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Awaroa Bay. © Abel Tasman Sea Shuttle

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Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you’re looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies in the Bay of Islands, a place where heritage and natural beauty combine perfectly. Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: 12 unique food and drink experiences in Hawke’s Bay

While the region is famous for its stellar vineyards, there are plenty of other dining options in Hawke’s Bay, too. From American-style barbecue to sleek bistros and quirky coffee carts, we’ve rounded up 12 options, well worth investigating.  Read the story . . . 

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The Bridge to Nowhere

When the road disappeared in the bush, grasses and lichens colonised the span and the deck of the bridge – the grandest in a tramping track you’ll ever see. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . . 

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Raglan: you don’t have to be a surfer, but it helps

Ask anyone with salt-draggled hair and the odd piercing where the best surf break in New Zealand is and there’s a fair chance they’ll name Raglan without a moment’s hesitation. Read the story . . . 

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10 intriguing islands to visit this summer

With 14,000 kilometres of coastline and a multitude of lakes, there are hundreds of intriguing islands scattered in and around New Zealand just waiting to be explored.   Read the story . . . 

Milford Sound is the best-known and most accessible of all the fiords in Fiordland National Park. Read the story . . . 

Milford Sound is spectacular in any weather. © Go Orange

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Enjoy an easy alpine walk on the Waitonga Falls Track

At 39 metres, Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall.  Read the story . . . 

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Otago Central Rail Trail: the original Great Ride

The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ cycle trail.  Read the story . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: the painted place

The name Ōrakei Kōrako means something along the lines of ‘painted place’ in Māori and it’s easy to see why. Read the story . . . 

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