Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

It’s not that long ago that Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh.

South Westland: a wonder of the world

You won’t be bothered by sandflies on Mount Everest, or in the Grand Canyon, or even on the Great Barrier Reef.

Westland: land of ice dragons

Some locals say that people who move to Westland are either running away or in search of something.

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...

The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern...

Buller Gorge: a thrilling adventure

If you’re driving from Nelson to Westport, you’ll first pick up the Buller just past Glenhope, about 30km as the...

Paparoa National Park: there she blows

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, and an absolutely spectacular coastline are all packed into...

Buller: the river without memories

I thought I was going to drown.

Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

The wind swings half a compass and lifts.

Kauri Coast: home again

It's hard to imagine what the north must have been like in the days before the timbermen came – unless...

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