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...

Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony: the exhilarating sight of 20,000 gannets

Some things harness and then reflect significant power over the visitor because of their singular majesty: mountains, iconic buildings, Tāne Mahuta.

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve: the views, the views, the views

What a stretch of coast! It looks like it should be wild and woolly – and it can be in...

Cape Palliser: the wild southern tip of the North Island

This is a freaky part of the world, a wild, windblown promontory that is the southernmost tip of the North Island.

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...

Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Zealandia, formerly known as the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary, packs an awful lot into a relatively small (less than 2.6 square...

Queen Charlotte Track: camp, bike, walk... if you can tear your eyes away from the views

This is becoming a hugely popular walkway, so you’ll need to watch for and be nice to the other folk.

Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

Just out of Tākaka, in gorgeous Golden Bay, on the way to Farewell Spit, lie the Te Waikoropupū Springs.

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.

Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

You can head to these magnificent monuments to nature’s power and beauty in high summer and feel winter closing in...

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