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Our hearts and thoughts are with Kaikoura. © Chris Adam

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Westland: land of ice dragons

Adventurist and author Paul Hersey spent two years living in the remote coastal settlement of Okarito, at a time of finding his feet and starting over. And for that, the Coast proved the perfect place. 

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Out and about > Art and culture

Le Ride: Phil Keoghan’s amazing race

Film critic Sarah Watt talks to Phil Keoghan about his epic attempt, documented in Le Ride, to recreate the original route taken by the first Antipodean team of the 1928 Tour de France, widely acknowledged as the toughest tour in history.

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Lake Tekapo: shimmering beauty

Storyteller John McCrystal explores the great high-tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region that are collectively known as the Mackenzie Country or the Mackenzie Basin (named after a stockman, by the way, who drove 1000 head of sheep this way in 1855).

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New Zealand produce: fresh is best

Passionate foodie Delaney Mes believes fresh is best and that is undoubtedly the case when it comes to fresh New Zealand produce: it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer.

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

Dyed-in-the-wool surfer Paul Hersey knows that surfing the heartbeat of the ocean’s surface is to merge with nature in all of her creative spectacular . . . and he wants you to join in.

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Writer Tracey Wogan and her family are stoked to have escaped the urban rat race and currently revel in Hawke’s Bay, a place that isn’t on the way to anywhere and requires deliberate choice to discover its delights. 

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Things I love about Dunedin

Take a trip to see the albatross of Otago Peninsula or discover the glory and tragedy of Olveston . . . 

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Things I love about Christchurch

Enjoy new spots to people watch on the Avon and do a tiki tour of the street art bringing vibrancy, life and energy to the inner city . . .

Where the city runs out, Rodney begins . . . This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast.

Orewa beach has regained its soul. © Deniz Unlusu

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Crowne Plaza Auckland

Crowne Plaza Auckland is an award-winning Auckland hotel located in the heart of the city. We offer the perfect balance of superior comfort, person...

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Discovery Settlers Hotel Whangarei

The hotel is set amongst landscaped gardens offering a range of refurbished accommodation & FREE unlimited WiFi and is the perfect base for explori...

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VR Rotorua Lake Resort

Located on the shores of beautiful Lake Rotoiti, and just 15 minutes drive from central, lies VR Rotorua Lake Resort Accommodation, known for its i...

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Larnach Lodge

Discover New Zealand's only castle, built in 1871 by William Larnach, merchant baron and politician, still privately owned and cared for. Featuring...

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park  but it really has to be seen to be believed. 

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Whale Watching

It’s all about the shelving. Not that buckled bench in the caravan, but the Hikurangi Trench.

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Eat Crayfish in Kaikoura

So, in Maori, kai means food and koura means crayfish. Right.

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Bluff Oyster Festival

See, it’s that whole food in situ thing again.