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The Routeburn Track: the ultimate alpine adventure

It's one of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first: you’ll need to book in the heavy season. Read the story . . . 

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Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Rakiura Stewart Island: smouldering sunsets and sunrises

At Halfmoon Bay, the main settlement on Stewart Island, sunsets and sunrises stretch into smouldering pyrotechnic displays. Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: the other (third) island

It feels like going back in time on Stewart Island, to a land with less human impact, as well as ancient forest, vociferous birdlife and abundant seafood. Read the story . . . 

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. Read the story . . . 

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The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte differs from others in the network of New Zealand’s Great Walks, in that the accommodation is in a whole other class to traditional bush-bashing experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Tongariro Northern Circuit: alpine heartland

The Tongariro Northern Circuit explores a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views, with craters, explosion pits and lava flows aplenty. Read the story . . . 

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Eastland Tairāwhiti: first to see the light

Poverty Bay is one of the most fertile areas of New Zealand, famous for its luscious chardonnay and its fruit and vegetables, which flourish in the rich soils and abundant sunshine.  Read the story . . . 

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Key Summit Track on the Routeburn Track

Enjoy panoramic views over Fiordland mountains and alpine lakes plus native vegetation and birdlife on this fantastic, easy half-day walk on the Routeburn Track from the Milford Road. Read the story . . . 

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The Abel Tasman Coast Track: Tasman’s treasure

The Abel Tasman Coast Track is 60km long and blessed with golden beaches and lush coastal native bush. Unsurprisingly, it's one of New Zealand’s best-known and most popular walks.  Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui National Park: the magic river

The Whanganui is New Zealand’s longest navigable river, winding its way from the mountains to the Tasman Sea. You can imagine it would have looked much the same a hundred years ago. Read the story . . . 

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