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Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. They are joined together by a historic elevator.


Virginia Lake, Whanganui © Liz Light

Five free things to do in Rotorua

The North Island's geothermal hotspot is renowned for its adventure activities and tourist attractions.

Full spectrum: from Lake Hāwea to Jackson Bay

We begin in high country station territory: Hunter Valley, Dingleburn, Lake Hāwea Station, each with thousands of hectares of pasture...

Four fun things to do South-East of Auckland

It's true that sometimes you don't appreciate the beauty your own doorstep.

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to...

Five fab things to do in Masterton

Queen Elizabeth Park is an 81-hectare jewel in the middle of Masterton. There is something for everyone.

Four free things to do in Taupō

Jet boating, kayaking, bungy jumping and hot spas, Taupō has lots of exciting activities on offer but they can be...

Four fun things to do in Wairākei

Wairākei Geothermal Power Station is a massive industrial complex where geothermal steam from deep in the earth is tapped to...

Get outside: five cute campgrounds on the Kaipara

With 800 kilometres of convoluted coastline, the Kaipara Harbour is the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere.

Whanganui: following the river

The majestic Whanganui river has an ignominious end where it joins the sea.


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