Eastland: sun, sand and seclusion

There’s a lot to be said for sticking to State Highway 2 when travelling down the east coast of the...


Te Araroa. © Tairāwhiti Gisborne

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Eastland: sun, sand and seclusion

Take the long way round on State Highway 35, with over 300km of underpopulated coastline ahead, with plenty to do along the way. Read the story . . . 

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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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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

Adventure time: Rere rock slide

Throw yourself onto your belly on your boogie-board at the top of the slide and hang on for an exhilarating, wet and wild ride to the bottom. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost ... or is looking for. Space, peace, quality of life and an awareness among the people who live here that they share a secret, a precious key to nirvana.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

New Zealand produce: fresh is best

Fresh is best. That is undoubtedly the case when it comes to New Zealand produce – it’s one of the single greatest things our country has to offer. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Eastland Tairāwhiti: first to see the light

Poverty Bay is one of the most fertile areas of New Zealand, famous for its luscious chardonnay and its fruit and vegetables, which flourish in the rich soils and abundant sunshine.  Read the story . . . 

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Wainui Beach: sunrises without peer

Wainui is a beautiful stretch of white sand that receives a nice, clean Pacific swell in westerly weather – and happily, the prevailing winds are from the westerly quarter.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako Marine Reserve

Te Tapuwae o Rongokako north of Gisborne on the North Island’s east coast is home to eight different marine habitats including inshore reef, rocky intertidal platforms and sediment flats.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana Track: around the rippling waters

The Lake Waikaremoana Track, in the remote Te Urewera region southeast of Rotorua, traces the shoreline of this spectacular lake, named by Māori the ‘sea of rippling waters.' Read the story . . . 

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