Things to do in New Zealand

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: The Octagon

Dunedin doesn’t really do the hard sell, but if effortless style and laid back libations warm your cockles, then chances are you’ll find yourself in its eight-sided heart soon enough.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: 12 unique food and drink experiences in Hawke’s Bay

While the region is famous for its stellar vineyards, there are plenty of other dining options in Hawke’s Bay, too. From American-style barbecue to sleek bistros and quirky coffee carts, we’ve rounded up 12 options, well worth investigating.  Read the story . . . 

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Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five picks for a weekend in Waitomo

Get outdoors and experience the underground and overground delights of Waitomo. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Adventure time: cross-country skiing

New Zealand’s only dedicated cross-country ski facility, located on the Pisa Range above Lake Wānaka, has over 50km of tracks and peerless views of the Southern Alps. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close to the city. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: home to our own Everest

Aoraki Mount Cook National Park is a rugged land of ice and rock, with 19 peaks over 3000 metres, including New Zealand’s highest mountain, Aoraki Mount Cook.  Read the story . . . 

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Kahurangi National Park: a treasured possession

Kahurangi, New Zealand’s second largest national park, includes the famous Heaphy Track, the Ōpārara Basin complex of limestone arches and 1795m-high Mount Arthur.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Cathedral Cove Walk

Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery from this track that leads down to Gemstone and Stingray bays as well as Cathedral Cove, probably the Coromandel’s most popular destination beach.  Read the story . . . 

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Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is still known as the City of Sails, largely because it has some of the world’s best cruising waters on its doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park – but it really has to be seen to be believed.  Read the story . . . 

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