Things to do in North Island

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Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

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Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Gisborne to Wellington: sampling the finer things in life

Experience hot pools, beaches, art, culture, heritage and wildife on a road trip from Gisborne to Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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Four picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach. Read the story . . . 

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New Plymouth: mountains and masterpieces

The wavy stainless steel exterior of the Len Lye Centre shimmers and plays; people walk close and back off and look up and laugh at their mangled reflections. It is instantly fun. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

South of Napier and Hastings you'll find the Central Hawke's Bay District, home to bucolic landscapes, historic homesteads, long stretches of coastline, weekend markets, museums and great mountain-biking. Read the story . . . 

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Simple pleasures at Mangawhai

Escape the city for a weekend at a slower pace filled with simple pleasures at Northland's Mangawhai Heads.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of us have borne from our past. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland’s underwater zoo: Kelly Tarlton’s Sealife Aquarium

On underwater walkways, you can lock eyes with everything from urchins and octopi to stingrays, sharks and that little fish with the big rep, the piranha. Read the story . . . 

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Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we harbour a national passion for getting back to it. 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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