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Cross-country skiing

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


Take on a circuit at Snow Farm. © photoimagesnz

Hawke's Bay: the finest of wines

There was a time when New Zealanders could get all the locally-produced wine they wanted, so long as they got...

Golfing in an alpine amphitheatre

‘Upon the upland road,’ James K.

Karangahake Gorge: a reminder of a golden era

If a day weeding the garden leaves you laid up with backache for a week, spare a thought for the...

Rotorua: embracing the laws of physics

In the Winter Olympics luge event, the athlete reclines on a light toboggan that he or she pilots down the...

Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age, when a fair chunk of the...

Marlborough Wine Trail

You don’t have to go too far back– a matter of 30 years or so – to find yourself contemplating...

Loved by the locals: Upper Hutt

One of the best things about the Hutt Valley, in general, is that a river runs through it, and quite...

Loved by the locals: Horowhenua

Every Easter Sunday, those in the know in the lower North Island descend on Foxton for the annual fair.

Central Otago: good curling to ye

No one really knows where the peculiar sport of curling originated, but there’s no doubt it was the Scots who...


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