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How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

Fitzgerald Glade on the Thermal Explorer Highway, near Rotorua. © Mike Mackinven

Road trips > Art and culture

Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.  Read the story . . . 

Road trips > Natural attractions

Southern Scenic Route: the long and winding road

A faded brown road sign stands just along from Queenstown’s Remarkables ski fields. It’s no-nonsense and to the point: ‘Southern Scenic Route starts here. Follow symbol.’  Read the story . . . 

Road trips > Activities > Natural attractions > Heritage and history > Indulgence > Art and culture

Alpine Pacific Triangle: Christchurch to Kaikōura (and back again)

The Alpine Pacific Triangle takes you from Christchurch to Kaikōura, to Hanmer Springs and back again. Enjoy whale watching, hot pools and wineries. Read the story . . . 

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Kensington Motel Visit website

Refurbished affordable accommodation 3 mins drive from Whangarei city centre and walking distance to Kensington Stadium, Kensington Hospital, Whangarei Hockey Turf and Mair Park. . . . More . . . 

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B-K’s Rotorua Motor Lodge Visit website

Come and stay with your friendly hosts Farid & Ree in the heartland of New Zealand Rotorua is the spiritual home of the Maori with . . . More . . . 

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4.4 /5
From $105
Bella Vista Hanmer Springs Visit website

We welcome you to the Bella Vista Hanmer Springs Motel. This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation. . . . More . . . 

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4.2 /5
From $119
Hotel Coachman Visit website

Hotel Coachman is nestled in the heart of Palmerston North, and is just 5 minutes from the CBD, or 10 minutes from the airport. . . . More . . . 

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