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Cape Reinga

It’s like a lightning rod for all that is exciting about this wild country.

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Te Paki Sand Dunes

As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki...

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Tane Mahuta

Really? All this fuss about a kauri tree?

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Museum of Waitangi

If you’re a grown-up Kiwi and you haven’t been here yet: shame, bro!

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Koropiro Heritage Park

The tagline for this park is: ‘Be embraced by history’.

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Hokianga Harbour

You come from the south along State Highway 12, you crest the hill and bam!

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Bay of Islands

‘Ka pai’ is Maori for damn good/mighty fine/pretty cool.

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Waiheke Island

The way you get to a place can almost be as much fun as what you do when you get there.

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Climb Rangitoto

Auckland is a city built on volcanoes. Don’t panic or worry, that’s just how it is.

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Matakana Coast

Matakana has gone crazy in the last decade or so: leaps and bounds barely describes it.

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Te Henga Walkway

You ask an ex-pat Aucklander what they most miss about their beloved city and you can guarantee that in their...

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Hot Water Beach

The last time you were told to bring a bucket and spade to the beach was when you were a...

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New Chums Beach

Isn’t that just a key ingredient to a successful holiday? Making new chums?

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Driving Creek Railway

Trains are fun, right, a major thrill for young and old.

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Karangahake Gorge

Not to be confused with Auckland’s famous Karangahape Road, a slip of the ‘k’ and the ‘p’ the difference between...

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Mauao Mount Maunganui

Those enthusiastic travelling types (of which you are clearly one!) always say that the view is worth the climb, but...

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White Island Whakaari

Just in case you felt things were getting a bit, you know, sedate here, the great Kiwi Travelling Experience throws...

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Ohope Beach

Cruise a little further along the coast from the very pleasant town that is Whakatane, and you’ll hit Ohope Beach.

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Hamilton Gardens

You know you’re fully immersed in the whole travel thing when you find yourself spinning around in utter disbelief, asking,...

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Balloons Over Waikato

They get to the point, in this part of the world, but the simple factual accuracy of the name of...

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Pohutu Geyser

Depending on who you believe, ‘Pohutu’ means ‘big splash’, ‘explosion’ or the more gentle ‘constant splashing’.

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Wai-O-Tapu

Described as a ‘thermal wonderland’, Wai-o-Tapu, meaning ‘sacred waters’, is a globally renowned attraction that sits — well, bubbles and...

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Spas and relaxation

A geothermal body wrap? Right this way, ma’am.

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The Redwoods

While we love to celebrate our amazing native trees in Aotearoa — been to see Tane Mahuta, the massive kauri...

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Pacific Coast Highway

‘What’s 300 kilometres?’ is the classic understatement uttered by many a novice as they make their way out of Opotiki...

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Look, we wouldn’t want to oversell it or anything, but the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered to be one of...

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Skydive over Taupo

In our experience, people have one of two reactions to terms like ‘drop zone’ and ‘controlled canopy landing’: abject fear...

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Huka Falls

The sound and the fury, indeed!

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Trout fishing

Myriad tributaries flow into Lake Taupo from waterways that are little more than creeks to mighty, legendary rivers like the Tongariro.

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Wanderlust Festival

This remarkable international event is staged at over half a dozen beautiful sites around the world.

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Timber Trail

The first thing that’ll cross your mind as you criss-cross these phenomenal old trails is: they brought a tram through...

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Forgotten World Highway

Doesn’t that just sound utterly attractive to the intrepid adventurer? Anything ‘forgotten’ demands immediate exploration.

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Chateau Tongariro

You can sense it, really, the pressing of history, as you enjoy a hot beverage by the roaring open fire.

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The Goblin Forest

There be goblins, apparently. Truly? Well, not exactly...

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Len Lye Centre

The legendary Len Lye was a remarkable New Zealand artist, which is saying something in a country that has given...

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New Plymouth's Coastal Walkway

You get the impression that a city forward-thinking enough to open an art-space as epic as the Len Lye Centre...

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WOMAD

World of Music, Arts and Dance, to give WOMAD its full due.

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Hawke’s Bay Wine Trails

You’ll be hard pressed, to slip in a viticultural pun, to find a vineyard that is anything other than an...

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Napier Art Deco Festival

Napier and its outlying towns had to rebuild after the devastating 1931 earthquake.

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Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony

Some things harness and then reflect significant power over the visitor because of their singular majesty: mountains, iconic buildings, Tane Mahuta.

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Bridge to Nowhere

Walk or bike the Kaiwhakauka Track or navigate the Whanganui River to the Mangapurua Landing then take a gentle 40-minute...

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Cape Palliser

This is a freaky part of the world, a wild, windblown promontory that is the southernmost tip of the North Island.

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Campervanning

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the...

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Cook Strait

Blowy enough for ya?! Let’s not beat around the bollard, Cook Strait is one of the roughest and most unpredictable...

