Travel

Climbing Mount Taranaki: a tramper’s must-do

It may not be the tallest peak on the North Island, but it's arguably the most picturesque. Perfectly cone shaped ...
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Whitewater stars: rafters win gold in Tibet

The NZ Women’s R4 Rafting team brought home gold medals from the Yushu World Rafting Plateau Championships held in Tibet ...
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50 things to see and do in the Bay

After exploring so many of New Zealand’s famous places over the past two years, we felt that it's time to ...
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Rippling waters and ancient forest at Lake Waikaremoana

Despite living in the Bay of Plenty for 13 years, with Lake Waikaremoana virtually on our doorstep, I had never ...
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Fab and free: best activities in Tauranga, Rotorua and Hamilton

Our region is a bonanza of natural beauty and it makes sense to get outside with the family and enjoy ...
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Mount Ruapehu, skiing, New Zealand

A Lifetime Love Affair with Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu has been a special place for Liz French since she was a child and she has spent some ...
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Sailing away for the winter: Tonga aboard a yacht

focus writer Carol Garden is spending this winter in Tonga aboard a yacht. She tells us how her sailing life ...
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Magnificent Kaikoura. Yes, it’s open!

“Yes, we’re open.” We’re so used to seeing these words everywhere in our daily life that they might sound insignificant ...
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A round trip on the Routeburn Track

Walking the Routeburn Track had been on my to-do list for a long time – ever since doing the Milford ...
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Meandering Through the Motu Road Trail

You can cycle the Motu Road Trail in a day, all 70 or so kilometres of it, plus the extra ...
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Terrific Taranaki has a lot to offer

Recently named second best region in the world by travel guide Lonely Planet, after a brief visit, it’s easy to ...
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Summer on the Tarawera Trail

It was a fab day for a 50th! A group of us joined our friend the birthday girl on a ...
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