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Lake Tarawera. © Adrian Hodge

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Western Bay of Plenty: it's the beaches...

With no less than 12km of white sandy beach reaching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa and a wide coastline that stretches for 125km, it sure is hard to beat. Read the story . . . 

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The Blue Pools of Haast Pass

Māori knew about the glacial defile between the coastal flats of South Westland and the high tussock-land surrounding the southern lakes from their expeditions in search of pounamu.  Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost ... or is looking for. Space, peace, quality of life and an awareness among the people who live here that they share a secret, a precious key to nirvana.  Read the story . . . 

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Kaikōura Peninsula Walkway

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy sensational clifftop views of the sea and mountains from this unique walking track. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga: wild and unforgettable

As you approach Cape Rēinga the land narrows, affording glimpses of Northland’s east and west coasts as you climb the high, lonely road that eventually winds down to the Cape itself. Read the story . . . 

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Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we harbour a national passion for getting back to it. Read the story . . . 

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In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

Poor Knights Marine Reserve, Whangārei. © Alistair Guthrie

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Urban explorer: Tauranga

It’s been a long time coming, but new projects and initiatives are bringing vibrancy back to Tauranga’s CBD. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Cuba Street

Wellington’s Cuba Street is, quite simply, cool. Running from Webb to Wakefield Streets, this slice of bohemia positively thrums with culinary and creative soul. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Christchurch CBD

Even longest-term residents of Christchurch are just finding their way in the shiny new streets of the post-quake city.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore hidden glowworm caves in Manawatū

Venture off the beaten track in northern Manawatū to discover the soaring caves at Limestone Creek Reserve. Read the story . . . 

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Discover the ‘badlands erosion’ of Putangirua Pinnacles

Ancient gravels and millions of years of erosion have created one of New Zealand’s most spectacular geological sites at the Putangirua Pinnacles.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore fairytale forests, waterfalls and mountains in Taranaki

Egmont National Park with its iconic cone of Mount Taranaki is home to hundreds of kilometres of walking and tramping tracks, from gentle day walks to more challenging tramps.  Read the story . . . 

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Discover Captain James Cook’s favourite New Zealand base, Ship Cove

Set on the outskirts of the Marlborough Sounds, Ship Cove Meretoto was a favourite anchorage of Captain James Cook and remains popular with boaties today.  Read the story . . .