New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway: welcome to Taradise

New Plymouth started life as the port servicing the mellow, fertile dairying country surrounding Mount Taranaki.


Picture perfect Te Rewa Rewa Bridge and Mount Taranaki. © itravelNZ 

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New Chums Beach: a slice of heaven

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

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...


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