Things to do in North Island

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Road trips

Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Cuba Street

Wellington’s Cuba Street is, quite simply, cool. Running from Webb to Wakefield Streets, this slice of bohemia positively thrums with culinary and creative soul. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

WOAP: a celebration of Wellington cuisine

With pop-up restaurants, kitchen takeovers, talks, tastings, cooking, curing and creating classes and special menus galore, WOAP is as eclectic as it is delicious. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Indulge: food and drink in Wairarapa

Martinborough is renowned for its vineyards, but there is also a thriving food scene in the Wairarapa region to explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Waitākere: under the sunset

The west has stories to tell; there’s drama in those hills. The peaks and dark valleys hint at secrets, of wild lawlessness and abandon but there is peace and beauty out on the fringe, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Wellington

Got kids to entertain? Here are five great ideas for family-friendly days out in Wellington. Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in the Bay of Plenty

If you're out and about in the Bay of Plenty with kids, we've ideas for five full days of family fun.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: North Waitākere

From bustling markets to marinas, coastal walks, birdlife and literal gems – find out what the locals love about North Waitākere. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Balloons over Waikato: a showcase of splendour and colour

They get to the point, in this part of the world, but the simple factual accuracy of the name of this event does not do justice to its colour, glamour and excitement. Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors

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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Wellington: a capital affair

From the bustling promenade of the waterfront to intimate bars or the pockets of gastronomic pleasure all within walking distance, Wellington is the perfect place to spend a weekend.   Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ruapehu: family-friendly fun

Whakapapa skifield at Mount Ruapehu provides the perfect setting for a family day on the slopes.  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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