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15 intriguing things to discover in Otago's Waitaki District

Stretching inland from the North Otago coastline, the Waitaki District is rich in heritage and internationally significant geology. From Victorian architecture to fresh seafood, hot tubs, cycle trails and cheese, we’ve picked 15 unique things to discover.  Read the story . . . 

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Seven lovely lighthouses to visit around New Zealand

Lighthouses are intriguing places. Rich in history, they are pinpoints that mark wild and often remote spots around New Zealand’s coastline. We’ve picked seven lighthouses to discover around the country… Read the story . . . 

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Eight Must-Do walks to check out around New Zealand this summer

From short city strolls to more challenging coastal climbs, we’ve picked eight walks around New Zealand to check out before the end of summer.   Read the story . . . 

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Eight free Kiwi Gems to discover on your next South Island road trip

Travel can be expensive. But we've picked eight Kiwi Gems around the South Island that you can discover on your next road trip – for free! Read the story . . . 

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Go back in time in Ōamaru's Victorian Precinct

The most remarkable aspect of Ōamaru is the whitestone heritage architecture, forged from local limestone in the Victorian era and still standing today. Read the story . . . 

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Scale the ancient pyramids of Okia Reserve

Did you know that we have our very own pyramids in New Zealand? Read the story . . . 

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Ride the cycle trails of Central Otago

With wide open landscapes, gold mining heritage and winding rivers, Central Otago is a great spot for cycling. Read the story . . . 

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Spot penguins, seals and one of New Zealand’s oldest lighthouses at Nugget Point

A historic lighthouse on a rocky peninsula surrounded by the wild Pacific Ocean: it doesn’t get much more iconic than Nugget Point. Read the story . . . 

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Experience the natural highlights of the Catlins

The remote and rugged corner of the South Island’s south-eastern coast, known as the Catlins, is like a highlight reel of all the best bits nature has to offer. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Central Rail Trail: the original Great Ride

The Otago Central Rail Trail is New Zealand’s original ‘Great Ride’ cycle trail.  Read the story . . . 

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Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: those mysterious spheres

On a sandy beach, just south of Ōamaru, is a collection of perfectly round boulders – some smooth-skinned, others fractured along veins of quartz, some eroded away to piles of rubble. Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders Walk

Take a walk to the Moeraki Boulders – geological marvels, exposed by erosion of sedimentary rocks laid down from 13 to 65 million years ago. Read the story . . . 

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Nugget Point Tokatā walks

Enjoy dramatic coastal views from the Tokatā Lighthouse and spot seals, penguins and other seabirds on these short walks. Read the story . . . 

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