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20 of the Coolest Tour Experiences Around the World

Viator | Posted 04.15.2014 | Travel

Many people equate the word "tours" with the typical big bus excursions led by flag-toting guides that seen at every major tourist attraction around the world. But not all tours are the same.

A Pleasant Twist -- Screwtops for Fine Wines!

Jay Weston | Posted 04.14.2014 | Los Angeles
Jay Weston

all photos from Laetitia Wines As a food-and-wine reviewer for some 50 years, I have drunk a lot of wine (a...

Lost American Films Found in New Zealand, April, 2014

Connie Lawn | Posted 04.11.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

Some classic, silent American films were preserved by collectors in New Zealand. Thanks to their frugality and sense of history, the films can be seen by the world.

Mountain Climbing On a Whim

Julia Musto | Posted 04.10.2014 | Travel
Julia Musto

There's a Japanese proverb that states, "Fall down seven times; stand up eight." It's safe to say I fell at least 10 times during the climb up and down.

Royals Tour New Zealand and Ruin Family Travel for All of Us

Inga Batur | Posted 04.09.2014 | Celebrity
Inga Batur

But dear Kate, Wills and especially you, you little, cute after more than 20 hours of flight, royal baby, you all ventured onto my territory. So, sorry but you kind of asked for it. Because you have literally, single handedly ruined travel for all the families to come.

Borrowing a Kiwi Burrow: How to Secure a House Sit In New Zealand

Charli Moore | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel
Charli Moore

The warm climate, clean air and wide open spaces all aid in enticing foreigners such as myself half way across the globe, however I just couldn't fathom how I should go about getting an invite into a Kiwi's burrow?

New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries

The Daily Beast | Brandy Zadrozny | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

America isn’t number one this time. Despite having the second-highest GDP on the 132-country list, the U.S. falls shorts on basic human needs, healt...

William and Kate and Six Other Royal Couples Famous for Being Madly in Love

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 04.02.2014 | Weddings
Jeryl Brunner

Three years later, the fervent interest continues with the couple who will one day be King and Queen.

Your Weekly Travel Zen: New Zealand

Posted 03.30.2014 | Travel

This week's Moment of Travel Zen comes to us from Eric Sheper. His photo of Cook's Cove shows the spectacular natural beauty of New Zealand. N...

A Conversation With New Zealander Baritone, Hadleigh Adams

Sean Martinfield | Posted 03.26.2014 | San Francisco
Sean Martinfield

The featured work is Gabriel Kahane's The Memory Palace which will be sung by baritone Hadleigh Adams. I recently met with Hadleigh to talk about this unusual work which deals with emotional connections to physical space.

The Naked and Famous Go Inside Imagine Dragons' Lair

Michael Bialas | Posted 03.29.2014 | Entertainment
Michael Bialas

Can an alternative New Zealand band match the mainstream success of an outfit that escaped Utah and avoided Las Vegas lounge act hell by continuing to beat its own drums until it finally got your attention?

EXPLAINED: Why Giant Birds Suddenly Vanished

| Virginia Morell | Posted 03.18.2014 | Science

For millions of years, nine species of large, flightless birds known as moas (Dinornithiformes) thrived in New Zealand. Then, about 600 years ago, the...

8 Other Great Emerald Isles

Joy Pecknold | Posted 03.17.2014 | Travel
Joy Pecknold

I have nothing but leprechaun love for Ireland, but around St. Patrick's Day it's still a little too chilly there for my liking, which has me dreaming of balmier emerald isles.

ARVD: My Gift

ARVD/C Youth Society | Posted 03.14.2014 | Healthy Living
ARVD/C Youth Society

If it could happen to a professional athlete, it could happen to me. I called the cardiologist the very next day and I was scheduled to have my ICD implanted.

Pizza Hut New Zealand Releases Marmite-Stuffed Crust Pizza

The Huffington Post | Alison Spiegel | Posted 03.11.2014 | Taste

We're afraid.

Climate Change This Week: A Deluge of Droughts, Sinking Islands, and More!

Mary Ellen Harte | Posted 03.07.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Harte

Today, the Earth got a little hotter, and a little more crowded. Daily Climate Change: Global Map of Unusual Temperatures, Mar 6, 2014 How unusua...

'3 Mile Limit'

Connie Lawn | Posted 02.25.2014 | DC
Connie Lawn

A brilliant New Zealand film was screened Friday night in Washington, D.C. It is called "3 Mile Limit" and is based on the true story of the fight to get independent radio onto the airwaves.

Neil Finn's Third Act Begins With the Dream Pop of Dizzy Heights

Kristi York Wooten | Posted 02.18.2014 | Entertainment
Kristi York Wooten

Falsetto is a rock singer's secret weapon. The upper register of a man's voice can transmit a sexy yowl, a vulnerable plea for understanding, or the simple joys of a high melody. In Neil Finn's case, it's all of the above.

REVIEW: Royal New Zealand Ballet at The Joyce

Meghan Feeks | Posted 04.16.2014 | Arts
Meghan Feeks

While dance for dance's sake is not new in ballet, neoclassical works, such as Millepied's, typically make the body an instrument of the music.

14 Heavenly Candy Lands Around the World

Cheapflights | Posted 04.14.2014 | Travel

Think of this as your very own Valentine's Day bucket list of 14 candy kingdoms -- places where you can shop for sugar (and sweet treats) around the world.

New Zealand Criticizes Japan After Whaling Boat Enters Country's Waters

AP | NICK PERRY | Posted 04.12.2014 | Green

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand sharply criticized Japan on Monday for allowing a whaling ship to enter New Zealand's maritime economic z...

'Nichification' and More Alter Mostly Mobile Classifieds

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 04.03.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Here's a new one: 'nichification' in classified advertisements. As if they weren't already categorized into assorted and sundry. Except now they're more than the print variety to which so many of us have grown accustomed.

50 Incredible Travel Destinations to Consider for 2014

Viator | Posted 03.29.2014 | Travel

No, we don't propose that you visit all 50 in a year -- although, hey, that's an admirable goal -- merely that you take these places into consideration when planning your 2014 travels.

The Bachelor's Most Romantic Destinations

Cayla Rasi | Posted 01.26.2014 | Travel

Wedding bells are ringing for the former bachelor Sean Lowe and his bride-to-be, Catherine Giudici. Seriously, those bells sure are ringing -- they're...

Is This Stackable McDonald's Container The Future Of Fast-Food Packaging?

BurgerBusiness | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business

It may be that necessity is the mother of invention, but surely that's not what spawned this meal-holder "condo" idea floated by McDonald's in New Zealand. This makes KFC's new "Go Cup" look like a shanty.