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Loved by the locals: Matakana

I think Scandrett is the most beautiful and special of all Auckland’s regional parks – but I admit I’m biased.


Scandretts Bay © Alex Schwab

Loved by the locals: the Kauri Coast

Despite predation by introduced pests, including pet dogs, Northland kiwi are fighting back.

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Loved by the locals: Hauraki Gulf Islands

An Irish pub might be the last thing you would expect to find on Great Barrier Island, but that’s exactly...

Loved by the locals: Far North

Grab your surf- or sand-board and head for Ahipara, at the base of Ninety Mile Beach.

The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder.

Kauri Coast: home again

It's hard to imagine what the north must have been like in the days before the timbermen came – unless...

Boating: Kiwis on the water

In the beginning, everyone came here by boat.

Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you are looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies here.

Whangārei: hills and harbours

A long, winding, tidal harbour overshadowed by rugged volcanic cones, Whangārei is a place of many meanings.

Loved by the locals: Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is big on big views but my favourite is looking east across the inner bay from...


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