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Loved by the locals: Tararua

Whariti Peak, at the southern end of the Ruahine Range, is one of the highest points that you can drive...


Looking down the coast toward Akitio. © Nicholas Allen

Adventure time: Te Anau Glowworm Caves

It was an underground cosmos full of glowworm galaxies, like looking at the roof of the universe.

Loved by the locals: Manawatū

Whenever I drive through Kimbolton, I can’t help myself but stop. First, there’s Hansens Café & Store.

Loved by the locals: Rangitīkei

On a hot summer’s day, one of the best places to swim is in the cool beneath the dam at...

Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

Travelling north or south along State Highway 1, it's easy to pass through Taihape, Mangaweka, Marton or Bulls unthinkingly, missing...

Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

The view took his breath away.

Manawatū: off the main drag

The Manawatū is a rich and deeply characterful part of the New Zealand landscape.

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