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Catching the last of the sun on Greymouth beach. © David Wall Photography

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Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

On a clear day, you can see the whole of Hawke’s Bay laid out before you up to Māhia Peninsula in the north, and the rugged hills ranged behind the coast to the south. Read the story . . . 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Just west of Fox Glacier township you'll find Lake Matheson, a photographer’s dream nestled in ancient forest, best viewed at sunrise and sunset when still waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Golden Bay

From iconic beaches to limestone caves, stunning scenery is around every corner in this part of New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: hot mud, cold lakes

With hot pools, natural springs and 11 picturesque volcanic lakes to choose from, there are many bodies of water worth visiting in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... Read the story . . . 

The picture-perfect beach at Hahei. © David Wall Photography

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Get outside: five picks for a weekend in Manawatū

The Manawatū art scene is going off. Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: Christchurch beaches

Christchurch has easy access to a very long stretch of sandy coastline. Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: five cute campgrounds on the Kaipara

The Kaipara is the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. Read the story . . . 

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Russell

Bellrock Lodge Visit website
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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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Summit Motor Lodge Visit website

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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Wallaceville Motor Lodge Visit website

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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Shining Star Beachfront Accommodation Visit website

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 Visit website

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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Te Anau

Radfords on the Lake Visit website
From $199
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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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