia's new great walk

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

An artists impression of the outdoor area.

The world's first sand hostel

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

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

Sailing Croatia with the young ones video

Lazing around the MedSailors catamaran, the best of the boats.

We just scraped in, months from our expiry date for MedSailors.

Hot Spot of the week: Binissalem

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

The last unspoiled Greek island

Oktoberfest - In pictures

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

Sailing Croatia with the young ones

We just scraped in, months from our expiry date for MedSailors.

news

Beating the bugs brought by tourists

Tourists naive about biosecurity risks try to bring in food and other banned items.

While we welcome foreign tourists, we'd much rather they arrived minus bugs, banned food, or other nasties.

Why are airports such miserable places?

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

Do booking sites still make sense?

Small steps from greatness

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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