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Taupō rapids. © Barekiwi

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Nine Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems for your next Rotorua getaway

Rotorua is not short of great things to see and do, whether you’re travelling with family, or escaping for a weekend away. But while you’re there, make sure you check out these nine Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems.  Read the story . . . 

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Paloma Gardens: landscapes like no other

Take a botanical trip around the world at Paloma Gardens in Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Central and Lower North Island Travel Guide

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua, Hawke's Bay and Wellington, our Central and Lower North Island Must-Do's guide includes all the information you need to plan your next road trip.  Read the story . . . 

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Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle, surrounding the beautiful Mount Taranaki. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Helm your own Doughboat on Lake Taupō

One of the latest and most striking additions to the Taupō waterfront are Doughboats – inflatable doughnut-shaped boats with room for up to six people to cruise the inner reaches of the Great Lake. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: a forgotten railway journey

We take a journey deep into the remote and rugged North Island countryside with Forgotten World Adventures.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Surf Highway 45: New Plymouth to Hāwera

Taranaki's hemispherical coastline between Fitzroy and Hāwera is home to 180 degrees of ocean swell where you can almost be certain of solid, pumping surf. Read the story . . . 

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Climb Mount Tarawera

Despite its destructive history, Mount Tarawera today is a sleeping giant. Read the story . . . 

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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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Heritage and history

Chateau Tongariro: style and grandeur at the foot of Ruapehu

Tip your hat to architect Herbert Hall of Tīmaru who harnessed the iconic, neo-Georgian style and grandeur of European mountain chateaus at the foot of Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Whanganui

There are several spots for great coffee, foodie gems and fun places to eat out in pretty Whanganui. Read the story . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: Taupō's geothermal wonderland

There are still reminders scattered about the Taupō district of the subterranean forces that produced its mighty, first-century eruption and subsequent lake. Read the story . . . 

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