The world's worst waxworks gallery

Not quite right: Wills and Kate.

4:09 PM  The waxworks museum in Niagara Falls is open late. And that's excellent news, because you'll need a few drinks.

Which to cruise: river or ocean?

Sailing the Rhine gets you up close and personal to the landscapes.

Go big or go small? Love people or need alone time? Young at heart or just young?

Bible museum sidetracks Jesus video

The children's area under construction at the Museum of the Bible.

The US institution in Washington DC cost nearly $700m, but one major religious figure gets little attention.

'Noah's Ark 2017' set to open video

Diver Alex Reeson checks on the Arapaima or Pirarucu fishes in the tropical section of Europe's biggest freshwater aquarium.

It houses 10,000 fish and 100 reptiles, that are almost exclusively endangered or threathened species.

Cruising the remote Ross Sea video

Coulman Island's reflection.

Photographer Sherry Ott spends 28 days in one of the world's most desolate areas.

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A butler for your holiday snaps

The Conrad Maldives Rangali Island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Make Linda from Accounts super jealous as this hotel offers "world's first Instagram Butler".

Backpackers used to be better

What happened to the risk takers?

OPINION: They used to be more fun. They used to be more adventurous, wilder, and bigger risk-takers.

World monuments in danger

Sydney's Sirius apartment is locked in The Rocks part of the city.

England's Blackpool Pier and the Sirius public housing building in Sydney, Australia are on the watch list.

Inside Qantas 787 Dreamliner

The Qantas 787 will seat 236 passengers across three classes.

Cutting-edge aircraft will fly the world's first non-stop route between Australia and London.

Viewing the Northern Lights

The Aurora Borealis seen over a mountain camp north of the Arctic Circle, near the village of Mestervik, Norway.

If you want to see the stunning natural phenomena with your own eyes, now could be the best time to go.

Kiwi-owned retreat wins big video

Owner of Escape Haven, Janine Hall.

Escape Haven in Bali named "Best Luxury Wellness Retreat".

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Mutianyu section of the Great Wall in Beijing.

Modern meets traditional in this bustling Chinese city, writes Elizabeth Kennedy.

Walking on India's sacred land

Did Jesus spend his missing years studying Buddhism in India?

In pursuit of a mystery manuscript that claimed Christ studied Buddhism in this mountainous region.

Cruising for the haters

Celebrity Solstice -  popularity of cruising is expected to rise as millennials hop on board.

Full of old people; rooms too small; food is dire. We blast the misconceptions of taking to the water.

Horse walks into a motel...

Checking in at the Super 8 motel in Georgetown, Kentucky

The US motel said it was pet-friendly. One horse owner put it to the test.

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Japan on the cheap

Kyoto's where to head for natural beauty and serenity.

Much more affordable than a few years ago, Japan is a must-visit for travellers of all budgets.

Insider tip: Bali

Bali may have a reputation for being a tropical paradise where poolside drinks never run dry, but

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Kiwi kid in Hong Kong

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Seven surprising ways NZ changed my life stuff nation

Chui Yeng's journey in New Zealand from 2012 to present.

I am a Malaysian and moved to New Zealand in 2012. Since then, I have found myself falling in love with this amazing country.

The magic of Matakana

Explore the vineyards, bays, beaches and foodie spots of Matakana, a little town not far from Auckland.

The entrance to the Weta cave is magical.

World famous: Weta cave

Around the harbour from Wellington central, past the airport, in the pleasant but ordinary suburb of Miramar, magic happens.

Australia

Aussie hellhole turned paradise

A friendly local.

"I don't think I've ever seen as much Australian fauna together in one place outside a wildlife park."

From Tasmanian relic to retreat

Derelict lodge listed for demolition, saved by investors and turned into a stunning holiday spot.

Stunning sunset caught at the end of a long day working in Australia.

Spring, the heat, magpies and work…

The Central Queensland Highlands, of which Emerald is the major town, are a very important agricultural area with thousands of acres planted in cotton, wheat and chickpeas; quite nice to see areas being used to produce crops rather than strip mined for coal.

pacific islands

It costs $14k just to land here

Laucala Island, Laucala Island.

Laucala is among the world's most exclusive resorts. It's where the mega-rich come to play.

From cannibalism to coconuts

Would you like pig's head with that? We sample some French Polynesian delights.

The river starts to change colour and becomes distinctly bluer as you get closer to the Matevulu Blue Hole.

Mysterious freshwater pools

Dive into the beauty of the legendary Blue Holes in Vanuatu.

cruising

"Love Boat" cruise stats?

Cruise ships such as the Emerald Princess are a common sight in Akaroa Harbour which last year hosted an extra 18,502 ...

3:14 PM  Statistics New Zealand's first official figures on the cruise industry show there were 121 female passengers for every 100 men last year.

Cruising the remote Ross Sea video

Photographer Sherry Ott spends 28 days in one of the world's most desolate areas.

Sailing the Rhine gets you up close and personal to the landscapes.

Which to cruise: river or ocean?

Go big or go small? Love people or need alone time? Young at heart or just young?

south america

Trek up into thin Andean air video

On the roof of the Andes.

Tackling the snowy peaks of the Cordillera Blanca mountain range on two wheels, Neil Ratley gets snowed in, meets furry friends and enjoys awe-inspiring scenes.

Panama Canal bigger and better

The greatest shortcut in the world will cost you more than $800,000 to take.

Rio's original rock star hotel

Casa Palopo: Guatemalan jewel

middle east

20 surprising things about Dubai video

Dubai's architecture is impressive.

