Plane lands amid typhoon video

Waves crash on Shek O Beach, during Typhoon Hato in Hong Kong.

14 min ago  Schools were closed, the stock exchange stopped... but one pilot managed to land in 113kmh winds.

Dirty dancing hotel: tourist trap

Mountain Lake Lodge desperately clutches at memories while the bone-dry lake is post-apocalyptic.

Most depressingly, the famous lake where Johnny lifts Baby is bone-dry and post-apocalyptic.

Italy's most beautiful beaches video

Cala Granara is in La Maddalena, an archipelago of around 60 islands.

One looks like a staircase. Another was created by a landslide. But they're all equally spectacular.

Couple's epic tour of NZ video

White water rafting in Queenstown.

In terms of travel goals, theirs was pretty epic: To do NZ's best 365 activities in a year.

Luxurious private Dreamliner

On board the private Boeing Dreamliner, the BBJ 787 VVIP.

At a cost of $100,000 per hour to fly, the 787 VVIP is decked out in features for those with cash to burn.

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Croatia's beach bar for dogs video

Canines and owners experience the joys of summertime together.

Happy canines and owners can lie in the sun or dive in the Adriatic water.

Pilotless planes, cheaper flights

Could a remote control fly the Antonov AN-225 one day?

With a huge demand for pilots, the future of flying might be in remote-control aircraft.

NZ to rule Norfolk Island?

The island in the South Pacific is known for its stunning vistas.

Some Norfolk Islanders have had enough of Australian rule and want NZ to take an interest in them.

Jet gets up close to eclipse video

The sun is obscured by the moon during a solar eclipse as seen from an Alaska Airlines commercial jet at 40,000 feet ...

A special eclipse-chasing charter flight gave lucky passengers a unique view of the event.

'Slim, pretty crew paid more'

Russian carrier Aeroflot has been accused of discriminating against certain flight attendants for their age and weight.

The first warning sign for Magurina was when the new uniforms didn't come in her size.

Emergency exits explained

You hear "cabin crew arm doors and cross check". But what does that mean?

You hear "cabin crew arm doors and cross check". But what does that mean?

Message in bottle's 800km

The message that was written by Bethany Wright and her boyfriend Zac Marriner.

A carefree message from tourists in Greece travelled troubled waters to land on a Gaza beach.

Most fun to have in Europe

On a summer's day in Switzerland, there's nowhere you'd rather be.

It's a simple pleasure, but on a summer's day in Switzerland, there's nowhere you'd rather be.

Chance to explore '10 new Balis'

Pulau Padar Island in between Komodo and Rinca Islands near Labuan Bajo in Indonesia.

A $205 million port could bring the "rich guy" to Indonesia's lesser-known places.

World's least-visited countries

If you've never heard of Tuvalu, it's probably because it's in danger of being wiped off the map by rising sea levels.

While millions flock to NZ, these countries only get a handful of tourists a year.

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Couple's epic tour of New Zealand video

White water rafting in Queenstown.

In terms of travel goals, theirs was pretty epic: To do NZ's best 365 activities in a year.

Aircraft emergency exits explained

You hear "cabin crew arm doors and cross check". But what does that mean?

How well-travelled are Kiwis?

Swapping Dunedin for Singapore

nz

Couple's epic tour of New Zealand video

White water rafting in Queenstown.

In terms of travel goals, theirs was pretty epic: To do NZ's best 365 activities in a year.

Culture and wine on tourists' agendas

Cultured wine tourists spend more, stay longer, and are looking for a social experience.

Lord of the Rings fans produce a Rohan flag at Mt Potts Station, which stood in for the Rohan capital Edoras in the film.

Movie pilgrims mean big bucks

This location tour expert says there's money in making fans' dreams come true - and he learned how to do it here.

Australia

Find Nemo, while you still can video

Same fish, a bit closer, preparing to defend their anemone from intruder with GoPro camera.

