Things to do in New Zealand

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Horse trekking in Hanmer Springs

Imagine summiting a steep hill set in an idyllic mountain landscape, in fresh air and sunshine, all without breaking a sweat.  Read the story . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana: a Great Walk

Lake Waikaremoana is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, set in the heart of Te Urewera, the largest area of untouched bush in the North Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ride the epic Alps 2 Ocean Cycle Trail

Linking the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, the aptly named Alps 2 Ocean cycle trail also takes in some of the most picturesque landscapes of the South Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge in a feast of crayfish at Kaikōura

There are no prizes for picking the best spot in New Zealand to enjoy a seafood delicacy. The name of the place gives it away, really. Kai means ‘food’ in Māori. Kōura is crayfish. Read the story . . . 

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Visit Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel's star attraction

A beach that you can only get to by foot or by sea is a little bit special. Cathedral Cove is one of those beaches.  Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the Milky Way in the Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve

There is no better place in New Zealand to see stars than in the heart of the Mackenzie district, where the clarity of the constellations will take your breath away.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at Christchurch's Sumner Beach

Kite-flying, dog-walking, swimming, or snoozing in the sunshine, Christchurch’s Sumner Beach offers everything you need for a summer’s day out.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Cross the South Island on the TranzAlpine, one of the world's most scenic train journeys

As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning.  Read the story . . . 

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Visit New Zealand’s most-loved beach, Ōhope Beach

It's a pretty big achievement to be rated the best bit of 14,000km of coastline, but Ōhope managed to take the crown.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Drink in the view from the top of Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is the iconic landmark of the Bay of Plenty region – standing sentry over white sand, turquoise surf and happy holidaymakers.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whangamatā Beach Hop: a rock n’ roll revival

A celebration of all the style and sass of the1950s and 60s, Repco Beach Hop is about music, fashion and fun. But mostly it’s about the cars. Read the story . . . 

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Wildlife and wild lights on Stewart Island

South of the southernmost tip of the South Island you’ll find Rakiura Stewart Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Join the party at the Auckland Lantern Festival

Ring in Chinese New Year in Auckland at the bright, colourful, cultural extravaganza of the Lantern Festival. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

The Giant’s House: a whimsical wonderland

At the top of a hill in Akaroa, you’ll find a striking candy-coloured house with the kind of garden that dreams are made of.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Take a trip back in time on the Forgotten World Highway

It’s rugged, rural and remote, but despite its name, you’ll definitely remember the Forgotten World Highway.  Read the story . . . 

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Walk, ride or drive along Ōreti Beach

Ōreti Beach runs for 26 kilometres along the southern coast of the South Island.  Read the story . . . 

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