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Golfing in an alpine amphitheatre

The ageless, snow-capped Remarkables preside over the course, aloof and indifferent all alike to the vainglory of eagles and the ignominy of triple-bogeys. Read the story . . . 

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Karangahake Gorge: a reminder of a golden era

Explore the railway and the gold workings of Karangahake Gorge and have a picnic lunch and a swim in one of the Ōhinemuri’s lazy pools. Now that’s a solid gold experience. Read the story . . . 

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The Kepler Track: blazing a new trail

The Kepler Track near Te Anau showcases vast tussock-covered ridgelines and spectacular alpine vistas, contrasting peaceful lakeside and valley beech forest in a must-do wilderness adventure. Read the story . . . 

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Akaroa Marine Reserve

Akaroa is a very special place, visited by the world’s smallest dolphin, the Hector’s dolphin.  Read the story . . . 

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The Rakiura Track: beauty in isolation

Tucked away on New Zealand’s third island, Stewart Island Rakiura, the Rakiura Track is the perfect opportunity for an island adventure. Read the story . . . 

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The Routeburn Track: over the hills and far away

The Routeburn Track is the ultimate alpine adventure, taking walkers through ice-carved valleys and below the majestic peaks of the Southern Alps Ka Tiritiri o te Moana. Read the story . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana Track: around the rippling waters

The Lake Waikaremoana Track, in the remote Te Urewera region southeast of Rotorua, traces the shoreline of this spectacular lake, named by Māori the ‘sea of rippling waters.' Read the story . . . 

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Nelson: living the good life

Tucked away at the top of the south, Nelson is a town of 50,000 people working hard at enjoying themselves.  Read the story . . . 

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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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Whanganui Journey: paddle your own canoe

While considered one of New Zealand's Great Walks, the Whanganui Journey is less of a walk and more of a paddle. Read the story . . . 

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Parininihi Marine Reserve

Parininihi Marine Reserve captures a typical slice of the north Taranaki coastline, as well as the possibly unique sponge gardens of Pariokariwa reef.  Read the story . . . 

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Pōhatu Marine Reserve

Many of New Zealand’s most charismatic marine animals hang out at Pōhatu Marine Reserve on Banks Peninsula, home to both penguin and seal colonies.  Read the story . . . 

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Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

The underwater caves, arches and sheer cliffs at the Poor Knights provide diving so good, Jacques Cousteau rated it as one of the top ten dives in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Tapuae Marine Reserve

The 1404ha Tapuae Marine Reserve, on the rugged Taranaki coast hosts a diverse and flourishing range of sea life. Read the story . . . 

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Taputeranga Marine Reserve

Taputeranga Marine Reserve is only 6km from Wellington’s city centre and offers snorkelling, diving and walking opportunities. Read the story . . . 

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