Hokitika: nuggets of history

The ‘Hokitika Tower’ is one of tallest man-made structures on the West Coast.


Beach art in Hokitika. © eihbheinne

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Arthur's Pass: to the other side

Centuries ago this alpine pass was traversed by Māori in search of pounamu and moa.

Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession.

Coromandel: a sting in the tail

If you were to assume that Te Ika a Māui – the Great Fish of Māui – was a species...

Hikurangi Marine Reserve

The Hikurangi Marine Reserve sits near the township of Kaikōura on the South Island’s east coast, at the point where...

Auckland: hidden heritage

Auckland is never static. It’s a teenager of a city – fully focused on growth, change and improvement.

Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to...

Lower Hutt: take me to the river

Lower Hutt: a river runs through it, called – as you’d expect – the Hutt River, although it was known...

Up the creek: Upper Hutt

The flats toward the headwaters of the Hutt River (named after the Chairman of the New Zealand Company, Sir William...

Coastal Kaikōura: magnificent marine life

There was a time, not so long ago in the grand scale of things, when the whale-watching industry in New...


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