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Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Te Papa: its location alone is a treasure.

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Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

‘We’ll pitch our tent/on Kapiti Rock,’ sang one of this country’s finest singing sons, mariner and musician Andrew Fagan.

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Zealandia

Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, packs an awful lot into a relatively small (less than 2.6 square...

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Art and culture

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

By the standards of contemporary architecture, you might think Parliament Buildings are pretty fancy. All that Takaka marble, the pillars, the columns and porticoes are hardly what you’d see on an architect’s easel these days.

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Homegrown

‘Good evening Wellington! How ya doinnnnnnnnnn!!!’

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Queen Charlotte Track

This is becoming a hugely popular walkway, so you’ll need to watch for and be nice to the other folk.

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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve

Not wanting to reduce this delightful little spot to its presence on the big screen, but the Pelorus Bridge, already...

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The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival

In February, it gets pretty damned hot down this way.

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The Nelson Market

You’re standing in a car park, holding in your hand the best sandwich ever: white bread, butter and a whitebait...

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Awaroa Beach

You may well not be aware of it, but we all own this beach. Well, kinda.

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Eat Crayfish in Kaikoura

So, in Maori, kai means food and koura means crayfish. Right.

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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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The Denniston experience

A lot of folk hit Westport and then head south, where the dramatic destinations await: glaciers, mountains, that service station...

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The Lake Matheson Walk

Just a 5km drive west of Fox Glacier — look, you’re in the neighbourhood, you may as well — is...

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Okarito Lagoon

Welcome to New Zealand’s largest unmodified wetland, a natural home for waterbirds galore, who make more than a meal of...

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Buller Gorge

Gorge is right! She just goes down, down, down to that mighty Buller River, as it sets off on its...

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State Highway 6

The Wild West? Fill ’er up at Blenheim, where it says its goodbyes to State Highway 1, and hit the...

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Oparara Basin

This is ancient, ancient land, up here.

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World Buskers Festival

If the title of this startling event has you thinking of folksy folk united and assembled in a be-sandalled mass...

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Hanmer Springs

The country’s very own Alpine sanctuary, more Swiss Alps than Southern Alps, Hanmer Springs vies in a very beautiful country...

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Akaroa

Charming: an overused word, perhaps, but the best possible description of the tiny township of Akaroa.

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Southern stars

As world populations continue to gather in cities, and those cities grow, the chance to gaze longingly at the stars...

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The Church of the Good Shepherd

In case you hadn’t noticed (stop looking at Facebook!), New Zealand owes much to its sheep farmers.

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TranzAlpine

The TranzAlpine is another one of those ‘thanks for being clear’ kinda titles: it’s a train trip that crosses the...

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The Hermitage

Not much has changed of the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884.

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The Grand Traverse

While it’s always stunning to get in amongst it all, try getting above it now and again for the ultimate...

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Oamaru’s Victorian Precinct

Slightly eccentric, Oamaru, one of those not-as-it-first-seems places.

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Fleur’s Place

Once overheard at Fleur’s: ‘Who’s John Dory, Dad?’ ‘He’s a fish, son.’ Fish, famous, fabulous fish is what this culinary...

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Moeraki Boulders

So while they are known as the Moeraki Boulders, they are actually strewn along Koekoe Beach, for the record.

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Queenstown to Glenorchy Road

Is there a more amazing drive? Forty-five minutes of emerald lake water and bush-clad hills, against a backdrop of snow-touched...

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Bungy jump in Queenstown

So here’s the thing. Rubber band around the leg, transform yourself into a t-shape and leap. Easy, eh.

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Arrowtown

Autumn. That’s the time to visit.

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Queenstown Hill Time Walk

OK, so climbing a hill, when you’re surrounded by mountains, is kinda like finding a dry rock in your peanut...

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Cruise on the TSS Earnslaw

This, the last remaining coal-fired steamship in the southern hemisphere, was launched the same year as the Titanic.

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Rob Roy Glacier Track

Mate. Mayyyyyyyyyyyte! The drive there, to the slightly preposterous-sounding Raspberry Creek Car Park, is almost as energy-sapping as the walk...

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Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail is an achievement, an acknowledgement that it’s not just hardy souls and fitness nuts who...

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Te Anau to Milford Sound Piopiotahi Highway

If you want your senses drenched in Fiordland’s wilderness, vastness and beauty, without being drenched in that seemingly perpetual rain,...

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The Routeburn Track

One of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first:...

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The Wildlife of Otago Peninsula

‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here.

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Olveston House

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

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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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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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Bluff Oyster Festival

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

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Southern Scenic Route

This is a drive of unparalleled beauty, an almost contradictory mix of dense woodlands, cool and canopied, and wild southern...

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Stewart Island Rakiura

New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island is a unique, curious place that is well worth a visit.