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Onetangi Beach, Waiheke Island. © Tuan Nguyen

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Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we harbour a national passion for getting back to it. Read the story . . . 

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Earn a 10 cents per litre AA Smartfuel discount for every $100 spent up to a maximum of $1.00 per litre when you book selected accommodation. More . . . 
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Advertorial: Be sun-smart this summer

Welcome to summer! A long hot New Zealand summer is the perfect time of year to get out and explore our beautiful country. Read the story . . . 

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Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

Kayak the coastline of Abel Tasman, our smallest national park, and enjoy this absolute giant of exquisite sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal clear streams and exquisite sandy beaches. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Central Rail Trail: journey into an ever-changing heartland

The Otago Central Rail Trail is an achievement, an acknowledgement that it’s not just hardy souls and fitness nuts who like to hike the landscape. It’s 150km from Middlemarch to Clyde and takes in just about everything that’s stunning about Central Otago.  Read the story . . . 

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State Highway 6: roadtripping at its best

Drive the length of the South Island, skirting the West Coast and traversing through the Southern Alps, and experience bountiful roadtripping at its very best. Read the story . . . 

Writer Tracey Wogan and her family are stoked to have escaped the urban rat race and currently revel in Hawke’s Bay, a place that isn’t on the way to anywhere and requires deliberate choice to discover its delights.  Read the story . . . 

Capturing the first colours of the day at Te Mata Peak. © anupamhatui

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Loved by the locals: Hurunui

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Loved by the locals: Gisborne

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Loved by the locals: Far North

Do what the locals do in the Far North.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Wellington Central

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Russell

Bellrock Lodge
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5.0 /5
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
From $120
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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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4.5 /5
From $120
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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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