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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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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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench, about 80km off the coast of Kaikoura and 3.5km deep, is a place to see a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including sperm whales, orca, blue whales and humpback whales. 

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Bluff Oyster Festival: unsophisticated and proud of it!

See, it’s that whole food in situ thing again. Where are the internationally renowned delicacy known as Bluff oysters likely to taste best? Bluff, did you say? You’re good at this! Exactly.

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Cheese rolls: the sushi of the south

Come to Southland, or Otago and, more specifically Dunedin, take your feet out of your mouth and pop one of these hot and tasty little blighters in it. You will be, from a cuisine perspective anyway, reborn.

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Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been on Facebook. It stands proud and bold on the highest point of the entire Otago Peninsula.