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Natural attractions

Waitakere: under the sunset

The west has stories to tell; there’s drama in those hills. The peaks and dark valleys hint at secrets, of wild lawlessness and abandon but there is peace and beauty out on the fringe, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Today, tomorrow, Tīmaru

South Canterbury’s landscapes are born of its location – bounded by two of Canterbury’s unique braided rivers, flanked on one side by the Pacific Ocean and to the west the Southern Alps. At its heart, the city of Tīmaru. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Five fun things to do in Featherston

Featherston, in the Wairarapa, is a small town with an abundance of quirky style.  Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Christchurch CBD

Even longest-term residents of Christchurch are just finding their way in the shiny new streets of the post-quake city.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: Cuba Street

Wellington’s Cuba Street is, quite simply, cool. Running from Webb to Wakefield Streets, this slice of bohemia positively thrums with culinary and creative soul. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Ghuznee Street

Ghuznee Street has morphed into a republic of cool. There are cafés, hip clothing stores, craft beer and street art – it doesn’t get more Wellington than this. Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Steampunk HQ, Ōamaru

‘Steampunk is a quirky genre of science fiction that features steam-powered technology’ – according to Steampunk HQ in Ōamaru.   Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Matakana road trip: an easy escape

Matakana is an easy escape from Auckland city – a short run up the motorway, through the tunnel, east at Warkworth.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Five great days out with kids in Hawke's Bay

The sunny Hawke's Bay has lots of great options for keeping kids entertained. Check out some fun things to do... Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

We cruise up the Brynderwyns, stately and elevated in our campervan. I am pleased to be fulfilling a childhood dream of travelling like a snail – taking my home with me wherever I go. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Tauranga

It’s been a long time coming, but new projects and initiatives are bringing vibrancy back to Tauranga’s CBD. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

The Hills Golf Course, Queenstown

A totally unique golf experience, The Hills blends a championship golf course, award-winning facilities and a multi-million dollar sculpture park into one of the most beautiful settings in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: The Octagon

Dunedin doesn’t really do the hard sell, but if effortless style and laid back libations warm your cockles, then chances are you’ll find yourself in its eight-sided heart soon enough.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Five great days out with kids in Manawatū

Manawatū time runs nice and easy, with pretty much no traffic and lots of great things to do – ideal for a day out with the kids. Read the story . . . 

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