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Bridge to Nowhere: stunning walking in the Whanganui National Park

Walk or bike the Kaiwhakauka Track or navigate the Whanganui River to the Mangapūrua Landing then take a gentle 40-minute...


The mysterious Bridge to Nowhere. © Tourism New Zealand

Forgotten World Highway: a rugged, beautiful drive

Doesn’t that just sound utterly attractive to the intrepid adventurer? Anything ‘forgotten’ demands immediate exploration.

15 Must-Do ideas for a long weekend getaway

Make the most of Queen’s Birthday – the last public holiday weekend before Spring – with some Must-Do escapes around...

Balloons over Waikato: a showcase of splendour and colour

They get to the point, in this part of the world, but the simple factual accuracy of the name of...

Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

Christchurch is gorgeous. Its urbane, English-inflected rivers and stone buildings style landscape genteelly masks a southern spirit that has seen...

Farewell Spit: the longest natural sandbar in the world

When you first spot the spit on a map you just know you have to go there.

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sauvignon blanc on its home turf

In February, it gets pretty damned hot down this way.

Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been glued...

The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

This is a transcendent, transformational traverse whether travelled by train or by road.

Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the...


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