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Waiohine Gorge, Tararua. © CJ Lamb

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Activities

Must-do surf breaks

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

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Activities

Canterbury Plains hot air ballooning

Ballooning is probably the most relaxing form of transport ever devised, like floating down a river on an inner-tube, only in mid-air. Read the story . . . 

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe Visit website

Staglands Wildlife Reserve & Cafe offers visitors the unique and exciting opportunity to connect with nature in a beautiful, natural environment. . . . More . . . 

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Earn a 10 cents per litre AA Smartfuel discount for every $100 spent up to a maximum of $1.00 per litre when you book selected accommodation. More . . . 
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Family fun

Auckland War Memorial Museum: a national treasure

Our children will take completely different memories of the Auckland War Memorial Museum into their futures than the majority of us have borne from our past. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 . . . 

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about Cape Kidnappers, the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay. Read the story . . . 

Gannets at Cape Kidnappers. © David Wall Photography

Natural attractions > Food and drink > Family fun

Five great days out with kids in the Waikato

If you’re looking to get the family out for some fresh air or indulge in a sweet treat, these Waikato activities are worth exploring. Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Dunedin

Whether your itinerary is for an intrepid explorer or a culture vulture, Dunedin has your bases covered if you have little ones in tow.  Read the story . . . 

Natural attractions > Family fun > Heritage and history

Five great days out with kids in Northland

With iconic native forest, cultural heritage and a bounty of beaches to explore, Northland offers a myriad of options for kid-friendly fun.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Drink in the view from the top of Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is the iconic landmark of the Bay of Plenty region – standing sentry over white sand, turquoise surf and happy holidaymakers.  Read the story . . . 

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Paddle a kayak in Milford Sound

Milford Sound is the best-known and most accessible of all the fiords in Fiordland National Park. Read the story . . . 

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Get a whole new perspective of ancient forest in Rotorua

Whether you’re clipped to a zipline, bouncing across a swing bridge or strolling along a 50-metre-high walkway, you’ll get a whole new perspective on native bush in Rotorua.  Read the story . . . 

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Wildlife and wild lights on Stewart Island

South of the southernmost tip of the South Island you’ll find Rakiura Stewart Island.  Read the story . . .