Southern Scenic Route: the long and winding road

A faded brown road sign stands just along from Queenstown’s Remarkables ski fields.


The Catlins Coast on a not-quite-so-windy day. © Graeme Murray

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Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

The rain had settled in. Mist crept over the brows of hills, brooding and moody.

Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.

Otago Peninsula road trip: wildlife and wild history

Family squabbles, love affairs and bitter accusations – sounds like the plot of a soap opera.

Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru

‘Steampunk is a quirky genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology’ – according to Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.

WOAP: a celebration of Wellington cuisine

WOAP (pronounced Whoa-app) is a two-week- / three-weekend-long festival showcasing the – quite frankly ridiculous – abundance of the Wellington...

Full spectrum: road tripping from Lake Hāwea to Jackson Bay

We begin in high country station territory: Hunter Valley, Dingleburn, Lake Hāwea Station, each with thousands of hectares of pasture...

Today, tomorrow, Tīmaru

Big skies, a long, lonely coastline of restless ocean with few safe havens, a region of dead straight roads cleaving...

Waitākere: under the sunset

The west has stories to tell; there’s drama in those hills.

Taranaki: like no other

Taranaki’s catchphrase, that it is 'like no other' – is, at first glance, nonsensical: after all, no place is quite...


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