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Mauao Mount Maunganui: the view worth the climb

Savour the view from the summit or revel in the glorious beaches around the base track of this sacred maunga. Read the story . . . 

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White Island Whakaari: for live volcanic activity at sea

Experience the thrill of exploring New Zealand's most active, submerged volcano.  Read the story . . . 

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Ōhope Beach: for any beach-related activity you can think of

Jump waves, body surf or swim, then dig your toes into the sand for tuatua on this long golden-sand stretch of loveliness.  Read the story . . . 

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Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Hot Water Beach: dig your own spa pool

Drop into Hot Water Beach, a few kilometres down the coast from Whitianga and remember to take a spade: the bucket is optional, but a garden spade or contractor’s shovel is not. Read the story . . . 

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Mauao Mount Maunganui: holiday hotspot

The proper Māori name of Mauao – or ‘the Mount’, as most New Zealanders tend to call it these days – has a certain poetry that ‘Maunganui’ (‘big hill’) does not. 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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Activities

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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Our isolated marine reserves

Alongside New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are four remote reserves which can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits... Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink in Western Bay of Plenty

Whatever your preference, there's something for every taste in Western Bay of Plenty.  Read the story . . . 

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A road less travelled: on the trail of a hot lamb sandwich

Travelling from Auckland to Wellington via Taumarunui, Napier, Gisborne and Tauranga in search of an old-fashioned Kiwi treat.  Read the story . . . 

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Western Bay of Plenty: it's the beaches...

With no less than 12km of white sandy beach reaching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa and a wide coastline that stretches for 125km, it sure is hard to beat. Read the story . . . 

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Tauranga: the perfect blend of city and laid-back lifestyle

Fast-growing Tauranga is becoming a city to be reckoned with, comprising the perfect blend of city and laidback lifestyle. Read the story . . . 

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