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Surfing at St Clair Beach, Dunedin. © David Wall Photography

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Remote Southland: the quirk and the sublime

There's a great deal to love in the emptiness and wildness of Curio and Porpoise bays. Particularly when you're looking for uncrowded waves to ride. Read the story . . . 

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing offers an insight into just why the park is rated an international treasure and listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Read the story . . . 

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Ahipara: sacred fire

If you've arrived in Kaitāia, quite frankly you’d be mad if you didn’t make the 20-minute detour to Ahipara, out on the west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Golfing in an alpine amphitheatre

The ageless, snow-capped Remarkables preside over the course, aloof and indifferent all alike to the vainglory of eagles and the ignominy of triple-bogeys. Read the story . . . 

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Wellington: the coolest capital

Whichever way you come at it, Wellington is all about drama. Read the story . . . 

The dense, luxuriant rainforest forms a handsome setting for the gem that is Waikaremoana, ‘the lake of rippling waters’. Read the story . . . 

Discover Korokoro Stream and the magical falls © Siyamalan Creative Commons

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Urban explorer: Britomart

Not every city can pull off creating a new, genuinely interesting neighbourhood. But Auckland has and it’s called Britomart.  Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Kingsland and Mount Albert

Kingsland and Mt Albert are pockets of fun in Central Auckland where you’ll discover great bars and eateries, historic sites and invigorating outdoor spaces. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Queen Street

Queen Street is considered Auckland’s main street, the axis on which the city spins. Read the story . . . 

Out and about with views in New Zealand

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Mitre Peak and Milford Sound: seeing is believing

The ineffable scale and grandeur of this landscape has to be experienced to be believed. Read the story . . . 

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Mount Tarawera: sleeping giant

Lake Tarawera, at the foot of the ruins of Mount Tarawera, is the site of New Zealand’s creepiest ghost story. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga: wild and unforgettable

As you approach Cape Rēinga the land narrows, affording glimpses of Northland’s east and west coasts as you climb the high, lonely road that eventually winds down to the Cape itself. Read the story . . . 

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Mount Taranaki: picture-perfect peak

You want a nice, classically shaped volcano? Well, look no further. Read the story . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge: walk or ride a stunning trail

Follow the course of the Ōhinemuri River and walk or ride through jurassic-looking, bush-clad trails at the heart of the Coromandel's gold-mining history. Read the story . . . 

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Southern stars: see the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis

See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Read the story . . . 

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White Island Whakaari: for live volcanic activity at sea

Experience the thrill of exploring New Zealand's most active, submerged volcano.  Read the story . . .