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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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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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Must-Do's: Lower South Island Travel Guide

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

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Heritage and history

Take an off-road adventure to an abandoned gold-mining town

On a rugged 4WD safari tour you can explore the heritage of Macetown, a unique historical site near Queenstown, rich with gold-mining relics.   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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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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Get lakeside in Wānaka

There’s something about spending time next to a lake that’s good for your soul. In Wānaka, the lake is so picturesque you may never want to leave. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

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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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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Get outdoors

Explore the walking trails of Glenorchy

At the northern head of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the launchpad for some of New Zealand’s best multi-day tramps and Great Walks. Read the story . . . 

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Scale the ancient pyramids of Okia Reserve

Did you know that we have our very own pyramids in New Zealand? 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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