Food and drink
Nelson has it all: a vibrant centre, fabulous music scene, incredible outdoor opportunities, arts and crafts, culture and stellar marks for sunshine hours. Read the story . . .
The North Island's geothermal hotspot is renowned for its adventure activities and tourist attractions. But Rotorua also has plenty of fabulous things to do for free. Read the story . . .
Wellington city, with its mix of art, culture, entertainment and thriving gastronomic scene is a great spot for a weekend escape. Read the story . . .
With so much on offer in the wider Taupō region, you won't have any trouble keeping the kids occupied. We've rounded up five full days of fun to get you started. Read the story . . .
Explore Dunedin's laidback harbourside suburb where you'll find nautical heritage, a thriving creative community, an intriguing island, great dining and plenty of craft beer. Read the story . . .
Do what the locals do in the Southern Lakes. Read the story . . .
Ōamaru is rich in heritage – from historic architecture to mashed up Steampunk interpretations of Victoriana. It also has great galleries, penguin colonies and cheese. Read the story . . .
Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. Read the story . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Do what the locals do in Raglan. Read the story . . .
Heritage and history
For every bitterly cold Dunedin day, there is another one, bright and blue, in which the harbour’s beauty will take your breath away and you wish to be nowhere else on earth. Read the story . . .
An hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour opening dramatically before you, the land dropping steeply to turquoise sea. Read the story . . .
At first sight of Golden Bay from Tākaka Hill, you get the feeling this is definitely a settlement that could live happily apart – one of the last, loveliest places on Earth. Read the story . . .
Food and drink
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 . . .
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 . . .