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Cathedral Cove, Coromandel. © Tyler Lastovich

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New Plymouth: mountains and masterpieces

The wavy stainless steel exterior of the Len Lye Centre shimmers and plays; people walk close and back off and look up and laugh at their mangled reflections. It is instantly fun. Read the story . . . 

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Banks Peninsula: land of volcanoes and mini dolphins

On Banks Peninsula you can sleep under the stars in a glass house, swim with miniature dolphins and dine on amazing local food all in the same day... Read the story . . . 

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing offers an insight into just why the park is rated an international treasure and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read the story . . . 

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Farewell Spit: a sandy phenomenon

Extending 35km east in a sweeping arc east from the northernmost extremity of the South Island, Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint, one of the wilder stretches of the North Island coast, is no exception.   Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: the other (third) island

It feels like going back in time on Stewart Island, to a land with less human impact, as well as ancient forest, vociferous birdlife and abundant seafood. Read the story . . . 

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Get active in Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge

While now closed to vehicles, the Manawatū Gorge is busy with birdlife, bikers and people enjoying the native bush.  Read the story . . . 

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Heavenly Haast: a UNESCO World Heritage Area

The southern corner of the South Island’s West Coast is home to landscapes so wild and spectacular, it has been recognised by UNESCO as an area of international significance.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Southern Lakes

Do what the locals do in the Southern Lakes. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Taupō

Do what the locals do in Taupō. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Dunedin city

Do what the locals do in Dunedin city.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge in food and fun at Auckland’s markets

Whether you’re in the heart of the city or exploring the outskirts for a weekend, the Auckland region has a selection of excellent markets to visit.  Read the story . . . 

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Spot penguins, seals and one of New Zealand’s oldest lighthouses at Nugget Point

A historic lighthouse on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean: it doesn’t get much more iconic than Nugget Point. Read the story . . . 

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Ride the Hauraki Rail Trail through the stunning Karangahake Gorge

One of the easiest Great Rides, the Hauraki Rail Trail, is a gentle cycle through New Zealand’s gold mining history.  Read the story . . . 

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Snap a selfie atop iconic Roys Peak

Possibly New Zealand’s biggest Instagram celebrity, Roys Peak in Wānaka is instantly recognisable for its spectacular views.  Read the story . . .