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Akaroa Harbour from Stony Bay Road © Phillip C

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Bay of Islands: marvel at the marine life and the beauty

Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder. Read the story . . . 

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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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Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tui. Read the story . . . 

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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench, about 80km off the coast of Kaikoura and 3.5km deep, is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including sperm whales, orca, blue whales and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

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The wondrous wildlife of Otago Peninsula

‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here. Well, there are wheeling seabirds, honking sea lions and all manner of other natural noises, but you get the point. Read the story . . . 

There’s something disturbingly anatomical about Ulva Island’s name, so it probably comes as something of a relief to learn it was named after a Scottish island of the same name by surveyors in the 1800s, rather than the dangly bit at the back of your throat. Read the story . . . 

Ulva Island. © Ron Knight Creative Commons

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Loved by the locals: West Auckland

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Loved by the locals: Raglan

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Loved by the locals: Matakana

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Loved by the locals: Gisborne

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Russell

Bellrock Lodge
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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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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
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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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