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Activities & Adventures
North Island
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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Monster Waterfall

Wairere Falls

These falls are…(here I go again)…a surprise spectacle, a marvelous magnificence! Unexpectedly, 14km east of Matamata’s Shiredoor Hobbitland, the Wairere stream leaps off a 152m escarpment as if it just can’t...

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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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Surf City NZ

Mt. Maunganui

The 'Mount' is surf City New Zealand. It's like a quintessential California beach town, only better. Better because there's an extinct volcano rising abruptly off this white sand beach and an artificial reef placed...

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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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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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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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Natural Phenomenon

Rere Rockslide

HaHaHaHaHaHa, you're gonna laugh when you finally see this thing. Mother Nature, tired from creating such beauty down the road, decided to skip beauty and just create FUN here. Wow, Rere Rockslide...one minute a lazy unremarkable...

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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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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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Hot Springs Waterfall Creek

Kerosene Creek

This hot spring oasis is sort of two-faced. On one hand Kerosene Creek can be the most beautiful, unique, and soothing place in the country…other times it can be a disgusting, rowdy, burglaryprone annoyance. K-...

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Stair-Step Waterfall

Fairy Falls

Fairy Falls is an idyllic fern-draped waterfall that tumbles nearly 100m in a continuous series of pools and drops. The popular track to the falls (especially weekends) is pretty steep, but well-maintained. Expect plenty of steps...

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Remote, Historic Beach

Whatipu Beach

Whatipu is the most remote of the Waitakere’s road-end beaches. Other than the miles of beautiful solitude found here, you’ll also find a historically and geologically fascinating beach. In the late 1800s an elevated railway...

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Three Wild Limestone Caves

Abbey Caves

This series of three separate caves, set amongst a neat limestone boulder garden, are one of the unheralded adventures that make this island so special. Except for locals and backpackers headed to the acclaimed...

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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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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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Scenic Bay / Longest Wharf / Tracks & Kayaks

Tolaga Bay

Tolaga Bay is most famous for its “mile-long” 660m wharf—the tourist icon of the East Cape. While the wharf is scenic, long, picturesque, and dilapidated, this bay offer so much more. How ’bout sandstone cliffs...

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Track Up Peculiar Peak

Tokatoka Peak

Tokatoka Peak, the spiky remnant of an ancient volcano, decorates the feature deprived landscape north of Kaipara Harbor. Heading north you can see its pointy protrusion soon after leaving the Kauri Museum. Heading south from...

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South Island
An Elevated View Of Fox Glacier's Upper Reaches

Fox Glacier's Chalet Track

The Chalet track is a moderately uphill track ending at a view platform overlooking Fox Glacier’s blue-black icy snout. This is an impressive glacial view for a relatively paltry effort…and better yet, no tour buses bring...

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Limestone Boulder Garden Jungle

The Grove

Nobody should visit Takaka without doing the short loop walk through The Grove. This is one of the best easy short walks on the entire South Island! Just a few minutes from Takaka, The Grove transports you into a mysterious Thailand-...

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South Island's Best Waterfall Outside Of Fiordland

Devil's Punchbowl Falls

Devil’s Punchbowl Falls is the must-see attraction of Arthur’s Pass. This waterfall is as near to perfect as you can ask for—high, mighty, and mesmerizing with numerous view vantages. High above Arthur’s Pass...

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The Better Glacier Valley Walk

Franz Josef Glacier Valley Track

The Franz Josef Glacier Valley walk is the more interesting of the two glacier valley walks, and it seems less crowded since tourists are spread out over a longer distance than at Fox Glacier. It takes an easy 30 minutes from the...

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Man-Made Tunnel To Super-Scenic Beach Cove

Tunnel Beach

Tunnel Beach is more than simply a peculiar hand-carved tunnel leading down to a small low-tide-only sandy cove. While the tunnel, commissioned by civic luminary John Cargill in the 1870’s to provide his young daughters access to...

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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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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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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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The South's Most Scenic Beach Walk

Motukiekie Beach Walk

Plan Ahead!! Low-Tide ONLY! Most every tourist on the South island has passed this short stretch of coast, but few stop, as few know about this coastline wonder-walk. The Motukiekie Coast, short as it is, may be the...

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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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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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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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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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Photogenic Waterfalls

Catlins Waterfalls

Purakaunui Falls. (Purra-cow-nui) This is the most photogenic of the Catlins waterfalls, one avid waterfall photographers will love. For non-photographers though, the long drive for such a short excursion might not seem...

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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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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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