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  • Travel & Leisure

    Sydney's Manly Beach Has Been Named the Seventh Best Beach in the World for 2024

    Tripadvisor's yearly picks also include seven Australian locations and one from NZ on its list of the South Pacific's best beaches.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Now Open: Abstract Is the Karangahape Road Hotel Bringing a Slice of Brooklyn to Auckland

    With sleek, chic but comfortable designs, Abstract is the hotel for the younger generation of guests.

  • Travel & Leisure

    JW Marriott Auckland Has Revealed 40 New Renovated Luxury Rooms — and You Can Be One of the First Guests

    The CBD hotel is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover and you could be one of the first guests to experience it.

  • Travel & Leisure

    What an Airbnb Guest Wants: Christina Aguilera Is Hosting a Luxe Two-Night Las Vegas Stay 

    Ain't no better way to enjoy a trip to Nevada — the pop icon will chat with guests over drinks, then you'll get a burlesque lesson and see her Vegas show.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Your Essential Guide to Hobart

    Make the most of your trip to Hobart, Tassie’s increasingly popular capital city where superb dining and rugged natural beauty meet.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Now Open: Te Arikinui Pullman Hotel Is the First Five-Star Hotel in Auckland Airport's Precinct

    The hotel is a homage to Tainui waka iwi, with stunning Māori designs featured from the exterior of the building to the furniture in the rooms.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Now Open (Again): Tokyo's TeamLab Borderless Digital Art Gallery Is Finally Back on Your Japan Itinerary

    This dazzling must-visit gallery features everything from digital waterfalls to a tea house pouring cuppas adorned with blooming flowers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The 13 Best Hotels In Melbourne

    Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the best hotels in Melbourne will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and pillow menus await.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Calling All Adrenaline Seekers: South Island's Kaikoura Just Launched 600 Metres of Ziplines

    Experience the stunning landscape of this South Island town as you zip through the sky.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Unyoked Has Built Three New Cabins in the Kawakawa Bay Wilderness to Help You Relax and Recharge

    If you're yearning for an escape, heading to a remote cabin called Max, Maia and Lea might just be what you need.

  • Travel & Leisure

    QT Hotels Is Giving Away the Contents of Its Hotel Rooms So You Can Live the Staycation Life at Home

    Stay at or buy a gift card from the chain in February and you could score almost everything in a QT guest room, with one winner in Australia and another in NZ.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Six Best Swimming Holes in Auckland

    Cool off at an inner-city waterfall, a North Shore hidden gem or a crystal lake surrounded by mega sand dunes at these Auckland swimming spots.

  • Travel & Leisure

    NZ by Train, Tasmania and Brisbane Are Three of the Best Places to Go in 2024 According to 'The New York Times'

    The three Down Under destinations feature on a list topped by North America's path of totality, where a total solar eclipse will be take over the skies in April.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Coming Soon: The InterContinental Is Bringing Luxury Accommodation with Breathtaking Views to Auckland's CBD

    A rooftop bar, a Middle Eastern fusion restaurant and stunning views of the Waitematā Harbour — what's not to love?

  • Travel & Leisure

    Tokyo's TeamLab Borderless Digital Art Gallery Is Reopening in February with Dazzling New Installations

    The must-visit Japanese site is moving to Azabudai Hills, complete with new world-premiere works that look like bubbles, jelly and flowers.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Air New Zealand, Qantas and Virgin Australia Have Been Named the World's Three Safest Airlines for 2024

    In the annual global ranking, Jetstar was also named the safest low-cost airline for this year.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Four Budget-Friendly Bali Getaways That You Can Book Right Now

    Jet to this stunning island nation without busting your travel budget.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Five Must-Have Cultural Experiences in Vietnam

    Explore the Land of the Ascending Dragon with this guide.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ho, Ho, Holidays: Santa's Supremely Festive Cabin in Finland Is Available to Book on Airbnb for Free

    Slumber in a winter wonderland adjacent to Santa's Main Post Office in Rovaniemi — elf attire included.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Hobbiton Movie Set Has Opened Its Hobbit Holes to the Public So You Can Step Inside Bagshot Row

    For the past two decades, Hobbiton's hobbit holes have only existed as an external facade — but not anymore.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Air New Zealand's New In-Flight Snacks Include Kiwis' Favourite Cookie, Crunchy Cheese and Feijoa Popcorn

    The NZ airline has revealed its revamped snack menu, whittling down more than 400 choices to just 14.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Auckland's JW Marriott Has Transformed One Suite Into a Christmas Paradise — and It's Open for Bookings

    One of Auckland's most luxurious hotels has given its suite a Christmas makeover.

