Things to do in New Zealand

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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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Drive a bulldozer in Invercargill

In Invercargill, you can try your hand at operating seriously heavy machinery, with no special licence required.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride through history on the Ohakune Old Coach Road

Take an easy ride along a historic road that winds through native forest in Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Take the plunge at the Taupō Across the Lake Swim

Lake swimming is a particularly refreshing experience. Go big at Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. Read the story . . . 

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Get up close with the native avian wonders of Kāpiti Island

Kāpiti Island is one of the few easily accessible offshore nature reserves in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Climb Mount Tarawera

Despite its destructive history, Mount Tarawera today is a sleeping giant. Read the story . . . 

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Cycle the vines in Martinborough

Flat country roads make the perfect terrain for easy cycling in between vineyards – no lycra required! Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Get your groove on in Takapuna

You don’t have to travel out of the city or even over the bridge to get to a festival this summer when the Takapuna Food, Wine & Music Festival returns to Smales Farm. Read the story . . . 

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Take a journey on the Whanganui River

The river – Te Awa o Whanganui – forms the heart and history of Whanganui.  Read the story . . . 

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Imbibe your way around the Hawke’s Bay wine trails

The oldest wine region in New Zealand, Hawke’s Bay is rightly renowned for its tantalising tipples.  Read the story . . . 

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Soak it up at The Lost Spring

A geothermal oasis in the heart of Whitianga, The Lost Spring is an ideal setting for indulgence.  Read the story . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Ōrakei Kōrako: the painted place

The name Ōrakei Kōrako means something along the lines of ‘painted place’ in Māori and it’s easy to see why. 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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Tekapō stargazing

Discover the wonders of the galaxies at Tekapō's Aoraki Mackenzie Dark Sky Reserve – the first in the world with gold star status. Read the story . . . 

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