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Discover the winter wonderland of Glenorchy. © Ivy Lu

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Things to do

Get outside: 10 of our favourite road trips

The point of a road trip is to be unhurried. Sure, if you take the main highways you can get from point A to point B pretty quickly, but why would you want to? There is so much to be discovered around New Zealand, it’s best to slow down and soak it up.  Read the story . . . 

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Some volcanoes are stroppier than others. A stroll on Mount Eden, for example, feels safe. A poke around on the flanks of Whakaari – White Island – by contrast, does not.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

From Te Mata Peak, 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 behind the coast to the south. Read the story . . . 

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Punakāiki Pancake Rocks: geological marvel

Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’. Read the story . . . 

At the top of a hill in Akaroa, you’ll find a striking candy-coloured house with the kind of garden that dreams are made of.  Read the story . . . 

Explore secret spots at The Giant's House, Akaroa. © Jo Percival

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Discovery Motor Lodge

Discover the Wairarapa region and experience life off the beaten track. Nestled between the Tararua mountains and the Pacific Ocean, you'll be able to bask . . . More . . . 

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Alpine Motel Visit website

Alpine Motel Oamaru welcome families, groups, corporates & independent travellers to stay at our affordable, clean, spacious motel units. Alpine Motel are more than happy . . . More . . . 

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Admirals View Lodge & Motel Visit website

Welcome to Admirals View Lodge, Paihia. Motel accommodation with beautiful sea views Admirals View Lodge and Motel offers a range of quality self-contained accommodation in . . . More . . . 

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Two Tree Lodge Visit website

"It's the little things that count" that makes Blenheim's newest accommodation of 3 luxury fully self contained units so special. We also have a separate . . . More . . . 

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Quality Suites Huka Falls Visit website

BE INSPIRED BY A TRULY UNIQUE VENUE FOR ALL OCCASIONS Peaceful, private, relaxed and situated just minutes from Great Lake Taupo; discover Huka Falls Resort . . . More . . . 

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Central Park Motor Lodge

Central Park Motor Lodge is situated on 15 Riccarton Rd, near the Christchurch City centre and on the edge of Hagley Park. . . . More . . .