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Lake Matheson: the perfect mirror

If you find yourself on the West Coast in a reflective mood, you’ll also find you’re in good company. Read the story . . . 

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Punakāiki Pancake Rocks: geological marvel

Funny that Māori should have had a word that sounded so much like the English word for ‘pancakes’. Read the story . . . 

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Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers

Many of the crinklier bits of New Zealand’s geography were formed by the slow but insistent action of glaciers. Read the story . . . 

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Punakāiki Marine Reserve

Punakāiki Marine Reserve surrounds the pancake rocks and blowholes at Dolomite Point, one of the most distinctive landscapes of the West Coast. Read the story . . . 

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Buller Gorge: a thrilling adventure

If you’re driving from Nelson to Westport, you’ll first pick up the Buller just past Glenhope, about 30km as the kererū flies from where the mighty river arises from Lake Rotoiti. Read the story . . . 

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The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. Read the story . . . 

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Paparoa National Park: there she blows

Luxuriant coastal forest, limestone cliffs and canyons, caves and underground streams, not to mention an absolutely spectacular coastline...  Read the story . . . 

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Buller: the river without memories

From the northern reaches Lewis Pass to the rugged tablelands of Paparoa National Park, and the wide sweep of coastline, Buller has a beautiful and surprisingly varied landscape.  Read the story . . . 

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Buller Gorge: swing into action in the deep, meandering canyon

Visit the deep, meandering canyon where you can zipline, raft whitewater rapids, jump on a jet boat or experience our longest swingbridge spanning the mighty Buller River. Read the story . . . 

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Central West Coast: the best coastal drive in New Zealand

In this part of the world, civilisation has only chiselled a few narrow paths into the landscape. The elements – the wind, the rain and the ocean – are always trying to claim that land back. Read the story . . . 

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Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. 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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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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Whangārei Harbour Marine Reserve

In the marine environment of Whangārei Harbour, two areas are set aside for protection: around Motukaroro (Passage) Island and at Waikaraka. Read the story . . . 

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