Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

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


Cycling in Hokianga. © Alistair Guthrie

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Tourist Court Motel Visit website

9 spacious clean units. 4 ground-floor studios, 4 x 1 bedroom (2 ground-floor) and 1 x 2 bedroom unit. Serviced daily. . . . More . . . 

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Coromandel: a kid-friendly road trip

Travelling the less-sandy side of the Coromandel Peninsula with no plans and a child on board. What could possibly go wrong?  Read the story . . . 

Redwood Lodge Motel Visit website

'A Home Away From Home' - that's how our motel is often described to us by our guests. We pride ourselves on the comfort and . . . More . . . 

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Tiritiri Matangi Island short walks

Enjoy a magical cacophony of native birdsong on these short walks, as well as stunning views of the surrounding islands. Read the story . . . 

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Outrigger Motel Visit website

Most centrally located motel accommodation in Paihia, just walk to everything! Great hospitality and clean accommodation Outrigger Motel is a family-run motel located in central . . . More . . . 

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Waiheke Island: a sense of freedom

Some people were terribly excited when Lonely Planet named Waiheke Island as the fifth-best holiday destination in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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BKs Egmont Motor Lodge Visit website

18 modern, spacious units, all smokefree: 11 studio (sleeps 2), 5 x 1-bedroom units (sleeps up to 4), 1 x 2-bedroom unit with a private . . . More . . . 

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Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve

The Long Bay-Ōkura Marine Reserve protects a variety of coastal habitats, including sandy beaches, rocky reefs, estuarine mudflats and mangroves. Read the story . . . 

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Cosy Cottage Thermal Holiday Park Visit website

Cosy Cottage Thermal Kiwi Holiday Park in the heart of Rotorua accommodates over 30,000 guests every Year. We specialize in providing affordable accommodation in the . . . More . . . 

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Motu Manawa-Pollen Island Marine Reserve

The Motu Manawa–Pollen Island Marine Reserve, adjacent to Auckland's Northwestern motorway protects 500ha of the inner reaches of the Waitemata Harbour.  Read the story . . . 

Regal Palms 5 Star City Resort Visit website

Rotorua's premier 5-star City Resort (Qualmark rated). Previous Tourism Award Winners. 44 executive/superior studio, 1 and 2-bedroom suites and 2-bedroom apartments (2 bathrooms, in-room laundry). . . . More . . . 

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The Hauraki Gulf: islands of the north wind

The warm and sheltered waters of the Hauraki Gulf and its more than 50 islands have been home to humans for a thousand years... Read the story . . . 

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Abri Apartments Visit website

Two Deluxe Studio Chalets, each with a Double Spa Bath and kitchen facilities, are nestled in a sub-tropical garden with stunning Sea Views looking out . . . More . . . 

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Rodney: twin coasts

This is a land of two coasts: the white-sand beaches opening onto the benign waters of the Hauraki Gulf and the black sand shores of the west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Antonio Mews Motel Visit website

Antonio Mews Motel is a 14-unit motel complex which is comfortable and modern with ample off-street parking. It is an ideal accommodation option to explore . . . More . . . 

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Auckland's North Shore: the ‘other side’

Even though the North Shore is well-settled, it still has its wild places: pockets of bush persist within the suburbs and its string of safe beaches are never overly crowded. Read the story . . . 

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