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PUKOROKORO MIRANDA SHOREBIRD CENTRE - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Located only an hour from Auckland the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. Best birdwatching is two hours either side of high..(more)

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KORORIPO PA HISTORIC WALK - Kerikeri

Location: Northland

Enjoy amazing views of the Kerikeri River, Kerikeri Basin and the historic Stone Store from the historic Kororipo Pa. The Kororipo Pa Historic Walk starts in the Kerikeri Basin, across the carpark from the Stone Store; it can also be accessed from the St James Church lower..(more)

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THE MILLENIUM TRACK - Wanaka / Otago

Location: Wanaka

Starting at Waterfall Creek, The Millenium Track takes walkers and bikers alike out passed Waterfall Creek all the way to Glendu Bay. Otherwise known as the Glendu Bay track, this walking and biking trail connects Wanaka township to Glendu Bay, via the Waterfall Creek..(more)

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CENTRE OF CONTEMPORARY ART (CoCA) - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

CoCA is a place of doing - a place where things happen and people connect. Through thoughtfully curated programmes and exhibitions, we foster the creation and celebration of inspiring and provocative contemporary art from exciting local and international artists. Art that encourages everyone, from the curious passer-by to the art aficionado, to think and talk..(more)

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CABLE CAR MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

Bringing to life the story of Wellington's iconic cable cars is the award-winning Cable Car Museum, situated within the original Winding House. Open every day with free entry, the Museum is home to two of the original grip cars and the historic winding machinery once used to haul the cars through a series of tunnels up the steep incline...(more)

STONY BATTER HISTORIC RESERVE - Waiheke Island

Location: Auckland - Waiheke Island

Stony Batter Historic Reserve, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is named for its unusual rocky outcrops and is the site of extensive tunnels and gun emplacements dating back to WWII. ​This short walk combines fascinating history and the beautiful scenery Waiheke Island is famous for. It’s accessible all year round and is perfect..(more)

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OTUMUKEKE STREAM, SPA PARK - Taupo

Location: Taupo

Soak your worries away at the natural hot springs of Otumuheke Stream in Taupo’s Spa Park. Considered one of Taupo’s best hidden gems, this natural hot springs are popular with both locals and visitors, especially..(more)

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AOTEA SQUARE - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Aotea Square is the unifying centre of all the activity that occurs within Auckland Live venues. At 4,500 square metres, the Square is the largest open-air space in the inner city of Auckland and is used for a myriad of different activities including festivals, parades, political rallies, cultural shows and community..(more)

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RAMEKA TRACK, TAKAKA HILL - Nelson

Location: Nelson

Righto, you mountain bike demons ... here's one for you: Indulge your downhill passion on a wicked ride that starts at the top of Takaka Hill - that steep marble mountain which sticks out like a sore thumb on the road to Golden Bay at the inland corner of the Abel Tasman National..(more)

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LAKE GUNN NATURE WALK - Fiordland National Park

Location: Fiordland

Enjoy walking an easy loop track through red beech forest and alongside Lake Gunn, beginning from the Milford Road. The Lake Gunn Nature Walk is an easy 45 minute loop walk suited to all ages and accessible to..(more)

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HAMURANA SPRINGS WALK - Rotorua

Location: Lake Rotorua

Hamurana Springs is a wonderful place to perk yourself up with a non-strenuous short walk (½hr tops) in a tranquil setting, far away from the drama of daily life. And the water! Crystal clear but laced with shades of turquoise, jade and emerald, it looks so inviting it's hard to resist throwing your clothes off..(more)

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MARSDEN POINT OIL REFINERY - Whangarei

Location: Northland - Ruakaka

Come and see how New Zealand's only oil refinery works. Brand new interactive display where you can "tour" the refinery in 3D. A 130sqm scale model and dramatic 20-minute light and sound show reveal the innermost workings of this impressive..(more)

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OTAGO MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - North Dunedin

Welcome to one of the world's best museums! Discover the richness and vibrancy of the southern region through outstanding collections covering culture, nature and science. Whether you have an hour to spare or a day to enjoy, you'll find something to inspire, enlighten or excite you...(more)

OLD MAORI TRAIL - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

The Old Maori Trail is also know as the Rosie Bay - Lake Kaitawa Track and follows what was once a Maori trail to the lake. Starting at Rosie Bay, the track follows what was a traditional Maori route to Lake..(more)

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OTAGO PENINSULA MUSEUM - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Otago Peninsula

This museum contains treasures from the local community including the old Cape Saunders lighthouse lantern room, the old local jail, a restored cannon found at Harington Point and photos & geneology relating to families on the Otago Peninsula. Open on Sunday afternoons from..(more)

PAPAMOA HILLS REGIONAL PARK ~ TE RAE O PAPAMOA - Tauranga / Te Puke

Location: Bay of Plenty

45 minute hill climb through pine forest, native bush and farmland to reach the summit (224 metres) with panoramic coastal views, including The Mount (Mt Maunganui), Tauranga, Te Puke and towards Whakatane. At the summit is a former Maori pa site which, with terracing still visible, fires the..(more)

TIRITIRI MATANGI ISLAND WALKS - Auckland

Location: Auckland

See a variety of native birds on the walks on this pest-free island, as well as views of the surrounding islands. A reasonable standard of fitness is required for some tracks. Tracks are clearly marked and..(more)

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MT NGONGOTAHA JUBILEE TRACK - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua - Paradise Valley

The only walking track up to the summit of Mt Ngongotaha. Passes through native forest with views of one of the largest rata trees in the Bay of..(more)

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WHITE CLIFFS TRACK WALKWAY - North Taranaki

Location: Taranaki

This walkway uses the Kapuni to Auckland gas pipeline route for 14km from Pukearuhe to Tongaporutu and offers stunning views of the North Taranaki coastline and the Parininihi Marine Reserve. The walkway travels partly over private land and is closed to access from 1 July to 30..(more)

