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On the North Taranaki coast, near Tongaporutu, you can see two (formerly three) 25 metre rock formations known as the Three Sisters. Next to the sisters is another formation called Elephant..
The second largest city in Canterbury, Timaru sits about midway between Christchurch and Dunedin. It has everything you need for a pleasant stopover. Caroline Bay has a safe swimming beach..
On this island, just 30 kilometres from the centre of New Zealand's largest city, the lighthouse keeper and farm animals have been replaced by a community of rare native birds. Working with..
This outlandish mountain, like something from a fantasy landscape, is actually a rare phenomenon – it’s the plug of an ancient volcano. The material around the plug has eroded over..
Tokoroa is a timber town – the heart of New Zealand’s massive forestry, timber and paper industries. It sits between the lush farmland of the Waikato and the vast plantation pine..
One of the major attractions of Abel Tasman National Park, Tonga Island Marine Reserve includes sandy beaches, boulder headlands, rocky reefs and small estuaries. The reserve is named for..
This 'Great Walk' circumnavigates Mount Ngauruhoe in the Tongariro National Park. It passes through an amazing landscape of volcanic craters, glacial valleys, coloured lakes and..
Totara Estate's historic farm buildings and displays are a tribute to the courage, determination and ingenuity of New Zealand's early farmers.
As you arrive at the estate, which is..
The Treasured Pathway is a self-guided scenic drive through Marlborough and Nelson. The journey begins in the port town of Picton, where the inter-island ferry provides a connection between..
Trounson Kauri Park is home to several threatened species, including North Island brown kiwi, kereru (native pigeon), pekapeka (bats) and kauri snails. It’s also known for a magnificent..
Tuhua (Mayor Island) is a dormant shield volcano with a large caldera. It emerged from the sea about 7000 years ago and has several hot springs. Opuahau, the highest peak, reaches 354..
This popular recreation area has historical links to the famous Rimutaka Railway.
With ample parking and modern facilities, Tunnel Gully provides a convenient stopping point for forest..
Near the city of New Plymouth is Tupare, one of two Taranaki gardens managed by the Queen Elizabeth II National Trust.
In 1932 Sir Russell and Lady Matthews started to create a garden..
When you translate the name of this pa, it's easy to feel apprehensive. Turuturu means "stakes" and mokai means "dried heads". Visit during the day (when the gates are open) and the killing..
The town of Twizel was purpose-built in the 1960s to provide a home for workers involved with the Upper Waitaki Power Scheme. Today it is a well-positioned base for mountain climbing..
Ulva Island/Te Wharawhara Marine Reserve protects a large slice of Paterson Inlet on Stewart Island. The inlet is a shallow ria – an ancient river valley that has been submerged. Because..
Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest tertiary education establishment. Its Registry Building, often referred to as the Clocktower Building, is a Dunedin..
One of the four cities that make up the Wellington region, Upper Hutt is set against forested hills alongside the Hutt River. Even though it flows through a city, the river is clean and..
Throughout the Waikato region, there are rivers, lakes and waterfalls that will demand the attention of your camera. First and foremost is the Waikato River, the longest river in New..
The rural centre of Waimate sits between Timaru and Oamaru. For centuries the area was a seasonal hunting camp for Maori. When European settlers arrived, Waimate became a saw-milling town...
Waiohine Gorge is a popular camping and recreation area; it’s also the south eastern entrance to the Tararua Forest Park. A large swing bridge spans the gorge, inviting you to venture..
In recent years, the Waipara Valley has become a popular stop for travellers who appreciate good wine. Waipara is one of New Zealand's newest and most rapidly expanding wine areas - Pinot..
“Wairere Boulders” offers scenery that cannot be viewed anywhere else on the planet. The geomorphic formation of a 1.6 km long valley with thousands of “fluted” basalt boulders is..
On the journey along the Waitaki Valley you'll notice the transition from green pastures to the characteristic dry inland landscape of Central Otago. Snow-capped peaks and beautiful lakes..
