Ōrakei Kōrako: Taupō's geothermal wonderland

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


The stunningly weird Ōrakei Kōrako geothermal valley. © muha04 

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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...

Night skiing at Coronet Peak

Those who have enough trouble staying on their feet in skis or on a snowboard in optimal conditions will wonder...

Raglan: you don’t have to be a surfer, but it helps

Ask anyone with salt-draggled hair and the odd piercing where the best surf break in New Zealand is and there’s...

Cook Strait crossing: one of the most beautiful in the world

Anyone who has ever done a road trip of New Zealand will have indelible memories of their Cook Strait crossing.

Mountain biking the Rameka Track: gut-busting fun

Mountain bikes are forbidden from the Abel Tasman National Park – all except for one section, the Rameka Track from...

Lake Taupō: the great lake

The biggest lake in Australasia announced its arrival with a bang.


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