New Chums Beach: a slice of heaven

The east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula has more than its fair share of pretty beaches.


New Chums Beach, in Wainuiototo Bay. © The Coromandel

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Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

Less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, the Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great...

Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

The entire eastern coastline of the Coromandel Peninsula is studded with jewel-like beaches.

Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s only one thing better than lounging in soft mineral water heated by thermal springs and that’s lying in soft...

Wānaka: kicking the autumn leaves

Wellington poet Amelia Nurse has written about ‘the lake effect’ – the noticeable calming and smoothing of the ripples in...

Farewell Spit: a sandy phenomenon

You might be forgiven for thinking Farewell Spit is named for the last thing Abel Tasman did as he high-tailed...

Dunedin City: Edinburgh of the south

‘Dunedin’ is an ancient name for Edinburgh and the resemblance doesn’t stop at the names.

Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved...

Devonport and North Head: Victorian village meets mysterious fort

The local iwi, Ngāti Whātua, were the first to scope Takapuna, Takarunga and Takaroro – the three volcanic cones at...

Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The Hokianga (which means ‘the circumstance of returning’) is named in commemoration of the legendary Polynesian navigator, Kupe, who ended...


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