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Loved by the locals: Horowhenua

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


Sunset on Foxton Beach. © swifant

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...

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 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...


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