Must-Do's in New Zealand

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Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise

Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see.  Read the story . . . 

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Denniston: a real ghost-town experience

Take a detour back in time to Denniston, a near-deserted mining town on a bleak, windswept 600-metre plateau, home to the infamous 45-degree Denniston Incline. Read the story . . . 

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Ōkārito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest. Read the story . . . 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Lake Matheson is a photographer’s dream, where the waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook. Read the story . . . 

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Pancake rocks and blowholes: 30 million years in the making

At Punakāiki, walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and a terrific surge pool.  Read the story . . . 

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

Experience Fox and Franz Josef – two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

The Nelson market: homemade with heart and skill

Visit this pure, heartfelt celebration of the creative endeavours of the people of the region and their fine local produce. Read the story . . . 

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Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, 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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Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

There is near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve: enchanting rocky gorge

Explore this enchanted, rocky gorge, an easy drive between Blenheim and Nelson, with its crystal clear river and towering, ancient forests.  Read the story . . . 

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Events and festivals

Homegrown: serving up local musical treats for a decade in Wellington

You’ve wandered among the wildlife at Zealandia, you’ve soaked up the citylife along the waterfront, observed bustling bureaucracy at the Beehive: now, you are ready to rock! Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

The Beehive and Parliament Buildings: the heart of Aotearoa's Government

Get to the nub of it at all and join a free guided tour into the heart of New Zealand’s Government at the Beehive in the parliamentary precinct. Read the story . . . 

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Zealandia: the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary

Explore the world’s first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary, with more than 30 kilometres of walking tracks and ample opportunities to spot tuatara, kiwi, hihi, saddleback and tūī. Read the story . . . 

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Kāpiti Island Nature Reserve: an accessible island sanctuary

Reckon on a kākā landing on your shoulder or a weka scurrying over your feet, all to the calls of kākāriki, bellbird, robin and saddleback. Read the story . . . 

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Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Explore this waharoa to our natural and cultural heritage, home to three rugby fields' worth of beautifully crafted space, untold treasures and fascinating stories. Read the story . . . 

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