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Lake Waikaremoana: hidden gem

The dense, luxuriant rainforest forms a handsome setting for the gem that is Waikaremoana, ‘the lake of rippling waters.' Read the story . . . 

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Kahurangi Marine Reserve

North of Kahurangi Marine reserve is a remote wilderness visited more by seals than humans. Read the story . . . 

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Great walks

The Routeburn Track: the ultimate alpine adventure

It's one of the country’s most famous walks so, let’s get the house- (or hut-) keeping out of the way first: you’ll need to book in the heavy season. Read the story . . . 

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Glenorchy and Dart River: gateway to paradise

Glenorchy is a picturesque spot, backed by the craggy, snow-capped grandeur that is the interior of the Mount Aspiring National Park. And there’s fun to be had in the area. Lots of it. Read the story . . . 

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Hollyford Valley: not your average walk

While less popular than the nearby Milford and Routeburn tracks, Hollyford Valley is nonetheless one of the South Island’s great tramping experiences. Read the story . . . 

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Rakiura Stewart Island: smouldering sunsets and sunrises

At Halfmoon Bay, the main settlement on Stewart Island, sunsets and sunrises stretch into smouldering pyrotechnic displays. Read the story . . . 

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Stewart Island Rakiura: the other (third) island

It feels like going back in time on Stewart Island, to a land with less human impact, as well as ancient forest, vociferous birdlife and abundant seafood. Read the story . . . 

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Te Urewera: the national park that isn’t

Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngāi Tūhoe, spent 60 years as a national park – a brief period considering the place has evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier. Read the story . . . 

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The Heaphy Track: in the footsteps of explorers

The Heaphy Track travels through expansive tussock downs, lush forests and nīkau palms to the roaring seas of the West Coast of the South Island. 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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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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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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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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