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The snowy slopes of Mount Taranaki. © David Wall

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15 Must-Do ideas for a long weekend getaway

Make the most of Queen’s Birthday – the last public holiday weekend before Spring – with some Must-Do escapes around New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Buller: the river without memories

From the northern reaches Lewis Pass to the rugged tablelands of Paparoa National Park, and the wide sweep of coastline, Buller has a beautiful and surprisingly varied landscape.  Read the story . . . 

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Dunedin city: Edinburgh of the south

‘Dunedin’ is an ancient name for Edinburgh and the resemblance doesn’t stop at the names. Read the story . . . 

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Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Classic Rotorua

Known as Roto-Vegas for good reason, the Rotorua tourist trail is bright, exciting and loaded with thrills.  Read the story . . . 

Taranaki is about as close as you can get to the ideal of volcanic beauty – almost perfectly round, its nearly symmetrical cone rising to a pointed summit, with a single crater. Read the story . . . 

Mt Taranaki reflected in Pouākai tarn. © Justine Sanderson 

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Loved by the locals: Invercargill

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

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Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

Do what the locals do in Central Hawke's Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Kāpiti

Do what the locals do in the Kāpiti Coast District. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Mackenzie

Do what the locals do in the Mackenzie District. Read the story . . . 

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Whitianga

Albert Number 6 Visit website
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4.3 /5
Albert Number 6

Attractive, comfortable motel with great hospitality, situated on the main street of Whitianga and within a minute's walk of the beautiful Buffalo Beach. . . . 

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4.6 /5
From $135
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Finn's Paekakariki Visit website

Finn's Paekakariki is a privately owned boutique hotel situated in a seaside village just off SH 1. Paekakariki Village is only 35 minutes from Wellington . . . More . . . 

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4.1 /5
From $89
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Wanaka Hotel Visit website

The Wanaka Hotel offers great value accommodation in the centre of town only 1-minute walk to the lake and town centre. . . . More . . . 

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4.7 /5
From $125
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Whispering Sands Beachfront Motel Visit website

Gisborne only beachfront motel Absolute beachfront, 14 fully self-contained units with sea views. All with separate bedrooms and lounge. Queen-size beds, Sky TV, designated smokefree. . . . More . . . 

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4.2 /5
From $115
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Picton Beachcomber Inn Visit website

Situated right above the Picton marina. All 34 units have views from private balcony or patio area. New spa bath units. . . . More . . . 

From $115

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4.5 /5

Masterton

South Park Motel Visit website
From $125
4.5 /5
South Park Motel

Friendliest, Cleanest Motel in Town! Welcome to South Park Motel, the heart of Masterton. Relax with air-conditioning hot/cool, 26 LCD TVs, wireless internet and comfort abundant. . . . 

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