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Road trips

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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The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte differs from others in the network of New Zealand’s Great Walks, in that the accommodation is in a whole other class to traditional bush-bashing experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Otago Rail Experience

Take a spectacular day-trip by train up the Taieri Gorge, or use the Taieri Gorge Railway to transport you to the start of the Central Otago Rail Trail. Read the story . . . 

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TranzAlpine: one of the best rail journeys in the world

Feast on one breath-taking view after another as you travel from Christchurch to Greymouth. Read the story . . . 

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Banks Peninsula: land of volcanoes and mini dolphins

On Banks Peninsula you can sleep under the stars in a glass house, swim with miniature dolphins and dine on amazing local food all in the same day... Read the story . . . 

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Mid-Canterbury: the South Island’s best-kept secret

It doesn’t get more classic South Island than mid-Canterbury. Rural meets high country meets big mountains meets even bigger skies... Read the story . . . 

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Mackenzie: for lovers

Lording over the Mackenzie region, Aoraki Mount Cook has become a symbol for what could easily win the unofficial 'most beautiful region in New Zealand' competition. Read the story . . . 

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Hurunui: pinot and adventure sports

There is an adventure capital in the South Island with a fabulous food and wine scene. It is not in Queenstown...  Read the story . . . 

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Nelson Lakes National Park: New Zealand’s Lakes District

Nelson Lakes National Park lies at the head of the Southern Alps and features majestic mountain ranges and the breathtaking lakes of Rotoroa and Rotoiti at its very heart. Read the story . . . 

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Remote Southland: the quirk and the sublime

There's a great deal to love in the emptiness and wildness of Curio and Porpoise bays. Particularly when you're looking for uncrowded waves to ride. Read the story . . . 

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