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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...


 Lower Hutt Valley. © New Zealand Transition

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...

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...

Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we harbour a national passion for...

Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay.

Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

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

Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint is no exception.

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