New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway: welcome to Taradise

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

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...

East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Of all the names for the area that contains our country’s biggest river, I like The Mighty Waikato best.

Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way...

Franklin: coast to coast charm

'There's no end of things to do in the "White City".'

Christchurch: a city transforming

I’m often asked by visitors if they should bother to visit Christchurch. I’m always a bit gobsmacked by this.

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes, wild coastline and...

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

How about a peaches-and-cream chardonnay in the Bay or a silky, cherry-drenched pinot under the oak tree in Martinborough?

Wellington: coffee, beer and food, food, food

Wellingtonians pride themselves on being connoisseurs of all things gastronomical, fancying themselves the equivalent of the residents of New York’s...

Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

‘Waking up at first light you lifted the edge of the canvas wall and there you were, lying on the...

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