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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 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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Must-do surf breaks

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

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Camping country

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

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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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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.

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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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Volcanoes are a bit like big dogs.

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Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is still known as the City of Sails and this is largely because it has some of the world’s best cruising waters on its doorstep.

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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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Loved by the locals Banks Peninsula

Do what the locals do on the Banks Peninsula.

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Loved by the locals: Dunedin city

Do what the locals do in Dunedin City. 

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Loved by the locals: Central West Coast

Do what the locals do in the Central West Coast. 

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Whale Watching

It’s all about the shelving. Not that buckled bench in the caravan, but the Hikurangi Trench.

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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.