Earth's largest reef system is in great peril, but there's still a world of wonder below the surface.

Sydney's cool new gateway

Move over Sydney Opera House - The Ribbon is about to share the limelight.

If peace and quiet is what you crave, look no further.

Australian island needs a caretaker

There's no pay but the fish are abundant, the views spectacular, and serenity is guaranteed.

pacific islands

Welcome aboard the culture jet video

Drying dishes outside the kitchen.

In Nadi, a high-speed boat transports us to a slower, gentler way of life - a Fijian village.

Pacific island no one knows about stuff nation video

A remote island paradise with unspoiled reefs and hidden waterfalls is waiting to be explored.

Beautiful Guam Guam is an island in Micronesia, but is a US territory. It is known as the place "where America starts ...

Seven things to know about Guam

This week North Korea threatened to fire missiles at Guam, a tiny US territory in the Pacific. But where is Guam, and what makes it special?

cruising

Bonnie sings Total Eclipse at eclipse

Bonnie Tyler's epic, seven-minute ballad will be cut to fit in with the highly-anticipated celestial event.

The epic, seven-minute ballad will be cut down to fit in with the fleeting celestial event.

Cruise ship with go-kart track

Open-air race tracks, spaceship-themed laser tag, this ship is trying to outdo its competitors.

The new Blue Eye lounge will feature on Ponant's fleet of four new luxury yachts

World’s first underwater lounge

Three metres below water level, an underwater lounge will be placed inside a cruise ship's hull.

south america

Why you should visit Panama Canal

Visitors watching a container ship transit the Expanded Panama Canal at Agua Clara locks.

An engineering marvel, the expanded Panama Canal will leave you in even more awe.

No, Despacito is not driving tourism

Sorry Beliebers. The song may be everywhere but it doesn't mean extra tourists for Puerto Rico.

Insider Tip: Cuba

Nicaragua: Strong history and traditions

middle east

Kiwis don't need visas for Qatar

A dhow returns to harbour in Doha, Qatar, at sunset, with the city's modern skyline in the background.

Embattled Middle Eastern country scraps visa requirements for 80 countries.

Couchsurfing in Iran stuff nation

Venturing into Iran brings a fresh challenge to even the most seasoned traveller.

Christie's Iraqi memories

No visa, no veil?

europe

Italy's 10 most beautiful beaches video

Cala Granara is in La Maddalena, an archipelago of around 60 islands.

One looks like a staircase. Another was created by a landslide. But they're all equally spectacular.

Croatia's beach bar especially for dogs video

Happy canines and owners can lie in the sun or dive in the Adriatic water.

Most fun you can have in Europe

Following footsteps of The Godfather

uk and ireland

A weekend discovering Devon stuff nation

Wookey Hole gal.

When British summer arrives, where better to escape London than Devon?

Secret lab in London Monument

A chamber normally off-limits to the public shows that the Monument is a giant telescope.

Hot spot: Edinburgh

London's 'Mail Rail' to open

usa

Dirty dancing hotel: dismal tourist trap

Mountain Lake Lodge desperately clutches at memories while the bone-dry lake is post-apocalyptic.

Most depressingly, the famous lake where Johnny lifts Baby is bone-dry and post-apocalyptic.

Following footsteps of The Godfather

The locations of the legendary gangster epic have some intriguing tales of their own.

Beyond the Golden Gate bridge

Trump's childhood digs on Airbnb

canada & alaska

Kiwi confronts wild Canadian bear gallery

The black bear appeared to be undisturbed by human presence.

Suddenly face-to-face with a bear, an awe-struck Kiwi backed away slowly, camera poised.

Going wild in Alberta, Canada

Dinosaur bones and fried dough beavers are among the off-beat attractions in Alberta.

Why I'm living the van life video

It's a 'gravy' train in Toronto

asia

Chance to explore '10 new Balis'

Pulau Padar Island in between Komodo and Rinca Islands near Labuan Bajo in Indonesia.

