Heritage and history in North Island

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The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder. This is Muriwhenua, the tail of Māui’s legendary fish, the northernmost tip of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Coast: home again

It is a magical experience to drive the winding highway through Waipōua Forest, past giant trees which encroach onto the asphalt in places. You don’t want to be in a hurry here. Read the story . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you’re looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies in the Bay of Islands, a place where heritage and natural beauty combine perfectly. Read the story . . . 

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Whangārei: hills and harbours

Whangārei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, lies at the centre of a region of beautiful beaches and rugged hills. It's where Northland truly begins. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Bay of Islands

From impressive views and fascinating cultural history to chocolate treats and hidden beaches, we pick the best spots to visit in the Bay of Islands. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga: wild and unforgettable

As you approach Cape Rēinga the land narrows, affording glimpses of Northland’s east and west coasts as you climb the high, lonely road that eventually winds down to the Cape itself. Read the story . . . 

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Ahipara: sacred fire

If you've arrived in Kaitāia, quite frankly you’d be mad if you didn’t make the 20-minute detour to Ahipara, out on the west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Gisborne: close to heaven

Gisborne has what the rest of the world has lost ... or is looking for. Space, peace, quality of life and an awareness among the people who live here that they share a secret, a precious key to nirvana.  Read the story . . . 

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Wellington: culture, activities and the weather

From ballet to fashion to art to birds to parliament to gardens – Wellington's got it all (just try to get it on a good day). Read the story . . . 

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Wellington: the coolest capital

If you want real drama, come here by air when Wellington’s on song. For our beloved capital city is synonymous for most Kiwis with wind. Read the story . . . 

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Porirua: the town of unintended consequences

Porirua sprawls from Tawa in the south, all the way around its magnificent harbour, incorporating the coast from Tītahi Bay north to Pukerua Bay, before extending all the way back into the hills that divide the west coast from Hutt Valley. Read the story . . . 

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