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Hongi Hika Walk

Walk through gum trees and native forest to Kororipo Pā, which served as Hongi Hika’s coastal fortified settlement and played an important role in New Zealand’s musket war campaigns. Read the story . . . 

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Four Sisters Walk

Walk through kauri and rimu in beautiful native forest to four tall kauri trees growing extremely close together – the famous four sisters.  Read the story . . . 

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Yakas Walk

Walk on a well-surfaced track to Cathedral Grove and then move on to experience the seventh largest kauri in the lush Waipōua Forest, the 'Yakas' tree. 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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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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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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Small town treasure: Waipū

Waipū, just an hour and a half north of Auckland, is a small town steeped in Scottish heritage. 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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Road trips

Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

We cruise up the Brynderwyns, stately and elevated in our campervan. I am pleased to be fulfilling a childhood dream of travelling like a snail – taking my home with me wherever I go. Read the story . . . 

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Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Northland

Perched on a clifftop with sweeping views out to Mātauri Bay and beyond to the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs is possibly New Zealand’s finest all-round golf course. 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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Climb Whangārei’s steep and seriously scenic Mount Manaia

Mount Manaia towers over Whangārei Harbour in a cluster of majestic craggy peaks, irresistible to anyone who appreciates a dramatic view. Read the story . . . 

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Take a walk and a dip at Whangārei Falls

Just ten minutes from Whangārei City, Otuihau Whangārei Falls is both easily accessible and classically beautiful.  Read the story . . . 

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