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Where to get the best views in Auckland

Auckland, in New Zealand’s North Island, is the country’s largest and most cosmopolitan city, including the biggest Polynesian population in the world. It’s a truly fascinating place to visit, with a wealth of free attractions – and a glorious cityscape surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, verdant rainforest and dozens of dormant volcanoes. Here are the places from which you can see the city at its ve..

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Unmissable things to do in Paihia, Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Just three hours’ drive or a 35-minute flight north of Auckland, this subtropical paradise boasts no fewer than 144 stunning islands. Paihia is just one of the many charming villages in Bay of Islands and is the gateway to the region’s fantastic sites for diving, but it’s also an amazing destination in itself. Here are just a few of its..

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Whale spotting in New Zealand: Where to see them and when to go

Any tour of lush, verdant New Zealand is bound to be a breathtaking experience. There’s so much to see and do, from beautiful beaches to stunning snow-capped mountains; from cosmopolitan cities where cultures blend in a riot of colour to incredibly ancient Māori settlements. But the crowning glory of any Kiwi tour will be a glimpse of massive, magnificent whales – some of the most remarkable creat..

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New Zealand Fur Seal Pup on rocks

10 Unique animals in New Zealand you won’t find anywhere else!

New Zealand is a remarkable country by any measure, boasting some stunning scenery and a laid-back lifestyle and culture. Its also a place full of wonderful wildlife that you simply can’t find anywhere else. So what are the top ten Kiwi animals we think you should meet?   Hector’s dolphin   The world’s smallest species of dolphin is often to be found darting and gliding in the waves off..

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Te Puia Meeting House Maori Village

Discover Rotorua’s unique Māori culture with an unforgettable traditional meal

What makes Rotorua so remarkable? Well, the dramatic landscape – sometimes dusted with snow and ice to add the finishing touch – certainly helps. There’s also no shortage of things to see and do, and we highly recommend you take a mountain bike trail amid glistening lakes and lush, verdant forests. But what makes Rotorua unique is its Māori culture – and there’s no better way to explore it than vi..

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Christchurch city centre tram New Zealand

How to spend a day in Christchurch. The perfect itinerary!

Christchurch is a must-stop destination on a tour of New Zealand. The largest city in the South Island, it’s home to nearly 400,000 people – and it’s remarkably vibrant and varied. While many people choose to stay over and spread out their visit, its also small enough that you can see its highlights in a single day. Here are the things you shouldn’t miss out on when visiting Christchurch. (more..

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What to do in Bay of Islands – Top Recommendations from the Experts

Three hours’ drive or a 35-minute flight north of Auckland, the Bay of Islands is a subtropical paradise encompassing 144 islands as well as numerous charming villages including Kerikeri, Russell, Paihia and Opua. A mecca for water sports lovers, the Bay of Islands attracts visitors from all over the world to marvel at its stunning scenery. But this isn’t just a place to see and be seen: there’s p..

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The cultural differences between Australia and New Zealand that you should know

It’s all too easy to lump Australia and New Zealand together – they’re in the same part of the world and the people have similar accents (though no self-respecting Aussie or Kiwi will thank you for saying so). But they’re also a world apart, and not just because New Zealand’s temperate climate and verdant landscape bear little resemblance to Australia’s searing heat and awesomely desolate Outback...

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Waitemata harbour night sky line Auckland

9 unmissable free attractions in Auckland

Auckland isn’t just New Zealand’s largest city – it’s also the most diverse, the most multicultural and the most interesting. There’s so much to see and do that you’ll feel spoiled for choice – but if your budget is starting to feel stretched or you simply fancy a change, here are a few cost-free ideas to take you off the beaten track.  (more…)..

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10 things you need to do on your first visit to New Zealand

A lot of people imagine that New Zealand is little more than a mini-Australia, forever in the shadow of its larger and more widely visited neighbour. Big mistake. New Zealand is a fascinating travel experience in its own right, with a unique atmosphere and some stunning scenery. Here’s what you need to know if you’re going there for the first time. (more…)..

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