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The iconic Wānaka Tree. © Ken Cheung

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Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

From bacon butties in Dunedin to dumpling and donuts in Auckland or fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront, New Zealand's food markets are a great way to eat. Read the story . . . 

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Waiheke Island: a sense of freedom

Some people were terribly excited when Lonely Planet named Waiheke Island as the fifth-best holiday destination in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

At first sight of Golden Bay from Tākaka Hill, you get the feeling this is definitely a settlement that could live happily apart – one of the last, loveliest places on Earth. 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.  Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

The Parliament Buildings are pretty fancy. All that Tākaka marble, the pillars, the columns and porticoes are hardly what you’d see on an architect’s easel these days. Read the story . . . 

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It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula but one positive is the tramping tracks it left behind... Read the story . . . 

The Pinnacles: one of the most popular tramping spots in New Zealand. © Daniel Chen

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Four fun things to do in Feilding

Crowned New Zealand's most beautiful town not just once, but 16 times, Feilding is definitely a pretty place to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Featherston

Featherston, in the Wairarapa, is a small town with an abundance of quirky style.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride the monster dunes in Ōpononi

In Ōpononi, on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour, there are dunes of epic proportions – more sand mountains than sandhills.  Read the story . . . 

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Discover the scandalous stories of Larnach Castle

With a combination of lavish Victorian architecture and the tragic stories of its founders, Larnach Castle is rich in history. Read the story . . . 

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Experience the world's youngest geothermal system at Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Take a walk through Rotorua’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley and learn about how the world began. Read the story . . . 

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Experience the natural highlights of the Catlins

The remote and rugged corner of the South Island’s south-eastern coast, known as the Catlins, is like a highlight reel of all the best bits nature has to offer. Read the story . . .