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Find a fantastical world of foliage in Hamilton

At Hamilton Gardens you can have a real-life Alice in Wonderland experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Tackle the Te Henga Walkway

It has the signature surf, the scorching iron sand, but some of the main highlights at Te Henga are the vantage points to be had from the clifftop walkway.  Read the story . . . 

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Gardens Magic: live and luminous in Wellington

There’s nothing quite like listening to live music under stars and fairy lights on a warm summer evening.   Read the story . . . 

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Bike around Auckland City’s curvaceous coastline

Cycling Auckland’s waterfront makes for a flat, entertaining and family-friendly ride.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore wild and windy coastline on the Mākara Walkway

Take in vast views past wind turbines and up to Kāpiti and Mana Islands on this coastal walk just outside Wellington City.   Read the story . . . 

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Explore the walking trails of Glenorchy

At the northern head of Queenstown’s Lake Wakatipu, Glenorchy is the launchpad for some of New Zealand’s best multi-day tramps and Great Walks. Read the story . . . 

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Ride the remarkable Remutaka Cycle Trail

Beginning at Petone at the head of Wellington Harbour, the Remutaka Cycle Trail encompasses all the best bits of the Wellington and Wairarapa landscapes.  Read the story . . . 

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Admire the magnificent Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway

Set in the heart of South Waikato, the Blue Spring is a source of water so clear and pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.   Read the story . . . 

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Explore fairytale forests, waterfalls and mountains in Taranaki

Egmont National Park with its iconic cone of Mount Taranaki is home to hundreds of kilometres of walking and tramping tracks, from gentle day walks to more challenging tramps.  Read the story . . . 

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Enjoy an easy alpine walk on the Waitonga Falls Track

At 39 metres, Waitonga Falls is Tongariro National Park’s highest waterfall.  Read the story . . . 

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Snap a selfie atop iconic Roys Peak

Possibly New Zealand’s biggest Instagram celebrity, Roys Peak in Wānaka is instantly recognisable for its spectacular views.  Read the story . . . 

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Get active in Te Āpiti – Manawatū Gorge

While now closed to vehicles, the Manawatū Gorge is busy with birdlife, bikers and people enjoying the native bush.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore hidden glowworm caves in Manawatū

Venture off the beaten track in northern Manawatū to discover the soaring caves at Limestone Creek Reserve. Read the story . . . 

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Marvel at the power of water on the Huka Falls to Aratiatia Rapids track

Experience the intense power and energy of water, as the Waikato River is squeezed through dams and rapids in Taupō. Read the story . . . 

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Discover the ‘badlands erosion’ of Putangirua Pinnacles

Ancient gravels and millions of years of erosion have created one of New Zealand’s most spectacular geological sites at the Putangirua Pinnacles.  Read the story . . . 

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