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,...


Lake Wanaka at sunrise. © Kathryn Diehm
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Loved by the locals: Rangitikei

Do what the locals do in Rangitikei. 

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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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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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Summer in Anaura Bay

Anaura Bay, late summer, twelve old friends toast the sunset believing we are among the most blessed on the planet.

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Things I love about Christchurch

Enjoy new spots to people watch on the Avon and do a tiki tour of the street art bringing vibrancy, life and energy to the inner city . . .

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

Just south of Oamaru, you’ve got this nice, sandy beach, right, but at a certain point there’s a collection of perfectly round boulders, some smooth-skinned and perfect, others fracturing along buttery veins of quartz, others eroded away to little more than a pile of quartzy rubble.

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Camping country

John McCrystal gets a little misty-eyed about life under canvas . . . 

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Buller: the river without memories

From the northern reaches of the snow-touched mountains near Lewis Pass to the rugged tablelands of Paparoa National Park, the huge and mostly untracked wilderness in Kahurangi National Park and the wide sweep of the coastline, Buller has a beautiful and surprisingly varied landscape.

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South Auckland stroll

If Auckland was the body of a women, South Auckland would be the hands. The maker. The birth place of some of Aotearoa’s greatest sporting and artistic heroes. 

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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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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park  but it really has to be seen to be believed. 

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Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The legend of how the Whanganui River came to be is truly befitting of such a magical place.

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres). 

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Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

Arthur’s Pass National Park lies in the heart of the Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west.

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Fiordland National Park: the eighth wonder

Fiordland National Park is home to what many consider New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction — the breathtaking Milford Sound. You won't be surprised that Rudyard Kipling called it the eighth wonder of the world.

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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park — but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous Heaphy Track, the Oparara Basin complex of limestone caves arches and channels, and 1795m-high Mount Arthur. 

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