Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica and heads north driving a swell before it, the first bit of the...


Cape Palliser lighthouse. © grafissimo

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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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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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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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Tararua: a glimpse of prehistoric New Zealand

Home to mighty ancient forests, protected by the work of dedicated conservationists, the Tararua District is teeming with life.  Read the story . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... 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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Te Arapiki o Tāwhaki Walk

Experience stunning views and native bush on Te Arapiki o Tāwhaki at Pūkaha Mount Bruce. Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint, one of the wilder stretches of the North Island coast, is no exception.   Read the story . . . 

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South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne to Wellington: sampling the finer things in life

Experience hot pools, beaches, art, culture, heritage and wildife on a road trip from Gisborne to Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Five fab things to do in Masterton

Get out and explore Masterton, in the heart of the Wairarapa. Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Featherston

Featherston, in the Wairarapa, is a small town with an abundance of quirky style.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Wairarapa

Martinborough is renowned for its vineyards, but there is also a thriving food scene in the Wairarapa region to explore.  Read the story . . . 

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