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Mountain biking the Gibbston River Trail, Queenstown. © David Wall Photography

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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 . . . 

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Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: four fun things to do in Feilding

Crowned New Zealand's most beautiful town not just once, but 16 times, Feilding is definitely a pretty place to visit. Read the story . . . 

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Skydive over Taupō: the skydiving capital of the world

See the largest commercial drop zone in the world from the angle you're really meant to... Read the story . . . 

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Street food and markets: around the world in New Zealand

Foodie Delaney Mes chases bacon butties in Dunedin, downs dumpling and donuts in Auckland and buys her fresh veges on Wellington's windy waterfront.  Read the story . . . 

The upper reaches of the Kaituna River are pretty and placid enough. But then you hear rumours of 'the Big One'...   Read the story . . . 

Whitewater rafting on the Kaituna River. © naumoid Creative #: 176833038

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Get outside: five fab things to do in Masterton

Queen Elizabeth Park is an 81 hectare jewel in the middle of Masterton. There is something for everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: five cute campgrounds on the Kaipara

With 800 kilometres of convoluted coastline, the Kaipara Harbour is the largest harbour in the Southern Hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: Five picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach. Read the story . . . 

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Auckland: hidden heritage

Auckland is never static. It’s a teenager of a city – fully focused on growth, change and improvement.  Read the story . . . 

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Working at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa

Host Norrie Gibson loves his job at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa – every day is full of surprises, along with rich and rewarding experiences.  Read the story . . . 

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New Zealand theatre

What if you’re in one of our main cities – it’s evening and it’s raining? Why not go to the theatre! Read the story . . . 

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Gore: more than golden guitars

On one hand, the Gore Country Music Club’s weekly get-together sums up the town’s character. It’s heart-warmingly friendly, good-natured, nurturing and inclusive. Read the story . . . 

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Driving Creek Railway: a unique railway experience

Zig zag through lush native bush on New Zealand's only narrow-gauge railway. Read the story . . . 

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Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, granite-fringed headlands, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

The sand is a colour you simply have never seen before. The water is so blue it doesn’t actually look real. Read the story . . . 

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The Routeburn Track: the ultimate alpine adventure

One of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first: you’ll need to book in the heavy season. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers’ Gannet Colony: the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets

Traverse beautiful coastline, riverbeds, rolling pastures and native bush before taking in panoramic views and experiencing the exhilarating sight and sound of 20,000 gannets. Read the story . . .