Things to do in New Zealand

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Push your limits at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon

Challenge your fitness and your endurance running off road at the Shotover Moonlight Mountain Marathon in Queenstown. Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Go wild at Splore

Get out the body paint and glitter for Splore – New Zealand’s biggest fancy dress party.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Get up close with the animals at Orana Wildlife Park

In Christchurch, you can see some of the world’s most impressive wildlife, just 15 minutes’ drive from the airport.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge in food and fun at Auckland’s markets

Whether you’re in the heart of the city or exploring the outskirts for a weekend, the Auckland region has a selection of excellent markets to visit.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Pick your own fruit

Make the most of the season’s bounty by picking your own selection of berries and summer fruits.   Read the story . . . 

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Visit the islands of the Hauraki Gulf

In the Hauraki Gulf there are an abundance of intriguing, easily accessible islands to explore, right on Auckland City’s doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Discover the magical marine environment of the Poor Knights

It’s a pretty big accolade to have a renowned marine expert rate a dive site as one of the top ten in the world. But Jacques Cousteau picked the Poor Knights. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Bike around Auckland City’s curvaceous coastline

Cycling Auckland’s waterfront makes for a flat, entertaining and family-friendly ride.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore wild and windy coastline on the Mākara Walkway

Take in vast views past wind turbines and up to Kāpiti and Mana Islands on this coastal walk just outside Wellington City.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Cross the Buller river on one of New Zealand’s longest swing bridges

Walk the 110-metre wire swing bridge above the churning green water to experience the power of the river and get a whole new perspective on the Buller Gorge. Read the story . . . 

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Discover the hidden lagoon on sacred Donut Island

Visit Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary or Donut Island – a sacred spot with a hidden lagoon just off the coast of Whangamatā.  Read the story . . . 

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Kayak to Rangitoto Island at sunset

Paddling your own sea kayak across the Waitemata Harbour is a magical experience at any time of day, but how about upping the ante and doing it on dusk.  Read the story . . . 

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Hand-feed wild stingrays in Gisborne

At Tatapōuri, just 10 minutes north of Gisborne, you can get up close with the children of Tangaroa, the Māori god of the sea. Read the story . . . 

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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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Experience the world's youngest geothermal system at Waimangu Volcanic Valley

Take a walk through Rotorua’s Waimangu Volcanic Valley and learn about how the world began. Read the story . . . 

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