New Zealand, a place for all seasons . . .

Cromwell in Autumn. © Southern Lightscapes Australia

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Central Auckland: bustling, beautiful, always beguiling

Auckland. Our diverse and buzzing supercity attracts lovers of good food, good beaches and hearty adventures in the great outdoors.

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Some volcanoes are stroppier than others. A stroll on Mount Eden, for example, feels safe. A poke around on the flanks of Whakaari — White Island — by contrast, does not writes John McCrystal. 

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Loved by the locals: Southern Lakes

From film festivals and markets to MTB and a celebration of colour, Southern Lakes has something for everyone . . . 

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Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle, surrounding the beautiful Mount Taranaki.

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Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the North Island it hits is Cape Palliser. And like every other spot where land and sea come to serious blows, the cape is spellbindingly magical.

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Writer Tracey Wogan and her family are stoked to have escaped the urban rat race and currently revel in Hawke’s Bay, a place that isn’t on the way to anywhere and requires deliberate choice to discover its delights. 

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Where the city runs out, Rodney begins . . . This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast.

Orewa beach has regained its soul. © Deniz Unlusu

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Dunedin city: islands in the flow

Writer and filmmaker Bill Morris recommends hunting out the stayers when you visit Dunedin, the ones who guard a poorly kept secret — that this is is one of the world’s great cities, without the traffic and with all the natural splendours of ten other cities. 

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Loved by the locals: South Auckland

Why not bag yourself a bargain while you are out and about in South Auckland? Located on Roscommon Road in Manurewa,...

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier.

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Must-Do's Queenstown: New Zealand's adventure capital

Queenstown Hill, just out of town, is more than worth a peek, and you can make its peak in an hour if you get a wriggle on, and check out the series of information panels showcasing the past, present and predicted future of this stunning part of the world.

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TranzAlpine: the rail journey considered one of the best in the world

Feast on one breath-taking view after another as you travel from Christchurch to Greymouth on one of the greatest rail journeys in the world, drinking in rolling farmland, snow-capped mountains, deep gorges, serene, ice-fed rivers and lush rainforests, all from the comfort of your seat.

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Buller Gorge: swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon

Stop off on State Highway 6 and swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon below where you can zipline your way across the gorge, raft white water rapids, jump on a jet boat or experience our longest swingbridge spanning the mighty Buller River.

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The Grand Traverse: stunning, jaw-dropping, spellbinding, and the rest . . .

The Grand Traverse is a spectacular scenic flight that explores the Aoraki Mt Cook and Westland Tai Poutini national park, covering about 200km of unforgettable scenery.