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Discover the wild and windswept Wharariki Beach

You may have seen photos of the iconic archway rocks at Nelson’s Wharariki Beach, but actually experiencing this wild and windswept stretch of coastline is something quite remarkable.  Read the story . . . 

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Take a family-friendly walk around Wairau Lagoons

Following the shoreline of the Wairau Lagoons, take a flat, family-friendly walk to spot seabirds and a shipwreck.  Read the story . . . 

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Walk or ride Marlborough’s Nydia Track

Running from Kuiama Bay near Havelock, to Duncan Bay in Tennyson Inlet, the Nydia Track is one of the lesser-known walks in the Marlborough Sounds.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore the unique geology, wildlife and waterfalls of Boundary Stream

Find Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, rare birdlife and intriguing geology at the ‘mainland island’ of Boundary Stream. Read the story . . . 

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Get lakeside at Manapōuri

At 444 metres, Fiordland’s Lake Manapōuri is the second deepest lake in New Zealand.   Read the story . . . 

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Wharfs and walks at Tolaga Bay

Gisborne’s Tolaga Bay Wharf is the second-longest in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Discover rocky outcrops and rare plants at Kura Tāwhiti Conservation Area

Not only home to striking geological features, Kura Tāwhiti Conservation area or Castle Hill in Canterbury’s Waimakariri Basin also has some of the rarest plants in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Hike or bike The Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Explore the northern tip of The Coromandel Peninsula on foot or mountain bike along the spectacular Coromandel Coastal Walkway.  Read the story . . . 

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Head to the hidden kauri stand and waterfall in The Coromandel

A short walk from The Coromandel’s inland 309 Road will take you to a majestic grove of kauri trees and the nearby Waiau Falls are a popular summer swimming spot. Read the story . . . 

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Take a trip back in time at Burkes Pass

Burkes Pass is a tiny heritage village in Canterbury’s Mackenzie Region, with a whole heap of character.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore the primordial bush in Whirinaki Forest Park

Wild, untamed and precious, the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park deep in the Bay of Plenty is a rugged jewel of the North Island. Read the story . . . 

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Relax on secluded Ōtarawairere Beach

Picture a secluded beach made from crushed seashells that you can only get to on foot or by kayak.  Read the story . . . 

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McLaren Falls Park: full of family fun

McLaren Falls Park is a 190-hectare swathe of lakeside parkland on the outskirts of Tauranga, that’s brimming with activities.  Read the story . . . 

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Climb the soaring sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Hidden behind the towering black sand dunes near Auckland’s Te Henga / Bethells Beach is a freshwater lake, ideal for safe summer swimming.  Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks

From ancient lava flows to tidal estuaries and pōhutukawa-fringed coastlines, there are many landscapes to explore in the 27 regional parks around Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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Climb the Pinnacles in The Coromandel

Climb to the top of the Pinnacles in the heart of the Coromandel Forest Park for panoramic views of the peninsula. Read the story . . . 

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