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Lake Wānaka. © Tim Marshall

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Activities

Adventure time: Franz Josef heli hike

While there are short walks that take you to the base of Franz Josef Glacier, the only way to actually set foot on the ice is via helicopter.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint, one of the wilder stretches of the North Island coast, is no exception.   Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: exploring The Remarkables by snowshoe

Exploring the ski fields and startling white wilderness of Laka Alta. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Set atop 6,500 rolling acres of stunning pasture-land, Cape Kidnappers has been described as a modern marvel of golf course architecture. Read the story . . . 

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South Waikato: bliss in the farmlands

Oxford was the name first given to the small South Waikato town of Tīrau, a place that peeps out from the strong arms of Kiwi farming country. Read the story . . . 

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Night skiing at Coronet Peak

Few people find themselves out in the mountains at night, so quite apart from the skiing, just being on the slopes under the stars is an unusual and affecting experience. Read the story . . . 

As far as window seats go, they don’t get much better than on the TranzAlpine, where the term ‘picture window’ takes on a whole new meaning.  Read the story . . . 

Enjoy the spectacular scenery on the TranzAlpine. © TranzAlpine

Food and drink

Indulge: food and drink in Nelson

From fine dining to fresh fish, casual cafés, brew bars, raw food or a world of international flavours, you can taste it all in Nelson.  Read the story . . . 

Food and drink

Indulge: food and drink in Whanganui

There are several spots for great coffee, foodie gems and fun places to eat out in pretty Whanganui. Read the story . . . 

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Indulge: food and drink on Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island is home to an abundance of vineyards, cafés and restaurants. But the locals know the best spots... Read the story . . . 

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