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The private Boeing 787 Dreamliner that costs $100,000 an hour to fly

If you think Etihad's The Residence is the epitome of luxury in the sky, then you haven't seen this private Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

There's a beach bar in Croatia just for dogs, and it has a specially-brewed dog beer

Specially brewed beer made of chicken and vegetables and ice cream made from bananas, peanuts, yoghurt and soy milk are top items on the menu in Croatia's only beach bar for dogs.

Flight gives passengers a closer look at eclipse

Scientists, journalists and contest winners were among about 100 people who enjoyed a closer look at the eclipse, thanks to a special eclipse-chasing charter flight by Alaska Airlines.

Search and rescue is a way of giving back to community

After nearly three decades of nurturing rhododendrons at Pukeiti Gardens, Andrew Brooker is set to see more of Egmont National Park as search and rescue volunteer.

US expansion helps Tourism Holdings Ltd to record $30m profit

Booming motorhome rentals at home and overseas have contributed to Tourism Holdings Ltd's record $30m annual profit. 

Floating down the Aare River on a summer's day in Bern, Switzerland

It's quiet this time of morning on the Aare River – a little too quiet. The summer sun is just beginning to warm the air around me.

Want to go off the radar? Go to the least-visited countries in the world

Kiwis are an intrepid bunch, according to new research, but there's some places off our radar. In fact, hardly anyone goes to these countries.

Donald Trump might be right that North Korea’s threat to Guam will boost tourism

When the North Korean regime of Kim Jong Un threatened to fire a nuclear weapon toward the US territory of Guam, President Donald Trump predicted that the added attention from the threat would increase tourism to the tiny island in the Pacific Ocean.

Kiwis ranked third most travelled nation, but how intrepid are you?



Observatory roof repairs won't cloud astromonical society's night vision

Stargazers will still get a good view of the night sky while part of the New Plymouth observatory is being re-roofed after almost a century.

Passengers spot military jet flying alongside plane but the airline doesn't know why

An airline was left asking questions after passengers spotted a mysterious military aircraft flying alongside it. 

Airports group joins Supreme Court hearing to warn of risks from pilots' safety challenge

New Zealand's airports will square off against the commercial pilots association in the Supreme Court on Thursday, in a case which could impact flights across the country. The two-day hearing covers a challenge to the Civil Aviation Authority  decision to indicate that if Wellington ...

Shanghai: A delightful surprise

For a while, I thought I would never make it to China.

Great Barrier Reef, Australia: is it really dying?

Whatever happens, said Bec Finlayson to the audience in the top-deck lounge, don't come back from snorkelling saying "I saw a yellow fish", and expect her to name the species.

Expat Tales: Swapping cold Dunedin for sunny Singapore

Rupy Jassal of Dunedin reckons every day in the Lion City feels like a holiday.  

Weekend walk along Hollyford Track, Fiordland, is a spirit-lifting experience

Did you know that Captain Cook brewed a beer with rimu foliage to keep his sailors scurvy-free? Or that New Zealand soldiers suffering from dysentery during World War II were treated with tea made from the native koromiko plant? Those are just two pieces of knowledge I picked up during a three-day ...

World famous in New Zealand: The Cardrona bra fence

From white lace to leopard print. From 32A to 36DD. You'll find it all at Cardrona's controversial bra fence.  

Ask an Expert: A week in Thailand

Q. I'd like to go to Thailand later this year but would only be able to take a week off work. Where can I base myself that has plenty to do but is not too overrun with tourists?

Liz Carlson: Sleepy Twizel is a great base from which to explore

OPINION: Twizel has become a popular place to explore in the South Island. Due to its proximity to some amazing views and experiences, the sleepy town of Twizel is the perfect location from which to explore the Mackenzie Basin in Canterbury.

Accessible travel for tourists with mobility issues

Travel can be frustrating and exhausting for even the nimblest of tourists, but I can't say I've ever chosen a destination based on its kerb policy or cobblestone risk factor.

Smugshot: Readers' travel photos of the week

Do you have a holiday snap that you'd like to share with the world? Send it to us and be in to win a Fujifilm camera!

Liz Carlson: Sleepy Twizel is a great base from which to explore

: OPINON: Twizel has become a popular place to explore in the South Island. Due to its proximity to some amazing views and experiences, the sleepy town of Twizel is the perfect location from which to explore the Mackenzie Basin in Canterbury.

Resuscitating Christchurch tourism - can new agency get the patient out of intensive care?

Christchurch's shaken tourism industry is fighting back. AMANDA CROPP reports.

Queenstown, it's has more to do than just skiing

It should speak volumes that the best run I've had all day – and this, at the early stages of a ski holiday – is a chauffeured lift from cutesy Brennan Wines to the swank of Chard Farm Vineyard, deep-etched between calico-coloured hills and snowcapped escarpments, beside the ...

