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Spring has sprung! © Peter Ihnath

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Activities

Six spectacular short walks for spring

Get back in touch with nature this spring. From coastal walkways to native forest trails; hidden waterfalls to ancient volcanoes, New Zealand is packed with short walks suitable for all levels of fitness. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Denniston: a real ghost-town experience

Take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, home to the infamous 45-degree Denniston Incline. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

Wander the world-class Wellington Waterfront and read the words of some New Zealand's most famous writers along the way.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Rakiura National Park: glowing skies

Around 85 percent of Stewart Island is included in Rakiura National Park, our most recently formed national park which exudes all the charm of a world on its own. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Waiheke Island: a sense of freedom

Some people were terribly excited when Lonely Planet named Waiheke Island as the fifth-best holiday destination in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

Visit Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary or Donut Island – a sacred spot with a hidden lagoon just off the coast of Whangamatā.  Read the story . . . 

The magical Whenuakura Donut Island. © The Coromandel

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Auckland CBD

SkyCity Grand Hotel Visit website
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SkyCity Grand Hotel

SKYCITY Grand Hotel 90 Federal Street Auckland . . . More . . . 

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Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park & Motel Visit website

Tahuna Beach Kiwi Holiday Park and Motels, One of New Zealand's most remembered Holiday destinations since 1926. Wide range of accommodation from basic cabins, perfect . . . More . . . 

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The Claremont Motel & Apartments Visit website

Escape to Martinborough and stay in stylish apartment and motel accommodation at The Claremont, on the edge of the famous wine village. . . . More . . . 

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Rose City Motel Visit website

Newly renovated and affordable Motel Accommodation in the center of Palmerston North. All units with free Ultra Fast Wi-Fi access and a Sky Decoder in . . . More . . . 

From $120
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858 George Street Motel Visit website

13 luxury studio, family and executive units located on George Street, Dunedin. Just minutes walk to city shops, university, hospital,restaurants and the Forsyth Barr Stadium. . . . More . . . 

From $160
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Riccarton

Apollo Motel Visit website
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Apollo Motel

Luxury motel accommodation in Riccarton within easy walking distance to the University of Canterbury, College of Education, Westfield and Bush Inn shopping centres and a . . . More . . .