  • Travel & Leisure

    It's Time to Book the Island Getaway You've Been Dreaming of with These Black Friday Travel Deals

    Been looking for an excuse to book a much-needed holiday? Here you go.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Hotels in Brisbane

    Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the top hotels in Brisbane will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and rooftop pools for days.

  • Travel & Leisure

    United Airlines Is Now Jetting From Auckland to LA — and Launching the First Direct Christchurch-to-US Flights

    New Zealanders now have even more options when it comes to U.S. travel with the launch of three new flights to Los Angeles.

  • Travel & Leisure

    These Airbnb Hosts and Their Stays Were Just Named the Best in Australia and New Zealand for 2023

    These hosts with the most have won some love for a romantic Sunshine Coast retreat, a stay in a 1920s steam train carriage and a Hamurana cabin with an outdoor bath.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Our Guide to the Best Glamping Sites Around Australia

    Stay in luxury tents scattered among remote deserts, lush rainforests and tropical islands at these Australian glamping sites.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Twelve Incredible Australian Islands for When You Want to Get Off the Mainland

    You don't need to travel to Bali or Thailand to have an island holiday — these adventurous and relaxing spots are just off the coast of Australia.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Ten Best Hotels for Swingers

    Here are ten hotels where you can indulge in the universal act of swinging.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Hey Now, You Can Stay (and Go Play) in Shrek's Swamp for a Weekend Thanks to Airbnb

    Donkey is the host of this free fairy tale-inspired getaway in the Scottish Highlands, which is happening in the lead up to Halloween.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Best Hotels in Sydney

    Whether you're vacationing or staycationing, this lineup of the top hotels in Sydney will help you live your best life — fine restaurants, premium spas and unbeatable views across the city await.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Calile in Brisbane Was Just Named Oceania and Australia's Top Spot at the World's Best 50 Hotels 

    Coming in 12th on the World's Best's first-ever hotels list, the Sunshine State drawcard is the only Australian venue to make the cut.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Touring the Lone Star: A Travel Pro's Tips for a Texas Bucket List

    "Part of my heart now lies in the Lone Star State."

  • Travel & Leisure

    Tastes of the Lone Star State: How to Plan A Wine-Fuelled Trip Across Texas

    The Lone Star State has been developing a standout wine scene in secret for far too long.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Where the West Begins: How to Tour the Texas Metropolises of Dallas and Fort Worth

    The international airport hub of Dallas–Fort Worth makes this the ideal starting point for any Texas adventure.

  • Travel & Leisure

    From SXSW to the Best Texan Barbecue: An Essential Guide to Austin

    The Texas state capital boasts standout sights, legendary flavours and a world-class live music scene.

  • Travel & Leisure

    The Heart of Texas History: An Essential Visitor's Guide to San Antonio

    The Alamo City is home to significant historical sites and one of the most photogenic rivers you'll ever see.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Explore Coast to Coast on Heritage-Listed K'gari

    Go from glittering waters to lush rainforests on this idyllic Queensland island, which boasts an array of adventures for the whole family.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ride with Pride Is the Transfer Service That'll Take You Around Queenstown's Winter Pride LGBTQIA+ Festival

    Booking.com is making sure that partygoers get around Queenstown's Winter Pride safely — and look good doing it.

  • Travel & Leisure

    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Are the Latest Celebrities Renting Out Their Guesthouse on Airbnb

    The one catch: you'll need to be in Santa Barbara this weekend, on Saturday, August 19, to enjoy this free stay.

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