Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

‘Waking up at first light you lifted the edge of the canvas wall and there you were, lying on the...


Capturing the first colours of the day at Te Mata Peak. © anupamhatui
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Te Angiangi Marine Reserve

Te Angiangi Marine Reserve protects a piece of the central Hawke’s Bay coast, and is a great spot for diving and snorkelling. Read the story . . . 

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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.  Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about Cape Kidnappers, the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Te Mata Peak

The story about how Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay came to be and how it came to resemble the recumbent figure of a man so closely, is nearly as picturesque as the little town of Havelock North beneath it. Read the story . . . 

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Dunedin: a cradle made of sea

The clatter and clang of the container terminal, red and green lights forming a path to the sea through the harbour, shags drying their wings on the transoms of fishing boats, glistening surf beaches and the lingering feel of the hundreds of years of history. Bill Morris loves Dunedin's West Harbour.  Read the story . . . 

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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. Read the story . . . 

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A road less travelled

Johanna Bennett takes the road less travelled from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui. On the way back, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga are on the itinerary.  Read the story . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail . . . Read the story . . . 

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