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Five picks for a weekend in Wellington

Wellington city, with its mix of art, culture, entertainment and thriving gastronomic scene is a great spot for a weekend escape.  Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Taupō

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 . . . 

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Natural attractions

Loved by the locals: Port Chalmers

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 . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Ōamaru

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 . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers have a special fascination, and Whanganui has both. 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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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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Heritage and history

Dunedin city: islands in the flow

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 . . . 

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Akaroa: French charm

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 . . . 

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Golden Bay: sun, sand, and secession

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 . . . 

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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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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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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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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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