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RANGITOTO ISLAND WALKS - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland Harbour

Emerging from the sea just 600 years ago, pest-free Rangitoto Island is the youngest volcano in New Zealand. An Auckland icon and deeply enriched with history, it's long been a favourite day trip for walkers. The walk takes in various lookout stops but it's the spectacular 360-degree views at the top that will ensure your efforts..(more)

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FEILDING'S FARMERS MARKET - Feilding, Manawatu

Location: Manawatu - Feilding

Eat seasonally, buy local and live well! Feilding's Farmers Market runs every Friday from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm in Feilding's Manchester Square. Stalls include: chicken, venison, eggs, wine, pate, fudge, preserves, seasonal fruits and veggies, and much more. Locally grown fresh produce and added value products all sold by the producers...(more)

KURA GALLERY - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

For Wellington's finest collection of quality New Zealand fine arts and crafts, visit Kura Contemporary Ethnic Art Gallery. Close to Te Papa, located at the heart of the Courtenay Quarter, Kura meets the needs of local, international and corporate buyers. Come and experience New Zealand like you've never seen..(more)

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OLD MILL TRACK, Whangaparapara - Great Barrier Island

Location: Auckland

Discover the site of the Kauri Timber Company sawmill and an historic steam traction engine. At low tide, the track can be walked around the shoreline, beginning at The Green..(more)

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KAIKOURA COAST SEAL COLONY WALK - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury - Kaikoura

Oahu Point is 20km north of Kaikoura, and you cannot miss it if you are driving south from Picton. You'll start seeing seals swimming near the coast as you get close to Oahu, where some rocks offer a perfect shelter for fur seals and their..(more)

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CAPE REINGA / TE RERENGA WAIRUA LIGHTOUSE WALK - Cape Reinga

Location: Northland

Take a short stroll from the Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua car park down to the lighthouse. From here you can enjoy the outstanding panoramic views and pay respect to a site that is steeped in Maori..(more)

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LAKE BRUNNER WALKS - West Coast

Location: West Coast

There are many walks for all levels of fitness from 10 minutes to 10 hours. The area features abundant bird life and a variety of wetland and rainforest ecosystems. These unique places are best viewed on one of the many walks close..(more)

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KARANGAHAKE WINDOWS WALK - Tauranga

Location: Bay of Plenty

This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Talisman and Crown mining operations in Karangahake Gorge. This spectacular walk passes through the relics of the Talisman and Crown mining..(more)

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CAROLINE BAY - Timaru

Location: Canterbury - Timaru

Caroline Bay is the most widely known of all the parks in the Timaru District. The beach is sheltered by the harbour breakwater and is the only sandy beach between Oamaru and Banks Peninsula. March 2014 saw Caroline Bay beach being voted the most popular beach in the South..(more)

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CHRISTCHURCH / LITTLE RIVER RAIL TRAIL - Banks Peninsula

Location: Little River

This 44 km-long walkway and cycleway runs from Hornby (Christchurch) to Little River on Banks Peninsula. The easy grade makes this walk or ride suitable for young children and family..(more)

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KARANGAHAKE GORGE HISTORIC WALKWAY - Bay of Plenty

Location: Bay of Plenty

Situated at the base of the Coromandel Range, the Karangahake Gorge Historic Walkway follows the old railway line between Paeroa and Waihi, giving access to impressive remains from the mining and railway..(more)

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MARGARET MAHY FAMILY PLAYGROUND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

This spectacular all-ages, all-abilities playground is named after one of Canterbury's much-loved authors, Margaret Mahy. The unique design also reflects the Canterbury Plains and Port Hills environment. The Playground is free to visit and open all day everyday. There is a free car park at 177 Armagh..(more)

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LAKE ROTOITI WALKING TRACKS - Nelson Lakes

Location: Nelson - Nelson Lakes

Lake Rotoiti is easily reached from both Nelson and Marlborough. From Nelson City, follow SH6 south and take the turn-off to the left sign-posted for Nelson Lakes after passing through Wakefield. This road reaches a T-junction with SH63 where you turn right to reach the village of St Arnaud and Lake..(more)

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BOTANICA WHANGAREI - Whangarei

Location: Northland - Whangarei

Botanica is a horticultural complex where the public can come and enjoy a colourful and exotic range of plants. The facility includes, a heated conservatory for tropical plants, a cactus house, an extensive fernery, a small Japanese style garden and a shade garden..(more)

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CITY GALLERY WELLINGTON - Wellington

Location: Wellington

City Gallery Wellington is a dynamic cultural presence in the capital city of Aotearoa New Zealand. Whether it's the latest exhibition of New Zealand's avant-garde artists, an international collection visiting the gallery or just the gallery's renowned cafe Nikau, there are plenty of reasons to put Wellington's eyes-and-ears-on-the-arts on your..(more)

MURIWAI BEACH - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Muriwai Beach is a beautiful, windswept beach on Auckland’s wild west coast. Its pounding waves draw surfers and its dramatic stretch of black volcanic sand is perfect for a walk to blow out the cobwebs. Don’t miss the impressive sight of the huge gannet colonies nestled on the rugged..(more)

EDWIN FOX MARITIME CENTRE - Picton

Location: Marlborough - Picton

Now on permanent display in Picton, New Zealand. Learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter. Open Daily 9am, Dunbar Wharf, Picton..(more)

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YATTON PARK - Park Vale, Tauranga

Location: Bay of Plenty

Take a stroll through the beautiful trees of Yatton Park, both a city and nationally significant Arboretum. The trees were planted in 1866 and have grown to become some of the tallest of their species in New..(more)

