Read more by Paul Hersey

Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

The half light of dawn is a most magical time to be on the coast.


There are so many ways to ride the waves. © Dave and Les Jacobs

Loved by the locals: Stewart Island Rakiura

This is one of my all-time favourite experiences.

Climbing: facing your fear

Fear. It can be irrational. Paralysing. Occasionally insightful.

Loved by the locals: Southland

Hector’s dolphins. Beanbags shaped like sea lions, and sometimes also the real thing. A petrified forest stretch of coast.

Remote Southland: the quirk and the sublime

I had travelled to a remote corner of Southland in search of uncrowded waves to ride.

Must-do surf breaks

This handful of surf beaches are easy to access and, in the right conditions, a good place to learn to surf.

Off-the-beaten-track day walks

With the increase in our country’s population, growing tourism numbers, endless bucket lists and Lonely Planet must-dos, it can be...

Loved by the locals: Buller

Driving over the Radiant Range and down towards Little Wanganui River is to go even further back in time from...

Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

The wind swings half a compass and lifts.

Buller: the river without memories

I thought I was going to drown.


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