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Road trips

Otago Peninsula road trip: wildlife and wild history

Family squabbles, love affairs and bitter accusations – sounds like the plot of a soap opera. But within the stone walls of Otago Peninsula’s Larnach Castle, it was a reality. Read the story . . . 

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Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge: cycling the Otago river trails

Rain or shine, cycling Otago’s river trails in winter proves to be a beautiful adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Taking our time: cycling the Otago Central Rail Trail

The Otago Central Rail Trail is open all year round, so riders can pick their preferred season or return multiple times to experience the ever-changing scenery. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whanganui: colourful and creative

From clay to canvas; artworks, artefacts and molten glass, Whanganui is bursting with creative colour.  Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Urban explorer: The Octagon

Dunedin doesn’t really do the hard sell, but if effortless style and laid back libations warm your cockles, then chances are you’ll find yourself in its eight-sided heart soon enough.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Thames Steampunk

In Thames, the sharpest dressers turn out in goggles and corsets, raggamuffin kids parade in top-hats and tails, dogs in waistcoats travel by lacy pram and gun-toting Mad Max types roll through the middle of the CBD in a train.   Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whanganui City: architectural heritage and style

Whanganui is one of New Zealand’s oldest cities. With an eclectic mix of heritage architecture ranging from the early 19th Century through to Art Deco, Whanganui’s main street makes for a scenic setting for an easy stroll to discover the city's roots.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Five great days out with kids in Northland

With iconic native forest, cultural heritage and a bounty of beaches to explore, Northland offers a myriad of options for kid-friendly fun.  Read the story . . . 

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Rotorua: hot mud, cool lakes

With hot pools, natural springs and 18 picturesque volcanic lakes to choose from, there are many bodies of water worth visiting in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Akaroa: French charm

An hour’s easy drive from Christchurch and just over the crest of the hill you reach Akaroa harbour opening dramatically before you, the land dropping steeply to turquoise sea. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Britomart

Not every city can pull off creating a new, genuinely interesting neighbourhood. But Auckland has and it’s called Britomart.  Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Nelson

Nelson has it all: a vibrant centre, fabulous music scene, incredible outdoor opportunities, arts and crafts, culture and stellar marks for sunshine hours.  Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Coromandel

Goldmining history and small gauge railways, DIY spas, skateparks, cycle trails, petting zoos and friendly free-roaming pigs – there are so many options for family fun on the Coromandel.  Read the story . . . 

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Ten great things to do in Northland

Whether you're looking for things to do on a day trip or hitting the road to discover more of the region, we've rounded up 10 ideas to inspire your Northland travels.  Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

Bridge to Nowhere: stunning walking in the Whanganui National Park

Reach the enigmatic Bridge to Nowhere via the Kaiwhakauka Track or navigating the Whanganui River to the Mangapūrua Landing. Read the story . . . 

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The Bridge to Nowhere

When the road disappeared in the bush, grasses and lichens colonised the span and the deck of the bridge – the grandest in a tramping track you’ll ever see. Read the story . . . 

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