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US airline rewards ugly Christmas jerseys

Time to dust off that ugly Christmas jumper your nanna knitted for you.

Tell us about your favourite beach in New Zealand

Summer may have started early and we'd love to know your favourite New Zealand beach spots.

Going a little loco as historic steam train back on track for new era

A very special steam train is back on track and back to its former glory after years of neglect. Reporter Paula Hulburt takes a look back at Donald's epic journey.

Driver blacklists and hi tech solutions to prevent visitor crashes

Rental car companies may extend a black listing scheme to keep bad tourist drivers off the road and there are hopes new technology will eventually help prevent crashes. 

International aviation organisation opposes proposed tourist tax

The international aviation industry has come out against a proposed tourist levy saying airlines should not be saddled with the extra costs involved in collecting it.  

Insider tip: Sri Lanka

When researching where to go for my recent trip, my only criteria were: somewhere with adventure and somewhere intrepid.

US airline boots breastfeeding woman from plane

A woman making a long-planned trip with her parents and young son says Spirit Airlines kicked the family off the US plane when she didn't immediately stop breastfeeding the 2-year-old, who was restless after a long delay.

Sunshine wages: fact or fiction?

Marlborough is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand, but are the region's workers sacrificing salary for the extra sunshine?

Australia adventure travel trips: The 10 most epic journeys

There's adventure to be had in Australia. Serious adventure.

As overtourism swamps Amsterdam, Dutch capital pushes back

A group of cyclists slams on the brakes as a man pushing a wheeled suitcase stops abruptly in the middle of a busy bike path in downtown Amsterdam to pick up a toiletries bag he dropped.

Where to go if... You hate Christmas

If you're hoping the Grinch will steal Christmas this year, it may pay to be a bit more proactive. 

Watch: Bird strike caught on camera

WARNING: Graphic video may offend some viewers. The moment a bird unfortunately flies into a plane engine has been caught on camera.

Snow wreaks havoc on travellers in Britain

Snow and wintry weather are still wreaking havoc on travellers in Britain, with flights cancelled, roads sheathed in ice and rail travel disrupted on Monday .

Great Barrier Island: Dark Sky delight so close to the SuperCity

There are gasps around me in the darkness and someone exclaims: "Did you all see that?! Another shooting star!"

Tāwharanui - integrating conservation, recreation and farming

Nestled in the nīkau forest of Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary, it's hard to believe you're little more than an hour from Auckland City's hustle.

The colour not to wear when shark diving

A US tourist recently died following a shark incident at Cocos Island, Costa Rica. Rohina Bhandari was bitten by a tiger shark during a scuba dive and passed away at the scene despite efforts to treat her wounds.

Gramado, Brazil: Where Christmas starts in October, in springtime

Brazilian newlyweds Júlia and Marcos Muniz found what they were looking for when they picked Gramado for their honeymoon: peace, quiet and a refreshing break from the heat and humidity back home in Rio de Janeiro.

A sacred Japanese island juggles secrecy and survival in the modern world

Okinoshima is a sacred island in the Sea of Japan, shrouded in mystery and strewn with ancient treasures.

Travel in the age of 'permanxiety'

Travel involves a lot of conflicting emotions. You're excited about your trip, looking forward to relaxing, reconnecting with loved ones or sightseeing.

How an aircraft seat is made: Take a top-secret tour

It's noon and I'm enjoying a nap, fully stretched out on my extremely comfortable bed-in-the-air – cocooned from the rest of the business class cabin by the protective, lightweight, composite-fibre shell.

Qatar Airways jet bursts into flames during maintenance

A Qatar Airways plane may have to be written off after being damaged by an extensive fire while undergoing maintenance.

Pilot holiday computer glitch could cost American Airlines $14.6 million

A computer error that gave too many American Airlines pilots approval to take holiday during the Christmas travel season is expected to cost the world's biggest carrier about US$10 million , an industry expert said.

Snow disrupts road, air travel in England

Snow is causing travel disruptions across central England and northern Wales, grounding flights, shutting down roads and causing traffic accidents.

A Memphis of many moods: Rub shoulders with music and civil rights

The cotton ginners​ were in town the night I visited BB King's Blues Club in the heart of Beale Street. The original Beale Street Blues Boy plied the street for nickels and dimes in the late 1940s, likely never dreaming his name would one day adorn a neon sign advertising his own club.

Eruption of Mt Agung affecting tourism industry in Bali

The eruption of Bali's Mt Agung is affecting its tourism industry, the New York Times reports.

