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Urban Explorer: four city escapes around New Zealand

As the weather cools down and the days grow shorter, bright city lights make a welcome escape from the season. Warm your cockles with great places to eat and drink, indulge in some retail therapy and explore the city streets. Where will you head on your next urban escape?  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Way out west: a creative road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

So many corners! From Central Auckland across to the Waitākere Ranges, up the coast to Hokianga and from Kaikohe back down SH1, there are many intriguing corners on this journey – but the delights en route make them all worthwhile.  Read the story . . . 

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Go east: an action-packed road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

From country roads to offshore island detours, boats, beaches, snorkelling and surfing, this journey between Auckland and Whangārei is packed full of exciting activities. Read the story . . . 

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The secret coast: an indulgent road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland via the very scenic route to the Bay of Islands. This journey is full of things guaranteed to bring pleasure – food, wine and art. It’s one big, moveable feast. Read the story . . . 

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Delicious detours: 5 picks for food and wine on a road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Vineyards to the left, restaurants to the right, the route north is ripe for a foodie road trip. Unsure where to dig in first? Our top five food and wine recommendations should help. Read the story . . . 

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Culture tripping: 5 creative pitstops on a road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

The route from Auckland to the Bay of Islands is not afraid to flaunt its ample history and forward-thinking art spaces. Check out our top picks for art and culture buffs when you’re heading north. Read the story . . . 

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5 top picks for an east coast road trip from Auckland to Whangārei

If you're into stunning scenery, succulent seafood, luxurious accommodation or beer, our top five picks for a coastal road trip between Auckland and Whangārei will be just the ticket. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun: 5 kid-friendly activities on a road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

We've picked five great attractions that will keep the whole family happy on a road trip journey between Auckland and Whangārei. From beach walks and gelato to donkeys and monster scooters, the kids are guaranteed to have a great time. Read the story . . . 

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5 top picks for a west coast road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

Winding up the west coast from Auckland City to Northland, this road trip takes in remarkable landscapes, art, heritage and creative spaces. We've picked our top five things to see and do along the way.   Read the story . . . 

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Six unmissable road trip detours on the Thermal Explorer Highway

Head off the main route on the Thermal Explorer Highway to discover these six unmissable Kiwi Gems between Auckland and Hawke's Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Eat and drink your way around Wellington City

With a stellar collection of superb cafés and restaurants, most within easy walking distance, plus an abundance of boutique brew bars, you’ll be spoilt for choice in Wellington.  Read the story . . . 

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Sample the best of food and wine in Hawke's Bay

It’s no secret that Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its fine wine and vineyard dining but there are plenty of other unique options for eating out around the region, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Ghuznee Street

Ghuznee Street has morphed into a republic of cool. There are cafés, hip clothing stores, craft beer and street art – it doesn’t get more Wellington than this. Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do in Taranaki

With the iconic Mount Taranaki rising like Olympus in the centre of this culturally rich and diverse region, there’s plenty to do for adventure seekers through to art lovers. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

11 ideas for summer days in Auckland

When it’s T-shirts and togs weather in Auckland, the city sparkles with sunshine and smiling faces. We’ve picked 11 ideas to help make the most of a summery day.  Read the story . . . 

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