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Ruapehu, Ngāuruhoe and Tongariro: live the high life this winter

The drive around Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe is spectacular in winter, but those who content themselves solely with the view from the window are missing out. Read the story . . . 

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Arrowtown: golden history

The beauty of Arrowtown is that it was built to last and if you look carefully, you’ll get some sense of what life was like for the gold miners who originally founded the town.  Read the story . . . 

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Te Weheka Walkway/Cycleway

Walk or cycle through bush from Fox Glacier township to the Fox Glacier car park on this shared-use track.  Read the story . . . 

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Climbing: facing your fear

Climbing is the unique blend of physical and mental exertion that leads both to a feeling of accomplishment and a sense of calm. All in some of the most breathtaking landscapes in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Hawke’s Bay: in search of the good life

Hawke’s Bay isn’t on the way to anywhere. It requires a deliberate choice to discover its delights.  Read the story . . . 

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Eastland Tairāwhiti: first to see the light

Poverty Bay is one of the most fertile areas of New Zealand, famous for its luscious chardonnay and its fruit and vegetables, which flourish in the rich soils and abundant sunshine.  Read the story . . . 

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Western Bay of Plenty: it's the beaches...

With no less than 12km of white sandy beach reaching from Mount Maunganui to Papamoa and a wide coastline that stretches for 125km, it sure is hard to beat. Read the story . . . 

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Tauranga: the perfect blend of city and laid-back lifestyle

Fast-growing Tauranga is becoming a city to be reckoned with, comprising the perfect blend of city and laidback lifestyle. Read the story . . . 

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South Auckland stroll

The best way to introduce yourself to a new area is to take a stroll with a local. The tips and places you will visit will depend on that local’s personal experience Read the story . . . 

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Whakaari White Island: a moonscape of volcanic desolation

Some volcanoes are stroppier than others. A stroll on Mount Eden, for example, feels safe. A poke around on the flanks of Whakaari – White Island – by contrast, does not.  Read the story . . . 

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Waitomo Caves: one of the wonders of the world

Set in a weird and wonderful landscape where weathered limestone and marble outcrops form outlandish shapes on the surface, the caves are one of the wonders of the world. Read the story . . . 

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Ulva Island: birdwatchers’ paradise

It probably comes as something of a relief to learn Ulva Island was named after a Scottish isle, rather than the dangly bit at the back of your throat. Read the story . . . 

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Wainui Beach: sunrises without peer

Wainui is a beautiful stretch of white sand that receives a nice, clean Pacific swell in westerly weather – and happily, the prevailing winds are from the westerly quarter.  Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown: aboard the TSS Earnslaw

The TSS Earnslaw has plied the glassy waters of Lake Wakatipu for over 90 years; her graceful lines and plume of coal smoke as much part of the scenery as the Remarkables. Read the story . . . 

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