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Matiu / Somes Island: New Zealand’s Alcatraz

Visit the intriguing Matiu/Somes island in the middle of Wellington Harbour. Read the story . . . 

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Pūkaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre: all that’s great and native in the avian category

Climb to the summit of Te Arapiki o Tawhaki for impressive views and experience New Zealand as it used to be on the way with wild kākā, kōkako, stichbird, takahē, kākāriki and ancient tuatara.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Read or download our full Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip! Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories. Read the story . . . 

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Queen Elizabeth Park: family-friendly fun

Explore one of New Zealand’s best family-friendly parks in Masterton.  Read the story . . . 

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Cape Palliser: dramatically scenic

When a wind whips up from Antarctica, the first bit of the North Island it hits is Cape Palliser. And like every other spot where land and sea come to serious blows, the cape is magical. 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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Indulge: a unique Martinborough wine experience

On a tour with Martinborough Wine Walks, not only can you sample some of the region’s signature wines, you’ll get an intimate understanding of the local industry – from terroir to tasting insights and the chance to meet winemakers, all on a gentle ramble through beautiful vineyards.  Read the story . . . 

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Find Wellington’s largest fur seal colony at Turakirae Head

Wellington’s Turakirae Head at the southern end of the Remutaka Range is a unique habitat for native birds, reptiles and most notably kekeno, or New Zealand fur seals. Read the story . . . 

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Four picks for a weekend in Wairarapa

From a unique cultural immersion tour to beautiful places to stay and, of course, food and wine, we've rounded some great things to do for a weekend in Wairarapa.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

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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South Wairarapa: cobblestones and charm

Greytown is so picture-perfect with its mantle of frothy spring blossoms, it’s like walking onto a well-dressed movie set. Read the story . . . 

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