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Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

Rotorua announces itself to the nose at quite a distance.


Moody skies over Lake Rotorua. © Alex Wallace

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...

Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

There was a time, not so long ago in the grand scale of things, when the whale-watching industry in New...

Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of...

Auckland’s underwater zoo: Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

In less enlightened times, the vast underground chambers that are now Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World on Auckland’s...


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