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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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Natural attractions

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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Firth of Thames: the gentle way south

The alternate road heading south from Auckland, along the Firth of Thames, is a quiet, visual treat with lots to see and do. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Coromandel: a sting in the tail

Even in an area that has more than its fair share of wonderful beaches, the gems that lie along this road less travelled are in a class of their own... 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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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Experience the sea as it’s meant to be at a marine reserve

New Zealand’s marine reserves and protected areas offer visitors a unique opportunity to see fish and marine life, thriving and abundant in their natural environment.   Read the story . . . 

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Soak it up at The Lost Spring

A geothermal oasis in the heart of Whitianga, The Lost Spring is an ideal setting for indulgence.  Read the story . . . 

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Whangamatā Beach Hop: a rock n’ roll revival

A celebration of all the style and sass of the1950s and 60s, Repco Beach Hop is about music, fashion and fun. But mostly it’s about the cars. Read the story . . . 

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Visit Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel's star attraction

A beach that you can only get to by foot or by sea is a little bit special. Cathedral Cove is one of those beaches.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride the Hauraki Rail Trail through the stunning Karangahake Gorge

One of the easiest Great Rides, the Hauraki Rail Trail, is a gentle cycle through New Zealand’s gold mining history.  Read the story . . . 

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Discover the hidden lagoon on sacred Donut Island

Visit Whenuakura Wildlife Sanctuary or Donut Island – a sacred spot with a hidden lagoon just off the coast of Whangamatā.  Read the story . . . 

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The Waterworks: wet and wonderful

A whole lot of Kiwi ‘number 8 wire’ thinking has gone into creating The Waterworks in Coromandel.  Read the story . . . 

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Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Get outside: 14 must-do short walks

New Zealand is blessed with so many beautiful and varied landscapes. Often the best way to discover them is on foot.  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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