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Mama Holiday

Mama Holiday: Top ten family destinations

TRACEY SPICER Here are my top 10 family destinations, and five that need some work.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: berthing pains

Sally Macmillan Is Sydney in danger of losing its celebrated status as Australia's most important cruise port?

Six of the best: In-suite plunge pools

INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT AND SPA, FIJI

Sheriden Rhodes Love seats, private dinners under the stars, and a superlative spa are all par for the course.

New Zealand

Queenstown heli-skiing: The sexiest way to travel to the slopes

A helicopter will be on hand to deliver you from your luxury boat to the backcountry every day.

Craig Tansley Helicopters, perfect powder and luxury yachts await, writes Craig Tansley.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: here comes Cruise Week

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Sally Macmillan The third National Cruise Week starts next Monday, with cruises worth $100,000 up for grabs.

New Caledonia

New Caledonia: three colours bleu

Sheriden Rhodes New Caledonia's latest five-star resort has plenty to offer travellers looking to step-up the comfort levels, writes Sheriden Rhodes.

Six of the best: Cool hotel and resort bars

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The Rocks Bar, Vomo Island Resort, Fiji

Ute Junker Even in New York, where it's all about the new and the now, there's room for the classics.

Cruising

Cruising Fiordland: Sights and Sounds

The Persian Gardens with steam rooms.

Natasha Dragun Cruising Fiordland offers vistas and experiences land-based tourists can't match.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: Wave Season

Rhapsody of the Seas - Royal Caribbean International

Sally Macmillan Spring begins on September 1 and soon after that, the 2014-15 Wave Season kicks off.

Wildlife

Responsible wildlife tourism: Close encounters

Playful Killers

David Whitley There are ways to see animals up close without alarming them or yourself, writes David Whitley.

Q&A

Famous flyer: Shaynna Blaze

Nina Karnikowski My first major overseas trip, which was to a girlfriend's wedding at Hydra in the Greek islands.

The Tripologist

Should we hire a car on a cruise to Hawaii?

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Michael Gebicki Hiring a car is a great idea - you can tailor your travels to your own interests.

Global

The world's must-visit buildings

New York May 2011. The Flatiron Building, or Fuller Building, as it was originally called, is located at 175 Fifth Avenue in the borough of Manhattan, New York City and is considered to be a groundbreaking skyscraper. Upon completion in 1902 it was one of the tallest buildings in the city and the only skyscraper north of 14th Street. The building sits on a triangular island block formed by Fifth Avenue, Broadway and East 22nd Street, with 23rd Street grazing the triangle's northern (uptown) peak. It anchors the south (downtown) end of Madison Square, and the north (uptown) end of the Ladies' Mile Historic District. Photo Ross Duncan

Katrina Lobley The buildings around the world you must visit, according to the experts.

Mama Holiday

Mama Holiday: travelling with big families

Tracey Spicer The time has come to just say it - the travel industry is failing large families.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: world cruises are changing

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Sally Macmillan A world cruise used to be straightforward: get on a ship, sail around the world, then get off.

Hotels

Six of the best: Bora Bora resorts

Le Meridien Bora Bora: Although not as luxurious as some resorts, Le Meridien stands out for its location. It feels remote, perched on a large island at the southern end of Bora Bora's lagoon. Overwater bungalows have glass floors that mesmerise with glimpses of passing tropical fish. The resort also has its own mini-lagoon. Just wade into the shallow water and swim among hawksbill turtles. An educational program teaches guests more about these increasingly endangered creatures. At sunset, sit at the Miki Miki Bar and find the perfect cocktail spot.

Brian Johnston Brian Johnston investigates the best resorts on Tahiti's wincingly expensive Bora Bora.

Fiji

Just like paradise: The lesser-visited islands of Fiji

In the Fijian tropics.

Caroline Gladstone Caroline Gladstone encounters life in the lesser-visited islands of Fiji.

New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing: The best day walk in New Zealand

Emerald Lakes on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park, North Island, New Zealand.

Andrew Bain The North Island's extraordinary landscapes are constantly transforming, writes Andrew Bain.

Cruising

The Cruise Director: Christmas cruises

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Paul Gauguin cruise ship. Photograph supplied. SHD TRAVEL JULY 15 CRUISE.

Sally Macmillan Cruising around Australia during the Christmas holidays is becoming more popular.

New Zealand

The French connection

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Kristie Kellahan discovers the story behind a proudly Gallic town on New Zealand's South Island.