South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from...


The Blue Spring at the Te Waihou walkway in South Waikato. © Arno Gasteiger 

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Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

In the 1966 cult surfing movie Endless Summer, filmmaker Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on...

Waipā: a slice of royalty in the Waikato

Every little girl wants to get married in the white church on the corner as you drive into Cambridge.

Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Austria and already had an international reputation as an artist when he first visited New...

Manawatū: off the main drag

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

Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains...

East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Of all the names for the area that contains our country’s biggest river, I like The Mighty Waikato best.

Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the...

Waitomo: caves, waterfalls... and sheep

The joys of Waitomo will begin to appear when you stop just out of the township.

The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Kiwi poet John Newton once wrote that mountains are 'a story you tell about yourself, a story you are journeying...


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