Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is known as the City of Sails, and this is largely because it has some of the world’s best...


Islands in the gulf - view of Omaru Bay with Ponui Island in the background from Waiheke Island. © Steve Clancy

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

When overseas visitors fantasise about a trip to New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park is the kind of place they...

Tongariro National Park: volcanoes of the south wind

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park and approximately one million people visit the stunning area each year.

The Pinnacles: the name says it all

It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula.

Divers' delight: the offshore islands of the Coromandel

Off the coast of the Coromandel Peninsula archipelagos of small, mostly uninhabited islands provide the kind of underwater landscapes that...

Adventure time: Waiatoto River jet boat safari

The jet boat ride up the Waiatoto River in Haast is not a thrill-seeking-360º-spins kind of experience, rather a cruise...

Adventure time: whale watching from above in Kaikōura

At depths of between one and two kilometres, the Kaikōura Trench is the deepest water, closest to shore in the world.

Adventure time: Christchurch ziplining

A mountain biking mecca on the outskirts of the city, Christchurch Adventure Park is like nirvana for riders and adventurous types.

Adventure time: Franz Josef heli hike

While there are short walks that take you to the base of Franz Josef Glacier, the only way to actually...

Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...


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