Sea Kayaks on Beach at dawn, Abel Tasman National Park © Photo Images NZ
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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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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: where the location itself is a treasure

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories, including the ground-breaking Gallipoli: The scale of our war.

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Kapiti Island Nature Reserve: one of the few accessible island nature reserves in the country

Reckon on a kaka landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kakariki, bellbird, robin and saddleback.

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Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tui.

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The Beehive and Parliament Buildings: the heart of Aotearoa's government

Get into the nub of it at all at the end of the day and jump on a free guided tour into the heart of New Zealand’s government at the Beehive in the parliamentary precinct.

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Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade

You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock!