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Sunrise at the Pinnacles. © The Coromandel

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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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Mitre Peak and Milford Sound: seeing is believing

The ineffable scale and grandeur of this landscape has to be experienced to be believed. Read the story . . . 

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Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from the strong arms of Kiwi farming country. Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Wine Trail

With nearly 800ha in grapes, Marlborough is now New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region and the list of local labels often features at the honours table of international wine festivals. Read the story . . . 

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The not-so-distant summit: day hikes to mountain tops

Mountain climbing doesn’t just have to be for the experienced or those inclined to take risks. There are plenty of spectacular summits in New Zealand that can be reached with little more than the right provisions, a propensity for physical exercise and common sense. Read the story . . . 

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The east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula has more than its fair share of pretty beaches. Happily, there are still a few that have escaped the developers. New Chums is one. Read the story . . . 

New Chums Beach, in Wainuiototo Bay. © David Wall Photography

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Loved by the locals: Tīmaru

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

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Loved by the locals: Palmerston North

Do what the locals do in Palmerston North. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Coromandel

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

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Bay of Islands: marvellous marine life

Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder. Read the story . . . 

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Rob Roy Glacier Track: glaciers, waterfalls and thieving parrots

The drive there is almost as energy-sapping as the walk to the top of the glacier. But it's worth it to experience one of the region’s most stunning walks. Read the story . . . 

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Trout fishing: some of the best fly fishing in the world

Experience fishing at its very best in the wide, swift-flowing Tongariro River.  Read the story . . . 

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Buller Gorge: swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon

Visit the deep, meandering canyon where you can zipline, raft whitewater rapids, jump on a jet boat or experience our longest swingbridge spanning the mighty Buller River. Read the story . . .