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Natural attractions

Tongariro National Park: volcanoes of the south wind

Tongariro is New Zealand’s oldest national park with excellent skiing on Mount Ruapehu in the winter season and some of the most epic mountain-hiking trails in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Tongariro Northern Circuit: alpine heartland

The Tongariro Northern Circuit explores a landscape of stark glacial contrasts and alpine views, with craters, explosion pits and lava flows aplenty. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Surf Highway 45: New Plymouth to Hāwera

Taranaki's hemispherical coastline between Fitzroy and Hāwera is home to 180 degrees of ocean swell where you can almost be certain of solid, pumping surf. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Kāpiti

Do what the locals do in the Kāpiti Coast District. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Our isolated marine reserves

Alongside New Zealand's mainland marine reserves, there are four remote reserves which can only be accessed via boat and some require special permits... Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes wild coastline and vast, sweeping harbours out west. Read the story . . . 

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Thermal Explorer Highway: Auckland to Napier

How about an epic roadie straight down the North Island to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Inland Scenic Route 72: Christchurch loop

Round trips are immensely satisfying. There’s a pleasing symmetry in ending up back where you started, a closing of the loop, a real sense of achievement. Read the story . . . 

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