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Auckland Sky Tower

Anyone who’s ever brewed up a mix in a wheelbarrow will be interested to know it took 28,000 tonnes of...


The iconic Auckland Sky Tower. © AJ Hackett

The Forgotten World Highway

Here’s a word to the wise: if your fuel gauge is anywhere much below halfway by the time you reach...

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Queenstown: aboard the TSS Earnslaw

Lake Wakatipu was once home to a number of steam-driven watercraft, in the days before road-building in the Lakes District...

Wainui Beach: sunrises without peer

Because he came from the west, Cook encountered the eastern side of the North Island of New Zealand’s North Island first.

Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

There’s something disturbingly anatomical about Ulva Island’s name, so it probably comes as something of a relief to learn it...

Waitomo Caves: one of the wonders of the world

It’s not everyone’s idea of fun, grovelling about in the cold mud in holes in the rock with mere inches...

Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Volcanoes are a bit like big dogs.

Arrowtown: golden history

The Australian plate hit the Pacific plate with a bloody great crunch, shoving a bunch of the earth’s crust upward...

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty of Waitangi is a strange sort of document.

Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro: live the high life this winter

Donating the area that is now National Park to the people of New Zealand before the government could nick it...


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