Loved by the locals: Franklin

Signposted from Waiuku, the Āwhitu Peninsula is a rugged beauty.


Make the windswept magnificent black-sand beach of Karioitahi your playground. © LM TP

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Loved by the locals: East Waikato

One of the most popular events on Te Aroha's community calendar is a grassroots rugby match between Waihou and Te...

Working at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Coming to work every day at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is like taking a ticket in...

Loved by the locals: Manawatū

Whenever I drive through Kimbolton, I can’t help myself but stop. First, there’s Hansens Café & Store.

Loved by the locals: Marlborough

TripAdvisor rates the tiny Burleigh as the number-one place to eat in Blenheim, which is a pretty big achievement for...

Loved by the locals: Tasman

This is a remarkable find. Billed as the only place in the world where flames burn eternally in the bush,...

Loved by the locals: South Auckland

Why not bag yourself a bargain while you're out and about in South Auckland? Located on Roscommon Road in Manurewa,...

Loved by the locals: Hamilton

Perhaps the city's most popular drawcard to out of towners, the Hamilton Gardens is also a well-loved spot for locals,...

Loved by the locals: Rangitīkei

On a hot summer’s day, one of the best places to swim is in the cool beneath the dam at...

Loved by the locals: Lower Hutt

Perhaps in honour of its former status as a floodplain, Lower Hutt is extraordinarily well endowed with swimming pools, with...


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