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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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Rotorua

There's plenty to keep you busy for a weekend escape in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

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Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne to Wellington: sampling the finer things in life

Experience hot pools, beaches, art, culture, heritage and wildife on a road trip from Gisborne to Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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Four picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach. Read the story . . . 

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New Plymouth: mountains and masterpieces

The wavy stainless steel exterior of the Len Lye Centre shimmers and plays; people walk close and back off and look up and laugh at their mangled reflections. It is instantly fun. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

South of Napier and Hastings you'll find the Central Hawke's Bay District, home to bucolic landscapes, historic homesteads, long stretches of coastline, weekend markets, museums and great mountain-biking. Read the story . . . 

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Simple pleasures at Mangawhai

Escape the city for a weekend at a slower pace filled with simple pleasures at Northland's Mangawhai Heads.  Read the story . . . 

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