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Wellington: coffee, beer and food, food, food

Master storyteller and foodie John McCrystal considers all things gastronomical and Wellington. Read the story . . . 

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Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

Foodie Delaney Mes chases bacon butties in Dunedin, downs dumpling and donuts in Auckland and buys her fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront.  Read the story . . . 

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Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Reinga Te Rerenga Wairua

The Twin Coast Discovery Highway is a perfect blend of volcanic plateaus, coastal plains, exquisite pohutukawa, surf breaks, giant kauri trees and native wildlife.  Read the story . . . 

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Campervanning with kids in the Hokianga: the perfect combination

Editor and writer Leonie Freeman's kids fall in love with their campervan as they travel around Hokianga and decide it should be their new home.  Read the story . . . 

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Remote Southland: the quirk and the sublime

Adventurer Paul Hersey travels to a remote corner of Southland in search of uncrowded waves to ride and finds there's a great deal to love in the emptiness and wildness of Curio and Porpoise bays.  Read the story . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Writer and explorer Paul Hersey uncovers hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

Justine Tyerman explores the ski fields and startling white wilderness of Laka Alta. Read the story . . . 

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New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Film critic Sarah Watt explores how movies put New Zealand on the map — and how it can be something of a blessing and a curse that, nowadays, most people immediately think of The Lord of the Rings when it comes to local cinema. Read the story . . . 

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A book at hand: reading your way around New Zealand

Do you ever hanker to read but wonder what book to dig into when you hit the road? Award-winner Nicola Legat, industry champion, publisher and chair of the New Zealand Book Awards Trust, explores New Zealand through the books that are most beloved in our ever-blossoming literary landscape. Read the story . . . 

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Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

 John McCrystal pounds the pavement and takes in the Wellington Writers Walk on the waterfront, the envy not only of most other New Zealand cities, but also around the world. And so are its writers, including Katherine Mansfield, Robin Hyde, Bruce Mason, Maurice Gee and Patricia Grace. Read the story . . . 

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Working at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa: stories, smiles and sharing moments

Host Norrie Gibson loves his job at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa — every day is full of surprises, along with rich and rewarding experiences.  Read the story . . . 

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New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway: welcome to Taradise

New Plymouth has grown into a funky little city with the view from just about everywhere dominated by Taranaki’s paternal presence. Read the story . . . 

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Te Matua Ngahere Walk

Take a 20-minute walk through the beautiful native bush in Waipoua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri Te Matua Ngahere. Read the story . . . 

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Te Ara a Waiau Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Franz Josef township to the Franz Josef Glacier car park.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Henga Walkway: a wild and wonderful west coast walk

Walk the rugged cliff top from Bethells Beach/Te Henga to Murawai and drink in the most epic views of Auckland's wild west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Western Bay of Plenty

Do what the locals do in Western Bay of Plenty. Read the story . . . 

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Campervanning with kids in the Hokianga: the perfect combination

Editor and writer Leonie Freeman's kids fall in love with their campervan as they travel around Hokianga and decide it should be their new home.  Read the story . . . 

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