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Dunedin city: islands in the flow

Writer and filmmaker Bill Morris thinks that in Dunedin you should hunt out the stayers, the ones who guard a poorly kept secret — that Dunedin is one of the world’s great cities, without the traffic, and with all the natural splendour of ten other cities. 

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The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf have been home to humans for up to a thousand years says writer Sarah Ell...

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A book at hand: a reader’s guide to travelling in New Zealand

You never know who you'll meet when reading a book while travelling, writes Nicola Legat...

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New Zealand produce: fresh is best

They say that 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 writes Delaney Mes.

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

Surfing the heartbeat of the ocean’s surface is to merge with nature in all of her creative spectacular writes adventurer and author Paul Hersey.

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Climbing: facing your fear

The first time I tied into a climbing rope my hands shook and my heartbeat rattled like a coffee grinder in a busy café writes adventurer and author Paul Hersey.

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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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Bluff Oyster Festival

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

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Cheese Rolls

Food in situ. It’s a simple pleasure, but one not to be overlooked. Context is all in all matters culinary.

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Larnach Castle

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been on Facebook.

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Loved by the locals: South Auckland

Why not bag yourself a bargain while you are out and about in South Auckland? Located on Roscommon Road in Manurewa,...

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Summer in Anaura Bay

Anaura Bay, late summer, twelve old friends toast the sunset believing we are among the most blessed on the planet.

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Loved by the locals: Southern Lakes

From film festivals and markets to MTB and a celebration of colour, Southern Lakes has something for everyone . . .