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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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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring — known to the Maori as Tititea, ‘steep peak of sparkling white’ — is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes. 

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Nelson Lakes National Park: New Zealand’s Lakes District

Nelson Lakes National Park lies at the head of the Southern Alps and features majestic mountain ranges, with the breathtaking lakes Rotoroa and Rotoiti at its very heart. 

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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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Aoraki Mount Cook Village

There are several fantastic walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush and area.

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Cape Foulwind Walkway

Explore this spectacular walkway which features a seal colony, a lighthouse and also provides panoramic views of mountains and coastline. 

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Cathedral Cove Walk

View spectacular coastal scenery from this track which leads down to Gemstone and Stingray Bays as well as Cathedral Cove, probably The Coromandel’s most popular destination beach. 

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Fox Glacier Te Moeka o Tuawe Valley Walk

Get spectacular views of the Fox Glacier along the track and from the viewing area. The track is sometimes closed, so check it's open before starting.

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Franz Josef Glacier Ka Roimata o Hine Hukatere Walk

Follow a rocky riverbed path then climb to the Franz Josef Glacier viewing area. It's a beautiful yet dangerous place that is sometimes closed, so check it's open before you start.

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Kapiti Island tracks and walks

 Enjoy listening to and spotting birds on a Kapiti Island walk. Two areas open to the public are Rangatira, halfway along the eastern shore, and the northern end of the island.

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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihi with visible mining and railway remains. Don’t forget to take a torch to explore the tunnels!

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Lake Matheson Walk

The unsurpassed views and mountain reflections from the forested shores of Lake Matheson make this easy walk one of the most popular on the West Coast.

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North Head Maungauika Historic Walk

Explore defences that were placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions and take in one of the best views in Auckland from North Head

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Rangitoto Island summit walks

Walk straight to the summit of Rangitoto Island, or take one of the alternative routes and enjoy the exceptional views of Auckland spread out before you from the top. 

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Key Summit Track on the Routeburn Track

Enjoy panoramic views over Fiordland mountains and alpine lakes plus native vegetation and birdlife on this fantastic, easy half-day walk on the Routeburn Track from the Milford Road.

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