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Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

Kayak the coastline of Abel Tasman, our smallest national park, and enjoy this absolute giant of exquisite sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal clear streams and exquisite sandy beaches.

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Rangitikei: a place to stretch the legs and enjoy life off the beaten track

Photographer, author and adventurer Nick Allen explores Rangitikei and the beauty hidden just beneath the surface and off the beaten track.

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Things to do > Out and about

Five of the best: family-friendly beaches in the South Island

Rhys James explores the best family-friendly beaches  in the South Island that offer up a bunch of great things to do beyond surf and sand.

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Things to do > Food and drink

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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Te Paki sand dunes: seriously steep, seriously fun

As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki Stream, are some seriously steep and seriously fun sand dunes.

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Loved by the locals: Dunedin city

Writer and filmmaker Bill Morris recommends cosy bars, markets and must-do hot spots for foodies in Dunedin city. 

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Alcala Motel Dunedin
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Gary Perreau would like to extend a very warm welcome to Alcala Motor Lodge. Stay in our cozy, friendly and affordable motel, centrally located nea...

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Alpine View Motel

12 spacious ground-floor studio, 1-bedroom and family motel apartments, fully self-contained, 2 full access units. Close to Whale Watch office, tow...

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Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park

After spending a busy day visiting the attractions of the Wellington region, escape to Wellington's only Top 10Holiday Park. Our spacious grounds w...

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Accommodation > Backpackers

YHA Auckland City

Free WiFi for YHA members! This is the ideal hostel in which to start or finish your New Zealand adventure. Combine the excitement of the city with...

Film critic Sarah Watt explores how movies put New Zealand on the map — and how it can be something of a blessing and a curse that, nowadays, most people immediately think of The Lord of the Rings when it comes to local cinema.

Dear old Gollum and his 'juicy sweet fishes' at Wellington Airport. © Hagen Hopkins / Stringer

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Cape Palliser: the wild, windblown promontory that is the southernmost tip of the North Island

Climb the steps of Cape Palliser lighthouse and immerse yourself in the rugged charm of Ngawi fishing village, home to the charming lotto pirate ship and the North Island's southernmost point, where there are more tractors hauling crayfish boats in and out of Cook Strait than people.

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Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see.

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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.