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See stars at Castlepoint, Wairarapa. © Daniel Rood

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Coromandel: a sting in the tail

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: five vineyards to visit by bike in Blenheim

The best way to get around the multitude of vineyards in this pocket of Marlborough is by bike. Flat, straight roads and cycle paths that wind through the vines make for almost effortless cycling and the wineries are all within easy proximity of each other.  Read the story . . . 

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Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way through Hamilton, our biggest inland city. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Peninsula road trip: wildlife and wild history

Family squabbles, love affairs and bitter accusations – sounds like the plot of a soap opera. But within the stone walls of Otago Peninsula’s Larnach Castle, it was a reality. Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: embracing the laws of physics

Millions of people have ridden the luge since it opened, and the vast majority of them have survived. They’ll swear by it...  Read the story . . . 

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Paparoa National Park: there she blows

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, not to mention an absolutely spectacular coastline...  Read the story . . . 

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Consistently enjoying the highest number of sunshine hours in the country, the rays beam down on a region producing an enormous variety of food and drink. Read the story . . . 

Two banana kayaks enjoying the sunny beach paradise. © jfoltyn 

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Loved by the locals: Hastings

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

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Loved by the locals: Southern Lakes

Do what the locals do in the Southern Lakes. 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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Bike around Auckland City’s curvaceous coastline

Cycling Auckland’s waterfront makes for a flat, entertaining and family-friendly ride.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at Christchurch's Sumner Beach

Kite-flying, dog-walking, swimming, or snoozing in the sunshine, Christchurch’s Sumner Beach offers everything you need for a summer’s day out.  Read the story . . . 

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Take a walk and a dip at Whangārei Falls

Just ten minutes from Whangārei City, Otuihau Whangārei Falls is both easily accessible and classically beautiful.  Read the story . . . 

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Get your bearings at the geographical centre of New Zealand

While on a map it may look like it lies somewhere in the middle of the Cook Strait, the geographical centre of New Zealand is actually a hilltop just outside Nelson City.  Read the story . . .