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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Just a 5km drive west of Fox Glacier – look, you’re in the neighbourhood, you may as well – is...

Snowcapped mountains reflected on Lake Matheson. © Karl Jancar

Pancake rocks and blowholes: 30 million years in the making

Travel can be, well, strange, really, which is half the point.

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

You can head to these magnificent monuments to nature’s power and beauty in high summer and feel winter closing in...

The Nelson market: homemade with heart and skill

You’re standing in a car park, holding in your hand the best sandwich ever: white bread, butter and a whitebait...

Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

The sand is a colour you simply have never seen before. The water is so blue it doesn’t actually look real.

Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

Just out of Tākaka, in gorgeous Golden Bay, on the way to Farewell Spit, lie the Te Waikoropupū Springs.

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve: enchanting rocky gorge

Not wanting to reduce this delightful little spot to its presence on the big screen, but the Pelorus Bridge, already...

Queen Charlotte Track: camp, bike, walk... if you can tear your eyes away from the views

This is becoming a hugely popular walkway, so you’ll need to watch for and be nice to the other folk.

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade in Wellington

‘Good evening Wellington! How ya doinnnnnnnnnn!!!’

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings: the heart of Aotearoa's Government

The good thing about the Beehive is as soon as you see it, you know what it is.

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