Heritage and history in New Zealand

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Road trips

5 top picks for a coastal road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland to discover the best of the rest in North Auckland and Northland. These are the top five spots worth stopping for. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Get outdoors: 5 natural attractions to explore between West Auckland and the Kauri Coast

Auckland's west coast is synonymous with wild, black-sand beaches and you'll experience plenty of these on your road trip north to the Kauri Coast, along with gannets, stunning native forest and rustic hot springs. Read the story . . . 

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11 unique things to do in Christchurch and Canterbury

From city explorations to stargazing and scenic reserves, we’ve rounded up 11 intriguing ways to explore the diverse Ōtautahi Christchurch and wider Waitaha Canterbury regions. Read the story . . . 

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Which six Kiwi Gems can you discover on the Southern Scenic road trip?

Have you heard of these six Kiwi Gems that you can find on the Southern Scenic Route road trip between Queenstown and Dunedin?  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Experience historic tunnels and towers in Whanganui

Tunnels and towers are fascinating. Whanganui has both, and even better, they are joined together by a historic elevator. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Cruise the Whanganui River on a heritage vessel

Take a leisurely trip up the Whanganui River on one of two historic boat cruises – the MV Wairua or New Zealand's only coal-powered paddle steamer, the Waimarie. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Find gold-mining heritage in the Waikato

Explore the remnants of gold-mining history in the Waiorongomai Valley on the outskirts of Waikato’s Te Aroha.  Read the story . . . 

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Browse one of the world’s largest automotive museums in Invercargill

Transport World, in Invercargill, is a testament to the late Bill Richardson’s passion for motoring memorabilia, and is the biggest private automotive museum of its type in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Take an off-road adventure to an abandoned gold-mining town

On a rugged 4WD safari tour you can explore the heritage of Macetown, a unique historical site near Queenstown, rich with gold-mining relics.   Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Arrowtown Chinese Settlement: multi-cultural heritage

Arrowtown is so rich in multi-cultural history, it has been named Tohu Whenua – a site that is of special significance to New Zealand because of its links to the past and the unique stories that can be discovered here.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Find archaeological relics at the Buried Village

Discover New Zealand’s most famous archaeological site at the Buried Village in Rotorua.   Read the story . . . 

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Go back in time in Ōamaru's Victorian Precinct

The most remarkable aspect of Ōamaru is the whitestone heritage architecture, forged from local limestone in the Victorian era and still standing today. 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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Take to the skies with Bay of Plenty's Classic Flyers

Celebrating the history of aviation in New Zealand, Classic Flyers Museum in Mount Maunganui showcases heritage aircraft, both on the ground and in the skies. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Coromandel

Goldmining history and small gauge railways, DIY spas, skateparks, cycle trails, petting zoos and friendly free-roaming pigs – there are so many options for family fun on the Coromandel.  Read the story . . . 

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Nine fresh adventures for the New Year

With each New Year comes the chance to do things differently. Start with your summer adventures and explore some of these unique and lesser-known gems around New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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