14 quirky gems to discover around New Zealand

Curious, delightful, wacky and weird, New Zealand has many quirky attractions worth a detour.


Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru. © David Wall

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Urban explorer: Tauranga

It’s been a long time coming, but new projects and initiatives are bringing vibrancy back to Tauranga’s CBD.

Indulge: food and drink on Waiheke Island

Instead of spending 30 hours on a flight to Tuscany, fast-track yourself to Poderi Crisci, tucked in a beautifully secluded...

Indulge: food and drink in Napier

Mister D is famous for doughnuts.

Five great days out with kids in Hawke's Bay

The best way to cover the expansive Napier waterfront is on two wheels.

Urban explorer: Ghuznee Street

Ghuznee Street used to be easy to define: tired, grubby, not the kind of place you’d want to linger.

Urban explorer: Cuba Street

In 1840, when the early settlers sailed into Wellington harbour on a ship named The Cuba, it’s unlikely they would...

Urban explorer: Christchurch CBD

If you’re visiting Christchurch and discovering the shiny new streets of the central business district, you won’t be alone.

Embrace the cold: making the most of winter

By this time of year, you’re probably getting sick of comfort eating and rugging up on the couch.

Boredom Busters: great days out with kids

Keeping the kids entertained during the school holidays can be a challenge.


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