The Waitangi National Reserve is one of New Zealand’s most important historic sites. It includes a massive war canoe (waka), an ornate Maori meeting house (whare runanga) and the Treaty..
Waitara is the largest town in North Taranaki. It was one of the first areas in the region to be settled by Maori; consequently it has some important heritage sites. Manukorihi Pa is set..
Waituna Lagoon (also known as Lake Waituna) and wetlands was one of the first sites in the world to be named "a wetland of international significance" under the RAMSAR Convention, an..
The lakeside town of Wanaka can provide you with an appealing mix of fine living, family fun and adventure. It has a high concentration of cafes, restaurants and interesting shops. It’s..
Poised at the edge of the Mahurangi River, Warkworth is a pretty town with an interesting choice of restaurants and accommodation. If you need a break from your journey, a picnic on the..
Wellsford is a busy country town serving the local farming and horticultural community. Travellers can fill up with fuel, call into the supermarket for supplies and take advantage of the..
The long, sandy, tranquil beach and shady pohutukawa trees along the foreshore are the main attractions for visitors to the Wenderholm Regional Park. There are also native forest walks that..
South of Whangamata, a road leads up the rural Wentworth Valley to a quiet Department of Conservation camping ground. It's hard to imagine this area was once a large gold mining settlement..
While glaciers around the world are retreating, the Fox and Franz Josef glaciers still flow almost to sea level. The temperate climate at this low altitude means these glaciers are among..
Golden Bay and the South Island's northwest coast are renowned for their diverse and ancient landforms, endemic plants, abundant birdlife and outstanding scenery.
Immediately south of Okarito Lagoon is the Westland National Park, part of the Southwest New Zealand World Heritage Area. The park extends west from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps..
Westport was first a gold town and then a coal town. The coal mining museum provides a glimpse of what it's like to work underground. Westport is also a centre for outdoor adventures –..
The main centre for the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Whakatane is one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Just off shore is White Island, a spectacular active volcano that can be visited by..
The town of Whangamata was established during the days of gold mining and logging. Today it is a popular seaside town. Whangamata has two long, sandy beaches with good surf breaks...
The Whanganui Journey is named as one of New Zealand's 'Great Walks', but it's actually a kayak or canoe journey down the Whanganui River. Beginning in Taumarunui, the journey takes an..
The northern gateway of Glacier Country, is a small village that offers accommodation, a general store and service station. It is also the departure point for guided tours to view beautiful..
White Island is the summit of two overlapping stratovolcanoes and one of New Zealand's most active volcanic sites. It has had around 35 small to moderate eruptions since 1826. The Maori..
Wilmot Pass is a 671 m (2100 ft) high pass on the main divide connecting Doubtful Sound to the valley of the West Arm of Lake Manapouri. The pass is named after E. H. Wilmot, a former..
Winton is situated on the Invercargill-Queenstown highway. The town is named after Thomas Winton, a well-known stockman of the 1850s who regularly camped in the area. Travellers find Winton..
The bow of the SS Gairloch is slowly crumbling into the sand near Oakura on Taranaki's coast. This rusted iron skeleton has been a local landmark for more than 100 years.
On the night of..
The height of Wrights Hill allows it to be seen from the eastern suburbs, central city and western suburbs. There is little open ground, except for on top of the hill where a well-developed..
Central Otago is a region touched by history, with a powerful landscape of ancient mountains, weathered rock formations, alpine herb fields and fast rivers.
In ancient times, Maori..
Dunedin’s legendary gardens at Glenfalloch and Larnach Castle, are a profusion of colour and beauty, with spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias, and various bulbs. Fly..
Spring action in Eastland is lively with multi-sport competitions and two major art competitions, as well as Gisborne’s Wine and Food Festival. This is a great time to learn to surf and..
Lake Wanaka is a place to take a deep breath and relax. Protected from the outside world by the grandeur of the mountains, you’re enclosed in a hidden paradise.
Crystal clear lake..
Authentic New Zealand experiences, a picturesque sea-to-mountain landscape and memorable countryside journeys characterise the Manawatu region.
Expect to spend a lot of time outside..
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