PUNAKAIKI PANCAKE ROCKS & BLOWHOLES - Punakaiki

Location: West Coast

The famous Pancake Rocks and Blowholes are just a 20 minute loop walk from where you park your vehicle on the main highway at Punakaiki. Explore a limestone landscape of pancake-shaped rock formations, blowholes and surge pools on this short..(more)

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KAIKOURA PENINSULA WALKWAY - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury

Observe seals and seabirds, explore historic pā and whaling sites and enjoy clifftop views of the sea and mountains. Suitable for families, the whole walkway takes three hours but you can also explore a range of shorter..(more)

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KUIRAU PARK - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Kuirau Park is a great place to visit with it being one of the fun FREE things to do in Rotorua. Get up close and personal with naturally occurring geothermal activity. Visit the children’s playground, the footpools, the paddling pool, or use the picnic facilities (bbq) and wander in the gardens, you can also take..(more)

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VINING WALKWAY - Auckland

Location: Auckland

The Vining Walkway leads you up and through Vining Scenic Reserve. The track follows a ridge through open forest before joining the Auckland Council Ring Track. Auckland Council has closed tracks linking to the Vining Walkway to protect..(more)

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NEW ZEALAND MARITIME MUSEUM - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Museum entry is FREE for Aucklanders. New Zealand’s most celebrated mariner, Sir Peter Blake was a peerless ocean racer and passionate environmentalist. This stunning permanent exhibition celebrates his remarkable achievements, as well as paying tribute to New Zealand's world-renowned design and yachting..(more)

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THE GROYNES - Christchrch

Location: Christchurch

The large open picnic areas make an ideal spot for an outing with family and friends. A playground offers another chance for children to burn off some energy, while for more serious walkers and runners the five kilometre return Waimairi Walkway provides the opportunity to enjoy some fresh air. Pack a picnic and spend an..(more)

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GOW LANGSFORD GALLERY - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Gow Lansford Gallery Kitchener Street is located in the historic St James building on the corner of Kitchener and Wellesley Streets. The gallery features a regularly evolving programme of exhibitions as well as a space dedicated to..(more)

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PUPU HYDRO WALKWAY - Takaka

Location: Nelson

The Pupu Hydro Walkway (Te Waikoropupū Springs) retraces an old gold-mining water race, which has been reused for power generation. Although the climb to the water race line is a little steep, the first section, across Waikoropupu River to the power station is an easy grade suitable for all..(more)

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CATHERDAL COVE - Coromandel

Location: Coromandel

Cathedral Cove is located at Hahei, just 10minutes drive from the famous Hot Water Beach. Foot access to the Cathedral Cove car park is at the western end of Hahei Beach and vehicle access is up Grange Road (turn left past shops and go all the way to end of Grange..(more)

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HUNUA FALLS UPPER LOOKOUT WALK - East Auckland

Location: Auckland - East

Hunua Falls is one of the most popular spots for walkers in the bush-clad Hunua Ranges in Auckland’s east. ​This walk is a great way to see the Hunua Falls from all angles and enjoy the surrounding forest. It climbs from the Wairoa River below the Falls through beautiful lush forest, along a shady stream..(more)

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MOTURIKI ~ LEISURE ISLAND - Mount Maunganui

Location: Bay of Plenty

Moturiki Island | Leisure Island is a popular visitor attraction just off Mount Maunganui’s Main Beach. It's connected to the beach and you can simply walk across and enjoy the views, the crashing waves and watch the surfers just off the..(more)

KAIATE FALLS - Welcome Bay, Tauranga

Location: North Island

Bush walk and waterfall, just 15 minutes from Tauranga (off Welcome Bay Rd). The Kaiate Stream drops over bluffs in a series of waterfalls that plummet into clear pools. Moss and fern-fringed cliffs. A beautiful location to..(more)

PACKHORSE HUT TRACK - Banks Peninsula

Location: Christchurch

This is the shortest track to Packhorse Hut and is suitable for small children and family groups. It also provides access to Te Ara Pātaka. The track passes through farm paddocks, then along farm tracks up a bush-clad valley. Be prepared to get wet feet on some small stream..(more)

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LABYRINTH ROCKS - Golden Bay

Location: Nelson - Golden Bay

The labyrinth is a two hectare wonderland of the most amazing limestone rock formations and regenerating native bush. The canyons provide a readymade walkway system, even a natural rock maze where several adjacent canyons are interconnected by small tunnels and..(more)

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KITEKITE TRACK WAITAKERE RANGES - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Waitakere City

Kitekite Track is a great introduction to the natural beauty of the Waitakere Ranges. ​With waterfalls, streams, pools and beautiful native bush, this is a great short walk that’s suitable for the whole family. Walk through native plant life including nikau palms, silver tree ferns and regenerated kauri, and hear the call of the..(more)

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NORTH SHORE COASTAL WALK - Auckland

Location: Auckland - North Shore

The North Shore Coastal Walk begins at Long Bay Regional Park and weaves through the beaches and suburbs of ‘the Shore’ and out to Devonport. The route is accessible at all tides, following cliff top tracks, pedestrian shortcuts, steps and..(more)

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FHE GALLERIES - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Established in 1993 by Fogarty, Hojsgaard and Entwisle (or FHE), FHE Galleries exhibit work from the Pacific and New Zealand’s premier artists alongside contemporary and ethnographical pieces. Inside the Kitchener Street gallery you will find a range of photography, furniture, glass, applied arts, sculpture and painting..(more)

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OKERE FALLS WALK - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Beautiful Waterfalls With The Wow Factor. A lovely little easy walk through bush (left side of the main carpark). It takes in the waterfalls all the way through to the Trout Pool. The track is 1.2km long and takes about 30min one..(more)

