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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern...


The crystal clear pools at Haast Pass. © NCHANT

South Westland: a wonder of the world

You won’t be bothered by sandflies on Mount Everest, or in the Grand Canyon, or even on the Great Barrier Reef.

Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

We are a maritime nation. New Zealand is blessed with its coastline and most of us find some way of...

Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to...

Wellington: the coolest capital

Whichever way you come at it, Wellington is all about drama.

Porirua: the town of unintended consequences

Everyone had plans for Porirua.

Horowhenua: where the earth moves

Horowhenua once used to have a slogan that advertised the district as ‘the feel of real New Zealand.’

Auckland’s West Coast: rugged beauty

Say what you like about Auckland city and its residents, you’ve got to admit that both are blessed with the...

Kāpiti Coast: from frowning bluffs to ancient rivers

Those who live on the Kāpiti Coast will tell you it’s a place to die for.

Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Austria and already had an international reputation as an artist when he first visited New...


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