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Activities & Adventures
North Island
Southern-Most Big Kauri

Tuahu Kauri

This giant may be the southernmost of the really big Kauris—this is the south end of their natural range. An easy walk will bring you within huggable proximity of this 2.7m-wide behemoth. If you’ve already seen the giants of...

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Scenic Waterfall

Te Reinga Falls

This off-the-beaten-path waterfall is massive— huge flow, multi-tiers, crescendo of sound, canyon o’ spray. World fame has somehow eluded this waterfall, but when Tourism NZ spreads the word about prehistoric dinosaur...

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NZ's Mt. Fuji

Egmont National Park

Egmont National Park is contained within the strange circular boundary you see on every Taranaki map—the “ring plain.” The ring, besides being the legal border of the park, is actually a definitive border between...

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Surf Beach / Fresh Water Dune Lake

Bethell's Beach

Bethell’s Beach is simply a fun-to-explore playground…another Waitakere gem! It’s a lot less commercialized than Piha—no campground or Dairy or pubs. The surf is epic with surf lifeguards...

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Waitakere's most popular beach

Piha Beach

Piha is the centerpiece of Waitakere's beaches. Piha is where the 'action' is, Piha is reality TV, Piha is funky, Piha is proud. Piha is 'Endless Summer' surf on the wild West Coast.Piha has the only...

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NZ's most beautiful beach

Cathedral Cove

This beach wins! Yup, it's the most beautiful small beach on the entire island - and that's saying A LOT! Of course you've seen the pictures of this cove, hasn't everyone? Air New Zealand used it in their international...

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Free

Mud Pool

Mud Pool may be my favorite place in the North Island (oh wait, maybe I said that about Ngauruhoe, Tongaporutu, and Waitakere forest too. Ooops, sorry) It sort of seems that Tourism Waiotapu would have you believe that Mud Pool is part...

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The Better Side

Lake Tarawera East Shore

One side of Lake Tarawera will frustrate you with a touristy bustle fresh from the buried village. The other end of the lake will delight you with like-minded adventure folks, its quiet, its sunset, and its waterfall track. The Eastern-...

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River-Splash Track

Goldie Bush / Mokoroa Falls

This tramping loop track is sort of like canyoneering lite. The Mokoroa stream section of the track criss-crosses the knee-deep stream numerous times, with the track markers actually glued underwater at certain spots. This is a great...

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Gorgeous Waterfall

Rere Falls

Rere Falls is a beaut, but mostly overlooked by waterfall connoisseurs, even the NZ Waterfalls book. Maybe because it’s simply not near to any tourism-promoting township. It receives very little rah-rah outside of the “101...

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Home To Lake Waikaremoana

Urewera National Park

The island’s largest stand of virgin forest is contained in the peculiarly named Urewera Nat’l Park (it’s named after a burnt penis—true, ask a ranger!) The primary attraction for most folks is vast Lake...

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Excellent Headlands / Beach Loop

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

This walkway is one of the best coastal tracks on the entire island, it's that good! This is a two hour loop - half along the beach and its rocky coves, the other half contouring atop the cliffs. Like a coin you go from heads (Mangawhai...

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Lighthouse / Beach / Lagoon / Cave / Viewpoint

Castlepoint

I know you're wondering...is the drive worth it?? 67km in, no loop road out...is a visit to Castlepoint worth it? Yes, emphatically YES! Even Kiwi 'locals' are surprised how nice it actually is when they finally venture...

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Legendary 66-Mile Beach Drive

90-Mile Beach

90-Mile Beach is at once both the most nondescript and the most amazing beach on the island - a quintessential Far North adventure! The beach's myth is legendary...cars swallowed by rising tides, quicksand, sweeper waves, etc..,...

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Man-Made Hydro-Phenomenon

Aratiatia Rapids

Surprisingly, most tourist literature does a lousy job expressing just how captivating the Aratiatia Rapids really are. Here's my spiel: The Waikato River, pouring out of Lake Taupo in aquamarine glory then spilling over Huka Falls...

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Waterfall Swimming Hole

Kaiate Falls

Kaiate (or Te Rerekawau)Falls is one of those “locals” places. A cool-as spot that locals love but guidebooks like Lonely Planet completely overlook. Even the DOC literature hardly inspires a visit. That’s why you have...

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NZ's Longest Swing Bridge

Waiohine Gorge

This forested gorge has good camping and riverside swimming holes. The trails are all pretty rugged tramper’s tracks—viewless, steep, boggy challenges. But, if you’ve yet to cross a New Zealand swing bridge…then...

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Adjective Overload

Tongaporutu

Tongapurutu is a little-known dot on the north Taranaki map. It shouldn't be, but nobody promotes it because there's no commercial businesses nearby. It's captivating, it's breathtaking, it's run-on-the-beach-...

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South Island
Phantasmagoric Narnia Rockscape

Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a ridge of limestone boulders rising directly above SH 73 in the eastern foothills of the Southern Alps. The area is basically a fun maze of fabulously odd eroded grey limestone outcroppings. There are no marked tracks...

