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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Natural attractions

Pōhutu Geyser: the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere

Feel the raw energy and explosive power of the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere at Te Whakarewarewa, a living thermal Māori village. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Waitomo Glowworm Caves: a cave aglow with lights

Glide along the Waitomo River under a magical, breathtaking canopy of thousands of glowworms. Read the story . . . 

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Wai-O-Tapu: thermal wonderland

Experience a remarkably diverse geothermal amphitheatre thousands of years in the making. Read the story . . . 

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Indulgence

Spas and relaxation: natural hot springs in Rotorua

Soak in naturally heated mineral pools while you look out over the lake, take a twilight mud bath, or bathe under a waterfall in a natural hot spring. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Pacific Coast Highway: the long way round

Lap up over 300 kilometres of pure road trip paradise from Ōpōtiki to Gisborne.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tongariro Alpine Crossing: one of the best one-day walks in the world

Walk through this World Heritage Area of volcanic giants, sheer beauty and alpine lakes to make memories you will treasure forever. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Trout fishing: some of the best fly fishing in the world

Experience fishing at its very best in the wide, swift-flowing Tongariro River.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Napier Art Deco Festival: vintage colour and charm

Discover the largest concentration of sun-drenched charm and art deco in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony: the exhilarating sight of 20,000 gannets

Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets. Read the story . . . 

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Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: all that’s great and native in the avian category

Climb to the summit of Te Arapiki o Tawhaki for impressive views and experience New Zealand as it used to be on the way with wild kākā, kōkako, stichbird, takahē, kākāriki and ancient tuatara.  Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint Scenic Reserve: the views, the views, the views

Castlepoint has long, languorous beaches, exquisite sunrises, sheltered lagoons and fossil-rich reefs... and of course the prettiest lighthouse. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Cape Palliser: the wild southern tip of the North Island

Climb the steps of Cape Palliser lighthouse and immerse yourself in the rugged charm of the southernmost tip of the North Island. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Take in the spectacular beauty of the Cook Strait crossing

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty of the Marlborough Sounds. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve: an accessible island sanctuary

Reckon on a kākā landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kākāriki, bellbird, robin and saddleback. Read the story . . . 

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