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MOUNT EDEN / MAUNGAWHAU - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Mount Eden is a vibrant, funky suburb with a winning combination of culture and nature. Walk to the top of Mount Eden’s volcanic cone for some of the best views in Auckland and afterwards treat yourself to a spot of shopping in the village and lunch at one of the hip local..(more)

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MILFORD SOUND LOOKOUT TRACK - Milford Sound

Location: Fiordland

Enjoy impressive views of stunning Milford Sound from a lookout on this short, easy walking track. Take sandfly repellent with..(more)

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OHAU WATERWALL WALK - Kaikoura

Location: Canterbury

The track makes it way alongside the creek and around the bass of the train bridge. The time stated for the walk on the notice board is 10 minutes. The walk around the rock face, remind me of the walk around the karangahake gorge in the north island. Watch out for seals they swim up..(more)

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TE PUNA QUARRY PARK - Whakamarama, Tauranga

Location: North Island

Te Puna Quarry Park gives visitors a chance to view tranquil gardens in an amazing environment. Developed by volunteers, there's plenty to see from a fantastic array of orchids and specialty flowers to outdoor sculptures. Unwind and enjoy the panoramic views and relax in one of the many picnic..(more)

TAUPO PUMP TRACK & DIRT JUMP PARK - Taupo

Location: Taupo

If you’re after a whole lot of fun on two wheels, head out to the Taupo Pump Track and Dirt Jump Park. These awesome facilities, situated in Spa Park, just off County Ave, are free for anyone to use at any..(more)

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THE MINDEN LOOKOUT - Te Puna, Tauranga

Location: Bay of Plenty

To get a perspective on the beautiful Bay of Plenty, head to the Minden Lookout, about 10km west of Tauranga; 286 metres above sea..(more)

MTB OTAGO - Otago

Location: Otago

Dunedin is a mountain biker’s playground and single track trails can be found in every direction. The summer climate is perfect for mountain biking, with mild temperatures and a late setting sun. MTB Otago have excellent information on all of Dunedin’s mountain biking..(more)

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MCLAREN FALLS PARK - Kaimai Ranges, Tauranga

Location: New Zealand

190 hectare parkland, exotic trees, waterfalls, walkways, cafe, kayaking, placid lake, equestrian area, camping, school camps, glow worms, bush walks. A photographer's paradise. McClaren Falls is in the Kaimai Ranges, just 15 minutes from..(more)

HAMILTON GARDENS - Hamilton

Location: Waikato - Hamilton

Hamilton Gardens is the Waikato's most popular visitor attraction and they are already gaining an international reputation. Entry is free and a visitor information centre and a cafe are located on site. Guided tours of Hamilton Gardens can be pre-arranged...(more)

GOAT ISLAND MARINE RESERVE - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland Harbour

Head to Goat Island Marine Reserve to get up close to masses of colourful fish. Goat Island is New Zealand’s first and most accessible marine reserve and an amazing spot for snorkelling and diving. After a day in the water, stop in at the nearby community of Leigh for a bite to eat and a..(more)

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OTAGO FARMERS MARKET - Dunedin Central

Location: Dunedin - Central Dunedin

Each Saturday morning thousands of people flock to the Dunedin Railway Station north car park to purchase local food directly from the people who made it. Our customers love the friendly atmosphere, the fresh produce, and the bargains that can always be found. 8am – 12.30pm every Saturday, don’t miss..(more)

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GODLEY HEADS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch - Lyttelton

The Godley Head WWII coastal defence battery sits atop sheer 120 metre-high cliffs. Built in 1939, it is ranked in the top ten New Zealand coastal defence heritage sites. The Tunnel Track, some buildings and the gun emplacements are closed due to damage from the earthquakes in 2010 and..(more)

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MONA VALE HOMESTEAD & GARDENS - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Everything you need to know about visiting Mona Vale, a gracious historic property located close to the city..(more)

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RAWHITI CAVE TRACK - Nelson

Location: Nelson

Rawhiti Cave is a decent walk up a steep gully. But the effort is worth it. This cave is different to others as it receives winter sun. So the the stalactites at the cave entrance and within the cave itself contain plant matter that are attracted to the light ( Phytokarst features..(more)

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TE MATUA NGAHERE WALK - Northland

Location: Northland

Take a 20-minute walk in Waipoua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri 'Te Matua Ngahere'. You get an opportunity to experience many aspects of this dynamic forest system. The forest type varies from almost pure kauri stands to mixed podocarp/hardwood, with kauri grass, kiekie, neinei and ferns in the..(more)

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HUKA FALLS - Taupo

Location: Taupo

Located just a few minutes drive outside of Taupo town, this thundering 11 metre high waterfall is the most visited and photographed natural attraction in New Zealand, and for good reason. Enjoy the walking tracks alongside the river and wander around the different viewing platforms, taking in the falls from all..(more)

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TUNNEL BEACH WALKWAY - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

Walk through an excavated tunnel to a secluded beach and a spectacular, rocky coastline. Explore the sea-carved sandstone cliffs, rock arches and caves at Tunnel Beach; look for fossils as you descend through the pioneers' hand-carved tunnel. Tunnel Beach is to the south of Dunedin. Start at the car park on Tunnel Beach Road, signposted..(more)

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DUNEDIN RAILWAY STATION - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin - Central Dunedin

The railway station still remains the same as it always has. The ornate Flemish Renaissance-style architecture features white Oamaru limestone facings on black basalt rock. The sheer size, grandiose style and rich embellishments of the station earned architect George Troup the nickname of Gingerbread..(more)

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THE SUTER ART GALLERY - Nelson

Location: Nelson - Nelson City

Come and experience one of New Zealand's longest established art galleries, set in the beautiful Queens Gardens. Start your exploration of the artistic riches from this region at The Suter. Experience a lively program of exhibitions showcasing Nelson and New Zealand artists past and present. Discover the Suter Collection featuring art works of national..(more)

