Heritage and history in New Zealand

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Otago Peninsula road trip: wildlife and wild history

Family squabbles, love affairs and bitter accusations – sounds like the plot of a soap opera. But within the stone walls of Otago Peninsula’s Larnach Castle, it was a reality. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru

‘Steampunk is a quirky genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology’ – according to Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Christchurch CBD

Even longest-term residents of Christchurch are just finding their way in the shiny new streets of the post-quake city.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Christchurch

Five ideas for family fun in and around Christchurch – guaranteed to keep the little ones entertained.  Read the story . . . 

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Taranaki: like no other

Taranaki’s catchphrase, that it is 'like no other' – is, at first glance, nonsensical: after all, no place is quite like any other. But let’s see... Read the story . . . 

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Hokitika: nuggets of history

Back in the 1800s dance halls and shooting-galleries, barmaids and ladies of ‘relaxed virtue’ all crowded along Hokitika’s golden mile, vying to entertain the hundreds of diggers. Read the story . . . 

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Ruapehu: an alpine adventure playground

The broad area around Tongariro National Park must have been a majestic place when Māori enjoyed undisturbed possession.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Coromandel: take the long way round

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... Read the story . . . 

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Four fun things to do in Feilding

Crowned New Zealand's most beautiful town not just once, but 16 times, Feilding is definitely a pretty place to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland: hidden heritage

Auckland is never static. It’s a teenager of a city – focused on growth, change and improvement.  Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Kingsland and Mount Albert

Kingsland and Mt Albert are pockets of fun in Central Auckland where you’ll discover great bars and eateries, historic sites and invigorating outdoor spaces. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Up the creek: Upper Hutt

The main feature of the district, of course, is the river. Not only does it look good, but the quality of the water is excellent, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Lower Hutt: take me to the river

The Hutt River was known by Tangata Whenua as Te Awakairangi, 'the river where food falls from the sky.' Bet there’s a story behind that name. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you from Christchurch to Kaikōura, to Hanmer Springs and back again. Enjoy whale watching, hot pools and wineries. Read the story . . . 

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