Wānaka: kicking the autumn leaves

Wellington poet Amelia Nurse has written about ‘the lake effect’ – the noticeable calming and smoothing of the ripples in...

Lake Tekapō: shimmering beauty

The great high tussock plains beyond the first range of mountains bordering the Canterbury region are collectively known as the...

Queenstown: the sky’s the limit

You feel pretty brave, standing there on the edge, your toes dangling in the void, the river moving lazily 100...

Te Mata Peak: Hawke's Bay icon

The story about how Te Mata Peak in Hawke’s Bay came to be and how it came to resemble the...

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

It's well worth the sweat...

The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Kiwi poet John Newton once wrote that mountains are 'a story you tell about yourself, a story you are journeying...

Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains...

Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

In the 1966 cult surfing movie Endless Summer, filmmaker Bruce Brown follows two surfers, Mike Hynson and Robert August, on...

Southern Lakes: a place for all seasons

In the constellation of New Zealand’s most scenic places and star attractions, the Southern Lakes region burns so brightly that,...

Otago Peninsula: catching the wind

A peninsula provokes a certain state of mind, one of exposure to the elements and close proximity to nature.

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