Emirates may be adding more direct flights from Auckland to Dubai, so what's the Persian Gulf city like?

Louvre Abu Dhabi's 'dome of light'

Innovative techniques used to capture the sands, the sea and the horizons of the "enormous sky''.

Hiking the new Jordan Trail

Petra, beyond the facade video

europe

'Noah's Ark 2017' set to open video

Diver Alex Reeson checks on the Arapaima or Pirarucu fishes in the tropical section of Europe's biggest freshwater aquarium.

It houses 10,000 fish and 100 reptiles, that are almost exclusively endangered or threathened species.

The love letter in a Paris guidebook

Who was Henri? Where is his love Betty? How an old travel guide sparked an obsessive quest.

Hardest Karaoke Song in the World video

A churros-fuelled tour

uk and ireland

Ireland's mighty monuments

Poulnabrone portal tomb in Ireland, with its four side stones and delicately balanced capstone, which makes it look like ...

Older than recorded history, the great pyramids of Giza and Stonehenge, Ireland's magnificent megaliths - the mighty stones - are an extraordinary feat of prehistoric architecture.

Riding London's Mail Rail video

For decades the 'Mail Rail' used to transport 4 million letters a day. Now the once abandoned rail is open to the public.

Europe's unlikeliest top attraction

The walk that changed my life stuff nation

usa

Bible museum sidetracks Jesus video

The children's area under construction at the Museum of the Bible.

The US institution in Washington DC cost nearly $700m, but one major religious figure gets little attention.

The darker side of Disney video

As a worker in the wondrous world of the House of Mouse, there's a darker side to Disney.

Singing Britney in a storm to elk

Hot Spot: Albuquerque

canada & alaska

The world's worst waxworks gallery

Not quite right: Wills and Kate.

4:09 PM  The waxworks museum in Niagara Falls is open late. And that's excellent news, because you'll need a few drinks.

Visiting Alaska for the first time

US state is a curious combination of the insubstantial, the surreal and the alarmingly down to earth.

The shop dividing a tourist town

A bright shining idea

asia

Japan on the cheap

Kyoto's where to head for natural beauty and serenity.

Much more affordable than a few years ago, Japan is a must-visit for travellers of all budgets.

Insider tip: Bali

Bali may have a reputation for being a tropical paradise where poolside drinks never run dry, but

Owner of Escape Haven, Janine Hall.

World-beating Kiwi-owned retreat video

Escape Haven in Bali named "Best Luxury Wellness Retreat".

luxury

The man who flies first class for a living

Brian Kelly did Auckland's Sky Tower jump last year.

How does Brian Kelly travel in the fanciest first-class cabins, virtually for free?

World's largest, long-range private jet

Bombardier's new Global 7000 debuts, yours for $103 million.

It costs $14k just to land here

World's most luxurious commercial jet

budget

Backpackers aren't fun anymore

What happened to the risk takers?

OPINION: They used to be more fun. They used to be more adventurous, wilder, and bigger risk-takers.

Bucket list dream: Cheap overwater resort video

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

How to do a cheap island holiday

Avoid these hidden charges in Europe

beaches

Island riddims in Bob Marley country

Bob Marley's house museum in the Kingston.

Jamaica comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusives.

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.

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.

food

This is the best restaurant in the world video

Venison. Black Garlic. Smoked Sloe Berry Purée

Remember the jokes about British cuisine? Well it's no laughing matter as 2 UK restaurants are world's best.

A churros-fuelled tour

On a food tour through Barcelona, we prioritised churros over Gaudi.

Bob Marley's house museum in the Kingston.

Island riddims in Bob Marley country

Jamaica comes with its own soundtrack. Groove to its singular rhythm as you explore beyond the beaches and all-inclusives.

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Backpackers aren't fun anymore

What happened to the risk takers?

OPINION: They used to be more fun. They used to be more adventurous, wilder, and bigger risk-takers.

Where to see the Northern Lights

If you want to see the stunning natural phenomena with your own eyes, now could be the best time to go.

Why Borneo should top your bucket list video

Inside Russia's 'City of the Dead' video

family

The darker side of Disney video

The magic of Disney is viewed very differently by the people who work there.

As a worker in the wondrous world of the House of Mouse, there's a darker side to Disney.

The ultimate Lego play house video

A 12,000-square metre building that looks like it's been built by giant Lego bricks has just opened in Denmark.

Aotearoa to Africa - holiday safari stuff nation

Flying with kids

Video

'Noah's Ark 2017' set to open

It houses 10,000 fish and 100 reptiles, that are almost exclusively endangered or threathened species.

news

Virtual cave tour

Ruakuri Cave will be the first cave system in New Zealand to be brought onto Google Maps.

4:05 PM  Google goes underground, allowing you to explore one of NZs hidden gems from home.

Bible museum sidetracks Jesus video

The US institution in Washington DC cost nearly $700m, but one major religious figure gets little attention.

'Noah's Ark 2017' set to open video

The world monuments in danger

troubles

Peed on flyer sues airline

United Airlines said it is waiting to receive the lawsuit.

United passenger Daniel Card gets a nasty wet surprise from a drunk traveller.

Bed bug bites blamed on airline

"It was coming out of the back of the TV screen. I saw what was maybe a flax seed - but it started moving."

How Air NZ saved my trip home

AirAsia crew 'panicked' passengers video

Cycling and trekking tours through Italy, France and Spain are a great active adventure that lets you get closer to a destination. Active tours let you experience Europe in a completely different way, exploring the huge variety of cultures and landscapes.

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