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Five picks for a weekend in Queenstown

In winter it’s all about the snow but this beautiful town, nestled between mountain ranges on the edge of a...


Queenstown is picturesque at any time of day, or year. © Destination Queenstown

Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills.

Urban explorer: Britomart

Not every city can pull off creating a new, genuinely interesting neighbourhood. But Auckland has and it’s called Britomart.

Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.

Waitākere: under the sunset

The west has stories to tell; there’s drama in those hills.

Urban explorer: Queen Street

It’s considered Auckland’s main street, the axis on which the city spins.

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

Port Fitzroy is only 25 kilometres from Tryphena but it took us nearly three hours to drive there.

Loved by the locals: West Auckland

Titirangi Village Market is famous for its range of crafts.

Gisborne to Wellington: sampling the finer things in life

Gisborne intrigues me. It’s a mix of tradition, culture and nature.

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