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Arrowtown Chinese Settlement

Walk around Arrowtown Chinese Settlement, a partially restored and well-interpreted settlement from the 1880s. Read the story . . . 

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Hongi Hika Walk

Walk through gum trees and native forest to Kororipo Pā, which served as Hongi Hika’s coastal fortified settlement and played an important role in New Zealand’s musket war campaigns. Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age when a fair chunk of the Southern Ocean was locked up in the Antarctic icebox.  Read the story . . . 

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North Head Maungauika Historic Walk

Explore defences that were placed on the headland to protect Auckland from feared Russian invasions and take in one of the best views in Auckland from North Head.  Read the story . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihī with visible mining and railway remains. Take a torch to explore the tunnels! 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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Egmont National Park: the shining mountain

Seen from above, the Egmont National Park on the western coast of the North Island forms almost a perfect circle, surrounding the beautiful Mount Taranaki. Read the story . . . 

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Mount Aspiring National Park: aspiring to greatness

Mount Aspiring is one of New Zealand’s highest peaks and the park named for it is a paradise of mountains, glaciers, river valleys and alpine lakes.  Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve

Whanganui A Hei (Cathedral Cove) Marine Reserve on the Coromandel Peninsula is close to some of the most beautiful and popular coastline in this area. Read the story . . . 

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Nelson: living the good life

Tucked away at the top of the south, Nelson is a town of 50,000 people working hard at enjoying themselves.  Read the story . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana Track: around the rippling waters

The Lake Waikaremoana Track, in the remote Te Urewera region southeast of Rotorua, traces the shoreline of this spectacular lake, named by Māori the ‘sea of rippling waters.' Read the story . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge: a reminder of a golden era

Explore the railway and the gold workings of Karangahake Gorge and have a picnic lunch and a swim in one of the Ōhinemuri’s lazy pools. Now that’s a solid gold experience. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about Cape Kidnappers, the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay. Read the story . . . 

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