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

Waimangu Volcanic Valley Visit website

How the World Began There's literally nothing like Rotorua's Waimangu Volcanic Valley anywhere else in the world. It's the world's youngest geothermal system, the only . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Auckland to 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 . . . 

Regal Residency Visit website

Welcome to Regal Residency Auckland. Located in the east of city, having some of the best views across the Auckland Harbour and just off the . . . 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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5.0 /5
850 Cameron Motel Visit website

TAURANGA'S NEWEST MOTEL - Opened in 2014. Excellent location, Excellent Service and all brand new amenities! A great sleep - top of the range beds . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Awatea Park Motel Visit website

AWATEA PARK MOTEL AND CONFERENCE CENTRE is situated on the edge of beautiful and tranquil Awatea Park. Although situated in the heart of Palmerston North, . . . 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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4.7 /5
Hobbit Motorlodge Visit website

Charming alpine setting offering guests quiet comfortable accommodation. Centrally located in the beautiful alpine location of Ohakune village, the nearest town to Turoa ski field, . . . 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 . . . 

4.6 /5
4.6 /5
Matariki Motor Lodge Visit website

Welcome to Matariki Motor Lodge Te Awamutu, Waikato, New Zealand, we are Te Awamutu's newest motel complex offering spacious and quiet accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

Sealink Travel Group Visit website

Stunningly beautiful Great Barrier Island offers a truly back-to-nature experience.Remote and rugged, "the Barrier" is a great place to really escape the rigours of a . . . 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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4.3 /5
Acacia Lodge Motel Visit website

15 waterfront studio, 1 and 2 bedroom units, each with it's own verandah/balcony facing out over the water of Mill Bay. . . . 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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