Hawke's Bay, where you'll find eel parfait, beetroot macarons and NZ's best restaurant

I spend a gourmet weekend in the region's seven best restaurants – three of which have just been awarded the highest honours in this year's Cuisine Good Food Awards. Here are my picks from each.

Ready for the invasion that never came: Harington Point gun emplacements

It was a beautiful sunny Monday, when we went to check out the gun emplacements at Harington Point, one of the most extensive of Dunedin's old fortifications.

Kiwis in flight: The Gili Islands, Bali's three hidden islands

There are very few places left in the world where the main form of transport is still horse-drawn cart.

Mt Messenger: A short history and future of the gatekeeper of Taranaki's northern route

The journey over Mt Messenger has been a challenge for travellers getting in and out of Taranaki for the past 100 years. But a new $135 million bypass project will soon remove whe worst of that challenge. Mike Watson looks back at a part of the highway Taranaki drivers love to hate. 

How to holiday with other people's kids

OPINION: Going away with your best friend, or beloved sister, may sound like the perfect holiday; relaxation combined with the opportunity to gaze fondly on, as her little ones play happily in the sun.

We need this more than ever: Bonnie Tyler to sing Total Eclipse on cruise ship during eclipse

For Bonnie Tyler, sun, moon, Earth and ubiquitous power ballad are all set to align perfectly.

International visitor spend hits plateau at $10.3b for the year

Spending by international visitors appears to have plateaued, hitting $10.3 billion for the year to the end of June.

Where to go if... you're a fan of The Godfather

Widely regarded as one of the best and most influential films of all time, Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 gangster epic The Godfather turned many of its shooting locations - as well as its lead actors - into movie icons.

The 10 rules for drinking in foreign countries

Some of the world's most richly held traditions involve the consumption of alcohol, and some of the most enjoyable pursuits for travellers involve partaking in it.

Passengers clap as pilot lands amid strong Wellington winds

Fierce winds are disrupting flights at Wellington Airport, as heavy rain sets in across parts of the South Island.

What happens on a cruise ship when there’s a potential pirate attack

While most people on a cruise won't consider piracy unless they find a copy of Treasure Island in the library, it's a very real threat.

Tiritiri Matangi welcomes spring early with kowhai and tui

Spring regularly comes early to Tiritiri Matangi Island as kowhai trees are already smothered in flowers, with tui having a field day.

Kiwi guests at Tauranga backpackers to pay $50 'bad-behaviour bond' after string of incidents

A Tauranga backpackers is making Kiwis pay a $50 "bad behaviour bond" after becoming fed-up with disrespectful guests.

Venezuela, the country airlines hate flying to

Airlines are continuing to pull out of Venezuela, and this time it's not just about trapped cash but a whole series of grievances including staff held up at gun point, luggage theft, poor runway maintenance and low quality jet fuel.

What backpacker travel was like in the 90s compared to now

Xennials are a weird generation – too young to be pessimistic Gen-Xers, but too old to be flaky Millennials. We're not the social media generation, but we know how to use it. Some of us got in before the property market boomed – some of us did not.

Belgian town cooks giant, 10,000-egg omelette amidst contamination scare

A Belgian town honoured its 22-year-old tradition of making a giant omelette on Tuesday amidst an egg contamination scare, cooking 10,000 eggs in a pan four metres wide.

​Kiwis in flight: We go inside Obama's luxury Bali villa

Do you want to holiday like the Obamas?

So, you just found out you're a Kiwi in Australia's parliament? We can help

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

'To our Jewish guests please shower': A Swiss hotel singles out Jews

A small Swiss hotel has caused outrage after posting a sign asking "Jewish guests" to shower before using the swimming pool.

Flight attendant shares horror stories of drunk passengers, airline calls for alcohol curb

With the number of arrests for drunken air behaviour on the rise, flight attendants have to deal with more than you can imagine.

Watch: Timelapse shows how engineers replace a five-tonne aircraft engine in 24 hours

Just hours before this plane flew across the Atlantic, engineers were called in to replace it.

Man, woman, gay: Italian hotel lambasted over toilet signs

An Italian hotel has been lambasted for having a separate toilet for gay people.

The Trip to Spain: Moore fun in tasty third helping of Brydon, Coogan comedy

The Trip to Spain   Directed by Michael Winterbottom ★★★★ Reviewed by James Croot

Cruise ship with go-kart track, laser tag and water slide that goes over ocean

It isn't the first time a Norwegian Cruise Line ship has added a go-kart track to its amenities, but the one on board the new Florida-bound Norwegian Bliss will be the biggest.

Wacky places that make New Zealand famous around the world

From a bridge to nowhere, to the longest single-word place name in the world, New Zealand has some weird and wonderful marvels. 

My fascination with China: Ancient, confusing and on the rise

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