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...


The road to East Cape. © David Wall Photography

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Asure Alfresco Motor Lodge Visit website

Alfresco Motor Lodge offers you 14 spacious well-appointed units, serviced daily: 10 studio (sleep 1-3), 2 x 1-bedroom (sleep 2-4), 2 x 2-bedroom (sleep 2-7). . . . More . . . 

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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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Champers Motor Lodge Visit website

Adjacent to Park Golf Club. Offering 14 luxury units including 1 and 2-bedroom suites with double spa baths and full kitchens. . . . More . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana: hidden gem

The dense, luxuriant rainforest forms a handsome setting for the gem that is Waikaremoana, ‘the lake of rippling waters.' Read the story . . . 

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Portside Hotel Gisborne - Heritage Collection

Portside Hotel, Heritage's Boutique Gisborne hotel, is located on the edge of Turanganui River, offering understated elegance and personal service in an intimate, friendly atmosphere. . . . More . . . 

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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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Hicks Bay Motel Lodge & Restaurant Visit website

...where the morning sun first meets the horizon...1960s Kiwiana - defining what it is to be Kiwi. Set on a 14 acre bluff, 250 meters . . . More . . . 

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Heritage and history

New Zealand on film: more than hobbits and snowy mountainscapes

Movies have put New Zealand on the map. But there's much more to New Zealand film than The Lord of the Rings... Read the story . . . 

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Travellers Inn Motel Visit website

Where friendly Gisborne hospitality awaits you. The ideal place to explore the East Coast unspoilt scenery. Nine refurbished and air-conditioned units & a self contained . . . More . . . 

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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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Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge Visit website

18 luxuriously appointed ground-floor studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom units ( 5 new units built 2013 ),remaining units refurbished 2013.10 units with spa baths, serviced daily. . . . More . . . 

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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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Magnolia Court Motel Visit website

13 spacious well-appointed studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units (all ground floor). 3 modern units built 2007. Wireless internet access. Accessible facilities. . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Waikanae Beach Motel Visit website

Directly across the road from beautiful Waikanae Beach, we are in a prime location. Just a short stroll along our city walkways to the vibrant . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

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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