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Camping country

John McCrystal gets a little misty-eyed about life under canvas . . . 

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Get outside: handstanding Auckland

In the first of our 'get outside' series, we meet athlete Marcos Albornoz who showcases Auckland's powerhouse mix of epic  outdoor workout spaces. 

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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 New Zealand produce: it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer.

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Writer and passionate sailor Sarah Ell thinks we should all dedicate some time to messing about in boats this summer . . . 

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A book at hand: reading your way around New Zealand

Ever wonder what to read when you hit the road? Nicola Legat, publisher and chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, explores New Zealand through the books that are most beloved in our ever-blossoming literary landscape.

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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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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...

Storyteller and author John McCrystal talks hippes, art, food and wine in the Coromandel.

A fine and blessed sight on Coromandel Peninsula. © bb_1

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‘Good evening Wellington! How ya doinnnnnnnnnn!!!’

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The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

The good thing about the Beehive is as soon as you see it, you know what it is.

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Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, packs an awful lot into a relatively small (less than 2.6 square...

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Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

‘We’ll pitch our tent/on Kapiti Rock,’ sang one of this country’s finest singing sons, mariner and musician Andrew Fagan.

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Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

Paul Hersey loves the toughness of the West Coast. The way civilisation in this part of the world has only chiselled a few narrow paths into and through the landscape, and how the elements — the wind, the rain and the ocean  are always trying to claim that land back.

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Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

Storyteller and happy traveller John McCrystal discovers that the most rewarding direction in which to approach the Hokianga is from the south along State Highway 12, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route that features the great Waipoua and the Trounson kauri forests.


Southern Scenic Route: a different way of life

Michael Larsen explores the Southern Scenic Route, a drive of unparalleled beauty and an almost contradictory mix of dense woodlands and wild, open southern coast.

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Hamilton: what’s not to love?

We who drive across any of the city’s six bridges that link east to west, writes Aimie Cronin, will check in on the river below and report our findings to people who are indoors, saying one of two things: 'river’s up' or 'river’s low'. 

South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato of Tirau, a place that peeps out from the strong arms of Kiwi farming country.

Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great


Writer Aimie Cronin explores the golden land and ripe green grasses of Waitomo.