South Auckland stroll

If Auckland was the body of a women, South Auckland would be the hands. The maker.


Te Pane-o-Mataoho Mangere Mountain © Russell Street Creative Commons

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The Forgotten World Highway

There are no traffic jams here,  it’s not called the Forgotten World Highway for nothing. John McCrystal writes about the road from Stratford to Taumaranui.  Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

Just south of Oamaru, you’ve got this nice, sandy beach, right, but at a certain point there’s a collection of perfectly round boulders, some smooth-skinned and perfect, others fracturing along buttery veins of quartz, others eroded away to little more than a pile of quartzy rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Camping country

John McCrystal gets a little misty-eyed about life under canvas . . .  Read the story . . . 

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Central Auckland: bustling, beautiful, always beguiling

Auckland. Our diverse and buzzing supercity attracts lovers of good food, good beaches and hearty adventures in the great outdoors. Read the story . . . 

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park — but it really has to be seen to be believed.  Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The legend of how the Whanganui River came to be is truly befitting of such a magical place. Read the story . . . 

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook (3754 metres).  Read the story . . . 

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Arthur’s Pass National Park: over the backbone

Arthur’s Pass National Park lies in the heart of the Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri o te Moana. Its high mountains are the ‘backbone’ of the South Island and the pass itself is the key link between east and west. Read the story . . . 

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Fiordland National Park: the eighth wonder

Fiordland National Park is home to what many consider New Zealand’s most stunning natural attraction — the breathtaking Milford Sound. You won't be surprised that Rudyard Kipling called it the eighth wonder of the world. Read the story . . . 

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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi is New Zealand’s second largest national park — but it needs to be big to squeeze in the famous Heaphy Track, the Oparara Basin complex of limestone caves arches and channels, and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring — known to the Maori as Tititea, ‘steep peak of sparkling white’ — is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  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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Rakiura National Park: glowing skies

Around 85 per cent of New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island Rakiura, is included in this national park. Rakiura is the most recently formed national park and exudes all the charm of a world on its own. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.  Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rodney-Okakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Okakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close to the city. Read the story . . . 

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Fiordland Marine Reserves

Fiordland’s ten marine reserves border the Fiordland National Park and are a fantastic example of protected natural environments. Read the story . . . 

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