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Whakarewarewa Valley

Picturing the transition from their homeland to the decidedly sub-tropical rigours of New Zealand, you can imagine the attraction of Whakarewarewa for the first Polynesian settlers. Read the story . . . 

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Whale watching: close encounters on the water

The Hikurangi Trench off the coast of Kaikōura is home to a wealth of deep-sea marine life, including orca, blue and humpback whales.  Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo: caves, waterfalls... and sheep

The golden land stretches out seemingly forever and the place sparkles in sunshine many days of the year with ripe green grass as your view. It’s terrific.   Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the very first people ever to travel to this country.   Read the story . . . 

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East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Driving down into the guts of The Mighty Waikato from the Kaimāī ranges you get a good look at the land as it flexes its muscles. Read the story . . . 

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Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

It’s part of the Raglan vibe that you can walk the main street and find visitors from all over the world who have come to check out the place with the longest left-hand surf breaks. Read the story . . . 

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Kāpiti Coast: from frowning bluffs to ancient rivers

Throughout history, and still to this day, the Kāpiti Coast has remained one of the best places in New Zealand to watch the sunset. Read the story . . . 

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Southern Lakes: a place for all seasons

In the constellation of New Zealand’s star attractions, the Southern Lakes region burns so bright that, if it were up in the sky, it would be visible in full daylight. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Taupō: how did we get so lucky?

It really is all about Lake Taupō in this part of the world, where the water’s mood governs the feel of the day: sunny and sparkling, or grey and intense.  Read the story . . . 

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Horowhenua: where the earth moves

Māori called Horowhenua ‘shaking earth.’ Historically it was a wetland – the floodplains of the Manawatū River – carpeted in flax with the odd stand of podocarp forest for variety.  Read the story . . . 

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Porirua: the town of unintended consequences

Porirua sprawls from Tawa in the south, all the way around its magnificent harbour, incorporating the coast from Tītahi Bay north to Pukerua Bay, before extending all the way back into the hills that divide the west coast from Hutt Valley. Read the story . . . 

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Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to get it on a good day). Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Christchurch

The new and improved Christchurch City is filled with attractions to keep you occupied – whether you're into dancing, garden rambles, vintage transport or great food.  Read the story . . . 

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Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

One of the best places for those who want to experience the full range of watery pastimes is the east coast of Northland and, in particular, Tutukākā, just to the north-east of Whangārei. Read the story . . . 

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