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Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

They’ll tell you when you’re standing at the confluence and delta of the Rees and Dart rivers that you’re only...


Drink in the charm of the Glenorchy boathouse and historic wharf. © Miz Watanabe

Auckland's volcanoes: geological gems

All-in-all there are over 60 sites of bygone volcanic activity scattered about the Auckland isthmus.

Akaroa: French charm

An easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour – literally, ‘long...

Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

Rotorua announces itself to the nose at quite a distance.

Mitre Peak and Milford Sound: seeing is believing

Many visitors to Fiordland don’t believe in Mitre Peak.

Five great days out with kids in Wellington

Got kids to entertain? Here are five great ideas for family-friendly days out in Wellington.

Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession.

Coromandel: a sting in the tail

If you were to assume that Te Ika a Māui – the Great Fish of Māui – was a species...

Lower Hutt: take me to the river

Lower Hutt: a river runs through it, called – as you’d expect – the Hutt River, although it was known...

Up the creek: Upper Hutt

The flats toward the headwaters of the Hutt River (named after the Chairman of the New Zealand Company, Sir William...


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