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Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Treaty of Waitangi is a strange sort of document.


The treaty grounds at Waitangi was the birthplace of New Zealand as a nation. © Bernd Hildebrandt

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...

Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Funnily enough, the original European residents of what came to be known as Nelson (after a certain admiral) didn’t want...

Wellington: coffee, beer and food, food, food

Wellingtonians pride themselves on being connoisseurs of all things gastronomical, fancying themselves the equivalent of the residents of New York’s...

Southern Scenic Route: Queenstown to Dunedin

If you get as far south as Te Anau, it’d be rude not to keep going, don’t you reckon, and...

Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

Wellington waterfront is the envy not only of most other New Zealand cities, but also of many cities around the world.

Loved by the locals: Lower Hutt

Perhaps in honour of its former status as a floodplain, Lower Hutt is extraordinarily well endowed with swimming pools, with...

Loved by the locals: Kāpiti

Quite apart from the other delights of Queen Elizabeth II Park on the Kāpiti Coast – and there are many...

Loved by the locals: Porirua

Situated in the precinct of the New Zealand Police College, the national Police Museum is an absorbing way to...

Loved by the locals: Wellington Central

Wellington is physically defined by the harbour, and its greatest civic amenity is, without doubt, its waterfront precinct.


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