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Snow joy hits Lake Lyndon in Arthurs Pass. @ Bonita Cooke

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Teeming with life: New Zealand and Australia's subantarctic islands

Giselle Clarkson took the trip of a lifetime when she travelled to the subantarctic with Heritage Expeditions. Read the story . . . 

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Five more great days out in Auckland with the kids

Mum and city lover Leonie Freeman takes her kids on five brilliant family adventures in Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

The first time I tied into a climbing rope my hands shook and my heartbeat rattled like a coffee grinder in a busy café writes adventurer and author Paul Hersey. Read the story . . . 

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Cross-country skiing

New Zealand’s only dedicated cross-country ski facility, Snow Farm, is located on the Pisa Range above Lake Wanaka, where over 50km of tracks give peerless views of the Southern Alps. Read the story . . . 

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Christchurch’s street art: an expression of solidarity

This isn’t a couple of cute billboard-type pieces put up in obvious places. This is a thing. There is even a map which shows where the major outdoor artworks in this city are located.    Read the story . . . 

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Night skiing: day time, night time, this mountain, that mountain . . .

Few people find themselves out in the open air in the mountains at night, so quite apart from the skiing, just being on the slopes under a full moon (or crescent moon, or no moon) is an unusual and affecting experience. Read the story . . . 

Where the city runs out, Rodney begins . . . This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast. Read the story . . . 

Orewa beach has regained its soul. © Deniz Unlusu

Out and about in the South Island

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Dunedin city: islands in the flow

Writer and filmmaker Bill Morris recommends hunting out the stayers when you visit Dunedin, the ones who guard a poorly kept secret — that this is is one of the world’s great cities, without the traffic and with all the natural splendours of ten other cities.  Read the story . . . 

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Mid-Canterbury: the South Island’s best-kept secret

It doesn’t get more classic South Island than mid-Canterbury, writes Liz Carlson. Read the story . . . 

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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This transcendent, transformational traverse is beautifully scenic, however you do it, and will take you across the width of the South Island through charming historic towns and dramatically changing landscapes. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa: where French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food combine

Take an easy drive south-east of Christchurch and discover the charming township of Akaroa on ancient, volcanic Banks Peninusla, where sheltered harbour, French heritage, colonial architecture and a passion for fine food fuse perfectly together. Read the story . . . 

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Eating my words: dining out in Taranaki

Passionate foodie and traveller Alexia Santamaria discovers the foodie delights of Taranaki . . . Read the story . . . 

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Fleur’s Place: as fresh as it comes

Once overheard at Fleur’s: ‘Who’s John Dory, Dad?’ ‘He’s a fish, son.’ Fish, famous, fabulous fish is what this culinary outpost is all about. Read the story . . . 

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Here are five more great ideas for getting out and about with the kids . . . Read the story . . . 

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Mum and city lover Leonie Freeman takes her kids on five brilliant family adventures in Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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