Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved...

Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

Less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, the Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great...

Rere rock slide

We’ll let you in on a little secret here, so long as you promise not to let it go any further.

Rotorua: hot pools

Back in the day, no one thought very much of Rotorua.

Rotorua: rafting

The upper reaches of the Kaituna River are pretty and placid enough.

Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great

The joys of Waitomo will begin to appear when you stop just out of the township at Waitomo Orchard and Gifts.

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.

Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts, as they say,...

Southern Scenic Route: Queenstown to Dunedin

If you get as far south as Te Anau, it’d be rude not to keep going, don’t you reckon, and...

The Forgotten World Highway

Here’s a word to the wise: if your fuel gauge is anywhere much below halfway by the time you reach...

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