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Cook Strait: through one of the world’s roughest stretches of water to spectacular beauty and calm

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi of merit through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty and calm of the Marlbourough Sound.

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Queen Charlotte Track: camp, bike, walk . . . if you can tear your eyes away from the views

Walk or bike between Queen Charlotte and Keneperu sounds and go as hard out or as comfy as you like in this slice of paradise with a seamless network of camping spots, resorts and lodges en route along with water and pack transfers when you need them.

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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve: enchanting rocky gorge

Explore this enchanted, rocky gorge, an easy drive between Blenheim and Nelson, with its crystal clear river and towering, ancient forests where the dwarves and hobbits of The Hobbit floated downstream in their barrels before drifting ashore on to its sandy beach.

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The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf

Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world.

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Te Waikoropupu Springs Scenic Reserve: the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere

Watch the white sand of the lake bed dance in near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere.

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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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Farewell Spit: the longest natural sandbar in the world

Experience the striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach before travelling out along the longest natural sandbar in the world and sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones.

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The Nelson market: homemade with heart and skill

Visit this pure, heartfelt celebration of the creative endeavours of the people of the region and their fine local produce, and love it forever.

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

Experience two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps in this dynamic environment where huge tongues of ice cut through valleys and make for a spectacular sight in the form of the Fox Glacier/Te Moeka o Tuawe and Franz Josef Glacier/Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere.

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Pancake rocks and blowholes: 30 million years in the making

Park up on the main highway at Punakaiki and enjoy an easy 20-minute walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and terrific surge pool. 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Drive five kilometres west of Fox Glacier township and say hallo to Lake Matheson, a photographer’s dream nestled in ancient forest, best viewed at sunrise and sunset when still waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook .

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Okarito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest.

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The Denniston experience: a real ghost-town experience

Tear yourself away from the spectacular views along The Great Coast Road and take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, once home to the richest coal-mining seams and the infamous 45-degree Denniston incline.

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Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean

Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see. 

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Awaroa Beach: the beach we all own

You may well not be aware of it, but we all own this beach. Well, kinda.

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