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Natural attractions

14 quirky gems to discover around New Zealand

Curious, delightful, wacky and weird, New Zealand has many quirky attractions worth a detour. We've rounded up a handful of gems to explore around the country. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Britomart

Not every city can pull off creating a new, genuinely interesting neighbourhood. But Auckland has and it’s called Britomart.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Christchurch

The new and improved Christchurch City is filled with attractions to keep you occupied – whether you're into dancing, garden rambles, vintage transport or great food.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Loved by the locals: Port Chalmers

Explore Dunedin's laidback harbourside suburb where you'll find nautical heritage, a thriving creative community, an intriguing island, great dining and plenty of craft beer.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

Autumn. That’s the time to visit. Much of this part of the South Island takes on a splendid glow at that time of year. None more so than Arrowtown which is, frankly, already right off the cutesy scale as it is.  Read the story . . . 

Autumn colours in Arrowtown. © QueenstownNZ

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Palmerston North

Kiwi Studios Motel Visit website
Kiwi Studios Motel

Quiet and right in the centre of town! Several restaurants and the Regent Theatre within one minute walking distance. Enjoy FREE WiFi on all units . . . More . . . 

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From $120
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Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation Visit website

Nestled in native gardens with an exclusive walkway direct to the beach, this unique Hokitika accommodation is ideal for families and couples wanting space, tranquility . . . More . . . 

From $120
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From $95
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Admirals View Lodge & Motel Visit website

Welcome to Admirals View Lodge, Paihia. Motel accommodation with beautiful sea views Admirals View Lodge and Motel offers a range of quality self-contained accommodation in . . . More . . . 

From $95
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The St James Visit website

Luxury accommodation with views of the mountains. Located in the centre of the village, park the car and walk to cafes, restaurants, activities including the . . . More . . . 

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From $150
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Quayside Luxury Apartments Visit website

Consisting of 43, one, two and three-bedroom apartments, spread over four floors, Quayside Luxury Apartments are superbly situated in the heart of the business centre . . . More . . . 

From $150

Rotorua City

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From $95
Lake Rotorua Hotel

Lake Rotorua Hotel has 38 newly refurbished rooms all with Free WiFi.The hotel has its own heated swimming pool and spa, laundry facilities and BBQ area. . . . More . . . 

From $95