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MANUKAU HEADS LIGHTHOUSE - Auckland

Location: Auckland

The views as you drive along Awhitu Peninsula are truly magnificent, with the Manukau Heads Lighthouse sitting proudly at the very tip. This lighthouse is particularly special as it’s one of only a few in New Zealand you can actually climb to the top..(more)

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MOUNT VICTORIA LOOKOUT - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Rising 196m above the city, the Mount Victoria Lookout is a Wellington must-do. Head to the lookout and be rewarded with stunning panoramic views of Wellington city and harbour, and beyond. Located right next to the central business district, you can drive all the way up, or take a walkway through the bush-covered Town..(more)

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SIGN OF THE TAKAHE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch South

A magnificent castle-like building perched on the Port Hills overlooking Christchurch. The location, the historic setting, the inspiring views onto manicured gardens and beyond. Take a walk out to the point, as you can see the view of Christchurch is..(more)

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LAKE WAIKAREITI WALK - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

The Lake Waikareiti Walk will take you two hours to complete a return trip. Along the way you may hear the screech of the kaka and the chatty ki-ki-ki of the yellow-crowned parakeet..(more)

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MOERAKI BOULDERS - Otago

Location: Otago - Moeraki

The Moeraki Boulders are a group of very large spherical “stones” on Koekohe Beach near Moeraki on New Zealand’s Otago coast. These boulders are actually concretions that have been exposed through shoreline erosion from coastal cliffs that back the beach. The Boulders are one of the most fascinating and popular attractions on the South..(more)

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WELLINGTON WRITERS WALK - Wellington

Location: Wellington - Wellington City

Discover 23 tributes to this city by the sea; amazing typographical sculptures dotted unexpectedly along Wellington's picturesque waterfront. The writers in the walk include Katherine Mansfield, Robin Hyde, Pat Lawlor, Denis Glover, James K. Baxter, Bruce Mason, Lauris Edmond, Maurice Gee, Patricia Grace, Vincent O'Sullivan, Fiona Kidman, Barbara Anderson, Alistair Te Ariki Campbell, Eileen Duggan..(more)

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AUCKLAND BOTANIC GARDENS - South Auckland

Location: Auckland

Auckland Botanic Gardens is home to over 10,000 plants from around the world. With something always in bloom it is a great place to take the family, enjoy a guided tour and relax in Cafe Miko. Huakaiwaka, the Auckland Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre is a unique site to launch a new product, hold conferences, team-building..(more)

TIMARU BOTANIC GARDENS - Timaru

Location: Canterbury

One of the oldest Botanic Gardens, Timaru will surprise you with the depth and excellence of its collections as diverse as Australian plants, conifers and rose species. A border containing the native plants of the Canterbury region is of special note. Endangered plants from around the world can be seen in part of the conservatory..(more)

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FREE WALKING TOURS - Queenstown

Location: Queenstown

Walk your way around the streets of Queenstown and see its beauty through the eyes of a local. Friendly local kiwi guide. For everyone from backpackers to billionaires! Informative & unforgettable! The tour only takes 2 – 2 ½ hours. Two tours every day: 10am and 2pm. Just meet your guide at the starting point:..(more)

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PELORUS BRIDGE SCENIC RESERVE - Marlborough Sounds

Location: Marlborough - Marlborough Sounds

The Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy forest and river scenery, in one of the last stands of river flat forest in Marlborough. The reserve is located midway between Blenheim and Nelson, on SH6, 18 km west of..(more)

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TANE MAHUTA WALK - Waipoua Forest

Location: Northland

Visit Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest, New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree. This short walk leads you under cooling shade of the forest canopy to the majestic Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri..(more)

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KEROSENE CREEK HOT POOLS - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Thirty five minutes south of Rotorua is Kerosene Creek, a geothermally heated stream where you can bathe and relax. Hot water from a natural spring under the earth bubbles up into the cool waters of the creek, creating pleasantly warm waters. Swimmers have piled up small smooth rocks to create little hot pools beside the..(more)

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FAREWELL SPIT & PUPONGA FARM PARK TRACKS - Golden Bay, Nelson

Location: Nelson - Golden Bay

Choose from shorter or longer walks across farmland, and discover a lighthouse and spectacular views of the rugged coastline. From the Wharariki car park, follow a vehicle track west to Green Hills Stream and beyond. Superb farmland, lakes, cliffs and wind-carved moorlands are features of this area. Mountain biking is allowed on this..(more)

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TE AWAMUTU MUSEUM - Waikato

Location: Waikato - Te Awamutu

Te Awamutu Museum is a central gathering place where local residents and visitors come to experience Waipa's history, art, ideas and culture. Our fascinating exhibitions explore the district's sometimes turbulent past, showcase its treasured taonga and celebrate its modern day culture. The Museum offers a research service and has an extensive archive collection. We also..(more)

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WELLINGTON MUSEUM - Wellington

Location: Wellington

Housed in the Bond Store, a 1892 heritage building designed by leading architect Frederick de Jersey Clere, is Wellington Museum. Set over four floors, the Museum shares some of the fascinating stories of the Wellington region. Come see the Von Kohorn Room, Wahine Theatre, The Attic, and much more!..(more)

HUMBOLDT FALLS TRACK - Fiordland National Park

Location: Hollyford Valley

This easy, well graded walking track from the Hollyford Road takes you on a short climb through rainforest to the lookout of the impressive Humboldt..(more)

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BOTTLE LAKE FOREST PARK - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch East

Bottle Lake Forest Park is an exotic pine forest of approximately 800 hectares. It is a lovely place for a walk on a hot or windy day as the tracks are almost all entirely in the..(more)

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WAIRERE BOULDER VALLEY RESERVE - Horeke, Hokianga

