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Olveston House: how the other half lived

Designed by a London architect and built in 1904 – Dunedin's Olveston House is really something special.

 Olveston Historic House, Dunedin © DunedinNZ

The wondrous wildlife of Otago Peninsula

‘The most accessible wildlife in the South Island’ is the catch-cry here.

The Routeburn Track: the ultimate alpine adventure

As one of the country’s most famous walks, let’s get the house – (or hut) – keeping out of the...

Otago Central Rail Trail: journey into an ever-changing heartland

The Otago Central Rail Trail is an achievement, an acknowledgement that it’s not just hardy souls and fitness nuts who...

Rob Roy Glacier Track: glaciers, waterfalls and thieving parrots

The drive the start of the Rob Roy Glacier Track, the slightly preposterous-sounding Raspberry Creek Car Park, is almost as...

Queenstown Hill Time Walk: a rocky delight

OK, so climbing a hill, when you’re surrounded by mountains, is kinda like finding a dry rock in your peanut...

Arrowtown: a picture-perfect living museum

Autumn. That’s the time to visit.

Queenstown to Glenorchy Road: a drive to Paradise

Is there a more amazing drive? Forty-five minutes of emerald lake water and bush-clad hills, against a backdrop of snow-touched mountains.

Fleur’s Place: as fresh as it comes

Once overheard at Fleur’s: ‘Who’s John Dory, Dad?’ ‘He’s a fish, son.’ Fish, famous, fabulous fish is what this culinary...

Ōamaru’s Victorian Precinct: the capital of all things steampunk

Slightly eccentric, Ōamaru is one of those not-as-it-first-seems places.

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