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The Great Alpine Highway: Christchurch to Greymouth

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


Sublime scenery in Waimakariri. © ChristchurchNZ

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...

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

How about a peaches-and-cream chardonnay in the Bay or a silky, cherry-drenched pinot under the oak tree in Martinborough?

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the guts, as they say, to the land where the languid meandering of...

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes, wild coastline and...

Surf Highway 45: New Plymouth to Hāwera

We’re going to assume you’re in the 'Naki largely for the big blue and the surfing...

TranzAlpine: one of the best rail journeys in the world

The TranzAlpine is another one of those ‘thanks for being clear’ kinda titles: it’s a train trip that crosses the...

The Goblin Forest: lush and fantastical forest

There be goblins, apparently. Truly? Well, not exactly...

Hamilton Gardens: beautifully curated spaces inspired by the world

You know you’re fully immersed in the whole travel thing when you find yourself spinning around in utter disbelief, asking,...

Cape Rēinga: where two oceans meet

It’s like a lightning rod for all that is exciting about this wild country.


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