Heritage and history in North Island

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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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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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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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Karangahake Windows Walk

This spectacular walk passes relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge. Take a torch for exploring the goldmining tunnels and the underground pumphouse side trip. Read the story . . . 

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Kororipo Pā Historic Walk

Enjoy amazing views of the Kerikeri River, Kerikeri Basin and the historic Stone Store from the historic Kororipo Pā. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

The Forgotten World Highway

There are no traffic jams here. The road from Stratford to Taumaranui is not called the Forgotten World Highway for nothing. Read the story . . . 

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Eastland Tairāwhiti: first to see the light

Poverty Bay is one of the most fertile areas of New Zealand, famous for its luscious chardonnay and its fruit and vegetables, which flourish in the rich soils and abundant sunshine.  Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Visit the Waitangi treaty grounds in the Bay of Islands where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840 – Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Wellington Waterfront: where writers' words are cast

Did you know that Wellington's world-class Waterfront is home to the words of some New Zealand's most famous writers? Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

The Rangitīkei River and surrounding countryside are truly exceptional. The landscape here is often rugged and always spectacular. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Coromandel Township: hippy haven

Perhaps it’s the stillness of the rainforest, the misty vistas of mountain, headland and sea that called the souls of the commune-founders hither. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Far North

Catch a wave at Ahipara, discover whaling history, find an idyllic campsite, take a dip and try the famous fish and chips in the Far North.  Read the story . . . 

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