Wānaka: kicking the autumn leaves

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

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...

Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the...

Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about the lake in this part of the world.

Westland Tai Poutini National Park: ancient ice

Westland Tai Poutini is an area of majestic primaeval vistas: snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, forests, lakes, rivers and wetlands...

Mackenzie: for lovers

The first time I laid eyes on Aoraki Mount Cook I cried like a baby.

Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

There’s something disturbingly anatomical about Ulva Island’s name, so it probably comes as something of a relief to learn it...

Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

When overseas visitors fantasise about a trip to New Zealand, Abel Tasman National Park is the kind of place they...

Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park – but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous...

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