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New Zealand produce: fresh is best

Passionate foodie Delaney Mes believes fresh is best and that is undoubtedly the case when it comes to fresh New Zealand produce: it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer.

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

Dyed-in-the-wool surfer Paul Hersey knows that surfing the heartbeat of the ocean’s surface is to merge with nature in all of her creative spectacular . . . and he wants you to join in.

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Cape Reinga Te Rerenga Wairua Lighthouse Walk

Enjoy outstanding panoramic views, see the meeting of two mighty oceans and pay respect to the place where Maori believe the spirits of the dead meet the underworld. 

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Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we Kiwis harbour a national passion for getting back to it  . . . and camping ticks all the boxes.

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Climbing: facing your fear

The first time I tied into a climbing rope my hands shook and my heartbeat rattled like a coffee grinder in a busy café writes adventurer and author Paul Hersey.

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Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The most rewarding direction in which to approach the Hokianga is from the south along State Highway 12, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route that features the great Waipoua and the Trounson kauri forests.

It’s not that long ago that Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema.

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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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The finest of wines

There was a time when New Zealanders could get all the locally-produced wine they wanted, so long as they got it from a handful of diehard Dalmatian winemakers making do with limited viticultural resources and licensing laws that viewed sales of wine to the general public as sly-grogging.

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

By and large, the waters in New Zealand are uniquely well-suited to messing about in boats. There’s not many places where you can’t at least drop in a tinny or launch your dinghy for a quick sail. 

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The Milford Track: the finest walk in the world

The Milford Track has been thrilling hikers for more than 150 years and the scenery is as perfect as ever, complete with valleys carved by glaciers, ancient rainforests and cascading waterfalls.

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Must-do surf breaks

Mad-keen surfer Paul Hersey chooses five of the best surf beaches for Kiwis.

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Le Ride: Phil Keoghan’s amazing race

Film critic Sarah Watt talks to Phil Keoghan about his epic attempt, documented in Le Ride, to recreate the original route taken by the first Antipodean team of the 1928 Tour de France, widely acknowledged as the toughest tour in history.

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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Maori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu, or the campaigns mounted by northern iwi to kick southern iwi butt, and vice-versa.

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Bluff Oyster Festival

See, it’s that whole food in situ thing again.

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Cheese Rolls

Food in situ. It’s a simple pleasure, but one not to be overlooked. Context is all in all matters culinary.

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Larnach Castle

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been on Facebook.

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Olveston House

Designed by a London architect and built in 1904 — well, this was really something.