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Franz Josef Glacier, West Coast.

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Ōpārara Basin: limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent arches

Discover pristine rainforest, limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent, magical arches at the Ōpārara Basin in Kahurangi National Park. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Waiuta

Waiuta is hands-down the West Coast’s best gold mining ghost town. The gravel road to get there may be long and winding, but once you emerge from the forest it’s like you’ve discovered a lost world.  Read the story . . . 

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Must Do's: South Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Start planning your next road trip with great attractions, accommodation and things to see and do in the South Island with our 2021 Must-Do's travel guide.  Read the story . . . 

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Head into the wilderness of Haast on a jet-boat safari

Take a cruise up the Waiatoto River in Haast to discover some of the region’s most remote and pristine landscapes. Read the story . . . 

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Challenge your taste buds at the Hokitika Wildfoods Festival

In Hokitika, locals celebrate their remote and rugged surrounds in the form of questionable cuisine.  Read the story . . . 

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Get a real sense of scale at Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Even visiting the vast swathes of ice that make up Franz and Fox Glaciers in peak summer, you’ll need your puffer jacket.  Read the story . . . 

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Denniston: a real ghost-town experience

Take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, home to the infamous 45-degree Denniston Incline. Read the story . . . 

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Westland road trip: a deep green journey

Low-slung clouds obscure the landscape and as we drive closer, it turns to rain, veiling the steeply rising hills. Moody is a good word for this part of the country.  Read the story . . . 

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Punakāiki Pancake Rocks: geological marvel

Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’. Read the story . . . 

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Five fun things to do on the West Coast

Take a road trip down the South Island's West Coast where you'll find natural hot pools, gold mining heritage and some of New Zealand's most spectacular scenery. Read the story . . . 

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Relax in the soothing natural pools at Maruia Hot Springs

Whether you’re visiting Maruia Hot Springs for the day or staying overnight, you can immerse yourself in the mineral-rich water amongst the mountains, or be pampered with a day spa experience.  Read the story . . . 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Lake Matheson is a photographer’s dream, where the waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook. Read the story . . . 

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