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Queenstown at dusk. 

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Tohu Whenua: Bannockburn Sluicings

Located a short drive from Cromwell, the sculpted clay cliffs and pinnacles at Bannockburn Sluicings are the result of a five-decade-long gold mining era that began in the 1860s. Read the story . . . 

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Visit a lake on an island in a lake in Wānaka

On Wānaka’s Mou Waho Island, you can have the surreal experience of swimming in a lake on an island on a lake.   Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Lower South Island Travel Guide

From the Southern Lakes and Fiordland, to Otago, Clutha and Southland, our latest Must-Do's guide provides all the details you'll need to find accommodation, activities and attractions on your next road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Central Rail Trail: the original Great Ride

The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ cycle trail.  Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown to Glenorchy Road: a drive to Paradise

Enjoy forty-five minutes of emerald lake water and bush-clad hills, against a backdrop of snow-touched mountains as you drive from bustling Queenstown to picturesque Glenorchy – via Paradise.  Read the story . . . 

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Loop around Queenstown's Moke Lake

On the outskirts of Queenstown you’ll find Moke Lake – a serene and scenic spot surrounded by mountains.  Read the story . . . 

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Swim at St Clair Hot Salt Water Pool

Alongside New Zealand’s most consistent surf break, Dunedin’s St Clair Beach is also home to one of the country’s few heated saltwater pools. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: hitting the slopes in Wānaka

Tumbling ridgelines drop steeply to tawny valleys. Spring blossoms along the roadside contrast with the snow covered mountains, glowing like beacons at the head of the valley.  Read the story . . . 

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Spot penguins, seals and one of New Zealand’s oldest lighthouses at Nugget Point

A historic lighthouse on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean: it doesn’t get much more iconic than Nugget Point. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Totara Estate

Totara Estate is probably the most important farm in the history of Aotearoa. It was from here that the first shipment of frozen mutton was sent to England in 1882, marking the start of an export industry that has underpinned our nation’s economic prosperity. Read the story . . . 

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