A $205 million port could bring the "rich guy" to Indonesia's lesser-known places.

Falling in love with Shanghai

The best places are those when you arrive with no expectations - it's like being single and falling in love when you least expect it.

Traditional pavilions in Yuyuan gardens of Shanghai.

Falling in love with Shanghai

The best places are those when you arrive with no expectations - it's like being single and falling in love when you least expect it.

luxury

$62k for private Boeing 777 trip

You will be looked after by butlers - "not flight attendants."

The target market for this ultra-luxurious, nine-day tour is the world's "top 2 per cent".

Inside Obama's luxury holiday villa video

You'll need $6500 a night and you may get lost (it's 10 times bigger than a NZ house).

First-time skiing at age 50 video

Japan’s new ultra-luxury train

budget

25 budget hotels in amazing places

Casa das Penhas Dourdas, Manteigas, Portugal.

From palaces on salt flats to a forest tree house, these are spectacular spots.

The best pre-paid currency cards

Josh Martin investigates the savings offered by pre-paid travel currency cards

Top places to see for free

Travel: Secret ways of saving money

beaches

Italy's 10 most beautiful beaches video

Cala Granara is in La Maddalena, an archipelago of around 60 islands.

One looks like a staircase. Another was created by a landslide. But they're all equally spectacular.

The islands off the tourist radar

There's no need to set your alarm on Miniloc Island. The monkeys will do it for you.

Club Med Kani. FFX-travel

Island of fun in the Maldives

Eat and drink as much as you want, surrounded by crystal clear turquoise waters. Does that sound like heaven?

food

A meal at NZ's best restaurant

Squid Dumpling at Pacifica.

Squid dumplings, eel parfait and beetroot macarons: This food mission is one tough assignment.

Hats off to Arbour

Marlborough restaurant awarded a "hat", the South Pacific's Michelin Star.

If you're toasting in Germany, make sure you maintain eye contact with your fellow drinkers.

Rules for drinking in other countries

We all love a tipple on holidays but there's a right (and wrong) way to enjoy a drink.

adventure

World's least-visited countries

If you've never heard of Tuvalu, it's probably because it's in danger of being wiped off the map by rising sea levels.

While millions flock to NZ, these countries only get a handful of tourists a year.

Welcome aboard the culture jet video

In Nadi, a high-speed boat transports us to a slower, gentler way of life - a Fijian village.

Tales of the unexpected

Kids' priceless reaction to swing video

family

Testing airline's child-free zone

Children under 12 aren't allowed in the ScootinSilence compartment.

The economy section bans children, but the toilet's the real problem.

Flying with kids: A survival guide

Travelling with tots is a special kind of hell. Here's how to get off the plane with your sanity (mostly) intact.

Riding Britain's oldest roller coaster

How to travel with loud kids stuff nation

Video

Only one plane lands amid typhoon

Schools were closed, the stock exchange stopped... but one pilot managed to land in 113kmh winds.

news

Private Dreamliner oozes luxury

On board the private Boeing Dreamliner, the BBJ 787 VVIP.

At a cost of $100,000 per hour to fly, the 787 VVIP is decked out in features for those with cash to burn.

NZ to take rule of Norfolk Island?

Some Norfolk Islanders have had enough of Australian rule and want NZ to take an interest in them.

Pilotless planes and cheaper flights

'Slim, pretty cabin crew paid more'

troubles

Only one plane lands amid typhoon video

Waves crash on Shek O Beach, during Typhoon Hato in Hong Kong.

12 min ago  Schools were closed, the stock exchange stopped... but one pilot managed to land in 113kmh winds.

Urine-soaked seat for 11-hour flight

When the passenger complained, the flight attendant handed him wipes to clean it.

Mid-flight hot water spill on boy

Passenger tries to open exit mid-flight video

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