Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

We are a maritime nation. New Zealand is blessed with its coastline and most of us find some way of...


Sunset over Tutukaka coast, gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve. © Joao Inacio

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park...

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

It’s not that long ago that Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh.

Christchurch: a city transforming

I’m often asked by visitors if they should bother to visit Christchurch. I’m always a bit gobsmacked by this.

Port Chalmers: a cradle made of sea

The clatter and clang of the container terminal, red and green lights forming a path to the sea through the...

Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost... or is looking for.

Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to...

Wellington: the coolest capital

Whichever way you come at it, Wellington is all about drama.

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

It’s something of a blessing and a curse that nowadays, if you say ‘New Zealand film’, most people immediately think...

Otago Peninsula: catching the wind

A peninsula provokes a certain state of mind, one of exposure to the elements and close proximity to nature.


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