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Loved by the locals: Bay of Islands

From impressive views and fascinating cultural history to chocolate treats and hidden beaches, we pick the best spots to visit in the Bay of Islands. Read the story . . . 

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Whangārei: hills and harbours

Whangārei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, lies at the centre of a region of beautiful beaches and rugged hills. It's where Northland truly begins. Read the story . . . 

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Bay of Islands: bay of many places

If you’re looking for a sense of history in New Zealand, it lies in the Bay of Islands, a place where heritage and natural beauty combine perfectly. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Coast: home again

It is a magical experience to drive the winding highway through Waipōua Forest, past giant trees which encroach onto the asphalt in places. You don’t want to be in a hurry here. Read the story . . . 

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Te Paki sand dunes: seriously steep, seriously fun

As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki Stream, are some seriously steep and seriously fun sand dunes. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder. This is Muriwhenua, the tail of Māui’s legendary fish, the northernmost tip of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Far North

Catch a wave at Ahipara, discover whaling history, find an idyllic campsite, take a dip and try the famous fish and chips in the Far North.  Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga Te Rerenga Wairua Lighthouse Walk

Enjoy outstanding panoramic views, see the meeting of two mighty oceans and pay respect to the place where Māori believe the spirits of the dead meet the underworld.  Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga: where two oceans meet

Witness the majestic power of nature as the mighty Pacific and Tasman collide.  Read the story . . . 

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Coromandel Township: hippy haven

Perhaps it’s the stillness of the rainforest, the misty vistas of mountain, headland and sea that called the souls of the commune-founders hither. Read the story . . . 

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The Pinnacles: the name says it all

It’s hard to argue that the discovery of gold was a good thing for the Coromandel Peninsula but one positive is the tramping tracks it left behind... Read the story . . . 

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Rangitīkei: life off the beaten track

The Rangitīkei River and surrounding countryside are truly exceptional. The landscape here is often rugged and always spectacular. Read the story . . . 

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Hamilton Gardens: beautifully curated spaces inspired by the world

Savour native woodland and gardens of the world beyond through beautifully curated spaces inspired by Europe, India and Asia. Read the story . . . 

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Kāpiti Island: birds of paradise

Lying only 15 minutes off Paraparaumu by boat and only 90 minutes north of Wellington by road, Kāpiti Island is New Zealand’s most accessible offshore wildlife sanctuary. Read the story . . . 

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The Goblin Forest: lush and fantastical forest

In the Goblin Forest, twisted kāmahi trunks lead the way through one of New Zealand's most epic, lush and fantastical natural spaces. Read the story . . . 

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