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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Events and festivals

Stroll through sculpture and scenery on Waiheke Island

Take a stroll through the dramatic works of eminent New Zealand artists on Waiheke Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Thames Steampunk

In Thames, the sharpest dressers turn out in goggles and corsets, raggamuffin kids parade in top-hats and tails, dogs in waistcoats travel by lacy pram and gun-toting Mad Max types roll through the middle of the CBD in a train.   Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Manawatū

Manawatū time runs nice and easy, with pretty much no traffic and lots of great things to do – ideal for a day out with the kids. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Wairākei Golf Course, Taupō

Wairākei – a golf course in a sanctuary – has to be the quintessential New Zealand golf experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Titirangi Golf Club, Waitakere

Titirangi Golf Club, New Zealand’s only Dr Alister MacKenzie designed golf course is set in suburban Auckland, between the lower slopes of the Waitakere Ranges and the Manukau Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Mercurial Mākara

If you’re looking to swap the comforts of Wellington city for a little slice of outdoor adventure, then pop Mākara Beach into your GPS and get ready to step back in time.  Read the story . . . 

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Royal Wellington Golf Club

Set on an ancient river bed in beautiful parklands with dominant native bush, the gentle contoured fairways of the Royal Wellington Golf Course are laced together by streams and lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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Kinloch Golf Course, Taupō

Every hole of the Kinloch Golf Course near Taupō requires strategic thought and patience, thanks to the unique design features incorporated by 18-time Major winner Jack Nicklaus. Read the story . . . 

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Gulf Harbour Golf Course, Whangaparāoa

Opened in 1997, Gulf Harbour has many outstanding sea views and a links-style feel. Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Northland

Perched on a clifftop with sweeping views out to Mātauri Bay and beyond to the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs is possibly New Zealand’s finest all-round golf course. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Set atop 6,500 rolling acres of stunning pasture-land, Cape Kidnappers has been described as a modern marvel of golf course architecture. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Palmerston North

Come for the coffee, stay for the food and while you're here check out a local's picks for the best things to see and do in Palmerston North. 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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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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