Rugged plains stretch out towards the mountains, which the road eventually begins to climb. That's when the trouble started.
For some, an island holiday is never enough. Six Australian expatriates share why it's impossible to leave these paradises.
Find out what is Central Otago's best kept secret from chef Pete Gawron.
Look beyond Queenstown's mountain backdrop and you'll find an ever-burgeoning food and wine scene.
By day, the ocean off Fiji's second-largest island of Vanua Levu is a bright and sun-licked playground, filled with fish whose scales are painted in stripes and swirls and dots of colour. But night comes, sucking the light from the sea and turning it into a dark and inky cauldron.
Blue lagoons and mystic mountains are just part of the allure of French Polynesia.
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Not everyone likes an overnight flight, but this one offers a spectacular sight on landing.