Location: Northland

Located near Horeke in the Hokianga are the unique geomorphic formation of a 1.6km-long valley with thousands of 'fluted' basalt boulders. The valley is accessible through a footpath (featuring 22 engineered wooden structures) leading visitors under, around and over the boulders, some up to 30m in height, through rainforest and past many native trees, palms..(more)

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LAKE WAIKAREMOANA SHORT WALKS - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

Find out about a range of short walks near the Aniwaniwa Vistor Centre and holiday park at Lake Waikaremoana. The area's natural features include beautiful waterfalls and one of the country's biggest rata..(more)

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RUAKURI WALK - Waitomo

Location: Waikato

The Ruakuri Walk is a great free attraction in the Waitomo Caves area. Based in the Ruakuri Scenic Reserve, a place of strong cultural significance to Maori, the walk includes limestone outcrops, native forest and small caves to be..(more)

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BANKS PENINSULA WALKS - Canterbury

Location: Christchurch

Discover the walks and trails in this giant ancient volcanic remnant with its deeply indented bays, wild beaches, striking mountains and intriguing geological and human history. Explore the Banks Peninsula walks including Christchurch City Council reserves as well as those on Department of Conservation and private..(more)

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HOT WATER BEACH - Coromandel

Location: Coromandel - Hot Water Beach

Families, kids and couples can be seen digging their own spa pool in the sand and relaxing in the natural springs. Often rated as one of the world's most renowned beaches - this is one experience that should be on your bucket list. A truly unique Kiwi experience that every New Zealander should experience at..(more)

AUCKLAND DOMAIN - Auckland

Location: Auckland

The Auckland Domain is the city's oldest park and is spacious and diverse. The 75 hectare park has been developed around the cone of an extinct volcano. There are formal gardens, duck ponds, large green open spaces edged by mature trees, bush walks and..(more)

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CAVE STREAM SCENIC RESERVE - Arthur's Pass

Location: Canterbury

Two short walks lead to the cave entrances – you can can also walk through the cave passage which meanders and twists in pitch darkness for 594 m between the two entrances. This cave walk is not suitable for small..(more)

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VICTORIA ESPLANADE GARDENS - Palmerston North

Location: Manawatu - Palmerston North

This local favourite is a beautiful and extensive inner city park adjacent to the Manawatu River, which was opened to mark Queen Victoria's 60th Jubilee. Victoria Esplanade comprises of 19 hectares of stunning gardens and features, including bird aviaries, nature trails with a number of walks, a large duck pond, free barbeque facilities and children’s..(more)

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ARTHUR'S PASS WALKING TRACK - Arthur’s Pass

Location: Canterbury

Experience the best of Arthur’s Pass's diverse alpine vegetation, waterfalls, wetlands, rich history and stunning mountain views on this walk. This walk provides the chance to walk from Arthur’s Pass village to view the Dobson Memorial at Arthur’s Pass summit. The track gradient is generally gentle, with some steep steps either side of Bridal Veil..(more)

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SHAKESPEAR REGIONAL PARK - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Shakespear Regional Park boasts an incredible location, taking up most of the tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, which juts out into the Hauraki Gulf. The park is a wildlife sanctuary, with an abundance of birdlife in..(more)

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LAKE KAITAWA FAIRY SPRINGS TRACK - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

This one hour walk will lead you around Lake Kaitawa, a small lake to the south of Lake Waikaremoana. Along the way take the track to Green Lake and Fairy..(more)

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COASTAL WALKWAY - New Plymouth

Location: Taranaki - New Plymouth

The award-winning Coastal Walkway is a 12.7km path that forms an expansive sea-edge promenade stretching from Pioneer Park at Port Taranaki all the way to the eastern side of Bell Block Beach with numerous pedestrian access points dotted along the way. Ideal for walking, running, cycling or skating, or simply enjoying the view of the..(more)

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TOLAGA BAY WHARF - Eastland

Location: Eastland

Extending far into the deep water of Tolaga Bay, this wharf is a legendary place to dangle a fishing line. Allow half an hour to walk to the end of New Zealand's longest wharf and back. At 660 metres in length, this is no ordinary..(more)

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LAVA GLASS SCULPTURE GARDEN - Taupo

Location: Taupo

Set in an acre of manicured grounds now lie more than 500 glass sculptures. The board walk takes you on a 400m amble around ponds and through fields of glass flowers, or you can sit and enjoy the water tumbling down the 15 piece waterfall, then continue your browse through a native tree bird..(more)

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AUCKLAND FREE WALKING TOURS - Auckland

Location: Auckland

Auckland Free Walking Tours ­is one of the most convenient and insightful ways to explore the City of Sails. The walk leaves from the Queens Wharf Village (89 Quay Street) — daily* at 10.30am. The entire walk will take between 2.5 and 3 hours, and we’ll be walking rain or..(more)

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BANNOCKBURN WALKS - Otago

Location: Otago - Central Otago

A 2 hour loop walk and mountain bike through the Bannockburn Sluicings. View the historic relics that lie amongst the spectacular cliffs and pinnacles that have been sculpted by hydraulic..(more)

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WYNYARD QUARTER - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Head to Wynyard Quarter, Auckland’s most recently developed waterfront precinct, for great dining, family friendly playspaces, and great markets and outdoor cinema in the summer. Enjoy a meal overlooking the water at North Wharf and don’t miss the fantastic Auckland Fish..(more)

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NGUTUOHA NATURE TRAIL - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

An easy loop-trail with interpretation panels provide a 1 hour walking experience in the Waimana Valley at the north end of Te Urewera. This 2 km walk starts opposite the Lions Education Centre and follows the road north before crossing the road and returning alongside the Tauranga River. It follows an easy grade and interpretation panels..(more)

