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Whanganui: following the river

The majestic Whanganui river has an ignominious end where it joins the sea. There is an endless battle of currents; the river wanting out and the ocean wanting in. Read the story . . . 

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Great Barrier Island: a rugged road trip

It’s as if a chunk of Coromandel Peninsula floated off to the north. There’s the surf beach side and the quieter bay side, like Coromandel, with the steep choppy spine in between. Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Rotorua

There's plenty to keep you busy for a weekend escape in Rotorua. Read the story . . . 

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Five picks for a weekend in Takapuna

A short drive across Auckland’s harbour bridge leads to an iconic beach, great cafés and, in summer, water-based activities in the warm sea. Read the story . . . 

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Kawau: an island apart

Locals describe living on Kawau Island as ‘quiet.' It’s not surprising; there are no proper roads and no shops, not even a dairy. Read the story . . . 

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Four picks for a weekend in Whakatāne

Whakatāne is a busy, attractive, riverside town and, nearby, Ōhope has a sublime beach. Read the story . . . 

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New Plymouth: mountains and masterpieces

The wavy stainless steel exterior of the Len Lye Centre shimmers and plays; people walk close and back off and look up and laugh at their mangled reflections. It is instantly fun. Read the story . . . 

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Waitaki: a river of time

A goblin’s labyrinth of creamy rock, fossils, Victorian architecture and Steampunk. There is nowhere else in New Zealand quite like Waitaki. Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Central Hawke's Bay

South of Napier and Hastings you'll find the Central Hawke's Bay District, home to bucolic landscapes, historic homesteads, long stretches of coastline, weekend markets, museums and great mountain-biking. Read the story . . . 

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Simple pleasures at Mangawhai

Escape the city for a weekend at a slower pace filled with simple pleasures at Northland's Mangawhai Heads.  Read the story . . . 

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Camping country

In a country where we all live so close to nature, it’s little wonder we harbour a national passion for getting back to it. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Kidnappers: majestic gannets and more

Captain Cook had plenty to say in his log about Cape Kidnappers, the southern headland of Hawke’s Bay. Read the story . . . 

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Castlepoint: a seaside adventure

Most of New Zealand’s special coastal spots are marked by lighthouses. Castlepoint, one of the wilder stretches of the North Island coast, is no exception.   Read the story . . . 

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