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Wellington: Arty, indie, and more than a little bit Hobbity

With Peter Jackson's next epic due this winter, Christopher Wakling goes on a pilgrimage to the laid-back capital of New Zealand
Coast along: Apollo Bay is the start of the walk

Great Ocean Walk, Australia: Victoria's victorious finale

The recently-completed long-distance route traces the state's spectacular coastline, says Beverley D'Silva
Spirit level: Taketomi beach

Japan's Yaeyama isles: Pearls of the Pacific

These sub-tropical islands offer a serene alternative to the cities, says Graeme Green – though a new airport may change things
Go in peace: W Retreat and Spa

Five ways to enjoy Bali

With its renowned surf, serene temples and wild interior, the Indonesian island offers tranquillity and adventure

Vine time: Napa Valley

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A crop of music festivals in the Napa Valley is drawing a wider crowd of visitors up to the renowned vineyards of northern California. Gemma Price raises a toast
Wheel deal: the New Zealand Cycle Trail takes in epic scenery

On your bike for an epic mountain adventure in New Zealand

Use two wheels to experience the stunning scenery, then add electricity – or a helicopter – for even bigger ups and downs, suggests Christopher Wakling
Rocks and a hard place: the West MacDonnell Ranges

The Larapinta Trail: On the move in the wild heart of Australia

Mark Rowe samples a section of the Larapinta Trail which stretches from Alice Springs to the West MacDonnell Ranges, through rugged Red Centre scenery.

In the dock: Darwin harbour

A slice of Darwin: High Times in Australia's Top End city

A hop across from Indonesia, Mark Rowe finds a tropical metropolis with enticing galleries, temples and a majestic harbour

From Windjana (pictured), Lennard, Bell and Adcock's to Manning, Mt Barnett and Galvan's, each has a unique character and all have sublime swimming holes

Traveller's Guide: Western Australia

With empty beaches, captivating landscapes and a rich pioneer heritage, the biggest state in the nation offers adventure, intrigue and fine wine. By Nick Redmayne

Shore leave: a sunset stroll

Good vibrations in Byron Bay

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', be the first to catch the Australian sunrise, then re-align your chakras on the shores of New South Wales's blissed-out beach retreat

Observing the birds: these Gentoo penguins are part of a scientific study to see if human interaction affects their breeding success

Antarctic cruise: The sound of silence on a voyage to the White Continent

In the company of a veteran scientist for the British Antarctic Survey, Paul Bignell encounters choppy seas, curious wildlife and the bewildering sight of the never-setting summer sun

Vintage classic: the 1930's National Tobacco Company

Napier, New Zealand: From rubble to riches

Trail of the unexpected: Rebuilt in the 1930s after an earthquake, Napier's architecture fascinates

Vibrant Guangzhou

5 ways to... enjoy an exotic stopover on the way to Australia

Adjust your body clock and explore an exciting city en route, says Simon Calder

Green belt: one of the city's extensive parks

48 Hours In: Melbourne

Australia's green and cosmopolitan bayside city is in bloom with open-air cinemas, al fresco cafés and cycle trails that lead to seaside suburbs, says Cal Flyn

Designs on the shoreline: Mona

Finding the art in Hobart

In this week's Lonely Planet 'Great Escape', Tasmania's capital city reveals a new cultural confidence that sits happily alongside its rugged reputation

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