Get your bearings at the geographical centre of New Zealand

While on a map it may look like it lies somewhere in the middle of the Cook Strait, the geographical...


Sunset views from the geographical centre of New Zealand. © Nelson Tasman

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The Garden B&B Visit website

Character home in a tranquil garden setting with a range of rooms to suit every budget and group configuration, and within easy walking distance to . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Farewell Spit: a sandy phenomenon

Extending 35km east in a sweeping arc east from the northernmost extremity of the South Island, Farewell Spit is the longest natural sandbar in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Dunedin Railway Visit website

A visit to Dunedin is not complete without a trip on the Taieri Gorge Railway - one of the world's great train trips. . . . More . . . 

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Wānaka: kicking the autumn leaves

Lake Wānaka is an aquatic playground for anglers, water-skiers, jet-boaters, sailors, swimmers and windsurfers... and more. And then there's autumn... Read the story . . . 

Garth Wilson Jade Visit website

MY ANCESTORS HAVE BEEN JADE CARVERS FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARSMy tribes the Ngati Mahaki and Ngati Waewae were the 2 Maori tribes who lived and . . . More . . . 

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Hanmer Springs: alpine adventures and indulgence

There’s not much better than lounging in hot mineral water when the ground around you is covered with snow and there’s a biting southerly blowing down from the tops. Read the story . . . 

Ocean Paua 2000 Ltd Visit website

STUNNING AUTHENTIC NZ MADE SOUVENIRSWalk into our shop & into a world of Paua, Gems and Jade, all genuine and made by our talented artists, . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

Brook House B&B & Cottages Visit website

Judy, Charlie (the poodle) and Henry ( the cat) welcome you to their home. Real Kiwi hospitality - comfy beds and cosy rooms in a . . . More . . . 

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Mountain biking the Rameka Track: gut-busting fun

Mountain bikes are forbidden in the Abel Tasman National Park – all except for one section, the Rameka Track from Tākaka Hill down into the Rameka Gorge. Read the story . . . 

The Helicopter Line - Queenstown Visit website

Queenstown is the adventure capital of the world. There is no other place on earth where you can find so many varied products to exhilarate . . . More . . . 

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Cook Strait crossing: one of the most beautiful in the world

Anyone who has ever done a road trip of New Zealand will have indelible memories of their Cook Strait crossing. Read the story . . . 

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Aspen Court Motel Franz Josef Visit website

Have received Trip Advisor Travellers Choice Awards for, 2015, 2016, and 2017 in various categories. Aspen Court is surrounded by native bush, and is a . . . More . . . 

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Rakiura Stewart Island: smouldering sunsets and sunrises

At Halfmoon Bay, the main settlement on Stewart Island, sunsets and sunrises stretch into smouldering pyrotechnic displays. Read the story . . . 

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Manuka Crescent Motel Visit website

We offer great spacious and affordable accommodation with studio and family units. All of our units have kitchens, 32 inch flat screen TVs and free . . . More . . . 

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Night skiing at Coronet Peak

Few people find themselves out in the mountains at night, so quite apart from the skiing, just being on the slopes under the stars is an unusual and affecting experience. Read the story . . . 

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