Things to do in North Island

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Adventure time: a forgotten railway journey

We take a journey deep into the remote and rugged North Island countryside with Forgotten World Adventures.  Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

With hot pools, natural springs and 18 picturesque volcanic lakes to choose from, there are many bodies of water worth visiting in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland City cycling

Thanks to some passionate advocates and a burst of investment, Auckland City is becoming increasingly pleasurable for pedalling.  Read the story . . . 

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13 ideas to inspire a Coromandel escape

The Coromandel means beaches to many people but there’s a lot more to do than just jump in the surf. While we absolutely recommend you hit the water, there’s plenty to do here whether you’ve got a spare hour or two, or you fancy putting your feet up for a bit.   Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Ruapehu

From exploring the Tongariro National Park to venturing up the majestic maunga, there are plenty of activities to enjoy in the Ruapehu region.  Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: 12 unique food and drink experiences in Hawke’s Bay

While the region is famous for its stellar vineyards, there are plenty of other dining options in Hawke’s Bay, too. From American-style barbecue to sleek bistros and quirky coffee carts, we’ve rounded up 12 options, well worth investigating.  Read the story . . . 

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Franklin: coast to coast charm

Boasting cafés, vineyards, farmers’ markets and beaches; a vintage steam railway, even a racing car track – there’s an awful lot to do in this bucolic corner of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Waitomo

Get outdoors and experience the underground and overground delights of Waitomo. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point Marine Reserve (Goat Island)

The marine reserve at Cape Rodney-Ōkakari Point, north of Auckland, offers some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving close to the city. Read the story . . . 

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Cathedral Cove Walk

Enjoy spectacular coastal scenery from this track that leads down to Gemstone and Stingray bays as well as Cathedral Cove, probably the Coromandel’s most popular destination beach.  Read the story . . . 

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Auckland's islands: marine playground

Auckland is still known as the City of Sails, largely because it has some of the world’s best cruising waters on its doorstep. Read the story . . . 

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Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Tongariro National Park: volcanoes of the south wind

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park with excellent skiing on Mount Ruapehu in the winter season and some of the most epic mountain-hiking trails in the world. Read the story . . . 

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The Pinnacles: the name says it all

It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula but one positive is the tramping tracks it left behind... Read the story . . . 

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