Tāne Mahuta: lord of the forest

Really? All this fuss about a kauri tree?

Hot Water Beach: BYO spade

The last time you were told to bring a bucket and spade to the beach was when you were a...

New Chum Beach: idyllic sandy seclusion

Isn’t that just a key ingredient to a successful holiday? Making new chums?

Skydive over Taupō: the skydiving capital of the world

In our experience, people have one of two reactions to terms like ‘drop zone’ and ‘controlled canopy landing’: abject fear...

Te Henga Walkway: a wild and wonderful west coast walk

You ask an ex-pat Aucklander what they most miss about their beloved city and you can guarantee that in their...

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: one of the best one-day hikes in the world

Look, we wouldn’t want to oversell it or anything, but the Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered to be one of...

Trout fishing: some of the best fly fishing in the world

Myriad tributaries flow into Lake Taupō from waterways that are little more than creeks to mighty, legendary rivers like the Tongariro.

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the...

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cook Strait crossing

They don’t call this part of the planet ‘The Roaring Forties’ because it’s a sedate little paddle across.

Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

The sand is a colour you simply have never seen before. The water is so blue it doesn’t actually look real.

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