Tohu Whenua: Otago Central Rail Trail

Big spaces, big-hearted people and wild, wide skies.


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Tohu Whenua: Otago Central Rail Trail

Big spaces, big-hearted people and wild, wide skies. Those are just some of the features that define Aotearoa’s original Great Ride, the Otago Central Rail Trail. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Olveston

Located in a leafy inner city suburb just a stone’s throw from the heart of Dunedin, Olveston is one of New Zealand’s most opulent heritage homes to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Larnach Castle

Situated majestically on the jaw-droppingly scenic Otago Peninsula near Dunedin city, Larnach Castle has it all: spectacular views, sumptuous architecture and scandalous stories. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Ōamaru

Historic Ōamaru is home to New Zealand’s most complete streetscape of Victorian commercial buildings.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: TSS Earnslaw

A cruise aboard Queenstown’s historic steamship TSS Earnslaw is hard to beat.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Denniston Mine

Located just 30 minutes north of Westport, the Denniston Plateau is a place of unique geology, sweeping coastal views and incredible history to boot. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Arrowtown

Historic Arrowtown is possibly Aotearoa’s most charming gold rush town. Established in the 1860s during the Otago gold rush, Arrowtown has no less than 60 heritage-listed buildings to explore. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 10 scenic spots for a springtime stroll

As the weather warms up and we're all itching to get out and about, why not check out a short walk close to home. We've rounded up a handful of springtime strolls to add to your wish-list. Read the story . . . 

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Six spectacular South Island road trips

Get your summer travel plans underway with these six road trips around the spectacular South Island. From coastal cruises to mountain vistas, inland highways, charming small towns, waterfalls and wildlife – it's all there to be discovered. Read the story . . . 

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13 intriguing museums to visit around New Zealand this winter

Escape the cold and learn more about New Zealand’s history on a visit to one of these fascinating museums around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Brunner Mine

Brunner Mine Historic Area near Greymouth is one of the most significant heritage sites in Aotearoa, but for a very sad reason. It was the site of the country’s most deadly industrial disaster. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Hokitika

Hokitika has always attracted treasure seekers. It was New Zealand’s sixth largest town with the port ranking as the country’s busiest harbour.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Historic Reefton

In 1888 Reefton became the first place in the southern hemisphere to have commercial electric lighting, beating posh suburbs in New York and London. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Waiuta

Waiuta is hands-down the West Coast’s best gold mining ghost town. The gravel road to get there may be long and winding, but once you emerge from the forest it’s like you’ve discovered a lost world.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Kawarau Suspension Bridge

Kawarau Suspension Bridge near Queenstown is best known as the birthplace of A.J. Hackett’s bungy tourism venture. However the 141-year-old bridge was actually famous long before thrill-seekers began throwing themselves off of it. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead

If you’re a fan of Kiwi ingenuity, rural inventions and workshops crammed with heritage machinery, then Hayes Engineering Works and Homestead in Otago is the place for you.  Read the story . . . 

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