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OROKAWA BAY - Waihi Beach

Location: Bay of Plenty - Waihi Beach

Imagine a secluded, pohutukawa-fringed, un-spoilt beach all to yourself, no car access. Surrounded by coastal forest. Waterfall walk. This is Orokawa Bay - just a 45 minute hill walk from the northern end of Waihi..(more)

AIGANTIGHE ART GALLERY - Timaru

Location: Canterbury - Timaru

The Aigantighe Art Museum (pronounced 'egg and tie') in Timaru, New Zealand is renowned internationally for its collection and innovative exhibition and education programmes. Aigantighe holds New Zealand, Pacific, Asian and European art works from the sixteenth century to the present day. Its British Victorian painting collection is of great..(more)

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THE CHASM WALK - Fiordland National Park

Location: Fiordland

Enjoy dramatic views of powerful waterfalls and water-sculpted shapes in the rocks on this easy access walk. Thousands of years of swirling water have sculpted shapes and basins in the rock. The sheer velocity of water gives an appreciation of how much rainfall the Milford Sound area receives per..(more)

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RICHMOND TRAIL - Lake Tekapo

Location: Canterbury - Lake Tekapo

Enjoy stunning views of Lake Tekapo while walking or riding this track. The trail travels along an old glacial terrace through tussocks and patches of native vegetation. On a fine day you get sweeping views of Lake Tekapo and the surrounding mountains. It is a steep descent above Boundary Stream on the way back to..(more)

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ONGARAHU PA & HUHARUA RESERVE - Plummers Point, Tauranga

Location: Bay of Plenty - Tauranga

The historic Ongarahu Pa is one of the most well preserved defensive fortifications known in New Zealand. Walk through a waharoa (entrance shelter outside the pa), past palisades around a trench and across a bridge to enter the headland pa site. Parking, toilets, overnight campervan parking, dog friendly..(more)

ONEPOTO CAVES TRACK - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

The 2 hour return walk to Onepoto Caves branches off to various caves in the area. The track then descends into a small valley where you’ll find the largest number of caves on the..(more)

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TE ANAU BIRD SANCTUARY - Te Anau

Location: Fiordland - Te Anau

For a peek at some of Fiordland’s birds that are difficult to see in the wild, visit the Te Anau Bird Sanctuary. It’s a great place for children and families, and an easy 10 minute walk from Te Anau. The centre is open from dawn to dusk and can cater for guided tours if booked..(more)

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BLUE LAKE TRACK - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Enjoy native bush and quiet beaches. The track provides good opportunities to look out over the Blue Lake (Tikitapu) and Green Lake (Rotokakahi). Going in a clockwise direction, the track begins at the north-east end of the Lake. Head along the shore and follow the roadside section south, watching for oncoming..(more)

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PETERS POOL WALK - West Coast

Location: West Coast - Hokitika

Enjoy the reflective views of the glacier valley and mountains on this easy, accessible walk to a small kettle lake. The lake was formed by ice melting amongst glacial moraine about 200 years..(more)

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TAMAKI DRIVE WALK - Auckland

Location: Auckland - Auckland City

Walking along Tamaki Drive is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Auckland’s amazing harbour setting. ​Tamaki Drive curves along the waterfront from downtown Auckland to St Heliers Bay, offering a superb outlook over the sparkling Waitemata..(more)

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BLUE LAKE WALKS - St Bathans, Otago

Location: Otago

Enjoy one of the walks around historic, man-made Blue Lake in St Bathans and view sluicings and gold mining remains. Experience the conditions that the miners had to work in: searing hot summers and freezing cold..(more)

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PUKE ARIKI MUSEUM & LIBRARY - New Plymouth

Location: Taranaki - New Plymouth

Puke Ariki sets out to inspire creativity by creating stunning exhibitions that highlight Taranaki's past, present and future. A combined museum, library and information..(more)

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THE MOUNT ~ MAUAO - Mt Maunganui

Location: Bay of Plenty

"The Mount" is New Zealand's most popular walk. It's estimated a million people walk up or around the mountain each year. On any given day you will encounter thousands of walkers, runners, parents with pushchairs, old, young - all simply enjoying this beautiful coastal walk /..(more)

HONGI HIKA WALK - Kerikeri

Location: Northland

The Hongi Hika track links Kororipo Pa with Kerikeri and Hone Heke Roads. Walk through gum trees and regenerating native forest to Kororipo Pa. The pa served as Hongi Hika’s coastal fortified settlement and played an important role in New Zealand’s musket war..(more)

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FERGUSSON PARK - Tauranga | Matua

Location: Bay of Plenty

Fergusson Park is a dog-friendly playground for all. Coastal walkway with views across Tauranga harbour to Matakana Island and The Mount. Kiteboarding, paddleboarding, Tauranga Astronomical Society Observatory, children's play area. Limited free overnight parking for self contained..(more)

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RUAPANI CIRCUIT TRACK - Hawkes Bay

Location: Hawkes Bay

It will take you six hours of moderate to hard walking to complete the Ruapani Circuit. The track is accessed from the Waikareiti Track and passes through beautiful forest and seven..(more)

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THE NATIONAL TATTOO MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Wellington

Location: Wellington

The National Tattoo Museum of New Zealand is a small, privately owned non-profit dedicated to the history of tattoo’ing in New Zealand, especially Maori traditional tattoo art known as “Ta Moko”. Our collection features a mix of historical tattoo artifacts, tools, illustraitions and information on techniques and styles, from New Zealand and the surrounding Pacific/Melanesian..(more)

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THE ARTS CENTRE - CHRISTCHURCH

Location: Christchurch

Once the site of the University of Canterbury, the distinctive Gothic Revival buildings of the Christchurch Arts Centre are today a maze of fun, wonder and delight, and form part of our award-winning tourism attraction. A vibrant and exciting venue for a huge range of New Zealand made art and crafts, shopping, education and..(more)

