Loved by the locals: Clutha

'Gabriel’s Gully,' near Lawrence, was where the find that initiated the great Otago gold rush was made.

Five excellent days out with kids in Auckland

Here are five more great ideas for getting out and about with the kids...

Loved by the locals: Hauraki Gulf Islands

An Irish pub might be the last thing you would expect to find on Great Barrier Island, but that’s exactly...

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: 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: 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: Waiheke Island

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

Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

Visit Oruawharo in Tākapau for high tea and a tour of the sprawling 150-year-old homestead.

Four picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach

Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in...

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