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Mauao Mount Maunganui: holiday hotspot

The proper Māori name of Mauao – or ‘the Mount’, as most New Zealanders tend to call it these days – has a certain poetry that ‘Maunganui’ (‘big hill’) does not. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Cathedral Cove Walk

Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery from this track that leads down to Gemstone and Stingray bays as well as Cathedral Cove, probably the Coromandel’s most popular destination beach.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Check out our Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Waitomo

Get outdoors and experience the underground and overground delights of Waitomo. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

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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Free things to do

Find gold-mining heritage in the Waikato

Explore the remnants of gold-mining history in the Waiorongomai Valley on the outskirts of Waikato’s Te Aroha.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Soak it up at The Lost Spring

A geothermal oasis in the heart of Whitianga, The Lost Spring is an ideal setting for indulgence.  Read the story . . . 

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Relax on secluded Ōtarawairere Beach

Picture a secluded beach made from crushed seashells that you can only get to on foot or by kayak.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Find zen at Zealong Tea Estate

Slow down and enjoy the ancient rituals of a tea ceremony at Zealong Tea Estate in Waikato.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihī with visible mining and railway remains. Take a torch to explore the tunnels! Read the story . . . 

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Find a fantastical world of foliage in Hamilton

At Hamilton Gardens you can have a real-life Alice in Wonderland experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Travel through native bush via train or zipline in The Coromandel

At Driving Creek on The Coromandel Peninsula, you can choose between chugging through native forest on New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway or zooming above it via zipline.  Read the story . . . 

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