AORAKI VILLAGE WALKS - Mt Cook

Location: Mt Cook and MacKenzie Country

There are several walks around the village that provide views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and the surrounding native alpine bush and area. The climate in the Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park and surrounding areas can be very changeable, and it is always wise to prepare yourself for bad weather, no matter what the weather forecast..(more)

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COAST TO COAST WALKWAY - Auckland

Location: Auckland

There are few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to a completely different one in just a couple of hours. The Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway is special not just for this unique fact, but that it takes you over such a huge variety of..(more)

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ST CLAIR BEACH - Dunedin

Location: Dunedin

Only minutes from the city centre, this sweeping surf beach is a place to walk, swim, surf or dine out. Saint Clair, the most popular city beach, is a renowned surfing location. A heated salt water outdoor swimming pool, located at the southern end of the long sweeping beach, is open over the summer..(more)

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RICCARTON BUSH & DEANS COTTAGE - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch West

Stroll through a rare and ancient native forest in the heart of Christchurch city - Canterbury's sole remnant of kahikatea floodplain forest. The 600-year-old kahikatea trees are the latest generation of a forest that established on this site 3000 years ago. Visit Deans pioneering cottage...(more)

OHINEMUTU MAORI VILLAGE - Rotorua

Location: Rotorua

Just 10 minutes’ walk from downtown Rotorua is the Māori village of Ohinemutu. This place is home to the Ngāti Whakaue tribe, a sub-tribe of the Te Arawa waka (canoe) which journeyed from the Pacific homeland of Hawaiiki to New Zealand around..(more)

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THE WETA CAVE - Wellington

Location: Wellington

In our mini-museum, you come face to face with some of the characters, props and displays from your favourite movies. Read the stories of how they were brought to life and learn about the artists who created them. Entry to the Weta Cave with its museum and film screening is absolutely free - come and..(more)

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CHRISTCHURCH BOTANIC GARDENS - Central Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

The Christchurch Botanic Gardens are located in the heart of the Garden City. From a single oak planted in 1863, the 21 hectares of gardens have flourished and now feature one of the best collections of exotic and native plants in NZ. A stylish new multi-purpose visitor centre opened in 2014 adding a new dimension to this popular attraction...(more)

HALSWELL QUARRY - Christchurch

Location: Halswell

Halswell Quarry is a park on the fringe of the city with walks, historic sites and six sister city gardens. There is plenty to do, from walking to biking. Large open spaces make for great picnic sites for big groups. Explore the sister city gardens which showcase plants from Canterbury and our Sister Cities around..(more)

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OBAN DAY WALKS - Stewart Island

Location: Southland

Just twenty minutes by plane from Invercargill, or an hour by ferry from Bluff, Stewart Island/Rakiura is a place where you can experience lush rainforest, clear, clean water and abundant marine and bird life. Find out about day walks and tracks starting at Halfmoon Bay in Oban, Stewart..(more)

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IMAGINATION STATION - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch Central

The Imagination Station is a charity run, not-for-profit play and education centre with a whole lot of LEGO! We provide a play area for children and adults that is FREE to..(more)

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HAIKU PATHWAY - Katikati

Location: Bay of Plenty

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Haiku are small word paintings of nature which bring out emotion in the reader. Explore Katikati’s Haiku Pathway, the largest collection of haiku 'stones' outside..(more)

AIR FORCE MUSEUM OF NEW ZEALAND - Christchurch

Location: Christchurch

Experience one of the world's best military aviation collections at the Air Force Museum of New Zealand; from aircraft, engines and assorted parts to medals and personal war stories. Come and explore our collection, fly a simulator, take a guided tour and enjoy our children's activities. FREE ADMISSION, open daily...(more)

RAKAIA GORGE WALKWAY - Rakaia Gorge

Location: Canterbury

This walkway offers several geological and historic features as it traverses the edge of the Rakaia Gorge. The walkway passes through several forest and shrub communities before climbing the gorse-lined historic ferryman's track. Continue along one of several glacial and river-carved terraces to a good lookout..(more)

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TE MANAWA MUSEUM OF ART, SCIENCE AND HISTORY - Palmerston North

Location: Manawatu

The cultural heart of Palmerston North, Te Manawa Museum, brings art, science and history together, recognising the uniqueness of each area and reflecting the growing Manawatu region and its people. View the changing art exhibitions featuring national and international artists. Enjoy the unique children's house and garden and explore our interactive exhibition Te Awa—The River, Heart of Manawatu...(more)

FOUR SISTERS WALK - Northland

Location: Northland - Dargaville

Walk through kauri and rimu forest to four tall kauri trees growing extremely close together. The walk is a short, one-way loop that takes you through kauri and rimu vegetation to see the 'Four Sisters', an impressive stand of four tall and graceful kauri trees growing extremely close..(more)

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GLENTUI LOOP TRACK - Ashley Gorge

Location: Canterbury

Enjoy a loop track suitable for the family that starts at the pleasant Glentui picnic area. This is a family walk suitable for people of moderate fitness, but good footwear is..(more)

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WAIPAHIHI BOTANICAL RESERVE - Lake Taupo

Location: Lake Taupo

Waipahihi Botanical Reserve is an amazing garden built with love, and is also a fun Taupo walk. Situated high on a hill, Waipahihi Botanical Reserve has spectacular views over Great Lake Taupo to the mountains of the Tongariro National Park. The reserve is a free Taupo activity and was established in..(more)

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PUKEKURA PARK - New Plymouth

Location: Taranaki - New Plymouth

Often described as the jewel in New Plymouth's crown, Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of the city and is one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens. The park has an international Green Flag award and is a Garden of National..(more)

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