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Kāpiti Island: birds of paradise

If you’ve got anything resembling a soft spot for the native birdlife of this country – and what Kiwi doesn’t...


 Kāpiti Island's interior is rugged and entirely clad in mature native bush. © New Zealand Transition

The Pinnacles: the name says it all

It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula.

Coromandel Township: hippy haven

Nearly a century after the goldminers, and decades after the bushmen who extracted kauri from the rainforest blanketing the rugged...

Cape Rēinga: wild and unforgettable

As you approach Cape Rēinga the land narrows, affording glimpses of Northland’s east and west coasts as you climb the...

Ahipara: sacred fire

Perhaps you’ve arrived in Kaitāia at the apex of travelling the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, or perhaps you’re travelling to...

Waipōua Forest

Kauri forest once covered over 1.2 million hectares of the North Island, from the mid-Waikato northward.

Buller Gorge: a thrilling adventure

If you’re driving from Nelson to Westport, you’ll first pick up the Buller just past Glenhope, about 30km as the...

Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Many of the crinklier bits of New Zealand’s geography were formed by the slow but insistent action of glaciers.

Punakāiki Pancake Rocks: geological marvel

Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’.

Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company.


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