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Auckland among most liveable cities

Auckland came in ahead of Hamburg and Helsinki in terms of liveability.

OK, the traffic is bad. But when you compare it to Lagos or Damascus, it's a dream.

Help for Kiwi MPs in Canberra video

If there's one thing New Zealanders love more than pineapple lumps, it's (seemingly) politics.

Steam train festival

Wacky places that make NZ famous


Australian island needs a caretaker

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

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

Avoiding the 'safe' options

It's easy to see why Queensland is such a popular winter holiday destination for Kiwis; great climate with plenty of resorts and activities.

The Ribbon, designed by Hassel, is a new retail, hotel and entertainment complex planned to bridge the western gateway ...

Sydney's cool new gateway

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

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.

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?

Pacific island no one knows about stuff nation video

Why celebrities love this island paradise

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


Following footsteps of The Godfather

Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather.

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

What 10,000-egg omelette looks like video

An egg contamination scare could not stop a Belgian town's 22-year-old tradition.

Third Trip offers Moore fun

Croatia's underwater winery


Making the most of Hawaii

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater on the Hawaiian island of Oahu

Where to stay and what to do on Oahu and beyond.

Aroha for the place of aloha

The friendly people, chilled out vibe and endless sunshine... what's not to love about Hawaii?

9 fun things in Honolulu

Insider Tip: Hawaii


Following footsteps of The Godfather

Marlon Brando in Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather.

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

Beyond the Golden Gate bridge

Where can you get redwood forests, grapevines, timber workers and winemakers?

Trump's childhood digs on Airbnb

My weird life as a butler

canada & alaska

Going wild in Alberta, Canada

The views are spectacular everywhere you turn.

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

Why I'm living the van life video

Yvette Morrissey sold everything she had to travel around Canada in a van.  

It's a 'gravy' train in Toronto

Giant heart goes on display

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


Inside Obama's luxury holiday villa video

The Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is a short drive from the island's cultural epicentre of Ubud.

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

Ancient, confusing and on the rise

I was hooked by China by a railway crowd and a cheap horror movie.

Hong Kong tour shows 'dark' side

Stuff Escapes: The real China


Travelling the world without a smartphone

The "Kiss and Ride" sign Esther Paddon spotted at a railway station in Italy.

In today's world of technology, travel demands a smart phone - or does it?

The other grand canyon

Fish River is one of the few canyons on earth fashioned by a combination of tectonic, volcanic, climactic and erosional forces.

Exploring Africa

Hyenas in Harar

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?

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