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Oriental Bay, Wellington. © David Wall Photography

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Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession. Read the story . . . 

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Doubtful Sound: powerful serenity

The most obviously dubious aspect of Doubtful Sound is its name, because as everyone knows, it’s actually a fiord, carved from the mountains by the action of a glacier long since gone the way of a Fruju in high summer.  Read the story . . . 

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Wainui Beach: sunrises without peer

Wainui is a beautiful stretch of white sand that receives a nice, clean Pacific swell in westerly weather – and happily, the prevailing winds are from the westerly quarter.  Read the story . . . 

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Rangitīkei: enjoying life off the beaten track

The Rangitīkei River and surrounding countryside are truly exceptional. The landscape here is often rugged but always spectacular. Read the story . . . 

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Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

Glenorchy is a picturesque spot, backed by the craggy, snow-capped grandeur that is the interior of the Mount Aspiring National Park. And there’s fun to be had in the area. Lots of it. 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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The legend of how the Whanganui River came to be is befitting of such a magical place. Read the story . . . 

Canoeing on Whanganui River. © janetteasche

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Loved by the locals: Tauranga

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

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Loved by the locals: the Kauri Coast

Do what the locals do on the Kauri Coast.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Lyttelton

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

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Huka Falls: New Zealand’s most visited – and photographed – natural attraction

Enjoy the magnificence of thousands of litres of water squeezing and surging through a 15-metre rocky gorge into heart-stirring rapids and a waterfall you'll be hard pressed not to photograph. Read the story . . . 

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Ōamaru’s Victorian Precinct: the capital of all things steampunk

Slightly eccentric, Oamaru is one of those not-as-it-first-seems places. The surprises are all good ones, though! Read the story . . . 

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Driving Creek Railway: a unique railway experience

Zig zag through lush native bush on New Zealand's only narrow-gauge railway. Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint Scenic Reserve: the views, the views, the views

Castlepoint has long, languorous beaches, exquisite sunrises, sheltered lagoons and fossil-rich reefs... and of course the prettiest lighthouse. Read the story . . . 

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Ōkārito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest. Read the story . . . 

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The Nelson market: homemade with heart and skill

Visit this pure, heartfelt celebration of the creative endeavours of the people of the region and their fine local produce. Read the story . . .