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Kayak in the Bay of Islands. © Adventure HQ

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Outward Bound: discovering the discomfort zone

There is so much more to Outward Bound than deprivation and physical challenges. Every strenuous activity, every test of endurance, every uncomfortable night’s sleep is designed to teach you something about yourself. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway

The Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihī with visible mining and railway remains. Take a torch to explore the tunnels! Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

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

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

Get off the beaten track and find a space that allows for solitude. © Ildigo

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Going with the flow: cycling the Alps to Ocean Trail

The 300km Alps to Ocean Trail (the A2O) connects Aoraki Mt Cook with Ōamaru, flowing as the water does, from the mountains to the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Auckland City cycling

Thanks to some passionate advocates and a burst of investment, Auckland City is becoming increasingly pleasurable for pedalling.  Read the story . . . 

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Taking our time: cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail is open all year round, so riders can pick their preferred season or return multiple times to experience the ever-changing scenery. Read the story . . . 

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Admire the magnificent Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway

Set in the heart of South Waikato, the Blue Spring is a source of water so clear and pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.   Read the story . . . 

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Catapult yourself in Queenstown

The home of adventure sport in New Zealand, Queenstown is also the international birthplace of bungy jumping. Read the story . . . 

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Go fishing at Huka Prawn Park

On the banks of the Waikato River, just north of Lake Taupō, you’ll find the unique attraction of Huka Prawn Park.  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 . . .