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Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

There is near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Kayaking the Abel Tasman: sheltered coves, crystal streams and exquisite beaches

The sand is a colour you simply have never seen before. The water is so blue it doesn’t actually look real. Read the story . . . 

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Franz Josef and Fox Glaciers: monuments to nature’s power and beauty

Experience Fox and Franz Josef – two of the 140 glaciers that flow from the Southern Alps. Read the story . . . 

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Pancake rocks and blowholes: 30 million years in the making

At Punakāiki, walk into an ancient world of pancake-shaped rock formations 30 million years in the making, along with mighty blowholes and a terrific surge pool.  Read the story . . . 

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The Lake Matheson walk: a photographer's dream

Lake Matheson is a photographer’s dream, where the waters reflect a near-perfect image of snow-capped Aoraki Mount Cook. Read the story . . . 

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Ōkārito Lagoon: wonderful wetland wilderness

Explore the lagoon and river channels by kayak and journey through this divine wetland wilderness into the heart of the rainforest. Read the story . . . 

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Camping in Golden Bay: a pristine paradise

Base yourself under canvas in a pristine paradise of golden beaches, alpine valleys, tranquil rivers and ocean as far as the eye can see.  Read the story . . . 

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Awaroa Beach: the beach we all own

You may well not be aware of it, but we all own this beach. Well, kinda. Read the story . . . 

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Ōpārara Basin: limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent arches

Discover pristine rainforest, limestone caves with cathedral-like passages and magnificent, magical arches through this treasure-chest nook of the Kahurangi National Park. Read the story . . . 

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Southern stars: see the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis

See the rare but spectacular Aurora Australis from the 4300-square kilometre UNESCO Aoraki Mackenzie International Dark Sky Reserve. Read the story . . . 

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Aoraki Mount Cook National Park: the iconic peak that is the snapshot of the south

Explore snowy mountainscapes, turquoise glacier-fed lakes and the snow tussock grassland of alpine valleys in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park. Read the story . . . 

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Moeraki Boulders: clamber over them for the ultimate selfie

Make the most of the photo op with these huge, marble-like boulders strewn along windswept Koekohe Beach. Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: a world away

New Zealand’s third largest island, Stewart Island is a unique, curious place that is well worth a visit. Read the story . . . 

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The Hermitage: a haven for the adventurous

Not much has changed in the view from the Hermitage from the day it was opened in 1884. Jagged, snowy peaks in every direction and the fast-flowing Hooker River outside the front door. Read the story . . . 

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Queenstown Hill Time Walk: a rocky delight

Queenstown Hill, just out of town, is more than worth a peek, and you can make its peak in an hour if you get a wriggle on. Read the story . . . 

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Rob Roy Glacier Track: glaciers, waterfalls and thieving parrots

The drive there is almost as energy-sapping as the walk to the top of the glacier. But it's worth it to experience one of the region’s most stunning walks. Read the story . . . 

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