Loved by the locals: Waiheke Island

Whakanewha Regional Park in Rocky Bay, aka Ōmiha, provides a respite from busy tour buses and summer heat.


Tidal views from bush walks in Whakanewha Regional Park. © Jo Percival

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Small town treasure: Waipū

Waipū, just an hour and a half north of Auckland, is a small town steeped in Scottish heritage.

Loved by the locals: Matakana

I think Scandrett is the most beautiful and special of all Auckland’s regional parks – but I admit I’m biased.

Loved by the locals: Gisborne

Squishy bean bags and old leather sofas provide a delightfully-eclectic mix of modern, chic, casual and old elegance at the...

Loved by the locals: Tararua

Whariti Peak, at the southern end of the Ruahine Range, is one of the highest points that you can drive...

Loved by the locals: Eastland

Eastwoodhill Arboretum at Ngātapa has an outstanding collection of Northern Hemisphere trees, regarded as the largest and most comprehensive south...

Loved by the locals: Tauranga

Although no one knows the exact amount, it’s been said that one million people walk or run up or around...

Loved by the locals: Banks Peninsula

The drive from Christchurch to Akaroa via Lyttelton is not to be missed on any road trip in Canterbury.

Loved by the locals: Golden Bay

Putting the impersonal multiplex of your hometown to shame, this ad-free, non-profit community theatre is run by a charitable trust.

Loved by the locals: Upper Hutt

One of the best things about the Hutt Valley, in general, is that a river runs through it, and quite...


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