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Cromwell in Autumn. © Southern Lightscapes Australia

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Central Auckland: bustling, beautiful, always beguiling

Auckland. Our diverse and buzzing supercity attracts lovers of good food, good beaches and hearty adventures in the great outdoors. Read the story . . . 

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Some volcanoes are stroppier than others. A stroll on Mount Eden, for example, feels safe. A poke around on the flanks of Whakaari — White Island — by contrast, does not writes John McCrystal.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Southern Lakes

From film festivals and markets to MTB and a celebration of colour, Southern Lakes has something for everyone . . .  Read the story . . . 

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Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle, surrounding the beautiful Mount Taranaki. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the North Island it hits is Cape Palliser. And like every other spot where land and sea come to serious blows, the cape is spellbindingly magical. Read the story . . . 

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Writer Tracey Wogan and her family are stoked to have escaped the urban rat race and currently revel in Hawke’s Bay, a place that isn’t on the way to anywhere and requires deliberate choice to discover its delights.  Read the story . . . 

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Where the city runs out, Rodney begins . . . This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast. Read the story . . . 

Orewa beach has regained its soul. © Deniz Unlusu

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Dunedin city: islands in the flow

Writer and filmmaker Bill Morris recommends hunting out the stayers when you visit Dunedin. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: South Auckland

Do what the locals do in South Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's Dunedin: history, wildlife and New Zealand's only castle

Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets. Read the story . . . 

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Farewell Spit: the longest natural sandbar in the world

Experience the striking landforms of Wharakiki Beach before travelling out along the longest natural sandbar in the world and sanctuary to over 90 bird species, including bar-tailed godwits, knots, curlews, whimbrels and turnstones. Read the story . . . 

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The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf

Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world. Read the story . . . 

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Larnach Castle: a vision of past and present

If you missed Larnach Castle on your trip out to wing it with the albatrosses, you must have been on Facebook. It stands proud and bold on the highest point of the entire Otago Peninsula. Read the story . . .