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Akaroa Harbour from Stony Bay Road © Phillip C

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Bay of Islands: marvel at the marine life and the beauty

Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony: the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets

Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets. Read the story . . . 

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Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tui. Read the story . . . 

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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench, about 80km off the coast of Kaikoura and 3.5km deep, is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including sperm whales, orca, blue whales and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

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The wondrous wildlife of Otago Peninsula

‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here. Well, there are wheeling seabirds, honking sea lions and all manner of other natural noises, but you get the point. Read the story . . . 

There’s something disturbingly anatomical about Ulva Island’s name, so it probably comes as something of a relief to learn it was named after a Scottish island of the same name by surveyors in the 1800s, rather than the dangly bit at the back of your throat. Read the story . . . 

Ulva Island. © Ron Knight Creative Commons

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Loved by the locals: West Auckland

Do what the locals do in West Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Raglan

Do what the locals do in Raglan. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Matakana

Do what the locals do in Matakana.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Gisborne

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Russell

Bellrock Lodge
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Bellrock Lodge

On offer--the best views in Russell only a 5 min walk to the waterfront. Ideal for couples. 4 spacious, stylishly furnished ensuite rooms with kitchenette, . . . 

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4.6 /5
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Summit Motor Lodge

25 spacious self-catering studios, 1 and 2-bedroom units, spa baths available in some units, upper-floor units with views of Mount Maunganui and Tauranga Harbour. . . . More . . . 

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4.4 /5
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Wallaceville Motor Lodge

History, serenity and privacy. From the moment you arrive, Wallaceville House will delight you. The surrounding bush provides a natural amphitheatre, the peace and tranquillity . . . More . . . 

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Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation

FREE Wi-Fi The Shining Star Beachfront Chalets are nestled in native gardens with an exclusive walkway to the beach. It is ideal for families and . . . More . . . 

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4.7 /5
From $155
Settlers Motel

Boutique 5 Star Gold Qualmark rated. Relax, rejuvenate and enjoy the unique "Settlers Experience". Quiet, sunny and close to the village centre, restaurants, cafes, shops . . . More . . . 

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4.8 /5

Te Anau

Radfords on the Lake
From $199
4.8 /5
Radfords on the Lake

Our beautiful Qualmark rated 5 star property is perfectly located a stone’s throw right on the edge of Lake Te Anau, recently completely refurbished our . . . 

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