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South Island's Best Day Walk

Hooker Valley Track

On a clear day, the Hooker Valley Track is indisputably the South Island’s most scenic day walk. Indisputably!! On a grey clouded-in day, forget it. This walk is all about soaring alpine views, so if the clouds are socked-in and...

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Westport's Scenic Must-See

Cape Foulwind

The Cape Foulwind lighthouse may be the least appealing lighthouse in New Zealand. Pass the smokestacks, dodge the massive cement-loading trucks on their way to/from the lighthouse’s neighbor quarry…and you’re there...

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NZ's Finest Slot Canyon

Sawcut Gorge Streambed Route

Note: this is a sunny-day route. Do not attempt the route just after a huge rainstorm.

This in-the-streambed route leads to Sawcut Gorge, NZ’s finest slot canyon. Surprisingly, this slot canyon was...

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A Scenic Limestone River Canyon Walk

Pororari River Canyon Track

This Pororari River track is a mostly-easy 45-minutes one-way walk through a wonderful limestone river canyon festooned with jungly sub-tropical rainforest on downstream end and temperate Beech forest on the upstream reaches— a...

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Gorgeous Beach Cove, Lotsa Wind, 6pm Penguins

Sandfly Bay

Sandfly Bay is a force of nature! Arrive during a south wind and you’ll immediately understand the name “Sandfly” — the lava cliffs bookending the beach squeeze the winds into a sand-flying gale. Whoa, there may...

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Scenic Lighthouse Photo-Op & Penguin Viewing

Nugget Point Lighthouse And Penguins

Nugget Point is the Catlin’s famed lighthouse tourist magnet, probably the South Island’s most scenic lighthouse location. It’s the one with the rocky “nuggets” studding the sea just east of the lighthouse...

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Fabled Fiordland Must-See

Milford Sound

Milford Sound is home to the South Island's most iconic image -Mitre Peak towering over the Sound. Every NZ traveler is told that a cruise on either Milford or Doubtful Sound is a Fiordland Natl Park MUST. Fewer have been told that the...

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Dramatic Headlands Route

Cape Farewell / Pillar Point Lighthouse Track

The 5km one-way headlands walk from Wharariki Beach carpark to the Pillar Point Lighthouse is possibly the most dramatic headlands walk on the South Island! This is an exceptional route—nowhere else on the South’s West coast...

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Gorgeous Beach Cove, Lotsa Wind, 6pm Penguins

Sandfly Bay

Sandfly Bay is a force of nature! Arrive during a south wind and you’ll immediately understand the name “Sandfly” — the lava cliffs bookending the beach squeeze the winds into a sand-flying gale. Whoa, there may...

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A Sculpted Punakaiki Beach Cove

Truman Track

The Truman track is a short track to a small lowtide- only beach that’s overlooked by most visitors to Paparoa in their haste to see the blowholes and then hurry on. Don’t miss the Truman track. Though it’s short, it...

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Gorgeous Multi-Viewpoint Loop Track

Sandymount / Lovers Leap / Chasm Loop Track

Sandymount’s loop track highlights the Otago Peninsula’s best views. From the carpark the track ascends 100m to the Sandymount Trig then loops around (counterclockwise) to visit the cliff-side viewpoints of Lovers Leap and...

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View-Packed Headlands Track

Taylor's Mistake / Godley Head Loop Track

This moderate loop track tours the grassy open slopes of Godley Headlands beginning from the last bit of Chch’s eastern suburbs—Taylor’s Mistake beach. Most of the track is gentle and there are ocean views 100% of the...

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The Best "Land's End" Spot To Visit

Waipapa Lighthouse / Shipwreck

The Waipapa Point Lighthouse is the southernmost lighthouse on the South Island, and even though it’s not quite as south as Slope Point, it’s more interesting to visit Waipapa than the no-frills no-interest Slope Pt*. The...

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Huge Sea Caves-Low Tide Only

Cathedral Caves

Tourists in NZ frustrate the hell outta me. The Cathedral Caves is a case in point. Charge admission in NZ and “they” will come. Huge deep sea caves stud a cliff band on this low-tide only beach. The local Maoris charge $5...

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Jurassic Playground With Mini-Dolphins

Curio Bay

There’s nowhere else on our planet like Curio Bay. A strong statement, yes, but there’s simply nowhere else in the world that you can watch happyhour penguins hop atop barnacle-encrusted petrified tree stumps after an...

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Unbelievable Natural Spectacle!!

Punakaiki Rocks!

The famed “Pancake rocks” are a Westland experience not to be missed!! Regrettably, hordes of travelers “miss” them every day. If you aren’t out at Dolomite Point—the Blowholes...

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Hello / Goodbye West Coast!!

Bruce Bay / Maori Beach

This section of the West Coast highway runs right along the beach for a couple km, and if you’re traveling southwards, this is the first time the highway has hugged the shoreline since Punakaiki. For some reason travelers stop...

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