Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

The rain had settled in. Mist crept over the brows of hills, brooding and moody.


Hokianga. © NorthlandNZ

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Take a journey on the Whanganui River

The river – Te Awa o Whanganui – forms the heart and history of Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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Imbibe your way around the Hawke’s Bay wine trails

The oldest wine region in New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay is rightly renowned for its tantalising tipples.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: the painted place

The name Ōrakei Kōrako means something along the lines of ‘painted place’ in Māori and it’s easy to see why. 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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Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

With hot pools, natural springs and 18 picturesque volcanic lakes to choose from, there are many bodies of water worth visiting in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland City cycling

Thanks to some passionate advocates and a burst of investment, Auckland City is becoming increasingly pleasurable for pedalling.  Read the story . . . 

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13 ideas to inspire a Coromandel escape

The Coromandel means beaches to many people but there’s a lot more to do than just jump in the surf. While we absolutely recommend you hit the water, there’s plenty to do here whether you’ve got a spare hour or two, or you fancy putting your feet up for a bit.   Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Ruapehu

From exploring the Tongariro National Park to venturing up the majestic maunga, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the Ruapehu region.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: 12 unique food and drink experiences in Hawke’s Bay

While the region is famous for its stellar vineyards, there are plenty of other dining options in Hawke’s Bay, too. From American-style barbecue to sleek bistros and quirky coffee carts, we’ve rounded up 12 options, well worth investigating.  Read the story . . . 

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10 of our favourite road trips for summer

The point of a road trip is to be unhurried. Sure, if you take the main highways you can get from point A to point B pretty quickly, but why would you want to? There is so much to be discovered around New Zealand, it’s best to slow down and soak it up.  Read the story . . . 

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Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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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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Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

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

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