It's one of those uncontrollable factors that leaves travellers at its mercy.
Rachael Oakes-Ash discovers a resort in the land of the long white cloud that's an oddball tribute to the Euro chalet.
Launceston has a sparkle in its step, thanks to all the delicious sparkling wines on the nearby Tamar trail.
Two years after the devastating earthquake, Julietta Jameson visits Christchurch and finds innovation and hope abound.
An astonishing line-up of new attractions awaits globetrotters in 2013, as Belinda Jackson and Julietta Jameson discover in their round-up of the best.
The South Island's largest city is putting the destruction of last year's earthquake behind it.
From the grand estate of Otahuna Lodge, Julietta Jameson views the heritage gardens of the Canterbury region.
As Queensland and New Zealand urge travellers to return, tourism bosses and experts reveal what a recovery will really take in disaster-hit regions.
After being hit by a devastating earthquake in 2011, which closed much of the city centre for two years, Christchurch has made a comeback. New Zealand's second-largest city was rebuilt using innovative designs such as the Cardboard Cathedral that replaced the damaged icon of the city, and the Re:Start mall that features shops inside shipping containers. But the city maintains its English university town-style charm.