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

11 secret spots around New Zealand you didn't know existed

From untouched forest to freshwater lakes, secret beaches and secluded islands, we guarantee you won't have discovered all 11 of these Kiwi Gems.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Families need to discover these 10 Kiwi Gems in the North Island

So, you think you know New Zealand? But have you discovered all of these family-friendly Kiwi Gems around the North Island? Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Te Ara Ahi: geothermal by bike

In Rotorua, you can have the unique experience of cycling through active geothermal fields. Read the story . . . 

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Kiwi Gems

Get hands-on with molten glass in Whanganui

In Whanganui, you’ll find the only open-access glass studio in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Experience historic tunnels and towers in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers are fascinating. Whanganui has both, and even better, they are joined together by a historic elevator. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Cruise the Whanganui River on a heritage vessel

Take a leisurely trip up the Whanganui River on one of two historic boat cruises – the MV Wairua or New Zealand's only coal-powered paddle steamer, the Waimarie. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Eat and drink your way around Wellington City

With a stellar collection of superb cafés and restaurants, most within easy walking distance, plus an abundance of boutique brew bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Find Wellington’s largest fur seal colony at Turakirae Head

Wellington’s Turakirae Head at the southern end of the Remutaka Range is a unique habitat for native birds, reptiles and most notably kekeno, or New Zealand fur seals. Read the story . . . 

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Matiu / Somes Island: New Zealand’s Alcatraz

Visit the intriguing Matiu/Somes island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Kiwi Gems

Go behind the scenes at Weta Workshop

Weta Workshop is world-famous, but in Wellington, you can have your own hands-on experience of cinematic craft.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Squeeze into an enchanted world in Taupō

Wriggle your way through a narrow rock crevice to find a naturally-heated waterfall, deep in the bush on the outskirts of Taupō. Read the story . . . 

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Absorb the legends of Aotearoa with Te Hīkoi o Pūkaha

At Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre you can have an immersive experience that is both ecological and cultural.  Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Queen Elizabeth Park: family-friendly fun

Explore one of New Zealand’s best family-friendly parks in Masterton.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Drink in the spectacular views on Wairarapa’s Deliverance Cove Track

Take a short, family-friendly walk on the Deliverance Cove Track to discover some of the most interesting coastline in the Wairarapa region. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Find gold-mining heritage in the Waikato

Explore the remnants of gold-mining history in the Waiorongomai Valley on the outskirts of Waikato’s Te Aroha.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

Go on an underground adventure at Nikau Cave

Head deep into the countryside at the northern edge of the Waikato, and you’ll discover one of the prettiest glowworm caves in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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