Our favourite family-friendly beaches

Packing the car full of kids, stuff and maybe the dog can be an ordeal, but the hardest part is...


Sand castles on the beach © Lazing Bee

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Lake Taupo: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about the lake in this part of the world.

Southern Lakes: a place for all seasons

In the constellation of New Zealand’s most scenic places and star attractions, the Southern Lakes region burns so bright that,...

Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you are looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies here.

Franklin: coast to coast charm

'There's no end of things to do in the "White City".'

Auckland’s West Coast: rugged beauty

Say what you like about Auckland city and its residents, you’ve got to admit that both are blessed with the...

Kapiti Coast: from frowning bluffs to ancient rivers

Others may regard it as a place to die in, but those who live on the Kapiti Coast will tell...

Whangarei: hills and harbours

A long, winding, tidal harbour overshadowed by rugged volcanic cones, Whangarei is a place of many meanings.

Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way...

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...


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