48 hours in New York: Hip-hop, high lines & soul food

Ah New York! The Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central Park - every first-timer to the "city that never sleeps" has a long list of attractions to tick off. In a city that hosted 60.5 million visitors last year, it's easy to follow the crowds and default to ...

A Memphis of many moods: Rub shoulders with music and civil rights

The cotton ginners​ were in town the night I visited BB King's Blues Club in the heart of Beale Street. The original Beale Street Blues Boy plied the street for nickels and dimes in the late 1940s, likely never dreaming his name would one day adorn a neon sign advertising his own club.

Feel the burn in fitness-friendly LA

Nothing says Los Angeles like being greeted at Venice Beach by a giant Austrian sporting an eight-pack who dreams of being a famous actor.

Six of the best under the radar sights in Santa Monica


Expat tales: On the right track in Singapore

What inspired your move, and how long have you been there?

Squeeze in a spot of sightseeing in South Korean city of Seoul

Las Vegas, USA: It's more than just casinos

Not interested in gambling? Not much interested in bright lights, nightclubs and all-night parties? You might think Las Vegas is not for you. You might be wrong.

World famous in New Zealand: Jamming at the Space Place

Space exploration is a fascinating subject – traversing the infinite to solve the mystery that's the universe.

'Severe disturbance' incidents on commercial flights climb

Fewer passengers became unruly on commercial flights last year, but more of those incidents involved serious behaviour problems such as fighting or threatening passengers and crew members, an airline trade group says. 

Kiwi challenge: Is your camping etiquette up to scratch?

Freedom campers have become a nationwide punching bag. Dirty. Speedy. Inconsiderate. Tight. You don't have to ask around too long to find somebody willing to put the boot in. Of course, you'd never be as dirty as them: rubbish goes in bins, poos go in loos – we all know that. However, ...

Get out and about to sample Kiwi cuisine worth travelling for

New Zealand's culinary scene is growing fast with great spots popping up around the country.

Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka, Northland: New Zealand's best snorkelling

Not many Kiwis realise we've got a little group of islands in our own backyard that's home to tropical waters and incredible snorkelling - where even whale sharks occasionally pop in for a visit.

Air New Zealand to reschedule more flights following Dreamliner engine faults

Air New Zealand will delay and cancel more international flights over the coming weeks due to engine faults on its Dreamliners. 

Travel Quiz: The Week That Was

It's been another busy week here at #teamtravel with Air NZ engine woes, a chateau saved from demolition, a possible Kiwi Orient Express, and the cutest travelling cat and dog ever.

Hong Kong billionaire businessman plans to build $3m Pukaki lakeside lodge on Crown land

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Photos: Air NZ’s damaged 787 engine

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Air New Zealand's fleet worries likely to only be a fleeting reputation worry

Problems with Rolls-Royce engines on Air New Zealand's Boeing 787-9 fleet are unlikely to cause any long-term damage to the reputation of the airline or New Zealand as a tourist destination.

John Travolta will fly prized Boeing 707 to Australia

Hollywood star John Travolta has confirmed he'll be on board the Boeing 707 aircraft he's donating to Australia's Historical Aircraft Restoration Society .

Chinese flight attendant suspended for eating leftover meals

A Chinese flight attendant has been suspended after she was filmed eating leftover meals.

Kayak tour offers a river view of Christchurch's red zone

Plenty of Christchurch residents walk, run or cycle through the city's largely abandoned red zone, but few get to see it from water level.

Senegal opens new international airport with economic hopes

Senegal's new international airport was opening its runways on Thursday  as the West African country hopes to become a travel hub for the region.

Drinking, punching, shouting: Air rage is getting uglier

Air rage is getting uglier.

Company behind luxury train plan says Kiwirail has been 'hugely constructive'

The company behind a planned luxury train service travelling the length of New Zealand is adamant that its venture won't require government funding, and says it has received "hugely constructive" support from the state rail operator, Kiwirail.

New Zealand: Being beautiful has its ugly side

OPINION: Sounds of the Kiwi summer: Barbecues igniting, L&P cans opening, lawnmowers rumbling to life, seagulls squawking overhead and, perhaps more recently – jumbo-jets landing, freedom campervans spluttering and our tourist infrastructure creaking under the weight of our own ...

World's 10 best business class airlines

Every year, leading aviation consumer website Skytrax compiles a list of the highest-rated business class offerings.