Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

The story about how Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay came to be and how it came to resemble the...


Sunrise at Te Mata Peak. © Andrew Caldwell

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Rotorua: hot pools

Back in the day, no one thought very much of Rotorua.

Adventure time: Rere rock slide

We’ll let you in on a little secret here, so long as you promise not to let it go any further.

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You feel pretty brave, standing there on the edge, your toes dangling in the void, the river moving lazily 100...

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Those unfamiliar with New Zealand geography are often surprised to find the Waikato River, which they first met at Taupō...

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If ever you should tire of the splendours of Dunedin – preposterous though that proposition may sound – there’s always...

Ōrakei Kōrako: thermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and...

Mount Taranaki: picture-perfect peak

You want a nice, classically shaped volcano? Well, look no further.

Mauao Mount Maunganui: holiday hotspot

The proper Māori name of Mauao – or ‘the Mount’, as most New Zealanders tend to call it these days...

Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

The great high tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region are collectively known as the...


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