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Natural attractions

New Plymouth’s Coastal Walkway: welcome to Taradise

New Plymouth has grown into a funky little city with the view from just about everywhere dominated by Taranaki’s paternal presence. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

New Zealand Rugby Museum

There is only one true religion round here, mate, and that’s rugby union. Read the story . . . 

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Raglan: you don’t have to be a surfer, but it helps

Ask anyone with salt-draggled hair and the odd piercing where the best surf break in New Zealand is and there’s a fair chance they’ll name Raglan without a moment’s hesitation. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings

The Parliament Buildings are pretty fancy. All that Tākaka marble, the pillars, the columns and porticoes are hardly what you’d see on an architect’s easel these days. Read the story . . . 

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Whakarewarewa Valley

Picturing the transition from their homeland to the decidedly sub-tropical rigours of New Zealand, you can imagine the attraction of Whakarewarewa for the first Polynesian settlers. Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo: sheep, caves, waterfalls and a rugby great

The golden land stretches out seemingly forever and the place sparkles in sunshine many days of the year with ripe green grass as your view. It’s terrific.   Read the story . . . 

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East Waikato: discovering Middle Earth

Driving down into the guts of The Mighty Waikato from the Kaimāī ranges you get a good look at the land as it flexes its muscles. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Manawatū: off the main drag

The Manawatū is a rich and deeply characterful part of the New Zealand landscape – perfect for a road trip. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

The internationally renowned Hundertwasser toilet in Kawakawa has become one of New Zealand’s most photographed attractions. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Waipā: a slice of royalty in the Waikato

Cambridge, appropriately named after Prince George Duke of Cambridge, has a royal feel to it, a kind of genteel air. Read the story . . . 

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Northwest Waikato: surfing the endless wave

It’s part of the Raglan vibe that you can walk the main street and find visitors from all over the world who have come to check out the place with the longest left-hand surf breaks. 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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Natural attractions

Hamilton: what’s not to love?

New Zealand’s longest river charges through the Waikato for 425 kilometres and for 16 of those, it makes its way through Hamilton, our biggest inland city. Read the story . . . 

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