11 secret outdoor adventures to try this summer

Hidden beaches, secret waterfalls, lighthouses, lagoons and lakes – find your next Kiwi outdoor adventure!


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Tohu Whenua: Historic Reefton

In 1888 Reefton became the first place in the southern hemisphere to have commercial electric lighting, beating posh suburbs in New York and London. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Waiuta

Waiuta is hands-down the West Coast’s best gold mining ghost town. The gravel road to get there may be long and winding, but once you emerge from the forest it’s like you’ve discovered a lost world.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge near Queenstown is best known as the birthplace of A.J. Hackett’s bungy tourism venture. However the 141-year-old bridge was actually famous long before thrill-seekers began throwing themselves off of it. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

If you’re a fan of Kiwi ingenuity, rural inventions and workshops crammed with heritage machinery, then Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Otago is the place for you.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Dunedin Railway Station

Dunedin’s city centre has heritage buildings at almost every turn, and the grandest of them all is the Dunedin Railway Station.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Totara Estate

Totara Estate is probably the most important farm in the history of Aotearoa. It was from here that the first shipment of frozen mutton was sent to England in 1882, marking the start of an export industry that has underpinned our nation’s economic prosperity. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Bannockburn Sluicings

Located a short drive from Cromwell, the sculpted clay cliffs and pinnacles at Bannockburn Sluicings are the result of a five-decade-long gold mining era that began in the 1860s. Read the story . . . 

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Boredom Busters: 9 fun family outings around New Zealand

Looking for school holiday activities the whole family can enjoy? We've picked nine great days out around New Zealand for the young and young at heart. Read the story . . . 

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Seven Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems to check out in Taupō

From fly fishing to waterfalls, walks, cycle trails and bucket list activities, we’ve rounded up seven Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems in Taupō to check out on a winter getaway.  Read the story . . . 

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In hot water: discover hot pools and geothermal springs around New Zealand

Make the most of winter by getting yourself into hot water. From DIY coastal hot tubs, to luxurious pool complexes, geothermal hotspots and soothing spas, we’ve rounded up some top picks around New Zealand to help you warm up.  Read the story . . . 

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15 intriguing things to discover in Otago's Waitaki District

Stretching inland from the North Otago coastline, the Waitaki District is rich in heritage and internationally significant geology. From Victorian architecture to fresh seafood, hot tubs, cycle trails and cheese, we’ve picked 15 unique things to discover.  Read the story . . . 

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 10 wonderful walks in the Waikato

From caves to waterfalls, mountain top vistas, riverside strolls and urban walkways, we've rounded up 10 unique walks in the Waikato region. Read the story . . . 

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Urban Explorer: four city escapes around New Zealand

As the weather cools down and the days grow shorter, bright city lights make a welcome escape from the season. Warm your cockles with great places to eat and drink, indulge in some retail therapy and explore the city streets. Where will you head on your next urban escape?  Read the story . . . 

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Taranaki Official Guide

Welcome to Taranaki. From activities and attractions, to accommodation options to suit your style and budget, the Offical Taranaki Guide has what you need. Read the story . . . 

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Official Auckland Visitor Guide

Discover the best of everything New Zealand's biggest city has to offer with the Official Auckland Visitor Guide. Read the story . . . 

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