Ireland: More than bog-standard tramping
Ireland: More than bog-standard tramping

Dingle Peninsula, because of its isolation and less intensive forms of modern farming, has one of the richest concentrations…

Ireland: Raw energy on the Aran Islands
Ireland: Raw energy on the Aran Islands

Jill Worrall takes in the dramatic scenery of Inishmore during a wild-weather cycling trip.

Ireland: Puffins and piety
Ireland: Puffins and piety

Jill Worrall heads across choppy waters to visit a former monastic site on a rocky Irish outcrop.

Bhutan: Royal spotting in the happy kingdom
Bhutan: Royal spotting in the happy kingdom

Jill Worrall encounters Bhutan's affable young king and queen.

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Bhutan: On target in the Himalayas
Bhutan: On target in the Himalayas

Jill Worrall heads to an archery display in Bhutan's isolated Probjika Valley.

Stewart Island: Domain of the birds

Surely I can't be the only New Zealander to arrive on Stewart Island and become hooked on bird watching?

Stewart and Ulva islands: Avian outposts in the south

Stewart Island is not completely predator free but compared with the mainland it is a paradise for our native birds, writes…

Cuba: Swashbucklers ahoy

For about 200 years, from the mid-1500s, pirates, privateers and buccaneers terrorised Cuba, writes Jill Worrall.

Peru: Escaping Machu Picchu's madding crowds
Peru: Escaping Machu Picchu's madding crowds

Jill Worrall finds some solitude around the wildly-popular Incan ruins of Machu Picchu.

Peru: Taking coca tea in the Andes

Cusco, in the Peruvian Andes, was once the capital of the legendary Inca Empire.

Wharariki Beach: A rugged Tasman gem

Jill Worrall takes a hike to one of her favourite West Coast beaches, which used to be something of a well-kept secret.

Golden Bay: Recalling fraught trips over the hill

Golden Bay summers have woven into my memories since I was about 12, when we made our first trip here from Christchurch.

The Catlins: Rare species at home in the wild south

Jill Worrall continues her journey south through the Catlins, the remote coastal region that straddles Otago and Southland…

The Catlins: Discovering a forgotten nugget of NZ
The Catlins: Discovering a forgotten nugget of NZ

Two decades ago it was mostly only Otago and Southland locals who knew about the Catlins, but the secret's…

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