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Akaroa: French charm

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


Daly's Wharf, Akaroa. © Steve Daggar Photography

Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

Rotorua announces itself to the nose at quite a distance.

Adventure time: cross-country skiing

It was one of the tragedies of history that skiing was invented at a time when the technology of ski...

Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is known as the City of Sails, and this is largely because it has some of the world’s best...

The Pinnacles: the name says it all

It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula.

Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...

Adventure time: Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

A still morning is what you want: after all, set yourself aloft at the mercy of the winds when the...

The Bridge to Nowhere

Trace elements and politicians have got a lot to answer for.

Lake Waikaremoana: hidden gem

Te Urewera, according to eye-watering local legend, was named to commemorate a nocturnal incident involving the leader of a war...

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...


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