Yellowstone might be the oldest and the best known, but the United States is full of other incredible national parks both on and off the beaten track. As the USA's National Park Service prepares to celebrate its centenary next year, PAM JONES takes a look at some of the most visited and lesser known parks in the American wilderness.
Beginner's luck turned into a supreme award for Hamilton designer Louise Cook at last weekend's WoolOn fashion show, where a hand woven, Japanese inspired piece took out the top prize.
Sun, surf and sangria make for a perfect Portuguese summer in Peniche, where a humble fishing village has been launched on to the international stage. Pam Jones reports.
Pam Jones soaks up the flavours of a little-known cuisine as she picks her top 10 of honest, home-style Portuguese food and wine.
Maniototo school pupils are known for punching above their weight in a variety of areas, but a recent trend is putting them yet another cut above.
American Samoa is a little-known island paradise that holds much for both the intrepid and easy-going traveller. Pam Jones takes a look at the blend of histories and cultures in the only United States territory south of the equator.
A wildflower landscape colours springtime Western Australia amid outback pubs, ghost towns and new and old mining areas. PAM JONES takes a wander through one of the region's most famous seasons.
Western Australia's Swan Valley is set to host a landmark event that builds on the region's reputation for fine wine accompanied by food with a humane twist. PAM JONES takes a look at a valley that is making headlines for its ethical bent.
The state of Texas will be further opened up to New Zealanders with the beginning of direct Air New Zealand flights to Houston in December. Pam Jones looks at six of the best in the cowboy state.
Broadcaster Ewing Stevens has hung up his microphone after decades of communicating with a nationwide congregation. Pam Jones talks to the talkback host about night-time confidences and a church career that gave rise to worldwide attention, death threats and bike rides with a difference.
Most people visit Alaska's "back and beyond'' scenery and experiences in the northern summer, but winter is when the real Alaska comes to the fore. PAM JONES looks at the sub-zero, shoulder season attractions in the wilderness state.
Hawaii continues to deliver incredible island adventures, whether you are into adventure or in relaxation mode. PAM JONES looks at some of the best things to do on its spectacular islands.
The cluster of downtown neighbourhoods in Los Angeles keeps turning up surprises and there are new things afoot further afield as well. PAM JONES looks at some of the areas to explore in the city of angels.
An out-of-town, off-duty policeman is being investigated for alleged unlawful hunting in Central Otago, following complaints from several farmers.
It started out as a ‘‘leisurely garden''. But more than 1000 heritage rose varieties later, Murray Radka's Springvale property has grown into a living archive of international renown. Pam Jones reflects on the changing seasons of Brandy Hill.
Pam Jones rediscovers vibrant, edgy Camden Town while mulling over music and Mohawks on the pavements of London.
Simple is good, say Clyde couple Bill Nagle and Corinne Ebisu, who have shunned conventional architecture to honour the principle of "enough'' in their small Central Otago home.
Jamies Jewellers is believed to be the longest consecutive family-owned and operated jewellery business operating in New Zealand. Pam Jones talks to fifth-generation owners Rachel and Clyde Vellacott.